Jon Lester traded to Oakland

Jon Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA this season.

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Lester is the centerpiece of a deal that also sends Jonny Gomes to Oakland, while Boston receives All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The dark nights continued for the Red Sox as they lost again, swept by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

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How have Red Sox fallen so far, so fast?

It was just nine months ago the Sox were celebrating a World Series title. Now they’re close to disbanding the team.

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Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

The mayor showed a gobsmacking display of cluelessness in commenting on the trial.

Wesley Ray Thomas, a baritone, performed in June with the Me2 Orchestra at the University of Vermont. The orchestra is a classical ensemble for those with mental health issues.

Letting loose in the city gives ‘Opera Guy’ stability

For Wesley Thomas, Boston’s self-proclaimed “Opera Guy,’’ singing for tourists doubles as therapy.

Johnny Depp captures the menacing tone of Whitey Bulger.


Whitey movie eerie experience for ‘Black Mass’ coauthor

The authenticity of the adaptation, which wraps filming in Boston Friday, is evident in moments big and small for Dick Lehr.

Market Basket vows to replace dissident workers

Some employees scoffed at the warning and vowed not to budge until Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

Woman charged in theft of Revere firefighter’s wallet

The woman allegedly stole a firefighter’s wallet from his station while he was out battling a blaze in the town.

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As the state legislature wraps up its session today, several major proposals remain on the agenda.


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// Is John le Carré the greatest living writer?

Le Carré spotlights the Cold War, and by extension the US role — and principles — that were part of it.


// Twitter wants to be everywhere

The 140-character social network is riding high after a stronger than expected quarter.