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Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, right, talks with, from left, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and first base coach Alex Ochoa in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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For Red Sox, chaos continues to swirl

The Red Sox distanced themselves from an explosive report that claimed players sought to overthrow manager Bobby Valentine as the team continued to languish.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/kalifa_lifestyle_JuliasInfluence_1--90x90.jpg Boston chefs still infused with teachings of Julia Child

On what would have been her 100th birthday, the influence of the cookbook author and television chef remains strong within Boston’s culinary community.

3 lives of joy, hope cut short in an instant

Parents and friends recounted the longtime friendship and deep bond between the three women slain in Sunday night’s shootings on Harlem Street in Dorchester.

Health law benefits some Mass. hospitals, penalizes others

Several provisions buried in the state’s new 350-page cost-control health care law target specific hospitals.

MBTA begins rollout of long-awaited countdown signs

The arrival times, ticking down in one-minute increments, will appear on LED signs that have displayed only the date, time, and announcements since 2007.

The Nation

To thwart Medicaid expansion, states set high bars for eligibility

Sandra Pico of Florida expects to remain uninsured after her governor said he would not extend Medicaid coverage.

By Carla K. Kohnson and Kelli Kennedy

In Louisiana and Texas, earning more than $5,000 a year makes you ineligible for Medicaid.

Doctor is accused of waterboarding 11-year-old stepdaughter

By RANDALL CHASE

A pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, police said.

Police say Kansas family feared children’s ‘demons’

By MARIA SUDEKUM

A child whose brother and sister were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot said the family believed her younger siblings were possessed by demons, a police officer testified.

The World

Bombs kill 46 across Afghanistan

By Deb Riechmann and Amir Shah

Suicide bombers launched multiple attacks in a remote corner of southwestern Afghanistan near the Iranian border. Most of the victims were civilians.

Japan to hold first talks with North Korea in 4 years

By Isabel Reynolds

While its diplomatic relations with South Korea suffer over disputed islands and wartime conflicts, Japan will hold preliminary discussions with North Korea on Aug. 29 in Beijing.

Chinese police said to kill a Tibetan man amid outbreak of violence

By Alexa Olesen

Police in far west China beat a Tibetan to death during a clash that broke out after two Tibetans set themselves on fire, a US broadcaster said Tuesday.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jeff Jacoby

Where’s the humility?

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final in London.

By Jeff Jacoby

Even in a society fixated on fame and self-esteem, there is nothing admirable about anyone whose first instinct is to sing his own praises.

Scot Lehigh

Websites that help sort fact from fiction

By Scot Lehigh

A variety of websites can help voters sort through the blizzard of distortion and deception that is part of this campaign season.

editorial

Lack of bids for commuter-rail contract highlight T’s woes

That only two companies put in a bid to run the state’s commuter rail service is a poor reflection on the T’s management.

Metro

3 lives of joy, hope cut short in an instant

Sharrice Perkins, 22, was one of three women killed in a Dorchester shooting Sunday.

By Brian Ballou

Parents and friends recounted the longtime friendship and deep bond between the three women slain in Sunday night’s shootings on Harlem Street in Dorchester.

MBTA begins rollout of long-awaited countdown signs

MBTA data team member Sam Hickey, sat at a workstation inside the MBTA operations center on High Street.

By Eric Moskowitz

The arrival times, ticking down in one-minute increments, will appear on LED signs that have displayed only the date, time, and announcements since 2007.

For Red Sox, chaos continues to swirl

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, right, talks with, from left, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and first base coach Alex Ochoa in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox distanced themselves from an explosive report that claimed players sought to overthrow manager Bobby Valentine as the team continued to languish.

More Stories

Warren and Brown trade charges on their tax stands

By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson

Truck smashed signals in O’Neill Tunnel, officials say

By Kevin Cullen, Eric Moskowitz and Martin Finucane

Business

Murdoch, Bloomberg push immigration overhaul

Rupert Murdoch (left) and Michael Bloomberg discussed immigration policies during a panel discussion in Boston on Tuesday night.

By Todd Wallack

The media titan and New York City mayor came to Boston to press their case for making it easier for immigrants to legally come to the US.

Charles St. AME church, OneUnited square off in court

By Beth Healy

The bankruptcy case pits two of the most prominent institutions of Boston’s African-American community against each other.

Nonprofits quantify their success

Janet Iraola dressed her 2-year-old son, Davian, at home in South Boston. She achieved some goals with the aid of Crittenton Women’s Union.

By Katie Johnston

Organizations that previously relied on instinct are gathering more data, seeking outside analysis, and tracking their effectiveness to improve their programs — and prove their worth.

Obituaries

Charles Maynard, 42; Bahamas official died on campaign trail

Mr. Maynard, the chairman of the main opposition party and a former cabinet minister, died while campaigning for a candidate in a parliamentary election.

Brent Grulke, 52, creative director for Austin music festival

By Peter Mongillo

Mr. Grulke, the longtime creative director and driving force behind the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, died from a heart attack.

Nellie Gray, 86; led marches against abortion in D.C.

NELLIE GRAY

By Ben Nuckols

Mrs. Gray was the founder and chief organizer of an annual antiabortion march and a leader in efforts to overturn the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Sports

Orioles 7, Red Sox 1

Orioles crush Red Sox in series opener

Shortstop Mike Aviles (front) and second baseman Dustin Pedroia couldn’t come up with an infield grounder during the Orioles’ five-run sixth inning.

By Michael Vega

Josh Beckett had yet another poor outing, while the team’s batters left 12 men on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Christopher L. Gasper

It’s time to fire Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine’s first season as Red Sox manager has been marred by an apparent lack of respect from players.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Valentine doesn’t deserve to lose his job, but he’ll never be able to control his players if they are empowered to go behind his back and complain to ownership.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox trade Kelly Shoppach to Mets

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy easily beats Ryan Lavarnway to second to end the second.

By Michael Vega

The move clears the way for Ryan Lavarnway to see more action behind the plate.