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US Gymnastics Championships in Boston

This week, Boston will get a look at some of the best gymnasts in the world during the US Nationals, which runs Thursday through Sunday at TD Garden.

A gymnast plants his hands on the vault on media day. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)


Summertime festivals around the world

Photographers capture communities gathering at events organized to celebrate a variety of cultural observances in 2018.

Regional dancers perform at the Guelaguetza festival on July 30 in Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico. The Guelaguetza is a festival held once a year which gathers music, dance, gastronomy and handicrafts of different ethnic groups and tribes of the state of Oaxaca. (Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)


Globe staff photos of the month, July 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the Puerto Rican Parade, Taylor Swift performing at Gillette Stadium, celebrating fourth of July, mourning a fallen police officer, loggerhead turtle release, and Patriots training camp.

Tishana and Quantrel Alford gazed at their daughter Zoey after her successful craniofacial surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital on July 24. The family traveled from Mississippi to be in Boston for the surgery. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)


The life aquatic

During the summer heat, a look at animals cooling off with water or in their aquatic environments.

Victor the polar bear enjoys a dip in the water at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, England, as temperatures rise on June 26. Temperatures are widely predicted to rise over the coming days. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)


All eyes on the World Cup

Around the world, billions of fans are watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is held in Russia for the first time. Thirty-two teams from six continents are competing for the prestigious trophy.

A Russian football fan reacts as he watches the World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Kaliningrad on June 14. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)


Kakuma refugee camp

Established in 1992 following the arrival the “Lost Boys of Sudan” and with a population of nearly 190,000, the UNHCR refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, now resembles a sprawling shanty town. It has shops, restaurants, trades, and a makeshift power grid. Southern New Hampshire University has established an online degree program in the UNHCR refugee camp. The competency-based program, which has little traditional classroom time, provides students hope. -- Photography by Keith Bedford/Globe Staff - Read the Story -

Teacher Kuku Kurimagi Agoumi, a refugee from South Sudan and a student of SNHU’s online degree program, leads his class in study at a school at the UNHCR refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, May 11. Teaching is one of the few jobs refugees are authorized to hold in the camp. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)


Globe staff photos of the month, June 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: watching World Cup soccer, The annual Boston Pride Parade, protesting gun volence, protesting the presidents immigration border policy, blessing animals, and great action - reaction on local baseball diamonds.

Nicole Eigbrett of the Asian American Resource Workshop drummed on a bucket while marching in the Rally Against Family Separation in Boston on June 30. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)


Life in the bleachers at Fenway Park

Baseball is never boring in the bleachers. Just ask the Red Sox players who are out there. “The bleachers are fun,” says Sox reliever Joe Kelly. “They’re probably the most fun group in the stadium. It’s kind of like a party out there. But I think they are the most knowledgeable of fans and the most intense. I’m a big fan of them.” Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie has seen it all in the bleachers since becoming bullpen catcher in 1997. He remembers Literacy Night in 2001 where fans received a poster of Sox pitcher Derek Lowe. But in the 9th inning that night Lowe blew the save. When LeVangie hurriedly grabbed his mitt to warm up Rod Beck they were both bombarded. “Before you know it there seemed like 1000 airplanes came down at us and they were big and they were landing on the field and sticking in. It was like the D Day invasion,” says LeVangie. Now there’s more families, better security, and the players are fan friendly. They give the kids gum, sunflower seeds and baseballs. “We’re trying to get them on our side,” he says. -- by Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Fans climb the stairs to the upper bleachers at Fenway Park. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)


US border policy controversy

Customs and border patrol officials in the United States are enforcing President Trump’s strict immigration policies on the Mexico border, causing widespread protests. At least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since April.

A US Border Patrol spotlight shined on a terrified mother and son from Honduras as they were found near the US-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande and had become lost in the woods. They were then detained by Border Patrol agents and then sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (John Moore/Getty Images)


Opioids land more women behind bars

This lone county jail in a remote corner of Appalachia offers an agonizing glimpse into how the tidal wave of opioids and methamphetamines has ravaged America. Here and in countless other places, addiction is driving skyrocketing rates of incarcerated women, tearing apart families while squeezing communities that lack money, treatment programs and permanent solutions to close the revolving door. More than a decade ago, there were rarely more than 10 women in the Campbell County Jail in northeast Tennessee. Now the population is routinely around 60. Most who end up here have followed a similar path: they’re arrested on a drug-related charge and confined to a cell 23 hours a day. Many of their bunkmates also are addicts. They receive no counseling. Then weeks, months or years later, they’re released into the same community where friends - and in some cases, family - are using drugs. Soon they are again, too. And the cycle begins anew: Another arrest, another booking photo, another pink uniform and off to a cell to simmer in regret and despair. -- By David Goldman/Associated Press

Jessica Morgan, high on methamphetamines and the opioid pain medication Opana, sits in a holding cell after being booked for drug possession at the Campbell County Jail in Jacksboro, Tenn. April 23, 2018. (David Goldman/Associated Press)


Globe staff photos of the month, May 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a tulip farm in Rhode Island, local graduations, Memorial Day, Boston Calling Music Festival, and the NHL and NBA playoffs.

Vonshika Adapa, 5, of Shrewsbury, got all dressed up to walk through tjhe Wicked Tulips Flower Farm in Johnston, R.I. More than 600,000 tulip bulbs were planted there last October. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)


Eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

The activity of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has become destructive since early May, burning dozens of homes and forcing residents to flee. Many fissures have opened, spewing lava into neighborhoods and into the Pacific Ocean.

The activity of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has become destructive since early May, burning dozens of homes and forcing residents to flee. Many fissures have opened, spewing lava into neighborhoods and into the Pacific Ocean. (Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/EPA/Shutterstock)


Raising Connor

He is easy to love, affectionate, and friendly. He is moody and unpredictable. Vulnerable, sweet, devoted to family. Impulsive, strong, and overflowing with emotion. Dreaming of home, always. Never quite at home, anywhere. This is Connor, a puzzle his family and caregivers have worked long and hard to solve, a boy who lives at the intersection of autism and mental illness. It isn’t so much a rare place — as many as half of autistic children suffer from mental health problems — but it can be a deeply baffling one. The overlap between these afflictions is hard to untangle; diagnosis and treatment can be very difficult. And a health care system meant to help can instead be frustrating, even harsh. Photography by Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff -- Read the Story --

Connor Biscan stood atop a small rock and searched the sky for the balloons he had lost at a family gathering in Nelson, N.H. on Labor Day weekend. Connor had flown the balloons in an open field behind his great-grandfather’s house. When the kite string broke and the balloons snagged on a tree, Connor became anxious. His mother, Roberta Biscan, praised him for remaining calm. As a baby, balloon was his first word. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)


Globe staff photos of the month, April 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a funeral for a fallen police officer, the Boston Marathon, a new home for a lost dog, opening day at Fenway Park, and the Bruins and Celtics in the playoffs.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker laughed with World War II veteran and San Diego native Sidney Walton, 99, and his son Paul during a meeting at the State House on April 30. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)


Spring blossoms

To commemorate Earth Day on April 22, a look at transforming landscapes around the world bursting with color as warm weather approaches.

Cherry blossoms bloom on a hillside near Mount Yoshino on April 3 in Yoshino, Japan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)


2018 Boston Marathon

Thousands of runners compete under miserable weather conditions during the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon.

Runners cross a drenched finish line at the Boston Marathon. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)


Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

A look at some of the pivotal moments in the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as we mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic end of his life on April 4, 1968.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was welcomed with a kiss from his wife Coretta after leaving court in Montgomery, Ala., March 22, 1956. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system, but a judge suspended his $500 fine pending appeal. (Gene Herrick/Associated Press)


Globe staff photos of the month, March 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: multiple nor’easters, St. Patrick’s Day, protesting gun violence, hockey and basketball state high school championships, Good Friday, and the start of Red Sox season.

Three-year-old Ellie Daiute of Braintree took big steps to make it up up the stairs at City Hall Plaza. Higher temperatures near the end of the month made the day feel like spring. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)


2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Scenes from the Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea taking place March 9-18. 670 athletes with disabilities from around the world compete in 80 events in six different sports.

Australia’s Victoria Pendergast competes during the Alpine Skiing Sitting Men’s Giant Slalom run 2 at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, South Korea on March 14. (Joel Marklund/OIS/IOC via AP)


Back to back nor’easter storms slam Massachusetts

Two nor’easter storms in the past week have brought snow, power outages and flooding to towns across Massachusetts.

A woman with a child in her arms was rescued from the rising waters in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy on Friday, March 2. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

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