John Kerry's connection to Dr. Joan Wheelis of Cambridge begins with Benedict Kohn. He was a beermaker who lived during the late 19th century in a town called Bennisch in the Austrian Empire, which today is known as Horni Benesov in the Czech Republic. Kohn's first wife, Rosa Winter, had a son named Bernhard Kohn. It is from this family that Joan Wheelis descends, a family the Kerrys had known nothing about. After the beermaker's first wife died, he married Mathilde Frankel, and they had a son named Fritz Kohn, who would be Kerry's grandfather.
The system set off no alarms as $739,000 disappeared
How Timothy McDaid was able to steal from two organizations over five years is a story of lax oversight, small-town politics, and poor communication.
U.S. and Allies Hit Islamic State Targets in Syria
WASHINGTON — The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.
U.S. fighter jets and armed Predator and Reaper drones, flying alongside warplanes from several Arab allies, struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State. U.S. defense officials said the targets included weapons supplies, depots, barracks and buildings the militants use for command and control. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from U.S. Navy ships in the region.
US deporting children of parents allowed to stay
The Obama administration is deporting the children of adults they have allowed to remain in the United States -- because it is unsafe for the parents to go home. Lawyers are discovering this bizarre paradox in the aftermath of last summer’s border crisis, when thousands of minors from crime-ridden Central American nations streamed into the United States.
In governor’s race, domestic violence cases take center stage
In the race for governor, the debate is about the commissioner of the National Football League. On Monday Republican Charlie Baker said he should resign — after days of criticism from Democrats for failing to take a strong position.
iFest offers a fresh take on the auld sod
Going beyond tartans and step dancing, iFest offers samples of contemporary Irish music, dance, literature, sports, and cuisine.
Missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border
The three men went missing from a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod over the weekend.
40 Iraqi soldiers killed by Islamic State, 68 missing
BAGHDAD — After six weeks of US airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country, in part because many Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines.
At least 40 Iraqi solidiers were killed and 68 were missing Monday after a weekend attack by Islamic State forces in the town of Sijr in Anbar province, the military said. About 700 other troops were forced to retreat.
Iznik dish demonstrates Ottoman achievement
Attempting to satisfy a 16th-century demand for Chinese porcelains, Turkish potters achieved a breakthrough in decorative ceramics.
White House intruder had weapons and ammunition in his car
WASHINGTON — The man who managed to get in the front door of the White House on Friday had a cache of ammunition and weapons in his car at the time of the incident, and he had been arrested by the Virginia State Police in July with several weapons and a map of the White House in his possession, according to law enforcement officials.
On Monday, federal prosecutors said that officers found 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in the car of Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, of Texas, after they searched it Friday.
EMC talked with HP, Dell
The Hopkinton-based data storage giant EMC Corp. has been looking to make a deal with two titans of enterprise computing.
Turkey reluctant to arm Kurds in battle against Islamic State
SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists.
Turkey is resisting because it fears that arming Kurdish men could complicate peace talks with Turkish insurgents.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, ‘Cheek to Cheek’
On their first album together, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga explore the Great American Songbook to charming effect.
Protesters stage Wall Street sit-in over climate crisis
NEW YORK — A day after 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than 1,000 activists gathered Monday in lower Manhattan’s financial district to protest what they said was corporate and economic institutions’ role in the climate crisis.
There were reports of some isolated arrests of protesters, who police said did not obtain a permit for the rally.
Kendall Square’s Volpe Center is a site with suitors
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. is the second developer to express interest in building a life sciences complex on the 14-acre site.
Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
BEIRUT — The Islamic State’s spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a US-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani’s 42-minute audio statement, which appeared to be a rallying cry, was the group’s latest response to efforts by President Obama to form a global coalition against it.
Police say they are close to capturing suspect in troopers’ shooting
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Pennsylvania authorities said Monday that they believed they were closing in on a self-taught survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding a second during an ambush earlier this month outside a police barracks in the Pocono Mountains.
“I believe we are close to him,” Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens of the State Police said of the suspect, Eric M. Frein.
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy teams up with son Spencer. The band plays the Berklee Performance Center on Friday.
TV ad defending Massachusetts casino law puts focus on jobs
The first television spot defending the state casino law debuts Tuesday in Boston and in Western Massachusetts markets, starring the City of Springfield as a financially stressed urban community that really, really wants a long-term relationship with an “economic development project” that would employ thousands of new workers, according to a preview of the advertisement shared with the Globe.
New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women
KABUL — Afghanistan’s new president-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government and told his nation that women are important to the country’s future.
The remarks by President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came a day after the landmark power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates.
John Mellencamp, ‘Plain Spoken’
Mellencamp continues to cut to the core with personal lyrics and subtly deployed sidemen on his gritty 20th album.
Poll finds Americans want religious leaders to speak out more
With election season in full swing, a growing number of Americans believe that religion is losing its influence in public life — and they are unhappy about it.
That’s the finding of a Pew Research Center poll released Monday that found that 72 percent of Americans believe religion is losing its influence, up 5 percentage points from 2010.