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Bombers could have been thwarted, Keating reports

Russian officials believe that if warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been heeded, the Marathon bombings could have been averted, said US Representative William R. Keating.

Coakley files lawsuit over fishing cuts

The lawsuit filed against federal regulators alleges new catch limits will be a “death sentence” for the industry.

Oprah Winfrey clasps hands with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Harvard’s commencement ceremonies.

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Oprah Winfrey lifts Harvard graduates

Emotions swirled on campus for Mayor Menino, one of the honorary degree recipients, and commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey.

Concert review

Joy, gratitude prevail at Boston Strong

Artist after artist from different eras and genres came to literally sing the praises of Boston, its citizens, and the first responders and survivors of the Marathon attack.

New Kids on the Block performed with Boyz II Men at the Boston Strong benefit concert.

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New Kids on the Block performed with Boyz II Men at the Boston Strong benefit concert.

Bombing victim Victoria McGrath (center) was on the stage at TD Garden before the start of the concert.

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Bombing victim Victoria McGrath (center) was on the stage at TD Garden before the start of the concert.

The lineup included acts like Aerosmith and Jimmy Buffett.

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The lineup included acts like Aerosmith and Jimmy Buffett.

Steven Tyler and Aerosmith performed during the benefit concert at the TD Garden.

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Steven Tyler and Aerosmith performed during the benefit concert at the TD Garden.

Concertgoers reacted to hearing McGrath address the crowd. The event is to benefit the One Fund.

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Concertgoers reacted to hearing McGrath address the crowd. The event is to benefit the One Fund.

Almost everyone has worked for free to maximize the concert's donation.

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Almost everyone has worked for free to maximize the concert's donation.

Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the group Boston, performs at the Boston Strong Concert: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP)

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Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the group Boston, performed.

Comedian Lenny Clarke was one of the non-musical acts to perform.

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Comedian Lenny Clarke was one of the non-musical acts to perform.

The Dropkick Murphys were one of several acts who performed for free.

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The Dropkick Murphys were one of several acts who performed for free.

Former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi blew a kiss to the crowd.

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Former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi blew a kiss to the crowd.

A fan sang along to Extreme.

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A fan sang along to Extreme.

The J. Geils Band was one of the region's musical ambassadors to perform.

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The J. Geils Band was one of the region's musical ambassadors to perform.

Jason Aldean brought country music to the Garden.

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Jason Aldean brought country music to the Garden.

Members of the crowd held up a Boston Strong banner.

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Members of the crowd held up a Boston Strong banner.

Carole King and James Taylor sang

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Carole King and James Taylor sang "You've Got a Friend," bringing a full-throated singalong from the audience.

Anders Zorovic suffers from autism and the related condition fragile X.

Some parents upset after trial halted for autism drug

Parents with children in the trial treating autism and the related condition fragile X said the drug reduced anxiety levels in the children.

Several tattoo removal studios opened in Boston in the past two years.

As laser tattoo removal expands, so do questions

A growing number of entrepreneurs are getting into the laser tattoo removal business, providing a lower cost treatment than at physician’s offices.

The Nation

In immigration bill drama, vital roles for N.E. senators

A US-Canadian border point in Derby Line, Vt. Canada is Vermont’s largest trading partner, Senator Patrick Leahy said. He is working to keep the border open.

By Noah Bierman

New England’s senators are in prominent roles to shape the legislation, which beefs up border security while also providing a path for illegal immigrants to become citizens.

Texas man gets 25 years in plot to kill Saudi official

Mansour Arbabsiar was drawn into the plot by a cousin.

By Benjamin Weiser

An Iranian-American who pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US was sentenced in Manhattan.

New York teen wins spelling bee

Arvind Mahankali outlasted several bee veterans to win the title Thursday.

By Ben Nuckols and Joseph White

After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali triumphed Thursday night in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling “knaidel.”

The World

Assad exudes defiance; rebels riven by strife

By Anne Barnard

Syria’s President Bashar Assad warned Israel he could permit attacks on the Golan Heights and suggested he had secured plenty of weapons from Russia.

Israel to build 300 units in Jewish settlement

By Diaa Hadid

The construction of new homes complicates the mission of Secretary of State John Kerry to renew Mideast peace talks.

Charges unlikely after baby trapped in pipe in China

The baby, who weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, had a low heart rate but was mostly uninjured.

By Didi Tang

The mother is unlikely to face charges because authorities concluded the boy fell into the toilet accidentally, local officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

A search that doesn’t need Menino

By Lawrence Harmon

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s otherwise steady hand isn’t needed during the search for a new school superintendent.

SCOT LEHIGH

Teachers union nod? No thanks

Mayoral candidate John Connolly.

By Scot Lehigh

Bostonians should want mayoral and City Council candidates who, like John Connolly, put the interests of students and their families above those of the union.

Opinion | Chris Bohjalian

The gods must be crazy after all

Armenian refugees crowd around a public oven during the siege of Van in 1915.

By Chris Bohjalian

The real value of a 1960s plate revered in a village in Turkey is the ignorance and misunderstanding that can drive a wedge between people who might have managed to live together in peace.

Metro

Oprah Winfrey lifts Harvard graduates

Oprah Winfrey clasps hands with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Harvard’s commencement ceremonies.

By Peter Schworm and Katherine Landergan

Emotions swirled on campus for Mayor Menino, one of the honorary degree recipients, and commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey.

Boston fire chief threatens to sue deputies

Boston Fire Chief Steve E. Abraira.

By Travis Andersen

Chief Steve E. Abraira said comments from deputies criticizing his leadership were defamatory.

Self-described neo-Nazi guilty of 2009 Brockton murders, rape

A juror said that Keith Luke’s crimes were repulsive and that he “needed to be in prison.”

By Brian Ballou

Keith Luke was convicted of two murders and a brutal rape and was sentenced to two life sentences and 158 years.

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Bombers could have been thwarted, Keating reports

By David Filipov and Bryan Bender

BOSCAWEN, N.H.

Leaders praise N.H.’s fallen soldiers

By Steve Peoples

Business

Dreamliner returns to service Saturday in Boston

One of the fires that got the 787 grounded broke out when one of the planes was parked at Logan Airport in January.

By Katie Johnston

The Dreamliner will soar above Boston on Saturday for the first time since the Boeing 787 fleet was grounded Jan. 16 due to battery malfunctions.

Nuance pushes into car market

By Michael B. Farrell

Burlington-based Nuance Communications is bringing its speech recognition capabilities into cars.

Massport objects to buildings

By Casey Ross

The Massachusetts Port Authority disputed a developer’s plan to build on state land across from the Bank of America Pavilion.

Obituaries

Marlyn Katz Levenson, 77; taught English to foreigners

Mrs. Katz Levenson helped newly arrived immigrants trying to assimilate in the Boston area.

By Alli Knothe

Mrs. Levenson, born to immigrants from the Ukraine, directed an ESL program for Jews who immigrated to Greater Boston.

Andrew Greeley, author, progressive Catholic

Father Greeley wrote a weekly column on the relationship between religion and politics.

By Don Babwin

The Rev. Greeley, 85, was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author, and longtime Chicago newspaper columnist.

Kim Merker, 81, devotee of hand-printing poets’ works

Mr. Merker, shown in 1970, made some of the most beautiful books in America.

By Paul Vitello

Using presses he operated with his own hands, Mr. Merker was a designer, typesetter, and printer of some of the most beautiful books made in America.

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Sports

Torey Krug an unlikely hero for Bruins

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has scored four goals in his first five playoff games.

By Fluto Shinzawa

How has a player with three previous games of NHL experience become a sparkplug that has ignited the Bruins in their NHL playoff run?

on hockey

Tuukka Rask is unflappable for Bruins

Tuukka Rask is ready to lead the Bruins into the Eastern Conference finals.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Many say how he performs vs. the Penguins will define him, but Rask dismisses that talk, instead focusing on merely playing the games.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 2

Jacoby Ellsbury shines as Red Sox rout Phillies

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, a walk, and a club-record five stolen bases as the Red Sox won, 9-2.

By Peter Abraham

Ellsbury had three hits, a walk, and a club-record five stolen bases as the Red Sox managed a series split with the Phillies.

G: Arts & Movies

‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ explores women’s roads not taken

 Kate Shindle, Nancy E. Carroll, and Shannon Esper in “Rapture, Blister, Burn.”

By Don Aucoin

Playwright Gina Gionfriddo has crafted a thoroughly winning comedy that ranges across the topography of the women’s movement.

Classical notes

Nix Ensemble explores the humor of Hindemith

Violist Maureen Heflinger (left), pianist Chris Gamboa, and oboist Gwen Buttemer will present Paul Hindemith’s trio for viola, piano, and heckelphone.

By David Weininger

The Nix Ensemble, an inventive group of three recent New England Conservatory graduates, will present Project Heckelmith at Arlington Street Church.

For character comedians, playing a role beats doing stand-up

Chris Coxen as Barry Tattle (left) and Nate Johnson as Mel the Sultan of Swing. The two will perform in upcoming shows at Grandma’s Basement.

By Nick A. Zaino III

Two upcoming shows at Grandma’s Basement highlight character comedy, starting with “The Unfriending” performed by Nate Johnson.

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Art Review

Art turned inward at MIT’s List center

By Sebastian Smee

Book Review

‘The Laws of Gravity’ by Liz Rosenberg

By Diane White

Movie Review

Pulling a rabbit out of Ricky Jay’s hat

By Tom Russo

Television Review

‘Logic’ doesn’t omit Pryor’s demons

By Sarah Rodman

Television Review

AMC’s ‘The Killing’ comes back to life

By Matthew Gilbert

Scene & Heard

Nick Minieri and Beantown Boogiedown branch out

By Luke O’Neil

High Five

NKOTB on Boyz II Men

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Jamaica Plain vs. Somerville Dance Off

By Andrew Doerfler

Concert review

Joy, gratitude prevail at Boston Strong

By Sarah Rodman