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Mass. considers charges after welfare audit

Hundreds of people may have fraudulently collected welfare or illegally sold food benefits for cash, according to a report.

Jeremy Vest (left) plays the title character in “Bulletproof.”

Unconventional film transcends its performers’ limitations

“Bulletproof” is an indie film whose 45-member cast and crew features 18 actors with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Coalition seeks higher payments to safety-net hospitals

A new coalition led by the state’s biggest health care company and its largest health care union will be pressing for higher payments to community and safety-net hospitals, saying patient care is threatened by a widening gulf between health care in rich and poor areas.

Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, will receive an honorary degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, Harvard University, according to a person with direct knowledge of the award.

Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe

Harvard to give Menino honorary degree

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is set to receive an honorary degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

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Courthouse gets set for Bulger trial

With jury selection set to begin next week, court officials expect hundreds will flock to the courthouse each day.

The Nation

Obama set to pick ex-Bush official as FBI boss

James Comey was a senior Justice Department official. He was the acting attorney general when John Ashcroft was ill.

By Michael S. Schmidt

James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive and a former official under President George W. Bush, could replace Robert S. Mueller III.

political notebook

Bachmann won’t seek reelection next year

In addition to a tough reelection fight, Michelle Bachmann also faces legal troubles.

Michele Bachmann’s status as a voice of the Tea Party in Congress has faded after a failed presidential bid and an investigation into campaign spending.

Soldier to plead guilty in war massacres

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was on his fourth combat deployment when he attacked two villages in Afghanistan, killing mostly women and children.

By Gene Johnson

The Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty and he is required to recount the attack.

The World

US drone kills Taliban figure, officials say

By Declan Walsh

The strike would be the first since President Obama announced sweeping changes to the drone program last week.

Militants strike Red Cross station in Afghanistan

The attack on the Red Cross in Jalalabad was the second major assault on an international organization in five days.

By Patrick Quinn and Rahim Faiez

Two insurgents attacked a compound housing the International Committee of the Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan in a striking escalation of attacks targeting international groups.

Ongoing violence shakes Myanmar

Buddhists armed with sticks rode through Lashio, where at least one person died in anti-Muslim unrest.

By Todd Pitman

A swelling tide of anti-Muslim unrest has led to deaths and injuries, and highlights the ­racial and religious intolerance that plagues the deeply fractured nation.

Editorial & Opinion

Alex Beam

How to be an adult

By Alex Beam

There’s plenty of advice, but let’s start with flossing and good posture.


A low point for Gabriel Gomez

By Joan Vennochi

An insulting characterization of his rival by the Republican candidate plays into Democratic efforts to portray him as petty and ultra-partisan, and highlights his inexperience.


Slots parlor is too risky for Worcester

By Edward L. Glaeser

Gambling’s downsides are especially worrisome in Worcester, which perpetually teeters on the brink between information-age success and rust belt failure.


Haitian immigrant quietly healing after bombing

Mery Daniel visited Shipyard Park in Charlestown Monday.

By Eric Moskowitz

Mery Daniel, who arrived from Haiti speaking no English at 17, was home from medical school in Europe when she was injured in the Marathon bombings.

Harvard Law student graduates at 22

Cortlan Wickliff says he wants to own and operate a medical device company.

By Akilah Johnson

Cortlan Wickliff will be one of the youngest African-Americans to ever graduate from Harvard Law School.

Yvonne Abraham

Beyond Gabriel Gomez’s jacket

Scott Brown’s barn jacket said, “I’m a regular guy.” Gabriel Gomez’s flight jacket says much more: “I’ve done something so difficult most can only dream of it.

By Yvonne Abraham

Scott Brown’s barn jacket said, “I’m a regular guy.” Gomez’s flight jacket says much more: “I’ve done something so difficult most can only dream of it.

More Stories

Courthouse gets set for Bulger trial

By Milton J. Valencia

Two rescued from burning home

By Lauren Dezenski

Watertown police hold forum on bombing aftermath

By Deirdre Fernandes and Jaclyn Reiss


Nasdaq to pay $10m fine over Facebook IPO

The bungling of Facebook’s initial public offering rocked the stock market and led to questions about security.

By Nathaniel Popper

The SEC said the penalty for the disruption of Facebook’s initial public offering in 2012 is the largest ever imposed against an exchange.

Tech Lab

Aereo’s Internet TV service is so good it’s scary

Aereo, which lets subscribers watch live television on computers, iPads, and iPhones, has broadcasters worried.

By Hiawatha Bray

The service, which lets subscribers watch live television on computers, iPads, and iPhones, has broadcasters worried.

Mass. home prices rise 14%

By Jenifer B. McKim

The median price for a single-family home in Mass. rose to $313,000 as demand continued to outstrip supply.


Marilyn Rodman; her program turned kids into theatergoers

Marilyn Rodman was a steady advocate of arts education in the schools.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Rodman, 79, helped fill Boston’s theater seats with city children who had never before seen a play or musical and might otherwise never get the chance.

Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 90; fought for abortion rights in Canada

Henry Morgentaler was beaten, threatened, and jailed in a bid to win abortion rights in Canada, prevailing in 1988.

By Robert D. McFadden

Dr. Morgentaler was Canada’s most heralded and vilified abortion doctor, and was assaulted and imprisoned for defying restrictive laws.


Phillies 4, Red Sox 3

Jonathan Papelbon locks down Red Sox again

Jonathan Papelbon turned toward the Red Sox dugout and wildly pumped his right fist twice after earning the save Wednesday night.

By Peter Abraham

For the 2nd straight night, Papelbon shut down his ex-teammates as the series moved to Philadelphia and the Red Sox lost again.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bruins, Penguins have a colorful history

Jean Pronovost (with John Wensink nearby) sports the early Penguins attire.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Starting with Pittsburgh “stealing” the Bruins colors, there’s some history to the rivalry that will be renewed in the East finals.

Rob Gronkowski likely looking at lengthy rehab

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski might not be back in uniform for a while.

By Ben Volin

Scheduled back surgery might knock the Patriots’ star tight end out for an extended period of time, perhaps the first six games of the season.

G: Style

Dirty Old Boston Facebook page shows the city as it really was

Photos on Dirty Old Boston capture the faces, fashions, cars, and establishments of the city from the 1930s through the mid-’80s. Creators of the page are planning to publish a book using old photos of the city.

By Christopher Muther

Fans of the page upload images of a pre-gentrified Boston when urban flight depleted neighborhoods, the elevated Orange Line darkened city streets, and the seedy Combat Zone thrived.

Is your skin ready for summer?

“If you have oily skin, be careful with oil-free products. A little oil maintains skin’s natural levels,” says Pete Dziedzic, owner of skoah Boston.

By Liza Weisstuch

Learn the importance of exfoliation, sunscreen labeling, and a little bit of oil.

Bargain Bin

Savings are in the bag

By Ami Albernaz

Ami Albernaz’s weekly roundup of bargains includes 1154 LILL Studio’s tote bag sale.