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Russia alerted US repeatedly about suspect, senators say

Russia is said to have contacted the US “multiple” times about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the brothers may have planned to attack New York City.

Bartender Maradyth Mure cleaned up at Whiskey’s Smokehouse.

Workers back, but in no way business as usual

For the first time in eight days, businesses and residents returned to the site of the bombings on Boylston Street, most with trepidation.

// Tsarnaev brothers appeared to have scant finances

The picture that is emerging of the alleged bombers is more like terrorism on a budget, consistent with reports that the brothers acted alone.

After a vigil for victims and their families at the first Marathon bombing site on Boylston Street, attendees walked to the site of the second blast.

City crew does its best to restore Boylston Street

It was the same job he always does, all over the city, and Jim Hughes went at it the same way, attacking the layers of unwanted spray paint with chemical gel, hot steam and elbow grease. But this time, instead of an Allston storefront or a brick wall in East Boston, Hughes was on the sidewalks of Boylston Street, laboring to erase all traces of a tragedy that transformed the city.

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Harvard primate center, site of violations, to close

Harvard’s primate ­research center, which has been investigated for animal welfare violations in the deaths of four monkeys, will be largely shut down by 2015, Harvard Medical School said Tuesday. The university cited a tough economic climate for research funding and a shift in long-term strategies.

Michael J. Sullivan spoke about a stabbing as Plymouth district attorney in 1999.


Prosecutorial code propels GOP’s Michael Sullivan far

The US attorney, now running for Senate in Mass., has been by the book as a prosecutor, and is selling a softer side as a candidate.

The Nation

Man released in ricin case as 2d home searched

Paul Kevin Curtis had been in custody under suspicion of sending letters that tested positive for ricin.

By Lenny Bernstein and Kimberly Kindy

Paul Kevin Curtis, of Mississippi, had been in custody under suspicion of sending letters that tested positive for ricin.

Justices limit deportation over marijuana crimes

The Supreme Court ruled that immigrants cannot be automatically deported if they are convicted of relatively minor crimes involving marijuana.

3 murder charges against Pa. abortion doctor tossed

By Maryclaire Dale

A Philadelphia judge dismissed three of eight murder charges in the trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider accused of killing babies allegedly born alive at his clinic.

The World

Israel accuses Syria of chemical weapons use

Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO to be ready to respond if Syria used chemical weapons.

By Jodi Rudoren and David E. Sanger

The remarks by Israel’s senior military intelligence analyst turn up the pressure on the US to intervene.

Myanmar leader pardons 93 prisoners

By Aye Aye Win

Myanmar’s president pardoned 93 prisoners on Tuesday, a day after the European Union lifted sanctions against the Southeast Asian nation.

UK must end army recruitment at 16, rights groups say

By Cassandra Vinograd

Rights campaigners are taking aim at a British military policy of recruiting soldiers under the age of 18.

Editorial & Opinion


Michael Sullivan finds his own gun loophole

Michael Sullivan is a former US attorney and one-time acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

By Scot Lehigh

Sullivan, a GOP candidate for Senate, dismisses the findings of the very agency he once ran by concluding that gun shows aren’t a background check loophole.


Everything to fear in Internet sales tax

By Jeff Jacoby

The proposed law giving states the power to collect sales tax from out-of-state online retailers should be named the Marketplace Unfairness Act.


Fertilizer explosion reveals lapses in security, oversight

When stored properly, fertilizer is considered safe. That makes reports of insufficient oversight in West, Texas, all the more disturbing.


N.H. moves to symbolically free Colonial slaves

By Meghan E. Irons

The New Hampshire House is preparing for a vote Wednesday that shines a light on a forgotten chapter of black history in one of the whitest states.

Police, governor also honor slain MIT officer

Members of Sean Collier’s family waited to enter St. Patrick’s Church in Stoneham Tuesday.

By Brian Ballou

Sean Collier’s funeral was attended by law enforcement, elected officials, and family and friends, with three busloads from MIT.

Family says goodbye to youngest blast victim

In the popular photograph, Martin was shown holding a sign that read: “No more hurting people. Peace.”

By Meghan E. Irons

In the quiet of the morning, away from the public glare, Martin Richard’s parents and close family mourned the eight-year-old.

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Adrian Walker

A prayer to stay united

By Adrian Walker

Russia alerted US repeatedly about suspect, senators say

By Bryan Bender, Noah Bierman, Mark Arsenault and Kevin Cullen

Tsarnaev brothers appeared to have scant finances

By Todd Wallack and Beth Healy


Prosecutorial code propels GOP’s Michael Sullivan far

By Eric Moskowitz

political notebook

Democrats resume ads in race for Senate

By Stephanie Ebbert


Police identify Roxbury shooting victim

By Matt Rocheleau


Two workers injured in Kingston wall collapse

By Lauren Dezenski

Residents return to homes forever changed

By Evan Allenand Brian MacQuarrie

Muslims help victims and FBI after bombings

By Maria Sacchetti and Gal Tziperman Lotan


Bane of networks, Aereo on way to Boston

Chaitanya Kanojia, Aereo’s chief executive, shows a tablet displaying his company’s technology, which delivers over-the-air TV channel signals to Web-linked devices.

By Hiawatha Bray

Aereo, the Internet video service that’s drawn the wrath of the nation’s broadcasters, is coming to Boston next month.

For Back Bay workers, a week down the drain

Jake Borash (left) handed off a copy order to his father, Edward, of Sir Speedy, after he could not get through a security barrier.

By Megan Woolhouse

Businesses that closed within the crime scene of the Marathon attack left employees with a sudden loss of income that most will never recover.

Mass. woos biotech firms at BIO convention

Susan Windham-Bannister outlined the benefits of locating in Massachusetts for Tom Speedy of Innova Biosciences.

By Robert Weisman

Officials are stressing the state’s world-class universities, educated workforce, and strong community of investors.

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Workers back, but in no way business as usual

By Jenn Abelson and Casey Ross

Boeing says battery tests underestimated fire risk

By Matthew L. Wald and Jad Mouawad

Fake AP tweet on White House blasts rattles market

By Nicole Perlroth and Michael D. Shear

Argentina wants bribery details

By Almudena Calatrava


Apple shareholders in line for $100b

By Peter Svensson


Delta has small profit for quarter

By Joshua Reed


Yum Brands beats expectations

By Candice Choi


Full planes boost US Airways

By Joshua Freed

Aeroflot plans New York stock trading

By Ekaterina Shatalova


Joyce Higgins, 79; fostered children’s love of reading

Joyce Higgins led the children’s section of Belmont Public Library for 15 years.

By Emma Stickgold

Mrs. Higgins was a popular children’s librarian at the Belmont Public Library, remembering books and the people who checked them out.

Anna Merz, 81, leader in fight to save black rhinos

Anna Merz, with Samia, an orphan rhinoceros who became emotionally attached to her.

By Douglas Martin

Ms. Merz went to Kenya to retire and instead started a reserve to protect black rhinoceroses, fighting against their extinction.


Knicks 87, Celtics 71

Celtics drop Game 2 to the Knicks

Plagued by foul trouble in Game 2, Kevin Garnett exited in the fourth — to the delight of some fans — after picking up foul No. 5.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics, down 2-0, scored just 23 points in the second half, and look like their season could come to an early end.

Dan Shaughnessy

Celtics look like they are finished

Kevin Garnett, left, and Paul Pierce were left dejected on the Celtics bench late in the game.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Maybe the the old Green warriors can scare the Knicks with a big win at the Garden Friday night. But it doesn’t feel that way.

Athletics 13, Red Sox 0

Athletics rout Red Sox on rainy night

Alfredo Aceves allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, the last two on Seth Smith’s HR.

By Peter Abraham

Alfredo Aceves allowed eight runs in the third and it was 13-0 before the umpires mercifully called the game after 7 innings.

G: Food

When you need your fill of (insert food here), this is where you go

Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown will take care of all your brunch needs, including omelets, French toast, and even sweet potato pancakes.

By Catherine Smart

Whether it’s a taste of childhood you’re after or simple comfort food in times of stress (we were all there last week), we come to these places with a purpose: to satisfy a craving.

dining out

Benvenuto! Prezza is back

Crispy shrimp consists of two large prawns, their heads on, resting on a bed of Italian slaw.

By James Reed

After a kitchen fire in July, the North End restaurant reopened in early January with a revamped menu, but with the layout and decor mostly as they were.

The Stress Kitchen: What we all cooked last week

By Sheryl Julian

When the going gets tough, as it certainly did last week, many cooks head to the kitchen for refuge, comfort, and often simply something to occupy themselves.

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What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer

By Suzanne Koven


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

By Amy Dickinson


Tyler Seguin apologizes for tweeting homophobic slur

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Huntington Theatre Co. gala raises a glass — and a lot of money

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Casey Affleck makes visit to the State House

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Neil Diamond song to address Marathon attack

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mark Wahlberg gets a premiere, Matt Damon gets an Arts Medal

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Newton’s B.J. Novak gets a book deal

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Nantucket Film Festival announces summer lineup

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Aziz Ansari to perform benefit at the Wilbur

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Music Review

Widmann, Signum show range in Goethe program

By Harlow Robinson