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Bus lapses mount, but scrutiny lags

Calvin Butner (right) of the Massachusetts State Police stood by during a random inspection at South Station.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Many bus companies with persistent safety violations have been allowed to continue operating, a Globe analysis of federal data found.

Development has affected the New England cottontail.

A terrain-changing try to breed more cottontails

A controlled burn in May on Cape Cod was part of a multimillion-dollar effort to rebuild the dwindling habitat of the New England cottontail.

Mass. pipeline plan stirs hope and alarm

A proposed multibillion dollar pipeline would connect Massachusetts to abundant natural gas from Eastern shale fields.

Presidents Shimon Peres of Israel (left) and Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian territories embraced at the Vatican Sunday during an unprecedented prayer service convened by Pope Francis. Although the summit appeared unlikely to have an immediate impact on Mideast politics, it represented a revitalization of Vatican diplomatic capacity.

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Pope leads ‘invocation for peace’ for Mideast

Pope Francis was joined by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican.

Mass. a model for veterans’ health care

The state boasts three of the nation’s highest-rated VA hospitals and spends more per capita on veterans than any other.

The Nation

Mass. a model for veterans’ health care

“The VA just can’t handle it,” said Dan Magoon, who helps veterans get mental health services.

By Bryan Bender

The state boasts three of the nation’s highest-rated VA hospitals and spends more per capita on veterans than any other.

John Kerry talks tough on 5 freed Taliban members

“These guys pick a fight with us in the future or now or at any time at enormous risk,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

By Brian Knowlton

The secretary of state said he felt confident that the detainees freed in a swap for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans.

Tracy Morgan faces lengthy hospital stay

The actor and comedian is recovering from a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a man dead.

The World

Pope leads ‘invocation for peace’ for Mideast

Presidents Shimon Peres of Israel (left) and Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian territories embraced at the Vatican Sunday during an unprecedented prayer service convened by Pope Francis. Although the summit appeared unlikely to have an immediate impact on Mideast politics, it represented a revitalization of Vatican diplomatic capacity.

By Inés San Martín

Pope Francis was joined by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican.

news analysis

For Vatican, a path back to diplomatic relevance

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined Pope Francis at the Vatican.

By John L. Allen Jr.

Pope Francis showed that Catholicism on his watch is alive and kicking by delivering one of the greatest surprises of his papacy.

Sissi seeking an ‘inclusive’ Egypt

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in as president, testing the notion that a new strongman can overcome the country’s economic dysfunction.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

D for Democrat. Or dodge.

By John E. Sununu

Intentionally or not, Obama is lobbing salvos at his own troops. They, in turn, are left to dodge the friendly fire.

JAMES CARROLL

GOP wants certainty that doesn’t exist

By James Carroll

Lost in the Washington back-and-forth will be a basic facet of the human condition.

opinion | Christoph Westphal

Protecting Boston’s biotech status

Is Kendall Square, formerly a center of IT innovation, forever destined to be the world’s leading biotech hub?

By Christoph Westphal

The city will need to shed some of the disdain for incremental innovation and the needs of the customer.

Metro

A terrain-changing try to breed more cottontails

Development has affected the New England cottontail.

By David Abel

A controlled burn in May on Cape Cod was part of a multimillion-dollar effort to rebuild the dwindling habitat of the New England cottontail.

Alec Baldwin travels to Central Falls for library

Alec Baldwin (left) was presented with a key to the R.I. city by Mayor James Diossa.

By Jenna Russell

Central Falls, R.I., and the A-list actor have found common ground in a quest to protect a public library.

Lowell monument marks Cambodians’ trials, arrival

A Cambodian Buddhist monk prayed on Sunday at a stupa  in the new healing garden at Clemente Park in Lowell.

By Dan Adams

A group of activists and educators have erected the monument and “healing garden” in Lowell’s Clemente Park.

Business ǀ Science

Mass. pipeline plan stirs hope and alarm

By Erin Ailworth

A proposed multibillion dollar pipeline would connect Massachusetts to abundant natural gas from Eastern shale fields.

Bus company regulation tightening after years of lax oversight

Calvin Butner (right) of the Massachusetts State Police stood by during a random inspection at South Station.

By Katie Johnston

A Globe analysis of federal data found that more than a decade of lax oversight, insufficient authority, and inadequate funding allowed — and still allows — bus companies with extensive and persistent safety violations to travel the nation’s highways.

WGBH’s ‘Plum Landing’ stresses interaction for kids

Bill Shribman, senior executive producer for children’s media at WGBH, at work on the all-digital production “Plum Landing,” which focuses on environmental science.

By Martin LaMonica

Plum Landing is an all-digital production designed to encourage young viewers to undertake “adventures.”

Obituaries

Bishop Michael Lunsford, at 60; found calling after quitting drugs

Bishop Lunsford was senior pastor at Antioch Church in Taunton since 1983.

By Bryan Marquard

Bishop Lunsford was senior pastor at Antioch Church in Taunton since 1983.

Mary Anthony, at 97; acclaimed modern dancer, choreographer, teacher

Ms. Anthony at a rehearsal studio in New York in 1996.

By Anna Kisselgoff

Ms. Anthony encouraged her students to choreograph and above all, she said, to “find their physical, spiritual, and emotional center.”

Sports

ON BASEBALL

Still reasons for optimism around Red Sox

Clay Buchholz has been on the disabled list since late May.

By Nick Cafardo

Their key players are starting to return, but the reason for the biggest optimism would be the return of a healthy Clay Buchholz.

red sox 5, tigers 3

David Ortiz lifts Red Sox out of skid

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning against the Tigers.

By Peter Abraham

Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, carrying the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory in Detroit.

Red Bulls 2, Revolution 0

Revolution suffer season’s first home setback

Kelyn Rowe and the Revolution generated 22 shots vs. the Red Bulls, who had only eight.

By Rob Harms

New England hadn’t trailed at Gillette Stadium before the New York Red Bulls scored on a defensive blunder.

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Red Sox notebook

Clay Buchholz pitches three-inning simulated game

By Peter Abraham

stanley cup final

Kings’ resiliency on full display

By Amalie Benjamin

SUPER 8 BASEBALL

Braintree reaches Super 8 baseball final

By Jake Fischer

BOSTON SHOOTOUT

BABC beats New England Playaz for 69-68 victory

By Emily McCarthy

NBA FINALS NOTEBOOK

Adam Silver says fight with Donald Sterling almost done

By Gary Washburn

Division 1 girls’ tennis

Andover knocks off Barnstable

By Ryan Leger

MIAA DIVISION 1 EAST GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Franklin girls’ lacrosse wins final

By Michelle Fenelon

School baseball roundup

Hernandez lifts Andover past Chelmsford

By Jake Fischer

MIAA SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Sectional title a first for Revere

By Pat Bradley

Heat 98, Spurs 96

Heat top Spurs, even up NBA Finals

By Gary Washburn

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Time for Boston fans to take notice of Revolution

By Christopher L. Gasper

G: Health

Rarely used procedure results in twins born 24 days apart

Lindalva DaSilva with her twins, Ronaldo and Alexandre Antunes, in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

By Liz Kowalczyk

The rare and risky procedure delivers one twin while giving the other more time to keep growing.

Television Review

There are worse offenses than ‘Murder in the First’

Kathleen Robertson and Taye Diggs play San Francisco homicide detectives in “Murder in the First.”

By Matthew Gilbert

TNT’s new drama is a show that sits squarely on that fence between “Why?” and “Why not?”

Stage Review

Vakhtangov’s imaginative ‘Onegin’

The Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia presented a 3½-hour adaptation of “Eugene Onegin” at Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia’s 3½-hour adaptation of “Eugene Onegin” was like the Federico Fellini version of the Alexander Pushkin story.

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Music Review

Morrissey closes the deal

By James Reed

Book Review

‘Jet Set’ by William Stadiem

By JoAnn Greco

Music Review

Rockport raises the curtain on its 33d season

By Jeremy Eichler

Daily Dose

Treating prostate cancer

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Can tanning beds cause vitamin D toxicity?

By Deborah Kotz

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Names

Summer comes to MFA council fete

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Johnny Depp takes a break from his Whitey Bulger costume

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Berklee’s Karmin sings for a cause

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Gronk goes nearly bald for Buzz-Off

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Mark Wahlberg is a ‘Guys’ favorite

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein