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Security for large Boston events is toughened

Authorities are carefully review­ing security measures for the July Fourth celebration in light of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings and disclosure that the suspects may initially have planned to target the Independence Day celebration.

Student visa system gets scathing review

Homeland Security officials have redoubled efforts to check foreign students’ visas at airports and border crossings.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul unveiled new pediment art in a nautilus motif.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

A new look for a dour old Boston cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, built in 1819-20, unveiled new pediment art in a nautilus motif.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the Celtics failed to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.


Knicks 88, Celtics 80

Celtics’ comeback vs. Knicks falls short

Beaten down, worn out, finished.

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Search for Boston superintendent begins

As Boston begins its search for a new superintendent, the School Committee will try to avoid the missteps, repeated delays, and disappointments that marked its previous hunt six years ago.

Employment outlook takes an encouraging turn

Employers nationwide added more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since late 2008, taming concerns that the US economy is sputtering.

The Nation

New evacuation ordered as Calif. wildfire is fanned by shift in winds

Firefighters worked at Point Mugu State Park, as a wind-driven wildfire raged along the California coast on Friday.

A huge Southern California wildfire burned through coastal wilderness to the beach on Friday then stormed back through canyons.

At its convention, NRA warns of a ‘culture war’

About 70,000 NRA members are expected to attend the three-day convention in Houston.

By Jim Vertuno and Juan Lozano

The National Rifle Association kicked off its annual convention Friday with a warning that its members are engaged in a ‘‘culture war’’ that stretches beyond gun rights.

Calif. governor wants to speed inmate release

“The plan is ugly. We don’t like it,” state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said.

By Don Thompson

California is considering speeding up the release of some inmates while allowing others to become firefighters, under a proposal to cut crowding in state prisons.

The World

Key prosecutor gunned down in Pakistan

Pakistani police inspected the bullet-riddled car of prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar on Friday.

By Richard Leiby

The prosecutor leading the case against former military leader Pervez Musharraf was shot to death as he was leaving his home, police said.

Israeli airstrike hits suspected weapons site in Syria, US says

By Lolita C. Baldor

It did not appear that a chemical weapons site was targeted, sources told the Associated Press, and one official said the strike appeared to have hit a warehouse.

Bangladesh official says collapse that killed 500 wasn’t ‘really serious’

A woman held a photo of her sister, who has been missing since the factory collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The finance minister downplayed the impact of last week’s building collapse, saying he didn’t think it was “really serious” hours after the 500th body was pulled.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

No clues from 1983 mayoral race

Boston mayoral candidates Mel King and Ray Flynn debate at the Old South Church in 1983.

By Lawrence Harmon

It’s tempting to look to 1983, when the late Mayor Kevin White announced he’d had enough, but the politics, culture, media, and demographics of Boston are different today.


Freedom of speech for whom?

By Renée Loth

Increasingly, the First Amendment is exploited to promote an ideology that has little to do with free speech and more to do with commercial profits.

Opinion | Keith Lockhart

Where it all really began

The Old State House, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, is undergoing an interior restoration.

By Keith Lockhart

The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and in celebration of its 300 years, the Bostonian Society is undertaking a major restoration of the interior.


Researchers try to map social contacts after bombings

Following the Marathon bombngs, runners and spectators people used cell phones to both get in touch with loved ones and gather information.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Researchers at Northeastern University are trying to understand how we communicated in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Fort Hill Tower gets a touch up

A crew from the Chapman Waterproofing Co. power washed paint off the roof of Fort Hill Tower earlier this week.

By Lauren Dezenski

The Roxbury tower is getting a face lift, as the city paints the interior and repairs the windows of the 144-year-old structure.

Shooting outside Roxbury store kills 2

By Zachary T. Sampson

Two men in their 20s were killed in a shooting outside a drugstore on Warren Street in Roxbury.

More Stories

Security for large Boston events is toughened

By Meghan E. Irons and Peter Schworm

Funeral home searches for place to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev

By Wesley Lowery and Brian MacQuarrie


Dow flirts with 15,000 as stocks surge to new highs

Mariachi Real De Mexico performed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the closing bell and ahead of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, and a broker’s cap said it all.

By Bernard Condon

Stocks surged to record highs Friday when a surprisingly good jobs report finally gave investors a clear sign of US economic strength after weeks of conflicting signals.

MIT student start-ups have their eyes on fashion

By Taryn Luna

A handful of fashion-minded MIT students are creating companies targeting niche consumer styles and voids in the retail industry.

Jeff Vinik closing hedge fund to focus on hockey

Jeff Vinik, seen presenting a watch to Vincent Lecavalier in honor of his 1,000th NHL game, is owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

By Beth Healy

The NHL team owner will close his hedge fund, which he launched in 1996 in downtown Boston, and return investors’ money.


Anne Strong; lawyer enabled girls to play soccer in Boston

While phasing out her private practice, Ms. Strong established CityKicks afterschool soccer in 1999.

By Michele Richinick

Ms. Strong, 68, was a founder of Cambridge Youth Soccer and the CityKicks urban soccer league.

Henry Hope Reed; architecture critic disliked modernism

Mr. Reed went to Mayor John V. Lindsay and suggested that Central Park be closed to traffic on weekends. Mr. Reed became known for his walking tours in the park

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Reed, 97, was a historian whose ardent opposition to modernism was purveyed in curmudgeonly barbs directed at advocates of the austere, the functional, and unornamented.

Jeff Hanneman, Slayer guitarist; at 49

From left, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, and Tom Araya in a 2009 publicity photo.

By Derrik J. Lang

Mr. Hanneman cofounded the thrash metal pioneers. A spider bite may have contributed to his death.


Knicks 88, Celtics 80

Celtics’ comeback vs. Knicks falls short

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the Celtics failed to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics fell behind by 26 in Game 6 before drawing within 4, but were eliminated from the playoffs in an 88-80 loss.

Dan Shaughnessy

For Celtics, the end of an era

Will Doc Rivers leave? Will Kevin Garnett retire after 18 seasons?

By Dan Shaughnessy

Will Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett be back? What happens now to the Celtics we grew to know and love?

Rangers 7, Red Sox 0

Rangers cool off Red Sox

After only five starts this season, it’s evident that something is wrong with Felix Doubront.

By Peter Abraham

Felix Doubront was knocked out in the fourth inning and Derek Holland dominated Boston as the Sox lost, 7-0.

G: Family

Marathon runner in race to help ailing wife

Erica and Rick Kaitz at home.

By Bella English

From the Boston Marathon to the Pan-Mass Challenge, Rick Kaitz races to help his ailing wife, who has uterine leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

Stage Review

In ‘Looped,’ a hard-living legend can’t stay on script

Stefanie Powers plays Tallulah Bankhead in “Looped,’’ at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

By Don Aucoin

Stefanie Powers, who costarred with Tallulah Bankhead in “Die! Die! My Darling!,’’ is portraying Bankhead pretty delectably in Matthew Lombardo’s play.

Book Review

‘Mom & Me & Mom’ by Maya Angelou


By Carmela Ciuraru

In her latest autobiography, Angelou broadly revisits some of the painful incidents of her childhood, but as the title indicates, the focus is on her mother.