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Senate special election

Senate candidates make one last pitch for votes

Republican Gabriel Gomez is trailing in the polls to Democrat Edward Markey and facing a forecast of a dismal voter turnout.

Sara Lieb and classmates at the Beethoven School in West Roxbury took a cooling break Monday as schools throughout the state wrestled with the heat.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Students try to keep their cool

Boston’s students felt a collective unease Monday, wrapping up the long academic year in aging, sweltering school buildings.

1,900 new jobs, $9.5m tax break for Athenahealth

Athenahealth Inc., one of the companies leading efforts to computerize health care records across the country, has promised to add 1,900 new workers at its Watertown headquarters in exchange for a state tax break, the biggest economic development deal reached with Massachusetts in years.

Goalie Tuukka Rask (center foreground) and teammates watched glumly as the Blackhawks celebrated.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Dan Shaughnessy

Sudden end to Bruins’ magical run

The Bruins were going back to Chicago. The New Garden was as loud as it’s ever been, the Stanley Cup was going to stay under wraps, and the greatest puck series of a generation was going to play out in a seventh game Wednesday night at the United Center.

Jurors see FBI files describing Bulger as informant

US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper today is being asked to allow attorneys for James “Whitey” Bulger to lift a gag order and let them speak with the press outside the courthouse where Bulger is on trial so they can properly defend Bulger on charges of participating in 19 murder charges inside the courthouse. “The overriding tenor of the media coverage has been adverse to the defendant,’’ the attorneys wrote.

Supreme Court wants high bar for affirmative action

The US Supreme Court on Monday sent a major affirmative action case back to a lower court for reconsideration, leaving many local college officials relieved that race-conscious admissions policies were not overturned, but anxious about how to meet the new, higher standard the justices set for their use. In reviewing a challenge to affirmative action in admissions at University of Texas, the justices didn’t lay out exactly how to meet that tougher standard, ensuring that universities will be puzzling over whether they are in compliance with the court’s standard. A Boston University official said she was “somewhat relieved they didn’t do anything terribly damaging, but frustrated that we still know that there is a lot of work to do to continue to comply with” the law.

Justices will examine state’s clinic buffer law

The US Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law. The Supreme Court issued an order today granting a writ of certiorari to the petitioners, who are objecting to the law that keeps abortion protesters a set distance away from abortion clinics. The high court’s action comes after a federal appeals court in January upheld the law, saying it protected the rights of patients while, at the same time, allowing others to express their opinions.

The Nation

Immigration bill clears first hurdle in Senate

On Monday, a group of 14 Republican senators sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, calling for a “serious, extensive amendment process.”

By Ashley Parker

The Senate endorsed a proposal to increase security along the nation’s southern borders, a major step in the bipartisan effort.

Astronauts perform upkeep work

By Marcia Dunn

Two space station astronauts took care of a little outside maintenance Monday.

Review backs sex abuse conviction

There was strong reason to investigate and prosecute both Jesse Friedman and his father when a sex scandal erupted in 1987.

The World

With Snowden at large, US ramps up criticism

Edward J. Snowden had booked a seat on a flight from Moscow to Havana, but he never boarded the flight.

By Peter Baker and Ellen Barry

Frustrated Obama administration officials pressed Russia to turn over Edward Snowden.

South Africans urged to pray for Nelson Mandela

South Africa’s president urged the country to pray for a critically ill Mandela, describing him as the “father of democracy.”

Qatar’s ruler may hand power to son

Qatar’s ruler said Monday he plans to transfer power to his 33-year-old son, the Gulf nation’s crown prince.

Editorial & Opinion

TOM KEANE

A Senate campaign that never caught fire

Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey at the June 5 debate.

By Tom Keane

Edward Markey never wanted the race to heat up, and Gabriel Gomez didn’t seem to be able to light the match.

Farah Stockman

Dirty secrets and sweet deals

By Farah Stockman

The trial of “Whitey” Bulger is showing how much the criminal justice system relies on informants.

editorial

New zoning law will help ease Massachusetts’ housing woes

The proposed law would make sprawl development harder and transit-oriented development easier in areas around Boston.

Metro

Gunman crashed party in Roxbury

Three people were killed at this Roxbury apartment building. The homicide rate now is higher than last year.

By Maria Cramer and Brian Ballou

The party in the Roxbury apartment complex had been going on for several hours when at least one gunman began firing, killing three.

Students try to keep their cool

Sara Lieb and classmates at the Beethoven School in West Roxbury took a cooling break Monday as schools throughout the state wrestled with the heat.

By Meghan E. Irons and Alyssa Botelho

Boston’s students felt a collective unease Monday, wrapping up the long academic year in aging, sweltering school buildings.

As voting nears, Senate race finally heats up

By Jim O’Sullivan

Campaign workers used to thanking their volunteers in November with hot coffee and handwarmers got ice cream trucks and misting fans instead.

Business

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The US ignores Africa at its own peril

By Jason Warner

US relations with Africa are increasingly strained at a moment when the rest of the world is determined to court the ever-important continent.

Former banker charged with $6m theft scheme

By Deirdre Fernandes

A former personal banker with Bank of America’s Reading branch was indicted on charges of running a Ponzi-like scheme.

Cains Foods of Ayer sold for $35 million

By Gail Waterhouse

The owner of Cains agreed to sell the company that makes a variety of condiments but is best known in New England for its mayonnaise.

Obituaries

Peter Steffian, 76; architect encouraged collaborative spirit

Mr. Steffian worked for a half-century at Steffian Bradley Architects.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Steffian worked for a half-century at Steffian Bradley Architects.

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, 83, influential blues balladeer

Mr. Bland’s vocals were restrained, interrupted occasionally by a shout.

By Bill Friskics-Warren

Mr. Bland’s sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues.

Gary David Goldberg, 68; created ‘Family Ties’

Mr. Goldberg (center) with “Family Ties’' stars Meredith Baxter and Michael J. Fox in 2008.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Goldberg was a writer and producer who created warm-hearted TV shows, most notably “Family Ties.”

Sports

Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2

Blackhawks stun Bruins, win Stanley Cup

Patrice Bergeron and his dejected teammates leave the TD Garden ice to applause from an appreciative crowd.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Blackhawks wiped out a one-goal deficit in 17 seconds late in the third to beat the Bruins, 3-2, and capture the Stanley Cup.

Christopher L. Gasper

This Bruins team deserved a better ending

Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins saluted TD Garden fans after the loss.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Their resolve, resiliency, and tenacity -- words that still apply to this team -- were turned against the Bruins by the Blackhawks’ amazing comeback.

On Hockey

Complacency sent Bruins home for summer

Chicago's Dave Bolland and Marcus Kruger while Boston’s Johnny Boychuck and Andrew Ference shrink away after the game-clinching goal.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins found themselves comfortable in Game 6, then promptly fashioned comfort into calamity.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Sudden end to Bruins’ magical run

By Dan Shaughnessy

Blackhawks notebook

Chicago’s Jonathan Toews returns to play big role

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Bruins Notebook

Bruins couldn’t sustain first-period momentum

By Fluto Shinzawa

Red Sox Notebook

Kevin Youkilis trade didn’t help either team

By Peter Abraham

celtics notebook

Antoine Walker interested in Celtics coaching job

By Gary Washburn

Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland an unlikely hero

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

WIMBLEDON NOTEBOOK

Maria Sharapova back to work at Wimbledon

By Sandra Harwitt

olympic notes

Brazilian protests concern Olympic Committee

By John Powers

G: Living

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A star storyteller tells of Nantucket astronomer

Writer Amy Brill, author of “The Movement of Stars,” surveys a room of the Mitchell House complex on Nantucket that includes Maria Mitchell’s telescope.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Writer Amy Brill’s new novel shines a light on Nantucket’s trailblazing astronomer Maria Mitchell.

Music for every summer occasion

COLLEEN GREEN

By James Reed

We rounded up 20 recent albums that will put you in the mood for the season’s various settings.

Album review | FOLK

Heartache, renewal on Alela Diane’s ‘About Farewell’

By James Reed

After a pair of records that amplified her aesthetic more along the lines of rustic country, her latest is a return to simpler forms.

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Album review | R&B

Booker T. Jones, ‘Sound the Alarm’

By Sarah Rodman

Album review | R&B

India.Arie, ‘SongVersation’

By Ken Capobianco

Album review | GOSPEL

Mavis Staples, ‘One True Vine’

By Stuart Munro

Album Review | Power pop

Big Star, ‘Nothing Can Hurt Me: Original Soundtrack’

By Marc Hirsh

Stage Review

A true original in tune with summer

By Terry Byrne

stage review

Screen veterans thrilled by theater

By Joel Brown

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Bruins fans happily brave heat for Game 6

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Locally made movies get premieres

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Aaron Carter attacked by fans of NKOTB?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Oysters worthy of art at ICA in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Boston-infused Hot Stove party hits Chicago

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein