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Acrimony over arms for Syrian rebels

President Obama’s decision to supply arms to rebel forces in Syria has deeply divided Congress, including members from Massachusetts.

The trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Jury duty a hardship in long trials like Bulger’s

Jurors and alternates assigned to the trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger will wrestle with countless questions during a case expected to drag on through September, including one that has nothing to do with guilt or innocence: Can I afford to be here another day?

Immigration agency ordered to name felons it has released

A federal judge has ordered the US Department of Homeland Security to disclose the names of thousands of criminal immigrants released in the United States because their homelands refused to take them back, handing the news media a rare victory against one of the most secretive agencies in the federal government.

J.P. Norden met Marine Sergeant Luis Remache at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.

Hospital visit inspires Marathon amputee J.P. Norden

On the rain-slicked apron at Hanscom Field, almost everything seemed gray: the sky, the walker folded in J.P. Norden’s lap, his sweatpants and hoodie and T-shirt underneath. What wasn’t gray was black: his wheelchair, the asphalt, the 10 steps leading to the Gulfstream’s cabin door.

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The offices of One Fund Boston in the Prudential Center run on items given by firms and the labor of volunteers.

Volunteers, companies help Marathon bombing victims

The One Fund Boston undertook the daunting work of managing the victim’s relief effort and has raised $47.4 million.

The Nation

6 months after Newtown, a push to fight on

A ceremony was held in Newtown on Friday, the sixth-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

By Julia Edwards

Family members of those killed in Newtown joined with gun-control advocates to launch a new effort to pass legislation that would require background checks for gun buyers.

Defense bill has Guantanamo, assault measures

By Donna Cassata

The House passed a bill that imposes new punishments on members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault and would block the closure of the Guantanamo facility.

Obama to unveil climate package in July

Activists protested in New York Friday outside a fund-raiser attended by President Obama.

By Lisa Lerer

President Obama has been telling party donors that he will unveil a package of separate actions focused on curbing US greenhouse gas emissions.

The World

Reformist-backed presidential candidate leads Iran’s election

Iranian women showed their identity documents as they cast their ballots at the Iranian consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.

By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy

The wide lead for the former nuclear negotiator suggested a flurry of late support could have swayed a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran’s ruling clerics.

Syrian rebels want big weapons

A rebel fighter planned to launch a homemade rocket at a regime-held airport on Friday.

By Loveday Morris

Rebels described the US decision to provide them with arms as a ‘‘late step’’ and called for shipments to include heavy weaponry.

NSA leaker could win aid of China

By Keith Bradsher

A former NSA contractor’s decision to divulge classified data in mainland China and Hong Kong may make that country more interested in helping him stay there, experts said.

Editorial & Opinion

lawrence harmon

Boston firefighters’ airport hot point

By Lawrence Harmon

Turf, politics, professional jealousies, old scores, and lots of other issues are at play over Massport’s decision to expand the mutual aid network to other fire departments.

opinion | Tom Birmingham

Education reform at 20

By Tom Birmingham

The Education Reform Act helps explain the achievements of Mass. students, but today, we may be veering away from its core values of adequate funding and rigorous standards.

opinion | amy boesky

For patients, joy and relief in gene ruling

By Amy Boesky

The Supreme Court ruling means people can obtain second opinions on BRCA testing and free researchers to pursue unanswered questions that impact many of us affected by hereditary cancers.


Ex-bookie recalls ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s veiled threat

Richard O’Brien (right), left the US courthouse Friday after testifying in the racketeering trial against Bulger.

By Shelley Murphy

A retired bookmaker held jurors spellbound Friday as he recounted how an intimidating James “Whitey” Bulger mediated a dispute decades ago between the bookie and a worker.

Paul Cellucci, former Mass. governor, left legacy, kin says

Friends paid tribute to former governor Paul Cellucci at services in Saint Michael Parish in Hudson, his hometown.

By Peter Schworm

The former governor was remembered as a devoted public servant whose work “to make the world a better place” would leave a lasting legacy.

Kevin Cullen

Courtroom tales bring Whitey’s reign of fear into focus

By Kevin Cullen

Friday, Whitey Bulger smiled at Dickie O’Brien, a bookie he used to shake down. When the testimony ended, Whitey wasn’t smiling.

More Stories

Race for the Senate

Markey leads Gomez by $1m

By Jim O’Sullivan

Ex-Chelsea official McLaughlin’s sentencing postponed

By Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes


One hurt in house fire in Wilmington

By Todd Feathers


New Balance rink could serve as Bruins practice site

The Bruins train at a no-frills rink in Wilmington, which is cramped and out of the way for one of the NHL’s top teams.

By Casey Ross

The Bruins have expressed interest in moving the team’s practices to where New Balance has won approval to build a regulationsize NHL rink.

Chestnut Hill movie complex aims for upscale comfort

After entering the lobby of the SuperLux theater in Chestnut Hill, patrons can make their way to theaters that offer plush reclining seats with footrests, drinks, and appetizers and entrees from Davio’s restaurant next door.

By Gail Waterhouse

For $28, moviegoers can recline in plush seats with footrests, browse appetizers, entrees, and drinks from an iPad, and merely press a call button to order food.

Bruins playoff run helping businesses recover from NHL lockout

By Callum Borchers

The lockout slashed 34 games off the schedule, but business are scoring now that the Bruins have extended their season.


Irma Wagner, at 81; former nun was artist, activist

Ms. Wagner advocated for the poor and downtrodden. Her block prints, along with poetry and prose of those she admired, were featured in calendars she produced.

By Gloria Negri

Ms. Wagner’s block prints, along with poetry and prose of those she admired, were featured in calendars she produced.

Evelyn Kozak; was world’s oldest Jewish person; at 113

Ms. Kozak posed with her granddaughter Sarah Polon and great-granddaughter Yocheved Polon in 2010.

By Jake Pearson

Ms. Kozak’s family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the 1880s.

Douglas Bailey, 79, pioneer in politics and journalism

Mr. Bailey was a founder of the first political website.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Bailey had a key role in crafting Gerald Ford’s message in the 1976 presidential campaign and helped launch the first political website.


Marchand, Shaw are annoying mirror images

Andrew Shaw (right), tangling with 6-9 Zdeno Chara in Game 1, relishes his role of master provocateur for Chicago. Much like Brad Marchand (left)  of the Bruins.

By Michael Vega

If the Bruins are agitated by the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw, they might understand how others feel about their provocateur, Brad Marchand.

Playoff beard tradition in NHL continues to grow

Johnny Boychuk, left, may have all his teammates (including Tyler Seguin, center, and Zdeno Chara, right) beat when it comes to bushy whiskers.

By Emily Kaplan

Nearly every participant in the Stanley Cup Final has grown out his facial hair as part of one of hockey’s most celebrated rituals.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0

Orioles blank Dempster, Red Sox

Ryan Dempster pitched into the eighth inning, giving up two runs on five hits in his first career appearance at Camden Yards after 16 seasons in the majors.

By Peter Abraham

Ryan Dempster pitched into the eighth inning, giving up two runs. On most nights, that’s a win, but the Red Sox had only three hits.

G: Family

New Berkshires Holocaust museum works to find its audience

Photos of a prisoner at Auschwitz are displayed at the New England Holocaust Institute and Museum.

By Benjamin Soloway

In an inconspicuous former bookshop, Darrell English has put on display a small fraction of his vast collection of Holocaust-related materials.

From the Archives

From Globe Archives: The John F. Kennedy Library

Tree generations of Kennedys dug small scoops of muddy soil during the groundbreaking ceremonies: from left, Caroline Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

On June 12, 1977, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Columbia Point for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. President Kennedy originally picked a site in Cambridge next to Harvard for the institution, but that plan was abandoned due to complications and opposition in construction. The oceanfront site next to the University of Massachusetts Boston campus was chosen and architect I. M. Pei was selected by Jacqueline Onassis to design the building. It was opened to the public in October 1979. The memorial to our 35th president holds many exhibits and archives teaching about his beliefs, career, and the times that he lived in.

Stage REview

A simple ‘Sound of Music’ at North Shore Music Theatre

Lisa O’Hare stars as Maria in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music.”

By Terry Byrne

The North Shore Music Theatre’s ravishing production serves as an eloquent reminder of why this musical is a classic.