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Bidder for Mass. commuter rail job has much to prove

SNCF, Keolis’s parent company, has been criticized for late arrivals and delays on the Greater Paris commuter rail.


Keolis’s bid for the commuter rail contract comes with concerns about the company’s record of punctuality and customer service in France.

Backers of ousted president Mohammed Morsi marched in Cairo, defying a warning that the army will confront violence. Sunday’s rallies were more subdued than in recent days.

Egyptian forces kill 36 Islamist detainees

The deaths were the fourth mass killing of civilians since the military took control July 3 but the first time so many had died in government custody.

Mass. online benefits claim service falling short

More than six weeks after its launch, a new system for filing state unemployment claims remains riddled with problems.

Lisa Conn, a nurse at St. Andrew’s Hospital for more than 19 years, praised efforts to save the 105-year-old facility.


Hospital’s conversion plan unnerves rural Maine village

When St. Andrew’s Hospital closes its 24-hour emergency room in Boothbay Harbor, the nearest hospital will be 18 miles away.

Gay Rights

Boston mayoral hopefuls embrace gay issues

On the patio of a Dorchester restaurant last week, the candidates for mayor stood in near unanimity, pledging their allegiance to the rainbow flag. One said he would bring the Gay Games to Boston. Another spoke of his experience growing up with a lesbian mother.

The Nation

NYPD head attacks ruling on police stops

New York Police Department officers patrolled the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn last week.

By Jennifer Peltz

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly assailed a judge’s demand for changes to his department’s stop-and-frisk practice.

Fire chief bans helmet cameras after Calif. crash

A Fire Department ban on video cameras in San Francisco now explicitly includes helmet-mounted devices that film emergency scenes.

Petition targets San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

More than a dozen women say Bob Filner harassed them.

The effort to recall San Diego’s embattled mayor kicked off in the nation’s eighth-largest city Sunday.

The World

2 Koreas agree to discuss reunions for families

North Koreans on a bus said goodbye to their South Korean relatives following a three-day reunion at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North’s southeastern coast on Nov. 1, 2010.

By Choe Sang-Hun

North Korea agreed to South Korea’s plan to discuss reunions of relatives separated since the Korean War.

UK, German embassies reopen in Yemen

The diplomatic posts in Sana had been closed for about two weeks due to a terrorism threat.

Death toll reaches 50 in ferry crash

Photos of missing passengers of the Thomas Aquinas ferry were posted outside the shipping terminal office in Cebu.

More than 70 people were missing after a ferry collided with a cargo ship late Friday, the latest deadly sea accident in the Philippines.

Editorial & Opinion


Wasting time defining ‘journalist’

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail for 85 days rather than name a source.

By John E. Sununu

The usefulness of a “shield law” for journalists is suspect — particularly when the First Amendment already offers unequivocal protection.


A nation’s PTSD

Ho Van Lang, 41, in plaid shorts, and his 81-year-old father Ho Van Thanh, in  hammock, are helped out of a forest in Vietnam where they’ve hidden since 1973.

By James Carroll

An unreckoned-with denial of our unfinished Vietnam trauma certainly lies beneath this nation’s war-making in Iraq and Afghanistan, where it is 1973 all over again.

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Caesars’ secret vote strategy? Eastie Latinos

By Marcela García

Caesars Entertainment smartly prefers that people in the community do the convincing as it partners with Suffolk Downs in vying for the one available casino license in Eastern Mass.


Charlestown boat residents fear eviction looms

Michael Sullivan does not want to leave the Shipyard Quarters Marina in Charlestown or his house boat.

By Nikita Lalwani

Boat owners braced for eviction from Shipyard Quarters Marina as a legal battle between the state and the facility’s owner neared a climax.

Adrian Walker

Scott Brown running for the spotlight

By Adrian Walker

The quest for attention has become our onetime, short-time US senator’s never-ending campaign.

Police get report of second taxi assault

Authorities on Sunday released this sketch of the suspect in the Aug. 6 rape of a 21-year-old woman.

By Matt Rocheleau and Jaclyn Reiss

A female reported being sexually assaulted by a driver after she tried to hail a taxi in Boston, the second such attack in two weeks.

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Gay Rights

Boston mayoral hopefuls embrace gay issues

By Stephanie Ebbert


Woman, 65, killed in Route 6 collision

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Science in Mind

Study analyzes link between overeating, reward circuits

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Science in Mind

Fine-tuning understanding of geometric reasoning skills

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

2 men discovered shot in Middleton; one of them later charged

By Colin A. Young and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Jennifer Martel family waits for release of body

By Wesley Lowery and Jeremy C. Fox

Business ǀ Science

Eyeing an IPO, Waltham’s Actifio takes aim at EMC

By Michael B. Farrell

The small firm says its system will simplify costly data backups — and the big players are paying attention.

App helps tell difference between smirks, smiles

By Karen Weintraub

Waltham start-up Affectiva’s facial coding product, Affdex, has been used by advertisers to gauge a consumer’s reaction to their commercials.

Multilingual app lets visitors bypass concierge

The iKnow Concierge app can recommend restaurants and tourism destinations.

By Emily Overholt

The iKnow Concierge app can recommend the best restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping spots within a short walk of a hotel.


Pauline Maier, 75; MIT professor illuminated US history, Jefferson’s role

Dr.  Maier posed with a “Betsy Ross’’ flag in 1997. When she had finished writing “American Scripture’’ in 1996, her literary agent wrapped the manuscript in a 13-star flag and delivered it to the book’s editor on Fourth of July eve.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Maier helped Thomas Jefferson step down off the pedestal with her best known work, “American Scripture.”

Ruth Asawa, creator of wire sculptures, fountains; at 87

Ms. Asawa became known in San Francisco as the “fountain lady’’ for her designs.

By Douglas Martin

Ms. Asawa learned to draw in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and later earned renown weaving wire into intricate, flowing, fanciful abstract sculptures.


Yankees 9, Red Sox 6

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees rally to beat Red Sox

Alex Rodriguez got payback in the sixth by taking Ryan Dempster deep for his second homer of the season.

By Julian Benbow

Rodriguez shook off an early plunking by Ryan Dempster to homer and spark the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.

On Baseball

Plunking Alex Rodriguez didn’t make any sense

Sunday night’s game started ominously for Alex Rodriguez, who was hit by a Ryan Dempster pitch in his first at-bat.

By Nick Cafardo

The Yankee is a circus, a distraction, and all Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster did was put him front and center once again.

113th US Amateur

Matt Fitzpatrick wins US Amateur title

US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick shows off his newest treasuries — the Havemeyer Trophy and a gold medal.

By John Powers

The 18-year-old became the first Englishman to win the world’s most important amateur crown since 1911.

G: Health

A New Hampshire mother’s fight to breast-feed

Kate Abra Frederick with son Devon in Conway, N.H.

By Sanjena Sathian

Though laws allow mothers like Kate Abra Frederick to pump milk while at work, actual breast-feeding is not protected.

Reflections from Residency

Can crowdsourcing find the right diagnosis?

By Dr. Joshua Liao

A recent start-up, Crowdmed, operates off of the premise that crowd power can be applied to medical diagnosis.

Daily Dose

Swallowable imaging capsules not widely used

By Deborah Kotz

The PillCam and two imaging capsules made by other manufacturers are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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Nutrition And You!

Count calories but also watch the clock

By Joan Salge Blake

Health Answers

Menopause and worrying about birth control

By Courtney Humphries

Music Review

Haitink, Dohnanyi lead pairings of Mahler, Mozart

By Jeremy Eichler


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Patriots cheerleaders are shining stars

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


President Obama says goodbye to Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Drinking Buddies’ gets Los Angeles premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Historic night for conductor John Williams

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Elvis Costello will receive NEC honor in October

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted in and around Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein