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Kerry urges congress to OK strike

Secretary of state John Kerry urged lawmakers to approve strikes on Syria to preserve “American credibility in foreign policy.”

Martin Walsh at a senior services center.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Early struggles gave Martin Walsh a solid underpinning

The mayoral candidate says he has yet to have a bad day on the trail. Alcoholism, bullets, and cancer can give a man perspective.

The new system should benefit time-pinched families.


New website tracks stops by Boston school buses

It is a never-ending question each morning from John St. Amand’s 10-year-old daughter: Where is the school bus? Now St. Amand, of West Roxbury, can pull out his smartphone and call up a Boston public school website where he can find the exact location of the bus, allowing him to estimate its arrival time.

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Mass. firms mull cuts in health benefits

Massachusetts businesses are considering trimming employee health benefits, following recent announcements by several national firms, including shipping giant UPS and Delta Airlines, that they would scale back benefits as a result of President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Global Rescue employees Bryan Kewley (left) and Kevin Helm participated in company training exercises.

World’s perils give rise to a rescue business

Companies are sending employees around the globe, and Boston security firm Global Rescue is in demand.

The Nation

Impasse over immigration turns on path to citizenship

By Erica Werner

Many House Republicans say people who illegally crossed the border or overstayed their visas should not be rewarded with a special, tailor-made solution.

Sierra wildfire now 4th-largest in modern Calif. history

A member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State hotshot crew from Nevada walked through a burn operation.

Clouds and higher humidity helped crews further contain the biggest blaze in the United States this year.

Accuser in Navy assault case questioned

Defense attorneys for three US Naval Academy midshipmen charged with sexually assaulting a fellow student finished their lengthy cross-examination of the woman.

The World

Morsi to be tried for inciting violence, killings

By Sarah El Deeb

Egypt will try ousted leader Mohammed Morsi on charges of inciting the killing of foes protesting outside his palace.

Nelson Mandela goes home from hospital

An ambulance brought Nelson Mandela to his home in Johannesburg.

The former South African president’s health remained critical and sometimes unstable, authorities said.

Karzai appointment narrows field

Umar Daudzai’s new job keeps him from seeking the presidency.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai chose Umar Daudzai as the new interior minister, public confirmation that Daudzai would not be his favored successor.

Editorial & Opinion


Music dinosaurs pick a bad fight

By John E. Sununu

By pursuing the fantasy of a legal victory over all copyright infringement, the music industry ceded the field of digital innovation to firms like Apple, YouTube, Pandora, and Spotify.


The data mine

By James Carroll

This juncture of near-infinite data collection and total analysis capacity achieves a critical mass in the penetration of secrets.

opinion | Marcela García

Fiercely reshaping an adopted home

Entrepreneur Euz Azevedo (right) came to Boston from Brazil.

By Marcela García

Foreign entrepreneurs like Forum’s Euz Azevedo tend to see Boston with a different perspective, more like the city it’s going to become than the place it is at the moment.


More concert deaths linked to club drug

By Jeremy C. Fox and Matt Rocheleau

A form of the drug ecstasy called Molly was linked to the death of a New Hampshire student and to two more apparent overdoses in Boston.

Somerville mayor vows to review sexual assault case

Galileo Mondol, 17, was charged in an alleged sex assault at a camp attended by 165 Somerville High School students.

By Dan Adams

Three Somerville High School students allegedly sexually assaulted underclassman members of the school’s junior varsity boys’ soccer team.

Lawrence society of martyrs honors soldier slain in Iraq

Santina Raymond left Mass with a sash belonging to her son, Pierre, who died in the Iraq War.

By Zachary T. Sampson

Pierre Raymond, an Army sergeant who died eight years ago in a mortar blast, was posthumously inducted into the St. Alfio Society.

Business ǀ Science

Smartwatches are ready, but are consumers?

By Hiawatha Bray

The looming debut of Samsung’s smartwatch has rekindled debate over whether the public is ready for so-called wearable computing.

Verizon set to buy out Vodafone in wireless venture

By Michael J. de la Merced and Mark Scott

Verizon Communications neared a long-anticipated deal to buy the 45 percent stake in its wireless business held by Vodafone for about $130 billion.

The Hive

Concussion checks, via robot

A doctor spoke with a patient via robot.

A robot from the N.H. company VGo Communications Inc. is part of a groundbreaking study to determine if doctors can diagnose concussions remotely.


David Frost; ‘titan of broadcasting’ won fame for Nixon interviews

David Frost’s talks with Richard Nixon were among the most widely watched in TV history.

By Adrian Higgins

Mr. Frost, who was 74 when he died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, drew a grudging post-Watergate apology out of former president Richard Nixon.

Anne Richmond, 61; led MGH community health center

Anne Richmond was known as a strong and passionate advocate for patients.

By Michele Richinick

Ms. Richmond was committed to bringing health care to the state’s underserved residents and created innovative programs.

Manson Whitlock, 96; kept typewriters clacking

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Whitlock, who died at his home in Connecticut, was one of the country’s longest-serving repairmen of typewriters and had been on the job since 1930.


Red Sox 7, White Sox 6

Red Sox sweep White Sox, brace for the Tigers

David Ortiz flexes his muscles after a two-run double capped a four-run second inning.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox keep proving they can beat up the bad teams, but now the big boys come to town for three games starting Monday.

Deutsche Bank Championship

Sergio Garcia takes 2-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

Sergio Garcia is the man to catch at TPC Boston.

By Michael Whitmer

His 6-under-par 65 wasn’t Sunday’s low but it pushed Garcia to 19 under, matching the tournament’s 54-hole scoring record.

Christopher L. Gasper

Sergio Garcia letting his play do the talking

Sergio Garcia hits out of a trap on the 14th hole during the third round.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Through three rounds, the 33-year-old has made the Deutsche Bank Championship look like child’s play.

G: Health


A drug to treat autism?

After joining a clinical trial at Boston Children’s Hospital, Katie Mills started to speak in complete sentences for the first time.

By Karen Weintraub

Insights into the puzzling disorder may come from a study of children with a rare genetic disease that often leads to autism.

Q&A | ‘Samuel Shem’

35 years later, author revisits ‘The House of God’

Dr. Stephen Bergman wrote “The House of God” and other works under the pen name Samuel Shem.

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Dr. Stephen Bergman wrote “The House of God” and other works under the pen name Samuel Shem.

Daily Dose

Rethinking the word ‘cancer’ for women with early signs

By Deborah Kotz

Oncologists who treat breast cancer find that even the most curable growths provoke extreme anxiety simply because they’re called “cancer.”

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Weekly chess column

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Boston-area to do list

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Robert Kraft hosts annual Patriots cookout

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Dealing with weather, artfully at festival

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