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Top court elevates same-sex marriage

Michael Knaapen and John Becker, a couple from Washington, D.C., were among those celebrating outside the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.

Julie and Hillary Goodridge, one of seven Massachusetts couples who sued for the right to marry, with their daughter Annie Goodridge in 2004.

Analysis

Mass. helped propel marriage equality change

Massachusetts — the first state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry — played a central role in the path to yesterday’s decision.

Yvonne Abraham

There’s no compromising on equality

The Supreme Court has called the attempt to deny benefits to gay couples what it is – an affront to our principles.

Aaron Hernandez is charged with murder

ATTLEBORO — Once cheered by thousands on the biggest stage in sports, former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stood silently in handcuffs Wednesday, accused of planning and carrying out the cold-blooded execution of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd.

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The case against Hernandez was largely assembled using swatches of video, the often unseen eyes of our era.

Jeff Bauman and one of his rescuers, Carlos Arredondo (left), were honored before the start of Game 6 Monday. Bauman lost both his legs in the attack, but stood on a pair of prosthetics.

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Bruins became champions of shaken city

The Bruins’ ride to the Stanley Cup Final helped foster healing after the Marathon bombing.

The Nation

Top court elevates same-sex marriage

Michael Knaapen and John Becker, a couple from Washington, D.C., were among those celebrating outside the Supreme Court.

By Tracy Jan

The Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.

Supreme Court rulings boost gay marriage

Michael Knaapen, left, and his husband, John Becker, embraced outside the Supreme Court in Washington Wednesday.

By Tracy Jan

The Supreme Court rulings open the doors for married gay couples to be eligible for federal benefits, and for same-sex couples to marry in California.

Progressive groups say they also faced IRS delays

By Stephen Ohlemacher and Alan Fram

The IRS long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to a report.

The World

Irish Magdalenes to get $45m

Relatives of victims of the Magdalene Laundries held a candlelit vigil outside Leinster House, the Irish Parliament building, in Dublin on Tuesday.

By Shawn Pogatchnik

Ireland will pay several hundred former residents of Magdalene laundries at least $45 million to compensate for years of unpaid labor.

Brazil shelves bill to limit prosecutors

By Marco Sibaja

The lower house of Congress voted to drop a measure that many feared would make it harder to prosecute official corruption.

Toll in Syrian conflict tops 100,000

By Sarah El Deeb

The civil war in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people, a grim estimate that comes as the conflict is spreading beyond its borders and hopes are fading for a settlement.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Progress, regress

News microphones waited to capture reactions from Supreme Court rulings.

By Joan Vennochi

The Supreme Court granted rights and took them away this week in its decisions on gay marriage and voting equality.

alex beam

My fat problem — and yours

By Alex Beam

With the American Medical Association’s description of obesity as a disease, Medicare — and taxpayers — may be paying for more treatments.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Stockholm’s wall of knowledge

The Stockholm Public Library’s rotunda.

By Joan Wickersham

The Stockholm Public Library is a temple to books — it seems to be made of books — and a visit is a moving experience for a bibliophile.

Metro

Analysis

Mass. helped propel marriage equality change

Julie and Hillary Goodridge, one of seven Massachusetts couples who sued for the right to marry, with their daughter Annie Goodridge in 2004.

By Matt Viser and Michael Levenson

Massachusetts — the first state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry — played a central role in the path to yesterday’s decision.

Yvonne Abraham

There’s no compromising on equality

By Yvonne Abraham

The Supreme Court has called the attempt to deny benefits to gay couples what it is – an affront to our principles.

Aaron Hernandez is charged with murder

Aaron Hernandez was arrested at his North Attleborough home Wednesday morning.

By Mark Arsenault and Wesley Lowery

Once cheered by thousands on the biggest stage in sports, former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stood silently in handcuffs Wednesday.

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State transport bill gets OK

By Martine Powers

Mattapan man held on drug charges

By Jessica Bartlett

The trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Police from Miami, Oklahoma briefly testify in Bulger trial

By Milton Valencia

Day 11

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Gay marriage decision to keep binational families together

By Maria Sacchetti

Business

Possible tech levy alarms sector

By Michael B. Farrell

Technology executives and trade groups are alarmed by potential new taxes on computer services as part of the transportation finance bill.

Lights, camera, tourism in Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Falls became Carlinville, Ind., for “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr.

By Katie Johnston

For the second time in a year, this picturesque Western Massachusetts village was taken over by Hollywood.

Johnson & Johnson steps up effort to collaborate

Robert Urban will lead J&J’s new Boston Innovation Center.

By Robert Weisman

The company formally opens its Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center in Kendall Square to step up collaboration.

Obituaries

Marc Rich, 78, commodities kingpin

Marc Rich earned billions of dollars cornering commodities markets.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Rich was indicted in the early 1980s on charges of tax evasion and illegally trading with Iran.

Harry Parker, 77, longtime dean of US crew coaches

Harry Parker coached at Harvard University for 51 years, winning 16 national titles.

By John Powers

Mr. Parker guided generations of Harvard University’s heavyweight oarsmen, coaching for 51 years at the same institution.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Aaron Hernandez’s story sets new low point

Aaron Hernandez (center)  in Attleboro District Court with his attorney, Mike Fee. (Mike George/Sun Chronicle)

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Hernandez situation is the worst story of all the real-world issues that have ever crossed into the Boston sports world.

Bruins became champions of shaken city

Jeff Bauman and one of his rescuers, Carlos Arredondo (left), were honored before the start of Game 6 Monday. Bauman lost both his legs in the attack, but stood on a pair of prosthetics.

By Bob Hohler

The Bruins’ ride to the Stanley Cup Final helped foster healing after the Marathon bombing.

on football

Patriots quickly ran out of patience with Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez, hours after the Patriots cut him, was brought into Attleboro District Court to face a murder charge on Wednesday.

By Ben Volin

A team source said top members of the organization quietly decided last week they would part ways with Hernandez if he was arrested.

G: Style

6 ways to change up your fitness routine

Instructor Zayna Gold works with Danae Gil de Rubiois during a barre class at Boston Body Pilates.

By Liza Weisstuch

Can’t face another run on the treadmill? We’ve got six ways to jump-start your workout.

Movie Review

D.C. disaster ‘White House Down’ is almost comical

Channing Tatum (pictured) as a Secret Service wannabe and Jamie Foxx as the president in “White House Down.

By Peter Keough

Intentionally or not, Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” is the comedy hit of the summer.

Book Review

‘The Joker’ by Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins has been a finalist for  both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

By James Sullivan

Hudgins’s unusual memoir stands apart for the writer’s uncanny recall of adolescent jokes.