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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.

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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.

The Nation

A Senate divided, even concerning its own rules

Democratic leader Harry Reid (left) and Republican leader Mitch McConnell

By Philip Elliott

The Senate’s Democratic and GOP leaders clashed on proposed procedural changes intended to ease confirmation of Obama’s nominees.

Asiana crash payouts could differ

An international treaty is likely to close US courts to many foreigners and force them to pursue their claims in Asia and elsewhere.

Pa. trial focuses on voter ID law

Civil libertarians challenging the law and state officials defending it say they expect the state Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case.

The World

Military chief in Egypt says Morsi violated his mandate

By Sarah El Deeb

Facing unrelenting pressure from Muslim Brotherhood protesters, Egypt’s military chief sought to justify his decision to remove Mohammed Morsi from office.

Israeli prime minister calls for urgency on Iran

By Jodi Rudoren

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried Sunday to step up pressure on the White House and the world regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

Ramadan attacks continue, killing 28

Twin explosions in Basra killed eight, the deadliest of a series of attacks mainly south of Baghdad on Sunday.

Explosions tore through predominantly Shi’ite cities south of Baghdad shortly before the Muslim faithful broke their fasts on Sunday, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Marcela García

How an immigrant-owned salon embodies East Boston’s revival

By Marcela García

Proprietor Marlen Alvarez, a native of Colombia, shows how the area’s economic life has reached a new level of vibrancy with a growing number of restaurants and retail shops.

opinion | Jennifer Graham

The deflation of everything

A vision of the future?

By Jennifer Graham

Americans want fully free, and that, not the housing crisis, is what’s continuing to hobble the economy.

opinion | melissa massello

Hot start-ups that defy hype? Here’s the scoop

A Batch ice cream truck.

By Melissa Massello

Hundreds of now-forgotten local businesses have made the mistake of going to market with half a product and half a brand.


Serenity on Route 15 bus in Roxbury

MBTA bus driver Miguel Goncalves said he maintains an easygoing, respectful attitude with his passengers on Route 15 in  Roxbury.

By Martine Powers

Attacks on MBTA drivers are on the rise, but 11-year veteran Miguel Goncalves tries to keep his cool.

Bill seeks to shield domestic violence victims

By Joshua Miller

The idea behind the legislation is to protect the privacy of victims by keeping their names shielded from public view, but some fear it also protects abusers.

Man struck, killed at bus stop on Cape

After Benjamin Shealey, 32, hit Albert Della Malva at a bus stop, police said, he crashed into a white Volvo leaving the parking lot of Kream N’ Kone restaurant, injuring two adults and two children.

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

Albert Della Malva was waiting for a bus to take him home to Orleans when he was hit by a car and killed, his brother said.

Business ǀ Science

Educational tech firm picks Boston as its US base

A student’s screen view of the Learning Management System, created by Desire2Learn, a Canadian company.

By Gail Waterhouse

Desire2Learn Inc. is a Canadian firm that helps schools and teachers manage instructional material via the cloud.

MIT studies seek to limit the stress of driving

MIT grad student Kael Greco demonstrated stress monitoring devices on his wrist and hand as he drove in Boston and Cambridge traffic.

By Hiawatha Bray

The research at the school could help promote better-designed cars and highways, and less behind-the-wheel tension.

Mass. companies team up to prevent head injuries

The CheckLight measures head  movement and indicates when a jolt warrants medical attention.

By Taryn Luna

Reebok and the Cambridge tech company MC10 Inc. have released a device, called CheckLight, that tracks hits to athletes’ heads.


Margaret Treece Metzger, 68; teacher, mentor to colleagues

Ms. Metzger taught at Brookline High School for nearly four decades.

By Emma Stickgold

When Ms. Metzger asked her friend to give a eulogy at her funeral, she offered a three-word summary of her life: “beauty, love and teaching.”

Cory Monteith, 31; starred as singer, coach on ‘Glee’

Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, and Lea Michele during a scene from “Glee.’’

By Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Monteith, who played an upbeat and outgoing young student and singing coach on the hit TV series, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver.

Nadezhda Popova, 91; led Soviet squad of female pilots

Ms. Popova, who became a squadron commander, flew 852 combat missions during World War II.

By Emily Langer

Ms. Popova was one of the most celebrated aviators of the so-called “Night Witches,” female military pilots who terrorized the Nazis during World War II.


A’s 3, red sox 2 (11 inn.)

Red Sox drop road trip finale to A’s

Chris Young scores the winning run behind Ryan Lavarnway in the 11th.

By Peter Abraham

Brandon Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh, but the Red Sox went on to lose the game, 3-2, in 11 innings.

Dan Shaughnessy

John Farrell proves the perfect fit for Red Sox

John Farrell argues with Todd Tichenor after the umpire awarded Yoenis Cespedes second base in the 10th.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Red Sox manager is exactly what the team needed after the collapse of 2011 and the trainwreck of 2012.


Loudon win ends Brian Vickers’s four-year drought

Brian Vickers’s win at Sunday at NHMS was worthy of a big celebration — health problems had helped keep him out of Victory Lane since 2009.

By Michael Vega

Health problems had helped keep Vickers out of Victory Lane since 2009.

G: Health


Creating a gym for the mind

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone (near right) and Dr. Mo Shafi use magnetic stimulation technology to observe brain function on a study participant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

By Karen Weintraub

Computer games that drill specific skills are gaining currency as a viable treatment for brain conditions and a hedge against normal aging.

Q&A | Jerome Kagan

Taking a new look at human development

By Karen Weintraub

Influential psychologist Jerome Kagan has a new book out called “The Human Spark: The Science of Human Development.”

Daily Dose

Overcoming infertility after a childhood cancer

By Deborah Kotz

While treatments for pediatric cancers have largely been a success story, some of the therapies have left female survivors with infertility problems.

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Music Review

When one hand at piano is asked to speak for two

By Jeremy Eichler

Book Review

‘The Rest of Us’ by Jessica Lott

By Karen Campbell

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


‘R.I.P.D.’ stars return to Boston for screening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Big names for Dreamland Foundation gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Donnie Wahlberg and . . . Jenny McCarthy?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mass. hometowners at Jimmy Kimmel’s wedding

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Robin Thicke performs for contest winners

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Out in the streets to celebrate Bastille Day

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Errol Morris to make darkly funny non-documentary

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein