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The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Boston this weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Cliff divers prepare for competition at ICA

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Boston this weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Blo Blow Dry Bar stylist Amanda Gurdjian with client Cyd McKenna.

Blow-dry salons come to Boston

Places like Blo, Hairo, and Be Styled don’t cut hair but are being embraced by clients frustrated at seeing their coiffed tresses turn limp shortly after hours with a stylist.

Handheld device lets officials translate on the go

MALDEN – Police Officer Keith Wilson was in the middle of his shift one recent day when his radio crackled with an alert. A woman had disappeared.

181 vie for Mass. medical marijuana dispensary licenses

The size of the applicant pool “exceeded most people’s expectations,” said one medical marijuana expert.

Crowded Boston election may leave poll checkers outside

Election officials have tried to identify tight spots long before the Sept. 24 preliminary election.

A wide divide across New England on health overhaul

The differences highlight how the consumer experience will vary widely under health reform, despite the law’s intent to make health care more transparent, affordable, and equitable.

The Nation

Fort Hood shooter found guilty of all counts

Major Nidal Hasan, shown in a courtroom sketch, was found guilty on all 45 counts.

By Manny Fernandez

The verdict, delivered by 13 senior Army officers, came nearly four years after the day that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed and wounded dozens of unarmed soldiers.

Ohio hospital fights for girl’s cancer care

By John Seewer

The hospital is trying to force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after her parents stopped the treatments.

Soldier who killed villagers will not have parole option

Afghan villagers Sadiquallah (left), who was shot by Robert Bales, and Khan spoke through an interpreter Friday.

By Gene Johnson

The US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year will spend the rest of his life in prison, but the sentence left surviving victims and relatives of the dead deeply unsatisfied.

The World

Kosovo could be example for action in Syria

By Mark Landler and Michael R. Gordon

As President Obama weighs options for responding to a suspected chemical weapons attack, his aides are studying the air war in Kosovo as a possible blueprint.

Egypt’s military heads off protests

A soldier stood watch near Cairo’s Mustafa Mahmoud mosque, one of several closed off on Friday to squelch gatherings.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Rod Nordland

A tight lockdown on Cairo all but squelched a planned day of protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and allies, suggesting that the military government had gained a decisive edge.

Koreas set dates for family reunions

By Choe Sang-Hun

The two countries agreed to revive a humanitarian program next month that allows relatives on both sides of the border to meet for the first time since the Korean War.

Editorial & Opinion


Memo to John Connolly: Take the money

“I did not ask for any money from outside groups,” mayoral candidate John Connolly said.

By Lawrence Harmon

Instead of distancing himself from Stand For Children, Connolly should have pushed aside the bogus “Boston Pledge.’’

Derrick Z. Jackson

Clueless at Dartmouth

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Dartmouth College far too often seems to exist solely to reveal the depths of racial catatonia among cloistered white students.


Nate Silver — exemplar of openness

Nate Silver is taking his analytics talent to ESPN.

By Renée Loth

Silver’s great contribution, and perhaps his greatest departure from traditional campaign reporting, was transparency.


At 99, Brookline toy store owner says the kids keep her going

Ethel Weiss has been running the toy shop since 1939.

By Brock Parker

“I never want to retire,” Ethel Weiss said. “I’ll stay here as long as God lets me.”

Officials want Westfield State review released

Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle is under fire after the Globe reported on his spending.

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

The move comes in the wake of a Globe story about university president Evan Dobelle’s history of charging high expenses to the school.

Aug. 24

Watermelon makes its arrival

When it is ready, the firm rind will not give when you tap it. “Too early or too ripe, and all you hear is a thud,” said Carl Hills. This one was not quite ripe.

By Alyssa A. Botelho

The fruit’s arrival wraps up three hot months of sowing and harvesting on Kimball Fruit Farm, Carl Hills’s 200-acre idyll on the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border.


Man applies for jobless benefits, gets $45,339 bill

By Beth Healy

Dennis Cutrona’s trouble is the latest to come as the state Department of Unemployment Assistance has moved to a new $46 million computer system.

Bank of America closing the window on some drive-through tellers

Customers soon won’t be able to use drive-through tellers at certain Bank of America offices.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The bank will continue to evaluate its remaining 50 Massachusetts locations featuring drive-through tellers, a spokesman said.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire early

Microsoft said Ballmer made the decision, and he’ll stay until a replacement is found.

By Nick Wingfield

Ballmer said Friday that he would retire from the company within 12 months.


Ronald Motley, 68; lawyer led tobacco, asbestos lawsuits

Mr. Motley’s mother was a former smoker who died of lung cancer in 1984, making his cause personal.

By Jef Feeley

Mr. Motley pioneered the development of mass tort litigation to sue tobacco makers and companies that sold asbestos-laden building products.

Florin Cioaba, gypsy king who pushed for girls’ education; at 58

Florin Cioaba spoke to Roma men in Brateiu in 2004. The self-proclaimed “King of the Gypsies” helped to modernize Roma tradition.

By Alison Mutler and Vadim Ghirda

Mr. Cioaba helped smooth relations with mainstream Romania and modernize Roma traditions, while still preserving his community’s separate culture.

Lew Wood, television news anchor; at 84

Lew Wood (standing at left) with “Today” show regulars (clockwise) Gene Shalit, Barbara Walters, and Jim Hartz. ‘‘He was a workhorse, very steady and reliable,” Dan Rather said.

By John Rogers

Mr. Wood was a news anchor for NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show during a distinguished broadcast career that began with the dawn of television.

More Stories

Jane Harvey, jazz singer; at 88

By Daniel E. Slotnik


Dodgers 2, Red Sox 0

Shutout continues downward slide for Red Sox

John Lackey pitched one of the best games of the season for the Red Sox, and it wasn’t close to good enough.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox have not won consecutive games since Aug. 6-7 and are now percentage points behind Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Dan Shaughnessy

Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford won’t talk about Red Sox

By Dan Shaughnessy

The odds of any athlete talking to me after not having time for Jenny Dell are about one hundred million-to-one.

Taking a guess at the Patriots’ 53-man roster

Tight end Daniel Fells’s future in Foxborough could hinge on whether the Patriots place Rob Gronkowski on the PUP list to start the season.

By Shalise Manza Young

Will Tim Tebow make the team? Shalise Manza Young offers up her picks on who makes the final roster.

G: Family

G Cover

A new book provides the ultimate quiz on ‘Yankee Doodle’

By Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson

Take this challenging quiz on New England history and lore to see if you’re a true Yankee.

From the Archives

From the Archives: Quincy Market

By Leanne Burden

Quincy Market opened on Aug. 26, 1826, after landfill was carted in to create the plot of land for the grocery market, which was originally on the waterfront.

StagE Review

Many kisses for ‘Kate’ on the Esplanade

Jake Novak (right) and other cast members of “Kiss Me, Kate” performing a musical number on the Hatch Shell stage Wednesday.

By Jeffrey Gantz

There is no better way to spend a summer evening than watching Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra collaborate on “Kiss Me, Kate.”