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John Connolly’s murder conviction voided

After Connolly’s murder conviction was overturned, the lawyer for “Whitey” Bulger’s former FBI handler said he expects his client to be freed soon.

Winthrop, a town under a flight path to Logan Airport, is one of 17 communities cited in a Health Department report.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Lung illnesses more likely near Logan Airport

Children who live in neighborhoods bordering Logan International Airport are as much as four times more likely to wheeze, experience shortness of breath, and exhibit other signs of undiagnosed asthma as children who live farther away, according to a long-awaited state report released Wednesday night.

Late-night weather alert created storm of its own

Matt Frank was drifting off to sleep at his second-floor apartment in Chelsea Tuesday night when his phone started making a loud noise and vibrating so much that it fell off a table and onto the floor, dislodging the battery.

// Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Ms. Angelou’s landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership.

The Nation

Obama lays out a defense of foreign policy

President Obama spoke on Wednesday at the commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy.

By Mark Landler

President Obama tried once more to articulate his vision of the American role in the world Wednesday.

Scathing inspector’s report skewers Phoenix VA hospital

By Richard A. Oppel Jr.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 1,700 patients at the veterans medical center in Phoenix weren’t placed on the official waiting list for doctors’ appointments.

Snowden says he worked as US spy


Edward Snowden says he was a trained spy who worked under assumed names overseas for the CIA and the National Security Agency.

The World

Ex-military leader is Egypt’s new president

Egyptian election workers counted ballots at a polling station in Cairo on Wednesday.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi captured more than 90 percent of the vote, according to preliminary tallies Wednesday night.

Syrians outside country jam embassies to support Assad

By Bassem Mroue

Many refugees deemed the vote a mockery because it is being held in the middle of a civil war.

Ukraine vows more military action against separatists

By Fredrick Kunkle,

Petro Poroshenko said the ‘‘antiterrorist operation’’ against the rebels ‘‘has finally really begun.’’

Editorial & Opinion


Hillary Clinton and the trouble with inevitability

Hillary Clinton hasn’t said she’ll run in 2016.

By Joan Vennochi

It’s unclear if she will run for president in 2016, but being the presumed favorite isn’t necessarily a good thing.


Legislature should define what ‘tuition’ really means

By Marty Meehan

The word has been rendered meaningless in the vocabulary of public higher education.


Trolling for souls

By Alex Beam

The web has become ground zero for the never-ending battle for salvation.


John Connolly’s murder conviction voided

The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that former agent John Connolly was improperly convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the 1982 slaying of a gambling executive.

By Brian MacQuarrie and John R. Ellement

After Connolly’s murder conviction was overturned, the lawyer for “Whitey” Bulger’s former FBI handler said he expects his client to be freed soon.

DCF failures didn’t lead to Jeremiah Oliver’s death, report finds

Linda Spears of the Child Welfare League of America presented a reported on the Department of Children and Families.

By Michael Levenson

“We did not conclude… that DCF was responsible for Jeremiah’s death,” the report commissioned by Governor Patrick found.

Late-night weather alert created storm of its own

The severe weather alert from the National Weather Service on Tuesday night warned people to watch for flash flooding until 12:30 a.m.

By Laura Crimaldi

Some were upset, others were merely startled at the flooding alert sent out Tuesday by the National Weather Service.

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Lung illnesses more likely near Logan Airport

By David Abel and Zachary T. Sampson

Yvonne Abraham

Domestic violence doesn’t end with Jared Remy case

By Yvonne Abraham


3-year-old girl is killed in Randolph crash

By Jennifer Smith


Mass. House approves $1.1b convention center expansion

The Boston Convention & Visitors Center.

By Casey Ross

The expansion of the South Boston convention center is designed to make it a top US convention destination.

Supporters, critics weigh in on Partners takeover of Hallmark

Barbara Collins spoke at a hearing in Medford on Partners HeathCare’s planned takeover of Hallmark Health System.

By Robert Weisman

A hearing was held Wednesday on the Partners HeathCare’s planned takeover of Hallmark Health System.

New England tourism officials optimistic for summer season

Hat shoppers stroll through Newport, R.I., on Memorial Day weekend.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Officials say they have finally shaken off the lingering effects of a recession that for years kept many from traveling.


Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

By Margalit Fox

Ms. Angelou’s landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership.

Matthew Saad Muhammad, champion boxer; at 59

Matthew Saad Muhammad defeated Lottie Mwale in 1980 to retain his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title.

By Ron Todt

The former light heavyweight champion was abandoned as a child and later was an advocate for the homeless.

Malcolm Glazer, 85; owned prominent sports franchises

Malcolm Glazer celebrated his team’s Super Bowl win.

Mr. Glazer, son of a watch-parts salesman, won championships while owner of each squad.


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Red Sox top Braves to extend streak

John Lackey allowed no runs in 6.1 innings.

By Julian Benbow

John Lackey led the way as the U-turning Red Sox notched their first three-game win streak of the season.


Manny Ramirez says he’s a ‘new man’

Manny Ramirez emerges from a door in the Green Monster, which he infamously used to take a break during a game in 2005.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Manny being Manny means something entirely different now if you are to believe Ramirez, who will turn 42 on Friday.

How the P.K. Subban tweets became a digital wildfire

P.K. Subban was at the center of a social media controversy after Game 1 of the Bruins-Canadiens series. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

By Fluto Shinzawa

The actual number of racist tweets appears small, but things took off in the slippery world of social media.

G: Style

Chemical-free black hair is not simply a trend

Karen Tappin of Brooklyn, N.Y., pictured earlier this month at International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Boston.

By Christopher Muther

A growing number of African-American women are no longer using chemical hair straighteners and are letting their hair go natural.

music REview

Nascimento, Lovera mount a musical mix at the MFA

By Sebastian Smee

The Memorial Day performance-art piece delivered less friction than it promised.

Book REview

‘A Moveable Famine’ by John Skoyles

By Max Winter

The autobiographical novel by the Emerson College professor and poetry editor of Ploughshares reads much like a memoir.

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Television Review

‘Undateable’: Just dudes being dudes

By Matthew Gilbert

Bargain Bin

Spring markdowns at Nanette Lepore

By Ami Albernaz

Party Lines

Party Lines


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Handyman on Call

Which vent material works best?

By Peter Hotton


John Connolly news in court, on ‘Black Mass’ set

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mindy Kaling, Sheryl Sandberg prep Harvard grads

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jodi Picoult loves Cassandra Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Amy Poehler reveals book cover

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jenny Dell’s days at NESN numbered

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jon Lester works on his golf game for charity

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Updike found ‘the whole mass of middling, hidden, troubled America’ on North Shore

The historic Polly Dole House on East Street in Ipswich, where Updike and his first wife, Mary, primarily raised their four children. It was one of three houses the author called home in town.

By James Sullivan

Equal parts biography and critical reassessment, a new biography of John Updike follows the writer and his family through homes north of Boston.

Updike’s North Shore homes

Where John Updike lived on the North Shore

Malden city councilors square off in State House bid


By John Laidler

Who should succeed state Representative Christopher G. Fallon is the question claiming the political spotlight in Malden.

Globe South

From Pilgrims to wizards, a hub for unique performers

Kyle Hamilton, of Natick, applies makeup before auditioning  this past month for a role in King Richard’s Faire. He was awarded an apprenticeship for the Carver festival.

By Katheleen Conti

As home to both Plimoth Plantation and King Richard’s Faire, the Plymouth-Carver area features unconventional actors.

Teaming up to battle opiate abuse

Two municipal coalitions in the south suburbs are launching new offensives against drug addiction amid mounting statewide concern about opiate overdoses and deaths.

Split views on prayers at Rockland town meeting

By Cara Bayles

This year’s Town Meeting in Rockland opened as it always does: with a religious invocation.

Globe West

Ponzi house tour offers a walk on the wild side

A view of the conservatory in the so-called Ponzi home, once owned by the 1920s financial swindler, being featured in a tour on Sunday.

By Nancy Shohet West

Lexington was home to one of the nation’s most famous crooks. This Sunday, you can tour the home of namesake of the Ponzi scheme.

Plenty of places to walk

By Taryn Plumb

There are a bevy of options for exploring the region on foot, from self-led walks to guided nature and historical jaunts, to numerous trails, hikes and routes.

Suicide stokes concern for teens


By Justin A. Rice

A 2012 survey found an alarmingly high rate of suicidal thoughts among students at Framingham High School.