Amid health care, gay marriage victories, no one invokes DiMasi

Sal DiMasi (right) watched then Governor Mitt Romney sign the health care bill.

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The two causes that Sal DiMasi went to the wall for passed from controversial wayposts to the virtually unshakable law of the land.

Fourth of July

Traffic was heavy on 93 South in Boston and most of the way down to the Cape for the holiday weekend.

With nice weekend weather on tap, travelers hit the roads

Traffic was backed up for miles heading to the Cape as travelers packed highways ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.

Your guide to the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Keith Lockhart will celebrate his 20th year as conductor of the Pops at the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4.

A computer-generated image of a toddler-age girl whose body was found on the western shore of Deer Island.

DA shares details on Deer Island girl

The Suffolk DA’s office released a computer-generated image of a toddler-age girl whose body was found on the shore in Winthrop.

A crowd of about 10,000 people mobbed Plainridge Park, located about 35 miles southwest of Boston in Plainville, on its opening day on June 24.

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Plainridge Park Casino makes $6.1m in first week

It was enough for the casino’s owners to declare themselves “pleased” and for one industry specialist to call it “a great start.”

Ex-Herald editor says he was lucky to survive shark attack

Andrew Costello, former editor of the Boston Herald, was dragged underwater by a shark Wednesday in North Carolina.

Scott Brown’s before-and-after photos of his physique that were posted on Facebook.

Senator, candidate... weight-loss pitchman?

Scott Brown’s role as a distributor for AdvoCare — and his curious online endorsement — was met with guffaws by Facebook followers.


// Needham’s Aly Raisman bares (almost) all in ESPN The Magazine

The captain of the gold medal-winning US women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics exposes quite a bit in the Body Issue.

Sophia Lewis (left) of PSEG Long Island spoke with a visitor at a job fair in New York this week.

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Percentage of those who work at a 38-year low

Driven by retiring baby boomers, the decline could make it tougher to find workers, potentially slowing economic growth.

// Chemist’s drug thefts may have large-scale effects

Lawyers say Sonja Farak’s confessions in therapy prove that her evidence tampering was far worse than previously disclosed.

Screams heard before woman’s body found at Burlington hotel

The Extended Stay Hotel called police at 12:20 a.m. after guests reported the scream, as well as “what sounded like a gunshot.”

BU student pens Guardian column alleging racism

Jailyn Gladney, a BU senior, wrote a column in The Guardian highlighting the racism she says pervades her campus.

A variety of fitness monitors are available on the market, with products by (from left) Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, and Nike.


Don’t let your Fitbit collect dust — donate it

RecycleHealth, started by a Tufts professor, hopes to collect the gadgets and donate them to people who can’t afford one.

// FDA approves Vertex treatment for cystic fibrosis

The therapy will cost $259,000 per patient per year, and is expected to generate billions annually for the Boston-based company.

// Pipeline company sues Boston over West Roxbury gas line

The biggest natural gas pipeline in New England has sued the city for standing in the way of the controversial project.

// Julep Bar’s license suspended indefinitely after third bust

The bar’s ownership group includes an attorney who made headlines in May after his yacht’s propeller severed a woman’s arm.

Man killed after allegedly pointing BB gun at police

The wife of the Brockton man said she told police that there were BB guns in the house, but that he didn’t have firearms.

The Big Picture

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Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.