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Obama speaks on Trayvon Martin case

President Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House daily news briefing on Friday.

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

Speaking without notes or a teleprompter in a surprise appearance, President Obama addressed the nation’s racial divides, moved by the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Brian Buzby, who recently converted to Islam, experienced headaches on his first day of Ramadan from caffeine withdrawal and mild dehydration.

Support for Muslim converts during Ramadan

Islam’s holiest time of the year is a period of fasting, self-improvement, and intensive prayer, but converts can also find it to be lonesome and bewildering.

DNA links Albert DeSalvo to 1964 ‘Strangler’ slaying

“This provides finality,” said Casey Sherman, nephew of murder victim Mary Sullivan.

Stage set for Middle East peace talks, Kerry says

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have tentatively agreed to resume direct peace negotiations, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced.

Flemmi recounts Bulger’s savage ways

Stephen Flemmi testified on murders that he said James “Whitey” Bulger committed, moving a juror to tears.


// After a week in the furnace, relief in sight

Hold on a while longer -- the current heat wave will end soon.

The Nation

House votes to abandon No Child Left Behind

“Let’s get Washington out of the way,” said Representative Martha Roby of Alabama.

By Jim Abrams

Republicans decided to dismantle the troubled education law, saying states and local school districts should be setting the rules, not Washington.

Vehicle killed teen after San Francisco plane crash

By Terry Collins

The new details released by the coroner’s office confirmed that rescuers caused the death of one of the three victims who died.

Colorado theater shooting victims honored

Jane Dougherty (left), whose sister was killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, read the names of gun violence victims at an event for the one-year anniversary of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. With her was Carlee Soto, who also lost a sister in Newtown.

By Dan Elliott

Survivors of Newtown and Aurora were among those gathered in a suburban Denver park a year after 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire during a movie.

The World

3 dead as rival rallies fill the streets in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, demonstrated in their camp in Cairo’s Nasr City on Friday.

By Kareem Fahim

Clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in the city of Mansoura left at least three people dead, according to state news.

Senators want G20 summit moved over NSA leaker

Two senators urged President Obama to consider recommending a new site for the summit in Russia if Moscow continues to allow Edward Snowden to remain in the country.

Syrian shrine damaged; one dead

Mortar shells struck near a major Shi’ite shrine outside Damascus, killing its caretaker in an attack that threatens to further escalate sectarian tensions.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | jesse singal

Why the Rolling Stone photo of Tsarnaev is so disturbing

By Jesse Singal

We fear the image not because it glorifies Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but because he looks too normal to have done a horrible thing.

opinion | alan mallach and lavea brachman

Gateway cities don’t need a silver bullet

By Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman

A megaproject like a sports arena or a casino can become an important asset, but it is not a strategy for change in itself, unless it is integrated into larger schemes.

opinion | Julio Ricardo Varela

Free Puerto Rico from political limbo

Followers of Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party, which favors the current political status, waved the island’s flag during a rally in November in San Juan.

By Julio Ricardo Varela

The island is one of the world’s last colonies, the stark reminder of an outdated policy that no longer applies to modern realities.


Teens speak out on issues in Zimmerman case

Christ-Roberte Julmice (left) Bruce Maiben, Sinain Joseph, and Daysra Robinson were among the teens in a group at ABCD Center in Dorchester who offered their views following Geroge Zimmerman’s trial in the death of Trayvon Martin.

By Akilah Johnson

The case has made young people reflect on how they are seen and heard — or misinterpreted — and it is a divide that city teens say they know all too well.

DNA links Albert DeSalvo to 1964 ‘Strangler’ slaying

Albert DeSalvo in 1967. A definitive DNA match has been made between his remains and crime scene evidence.

By Maria Cramer

“This provides finality,” said Casey Sherman, nephew of murder victim Mary Sullivan.

kevin cullen

This exchange really captured Whitey’s attention

By Kevin Cullen

Whitey Bulger has long denied killing women — he purports to have scruples — but Stevie Flemmi shattered that myth Friday.


Months after scathing inspection, Quincy Medical Center’s president is out

Knell took the top job in 2011.

By Jessica Bartlett

Quincy Medical Center has seen a tense one-day nurse’s strike and a state inspection that led to temporary closure of the senior psychiatric ward.

Harvard Business School program helps build nonprofit management skills

Thulani Madondo of South Africa spoke with fellow nonprofit leaders at Harvard Wednesday.

By Gail Waterhouse

The Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program helps train nonprofits to increase efficiency and improve management skills.

Teens rally in financial district for more jobs

Teens demonstrated in front of Putnam Investments in Post Office Square in Boston, urging companies to offer more summer jobs.

By Emily Overholt

More than 100 teens demonstrated in near-100-degree heat in the Financial District, hoping they would get some attention for their cause.


Caroline Cronk, 5; Norwell girl’s optimism inspired many

Caroline Cronk lived all her life in Norwell, a town she loved, and was known to friends and family as Calle.

By Meg Murphy

Caroline “loved everybody,” and was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer only 9 months ago. Her family raised $600,000 for research through the Hope for Caroline nonprofit.

Vincenzo Cerami; co-wrote ‘Life Is Beautiful’ for screen

‘‘You have to seek the beauty and the horror,” Vincenzo Cerami said.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Cerami, 72, was a poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays of more than 40 films.

Laurie Frink, pioneer trumpeter, healing instructor; 61

By Nate Chinen

Laurie Frink was an accomplished trumpeter who became a brass instructor of widespread influence and high regard.


red sox 4, yankees 2

Red Sox back in business after All-Star break

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury led off the first inning with a home run, then coordinated with David Ortiz on celebratory hand signals.

By Peter Abraham

Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonny Gomes hit home runs in the Red Sox’ win over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Alfonzo Dennard won’t be cut by Patriots

Alfonzo Dennard is due in court again on July 31.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots are expecting the NFL to suspend him after an arrest on a DUI charge last week.

Bruins open season Oct. 3 against Lightning

Zdeno Chara and the Bruins will be back on the ice Oct. 3.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins will begin the season at home against Tampa, the start of a 3-game home stand. Tyler Seguin will make his first visit to Boston on Nov. 5.

G: Family

Confessions of a roller coaster nerd

Funtown U.S.A.’s “Excalibur.”

By Eric Wilbur

There’s something to be said for the experience of various levels of g-forces that deliver elation, weightlessness, and even nostalgia.

Chris Ewen, unsung Hero

Chris Ewen is in synth-pop trio Future Bible Heroes with Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson, both of the Magnetic Fields.

By James Reed

Chris Ewen is about to be busier than ever, well beyond the local nightlife scene where he has been a beloved fixture as a DJ.

Dance Review

Quirky moves of high quality at Jacob’s Pillow

Dario Dinuzzi and Peter Smida of Ballet BC perform at Jacob’s Pillow.

By Janine Parker

Under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, the high balletic ability of the dancers in Ballet BC is clear.

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