Galvin and Zakim’s first major debate in secretary of state race turned ugly — quickly

Longtime incumbent Bill Galvin and his challenger Josh Zakim spoke over each other, cut each other off, and lashed out whenever one accused the other of misleading voters.

This banner, hung from a home visible from Boston Beer Co.’s Jamaica Plain brewery, called out company co-founder and chairman Jim Koch for a pro-Trump statement.

A Sam Adams neighbor has a message for Jim Koch, and he can (probably) see it

Jeremy Phillips, who lives behind the brewery in Jamaica Plain, strung up a banner that says “SHAME! SAM ADAMS [heart] TRUMP SHAME!”

Inspector general to review TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance program

The inspector general’s office will investigate the program, in which federal air marshals follow US citizens not suspected of a crime on flights and through airports.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spoke in Delaware, Ohio, on July 19 as Danny O’Connor, a candidate in a special election, listened.

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Walsh is dropping into Iowa to campaign. And yes, he’s going to the state fair

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who last month was in Ohio and Indiana to stump for Democrats, will be in Iowa on Wednesday.

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4 Mass. State Police troopers are suspended without pay amid OT probes

The four Massachusetts State Police troopers who were temporarily relieved of duty earlier this week were suspended without pay Wednesday.

US Supreme Court to weigh whether to take up Mass. suit against Bill Cosby

The lawsuit was filed against disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby by a woman who says he raped her in the 1970s.

Mystery man steals Brockton truck, returns it, then walks away ‘like nothing was happening’

“He could be working driving trucks instead of stealing them, if he’s that good,” the auto shop owner who was robbed said.

Map: Here are the 473 bridges in ‘poor’ condition in Massachusetts

About 9 percent of bridges statewide were rated in “poor” condition as of last year.

More than 30 people overdose on synthetic marijuana at Connecticut park

Most of the overdoses happened on the New Haven Green throughout the day Wednesday, officials said. Some people fell unconscious and others vomited.

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Boston storage facility closed after people are found living inside

City officials shut down a storage facility in Dorchester after they discovered several people were living there.

Vatic Kuumba rode an electric scooter in downtown Providence.

Rogue scooter company Bird flees Cambridge and Somerville—for now

The scooter company said it will hold off rentals here until local officials develop new rules permitting their use.

US Postal Service boxes for sorted mail are stacked.

Address unknown: Future is unclear for Charlestown Post Office

The US Postal Service says the lease for its current location in the Bunker Hill Mall will not be renewed.

Looking very much like a candidate, Michael Avenatti shook hands last week at the Iowa State Fair.

Michael Avenatti is coming to N.H. this weekend

The high-profile lawyer for Stormy Daniels who’s mulling a 2020 presidential run will attend a Democratic Party fund-raiser in New Hampshire Sunday.

Mother of Trayvon Martin speaks at Cambridge church

Sybrina Fulton spoke at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church of the grief she felt after her son was killed.

It’s going to be easy to spot this stolen car. Not to mention the fact that its plate number is 88888.

Have you seen this car? Vintage 1930s Ford reported stolen

Memo to the car thief: Don’t drive this car around town.

5.2 million people crammed into Boston? In 1900, some of the best minds thought it was a possibility

A Globe reporter in 1900 asked the city’s top minds what the year 2000 would look like in the city. Some things they got right, others they got wrong.

Brandon J. Ziobrowski is charged with one count of using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person.

Arraignment delayed for Cambridge man who allegedly solicited ICE agent murder

A federal judge has delayed the arraignment of a Cambridge man who allegedly solicited on Twitter the murder of an ICE agent, court records show.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.

Cardinal O’Malley cancels Ireland trip to focus on St. John’s Seminary investigation

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will focus on the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

Injuries reported in 4-car crash on Route 6 in Harwich

Four cars were involved in a head-on collision Wednesday in Harwich, and police said people were injured.


Scott Brown plays hoops with former Charlestown High star, then takes in a Celine Dion concert in New Zealand

There’s no end to the demands placed on the US ambassador to New Zealand and former senator from Massachusetts.

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Hallquist.

5 things to know about Christine Hallquist, trailblazing Vermont candidate

She made history after capturing the Democratic nomination for governor in Vermont, making her the first openly transgender candidate to get a major-party gubernatorial nod in US history.

Aquarius mate Nick Scyocurka posed with what was left of a striper catch after a great white shark made a meal of it.

Twice in two days, great white sharks snack on stripers caught in Cape Cod Bay

Jeff Kadesh, the captain of the sport fishing boat Aquarius, said one of the sharks “came right out of the water like a missile.”

Police respond to hostage situation in Bridgewater — but it was a hoax

Police believe the fake hostage situation was reported by a person who was video chatting with a juvenile resident of the home.

Adam Burrows of Jamaica Plain read a book at the beach in South Boston.

We just can’t shake that summertime heat: There’s another steamy day ahead

Morning clouds will give way to partly sunny skies and it will be balmy, with highs in the mid-80s.

A fire early Wednesday caused about $200,000 in damage to a 2½ story home on Melville Avenue, Dorchester, fire officials said.

Three people flee burning home in Dorchester

The blaze caused about $200,000 in damage, officials said.

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Aug. 15, 2018

Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III says the case highlights the need for “common sense bail reform” in Massachusetts.

Bristol DA rips judge, says Fall River robbery case highlights need for ‘common sense bail reform’

The Bristol district attorney is blasting a superior court judge for slashing the bail of a man who was released from jail last fall and was allegedly busted with drugs in Worcester earlier this month.

Man injured in Yarmouth gas grill fire

The man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis for treatment of burns to the left side of his face, arm, chest and lower leg, a Yarmouth fire official said.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Christine Hallquist wins Democratic nomination for governor in Vermont

Hallquist is the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nod for Senate but is expected to turn it down and run as an Independent.

Methuen man arrested, accused of shooting into Lawrence home

Wilmer Roque, 22, is due to be arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence District Court, State Police said.

State Senator Barbara L’Italien is one of 10 Democrats running in the Sept. 4 primary for the Third District.

L’Italien says $70,000 campaign loan came from account shared with her since-deceased mother

Under pressure to reveal the source of $70,000 she loaned her congressional campaign, state Senator Barbara L’Italien said Tuesday she pulled the cash from a joint account she held for decades with her mother prior her death last year.

In strange twist, Scott Lively declares victory in Uganda LGBT lawsuit

“This is it. This is the resounding, grand-slam, home-run victory I’ve been waiting for,” Lively said Tuesday — not long after a Boston appeals court dismissed Lively’s appeal of a ruling in his favor.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro holds hands with Judy Deaven who says her son was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest as a boy, during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania report says predatory priest was sent to Mass. treatment center

A Pennsylvania grand jury found that one priest was sent to a Central Massachusetts treatment facility during the time church authorities received complaints of sexual abuse against him in the early 1980s.

The 111 is one of the busiest bus lines in the MBTA system, transporting 12,000 riders a day along 6.5 miles.

Traffic, crowding, cancellations: This MBTA route shows all the T’s bus problems

The 111 is a rolling case study of all that ails MBTA bus service: overcrowding, delays caused by traffic and passengers who pay in cash, and frequent cancellations.

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Boston has bigger racial problems than name of Faneuil Hall

The racial gap in net worth, or the achievement gap in schools, or the crisis in unsolved homicides are more pressing.

Man killed in crowbar crash called ‘great attorney, a great persuader of judges’

John Madaio was described as a man with an upbeat personality matched with a fierce commitment to protecting his clients’ rights.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo (at microphone) said he’s confident in the Suffolk DA’s office and Revere police, who are investigating.

Prosecutors investigating Revere’s finances after parking meter money goes missing

City councilors criticized Mayor Brian Arrigo for how his office handled the case, which originated from an audit of the city’s finances.

A bartender poured a pint of Sam Adams beer in 2007.

Somerville mayor hits back at critics, says Sam Adams drinkers ‘will remember Jim Koch sucked up to Trump’

“I will never drink Sam Adams beer again!” Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone tweeted after Jim Koch praised President Trump at a dinner last week.

Here’s Charlie Baker’s first TV ad of the campaign

It unveils a slogan at once aspirational and innocuous: “Integrity. Leadership. Results. Charlie Baker.”

Three men in their late 20s were shot on Deering Road near Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan on Tuesday.

One dead, two injured in Mattapan shooting

The three people were shot in Mattapan shortly before 10 a.m., Boston police said.

In Massachusetts, only 35 percent of residents approved of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, while 62 percent disapproved.

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No state dislikes Trump’s job performance more than Mass.

The Morning Consult survey found that in Massachusetts, only 35 percent of residents approved of the job President Trump is doing, while 62 percent disapproved.

200 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country are included on the list.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the two bridges over the canal, has agreed to reschedule repairs — and related lane closures — to the Bourne Bridge until next spring.

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Planned Cape Cod bridge work delayed until next spring

Cape Cod’s late tourist season won’t be interrupted by bridge work after all.

A Catholic church in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania grand jury cites Boston Globe role in uncovering clergy sex abuse scandal

The Globe’s reporting on clergy sex abuse prompted multiple victims in Pennsylvania to come forward, a grand jury said Tuesday.

In February, Lilian Calderon (middle), alongside her husband, described her experience of being detained by ICE.  Calderon was held by the agency after an interview designed to confirm her marriage. A judge stayed her deportation.

Fury, praise for collaboration between federal agencies to target immigrants

The news of the collaboration drew swift rebuke Tuesday from Democratic leaders and praise from advocates for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

MBTA fare evader arrested on outstanding warrants

A Lynn man caught trying to sneak into a T station without paying Monday was wanted on several warrants, police said.

MS-13 member should do 35 years for role in murder of teen in East Boston, prosecutors say

A member of the feared MS-13 street gang who helped carry out the brutal murder of a teenager stabbed nearly 50 times in East Boston should spend 35 years in prison, prosecutors said Tuesday.

You can help choose the name for a new JFK podcast

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is launching the podcast this fall to explore the 35th president’s life and legacy.