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For Aly Raisman, individual gold worth the wait

Aly Raisman won the floor exercises, a first for an American gymnast, after taking the bronze on the balance beam.

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After earning a gold and a bronze on Tuesday, the 18-year-old Needham gymnast said it was “a dream come true.”

Gambling board ready to take casino applications

A $400,000, nonrefundable application fee will earn developers the right to compete for one of the state’s commercial casino licenses.

EEE risk called worst in decades

State health officials announced that planes will again take to the skies to spray six communities against Eastern equine enchephalitis-carrying mosquitoes.

The numbers problem Obama has is writ large in Johnstown, Pa., and across the 12 Congressional District.

Race still a factor for Pa. voters

Four years after the late John Murtha called his Pennsylvania district a haven of racists, black and white voters say a post-racial society is still a long way away.

A new seven-story learning center for the New England Conservatory on Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street would include 60 practice rooms and a public jazz cafe.

AnnBeha Architects/Gensler

New England Conservatory to expand campus

For its first major expansion in five decades, the prestigious conservatory plans to erect a pair of modern glass buildings that will shake up a dated section of Huntington Avenue.

The Nation

Race still a factor for Pa. voters

The numbers problem Obama has is writ large in Johnstown, Pa., and across the 12 Congressional District.

By Brian MacQuarrie

Four years after the late John Murtha called his Pennsylvania district a haven of racists, black and white voters say a post-racial society is still a long way away.

Jared Loughner admits to shooting Gabrielle Giffords, others in Tuscon

By Fernanda Santos

Loughner’s guilty plea eliminated the possibility of a death sentence and resolved a case that seemed threatened by his fragile mental state.

Boy eyes offer after Pa. school changes HIV policy

By Mark Scolforo

A ninth-grader from the Philadelphia area is considering an admissions offer by a private boarding school after it announced a new policy to treat HIV-positive applicants the same as others.

The World

Iran envoy’s visit to Syria a bid to solidify mutual backing

By Damien Cave

Iran dispatched the personal representative of its paramount leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to Damascus for a televised display of solidarity with Syria’s president.

Heavy rains submerge Philippine capital, killing 9

Residents waded across a flooded area north of Manila. Seasonal rains followed last week’s drenching by Typhoon Saola.

By Hrvoje Hranjski

Relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide that killed nine people, and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue tens of thousands.

Greece must cut an additional $5 billion

By Derek Gatopoulos and Nicholas Paphitis

Greece must make the cuts to satisfy its international creditors, the country’s finance minister said.

Editorial & Opinion

scot lehigh

Romney’s fanciful tax plan

By Scot Lehigh

Tax policy experts say that Mitt Romney’s tax-cut plan doesn’t add up.

editorial

IKEA sets off violent emotions, as a new play makes clear

The play “RIOT” at the Berkshire Fringe Festival is an exuberantly funny look at the reactions IKEA elicits.

Jeff Jacoby

Rich Americans pay their fair share in taxes — and then some

By Jeff Jacoby

Wealthy Americans pay plenty — far more than plenty — in taxes, and voters aren’t clamoring to make them pay more.

Metro

Fans pouring into Patriots training camp

Joseph Reading, 10, of Fall River cheered Tom Brady at a Patriots’ practice Tuesday.

By Adam Sege

The Patriots may have come up short in the Super Bowl, but if training camp is any indication, fans are excited as ever for the season to begin.

Rockport school counselor on leave due to allegations of past abuse

By Walter V. Robinson

The middle school guidance counselor was recently accused of groping two students decades ago at the private Landmark School in Beverly.

EEE risk called worst in decades

By Kay Lazar and Zachary T. Sampson

State health officials announced that planes will again take to the skies to spray six communities against Eastern equine enchephalitis-carrying mosquitoes.

Business

New England Conservatory to expand campus

A new seven-story learning center for the New England Conservatory on Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street would include 60 practice rooms and a public jazz cafe.

By Casey Ross

For its first major expansion in five decades, the prestigious conservatory plans to erect a pair of modern glass buildings that will shake up a dated section of Huntington Avenue.

Economists: Fed action will have minor impact

Economists say Ben Bernanke and the Fed might not be able to do much to lift the economy and urge lawmakers like US Representative Paul Ryan to take action.

By Megan Woolhouse

The amount of additional stimulus the Federal Reserve can add to the sluggish economy is limited, analysts said.

Coakley proposes $9.7m fine for NStar’s storm response

By Todd Wallack

Martha Coakley pointed to the utility’s inadequate response to Tropical Storm Irene and an October snowstorm.

Obituaries

Marvin Hamlisch, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, dies

Awards and talk shows made Marvin Hamlisch a celebrity.

By Rob Hoerburger

Mr. Hamlisch imbued his movie and Broadway scores with pizazz and often found his songs in the upper reaches of the pop charts.

Robert Hughes, 74, noted Time magazine art critic

ROBERT HUGHES

By Randy Kennedy

Robert Hughes, the eloquent, combative art critic and historian who lived with operatic flair and wrote with a sense of authority, died Monday.

Judith Crist; film critic noted for blunt reviews; at 90

JUDITH CRIST

By Hillel Italie

Judith Crist, a film critic for the ‘‘Today’’ show, TV Guide, and the New York Herald Tribune whose reviews were at times so harsh that director Otto Preminger labeled her ‘‘Judas Crist,’’ has died.

Sports

For Aly Raisman, individual gold worth the wait

Aly Raisman won the floor exercises, a first for an American gymnast, after taking the bronze on the balance beam.

By John Powers

After earning a gold and a bronze on Tuesday, the 18-year-old Needham gymnast said it was “a dream come true.”

Olympic roundup

Loss ensures boxing medal shutout for US

Errol Spence (right) , the Americans’ last hope in boxing, dropped a lopsided decision to Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy.

The US men’s boxing team is heading home without an Olympic medal for the first time after Errol Spence lost in the quarterfinals.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

Red Sox angry after another loss

Dustin Pedroia was angry after being called out on strikes in the eighth inning.

By Peter Abraham

A Will Middlebrooks pinch-hit homer notwithstanding, the Sox followed the same old script of poor pitching and missed opportunities in the defeat.

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