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US to give Syrian rebels military aid

The United States has concluded that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in its fight against opposition forces, and President Obama has authorized direct US military support to the rebels, the White House said Thursday.

Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir performed with the Rolling Stones for their classic

BU choir joins the Rolling Stones in unlikely pairing

Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir, which usually sings music like Bach, appeared with the Stones twice this week at TD Garden.

Bidding for the weed-bordered tandem parking spaces began at $42,000. They were claimed for $560,000.

Colm O’Molloy for The Boston Globe

Back Bay parking spaces sell for $560,000

It’s just a crumbling strip of asphalt barely big enough to fit two cars one behind the other — lined by weeds, hard against a brick wall, hemmed in by a utility pole. The closest thing it has to an amenity is straight white stripes.

The Supreme Court’s decision could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries, but was seen as a major win for researchers and patients.

No patenting of genes, justices rule

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision could remove impediments to research and enhance patients’ ability to learn the disease risks that lurk in their DNA.

FBI director admits to lapse before Marathon bombing

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III acknowledged on Thursday that a lack of formal communication within the agency may have prevented investigators from alerting Russian authorities that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had returned to Russia before the Marathon bombing, information that Russian officials say could have averted the act of terrorism.

The Nation

FBI director admits to lapse before Marathon bombing

Robert S. Mueller said a lack of formal communication may have prevented investigators from alerting Russian authorities that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had returned to Russia.

By Noah Bierman

Robert S. Mueller said a lack of formal communication may have prevented investigators from alerting Russian authorities that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had returned to Russia.

US to give Syrian rebels military aid

By Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan

The US has concluded the Syrian government used chemical weapons against opposition forces, and President Obama authorized direct support to the rebels.

More deaths than births among whites

By Sam Roberts

Deaths exceeded births among non-Hispanic white Americans for the first time in at least a century, according to new census data.

The World

Turkey’s leader meets with park protesters

Antigovernment protesters continued their sit-in at Gezi Park in Istanbul on Thursday amid growing indications police are preparing to clear the area.

By Elena Becatoros and Jamey Keaten

The talks between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the protesters were an effort to resolve a sit-in at Istanbul’s Gezi Park without resorting to a police intervention.

EU proposes tougher nuclear rules

The European Commission proposed tougher nuclear safety rules Thursday, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy.

Commuter train crash kills 3, injures more than 200 near Buenos Aires

Firefighters worked to rescue commuters trapped in one of two trains involved in a crash.

By Michael Warren

One commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between stations on a line that has been under government control since a crash last year killed 51 people.

Editorial & Opinion


Unfounded fear of Common Core

By Edward L. Glaeser

At the heart of the Common Core is the desire for a standardized yardstick with which we can evaluate future curricular innovations, not implementing a nationwide curriculum.


Cellucci — independence and courage

Governor Paul Cellucci delivered a State of the State address in 2001.

By Scot Lehigh

Paul Cellucci was an elected official who thought for himself rather than reflexively adopting his party’s positions and who wasn’t afraid to change his mind.


The innocent suspect

By Joan Wickersham

My husband’s cousin lost his career and his reputation as a Yale lecturer after an undergraduate was killed in 1998, even though there was never any evidence connecting him with the crime.


Allies, adversaries gather for farewell to Paul Cellucci

State Police pallbearers carried the casket of former governor Paul Cellucci from the House chamber.

By Michael Levenson and Jim O’Sullivan

The State House service for the former governor was packed with Massachusetts politicians past and present.

Kevin Cullen

Whitey Bulger witnesses biting their tongues

By Kevin Cullen

The prosecution wants to keep the focus on Whitey, not the FBI, leaving State Police witnesses rather quiet.

Spanish-language newspaper endorses Markey

Democratic Senate candidate Edward J. Markey spoke at a campaign rally attended by President Obama on Wednesday.

By Maria Sacchetti

El Planeta said Markey’s stance on the issues should override any desire to catapult the first Latino senator into office.

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Boston to face crowded ballot

By Wesley Lowery and Andrew Ryan

‘Whitey’ Bulger investigator grilled by defense

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

SJC overturns 2008 conviction

By Martin Finucane


Businessman offers to outbid Red Sox for Yawkey Way license

Since 2003, the Red Sox have been able to close part of Yawkey Way before home games to use the street as a ticket gate and food court.

By Callum Borchers

A restaurateur from Everett says he has offered $3 million for a 10-year contract to sell food and drink along Yawkey Way — roughly double what the Sox have offered.

Would you let your TV watch you?

Representative Michael Capuano

By Hiawatha Bray

Representative Michael Capuano filed legislation to block Verizon and other video distributors from tracking customer behavior as they watch TV.

Wynn Resorts unveils 3D casino model

Gamal Aziz, president and chief operating officer of Wynn Resorts Development, said the proposal features a five-star hotel with 551 rooms and a 100,000-square-foot casino.

By Mark Arsenault

The $90,000 model of the proposed Everett casino featured a bronze glass tower and a promenade of restaurants.


Joan Parker, 80; philanthropist was muse to late husband

Joan Parker (left) was a muse for her husband, mystery writer Robert B. Parker, who had died in 2010.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Parker was the inspiration for Susan Silverman, the fictional girlfriend of the private investigator her husband, Robert B. Parker, created.

Richard Ramirez, 53, serial killer was known as the ‘Night Stalker’

Mr. Ramirez yelled in court.

By Linda Deutsch and Don Thompson

Mr. Ramirez was a murderer who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims’ bodies in the 1980s.

Edward Hotaling; wrote on black sports contributions

Mr. Hotaling asked Jimmy “the Greek” to assess racial progress in pro sports.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Hotaling, 75, was a television reporter who documented the use of slave labor in building the nation’s Capitol.


Nathan Horton is day-to-day for Bruins

Nathan Horton (left) was the aggressor in this joust with Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson but he wound up injuring himself.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins have three likely options if Horton has to miss Game 2: Jordan Caron, Jay Pandolfo, and Carl Soderberg.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bruins’ loss evokes memories of 1990

Bruins goalie Andy Moog swings his stick at Esa Tikkanen of the Oilers during the Stanley Cup Final in 1990.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Bruins couldn’t bounce back from Petr Klima’s third-overtime goal in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final 23 years ago. Will history repeat?

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 (13 inn.)

Orioles beat Red Sox in 13 innings

Alex Wilson delivered a gutsy performance in relief but ended up the hard-luck loser.

By Peter Abraham

Chris Davis singled off the newly recalled Alex Wilson to drive in the winning run and end the 4-hour and 35-minute game.

G: Arts & Movies

james reed

Summer’s best pop music festivals

By James Reed

From jazz and jam bands to roots rock and world music, here are outdoor festivals where you can take in a world of sounds under the stars across New England.

Schedule of harvest art

Presentations about recently harvested produce and discussions of farming practices will be offered by local representative.

Art Review

deCordova show surveys beauty of nature’s bounty

Fritz Haeg on his rug made of recycled apparel in “Domestic Integrities.”

By Daniel Grant

In “Work Out,” the art display is the flowers and vegetables, as well as some ideas about what art is and how we live our lives.

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Classical Notes

Composer Steiger adds his own electricity to SICPP

By David Weininger

Book review

‘A Conspiracy of Faith’ by Jussi Adler-Olsen

By Andrew Caffrey

Movie Review

Odd woman out in ‘Shadow Dancer’

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

Beauty and love in all their complications

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

Going undercover in ‘The East’

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

‘45 Minutes From Broadway’ is way off

By Peter Keough

The Band Perry gets it done

By Sarah Rodman

Scene & heard

J. Ring and Emoh make a whole new noise

By Martín Caballero

Noisy Neighbors

Statik Selektah, ‘Extended Play’

By Martín Caballero

High Five

Cassadee Pope and ‘Team Blake’

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Uhuru Afrika’s white party

By By: Andrew Doerfler

Television Review

‘Magic City’ casts a spell on Starz

By Matthew Gilbert

Music Review

Uplift in John Dowland’s songs

By Jeremy Eichler