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Westfield leader scrutinized for lavish charges

The spending of Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle, which he attributes to building the school’s “brand,” may be catching up to him.

Brandi Dean adheres to a regimen of antibiotics to combat the effects of Lyme disease.


Aug. 18

When the ‘cure’ doesn’t end the pain

Scientists are puzzling over why some Lyme disease patients have symptoms that can linger for years despite standard treatment.

Sam Lottner played with a rainbow-colored parachute on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston.


Greenway becomes people’s park in Boston

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway may not be a world class park, but downtown residents, workers, and visitors are loving it all the same.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan (right) addressed the news media Friday regarding the arrest of Jared Remy, as Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson looked on.

Jared Remy case handling defended by DA

Remy’s release on Wednesday following an alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, had fatal consequences.

The Nation

New front-runner in NYC mayor’s race

A poll has Bill de Blasio (right) ahead among Democrats in a race for New York City mayor.

By Jonathan Lemire

Bill de Blasio has gone from afterthought to front-runner with stunning speed.

Military uses force to end Cairo standoff

An army officer pointed his weapon at the crowd Saturday as he helped an Islamist man leave Cairo’s Fath mosque where supporters of ousted president Morsi were holed up. Security forces were trying to convince the supporters to leave.

By Kareem Fahim and Mayy el Sheikh

Soldiers fired on a mosque, turning a central thoroughfare into a war zone.

Egypt challenges Obama’s Arab Spring philosophy

Obama’s resistance to halting US support effectively gives him the role of a bystander issuing strongly worded statements.

By Julie Pace

President Obama’s approach of limited engagement as democratic uprisings emerged in 2011 is facing its toughest test in this North African country.

The World

Christians take brunt of Syria roadside attack

A Syrian rebel pointed to the sky as a regime fighter jet flew overhead in Syria’s eastern town of Deir Ezzor on Saturday. Al Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria, sparking fighting in which 17 were killed.

By Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue

Gunmen shot dead 11 people, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority.

the world today

Jihadi Salafist leader arrested

Egyptian authorities arrested the brother of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri, a security official said.

Kingpin’s release is bitter reminder

By Michael Weissenstein

Cartel leader Rafael Caro Quintero walked free this month, 12 years early, after an appeals court in Mexico overturned his sentence for three murders.

Editorial & Opinion


Tourists flock to the Cape for more than beaches and clams

A great white shark, lower right, patrolled off  Cape Cod’s Nauset Beach on Aug. 30, 2012.

By Tom Keane

Instead of a reason to stay away, sharks are proving to be another of Cape Cod’s many attractions.


The Sunshine State means business

Florida Governor Rick Scott.

By Jeff Jacoby

Massachusetts may be a perfect fit for your business, but if it’s not, Florida’s governor would like to remind you: You’ve got other options.


Is Obama retreating from Obamacare?

By Joan Vennochi

In the presidential foot-dragging, the political right sees proof that health reform is unraveling, with help from its creator.


Slots decision casts a cloud over Plainridge harness track

Jim Hardy (right, in green) and Native Speed round the bend for the finish line.

By Alyssa A. Botelho

Monday, horse racing’s fate grew more uncertain after casino regulators disqualified Plainridge from competition for the state’s single slot machine parlor license.

Dartmouth roiled, again, by student insensitivity

By Alyssa A. Botelho

A fraternity hosted a “Blood and Crips Party,” modeled after two infamous gangs, which ultimately included racialized language, speech, and dress.

Yvonne Abraham

A cab driver who was always worth the wait

By Yvonne Abraham

In one narrow slice of Boston, Wesner Lefleur was a legend — the taxi guy who was just about everyone’s designated driver.

Money & Careers

Mayoral candidates differ sharply on development

(Top, from left) Felix Arroyo; John Barros; Charles Clemons Jr.; Daniel Conley; and John Connolly. (Bottom, from left) Rob Consalvo;  Charlotte Golar Richie; Michael Ross; Bill Walczak; Marty Walsh; and Charles Yancey.

By Casey Ross

A look at the plans of Boston’s mayoral candidates for housing, transit, and other issues in the city reveals sharp contrasts.

On tax policy, Mass. looking more red than blue

As sales taxes continue to increase, shoppers may be more likely to take advantage of tax-free holiday weekends. Some say sales taxes are regressive because all people pay the same regardless of income; others say that makes it more fair.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Recent tax policies appear to be giving the state a slightly different political shade these days.

Innovation Economy

HubSpot looks to its second act

By Scott Kirsner

The Cambridge online marketing company will announce several new products at its Inbound conference this week.

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home of the week

Unique great room and in-law unit in Duxbury

By John R. Ellement

Product Reviews

Replace your high-tech car keys for less

By Consumer Reports

Real estate now | scott van voorhis

Buyers not the only ones watching rising rates

By Scott Van Voorhis

Consumer alert

You need to stay wary of scams on Facebook

By Mitch Lipka

Handyman on call

It may be time to replace decaying boards

By Peter Hotton

On the Job

Steering cab drivers into the app age

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Etiquette at work

Firing during conference call shows what not to do

By Peter Post

Job Doc

Take steps to protest manager’s behavior

By Patricia Hunt Sinacole

On the Hot Seat

Wi-Fi brings connectivity to Gillette Stadium

By Callum Borchers


red sox 6, yankees 1

John Lackey quiets Yankees as Red Sox perk up

John Lackey allowed one run on six hits over 6⅔
 innings and walked off the field with a four-run lead.

By Peter Abraham

The righthander had one of the best starts of his comeback season, allowing one run before leaving to an ovation in the seventh.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox prove the doubters wrong again

David Ortiz got a hand from Jarrod Saltalamacchia after he hit his 24th homer this season.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Saturday’s win over the Yankees was another demonstration of the resilience of this team. Every time you think you are out, they pull you back in.


Chael Sonnen makes quick work of Mauricio Rua

Chael Sonnen (bottom) won the main event of UFC Fight Night 26 after Mauricio Rua tapped out in the opening round.

By Julian Benbow

Sonnen tapped out Rua with a guillotine choke in the main event that was as unexpected for him as it was for everyone who saw him execute it.

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On Second Thought

No bull, bit of Pamplona brought to the US

By Kevin Paul Dupont

On Baseball

John Lackey comes up big for Red Sox

By Nick Cafardo

Red Sox Notebook

Red Sox’ Mike Napoli sits with sore left foot

By Peter Abraham

From the Maniacal One . . .

By Chuck Waseleski

Sunday Baseball Notes

Scouts appear to be zeroing in on Red Sox

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Football Notes

Buccaneers’ Greg Schiano has bright football mind

By Ben Volin

Sunday Basketball Notes

C.J. McCollum’s big game began at small school

By Gary Washburn

Sunday Hockey Notes

NHL GMs can get an assist by employing analytics

By Fluto Shinzawa

patriots notebook

Bill Belichick pleased with Buccaneers week

By Shalise Manza Young

revolution 2, fire 0

Revolution shut out Chicago Fire at Gillette

By Nick Ironside

world track championships

Usain Bolt easily takes gold in 200 at worlds

By Pat Graham



Do our brains pay a price for GPS?

By Leon Neyfakh

How a useful technology interferes with our ‘mental mapping’ — and what to do about it.

The Internationalist

The secret history of democratic thought in the Middle East

Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protested at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo.

By Thanassis Cambanis

Are constitutional ideals alien to the region? Not at all.

Black Sabbath, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Cohen’s best shots at a #1 summer hit

“Of these bands, Black Sabbath has the lowest danceability, the lowest bounciness, and they’re the most dense, sonically,” Glenn McDonald says of Black Sabbath’s “Lady Evil.”

By Leon Neyfakh

Data-mining finds sunshiny pop songs in some unlikely places.

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The Word

Coined by Shakespeare? Think again

By Rachael Scarborough King

Uncommon Knowledge

A cure for insomnia: sleepy, subliminal words

By Kevin Lewis


Lewis Kornfeld; made Radio Shack early player in PCs

Lewis Kornfeld

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Kornfeld, 97, was president of Radio Shack and in 1977 released the TRS-80, one of the first mass-market and relatively affordable computers.

Haji, 67; played homicidal go-go dancer in cult film

Haji (on roof) was cast as one of three killer dancers, along with Tura Satana (right), in “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Haji was a voluptuous actress who played one of three homicidal go-go dancers in Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult film “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

Eduardo Falu, Argentine folk music composer; 90

Mr. Falu incorporated indigenous and classic sounds in his music to  ‘‘give another dimension to folklore.”

By Adam Bernstein

Mr. Falu was an Argentine guitarist and composer who married the rigor and harmony of folk music with the virtuosity of classical technique.

Sunday Arts


‘World’s End’ reunites Nutty Buddies

“The World’s End” actors Nick Frost (left) and Simon Pegg  (center) with  director Edgar Wright, at the Liberty Hotel.

By Tom Russo

The “Shaun of the Dead” trio Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright are back with the sci-fi comedy “The World’s End.”

Photography REVIEW

Garry Winogrand photographed the fairer sex on the fly

Garry Winogrand’s “Untitled (Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York), 1969.

By Mark Feeney

It’s tempting to call this Winogrand’s moment with three shows currently running at home and abroad.

Casey Affleck, the subtle one

Casey Affleck.

By Christopher Wallenberg

As the less famous, more soulful and enigmatic Affleck brother, Casey continues to take on interesting projects — while keeping a low profile.

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A Waltz toward ominous themes

By Matthew Guerrieri


The curious case of Alec Baldwin

By Matthew Gilbert


The brilliance of a ‘Bad’ shot

By Matthew Gilbert

album review | classical music

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Critic’s picks: Pop music

By Sarah Rodman

My Instagram: Kinesha Goldson

By Christopher Muther

the one thing

Drink up

By Marni Elyse Katz


The mullet and the damage done

By Hayley Kaufman

Critic’s picks: Television

By Matthew Gilbert


No more Tent at Boston Fashion Week

By Christopher Muther

book review

‘Fallen Land’ by Patrick Flanery

By Jan Stuart

theater director, usually reads 6 books at once

André Gregory

Book review

‘Night Film’ by Marisha Pessl

By Eugenia Williamson

Book review

‘Ecstatic Nation’ by Brenda Wineapple

By David M. Shribman

Book review

‘George Orwell’ by Peter Davison

By Jordan Michael Smith


Barbara Shapiro finds success with her sixth novel

By Jan Gardner


Winning books on horse racing

By Katharine Whittemore


Invasion of the doppelgangers

By Chelsey Philpot


Arts center sets up in former library

By Davis Bushnell


Surprises abound at Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Museum

Brick House pewter hall looking into front hall.

By Sebastian Smee

Maintained and operated by the nearby Shelburne Museum, the Brick House is the Colonial Revival retreat where its founder let her idea for a museum incubate.

Cities in the States | Chicago

Three days in Chicago

The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals that offers a  route for touring the city’s world-famous architecture.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

A three-day itinerary that takes visitors through world-class museums, a top-notch culinary scene, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Chebeague Island, Maine: under stormy and sunny skies

The waterfront porch at the Chebeague Island Inn.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Chebeague is one of 14 remaining year-round island communities in Maine, with approximately 330 year-round residents.



How I survived a shark attack

Great white shark.

By Chris Myers

For the first time in his own words, Chris Myers describes his frightening encounter with a great white in July 2012 off Truro, and his return to the beach one year later.

Sharks Inc.

By Warren Cornwall

How one Cape Cod town is embarking on some risky business: attempting to become the great white shark capital of New England.

On a mission to save godless Massachusetts

Myke Wilkerson and Brandon Allison, pictured on Revere Beach, moved their families here from Texas to start a new church.

By Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Evangelical Christians are arriving from Texas and elsewhere to plant the seeds of new churches here.

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A mayor of color

By Kenneth J. Cooper

Miss Conduct

Digging up family dirt

By Robin Abraham


Just peachy

By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

From the dessert menu

Dinner With Cupid

Higher ed

First Person

Countdown to fall


Geezer basketball

By Bob Kalish

Tales From the City

Mamma Maria, people can be nice!

Globe North

Tewksbury to vote on casino zoning

By Kathy McCabe

Voters on Tuesday will decide if the proposed $200 million Merrimack Valley Casino should be allowed to be built on 30 acres of woods off Route 133.

college bound

Big changes in student rolls pose challenges

Students peer at code on a computer screen in an AP computer science class at Winchester High School.

By Katheleen Conti and Matt Carroll

Everett and Winchester are among just over a dozen K-12 school districts north of Boston that have experienced a dramatic increase in student enrollment.

AmeriCorps to help Lynn cut dropout rate, boost literacy

By Steven A. Rosenberg

For the next three years, 15 AmeriCorps members will work in Lynn’s high schools and at several nonprofits.

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Who taught you to drive?

A few modest ideas to improve road safety

By Peter DeMarco


Quilt art on display in Lowell

By Wendy Killeen


Library now has free music service

By John Laidler


Part of rail bed paved for bicyclists

By Jarret Bencks


City’s bond rating upgraded

By Kathy McCabe


Flying Flutistas set to perform

By Brenda J. Buote


Town to welcome home two troops

By John Laidler


Six-story development set for consideration

By Jarret Bencks


Committee prepares for Town Day

By Brenda J. Buote


Art school earns award

By John Laidler


Design plan ready for high school project

By Brenda J. Buote


Red Cross holding blood drive

By Brenda J. Buote


Lowell High grad aids housing charity

By Karen Sackowitz


West Nile virus detected in Marblehead

By Steven A. Rosenberg


Man bites woman to grab purse

By Karen Sackowitz


YWCA accepting apartment applications

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Free tours offered at Parson Barnard House

By Brenda J. Buote


Rockport National Bank president to retire

By David Rattigan

Globe South

Public schools try to reverse loss of students

Rockland‘s renovated high school may be a factor in a slight increase in students.

By Jennette Barnes

The Rockland public schools expect to enroll about 70 more students, a small victory for a district that, like many of its neighbors, lost pupils.

Work begins on expansion at Xaverian

A rendering of the outside of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, after the renovations are complete.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

The major renovation plan is a multi-phased project to add new classrooms, wellness facilities, turf and other fields.

Quincy-Braintree condo plan back on track after disputes

By Jessica Bartlett

“The project is back on the table, and it’s good for [Braintree],” said Scott Palmer, owner of 7-11 Independence Ave.

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Students still in old school

By Jessica Bartlett

Dining Out

Cafe puts new spin on classic favorites

By Shirley Goh


Hingham runners honor a Tar Heel friend

By Paul E. Kandarian

Beverly Beckham

I was the sun, the kids my planets

By Beverly Beckham

Around the diamond

Drifters boast dynamic mound duo

By Peter Cappiello

East Bridgewater

Meet the new school

By Rich Fahey


Habitat changes locations

By Paul E. Kandarian

West Bridgewater

Committee openings still available

By Rich Fahey


Raynham preparing new students

By John Laidler


Teen creates memorial garden

By Juliet Pennington


Norton Town Meeting set

By John Laidler


Town tossing popular party

By Paul E. Kandarian


Forum with new administrator

By John Laidler


Conservation commission needs member

By Paul E. Kandarian


Bridgewater special election

By John Laidler


Library’s mackerel weathervane returns

By Johanna Seltz


Overdose prevention seminar set

By Rich Fahey


Hearings for liquor licenses

By Elaine Cushman Carroll


Holbrook Cultural Council openings

By John Laidler


New school administrators

By Juliet Pennington


Wareham Housing Authority under review

By Emily Sweeney


Sewage plant smells fading

By Johanna Seltz


Protect against West Nile virus

By Michele Morgan Bolton


City receives property grant

By Michele Morgan Bolton


New rules for Reservoir Pond

By Dave Eisenstadter


Police get close to full staffing

By Juliet Pennington


Family saved from eviction

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Cape Flyer extends service

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Pembroke recreation programs

By John Laidler


Sharon tops list of best places to live

By Jennette Barnes


Man charged with lewdness

By Katherine Finnell


Organ recital celebrates church anniversary

By Katherine Finnell


Road projects in the works

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Bike path planned

By Robert Knox


New park layout sneak peak

By Elaine Cushman Carroll


Tennis courts to open soon

By Jennette Barnes


Splash pad parking problems

By Jessica Bartlett


Preliminary election for district one

By Johanna Seltz


Plymouth race to ‘The Rock’

By Emily Sweeney


Solar array on track

By Jessica Bartlett


Diabetics get healthy options

By Jessica Bartlett


Wind turbine flicker

By Robert Knox


Marathon painting raises money

By Jessica Bartlett


Ice cream floats at senior center

By Rachel Lebeaux

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

By Compiled Nicole Leonard

Globe West

For inner suburbs, a surge in young students

A meeting  to discuss school overcrowding in Brookline drew a large turnout last month.

By Taryn Plumb and Matt Carroll

A surge in enrollment has Brookline scrambling for space, and several communities just outside Boston are experiencing an enrollment boom at the elementary level.

In wake of Newtown tragedy, local schools beef up security

By Lisa Kocian

Nine months after a gunman took 26 lives at a Connecticut school, almost all local students returning to class this fall will find beefed-up protections.


Newton to scrap ‘fixes’ that made traffic even worse

On Cypress Street in Newton Centre, a new stop sign has contributed to traffic headaches.

By Evan Allen

The Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday night to return a headache of an intersection to its original – admittedly bad – configuration.

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Avoid fixating on getting into ‘perfect’ school

By Ellen Ishkanian


Harvard’s Caroline Hart captures gold

By Marvin Pave


Fire Department to hold CPR class

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Meeting on plans for 129 Parker St.

By Calvin Hennick


Openings for after-school helpers

By Nancy Shohet West


Concert on town common Friday

By Rachel Lebeaux


Tour school’s campus on Aug. 27

By Nancy Shohet West


Senior Center lines up fall classes

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Learn about LEGO robotics teams

By Jennifer Roach


Harvest Fair to be held Sept. 7

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Summer Nights festival returns Saturday

By Jennifer Roach


Sign up for town’s CodeRed system

By Matt Gunderson


Free smoke alarms for seniors

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Take a day trip with Council on Aging

By Nancy Shohet West


Realtor to review housing market

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Audit finds town reducing debt

By Matt Gunderson


Register for Dudley Pond road race

By Jennifer Fenn Leffert


Search committee seeks more input

By Calvin Hennick


Opening in treasurer/collector’s office

By Abby Jordan


Town DPW targeting poison ivy

By Matt Gunderson


Locals students, teacher in science fair videos

By Calvin Hennick


Board seeks part-time assistant

By Davis Bushnell


Library group seeks bakers for book sales

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Finishing touches at new Thompson School

By Brock Parker


Town wraps up McGrath purchase

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Crafts, music, cleanup day at Spy Pond

By Brock Parker


Forum on solar energy Thursday

By Brock Parker


Town, LexFarm negotiating first lease

By Brock Parker


New deadline for assessors role

By Andrew Clark


New warning on West Nile virus

By Jaclyn Reiss


AARP lauds Tufts for older workers

By Jaclyn Reiss


Pension officials to review guilty plea

By Jaclyn Reiss


Town warns of delays from road projects

By Rachel Lebeaux


Learn about India at the library

By Rachel Lebeaux


Council on Aging in new quarters

By Ellen Ishkanian


Sign up for fall recreation programs

By Rachel Lebeaux


Country Harvest Fair set for Sept. 22

By Ellen Ishkanian


Workshop to cover summer reading book

By Abby Jordan


Apply for openings on town boards

By Rachel Lebeaux


Cancer support group at hospital

By Ellen Ishkanian


Food pantry seeking donations

By Abby Jordan


Middle school opens door for new students

By Rachel Lebeaux


Legion to host barbecue Saturday

By Abby Jordan


United Way seeks help to revive hot line

By Jaclyn Reiss