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Boston mysteries coming to a close

With Albert DeSalvo close to being officially the Boston Strangler, and James “Whitey” Bulger on trial, Boston riddles are being solved.

Patrick backs DCF after baby’s death

Governor Deval Patrick defended the state’s child welfare agency, even as its decision to leave a baby boy in a troubled home was being reviewed.

Arthur S. Demoulas (right) is trying to oust his cousin, Arthur T. Demoulas, as CEO of the Market Basket grocery chain.

Market Basket CEO faces revolt led by his cousin

The latest battle among the strong-willed personalities in the family that built the chain has Arthur T. Demoulas fighting an ouster led by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

Unions give boost to Walsh, Arroyo

Boston mayoral candidates Martin J. Walsh and Felix G. Arroyo received hefty donations in June from different unions.

The Nation

Prosecutor says Zimmerman ‘went over the line’

Investigator Doris Singleton of the Sanford Police Department, a key law enforcement witness in the trial of George Zimmerman, and Officer Brian McIntosh spoke with a resident during public outreach on Thursday.

By Lizette Alvarez

Bernie de la Rionda said George Zimmerman saw himself as a cop and Trayvon Martin as a hoodie-clad criminal in an encounter that ended with the teen’s death.

$22b cost poses hurdle for student loan proposal

Democrats abandoned an effort to restore student loan rates to 3.4 percent. If no deal is reached, students returning to campus this fall will face a rate of 6.8 percent.

By Philip Elliott

An emerging deal to lower interest rates on student loans hit a major obstacle Thursday after lawmakers learned of the price tag.

In prison, 9/11 mastermind became appliance tinkerer

Once the CIA was done with detainees, the agency had to try to undo the psychological damage inflicted.

By Adam Goldman

The CIA let the terrorist design a vacuum cleaner in an attempt to undo the psychological damage inflicted on detainees at a secret prison in Romania.

The World

2011 Morsi case revived for new investigation

By Ben Hubbard

Egypt’s rulers gave new credence to a case against Mohammed Morsi over an escape from prison during the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Quebec premier rebukes head of US rail firm

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois embraced Raymond Lafontaine, who lost his son and two daughters-in-law in the crash, during her visit to Lac-Megantic on Thursday.

By Sean Farrell

Pauline Marois toured the traumatized town and sharply criticized the railway’s chief for not responding in person more quickly to the disaster that left at least 24 dead.

Pope updates Vatican law, criminalizing sex abuse, leaks

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican city-state, criminalizing information leaks and listing possession of child pornography as punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

A tale of two supermarkets

By Joan Wickersham

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “The car you drive [is] the most important personal climate decision.”

SCOT LEHIGH

This long shot merits a close look

John Barros announced his campaign for mayor of Boston in April.

By Scot Lehigh

John Barros is not necessarily a front-runner in Boston’s mayoral race, but this smart, substantive community leader is a very impressive guy.

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A fundamental right to be able to die in peace

By Simon Waxman

A central element of the debate around death with dignity should be the fact that, in principle, the law already acknowledges an individual right to manage the prolonging of one’s own life.

Metro

Unions give boost to Walsh, Arroyo

By Andrew Ryan

Boston mayoral candidates Martin J. Walsh and Felix G. Arroyo received hefty donations in June from different unions.

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The end of ‘a hidden life’

By Kevin Cullen

June Larner spent 78 years in the Wrentham Development Center, making a new family when hers was no longer there for her.

Beacon Hill residents on alert after a spate of assaults

Four assaults on women have occurred in the Beacon Hill area in less than two months.

By Colin A. Young and Nikita Lalwani

Days after a woman was assaulted in Beacon Hill, the fourth since May, residents went about their routines, but many said they’re nervous.

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Brown calls for more inclusive GOP

By James O’Sullivan

BROCKTON

Infant dies in Brockton, no foul play apparent

By Derek J. Anderson

BOURNE

Second fatality from July 4 Sagamore crash

By Nicholas Jacques

Business

Field of bidders for Globe narrows

By Beth Healy

At least three groups with local ties remain in contention to buy the Boston Globe and its related businesses, according to people briefed on the matter.

Thanks to Kickstarter, tactile watch debuts

Eone Timepieces, aims to solve that problem with the launch of its first tactile wristwatch, which went on sale for $128 Thursday through a Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

By Callum Borchers

Eone Timepieces has raised $40,000 so far to sell a tactile wristwatch for the blind, which features two metal ball bearings in place of traditional hands.

For-profit hospitals put to test in Mass.

By Robert Weisman

Tenet Healthcare Corp. will re-enter Mass. after it bought Vanguard Health Systems Inc. last month, potentially shaking up the state’s hospitals and doctors networks.

Obituaries

Daniel Wegner, 65; psychologist studied life’s obsessions

Dr. Wegner examined conscious will, torture, and couple dynamics during his long career.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Wegner’s research showed that the more we try to not think about something, the more likely we are to talk about what we are trying not to think about.

Chuck Foley, inventor of Twister, other games; at 82

Co-inventors of the game Twister, Chuck Foley (left) and Neil Rabens, demonstrated how to play in 1966.

By Patrick Condon

Mr. Foley was the father of nine who invented the game that became a naughty sensation in living rooms across America.

John Curran, 59; dogged journalist, Bloomberg editor

By Charles W. Stevens

Mr. Curran was a Bloomberg News editor who previously was a longtime journalist at Fortune and editor of Mutual Funds magazine.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots’ risky decisions haunting them now

Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked with Aaron Hernandez, left, at a training camp practice last year.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Bill Belichick took gambles on players like Alfonzo Dennard and Aaron Hernandez in pursuit of wins, and now those gambles are major embarrassments for the Patriots.

Alfonzo Dennard’s fate uncertain after arrest

Alfonzo Dennard, shown at an April court appearance, is due back in court on Aug. 12.

By Michael Whitmer

Dennard’s arrest on a DUI charge in Nebraska could trigger a jail term from his previous conviction for assault.

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Daniel Nava lifts Red Sox past Mariners

Daniel Nava (right) was congratulated after hitting an RBI-single against the Mariners in the 10th inning.

By Peter Abraham

Nava’s two-out, two-strike single gave the Red Sox their third win in a row against Seattle and kept them 3.5 games up in the AL East.

G: Arts & Movies

Stage review

‘Two Gentlemen,’ Sinatra-style

Ellen Adair onstage as Silvia in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

By Don Aucoin

The swaggering ghost of Frank Sinatra hovers over the enjoyably jazzed-up production.

Art Review

Hopper houses reframed

From among Gail Albert Halaban’s photographs of Edward Hopper subjects: “House at Riverdale” (top).

By Cate McQuaid

Photographer Gail Albert Halaban revisited the houses Edward Hopper painted when he summered in Gloucester.

Book Review

‘In Times of Fading Light’ by Eugen Ruge

In his debut novel, Eugen Ruge links vignettes about various members of the Umnitzer family.

By Roberta Silman

In his late 50s, Ruge has come upon the international literary scene with an important, highly accomplished debut novel.

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Movie Review

Growing up is hard to do

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

A matter of life and Death

By Peter Keough

Noisy Neighbors

Reks, ‘Revolution Cocktail’

By Martín Caballero

Music Review

Belle and Sebastian hopscotches through its catalog

By Christopher Muther

High Five

Jesse Kivel of Kisses

By James Reed

NIGHT WATCH

Cheap Seats 8, other events this week

By Stephanie Hiltz

Zombie proves unstoppable

By Sarah Rodman

Scene & Heard

Now in Brooklyn, Boston’s Grey Sky Appeal expands

By Martín Caballero

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Love Letters

She’s feeling small