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Two years later, brothers made good

In 2011, Billy Baker profiled two teenage brothers from Dorchester struggling to overcome steep odds as part of the Globe's Bus 19 series, a project in which a team of Globe reporters chronicled stories along one of the city's key bus routes. Two years later, Baker provided a follow-up on the subjects of his story in a series of Twitter posts, collected below.

Shawn Mendes parlays online stardom to chart success

Mendes is the 16-year-old singer-songwriter who came to fame via the six-second video app Vine.

No one likes spending caps, so they must be good

Behold the spending cap; so simple, almost bland, yet rarely has so little so irritated so many. Known as “sequestration” in the stilted language of Washington’s Beltway universe, that innocuous number on a piece of paper brings forth an endless stream of winces, sighs, and eyeball rolls.

A wrongheaded ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Fiddlehead

This misbegotten production tries to find a connection between the journey of Jesus Christ and the events of September 11, 2001.

Colorado prison ‘a high-tech version of hell’

The Supermax prison houses the worst of the worst. It’s the place Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may soon be sent.

Olympic bid gains support, but with a big ‘if’

A new Globe poll shows a majority across the state and within Boston would back a bid that prohibits public spending.

Icon of sport and unreality TV, Jenner finds a truth inside

Bruce Jenner, once the most emasculated man on TV, bravely reached out and reclaimed his dignity. As a woman.

Get excited about the SATs

Has the backlash against aptitude testing gone too far?

Old battle lines drawn anew in Kansas

In the state where “separate but equal” died, the governor’s bet on supply-side economics imperils school gains.

Music for kids Popping Up in Newburyport

In addition to playing guitar and singing, Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein use a colorful cast of original puppets to engage the audience.

Spiritual tourism has travelers asking the big questions

Travel companies report that the number of people taking “faith-based” vacations is up as much as 164 percent in the last five years.

Saving Leo

A boy, badly burned by fire, travels from Burundi to Boston in an extraordinary journey of resilience and devotion.

Solo shows present singular risks, rewards

Is there a more daunting performance challenge in theater than the solo play? To hear actors tell it, no, there isn’t.

How Boston’s Bill Bratton is making over the NYPD

Thanks to the police commissioner, an idea hatched in ’70s Boston is rolling out in 21st-century New York.

In Lynnfield, some say ‘Not in my backyard’

Rail trail abutters worried about the environment, safety, finances, and a potential decrease in property values.

Jorma Elo combines precision, flow with Boston Ballet

Choreographer Jorma Elo is finishing the last sections of his world premiere of “Bach Cello Suites,” which opens at Boston Opera House on April 30.

Cheapskates, do your homework on carriers

For a tightwad, it pays to dig deeper when booking flights, even on the discount sites.

America’s next president will carry a big stick

Regardless of who’s in the White House, our enthusiasm for waging foreign wars swings like a pendulum.

What a doctor can learn from being a patient

An internist’s cancer scare helps show her how care can be improved.

Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

Somerville’s Assembly Row has announced its 2015 schedule of events, including Petpalooza, Riverfest, TEDxSomerville, a farmers market, and yoga.

Boston may finally get beyond twilight zoning

The BRA is in the process of developing its first citywide master plan in more than 50 years.

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