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Boston Marathon bombing suspect shown on camera, official says

A surveillance camera atop Lord & Taylor (circled) took images across Boylston Street of the area where the second bomb exploded Monday. The site is in front of the red brick building halfway to the rear of the photo.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Investigators have isolated ­images of a suspect carrying and perhaps dropping a black bag believed to have held one of two bombs.

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Complex challenges lie ahead for Marathon bombing amputees

Some of the patients who lost limbs in Monday’s Marathon bombings woke up hungry for news about the horrific event, while others have barely been able to acknowledge what happened to them.

Wider checks on guns rejected in Senate

Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales failed Wednesday in the Senate, killing the best hope for proponents seeking action following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre and prompting President Obama to label it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”

Marathon attacks bring outpouring of charitable spirit

Within 24 hours, The One Fund, the central charity quickly set up for those affected by the Boston bombings, had received $7.5 million.

Lingzi Lu was studying mathematics and statistics at BU.

Meixu Lu/Associated press

BU student’s life ends in city she had grown to love

Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu, 23, who was from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, was the third victim of the bombings.

The Nation

Mississippi man held in ricin letter case

Capitol Police officers investigated the first floor of the Hart Senate Office Building after suspicious packages were found.

By Holbrook Mohr

Authorities said the 45-year-old man is accused of sending letters to President Obama and a Republican senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin.

Appeals court hears challenge to gay therapy ban

By Lisa Leff and Paul Elias

A court considered California’s bid to bar mental health professionals from offering therapies aimed at making gay teenagers straight.

Kerry says US progressing in Benghazi attack inquiry

Secretary of State John Kerry told a House panel that people believed to be involved in the Benghazi attack have been identified. He didn’t say if any arrests have been made.

By Bradley Klapper

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is making progress in holding accountable those responsible for killing four in Libya.

The World

Bashar Assad accuses West of backing Al Qaeda

By Zeina Karam

The rare TV interview comes as the embattled president’s military is fighting to reverse rebel advances.

China moves to head off spread of bird flu

By Steven Mufson

This strain of bird flu, which has killed 16, has broken out in several places and might be slowly gaining pace.

Two rockets are fired from Sinai into Israeli resort town

By Isabel Kershner

This was the first such attack on that city in a year,underscoring the continuing threat from militants.

Editorial & Opinion


Boston after the bombings: a show of character

Flowers and signs adorn a barrier at Boylston Street near the finish line.

Far from reeling, Boston is firmly on its feet. Far from numb, Boston is openly expressing its grief.


Resilient Bostonians must regroup, learn, and adapt

Boston Firefighter James Plourde carries an injured girl away from the scene after the Marathon bombing.

By Juliette Kayyem

True resilience is about competency, not psychology, and the ability to learn from the past.


Internet: Keep Marathon scammers and trolls at bay

Amid the countless acts of kindness that occurred after Monday’s explosion, there was also a noteworthy one that occurred online.


Yvonne Abraham

Grief and dread for Boston Muslims

By Yvonne Abraham

Local imams have been praying for the victims and for justice since Monday’s bombings. And they’ve been praying that the person who did this isn’t Muslim.

In Boston-related clothing, a show of unity

Damien King of Seattle donned a Boston Marathon T-shirt Wednesday, a move that has taken on new significance. He was in Boston to support his wife, Jennifer (left). who ran the race.

By Peter DeMarco

A grass-roots movement seeks to make Friday a “wear Boston” day throughout the nation.

Kevin Cullen

On Newbury Street, a defiant homecoming

By Kevin Cullen

Julia Bruss wondered would she ever feel safe again. And then she realized that if she felt that way, then they win. They can’t win.

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Bomb specifics are telltale clues

By Carolyn Y. Johnson


Block by block, Back Bay begins to recover

Even as officers stood guard over its patio, the Starbucks Coffee on Newbury Street reopened for business Wednesday to a heavy flow of customers.

By Casey Ross and Jenn Abelson

Except for omnipresent news trucks and a heavy security presence, the Back Bay streets around the bombings were getting back to normal on Wednesday.

Everbridge filled communications gap in blast

By Erin Ailworth

The firm’s system was able to bypass overloaded cell towers and get out the word on the Marathon bombing.

Marathon medals for sale on eBay; maker is disgusted

A Boston marathon runner clutched her medal near the finish line Wednesday.

By Jenn Abelson

The owners of a North Attleborough company that manufactures Boston Marathon medals said they are disgusted to see them on eBay for hundreds of dollars.


Colin Davis, 85; conductor formed special ties to BSO

Colin Davis is shown leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra with pianist Imogen Cooper.

By Jeremy Eichler

Mr. Davis was the longest-serving principal conductor in the London Symphony Orchestra’s history.

George ‘Bev’ Shea, singer at Billy Graham’s side for decades

Mr. Shea was perhaps the most widely heard gospel artist in the world.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Shea, 104, was a Grammy-winning gospel singer and a longtime associate of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Frank Bank, at 71; played Lumpy on ‘Leave It to Beaver’

Mr. Bank served as a lovable bully on the sitcom, which ran from 1957 to 1963.

By Derrik J. Lang

Mr. Bank played Clarence ‘‘Lumpy’’ Rutherford on the popular sitcom ‘‘Leave It to Beaver.”


on hockey

A proud return for Boston fans

The Boston Fire Department took the Garden ice with Rene Rancourt for a poignant national anthem.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

It was a night to remember, filled with pride and patriotism, as Bruins fans sang the national anthem to proudly hail their shaken city.

Sabres 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

Bruins lose, but clinch playoff berth

Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly each scored for the Bruins, who clinched a playoff berth but blew a one-goal lead with 27 seconds left before losing in a shootout.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins allowed a game-tying goal in the final minute, then were held scoreless in the shootout. Still, they earned a point that clinched a playoff berth.

red sox 6, indians 3

Bullpen leads Red Sox past Indians

Relievers Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Bailey (above) retired all 12 batters they faced, eight by strikeout to preserve the win.

By Peter Abraham

Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Bailey retired all 12 batters they faced, eight by strikeout to preserve the win.

G: Style

The new, do-it-yourself custom suit

Luke Nelson (left) fits Chris Chamberland of Somerville for a suit at Indochino. The online retailer opened a pop-up shop just off Newbury Street last month.

By Christopher Muther

Men are finding custom made-to-measure fashions online that fit their lifestyles and budgets.

New fasting diet: How does it work?

Michael Mosley’s 5:2 fasting diet calls for consuming 2,000-2,500 calories five days a week and 500-600 calories twice weekly.

By Christopher Muther

Dr. Michael Mosley, a doctor and television journalist, has brought his weight-loss phenomenon from Britain to the US.

Instagram fashion: Marcus Hamblin

By Christopher Muther

Hamblin, who is in his final year at Boston Architectural College, has plans to take over the fashion world after conquering design.