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Ex-Chelsea housing chief gets three years

Michael E. McLaughlin (right), former head of the Chelsea Housing Authority, left federal court with his lawyer, Thomas M. Hoopes, after being sentenced.

Michael E. McLaughlin, who admitted to hiding his inflated $360,000 salary from regulators, was sentenced for “picking the pockets” of public tenants.

Dr. Jeanne Lawrencee, a professor at UMass Medical School, looked at slides of cells.

Scientists hit at core of Down Syndrome

Researchers at the UMass Medical School shut down the extra chromosome that causes developmental problems in people with Down syndrome.

Towns try to stop wave of heroin overdoses

Stoughton, Brockton, and Yarmouth have had a string of overdoses lately, but no one knows why the cheap drug is so lethal right now.

Clover began with a single truck near MIT. At right is owner Ayr Muir.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Clover restaurant’s lapses preceded outbreak

The Clover CEO acknowledged there were food safety practices with which they “could do a lot better.”

Opinion | Ty Burr

// Rolling Stone cover an act of irresponsibility

The text dutifully calls him a monster, but there’s nothing that visually contravenes the notion that he’s a star.

Yvonne Abraham

// The Rolling Stone cover image can’t hurt us

Only a pinhead would see the cover and think, ”Oh, I thought this guy was a monster, but since he looks so hot right here, I guess he’s OK.”

The Nation

Congress expresses anger over NSA surveillance program

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (right) questioned witnesses from the NSA, FBI, Justice Department, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Wednesday.

By Pete Yost

In a heated confrontation over domestic spying, members of Congress said they never intended to allow the National Security Agency to build a database of every phone call in America.

House votes to delay parts of health care law

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9: House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks during a press conference, on Capitol Hill, July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican leadership discussed the immigration bill and the Obama administration's decision to delay a portion of the Affordable Care Act, which will extend the deadline for employer mandated health care to 2015. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Donna Cassata

After a day of heated rhetoric, the House voted largely along party lines, 264-161, to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

UN envoy pick gets cordial grilling in Senate

By Brian Knowlton

Samantha Power appeared to face no serious obstacles to confirmation during the hearing by the Foreign Relations Committee.

The World

Contaminated lunches kill 22 children in India

An Indian man mourned as he held his dead daughter inside an ambulance outside a hospital in Bihar, India, on Wednesday.

By Gardiner Harris and Hari Kumar

Officials said they believed that cooking oil stored in a container formerly used for insecticides caused the contamination.

Britain calmly legalizes gay marriage

By Gregory Katz and Angela Charlton

With little fanfare or debate, Britain announced that Queen Elizabeth II had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales.

Another ship from N. Korea made trip to Cuba last year

Panamanian investigators found a cache of weapons hidden in stacks of sugar on the Korean-flagged tanker.

By Rick Gladstone

An aging North Korean freighter similar to the one impounded by Panama for carrying concealed Cuban military equipment made the same voyage last year, an official said.

Editorial & Opinion


Recovering addicts stand behind Walsh

By Lawrence Harmon

State Representative Martin Walsh, who is a candidate for Boston mayor and a recovering alcoholic, has received help in his campaign from addicts, many of whom he has aided.


Coping with Netanyahu on Iran

By Nicholas Burns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but sanctions and diplomacy may still have an effect.


Small budget, big bite

By Joanna Weiss

In a bloated-movie summer, ‘Sharknado’ recalls the joy of cheap, simple effects.


‘They open the oven, it’s like I get slapped in the face’

After work, head baker Aldo Parziale of Parziale’s Bakery will go home and take “a really long cold shower.”

By Billy Baker

For kitchen workers who spend already-hot days by the large ovens in North End bakeries, feeling the heat takes on new meaning.

Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s former partner to testify against him

By Shelley Murphy

The aging gangsters will see each other for the first time in decades today when Stephen Flemmi takes the stand at Bulger’s racketeering trial.

Kevin Cullen

My scam’s better than your scam

By Kevin Cullen

At the federal courthouse, Whitey Bulger’s title as scam artist of the century was challenged by the former Chelsea housing head, Michael E. McLaughlin.

More Stories

Ex-Chelsea housing chief gets three years

By Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes

Norfolk DA Morrissey crossed center line before car crash

By Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement

Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Former drug dealer testifies that Bulger threatened him

By Shelley Murphy


Hollywood finds local sunglass company

Randolph Engineering’s high-end shades got a big lift when they were featured in the first three seasons of “Mad Men” — that’s actor Jon Hamm (far right) wearing a pair.

By Gail Waterhouse

With its future in doubt, Randolph Engineering turned to making sunglasses, gaining cachet from features on the TV show “Mad Men.”

Tech Lab

For privacy lovers, the right type of software

By Hiawatha Bray

A continued search for spy-proof Internet services for both phone and email, with mixed results.

Tech sector reacts late to tax plan

By Michael B. Farrell

The Mass. tech industry was virtually absent from Beacon Hill discussions on the tax, which covers a range of software.


George Kariotis, 90, of Eastham; high-tech exec ran against Dukakis

Mr. Kariotis was the Republican nominee for governor of Massachusetts in 1986 but lost to Michael Dukakis. “I always thought the world of him,” Dukakis said this week.

By Bryan Marquard

The son of Greek immigrants and child of the Depression formed one of the state’s top semiconductor firm before turning to politics.

Eugene P. Wilkinson, 94; skippered 1st Navy nuclear sub

Vice Admiral Eugene P. Wilkinson was at the helm when the Nautilus was launched in 1955.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Wilkinson commanded the 324-foot, lead-lined Nautilus, the first machine to harness atomic fission for propulsion rather than weaponry.

Man shot by Boston police has open gun case in New York

By Colin A. Young

A Braintree man shot and wounded by Boston police Tuesday after he allegedly opened fire on two officers in South Boston was scheduled to appear in front of a New York judge Thursday to face gun charges stemming from an arrest in Brooklyn last year, officials said.


Stage is set for Red Sox to take next step

The Red Sox head into the post-All-Star Game portion of the season with a 2.5-game lead in the AL East.

By Peter Abraham

With the best record in the AL, the surprising Red Sox, working with a rebuilt roster and attitude, are in position to thrive late in the season.

British Open

Lee Westwood hopes it’s finally his time

Lee Westwood  is still looking for his first career major championship.

By Michael Whitmer

He’s north of 40 now, with accomplishments that would make most of his peers salivate. But Westwood has never won a major.


‘Polish Prince’ Ryan Kielczewski ready for ‘next step’

Rick Kielczewski lends his son, Ryan, a hand as he prepares for a sparring session.

By Julian Benbow

The Quincy boxer is putting his undefeated record on the line this week in a nationally televised fight that could change his profile.

G: Style

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Summer of Love: ‘Hippie Chic’ at the Museum of Fine Arts

 Woman's jacket Designed by: Barry and Yosha Finch For: The Chariot American, about 1970 Cotton velvet; nylon, polyester; plastic *Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston *Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -- 18hippie

By Christopher Muther

The new MFA exhibit shows the eye-popping styles that became the clothing for the counterculture.

Movie Review

‘The Conjuring’ looks back to the Amityville era

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren in “The Conjuring.”

By Ty Burr

Gorehounds will gnash their teeth in disappointment at “The Conjuring,” a trim haunted-house spook show from the director of the original “Saw.”

Movie Review

In ‘RED 2,’ aging violently, if not gracefully

From left: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in “RED 2.”

By Tom Russo

The sequel has some snappy interplay, but mostly feels like a cast working to manufacture what came naturally the first time.