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Debate rages over monitoring of phone records

Mass. lawmakers are among the most vocal critics of a top-secret order allowing the Obama administration to obtain phone records of millions of Americans.

US Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey debated on June 5.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

In Senate race, two views of global responsibilities

Gabriel E. Gomez and Edward J. Markey offer strongly different stances on US foreign policy.

Emily Breslow (left) and Alana Pradhan work at the Harvard iLab for a start-up called Bobo Analytics.

Bill Greene /Globe staff

New grads drawn to new businesses

As a newly minted PhD in the field of data sciences, one of the hottest areas of technology today, Adam Marcus could have walked away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his pick of jobs and handsome salaries from any number of computing titans, from Google Inc. to Microsoft Corp.

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// Academy chief to take time off amid inquiry

An outside law firm will investigate reports that Leslie Berlowitz, the head of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, inflated her resume.

Troubling letters spur police patrols at Boston schools

Boston police are increasing patrols outside school buildings in the city, but believe that children are not in any danger after more than a dozen schools received disturbing letters on Thursday that mentioned Al Qaeda, Nazis, and weapons of mass destruction.

The Nation

House panel grills IRS official on spending

Treasury officials J. Russell George (left) and Gregory Kutz watched a “Star Trek” video produced for an IRS conference as they testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

By Alan Fram and Stephen Ohlemacher

The official, whose division staged a $4.1 million training conference, conceded to Congress that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.

Pa. girl is placed on adult lung donor list; boy also sues

By Maryclaire Dale and Lauran Neergaard

The national organ transplant network has complied with a judge’s unusual order and placed a dying 10-year-old on the adult waiting list.

Debate rages over monitoring of phone records

President Barack Obama viewed a math project during a tour of a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., Thursday.

By Matt Viser and Noah Bierman

Mass. lawmakers are among the most vocal critics of a top-secret order allowing the Obama administration to obtain phone records of millions of Americans.

The World

Koreas agree to first talks since 2008

By Choe Sang-hun

North Korea and South Korea agreed to hold their first government dialogue in years, raising hopes that they were moving toward a thaw in relations.

French leftist activist dies after being beaten by group of alleged neo-Nazis

A friend of Clement Meric cried at a demonstration near where the 19-year-old activist was beaten to death this week.

By Lori Hinnant

The deadly attack in the heart of Paris’ shopping district raised fears of increased violence by the extreme right.

Gay couples get equal tax status

By Juergen Baetz

Germany’s top court ruled that homosexual couples in civil unions should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | john shattuck

War crimes whitewash

A man laid flowers on a cross in Vukovar, Croatia, where 264 people were massacred at a hospital in 1991.

By John Shattuck

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has yet to hold any Serb high-level official accountable for the massive crimes committed during the war.

Scot Lehigh

Absent facts, the GOP still talks scandal

By Scot Lehigh

The longer congressional Republicans use Benghazi and the IRS scandal to portray Obama as a Nixon-like figure, the more skeptical voters will become about their true motives.


Jack Vance’s adventure

By Carlo Rotella

He liked to present himself as a regular guy who wrote fast and for the money, but he handled language with an expert joy that turned some of his readers into writers.


Birds vs. cars in Duxbury — and for now, the birds win

Krista Librett  told dog owner Jessica Hoguet and Karen O’Brien to keep clear of the piping plovers at Duxbury Beach on Thursday. At least 18 nests were seen on the beach as of Thursday evening.

By Javier Panzar

The town has banned vehicles from parking on beach because a flock of endangered piping plovers is nesting there.


‘Whitey’ Bulger is sublimely vindictive

“The chronicling of what Whitey calls The Big Show will be confined to the written word, though Whitey wants to control who gets to write those words, which is why my colleague Shelley Murphy and I find ourselves on Whitey’s witness list and possible sequestration,” writes Kevin Cullen.

By Kevin Cullen

“Whitey” just wants to keep colleague Shelley Murphy and me out of the courtroom because he doesn’t like us or the book we wrote about him.

Wynn finances ballot drive for Everett casino

By Mark Arsenault

In the campaign to win local support for his $1.2 billion casino, developer Steve Wynn put his money into a door-to-door campaign.

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Ally of Lawrence mayor arrested

By Andrea Estes, Sean P. Murphy and John R. Ellement

One Fund deadline nears

By Peter Schworm

fact check

Senate candidates missed the mark on some points

By Joshua Miller and Jim O’Sullivan

Fire forces evacuation of postal building in Brockton

By Todd Feathers and John R. Ellement


UMass Amherst gets $95m life sciences grant

By Robert Weisman

The grant is the largest so far under the $1 billion life sciences initiative launched by Governor Patrick in 2007.

Accounting giant may lease offices in Innovation District

By Casey Ross

PricewaterhouseCoopers is negotiating to occupy a 16-story building to be built along Seaport Boulevard.

Lucky Star bus service halted

Lucky Star, which operated 20 buses that run between Boston and New York every half hour, averaged 13 violations per bus over the past three years, the highest rate among bus lines that transport passengers between South Station and New York.

By Katie Johnston

Just three months after Fung Wah was shuttered, Lucky Star, whose buses broke down more than 80 times in the past year, was halted.


Diana Proctor, 85, conservation activist in Watertown

Mrs. Proctor received  many awards from the Town of Watertown for her conservation work.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mrs. Proctor chaired the Watertown Conservation Commission for many years.

Esther Williams, 91, ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’

Esther Williams starred in the 1953 film “Dangerous When Wet,” a popular musical.

By Bob Thomas

Ms. Williams was a swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals.

Tom Sharpe, British writer of novel ‘Porterhouse Blue’

Mr. Sharpe’s comic novels drew on his experiences working in South Africa and on his time as a college lecturer.

By Jill Lawless

Mr. Sharpe, 85, turned a razor-edged eye for absurdity on everything from the racism of apartheid to the squabbles of academia.


Gregory Campbell’s sacrifice epitomizes Bruins

Gregory Campbell limped off the ice after his gutsy performance when he broke his leg by blocking a shot.

By Amalie Benjamin

Campbell’s gutsy performance on the ice after breaking his leg Wednesday left his teammates wanting to win more games for him.

Christopher L. Gasper

Credit Claude Julien’s defense for Bruins’ success

Claude Julien’s gameplan has led the Bruins to within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Bruins have turned the Penguins into the Patriots: A team whose offense-first-last-and-always philosophy comes undone in the playoffs.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 3

David Ortiz’s walkoff home run lifts Red Sox

As he has on so many occasions, Sox slugger David Ortiz stood out just a little bit more than everybody else after Thursday’s walkoff home run.

By Peter Abraham

Ortiz returned to his game-saving ways with his 11th career walkoff home run that broke a 3-3 tie and defeated the Rangers on Thursday.

G: Arts & Movies

Art Review

Modern African-American art gets the spotlight

John Biggers’s “Shotgun, Third Ward #1,” a 1966 tempera and oil, is among the works that have come to Salem from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

By Sebastian Smee

“In Conversation” comes to the Peabody Essex Museum as interest in African-American art is — belatedly — bubbling to the surface in New England.

Movie Review

Study of a couple stresses maturity in ‘Before Midnight’

Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are 40-somethings with twins — and still many questions about love and life — in “Before Midnight.”

By Ty Burr

If the first two films belong with greatest movie romances, “Before Midnight” is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure over the long haul.


Bringing professional Shakespeare to the South Shore

Neil McGarry, artistic director of the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company plays the title role in “Hamlet.”

By Joel Brown

Actor Neil McGarry will need all his expressiveness and enthusiasm for the fledgling Bay Colony Shakespeare Company’s production of “Hamlet.”

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Movie Review

French manhunt, ‘Fugitive’ style

By Peter Keough

Behind the music

By Sarah Rodman

Noisy Neighbors

Absinthe Rose, ‘The More That We Learn’

By Matt Parish

Night Watch

Pride watch

By Katy Rushlau

Cast Iron Hike reunites

By Scott McLennan

Book Review

‘Sight Reading’ by Daphne Kalotay

By Karen Campbell


Jason Collins, local sports figures celebrate Pride Week

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Robert Dowey Jr. continues work in Shelburne Falls

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mass. movie ‘The Way, Way Back’ goes to Australia

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Paulus wearing De Paulo to the Tonys

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Girl Rising’ screening draws a crowd

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Tom Perrotta joins 826 Boston for 1,000 stories

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


The ladies of WCVB walk the runway for Ellie Fund

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


WGN America orders Salem witch trials drama

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein