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Trayvon Martin verdict brings wide outcry, US review

NEW YORK — The fallout over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reverberated across the country Sunday from church pulpits to street protests, setting off a conversation about race, crime, and how the justice system handled a racially polarizing killing of the black teenager in Florida.

Cathy Guild of Roxbury honored the memory of Trayvon Martin in Dudley Square.


In Boston, displays of solidarity for Martin family

Youth Minister Willie Bodrick II strode to the pulpit of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury on Sunday morning wearing a maroon hoodie.

Rising rates pinch state and local governments

The cost of repaving roads, repairing bridges, and building new schools is getting more expensive as interest rates increase from historic lows and the price of borrowing money climbs for state and local governments. Rates for municipal bonds, which state and local governments sell to investors to finance major projects, has climbed a full percentage point since early May, according to Municipal Market Data, which tracks these bonds. In Massachusetts, where the state plans to borrow $3 billion, that increase would add $300 million in interest costs over the 30-year life of the bonds, according to the state treasurer’s office. And many analysts expect rates will only climb higher, which could eventually mean cuts to other government-funded projects or higher taxes to pay for the additional borrowing costs.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, seen here at City Hall Plaza on the Fourth of July, says the book will be as much about the city as about him.  It’s expected to be released next spring.

Menino ready to write the book on his mayoralty

Mayor Menino has inked a deal to author a book chronicling his life, career, and long reign in City Hall’s corner office in Boston.

House Speaker John Boehner

Hope for broad action on immigration dims

A comprehensive Senate plan that passed with bipartisan support is dead in the House, casting serious doubt on further action on the issue.

Top Republicans see a political future for Gabriel E. Gomez.


Gabriel Gomez could be up for another run

The Republican admitted to some missteps in his Senate campaign but said he would be receptive to another opportunity to pursue office.