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Democrats send message of presidential dedication

Michelle Obama told convention delegates of tough financial times she and her husband faced as a young couple.

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In an energized opening session of the Democratic National Convention that spoke to a broad array of party interests, Michelle Obama delivered a personal and emotional address.

Maria-Jose Vasquez, 19, chose a grilled chicken sandwich, asparagus salad, and fruit at Boston University.

Colleges doing more to help students eat healthy

Dining halls are putting a fresh focus on ingredients, portion sizes, and nutritional coaching.

Kosilek in 1993, left, and in 1990, right.

Judge orders Mass. to pay for inmate’s sex-change surgery

In the first decision of its kind, a federal judge has ordered state officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change for a transsexual prisoner.

Elizabeth Warren to try for impact near and far

Tonight’s speech offers Warren a crucial opportunity to sell herself to Mass. voters, but her message may also help reenergize liberals within the party.

“In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney,” Governor Deval Patrick said Tuesday night at the convention.

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Patrick tells convention Mitt Romney failed Mass.

Governor Patrick faulted his predecessor and exhorted Democrats to “grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe.”

President Obama and Bill Clinton have become closer since the 2008 campaign.

Vital asset Bill Clinton back in party spotlight

Clinton is slated to nominate President Obama for a second term in a speech that is expected to provide a detailed argument for the president’s reelection.

The Nation

Researchers to look at levees’ role in La. flooding

Melanie Martinez and Eric DeSalvo salvaged items from their home in Braithwaite, La., which was heavily flooded.

By Cain Burdeau and Stacey Plaisance

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed to investigate whether flood fortifications in New Orleans pushed waters into outlying areas.

Mom of slain girl, 9, to attend killer’s execution

By DIRK LAMMERS

A woman whose 9-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped, and slashed to death in South Dakota 22 years ago says she’s raised enough money to attend the convicted killer’s execution.

Wildfire control in Calif. could take up to a week

A helicopter flew near flames in the Angeles National Forest Monday. The area burned is about 5½ square miles. The latest update estimated the fire to be 15 percent contained.

It could be a week before firefighters can contain a 3,600- acre blaze in the Angeles National Forest because of high temperatures and rugged terrain in thick brush.

The World

Iran resumes arms aid to Syria

Refugees waited out the Syrian conflict at the Za’atri camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border.

By Michael R. Gordon

The shipments, which cross Iraqi airspace, are part of a new effort to bolster the embattled government of Sryia’s Bashar Assad, senior US officials said.

Suicide bomber kills at least 25 at Afghan funeral

By KHALID ALOKOZAY

Officials said at least 25 were killed, and local elders put the death toll even higher, at 35 or more, with scores wounded, overwhelming the small provincial hospital.

Hillary Clinton arrives in China to barrage of criticism

By Jane Perlez and Steven Lee Myers

China’s official news media offered unusually harsh coverage of what they called US meddling in territorial disputes in the region.

Editorial & Opinion

Colin S. Diver

Students will show academic integrity — if colleges support it

By Colin S. Diver

The former president of Reed College has suggestions as to how to build a culture that discourages cheating at an elite academic institution.

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Mainstream media needs to accept, own its liberal bias

By Jeff Jacoby

When nearly everyone in the newsroom is a liberal Democrat, casting conservatives and Republicans — and their ideas — in a negative light can become second nature.

Editorial

Fostering end-of-life discussion is difficult, but not doing so is worse

The Boston-based Conversation Project has launched a national effort to promote the rewards of asking loved ones how they wish to live out their last days

Metro

Judge orders Mass. to pay for inmate’s sex-change surgery

Kosilek in 1993, left, and in 1990, right.

By Milton J. Valencia

In the first decision of its kind, a federal judge has ordered state officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change for a transsexual prisoner.

Colleges doing more to help students eat healthy

Maria-Jose Vasquez, 19, chose a grilled chicken sandwich, asparagus salad, and fruit at Boston University.

By Stephanie Steinberg

Dining halls are putting a fresh focus on ingredients, portion sizes, and nutritional coaching.

Boston schools OK part of union proposal

By James Vaznis

The Boston School Department said it has accepted several union proposals — including a possible compromise on a new teacher evaluation system — but rejected other measures.

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Romney opposition to hospice ironic

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Driver backs car into neighbor’s pool

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URI opens new $75m pharmacy building

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The Bowery Presents to open Harvard Square club

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Ben Mezrich kicks off Fashion’s Night Out with a Greenway signing

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Bradley Cooper bringing ‘Elephant Man’ from Williamstown to NYC?

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Robert Kraft and girlfriend Ricki Lander in Provincetown

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Emma Watson talks Brown University and a possible Boston boy

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Do you look like Danny McBride or Eva Mendes?

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Peter Wolf says he’s ‘shocked’ by guitarist J. Geils’s actions

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Alec Baldwin taking an interest in Taylor Swift’s Kennedy relationship

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Chad Johnson gets a tattoo of his ex-wife’s face

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Actress Lily Taylor at Truro Agricultural Fair

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Business

FBI moving offices to Chelsea

By Casey Ross

The Boston office of the FBI is moving ahead with construction of a complex in Chelsea, with plans for occupancy by early 2015.

Liberty Mutual will up charitable giving

Liberty Mutual will spend $8 million over the next three years to sponsor the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and $1 million this year on gifts to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

By Todd Wallack

The company is increasing local contributions by 20 percent this year, while other financial services firms plan to keep their giving largely unchanged.

Agios settles two lawsuits over cancer research

Dr. Craig Thompson

By Robert Weisman

Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, which had alleged that the Cambridge biotech’s cofounder had stolen its research.

Obituaries

Stirling Winder, 26; nurse traveled the world, raised funds in PMC

STIRLING WINDER

By Katherine Landergan

Ms. Winder, a nurse at Beth Israel who had played field hockey for the University of Vermont, died of metastatic osteosarcoma.

Oreste Valsangiacomo, 92, representative in Vermont

ORESTE VALSANGIACOMO

Mr. Valsangiacomo, an Army veteran who served three decades in the Vermont legislature, died within the same week as his 91-year-old wife.

Sports

Son of Maurice Hurst building his own football image

Xaverian’s Maurice Hurst, Jr., left with teammate Hunter Taute, has committed to attend Michigan next fall.

By Bob Holmes

Maurice Hurst Jr. is the son of the former Patriots defensive back, and has become a standout local high school football prospect without much contact with father.

Christopher L. Gasper

It’s OK to question Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick is entering his 13th season as head coach of the Patriots.

By Christopher L. Gasper

In musing 10 thoughts about the Patriots, Christopher L. Gasper notes that Belichick has swung and missed on several acquisitions in recent years.

Red Sox 4, Mariners 3

Red Sox end skid, beat Mariners

Jon Lester (9-11) was the winner with help from four relievers.

By Peter Abraham

Home runs by Cody Ross and Ryan Lavarnway helped lead the Red Sox past the Mariners to snap a seven-game losing streak.