Four stories of escaping poverty in Boston

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Finding a way to move up and out was daunting, but acquiring skills helped make it work for these four people.

// Fans gather in Foxborough to support Tom Brady

Patriots fans waved signs, chanted, and wore number 12 jerseys at a rally for Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium.

Pablo Sandoval has only two hits in 43 righthanded plate appearances, while hitting .361/1.003 lefthanded


Is switch-hitting a lost art?

A lot of lefthanded pitchers have reverse splits. They’re better against righthanded hitters than they are against lefthanders.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing Saturday at Boston Calling.


Pleasant surprises, a variety of styles at Saturday’s Boston Calling

My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Ben Harper, and Run the Jewels were among the highlights at Boston Calling on Saturday.

// UFC star Ronda Rousey is taking the world by storm

The undefeated champ is a charming, trash-talking MMA fighter, a sex symbol, actress, and author. Everyone wants a piece of her.

Christian Farmer, 9, reads names on the Keech Memorial, which is surrounded by more than 200 flags honoring veterans and other local heroes.

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location, location, location

What is it like to live in Mansfield?

“It’s a little bit of a laid-back town, which is nice,” says Nancy Wall, who has lived in the town for 22 years. “It’s not pretentious.”

Facebook-themed art at the company’s Kendall Square office.

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What’s next for Kendall Square?

The past five years have seen brand-name companies set up shop in the square, hiring thousands of people in the process.

// John Nash, winner of Nobel prize in economics, dies in crash

Nash, a former MIT faculty member who was the subject of the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” died Saturday in a crash in New Jersey with his wife.

The boy who burned inside

There was no one to protect Marco Flores, and, just 9 when it started, he couldn’t protect himself. But then one day he realized that others he loved were in danger, and that it was up to him to end it.

Defense secretary Ash Carter spoke at the Pentagon on May 1.

Iraqi forces lack ‘will to fight,’ defense chief says

Defense secretary Ash Carter’s harsh assessment came after Islamic State forces captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

KW Architects

New ‘cottage’ at Maine compound for Jeb Bush

The 3,000-square-foot vacation home could be a reminder of the complications facing Bush’s presumed presidential campaign.

High fees for public information not uncommon

A hearing is set on the state’s public records law, which some groups say does little to shed light on government bodies.

Warm temperatures, sunny skies expected

Temperatures that may get into the low 80s are forecast for the Boston area today and on Memorial Day.

People in Dublin cheered Saturday as Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

Kevin Cullen

A paradigm shift the Irish were more than ready for

Even while the Irish still go to Mass more than most Europeans, they are decidedly secular when it comes to their rights.

// Locals laud result of Irish referendum

Many Irish-Americans in Greater Boston greeted the vote as a seismic shift for the traditionally Catholic country.

The Big Picture

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Oil spill in California

The governor declared a state of emergency after about 105,000 gallons of oil were spilled, affecting nine miles of the scenic coast.