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Talk swirls of a peaceful resolution on Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry issued a strong challenge here Monday to Syrian President Bashar Assad to turn over his chemical weapon stockpile to avoid a US-led attack.

From bottom left are David James Wyatt, Charles Yancey, Bill Walczak, Dan Conley, Martin Walsh, Felix Arroyo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Rob Consalvo, John Connolly, Charles Clemons, John Barros, and Michael Ross.


Mayoral hopefuls clash over range of issues

Right out the gate, all 12 of the candidates running for mayor -- gathered for the first time on one stage -- launched into a fiery debate Monday evening over whether there should be a citywide vote on a proposed casino in Boston, one of the most contentious issues in the campaign.

Charlotte Golar Richie had stepped out of politics.

Charlotte Golar Richie takes measure of opportunity

In a city where about 56 percent of registered voters are women, the mayoral candidate’s gender — and her air of celebrity — makes her stand out.

Biogen Idec, Elan facing suits over MS drug side effects

Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals allegedly failed to adequately warn patients of the risks some face from prolonged use of Tysabri.

Five Republicans have blocked all legislation in the House.

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Republican protest puts Mass. House at standstill

A tiny band of dissident Republicans has used a procedural maneuver to protest what they say is an abuse of power by the Democratic majority.

Operation H began as a small investigation last December, targeting drug dealers. But police decided to pour in more resources after the shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

Boston police sweep in Roxbury had its limits

Four months after Operation H, it is unclear whether the massive sweep made the streets safer or even removed many criminals.

The Nation

Zimmerman questioned about domestic dispute

George Zimmerman was escorted by an officer Monday after his estranged wife called police in Lake Mary, Fla.

By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider

The estranged wife of George Zimmerman said he had threatened her with a gun, but she declined to press charges.

Credibility stakes high for Obama in Syria speech

President Obama said he will go ahead with his speech on Tuesday, outlining the rationale for US military action.

By Noah Bierman and Bryan Bender

President Obama’s speech to the nation Tuesday night has turned into a defining moment for the remainder of his term.

House set for debate on stopgap spending measure

“This plan keeps Republicans united against the implementation of Obamacare,” said Rep. Michael Conaway, Republican of Texas.

By Andrew Taylor

Congressional Republicans plan to force a vote on dismantling the health care law as the price for passing a short-term spending bill.

The World

NSA may hold key to mystery of how UN chief was killed

Dag Hammarskjold’s death in a plane crash near Congo has long been a Cold War mystery.

By Raphael Satter

Dag Hammarskjold’s death in a plane crash near Congo has long been a Cold War mystery.

Candidate questions results of Moscow mayoral vote

Supporters held banners that read “Navalny” at a rally for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow.

By Laura Mills

Official results showed that the Kremlin-backed incumbent barely escaped facing opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a runoff.

Kenyan leader faces trial for ’07 deaths

Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto (center), is accused of ordering ethnic mobs to hack political rivals to death.

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, is accused of ordering ethnic mobs to hack political rivals to death.

Editorial & Opinion


Next Boston mayor must curb the urge to spend

By Tom Keane

Boston’s economy is on the upswing, but that will change, meaning city spending will have to be carefully managed.

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The money behind the messages in Boston mayor’s race

By Farah Stockman

The candidates with the most money in their campaign accounts — all white men — raised it from a range of sources, providing a glimpse at what kind of mayor each might be.


Opportunity lost along the Fairmount Line

By Paul McMorrow

The transit line is loaded with potential, but most of it is wasted in vacant parcels and unused buildings.


Convict calls for life sentence ban

By Peter Schworm

A convicted murderer serving life without parole is asking the state’s highest court to prohibit such sentences for juveniles as cruel and unusual punishment.

Davis defends police diversity

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in April.

By Travis Andersen

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis lashed out at a minority officers’ group that has called for his resignation.

Suspect denies guilt in Fall River murder

About a dozen relatives of Gayle Botelho listened to court proceedings Monday in the arraignment of Daniel T. Tavares Jr.

By Travis Andersen

Daniel Tavares Jr. pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered Gayle Botelho 25 years ago and then buried her body in his Fall River backyard.

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Kevin Cullen

Valuing what you have

By Kevin Cullen

Mayoral hopefuls clash over range of issues

By Meghan Irons and Akilah Johnson


Edgartown oyster beds closed for bacteria concerns

By Nicholas Jacques

Façade collapses, unnerving workers

By Melissa Hanson and John R. Ellement

Coast Guard seizes $20m in cocaine off coast of Cape Cod

By Martin Finucane and Milton J. Valencia


Boston moves to approve 900 units of housing

By Casey Ross

The projects would jump-start Mayor Thomas Menino’s push to build 30,000 housing units in Boston by 2020.

Retailers tap into college student market

Crowds lined up for ice cream and other freebies at College Day. In addition to selling products, retailers looked to build a connection by having students sign up for e-mails.

By Gail Waterhouse

More than 60 businesses hosted games, ran contests, and did whatever it took to get attention during College Day at Fenway Park.

GOP lawmakers file bill to repeal tax on software

By Michael B. Farrell

Mass. Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to repeal the software services tax that the Legislature just adopted.


Buddy Roche, 85, cofounded Roche Brothers

Buddy Roche, with his brother Pat, ran Roche Brothers grocery stores.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Roche’s success with his supermarkets allowed him to become a philanthropic patron of schools and various other nonprofits.

Cal Worthington, 92; car dealer, Calif. icon

Cal Worthington’s ads for his dealership made him a byword for salesmanship.

By William Grimes

Mr. Worthington was a car dealer whose off-the-wall commercials bombarded California television viewers for more than half a century.

Theodore Dimauro, 80; was Springfield mayor

Mr. Dimauro was mayor from 1978 to 1984, after having served on the Governor’s Council.


Broken wrist will sideline Patriots’ Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen broke his wrist on his first snap Sunday, but he stepped up with a career-high 101 yards rushing on 14 carries.

By Shalise Manza Young

The third-year running back, who had an impressive start against the Bills, broke a small bone in his wrist and is expected to miss “a few weeks.”

What can Red Sox do to replace Jacoby Ellsbury?

Not having Jacoby Ellsbury in the postseason would change the look of the Red Sox offense.

By Peter Abraham

Not having Ellsbury, who has a compression fracture in his right foot, in the postseason would change the look of the Red Sox offense.

Rafael Nadal wins US Open, 13th major

Rafael Nadal bites the US Open Championship trophy as he celebrates winning the men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic.

By Christopher Clarey

The No. 2-ranked Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, on Monday in a taut, tense US Open final.

G: Living

Two with Mass. roots join ‘Crossfire’ revival

CNN’s new “Crossfire” panel is (from left): Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, and S.E. Cupp.

By Bella English

The political debate program “Crossfire” has returned to CNN, and two of its hosts, Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp, have deep Massachusetts roots.

Frame by Frame

Mixing bowl with scenes from the fall of Troy

By Sebastian Smee

This “krater,” a bowl for mixing water with wine, is one of the finest things in the superb collection of Greek and Roman art at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Album review | Pop

Janelle Monáe, ‘The Electric Lady’

By James Reed

This album is Monáe in her usual mode: overdrive.

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ALBUM REVIEW | Country/Pop

Sheryl Crow, ‘Feels Like Home’

By Sarah Rodman


The Weeknd, ‘Kiss Land’

By Ken Capobianco


The Whiskey Gentry, ‘Holly Grove’

By Stuart Munro


2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time’

By Julian Benbow

Comedy Review

Dave Chappelle’s Hartford gibes are crowd-pleasers

By Nick A. Zaino III

Book Review

‘My Brief History’ by Stephen Hawking

By Chuck Leddy


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Field of dreams for brides-to-be at Fenway

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Locals at Toronto film festival for ‘Fat’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Walk an inspiration, every step of the way

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos talks Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Robert Kraft styling in the Big Apple

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jenny McCarthy puts her Wahlberg on ‘View’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein