Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

The gun bill, along with domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Yvonne Abraham

Marty Walsh misses the point

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

Martha Coakley (left) and Steve Grossman are considered the front-runners for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Coakley, Grossman step up dispute

Sniping between gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman – and the PAC that backs Grossman – has intensified.

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The threat ratcheted up pressure on warring factions of the Demoulas family to reach a broader deal.

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Making it to the Met is Wesley Thomas’s goal, but it’s proved more challenging than mastering musical runs.

Johnny Depp (right) was in character as James “Whitey” Bulger while filming “Black Mass” in Boston. “Johnny looked like Whitey . . . He even moved like Whitey,” says author Dick Lehr, a former Globe reporter, says.

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The book on Whitey comes mesmerizingly to life

It’s the Whitey Bulger Gang, circa 1981, riding the wave of its alliance with the FBI. Except it’s July 2014.

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

Christopher L. Gasper

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.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

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As they get set to trade Jon Lester, the Red Sox have plans that will make them a competitive team again next season.

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Ace Jon Lester and fellow starter John Lackey are among the players who could be traded by Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Opinion

Alex Beam

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

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BetaBoston

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