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No one budges in divided Congress

The government shutdown kept 800,000 federal workers home and put on stark display the dysfunctional state of America’s political system.

// Tourists flock to national sites, shake their heads

Of all the things that closed Tuesday, the shuttering of the nation’s treasures was the most symbolic, the face of the first day of Shutdown 2013.

“I used to say, ‘I’m gonna kill this guy, whoever he is. He’s gonna pay.’ But I know it wouldn’t make me feel better,” said Amani, (shown with his mother, Audrey) who lost his brother to a shooting seven years ago.

A campaign to counter the allure of violence

The Boston Public Health Commission’s media campaign aims to connect with younger people attracted to gang life by the glamorization of crime in the media.

Nithin Tumma, left, with partner James Ruben, hailed the pace of launching a consumer-oriented app.


Quick rewards of high-tech world draw life scientists

There should have been no doubt where Nithin Tumma’s talents would take him.

Victims of tainted drug face long wait for relief

Within weeks after Dee Morell received a tainted shot to treat arthritis in her left hip in September last year, she knew something was horribly wrong.

The Nation

A rocky debut for key health care law provision

Harris Health counselor Lillian Ardon (right) helped Vanessa Cotton with her insurance application Tuesday in Houston.

By Richard Pérez-Peña, Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough

Technical problems and delays plagued the rollout of the online insurance markets at the heart of President Obama’s health care law.

Hormone replacement therapy supported for some

By Deborah Kotz

New data suggest that the benefits of symptom relief outweigh the risks — at least for women in their 50s.

Tea Party lawmakers seek to deflect the blame

Democrats want to keep “their own gold-crusted health care plan,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp said.

By Tracy Jan and Mattias Gugel

On the first day of the government shutdown, members of the Tea Party wing of Congress were by turns combative, defiant, defensive, and resolute.

The World

Netanyahu cautions UN about trusting Iran

“I wish I could believe Rouhani, but I don’t,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his address.

By Somini Sengupta and Rick Gladstone

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel pressed the international community to maintain sanctions on Iran.

Pope, top advisers discuss revamping Vatican offices

Pope Francis met Tuesday with his top advisory panel, which includes Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis appealed Tuesday for a missionary church that reaches out to the poor, the young, the elderly, and even to nonbelievers.

Watch Kim Jong Un, US general warns

Army General James D. Thurman will leave his post as US commander in Korea.

By Craig Whitlock

The outgoing commander of US military forces on the Korean peninsula said that North Korea’s youthful and enigmatic leader has consolidated power.

Editorial & Opinion

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The ACA’s crucial prevention component

People in Illinois were engaged in enrolling in coverage offered by the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday.

By Julio Frenk

The Affordable Care Act’s funding for public health and prevention is a necessary part of a wide-ranging health effort.


Arbitration has no place at the table

By Jeff Jacoby

The problem with binding arbitration in government labor negotiations is that it erodes any incentive for unions to negotiate in good faith.

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An end to two brothers’ legacy of hostility

29kinzerB In 1953 John Foster Dulles (left) became secretary of state and Allen Dulles became director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was the only time in history that siblings controlled the overt and covert sides of American foreign policy.

By Stephen Kinzer

John Foster Dulles and his brother, Allen Dulles, set the US on a course of not negotiating with enemies that President Obama broke with his phone conversation with the Iranian president.


Connolly, Walsh question arbitrator’s police ruling

Mayoral rivals John Connolly and Martin Walsh urged the city and police to reopen salary negotiations but differed on how to get the parties to the table.

By Andrew Ryan and Maria Cramer

Mayoral rivals John Connolly and Martin Walsh urged the city and police to reopen salary negotiations but differed on how to get the parties to the table.

After preliminary, Connolly, Walsh warchests near even

Councilor at Large John R. Connolly (left) held an early advantage in fund-raising, but state Representative Martin J. Walsh outpaced him in the preliminary campaign for mayor. Fund-raising for both is expected to heat up soon.

By Michael Levenson

John Connolly has slightly more cash in the bank than Martin Walsh as the duo begin the final dash to the Nov. 5 mayoral general election.

Visitors disappointed as top local destinations close

Visitors to Faneuil Hall took photos of a handwritten sign informing them that the restrooms were closed.

By Milton J. Valencia

The shutdown of the federal government has begun to have a ripple effect across Mass., terminating services, closing offices and parks, and delaying programs.

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Government shut down, Capuano quietly seethes

By Adrian Walker

Lawrence motorcyclist hurt in NYC skirmish

By John R. Ellement and David Abel


Stock investors remain bullish despite shutdown

By Beth Healy

Investors stayed optimistic in the face of the federal government shutdown, surmising that it would not outlast the week.

Amid shutdown, local business leaders still confident

Sarah Slowick and Brittnay Roberts waited at Red Barn Coffee Roasters in Faneuil Hall. A National Park visitor center was unstaffed, so traffic was slow. “It’s like having a cafe at the aquarium with the tanks shut down,” the shop owner said.

By Megan Woolhouse

Many expect a minimal impact on the Mass. economy, but a debt ceiling fight could have harsher consequences.

New plans for garage development focus on street

By Casey Ross

After his pitch for skyscrapers at the Harbor Garage fell flat, Donald Chiofaro’s new plans offer up such street-level ideas as public art, swimming, and skating.


Robert Munnelly, 79; led schools in Reading, protected arts

Robert J. Munnelly was assistant superintendent or superintendent of Reading’s schools for 27 years.

By Todd Feathers

Dr. Munnelly was assistant superintendent or superintendent of Reading’s schools for 27 years.

Israel Gutman, 90, Holocaust reseacher

By Ian Deitch

Mr. Gutman survived the Nazi atrocities of World War II and dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust.


Red Sox’ ‘beard bonding’ symbolic of attitude adjustment

Mike Napoli was scraggly since spring training, and the beard idea, well, just grew on his teammates.

By Peter Abraham

The thing about the Red Sox beards that gets missed is that it’s not really about the beards. It’s about what they represent.

ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Patriots did things their way against Falcons

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was able to hold Falcons star receiver Julio Jones in check Sunday night.

By Ben Volin

Patriots coach Bill Belichick dictated most of the terms of Sunday night’s 30-23 win over the Falcons — emphasis on “most.”

Terry Francona returns to winning ways with Indians

Terry Francona has had fun on the field, and in the clubhouse, this season.

By Nick Cafardo

If the Indians do not make the American League Division Series, it wouldn’t dampen the affection that Francona has won in Cleveland.

G: Food

A snack cake taste-off

Clockwise from top, Drakes's Coffee Cake, Hostess Twinkie, Hostess CupCake, Drake's Devil Dog, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, Whoopie Pie from Concord Teacakes, and Little Debbie Swiss Roll.

By Debra Samuels

With an array of confections back on shelves this week, we gathered six adults and eight children for a casual tasting of snack cakes.

Snack tasting results

08/26/2013 WATERTOWN, MA Clockwise from top - Drakes's Coffee Cake (cq), Hostess Twinkie (cq), Hostess CupCake (cq), Drake's Devil Dog (cq), Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie (cq), Whoopie Pie from Concord Teacakes (cq) and Little Debbie Swiss Roll (cq) photographed during a snack cake taste test held at Arsenal Park (cq) in Watertown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

By Debra Samuels

Results of the casual tasting of snack cakes.

Will the real Twinkie please stand up?

By Debra Samuels

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Twinkie should feel adored.

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Vegetable extravaganza first, then tostadas

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Television REview

‘Ironside’ a criminally weak cop-show remake

By Matthew Gilbert


What’s up at area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘The Urban Bestiary’ by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

By Tom Montgomery Fate

Movie Review

More artful gifts from ‘Herb & Dorothy’

By Peter Keough

A Tank Away

Leaving the crowds behind in Fryeburg, Maine

By Hilary Nangle


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


John Travolta coming to film ‘The Forger’ at MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Tom Hanks celebrates ‘Captain Phillips’ release

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mike Napoli signs on to help Children’s Hospital

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Fashion benefit is an Epstein family affair

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jon Hamm has a flair for the dramatic

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein