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UMass to rate its performance in simpler way

President Robert Caret has developed a list of goals that will be used to essentially grade the whole UMass system.

// Pilots in Calif. crash tried to abort in final seconds

A crew member called for an increase in speed seven seconds before the plane clipped an embankment at the edge of the runway in San Francisco.

Mel King in February at a Black History Month forum.

After decades of activism, Mel King looks only ahead

At 84, the former Boston mayoral contender is an activist who has stood the test of time in a city where that doesn’t always happen.

Casie Gillette locked her vehicle to a crowded rack as she arrived for work in Boston last week.


Like motorists, bike riders scramble for spaces

Casie Gillette was eager to look at jewelry and get a grilled cheese at the SoWa Open Market on a recent weekend, but parking in the South End was tight, and she was forced to circle the block before finally landing a spot.

E-cigarettes were out for sale at a shop in Hyde Park.

Electronic cigarettes sprout on Boston shelves

Shopkeepers are rushing to sell the cigarettes, apparently driven by sales pitches from the nation’s third-largest tobacco company.

The Nation

Immigration, nominations top agenda for Congress

House majority leader Harry Reid, frustrated with GOP delaying tactics on judges and nominations, may try to change the Senate rules.

By Donna Cassata

Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week.

Procession brings home fallen Arizona firefighters

A large crowd gathered on Sunday in Phoenix as a motorcade of hearses carrying the remains of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team left the medical examiner’s office and traveled to Prescott, Ariz.

The bodies of the 19 firefighters were driven in a solemn procession from Phoenix to the mountain community where they lived.

Solar plane completes trip across the US

Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard (left) Andre Borschberg after landing in New York City.

A solar-powered aircraft completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country trip on Saturday night.

The World

Egypt scrambles to find leaders; protests go on

Egyptians waved the national flag as hundreds of thousands flooded Tahrir Square to protest the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

By Kareem Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick

The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies vowed to broaden their protests against President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

Derailment devastates Quebec town near Maine

Brake failure was cited by a Montreal, Maine, & Atlantic Railway official as a possible cause of the derailment Saturday.

As firefighters doused still-burning railway cars filled with oil, more bodies were recovered in the devastated town of Lac-Megantic.

Venezuela called Edward Snowden’s last chance

By Lynn Berry

An influential Russian Parliament member encouraged the NSA leaker on Sunday to accept Venezuela’s offer of asylum.

Editorial & Opinion


The Fannie and Freddie gravy train

By John E. Sununu

Retooling the country’s two mortgage giants has been on the to-do list of Congress ever since it omitted the task from the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul.

opinion | jennifer graham

Age is not Hillary Clinton’s weakness

Clinton would be 69 at inauguration.

By Jennifer Graham

The Republican strategy of pointing out Clinton’s age ahead of the next presidential election is a bizarre miscalculation that will backfire.

opinion | sylvia Pagán westphal

Unverified science

By Sylvia Pagán Westphal

When discussing the impact of drugs on health care costs, we must also think of the hundreds of millions that are wasted on scientific research that is unreliable.


MBTA pilot program to boost new commuter line

By Meghan E. Irons

The MBTA will study the potential economic benefits of its restored Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, where ridership has been low.

Teresa Heinz Kerry is reported critically ill

Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry after a 2004 speech he delivered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

By Bryan Bender

The wife of Secretary of State John Kerry was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering an undisclosed ailment on Nantucket.

Five-alarm Allston fire displaces 19

Paul Hoy, captain of the Red Cross Metro South Disaster Action Team, spoke with residents of Mansfield Street who were displaced by the fire.

By Colin A. Young

Nineteen people, including a toddler, were displaced after a five-alarm fire tore through a three-decker on Mansfield Street.

Business ǀ Science

Cellphone data mined to create personal profiles

Public outrage probably will not halt the mining of mobile phone information.

By Hiawatha Bray

Analyzing calls, text, and other cellphone data yields clues about a user’s personality, behavior, and even health status.

Researchers see new uses for Wi-Fi technology

“Wi-Vi” works much like radar, sending signals that bounce off various objects, including people, to show their locations.

By Hiawatha Bray

The same technology that allows us to connect to the Internet without wires may soon let us see through walls.


See your metadata the way the NSA does

Boston’s bacon hot spots.

A new project from MIT’s Media Lab maps out your social networks by tapping into your e-mail metadata — similar to what the National Security Agency does.


William Reagan, 78; created LoJack antitheft technology

Mr. Reagan served as chairman of Medfield’s Board of Selectmen.

By Bryan Marquard

The Medfield resident “was always thinking of something,” his widow said.

Douglas Dayton, 88, catalyst for Target Corp.’s growth

By Patrick Condon

Mr. Dayton led the transformation of a family department store into a retailing giant.

Austin Goodrich, 87; was CIA spy, CBS correspondent

Mr. Goodrich’s CBS colleagues were in the dark about his CIA affiliation.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Goodrich joined the intelligence agency soon after his college graduation and worked for several years as a correspondent before his identity was unmasked.


angels 3, red sox 0

Jered Weaver, Angels silence the Red Sox

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base in Sunday’s 3-0 loss.

Kelly Olynyk dazzling in debut for Celtics

Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk heads for the hoop in summer league.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics’ first-round draft pick scored 25 points in 27 minutes in Boston’s 95-88 loss to the Magic at the NBA’s summer league.

Christopher L. Gasper

Bruins gave up on Tyler Seguin too soon

Ex-Bruin Tyler Seguin scored just one goal in 22 postseason games.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Patience has to be shown with a potential franchise player whose talent level far exceeds his maturity level.

G: Health

Developers creating apps to treat mental health issues

“Treasure of Bell Island,” from Blue Marble Gaming Co., is a video game designed to help people who have had a traumatic brain injury.

By Sanjena Sathian

Game developers hope that one day they might supplement therapy by putting mental health care into patients’ homes or pockets.

Reflections from Residency

‘Training’ may be over, but learning won’t end

By Dr. Kiran Gupta

Medicine is art as much as science, and each patient challenges us to provide care that is just right for them.

Daily Dose

How much milk do we really need?

By Deborah Kotz

The tide may be turning against this once seemingly essential beverage.

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