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Gas, cigarette taxes would rise in new state budget

The budget relies on about $500 million in higher taxes on tobacco, gas, utilities, and certain computer services that businesses purchase.

Arsenal Mall may become a tech sector haven

A scruffy stretch of East Watertown may be destined for a makeover as a mecca for start-ups and young professionals.

Military helicopters circled over Tahrir Square in Cairo during a protest against President Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt’s army gives ultimatum to Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s top generals gave the president 48 hours to respond to protestors, or they would impose their own “road map.”

A State Police boat patrolled near the fireworks barge. The Massachusetts Avenue bridge will host a fireworks display.


Security measures dampen mood for July Fourth party

Over the past 30 years, Matt Lincoln and has family have trooped to the Esplanade to celebrate the Fourth, bringing a sickle to clear view-blocking weeds along the river, using a hammer to drive in the stakes that secure two roomy tents, and pushing a cart loaded with bunting, flags, chairs, tables, and a sizable buffet.

Former cocaine dealer Joseph Tower leaving court.

Jurors are told of Bulger’s ties to drug dealing

A former cocaine dealer offered the first evidence of James “Whitey” Bulger’s involvement in the drug trade.

The Nation

Texas lawmakers convene to revive abortion bill

Senators Wendy Davis, Royce West, and Carlos Uresti led a rally in Austin prior to a special session of the state Legislature.

By Will Weissert

Demonstrators thronged the Texas capitol in opposition to proposed abortion curbs.

Zimmerman trial spotlights police interviews

Police officer Doris Singleton on Monday displayed a copy of a photo of the complex where the shooting took place.

By Mike Schneider

Jurors listened to tapes of detectives pointedly questioning George Zimmerman over the killing of Trayvon Martin.

In Arizona, a consuming grief, a capricious fire

Juliann Ashcraft (left) of Prescott, the wife of Andrew Ashcraft, who was killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, and another mourner sat by a memorial for the fallen firefighters in front of Prescott Fire Station #7 on Monday.

By Felicia Fonseca and Hannah Dreier

Crews struggled to contain the wildfire that took the lives of 19 elite firefighters.

The World

Kerry underscores unity with N. Korea’s neighbors

By Hyung-Jin Kim

Secretary of State John Kerry prodded North Korea over its nuclear program as 27 Southeast Asian nations prepared to meet on regional security.

No asylum if Snowden leaks continue, Putin says

A Foreign Ministry official told The Los Angeles Times on Monday that Snowden had appealed to 15 countries for asylum.

By Andrew Roth and Ellen Barry

Edward Snowden must stop leaking classified US documents in order to receive political asylum in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said.

Egypt’s army gives ultimatum to Mohammed Morsi

Military helicopters circled over Tahrir Square in Cairo during a protest against President Mohammed Morsi.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim

Egypt’s top generals gave the president 48 hours to respond to protestors, or they would impose their own “road map.”

Editorial & Opinion


The myth about crime and the NFL

Aaron Hernandez stands at a bail hearing in Fall River Superior Court on June 27.

By Tom Keane

The rate of arrests of pro athletes for assault and domestic violence was less than half that of the general population.

Opinion | Farah Stockman

Paula Deen’s ‘Bubba’ problem

Several corporations have cut ties with Paula Deen.

By Farah Stockman

It is far easier to ban a word and burn Deen at the stake for her comment 25 years ago than participate in a real conversation about race.


Community in the wake of mini-highways

By Paul McMorrow

Dense housing projects often face resistance because of the traffic they create, the stuff that really matters doesn’t get a proper airing.


Lyme isn’t the only tick-borne illness

The new infection is the fifth human disease known to be spread by bite of the tiny ticks.

By Beth Daley

Patients who test negative for Lyme disease after a suspected tick bite could be suffering from another illness also spread by deer ticks.

Ruling supports Boston Globe in lawsuit

By Michael Rezendes

State officials must release the names of scores of people who have received substantial payments from the state to settle lawsuits.

Rising rents end legacy of fresh loaves in North End

Boschetto’s Bakery in the North End will close this weekend. Co-owner Mhamed “Ahmed” Idroui, who has run the bakery since 2000, said the business simply couldn’t keep up with increasing rent.

By Alyssa A. Botelho

Boschetto’s Bakery will be firing up its brick oven for the last time on Saturday as locals lament the demise of a neighborhood fixture.

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High winds, flooding batter region

By Jeremy C. Fox and Jasper Craven

Jurors are told of Bulger’s ties to drug dealing

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia


Ex-attorney from Braintree charged with fraud

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


Sulfuric acid spills at Canal Street plant

By Nicholas Jacques

Day 14


Harvard’s bets abroad not paying a dividend

By Beth Healy

The chief of Harvard’s endowment has invested heavily in foreign and emerging markets, a big bet that has not paid off over the past 18 months.

Steinway Instruments is being sold for $438 million

A worker tuned the soundboard of a Concert Grand Model D at a Steinway piano factory in Long Island City, N.Y.

By Taryn Luna

The private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. plans to take the Waltham company private after 17 years of trading under the ticker symbol LVB.

Patent lawsuit targets four iRobot rivals

The lawsuit alleges the Solac Ecogenic AA3400 cleaner (at right) illegally uses technology from Bedford-based iRobot’s Roomba vaccuum cleaner (left).

By Hiawatha Bray

The Bedford robot maker is alleging that four European companies violated five patents used in its Roomba home-cleaning robot.


Barry Zimman; ran landmark Lynn store, wasn’t averse to change

Mr. Zimman graduated from Bowdoin College, where he played football.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Zimman, 92, was a WWII veteran who opened one of the region’s first self-service department stores, Zimman’s.

Sarah Charlesworth, artist of deconstructed photographs

Ms. Charlesworth’s work is represented in museum collections in America and abroad.

By Roberta Smith

Ms. Charlesworth, 66, was an artist whose photo-based works subverted and otherwise addressed cultural assumptions about photography.

Jim Kelly; played martial artist

Mr. Kelly said he pursued a career in acting after he won karate tournaments.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. Kelly, 67, made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 classic.


Celtics introduce Kelly Olynyk, Colton Iverson

Celtics draft picks Colton Iverson and Kelly Olynyk are introduced during a team community event in Mattapan.

By Baxter Holmes

Even the two 7-footers the Celtics acquired in the NBA draft don’t know what kind of team they’re joining.

Christopher L. Gasper

Can’t ignore the Red Sox anymore

The Red Sox entered July as the only team in the American League with 50 wins.

By Christopher L. Gasper

If you tuned out the Sox over the first 3 months of the season because of lingering resentment from the past two seasons, you have missed a first-place team.

Koji Uehara embracing role as Red Sox closer

Reliever Koji Uehara has brought high-fivin’, teammate-huggin’, fist-pumpin’, glove-slappin’ excitement to the Red Sox.

By Julian Benbow

With the instability that has cursed Red Sox closers this season, Uehara has given the team a level of certainty over the past few games.

G: Living

Bass player Thomas Van Dyck settles in with BSO

Thomas Van Dyck, 32, is one of the newest members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

By James H. Burnett III

The 32-year-old’s love of all kinds of music helped land him in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Frame by Frame

‘Woman Playing a Lute’ by Giuseppe Maria Crespi

By Sebastian Smee

When you come across something like this painting, you suddenly find your soul on the hook.


Femi Kuti, ‘No Place for My Dream’

By Steve Morse

Femi Kuti is a worthy successor to the intoxicating Afro-beat rhythms and explosive lyrics of his dad, Fela Kuti.

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Album review | INDIE ROCK

Lightning Dust, ‘Fantasy’

By James Reed


Wale, ‘The Gifted’

By Ken Capobianco


Sturgill Simpson, ‘High Top Mountain’

By Stuart Munro


Beautiful Swimmers, ‘Son’

By Michael Andor Brodeur


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Her ex is distancing himself

By Meredith Goldstein


‘Ray Donovan’ is a ratings hit for Showtime

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


BET Awards draw Bobby Brown, New Edition

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk gets technical in Mattapan

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Nantucket festival closes with comedy, awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson have a son

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘The Way, Way Back’ on the go on East Coast

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein