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In jail, Bulger breezily talked about violence

James “Whitey” Bulger could be heard imitating a machine gun sound today as prosecutors played tapes of his jailhouse conversations in the notorious gangster’s trial in federal court in Boston. Bulger was talking about the 1975 murder of Edward Connors, whom Bulger and his right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi allegedly shot while he stood in a phone booth on Morrissey Boulevard.

Heavy security readied for Esplanade on 4th

More than a dozen extra bomb squad officers are coming into Boston from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. State Police have spent the last two days sealing manhole covers and removing trash bins, trying to close off any places where someone could hide a bomb. And there will be twice as many troopers as last year guarding the events around July 4 in Boston.

Branden Mattier posted a picture of himself in front of the One Fund offices. He faces two misdemeanor counts.

An alleged try to bilk One Fund Boston of $2.2m

Branden Mattier allegedly attempted to defraud the relief effort by claiming that his long-dead aunt was injured in the Marathon attack.

Students in a Winchester High computer science class looked at programming code on the screen of Erica Yuen.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Interest in computer science lags in Mass. schools

In an era of crowded classrooms, students in the computer science class at Malden High School had plenty of room to spread out as they whiled away the final hours of the school year tinkering with programming code. Of the school’s 1,850 students, just 16 took it’s most advanced computer science course this year. “No one understands what we do,” said Ivan Williams, a 16-year-old junior, explaining why more students didn’t take the course that he considers as important as English or social studies. Massachusetts is among a handful of states with high schools at the forefront of teaching computer sciences, but what’s lagging is student interest. Only a fraction of the state’s students enroll in classes that teach the kinds of skills technology companies are really looking for in new hires.

Matthew Schneps is leading dyslexia studies.

Personal discovery on dyslexia may aid many

The research of astrophysicist Matthew Schneps shows that people with dyslexia may benefit from using hand-held gadgets to read.

The Nation

White House delays crucial element of health law

The delay is a significant setback for President Obama’s signature domestic initiative.

By Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear

There is a one-year delay in the requirement that larger employers provide coverage for workers or pay penalties.

Skeleton of man’s wife found in wall

The remains of James Nichols’s wife, who he reported missing more than 27 years ago, were found after he died.

21 accused of abusing patients in Ga.

More than 20 employees of a Georgia assisted living center for people with Alzheimer’s disease face dozens of criminal charges.

The World

Morsi defies ultimatum set by Egypt’s military

Demonstrators opposing President Mohammed Morsi shouted slogans and waved flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

By Ben Hubbard, David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim

President Mohammed Morsi rejected the ultimatum in an angry speech as Egypt edged closer to a return of military rule.

Couple sentenced as spies for Russia

By Geir Moulson

A German court on Tuesday convicted a married couple of spying for Russia over more than two decades.

Taliban attack kills 4 security guards

An Afghan police officer  stood guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

By Azam Ahmed

Five suicide attackers struck a civilian base on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, early Tuesday, blasting their way into the compound.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

Mandela’s freedom and ours

Nelson Mandela speaks at Harvard in 1998, while there to receive an honorary degree.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Nelson Mandela will always remain a symbol of the synergy between America’s democracy and liberation struggles around the world.


Ham-handed handling of snooping

By Scot Lehigh

If ever there were a matter where the Obama administration needs to get its act together, it’s the NSA’s extensive surveillance program.


Words to transform the world

Alexis de Tocqueville was inspired by a US Independence Day celebration in 1831.

By Jeff Jacoby

America was the first nation founded as the embodiment of an idea – the “self-evident” truth that “all men are created equal.”

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Patrick proposes bigger gas tax in transit plan

“I have said I would accept the Legislature’s $800 million a year as a big step forward, so long as that number is real. This bill does not achieve that,” Governor Patrick said.

By Jim O’Sullivan and Joshua Miller

Top Mass. lawmakers condemned Governor Patrick’s new plan to fund the transportation system before he had even finished presenting it.

Boston researchers report hopeful findings on HIV

By Kay Lazar

Two patients who underwent bone marrow transplants several years ago have no detectable levels of HIV, despite stopping powerful antiretroviral medications.

Broken mirror sought in Aaron Hernandez case

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the broken driver’s side mirror to this 2013 Nissan Altima they believe was driven by Aaron Hernandez.

By Mark Arsenault, Wesley Lowery and John R. Ellement

The side mirror is from a Nissan Altima believed to be driven by Hernandez on the day he allegedly orchestrated the killing of Odin Lloyd.

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Police in Ashland fatally shoot man

By Colin A. Young and Nikita Lalwani

In jail, Bulger breezily talked about violence

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

Day 15


Mass. Internet activists plan protest of NSA

By Michael B. Farrell

The activists are helping to organize July Fourth protests, online and on the ground, against National Security Agency surveillance.

Chelsea experiencing a building revival

A park is under construction at 201 Marginal St. in Chelsea, a city with a population of about 35,080 and a land area of 1.8 square miles.

By Casey Ross

After decades of economic decline, the city is capitalizing on its proximity to Boston as apartments, offices, stores, and restaurants pop up.

MassChallenge entrepreneurs brace to compete

Fred Destin of Altas Ventures led the presentation workshop on the final day of the accelerator program at MassChallenge Boot Camp.

By Callum Borchers

With boot camp over, entrepreneurs from 128 companies will collaborate, but also compete for a total of $1.3 million.


Monte Basbas, 92; a mayor, judge

Monte G. Basbas served three terms as mayor of Newton, starting in 1965.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Basbas, a World War II pilot, was elected to three terms as mayor of Newton before he was appointed a judge in 1972.

William Gray, 71; congressman broke racial ceilings

William Gray (right) greeted Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa in Philadelphia. Mr. Gray was a leading voice in Congress supporting the antiapartheid work of Tutu.

By William Yardley

Mr. Gray, who served in the House from 1979 to 1991, was a persistent voice for equal rights, education, and services for the poor.


Red Sox 4, Padres 1

John Lackey, Red Sox cruise past Padres

John Lackey is excited as he watches the final out of the eighth inning recorded. Lackey improved to 6-5 with another solid outing.

By Julian Benbow

For the first time in two years, Lackey -- looking dominant and perhaps winning back the fans -- pitched eight dominant innings.

On Baseball

Orioles get jump on Red Sox in trade game

The Orioles were sitting 3.5 games behind the Red Sox after Tuesday’s games.

By Nick Cafardo

Did the Red Sox’ AL East rivals just gain an advantage, if not on the field, then psychologically, by dealing for veteran righty Scott Feldman?

Celtics still in a salary-cap bind

Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Kevin Garnett are heading to Brooklyn.

By Baxter Holmes

Even after the trade with Brooklyn, the Celtics are still well over next season’s projected salary cap and just over the tax line.

G: Food


Blue ribbon classics

Classic and historical New England pairing: fish chowder and cornbread.

By Sheryl Julian

You might call this regional food “cuisine strong,” because you need a certain amount of pride — and you need to know the place — to fully appreciate it.

Recipe for lobster rolls

An iconic dish of top-loaded lobster roll with its sweet meat and slightly salty buttered and toasted bun.

Recipe for fish chowder

A well-made fish chowder, just thick enough to stay on the spoon and brimming with our local catch, is a thing of beauty.

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Delightful nibbles, quirky pours at Spoke

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What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

A Tank Away

New London, Conn.: A beacon of summer on the coast

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon


Cambridge dance party a record-setting hit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ben Affleck to honor the Hoyts at ESPYs

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Kicking in to help kids at soccer clinic

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Tonya Lewis Lee speaks at Museum of Fine Arts

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Boston Casting looking for a Pele look-alike

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