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Quality of life indicators in Bowdoin-Geneva

Citizen complaints offer a glimpse into problems encountered by neighborhood residents. The data from the City of Boston spans from Feb. 28, 2010, to June 28, 2012.

Complaints per approx. 10,000 residents a year
All Boston
Complaints per approx. 10,000 residents a year

SOURCE: City of Boston

Alvin Chang, Matt Carroll and Grant Staublin/Globe Staff

Pregnant prisoners are losing their shackles

Massachusetts is poised to ban the restraining of inmates during labor and delivery. It’s part of a change in how we treat women doing time and giving birth.

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Gun violence’s toll a relentless form of terror

The scourge of violence in Mattapan, Roxbury, and parts of Dorchester is a slow-motion kind of terrorism.

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Lacrosse facts and figures

A quick look at lacrosse, one of America’s fastest-growing sports.

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Age: 32

Hometown: Born in Tennessee, moved eight times, settled in Southie at the Distillery with wife Meghan.

Think of: A modern mix of expressionism and impressionism, sometimes with a street-art twist. “I just try to paint exactly how I want to and how I feel like I need to. That way, whatever I paint is going to be my hands.”

What caught our eye: A vibrant, vivid, imaginative take on the city of Boston.

Lightbulb moment: “Somewhere between getting out of college in 2005 and now, I just said ‘I’m just going to try to make a go of it as a professional artist.’…I guess it was about a year and a half ago that I made that decision.” Before making a go of being a professional artist, O’Day was an engineer and designer for the Navy. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley.

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Cuba, you owe us $7 billion

Behind the trade embargo lies a huge and nearly forgotten obstacle: the still-active property claims by American companies.

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On CIA abuses, denial does Americans no favors

If we frankly acknowledge our mistakes, we may avoid repeating them.

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Check In: Hotel Le Germaine in Toronto

TORONTO — Located minutes from the runway at Porter Air, in the heart of this city’s popular entertainment district, the Hotel Le Germaine is a boutique luxury property suited to both leisure and business travelers.

Stepping into the lobby from bustling Mercer Street is like entering a chic contemporary design showroom — in a good way. Sheer curtains, cascading two stories, add drama to a space filled with warm wood, leather, glass, and stainless steel.

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Naumkeag shows off its rooms inside and out in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — Naumkeag “cottage” has 44 rooms — that is, if you count only those in the house. Outside garden rooms, designed long before patios and backyard barbeques became a way of life, bring the house outdoors and the outdoors inside.

This summer residence overlooking the Housatonic River Valley was built for Joseph and Caroline Choate in 1885 in the shingle style with a Norman French influence evident in its two steeply pitched towers. Choate was a lawyer and later ambassador to Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Naumkeag is the Native-American name of Choate’s hometown, Salem.

The Choates’ daughter, Mabel, inherited the property and in 1958 bequeathed the house, its contents, and the land to the Trustees of Reservations.

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Time to get rid of ‘noncompete’ agreements

The agreements are wonderful for employers who want to keep employees from jumping ship. But they’re bad for workers and the state economy.

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For Watertown residents, normal will never be quite the same

A lingering strangeness remains in the strangers snapping pictures of the famous driveway and in memories that are inescapable.

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Carjacking victim describes his life one year after Tsarnaev encounter

For 75 minutes that began on April 18, 2013, he feared for his life, a prisoner in his own Mercedes, held at gunpoint by Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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Gambling panel stands up to Boston mayor

Regulators will go forward with a hearing to determine if Boston deserves more influence over two proposals on its border, despite Mayor Walsh’s boycott.

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Embroiled TelexFree rose from humble beginnings

The alleged $1.1 billion global scam started with a man who two decades ago was scrubbing office floors, regulators say.

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Body of child discovered along highway

A body discovered in Sterling was consistent in height and weight with a missing Fitchburg boy, but has not been conclusively identified, an official said.

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N.H. store draws reptile fans from around the region

Zoo Creatures, a 14,000-square-foot pet store in Plaistow, N.H., specializes in fish, birds, and reptiles.

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Boston Public Library wasn’t the target — what was inside was

Though the target of last year’s attacks was the Marathon, all fanatics, including the bombers, hate knowledge.

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Keystone XL pipeline decision may wait till after election

The State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision.

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One year later, officer’s recovery continues

A year after MBTA Transit Police officer Richard Donohue was shot in the frenzied shootout, he remains plagued by persistent pain and is unable to work.

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GOP’s 2016 goals: Restrict voting, win

The effort to deny full participation in the political process by all Americans remains stunningly obvious.

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