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House majority leader Eric Cantor said on Wednesday that he would resign his leadership post on July 31.

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GOP looks for lessons in Eric Cantor’s loss

The stunning primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could upend any hopes that the establishment wing of the Republican Party had in quelling the Tea Party movement’s fervor. It could doom plans for immigration reform, and it could have deep and lasting impacts on the 2016 presidential race. Or not. If there’s one certainty from the 63,008 ballots cast in a small congressional district in Richmond, Va., it’s that nothing is certain until the voters have spoken. Regardless, the loss – one of the biggest primary upsets in history – sent shockwaves through the Republican Party on Wednesday. From offices on Capitol Hill to the campaign headquarters in New Hampshire and Alaska, politicians and their consultants were digesting the news and trying to figure out just how broad the ramifications would be.

Angie Caudill was unaware that she used tainted dialysis fluid until Lawrence-based NxStage recalled it.

Patients upset after tainted dialysis fluid prompts recall

Several batches of a concentrated dialysis fluid contained more aluminum than it should have.

Witness at trial tells of charade in state hiring

A retired probation supervisor told a federal jury Wednesday that when he was probation commissioner, John J. O’Brien would give him the names of preselected job hires, those sponsored by powerful state legislators, before a hiring process ever began, and the supervisor would pass their names on to other probation officials in a scheme to make sure that O’Brien’s candidates were hired without any scrutiny.

Alumni unite to press colleges on sexual assaults

Alumni at more than two dozen colleges across the country, including several prominent local schools, have formed a national network to pressure their alma maters to do more to confront campus sexual assault.

Coakley’s office will review 2009 death at Bridgewater

Attorney General Martha Coakley said Wednesday that her office will review the circumstances surrounding the 2009 death of a Bridgewater State Hospital patient, amid indications that the US attorney’s office is taking its own look at how Joshua K. Messier died.

The Nation

GOP looks for lessons in Eric Cantor’s loss

House majority leader Eric Cantor said on Wednesday that he would resign his leadership post on July 31.

By Matt Viser

The House majority leader’s primary defeat could end any hopes that the party’s establishment wing had in slowing the Tea Party movement.

Hagel defends Bergdahl swap in testimony

By Mark Mazzetti

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described the exchange as a “military operation” that was in doubt until the very end.

Bergdahl discharged from Coast Guard before joining Army

By Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Eric Schmitt

Bowe Bergdahl spent just short of a month in basic training with the US Coast Guard in 2006 before he was given an administrative discharge.

The World

Sunni militants bear down on Baghdad

Iraqi families fleeing the violence in northern Nineveh province gathered Wednesday at a Kurdish checkpoint.

By Suadad Al-Salhy

The militants extended their control over northern Iraq, seizing Saddam Hussein’s hometown and threatening a strategic oil refining town.

Moscow admits ties to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

By Michael Birnbaum

Russia’s top diplomat has acknowledged for the first time an official relationship with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Israeli airstrike kills 1, wounds 3 in northern Gaza Strip

By Ian Deitch

It was the first deadly violence between the sides since a new Palestinian government took office last week.

Editorial & Opinion


Focus on campus assault gray areas, not red or blue

Vice President Joe Biden hugs Madeleine Smith, who was a rape victim while a student at Harvard, after speaking on the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

By Joan Vennochi

Sexual assault on campus has become politicized, but the topic doesn’t have obvious answers.


Say no to Convention Center expansion

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Beacon Hill is about to approve a billion-dollar folly.


Can Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be shamed into changing?

Residents, tenants and housing activists staged a rally outside a foreclosed home on Norwell Street in Dorchester on Tuesday. The home is is now owned by Fannie Mae.

By Paul McMorrow

Martha Coakley’s lawsuit is the front line in an effort to humanize how foreclosures are handled.


Alumni unite to press colleges on sexual assaults

By Matt Rocheleau

The group may urge alumni to withhold gifts from schools that it feels don’t respond properly.

Witness at trial tells of charade in state hiring

John O'Brien departed Moakley Federal Court May 30

By Milton J. Valencia

A retired Probation Department supervisor was the first to testify in detail about the alleged scheme to manipulate the hiring process.

Coakley’s office will review 2009 death at Bridgewater

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

By Michael Rezendes

The Mass. AG’s office will look at the circumstances surrounding Joshua Messier’s death at the state hospital.

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SJC ends lifetime parole supervision for sex offenders

By Maria Cramer and John R. Ellement

Lawmakers slam DEA for targeting Mass. doctors

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

Yvonne Abraham

Low wages, high hopes

By Yvonne Abraham


Single-engine plane makes emergency landing in Burlington

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Martin Finucane


Patients upset after tainted dialysis fluid prompts recall

Angie Caudill was unaware that she used tainted dialysis fluid until Lawrence-based NxStage recalled it.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

Several batches of a concentrated dialysis fluid contained more aluminum than it should have.

tech lab

A guide to free Wi-Fi in Boston

By Hiawatha Bray

Free Wi-Fi is increasingly available, but it isn’t always fast — or safe.

Hip new businesses arrive on Martha’s Vineyard

Executive chef  Jerry Marano will serve Asian- and North African- inspired small dishes.

By Taryn Luna

New restaurants are trying to appeal to city-dwelling young professionals.


Conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos dies at 80

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was the the most prominent Spanish maestro of his generation.

By Jeremy Eichler

The distinguished Spanish conductor was a frequent guest at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and on podiums across North America.


Orioles 6, Red Sox 0

Red Sox shut out again by Orioles

Dustin Pedroia was nabbed at second base in the fourth inning when he tried to stretch a base hit into a double.

By Peter Abraham

It was the worst three-game series for the Red Sox since they were shut out three times by the Texas Rangers from April 27-29, 1981.


Red Sox feel void without stricken coach Greg Colbrunn

This was not a very happy road trip for the Red Sox — and not just because of the wins and losses. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

By Dan Shaughnessy

The close-knit coaching staff was jolted when Colbrunn suffered a brain hemorrhage and had to remain hospitalized in Cleveland.


For Pelé, this is a very different World Cup experience

The great Pele is hoisted up by teammates after Brazil clinched the World Cup in 1970. AP Photo/File

By John Powers

Brazil is no longer a team of homegrown talent, and national discord will prevent this from being a monthlong carnival.

G: Style

Design Museum Boston gets a home on the waterfront

The interior of Design Museum Boston.

By Eryn Carlson

Design Museum’s mission is to highlight design’s important role in people’s everyday lives.

Mel Ottenberg on Rihanna’s sheer dress

Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2 in New York.

By Rachel Raczka

The Rhode Island School of Design graduate Mel Ottenberg is credited with shaping Rihanna’s look since her “Loud” tour in 2011.

Book Review

‘Eight World Cups’ and ‘Brazil’s Dance With the Devil’

George Vecsey writes of the World Cups he’s covered dating back to 1982.

By Bill Littlefield

Two books look at World Cups past and present.

Globe North


Splashes of color enliven a traditional dining room

Facing page: Andover dining room designed by Ana Donohue. Above: Century buffet has mirrored door fronts that break up the wood in the room.

By Jaci Conry

Boston interior designer Ana Donohue was called in to furnish and accessorize an Andover dining room.

Express Yourself in Beverly gives kids a chance to shine on grown-up stage

Stan Strickland (left) leads the way as the Express Yourself cast members demonstrate one of their song-and-dance numbers.

By James Sullivan

Dozens of children sang, danced, and drummed on the stage for the 20th anniversary gala of Express Yourself.

Colleen E. Ritzer scholarships honor beloved teacher

Dan (left) and Laura Ritzer (right), Colleen Ritzer’s brother and sister, with Andover scholarship recipients (from left): Emily Felter, Elizabeth Dever, Courtney Comeau, Christine Aumais, Carly Sakellarios, and Jessica Ferronetti.

By Kathy McCabe

Twelve graduates of Andover and Danvers high schools are the first recipients of the memorial scholarships.

Globe South

Globe south

Hull’s Sunset Point camp readies for another summer

Students from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham helped clean the beach to prepare Sunset Point Camp in Hull for summer campers.

By John R. Johnson

Closed briefly by money woes, a summer youth camp in Hull is back and better than ever.

Early warning for concussions

A Westwood Youth Lacrosse player adjusts a Checklight sensor, with its display panel visible above his neck,  before  putting on  his helmet.

By Justin Rice

This spring, lacrosse players in Westwood are piloting a sensor strip that measures the impact of hits to the head.

Area activists choose sides in governor’s race

By John Laidler

Politically active residents across the region are lining up behind candidates and pitching in to help them succeed.

Globe West

A week on Maine’s Hurricane Island

 Students from the Cambridge School in Weston traveled with their science teacher to Hurricane Island in Maine to study marine life and ecology.

By Jaclyn Reiss

A Weston independent school has students unplug from modern culture and settle into remote island off the coast of Maine to study marine life.

Housing proposed for Newton office complex

By Scott Van Voorhis

The proposal sparked concern among Newton officials, who are questioning whether the corporate park is the right place for a housing development.

Agreement elusive on Ayer rail access

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Town officials and residents in Ayer say they are frustrated that an agreement hasn’t been reached between the MBTA and a local businessman.