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Dead in Mass. got millions in welfare, report says

The audit is the latest study finding that the state did not do nearly enough to ensure that welfare benefits went only to qualified recipients.

Nathan and Beatrice Ginsburt of Revere danced at the Wonderland Ballroom in November 1974.

Wonderland and its dancers give way to time

The ballroom in Revere is headed toward demolition and a likely future as a hotel, and no one is rising to stop it.

Gabriel Gomez attacked Edward Markey’s record on tax increases at an auto body shop in Mattapan Tuesday. Markey, shown in Jamaica Plain, has focused on his differences with Gomez on gun control and abortion rights.

Gabriel E. Gomez opens new front in war on Edward J. Markey

A tax attack was the latest salvo from a GOP Senate candidate who has bounced from criticism to criticism against his Democratic opponent.

Muji Karim met last week with Celeste Corcoran, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Trauma survivor now acting as a beacon of inspiration

Muji Karim lost his legs in a fiery crash. Now he shows other survivors, including victims of the Marathon bombings, that there is life after injury.

Twitter taps area talent as it grows Boston footprint

Since buying a pair of Kendall Square start-ups earlier this year, Twitter has been steadily building its East Coast headquarters in Cambridge.

Evelynn M. Hammonds says she will return to academia.

Harvard dean at center of e-mail controversy resigning

Evelynn Hammonds, who faced criticism for authorizing searches of instructors’ e-mail accounts, will return to academia.

The Nation

7 indicted in online money laundering system

Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan, explained a chart depicting Liberty Reserve’s global interests.

By Marc Santora, William K. Rashbaum and Nicole Perlroth

The organization, Liberty Reserve, was allegedly responsible for laundering over $6 billion over the past seven years.

Judge in Trayvon Martin case puts limits on defense

By Lizette Alvarez

Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman will be barred from mentioning Trayvon Martin’s marijuana use, fighting, or high school suspension during opening arguments.

Much of Red Cross fund for Sandy unspent

By David B. Caruso and Jennifer Peltz

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn’t spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm.

The World

EU’s target was Assad, Russia in lifting arms embargo

“You cannot declare the wish to stop the bloodshed . . . and continue to pump armaments into Syria,” Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said.

By Steven Erlanger

The European Union’s decision to lift its arms embargo on Syria is intended to put pressure on Russia and President Bashar Assad before scheduled peace talks.

Kenyan lawmakers overturn pay cut

Members of Parliament voted to overturn a directive that reduced their pay, hoping to force the government to pay the higher salaries legislators got in the previous Parliament.

7 Afghan police killed in insider attack

Two recently rehired Afghan police officers opened fire on their commander in the country’s south, killing him and six of his men, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

The dynamic on guns is changing

Assault rifles hangs at an exhibit booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston, Texas, on May 5.

By Scot Lehigh

In the wake of the defeat in Congress of expanded background checks, many voters have told their legislative representatives that they want sensible gun control.

JEFF JACOBY

How far does ‘marriage equality’ go?

By Jeff Jacoby

Does marriage equality mean whatever consenting adults want it to mean?

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Obamacare is facing death by a thousand cuts

By Michael E. Capuano

The evidence is overwhelming that Republicans are undermining health care reform whenever possible.

Metro

Mayor William Lantigua called before grand jury

Mayor William Lantigua’s administration has been under investigation almost from the moment he was elected in 2009.

By Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes

Lawrence’s mayor will answer questions about funds missing from a city-owned parking garage managed by one of his close political allies.

Boston schools seek $6m more for special ed

By James Vaznis

An increase in students being diagnosed with autism or other disabilities is driving up special education spending in Boston.

Artist evokes hidden beauty of MBTA stations, routes

Laura Meilman, an artist drawing all the MBTA stations, sketched a scene at North Station.

By Catherine Cloutier

Artist Laura Meilman plans to visit and draw each of the MBTA’s 121 subway and streetcar stations and their environs.

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Estranged Foxborough wife allegedly assaulted

By Brian Ballou and John R. Ellement

Adrian Walker

A live problem in Mass. welfare system

By Adrian Walker

PEABODY

Peabody shooter identified as S.C. man

By John R. Ellement

BOSTON

Burlington man stole Legos, US says

By Travis Andersen

BOSTON

Former official denies looting church

By Meghan Irons

BOSTON

Man is shot several times in Dorchester

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Marathon survivor wants to thank mystery man

By Todd Feathers and Martin Finucane

Business

Twitter taps area talent as it grows Boston footprint

Twitter

By Michael B. Farrell

Since buying a pair of Kendall Square start-ups earlier this year, Twitter has been steadily building its East Coast headquarters in Cambridge.

Home values rise in the Boston area

By Jenifer B. McKim

Home values in the Boston area increased by 6.7 percent in March compared with the same time last year, according to data released.

A strong start to tourism season

Erik Lindblom, at the Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, said, “It seems like the economy is finally working for us, not against us.”

By Jay Fitzgerald

Tourism-related businesses in New England said they had a strong Memorial Day weekend, and expect the rest of the summer to be even better.

Obituaries

Lewis Yocum, 65; surgeon saved careers of ballplayers

By Beth Harris

The renowned orthopedic surgeon extended the careers of many big leaguers by repairing injuries that once would’ve ended their playing days.

Sports

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Red Sox bats are quieted by the Phillies

Jonny Gomes fanned for the first out of the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon.

By Julian Benbow

Cliff Lee allowed only one run in eight innings, putting a halt to the Red Sox’ four-game winning streak.

On Baseball

Time for National League to use the DH

David Ortiz

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox’ first trip to play a National League team this season is a reminder of how foolish it is to have pitchers hit in just one set of MLB parks.

‘Tough Mudder’ is a grueling test, a growing business

There was no joy in mudville for this competitor, because the “Electric Eel” obstacle features dangling wires that give off powerful shocks.

By Stan Grossfeld

Who wants to jump into an icy mud bucket (called an “Arctic Enema”) or slither through a dirty field full of voltage? Lots of people, it turns out.

G: Food

Dining out

Bogie’s Place is a steakhouse that feels like a private party

Clockwise from above: The wedge salad at Bogie’s Place comes with blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and croutons; a foie gras torchon has rhubarb, pistachio, and bruleed sugar; fried clams with slaw, remoulade, and cornichons on potato bread.

By Devra First

It is refreshing to stumble across the anti-steakhouse, tiny and without signage, hidden inside Downtown Crossing’s jm Curley.

Cheap Eats

True Mex and Tex-Mex, day and night in Central

Tacos with homemade tortillas at Beantown Taqueria.

By Catherine Smart

Beantown Taqueria’s managers, who grew up in Mexico City, thought the authentic flavors of their childhood would translate to a fast-casual concept.

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Sweet and spicy shrimp stir-fry becomes lettuce cups on day two

Spicy shrimp and cabbage stir-fry.

By Sydney Oland

A bit of spice and a hint of sweetness enhance this shrimp and cabbage stir-fry.

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‘Mad Men’ motif comes to life in New Canaan, Conn.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘Who Owns the Future’ by Jaron Lanier

By Hiawatha Bray

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National Geographic plans a Kennedy movie

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jeff Bauman throws out first pitch at Fenway

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Matt Damon’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ does well

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Canadian David Johnston is All-American

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Emerson graduate co-producing ‘Blood Sisters’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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ART director earns shout-out in ‘Smash’ finale

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Superstar K’ takes talent hunt to Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Pop Warner honors Nancy Kerrigan and others

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jerry Remy taking time off to battle allergies

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein