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South Boston woman kidnapped, robbed, stabbed to death

Friends and family of Amy Lord gathered at Gazebo Park in Wilbraham, for a vigil Wednesday night.

Jackie Ricciardi for The Boston Globe

During the last moments of her life, Amy E. Lord was led on a terrifying journey that ended with her body being ditched in a wooded area in Hyde Park.

Slaying victim Amy Lord remembered as nurturing leader

She left her home here and headed for the city. It is what lots of young people do after high school in this speck of a town along Route 20.

Cash flow at Plainridge raised alarm

State investigators say former track President Gary Piontkowski made personal cash withdrawals “almost on a daily basis” for several years.

In a twist of irony, Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican standard-bearer who tried harder than anyone to prevent Barack Obama from becoming president, has suddenly emerged as a deal maker, potentially helping salvage aspects of Obama’s second-term agenda.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Senate gets the start of a thaw

The chamber in recent weeks has seemed to take a turn toward the middle, becoming a place where the first instinct is to seek comity rather than incite conflict.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick departed after his news conference at Gillette Stadium.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick struck the right tone

Belichick was measured, empathic, remorseful, and human discussing Aaron Hernandez’s situation. He knew this was not the day to be intentionally obtuse.

The Nation

Obama attempts to refocus on the economy

President Obama made his remarks Wednesday at Knox College, the site of his first major economic speech in 2005.

By Michael D. Shear

President Obama tried to move past months of debate over guns, surveillance, and scandal Wednesday.

Political Notebook

Caroline Kennedy is president’s pick as ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy

The appointment would catapult the only surviving child of slain President John F. Kennedy to a dynamic diplomatic post.

Senate gets the start of a thaw

In a twist of irony, Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican standard-bearer who tried harder than anyone to prevent Barack Obama from becoming president, has suddenly emerged as a deal maker, potentially helping salvage aspects of Obama’s second-term agenda.

By Matt Viser

The chamber in recent weeks has seemed to take a turn toward the middle, becoming a place where the first instinct is to seek comity rather than incite conflict.

The World

Egyptian general calls for mass demonstrations

By Kareem Fahim

The commander of the armed forces asked Egyptians to hold mass demonstrations that would give him a “mandate” to confront violence and terrorism.

Irish official backs wider abortion law

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK

Ireland’s justice minister said the country must end the ‘‘great cruelty’’ that requires women to give birth to infants who are the products of rape or have fatal genetic defects.

Obama suspends delivery of fighters to send message

The US halted delivery of four F-16s over concerns

By Mark Landler 

In his first punitive response to the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, President Obama halted the delivery of four F-16 jets to the Egyptian air force.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Warren’s on right side of loan bill

By Joan Vennochi

The government makes money off the backs of students, as Senator Elizabeth Warren rightly describes it.

Nathaniel P. Morris

Humanity in the animal research lab

By Nathaniel P. Morris

The victims of animal research aren’t always animals. Sometimes, it’s the researchers who lose their sense of humanity.

Alex Beam

Really real summer reading list

By Alex Beam

Here’s a different summer reading column. All these books are at your local library, and they are recommendations you won’t forget on the beach.

Metro

Link suspected in new drug, 5 overdose deaths

By Kay Lazar

The deaths have been concentrated in South Boston and Dorchester, and officials are worried that an adulterated batch of heroin is being sold.

$800m transportation bill passed

The House and Senate voted today to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto on an $800 million bill that raises gas and cigarette taxes.

By Martine Powers

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Governor Patrick’s veto on an $800 million bill that raises gas and cigarette taxes.

Yvonne Abraham

Is Charles Yancey’s run for real?

By Yvonne Abraham

Even Yancey’s most ardent fans should think hard before wasting a mayoral vote on a candidate who is less than all-in.

More Stories

Slaying victim Amy Lord remembered as nurturing leader

By Akilah Johnson and Javier Panzar

Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Defense lawyers want to call one of Bulger’s gang

By Shelley Murphy

MILTON

Body pulled from river in Milton

By Dave Eisenstadter

Business

Tech Lab

Nokia smartphone has a smarter camera

By Hiawatha Bray

The new Lumia 1020 from Nokia Corp. is a remarkable beast that produces far crisper images than any other smartphone.

Summers steers clear of controversy

Larry Summers.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Lawrence Summers, reported to be a front-runner to lead the Fed, on Wednesday spoke about technological change.

Crowdfunding watchdog unit formed

Secretary of State William Galvin says sites may try to dupe amateur investors.

By Michael B. Farrell

The unit will monitor crowdfunding websites that let start-ups raise money from unaccredited investors.

Obituaries

Robert Kumor, 67; former Chicopee mayor, Springfield judge

Robert Kumor was the presiding justice in Springfield District Court.

By Thomas Farragher

Mr. Kumor, a Chicopee native, also served in the US Marine Corps and was a high-ranking official in the Dukakis administration.

Willie Louis, 76; was witness to Emmett Till’s lynching

Detective Sherman Smith (left) guarded Mr. Louis in 1955 in Chicago after he testified in the Till murder case.

By Jason Keyser

Mr. Louis, who was the sole witness to Till’s death, testified at the ensuing trial and later fled his small hometown for Chicago.

Marv Rotblatt, 85; was one of baseball’s shortest pitchers

Marv Rotblatt appeared in 35 games for the White Sox.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Rotblatt’s name lives on as part of an all-day spring party/softball marathon at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick struck the right tone

Patriots coach Bill Belichick departed after his news conference at Gillette Stadium.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Belichick was measured, empathic, remorseful, and human discussing Aaron Hernandez’s situation. He knew this was not the day to be intentionally obtuse.

Somber Bill Belichick ‘shocked’ by Hernandez case

In a quiet, measured tone, a somber Bill Belichick said that “having someone in your organization that’s involved in a murder investigation is a terrible thing.”

By Shalise Manza Young

In a quiet, measured tone, Belichick said that “having someone in your organization that’s involved in a murder investigation is a terrible thing.”

Rays 5, Red Sox 1

David Price locks down Red Sox

David Price, right, celebrated after tossing a complete-game win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

By Nick Cafardo

The reigning Cy Young Award winner allowed just five hits in a complete-game win that narrowed the Red Sox lead to just a ½-game.

G: Style

A band for kids about to rock

In his home studio in Jamaica Plain, Mike Irwin instructs members of the band the Brookline Village People: 8-year-old bassist Stefan Gordon and 7-year-old guitarist Catherine Macenka.

By Benjamin Soloway

With the pop charts littered with performers just out of their teens, it’s no wonder kids want to sign up for rock-band instruction.

Movie Review

‘The To Do List’ delivers humor usually reserved for the boys

Aubrey Plaza stars as a high school senior who makes a list of sexual experiences she needs to have before going to college.

By Ty Burr

In its exuberantly smutty way, the movie is revolutionary: A teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking terrified.

sTAGE reVIEW

‘Absurd’ cooks up humor, pain in kitchen

Bill Mootos and Liz Hayes play Geoffrey and Eva, one of the three couples in “Absurd Person Singular.”

By Jeffrey Gantz

The Nora Theatre Company production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Absurd Person Singular” is successfully both absurdly painful and funny.

Globe North

Online tool attracts modern audience to Newburyport history

Newburyport history buff Ghlee Woodworth demonstrates the mobile version of her Clipper Heritage Trail website.

By Joel Brown

The Clipper Heritage Trail is up and running, with a website that outlines 13 tours of Newburyport and provides information on roughly 125 historical points of interest in the town.

Highlights of the Clipper Heritage Trail tours

Some of the places you can see on the Clipper Heritage Trail in Newburyport — and learn about on your smartphone or tablet along the way.

Greenhead season is no day at the beach

A greenhead fly.

By David Rattigan

While greenheads — a type of horsefly — don’t create the same public health concerns that mosquitoes and ticks do, their bites can be traumatic.

Globe South

Get up & go

A lesson on sailing, south of Boston

Aidan DiPrima of the Duxbury Bay Maritime School coaches Michelle Noonan and Joe Noonan, 12, in a Flying Scot last week.

By Tony Chamberlain

Perhaps partly owing to the ancient and intimidating vocabulary, neophytes approach their first encounter with a sailboat with something between caution and downright dread.

Sailing lesson options south of Boston

By Tony Chamberlain

Options for sailing lessons south of Boston.

Plymouth

Volunteers scrape, clean gravestones to reveal history on Burial Hill

Methodically cleaning gravestones at Burial Hill are, from left: Betsy Schlesinger and Jae Dunn; June Gillette and Cheryle Caputo.

By Meg Murphy

Volunteers were equipped with a motley array of tools used to carefully clean ancient graves, some of them belonging to Pilgrims and politicians from early America.

Globe West

Battling invasive weeds on area waterways

Volunteers Charles Cross (left) and Jay Bielmeier return with a boatload of water chestnut pulled from the Charles River in Newton.

By Johanna Seltz

About a third of the approximately 3,000 freshwater lakes and ponds in the state are affected by invasive weeds.

MetroWest experiences a different kind of tourism

American Girl associate and doll hair stylist Julia Moser-Hardy at work in Natick.

By John Swinconeck

The MetroWest Visitors Bureau says the American Girl store, and the Natick Mall, are among a group of sleeper locations that draw a healthy number of visitors.

Tips on preventing the spread of invasive weeds

Eurasian Milfoil/Myriophyllum spicatum

By Johanna Selz

Tips on what you can do to help stop the spread of invasive species.