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With only 17 months left in his term, Governor Deval Patrick could be facing some treacherous times.

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Patrick enters his final stretch, his path unclear

In the next 17 months, critics will label the governor a lame duck, candidates will take aim at his record, and legislators may ignore him.

Boston police guarded the main entrance to the infirmary after an officer and a prisoner were shot inside Wednesday.

A police struggle, shots jolt Mass. Eye and Ear

The prisoner remained in critical condition Wednesday night at Massachusetts General Hospital, officials said.

Gas leaks cost consumers $1.5 b, study says

Natural gas consumers in Mass. have paid for fuel they never received because local utilities are not replacing hundreds of miles of old, leaky pipelines quickly enough.

Boston, MA--4/10/2013--State Rep. Martin J. Walsh (cq) talks about his decision to run for mayor, on Wednesday April 10, 2013. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 11mayor Reporter: Andrew Ryan

Walsh tops Boston mayoral candidates in July fund-raising

State Representative Martin J. Walsh of Dorchester collected almost $245,000 last month, with nearly half of it from labor.

Ayr Muir was forthcoming about a salmonella outbreak that closed his Clover Food Lab locations for two weeks.

For Clover CEO, openness is first

Clover Food Lab chief executive Ayr Muir was forthright when a salmonella outbreak was tied to his restaurant chain.

The Nation

Senators challenge NSA’s phone surveillance

‘If this program is not effective, it has to end. So far, I’m not convinced by what I’ve seen.’

By Charlie Savage and David E. Sanger

The latest leaked NSA document provided new details on the way the agency monitors Web browsing around the world.

Wis. Sikhs plan peaceful rites to mark shooting

Women gathered Saturday to prepare one of the free meals offered daily to hundreds of worshipers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, the site of the fatal attack.

By Dinesh Ramde

Officials at a Wisconsin Sikh temple will be holding a series of memorial events in connection with the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting there.

Manning leaks said to bruise US military relationships

Private First Class Bradley Manning arrived at court on Wednesday on the first day of his sentencing hearing.

By David Dishneau

A retired Army general said the material Bradley Manning leaked identified hundreds of friendly Afghan villagers by name.

The World

Zimbabwe vote tests long rule of Mugabe

Zimbabe’s presidential election pitted the nation’s longtime ruler, Robert Mugabe, against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who pulled out of the 2008 election after 200 of his supporters were killed in a government crackdown.

By Lydia Polgreen

Thousands of Zimbabweans went to the polls Wednesday in what many are calling the most pivotal election since Zimbabwe voted out white rule in 1980.

Egypt decrees that pro-Morsi sit-ins be dispersed

A group of Egyptian Muslims backing ousted President Mohamed Morsi were part of a sit-in near Rabaa Al Adaweya mosque in Cairo. Morsi supporters have been camped out in two large Cairo squares for weeks.

By Mayy El Sheikh

Egypt’s military-led government instructed its security forces Wednesday to end two large sit-ins in the capital by supporters of the deposed Islamist president.

Kerry visits Pakistan looking to reset ties

Secretary of State John Kerry (center) arrived in Islamabad Wednesday to meet with newly elected Pakistani officials.

By Deb Riechmann

A new set of players but the same issues confront John Kerry on his first visit to Pakistan as secretary of state: the fight against extremism, American drone attacks, and the Afghanistan war.

Editorial & Opinion

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Curse of the Maestro

By Alex Beam

Has the Bambino traveled from Fenway Park to the BSO?


Did Kennedy break with Democrats on principle, or for positioning?

US Representative Joseph Kennedy III is seen in a Feb. 11, 2013 interview.

By Joan Vennochi

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III voted in support of the NSA, setting him apart and creating a buzz about the young lawmaker.


In Swartz case, MIT’s ‘neutrality’ contributed to unjust outcome

MIT officials acted in good faith, but they missed a chance to help Aaron Swartz — and to make a larger mark in a vital national debate.


Boston principal resigns amid more plagiarism allegations

By James Vaznis

A Boston principal resigned Wednesday after claims emerged that she had plagiarized portions of her job application materials.

Rosenberg poised to become state Senate president

Stanley Rosenberg would become the state’s first openly gay legislative leader. He is 63.

By Jim O’Sullivan

Majority leader Stanley Rosenberg has sufficient support to succeed Therese Murray as Senate president. But the timing of Murray’s departure remains unknown.

Patrick enters his final stretch, his path unclear

With only 17 months left in his term, Governor Deval Patrick could be facing some treacherous times.

By Michael Levenson

In the next 17 months, critics will label the governor a lame duck, candidates will take aim at his record, and legislators may ignore him.

More Stories

A police struggle, shots jolt Mass. Eye and Ear

By Colin A. Young, Javier Panzar and Maria Cramer

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger team builds its defense

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia


Search for Tenn. hiker continues in Maine


Two United flights are diverted to Logan

By Nicholas Jacques


Woman charged in Silver Line rampage

By Nicholas Jacques

Republicans protest gas tax

By Joshua Miller

Markey far outspent Gomez

By Joshua Miller

Markey far outspent Gomez

By Joshua Miller


Deepwater plans up to 200 wind turbines in US waters

By Erin Ailworth

Officials are selling 164,750 acres of federally designated waters off the Mass. and R.I. coasts for commercial wind energy development.

Aquarium unveils TV ads

By Gail Waterhouse

After debuting its renovated tank, the New England Aquarium is now trying to lure visitors with ads that make the fish on the screen look real enough to touch.

Tech Lab

Leap Motion controller is futile gesture

Leap Motion gesture control system

By Hiawatha Bray

Engineers at Leap Motion, a device that turns gestures into digital commands, have created a solution to a problem that nobody’s got.


Berthold Beitz, 99; saved many Polish Jews from Nazis

Berthold Beitz claimed that hundreds of Jews were needed for oil production.

By Kirsten Grieshaber

Mr. Beitz managed an oil field in occupied Poland, and said workers were needed for oil production.

Oscar ‘Ossie’ Schectman, 94; scored NBA’s first basket

Former Toronto Huskies (from left) Dick Schulz, Gino Sovran, Harry Miller, and Ray Wertis surrounded Mr. Schectman at a commemoration event for the 1946 teams in 1996.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Schectman played for the New York Knicks and scored the first points in a 1946 game against the Toronto Huskies.

Ilya Segalovich, cofounder of Russia’s biggest search engine

Mr. Segalovich invented the engine’s name, derived from Yet Another Index.

Mr. Segalovich, 48, had battled stomach and brain cancer.


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Red Sox win on Stephen Drew’s walkoff hit

Stephen Drew (center) celebrated with David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, and other teammates after Drew’s 15th-inning single won the game for the Red Sox.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox jumped back into first place in the AL East with their 10th walkoff win of the season.

On Baseball

Red Sox add rotation heft in Jake Peavy

Ben Cherington talked Wednesday about the Red Sox’ movement at the trade deadline.

By Nick Cafardo

Peavy’s addition gives the Red Sox a proven arm who can contribute as the team makes a run for a playoff spot.

on football

Count on Tim Tebow making Patriots roster

Tim Tebow’s mobility could help the Patriots prepare to defend the read-option, which could help secure his spot on the roster as a Tom Brady backup.

By Ben Volin

Here’s a news flash for anyone who thinks Tebow is battling for a roster spot and may not make the team come September: He isn’t going anywhere.

G: Style

Where the monsters are: Nerf Zombie Camp

Benjamin Tull, 13, of Concord (center) cheers before taking on zombies during the climactic battle at Nerf Zombie Camp in Reading.

By Benjamin Soloway

Lots of kids spend their summer at camp swimming, playing soccer, and making ceramics. Only a few get to battle zombies.

Movie Review

Beyond ‘Dinner With Andre’

Cindy Kleine examines the life and career of her husband, Andre Gregory (pictured).

By Ty Burr

The fond, overindulgent documentary “Andre Gregory” is a tour through the life and philosophy of a curiously idealistic creative seeker.

Stage Review

Free spirits, fine Shakespeare in ‘Labour’s’

Shakespeare & Company’s production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost’’ sets the Bard’s early comedy in the postwar 1940s.

By Don Aucoin

The Shakespeare & Company version of the Bard’s early romantic mayhem is punctuated by banjo-playing, finger-snapping, and the singing of ’40s tunes.