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Labs must test medical marijuana

Massachusetts will be the first state to have independent labs test the safety and quality of medical marijuana.

Edward Markey, in Congress since 1976, has a big head start on fund-raising, argues his rival, Gabriel Gomez.

PACs key source of Markey funds

Between Jan. 1 and April 10, political action committees gave Edward J. Markey more than $500,000.

Gabriel Gomez’s house is in a Cohasset historic district.

Gomez took $281,500 home tax deduction

Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez claimed the deduction for pledging not to make changes to the facade of his 112-year-old Cohasset home, but local bylaws already prevented such alterations.

Robert Siciliano said his decision “got me to my family . . . But it’s still not right with me.”

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Some agonize over fleeing Marathon bombing scene

Robert Siciliano, a member of Boston Children’s Hospital’s charity running team, has been haunted since the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon — haunted by the victims’ injuries, and by his own behavior.

Terrance Burton, dean of library services at UMass Dartmouth, greeted students with a high-five as they arrived for the school’s Moonlight Breakfast.

UMass Dartmouth tries to put the focus on school life again

The school, attended by one of the accused Marathon bombers and three charged with trying to cover up his role, is trying to move on.

The Nation

Cleveland man charged with 3 women’s kidnapping, rape

Gina DeJesus, one of three women held captive for about a decade at a run-down Cleveland house, gaves a thumbs-up as she was escorted toward her home.

Ariel Castro is suspected of keeping three women captive inside his decrepit house in Cleveland for a decade.

Riveting accounts fill hearing on attack in Libya

Family members of the four Americans killed in the attack attended the hearing.

By Scott Shane, Jeremy W. Peters and Eric Schmitt

A veteran diplomat gave an account of the fatal attack in Benghazi, Libya, and described its contentious aftermath at a congressional hearing.

Immigration bill may boost Social Security, study finds

By Erica Werner

A bipartisan immigration bill pending in the Senate would strengthen the Social Security trust fund by adding millions of workers to tax rolls, according to an analysis.

The World

7 dead, 2 missing after ship crashes in Italy

Rescue workers inspected the scene of a damaged control tower in the port of Genoa on Wednesday.


Italian prosecutors placed the captain of a cargo ship under investigation after it slammed into the dock at Genoa’s port and toppled the control tower into the harbor, killing at least seven people.

Egypt court upholds acquittals of Mubarak allies

By Sarah El Deeb

Loyalists of Hosni Mubarak were tried for having organized an attack against antigovernment demonstrators, a pivotal moment in the country’s 2011 uprising.

Kerry seeks support for Syrian peace talks

By Steven Lee Myers

Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned leaders in Europe and the Middle East on Wednesday to lay the ground for a conference between rebels and the Syrian government.

Editorial & Opinion


Tragedy’s cold calculations

Ken Feinberg, administrator for One Fund Boston, conducted a town hall-style meeting for Marathon bombing victims at the Boston Public Library on Tuesday.

By Juliette Kayyem

In distributing money from One Fund Boston, speed competes with fairness.


Charles Ramsey, Cleveland hero and truth-teller

Charles Ramsey helped Amanda Berry break out of the neighbor’s house.

By Joanna Weiss

Charles Ramsey is fascinating because he was articulate, in a way most people aren’t, about the scope of the situation he had just experienced.


Publicity raises UMass funding hackles

By Joan Vennochi

The ties between alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the state’s public higher education system are coming to light at the worst possible time for UMass.


Melrose WWII vet dies after being hit by bus

After John Pike nailed a POW/MIA flag to a pole near where Minor McLain was killed, he saluted his longtime friend.

By Brian Ballou

Minor McLain was a veteran of World War II who was heading to a weekly gathering at the VFW post when he was killed Tuesday.

Yvonne Abraham

To bury, not to praise

By Yvonne Abraham

By treating even the most despicable person (Tamerlan Tsarnaev) as less than human, we become less human ourselves.

Funeral director determined to grant bombing suspect his final right

Peter Stefan has been fielding calls from all over the world since he took the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

By Wesley Lowery

Peter Stefan has been fielding calls from all over the world since he took the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

More Stories

Question of site for bombing suspect’s burial goes on

By Brian MacQuarrie and Wesley Lowery

UMass Dartmouth tries to put the focus on school life again

By Marcella Bombardieri and Jeremy C. Fox

PACs key source of Markey funds

By Jim O’Sullivan and Matt Carroll


Boston energy, water use law approved

By Alyssa Edes

The City Council approved Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s ordinance requiring owners of large buildings to report energy and water use.

Tech Lab

Google Now is one step ahead

Google Now is attempting to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

By Hiawatha Bray

The predictive information service for your iPhone could tell you stuff you didn’t even know you wanted to know.

Patrick seeks to ban fee for e-filing taxes

By Erin Ailworth

A bill proposed by Governor Deval Patrick would bar software companies from charging taxpayers a fee for filing their state returns.


William McDonald, at 84; owner of funeral home

William McDonald was the state’s youngest licensed funeral director in the early 1950s.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. McDonald became the state’s youngest licensed funeral director in 1952. He launched his business when he was 21.

Jeanne Cooper, 84, ‘Young and Restless’ grande dame

Jeanne Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” for four decades.

By Lynn Elber

Ms. Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” for four decades.

Thomas Stokes, priest for all walks of life in Tampa

By Andrew Meacham

Father Stokes, 75, was a beloved figure credited with saving Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


Game 4 | Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3

Bruins beat Maple Leafs in OT

David Krejci scored his third goal of the night to give the Bruins a 4-3 win and a commanding 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

By Fluto Shinzawa

David Krejci scored a hat trick to clinch the win and give Boston a commanding 3-1 lead in the playoff series.

Christopher L. Gasper

Now we’ll see what Red Sox are made of

David Ortiz saw his 27-game hitting streak end Wednesday night.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The shine is off the Red Sox and their flaws have been exposed. Can they weather the storm of their losing streak and avoid the meltdowns of past seasons?

Twins 15, Red Sox 8

Red Sox pitching no match for Twins in loss

Felix Doubront surrendered 11 hits and six earned runs in relief as the Red Sox fell to the Twins, 15-8, Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

By Peter Abraham

Allen Webster and Felix Doubront were hit hard, giving up a combined 14 runs as the Red Sox lost for the 5th time in 6 games.

G: Style

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Meet Rita O’Shea, Boston’s grand dame of Irish step dance

Meagan Moffett and Parker Armstrong get instruction from Rita O’Shea on the final day of the World Irish Dancing Championships, held at the Hynes Convention Center in March.

By Christopher Muther

After nearly 60 years and thousands of students, the Irish dance instructor still has a spring in her step and more to teach.

Warby Parker puts the focus on Newbury Street

Warby Parker.

By Rachel Raczka

Warby Parker brings its stylish and socially conscious attitude, and eyewear, to a Newbury Street storefront.

Instagram fashion: Katherine Tabinowski

This week’s Instagram fashion star is adorable style blogger and merchandising intern Katherine Tabinowski.

By Christopher Muther

The 23-year-old Delaware native is new to Massachusetts, but isn’t new to searching out vintage fashion at secondhand stores.