‘Whitey’ Bulger’s handler given 2039 parole date

Former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. won’t be eligible for parole until 2039 for his role in a 1982 slaying orchestrated by Bulger.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has, for months, negotiated the Republican’s health care replacement plan behind closed doors.

Confused by the D.C. chaos? Let’s untangle the Senate’s path on health care

Here are some answers to questions about the state of the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare.

JOAN VENNOCHI

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When it comes to access to medical care, it’s gut check time in America — even in Massachusetts, the cradle of health care reform.

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“It was a very interesting statement. I feel the same way,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal about a recent conversation he had with the Patriots owner.

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Beth Lindstrom has held conversations with top state Republicans about the prospect of seeking the party nomination to run against Elizabeth Warren.

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That secret shortcut you’ve been planning? Good luck with that.

The fire in a Dorchester condo building last month started when an improperly installed exhaust pipe, visible in front of the flames in this photo, ignited wood framing in the upper level of the Treadmark building.

Improperly installed exhaust pipe ignited massive Dorchester fire, commissioner says

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said workers saw and smelled smoke for more than an hour before alerting firefighters.

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The 10-alarm fire burned through a luxury apartment complex that was under construction at 20 Cooper Street.

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Marcotte, a BU grad and Google employee, was killed in 2016 after she went out to exercise while visiting her mother in Princeton.

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Donald Trump held a rainbow flag he borrowed from a supporter last year.

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Trump bans transgender individuals from military

President Trump said the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

GROUND GAME

Three theories on the timing behind Trump’s transgender policy change

Donald Trump’s decision to jump the gun on that policy announcement had opponents steaming and D.C. insiders scratching their heads.

“The only thing — only thing — that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted just before 8 a.m.

Warren: Trump cares ‘more about extreme ideology than military readiness’

Meanwhile, Ed Markey called transgender service members “dedicated patriots” and said, “We welcome their service & honor their love of country.”

Your Home | Design Refreshers

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It was dark, drab, and decrepit, but the new owners went to great lengths to save it.

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BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

What could prevent the Patriots from winning another Super Bowl?

Their flaws may not be pronounced, and Tom Brady covers up many of their warts, but they exist.

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“None of us have done anything. We all have a long way to go. We all have a lot of work to do, so we’re all in the same boat,” he said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_patriotstraingcamp_sports287.jpg Matt Patricia didn’t want to talk about his Roger Goodell clown T-shirt

“I mean, right now, it’s all about training camp,” Patricia said. “We’re here. We’re getting ready to go.”

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After signing veteran point guard Shane Larkin, the Celtics will enter training camp with 16 guaranteed contracts.

Alex Speier

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The team’s three-week struggle coincides with a decline in performance by its younger stars.

A six-pack of bottled Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Coke Zero is getting a makeover

The push behind Coke Zero comes as Americans continue moving away from Diet Coke, which was introduced in the 1980s.

Names

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The school announced this week that the 32-year-old Spalding was named a Professor of the Practice.

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

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It’s become cinematic tradition to treat biopharma as the bad guy, pushing ethical limits in pursuit of profits.

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Getting around the vicinity of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge will be hectic starting this week. The Commonwealth Avenue bridge replacement project begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, and will continue through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 14. The existing bridge, which was built around 1965, is in poor condition and the superstructure is […]