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A Clinton-Biden clash in 2016 presidential race? Maybe

A battle between Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton could rival the 2008 presidential race.
A big question is whether President Obama would endorse either Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, or stay on the sidelines.

Cliff Owen /Associated Press/File

Signs are in the air that longtime allies Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are mulling runs for the presidency.

Scott Brown, seen in a photo from November 2012 when he was a US senator, will not run for governor of Massachusetts.

Scott Brown won’t run for governor

Brown’s decision to not run for governor effectively clears a path to the nomination for 2010 gubernatorial nominee Charles Baker.

“I did not ask for any money from outside groups,” said Connolly, a city councilor, who was harshly criticized by his opponents after the pledge was reported this week. “And I don’t want it.”

Connolly rejects $500,000 pledge from outside group

Mayoral candidate John Connolly said he does not want the money pledged to him earlier this week by an Oregon-based education nonprofit.

State’s dangerousness law rarely invoked

The law was not invoked last week, when Middlesex prosecutors chose not to seek a dangerousness hearing for Jared Remy.

DA orders outside review of Jared Remy case

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has faced criticism for not having accused murderer Jared Remy held after an alleged domestic assault.

Bicyclist, a Brockton fixture, apparently beaten to death

Pastor Lee Harmon was killed with a hammer Tuesday night on his way to clean his disabled daughter’s apartment.

The Nation

Manning gets 35 years for leaking government secrets

In a two-minute hearing Wednesday morning, the judge, Army Colonel Denise R. Lind, also said Manning would be dishonorably discharged and reduced in rank from private first class to private, the lowest rank in the military.

By Charlie Savage

A military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning on Wednesday for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks.

NSA collected thousands of US communications

By Kimberly Dozier

The National Security Agency declassified documents showing how it scooped up emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism.

Defendant in Fort Hood shooting rests his case

A sketch depicted Major Nidal Hasan (right) and a lawyer in court for the slayings at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009.

By Manny Fernandez

Major Nidal Malik Hasan declined to present a defense in his military trial in which he faces 45 counts of murder and attempted murder.

The World

Poison gas is blamed for Syrian deaths

Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathed through oxygen masks in a Damascus suburb.

By Ben Hubbard

Scores of people died in what the Syrian opposition said was a chemical attack by the government.

Mubarak to be transferred to house arrest

By Rod Nordland

Egypt’s military-appointed government ordered former President Hosni Mubarak transferred from prison to house arrest after a court said he could no longer be held legally behind bars.

UK defends request to destroy data

By Danica Kirka

Britain’s government asked the Guardian newspaper to destroy data leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Amy Hawthorne

US should suspend funds to the Egyptian military

An Egyptian military tank was deployed in the northern Sinai town of Al-Arish on July 16.

By Tamara Cofman Wittes and Amy Hawthorne

President Obama should announce that aid will be set aside in a trust fund for a future democratic government.

Robert Satloff

In Egypt, US is better off doing nothing

By Robert Satloff

History shows that maintaining influence is the best of bad choices.

alex beam

A foolish attempt to purge Howard Zinn

The right wing has castigated the late historian Howard Zinn, but their criticisms are an overreach.

Metro

Penn National turns to Plainridge racetrack

Jimmy Hardy and horse Native Speed rode at Plainridge Racecourse, which has won attention from a gaming firm.

By Mark Arsenault

The gambling company expressed interest in acquiring the struggling racecource and in reviving plans to expand it into a slot parlor.

yvonne abraham

In Remy case, everybody figured wrong

Jennifer Martel and Jared Remy.

By Yvonne Abraham

Just about everybody with the power to protect Jennifer Martel from Jared Remy after he first attacked her in their Waltham home let her down.

Connolly rejects $500,000 pledge from outside group

By Wesley Lowery

Mayoral candidate John Connolly said he does not want the money pledged to him earlier this week by an Oregon-based education nonprofit.

More Stories

Brown will not run

By Jim O’Sullivan

NASHUA

N.H. man sentenced in paramedic’s murder

By Nicholas Jacques

Business

UMass Medical Center settles fraud charges

By Beth Healy

Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center agreed to pay $66,000 to settle charges that it improperly sent uninsured patients’ bills to a local homeless shelter.

Tech Lab

Google’s new phone underwhelms

By Hiawatha Bray

The new Moto X, which will soon be available from major US cellular carriers, doesn’t seem worthy of its $199.99 price tag.

Toy maker gets new owners, not a new philosophy

Jack Schylling is stepping down as the head of the toy company Schylling Inc. He will now be an adviser and creative consultant.

By Sarah Shemkus

Schylling Inc., which began as a vendor in Faneuil Hall and grew to a multimillion dollar enterprise, announced that the company was sold to two investment firms.

Obituaries

Bob Jolly; beguiled history buffs, gave life to Lyric roles

Bob Jolly, with Renee Miller in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,’’ and giving tours on the Freedom Trail in Boston as Nathaniel Balch (left).

By Kathleen McKenna

As an actor for nearly 30 years, Mr. Jolly, 60, breathed life into roles ranging from the Lord Chancellor in “Iolanthe” to John Hancock’s friend on Freedom Trail tours.

Marian McPartland, 95, pianist, host of radio show

In addition to playing the piano and hosting her long-running radio show, Marian McPartland often spoke with students about music and jazz.

By Peter Keepnews

Ms. McPartland became a fixture of the American jazz scene as a pianist and, later in life, as the host of “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.”

Ellsworth J. Davis, Washington Post’s first black photographer

Ellsworth Davis contributed to the Washington Post’s coverage of the capital for three decades.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Davis, 86, helped shape the paper’s visual coverage of social unrest surrounding the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement.

Sports

RED SOX 12, GIANTS 1

Middlebrooks sparkles as Red Sox beat Giants

Will Middlebrooks had a  high-five for Stephen Drew after Drew hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

By Peter Abraham

Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew homered to back eight sharp innings by pitcher Felix Doubront.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Picked-up pieces from San Francisco

The Red Sox will get a look at impressive Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig this week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Sox should have swept the Giants, but anyway, it should be fun when they get to Los Angeles.

ON FOOTBALL

Preseason practices as important as games

It hasn’t been easy to evaluate Tom Brady or Tim Tebow in the preseason, but Brady has been almost perfect while Tebow has been up in the air.

By Ben Volin

Tim Tebow had horrible stats against the Bucs, but there is far more to evaluating a player in the preseason than game performance.

G: Style

How Sam Treadway turned Backbar into the area’s hottest neo-speakeasy

Sam Treadway at BackBar.

By Christopher Muther

The Union Square bar has become a destination for craft cocktail aficionados with the help of Boston magazine’s best bartender.

Book Review

‘Among the Janeites’ by Deborah Yaffe

Regency dancing during the Pride and Prejudice Ball at Chatsworth House in England in June. The event celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s classic novel.

By Clea Simon

The journalist’s amusing new book is a friendly romp through Jane Austen Fandom.

Finding the perfect $50,000 coat

The Vicuna coat inspired New Hampshire author Meg Lukens Noonan to write “The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of the $50,000 Coat.”

By Christopher Muther

A $50,000 coat is undoubtedly an indulgence, but what Hanover, N.H., author Meg Lukens Noonan found in her book was something far more reserved.

Globe North

Essex County

Satellite trackers follow migrating osprey

Rob Bierregaard prepares to release a banded juvenile male osprey last month.

By David Rattigan

A solar-powered GPS transmitter was installed on the two juvenile male birds to track their southward migration.

Bedford

Rare fish thriving in Bedford

The bridle shiner, a type of minnow, is listed as a species of special concern by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program .

By Don Lyman

A small stream, scarcely more than a few feet wide in places, is home to one of the rarest fish in Massachusetts: the bridle shiner.

Salem State University set to open new $74m library

This view from the new $74 million Frederick E. Berry Library at Salem State University looks out toward the college green.

By Terri Ogan

Not only bigger, the new facility is designed for the modern library user, placing people before books, says a school official.

Globe South

Hingham

A modest museum bears testimony to key ammo depot during WWII

Ann and Ray Coughlan of Quincy visited the ammunition depot museum at Bare Cove Park in Hingham earlier this summer.

By Steve Maas

When US battleships pounded German pillboxes along the Normandy coast, they probably loaded their guns with ammunition that came from the Hingham depot.

Get up & Go

Count on fun, not fish, when going deep-sea fishing

Natick resident Steve Platt with a flounder, his single keeper from an Aug. 10 trip aboard the Capt. John & Sons.

By L. Kim Tan

The 65-employee Captain John operation takes about 25,000 people fishing each season, but many anglers won’t feel a bite, much less land a fish of legal keeping size.

Rockland

New parkway dedicated at SouthField

Former US representative William Delahunt (left) was driven in a 1929 Model A Ford by Ron Lum along the newly dedicated Bill Delahunt Parkway at SouthField on Monday.

By Emily Sweeney

Named in honor of former US representative William D. Delahunt, the new road provides access to the old military base and the mixed-use development being built there.

Globe West

Plainville

Sept. 10 vote on slots in Plainville still a go

Jimmy Hardy 49, (right) and horse “Native Speed” led the pack during a harness race at Plainridge Racecourse.

By Ellen Ishkanian

A slots parlor referendum is still on despite the disqualification of the group that was seeking to bring slots to the Plainridge Racecourse.

Lincoln

MCAD finds probable discrimination in Lincoln case

Lincoln's former METCO director Christina Horner in her Wellesley home.

By Evan Allen

Christina Horner alleged that she was targeted for dismissal after she spoke out about incidents involving middle school students.

Newton

Police secretary seeks to sue mayor in civil rights case

By Evan Allen

The lawyer for a Newton police secretary who is suing the city alleges Mayor Setti Warren was involved in a conspiracy to bring false criminal charges against her.