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Obama weighs US role in Iraq

As Sunni militants marched toward Baghdad, President Obama on Thursday said that he was weighing whether to reengage the US military in Iraq more than two years after troops withdrew from the war-torn nation. The White House immediately clarified that the president was not considering sending US troops, only that he was examining drones and airstrikes. “We are not contemplating ground troops,” said press secretary Jay Carney.

Mass. poised to be pacesetter for minimum wage

Lawmakers are on the brink of approving the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation.

Dick Pantalone enjoyed fog-covered Mount Washington Thursday.

Mount Washington museum captures winter’s fury

Extreme Mount Washington, an interactive museum, is designed to bring to life the full force of the summit at its worst.

Fausto da Rocha recruited his friends — until he lost $45,000.

Fervor for TelexFree swayed thousands

It’s becoming easier to understand how the company expanded so quickly in what is now alleged to have been a pyramid scheme.

Former president George H. W. Bush made a tandem jump with a retired member of the Army’s parachute team in Maine.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

A lofty greeting for Bush’s 90th birthday

Some senior citizens might celebrate birthdays with a cake from the grandkids and dinner out at a local restaurant. But former president George H. W. Bush will celebrate his 90th by jumping from a helicopter over Kennebunkport, Maine.

Anthropology professor Kimberly Theidon

Harvard professor challenges school’s denial of tenure

Candidates turned down for the lifetime appointment, the biggest achievement in a professor’s career, generally never know why.

The Nation

Obama weighs US role in Iraq

President Obama answered questions about violence in Iraq during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

By Matt Viser and Bryan Bender

President Obama said he was considering whether to reengage the military in the war-torn country.

Study of US teens finds decline in risky behaviors

By Mike Stobbe

American teens are smoking less, drinking less, and fighting less. But they are texting while driving and spending more time on screens.

Ex-POW to return to US amid furor over release

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the US prisoner of war freed in exchange for five members of the Taliban, will return Friday.

The World

Ukraine talks yield support for peace plan

Activists stormed the Ukrainian State Border Service in Kiev Thursday, angered by its inability to seal the Russian border.

By David McHugh

The talks came as a Ukrainian official said three tanks and other armored vehicles crossed the border from Russia.

Kurds send forces to Iraq city as insurgents seize others

By Tim Arango, Suadad al-Salhy and Rick Gladstone

Militants are pressing toward Baghdad as the crisis worsens.

US drones stage 2d strike on militant base in Pakistan

By Declan Walsh and Ismail Khan

The attacks signal a sharp renewal of the controversial CIA offensive.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Can Mass. Democrats offer a true reformer?

The Massachusetts democratic gubernatorial candidates take a selfie together after a debate at Suffolk University on Tuesday.

By Scot Lehigh

So far, the leading candidates have been uncertain trumpets on important reform issues.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Advice from 617 years of marriage

By Joan Wickersham

Don’t expect to stay married to the same person; all marriages are a series of marriages.

opinion | Daniel Benjamin

Grave dangers are ahead in Iraq

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stood guard at a checkpoint in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

By Daniel Benjamin

It will require imagination and effort to contain the demons now proliferating in the post-Saddam era.

Metro

Harvard professor challenges school’s denial of tenure

Anthropology professor Kimberly Theidon

By Marcella Bombardieri

Candidates turned down for the lifetime appointment, the biggest achievement in a professor’s career, generally never know why.

Mount Washington museum captures winter’s fury

Dick Pantalone enjoyed fog-covered Mount Washington Thursday.

By David Filipov

Extreme Mount Washington, an interactive museum, is designed to bring to life the full force of the summit at its worst.

Mass. poised to be pacesetter for minimum wage

By David Scharfenberg

Lawmakers are on the brink of approving the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation.

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Spotlight follow-up

Oft-criticized landlord gets board approval

By Jenn Abelson

Drug lab uncovered in Falmouth

By Catalina Gaitan

SOMERVILLE

Woman, 90, dies after being hit by delivery truck

By Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Fervor for TelexFree swayed thousands

Fausto da Rocha recruited his friends — until he lost $45,000.

By Maria Sacchetti and Beth Healy

It’s becoming easier to understand how the company expanded so quickly in what is now alleged to have been a pyramid scheme.

Open up on 401(k) policies, state says

Secretary of State William Galvin.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The secretary of state wants federal labor regulators to expand disclosure rules so workers are warned if employers plan to change 401 (k) matching contributions to yearly payouts.

State Senate OK’s convention center expansion

It’s hoped the expansion project will help attract larger events to the facility and spur tourist spending into the state’s economy.

By Casey Ross

The $1 billion project aims to attract larger events to the facility and spur tourist spending into the state’s economy.

Obituaries

Morris A. Adelman, 96, of Newton; saw oil as inexhaustible

Dr. Adelman believed oil would continue to be found as technology advanced if the price is sufficient.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Adelman, an energy economist who marshaled free-market principles, taught and researched at MIT for 65 years.

Ruby Dee, 91; star of stage, screen

In 1963, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee attended the opening night of the film “Gone Are the Days!” in New York City.

By Bruce Weber

Ms. Dee used her fame to serve as a leading advocate for civil rights, both in show business and in the wider world.

Gordon Mason, 98; caught notorious Fascist spy during WWII

Gordon Mason received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 1977.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Mason nabbed Carla Costa, a wily teenage Fascist spy said to have been the best female agent working for the Germans in Italy.

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Sports

RED SOX 5, INDIANS 2

Jon Lester helps Red Sox take series opener

Jon Lester congratulated center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. after his catch (and double play) in the seventh inning.

By Julian Benbow

Lester pitched into the eighth and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer to propel the Red Sox.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Jurgen Klinsmann not setting a good tone for US Soccer

By telling the world the United States can’t win the World Cup, coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t meeting part of his job description. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Christopher L. Gasper

Part of his job as coach includes promoting soccer in the United States, but his recent comments failed to do that.

Fran Quinn of Holden tied for 2d after US Open first round

Holden’s Fran Quinn watched his tee shot on the third hole during Thursday’s first-round action.

By Michael Whitmer

Holden resident Quinn, who entered the tournament as a qualifier, fired a 2-under 68 and is three shots behind Martin Kaymer.

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Giants 7, Nationals 1

Tim Hudson pitches Giants past Nationals

By Rick Eymer

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Pawtucket pitcher Anthony Ranaudo is on a roll

By Julian Benbow

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Doug McDermott wary of Larry Bird comparisons

By Baxter Holmes

Stanley Cup notebook

Rangers, Kings differ on the importance of pure luck

By Amalie Benjamin

SPURS 107, HEAT 86

Spurs again rout Heat, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

By Gary Washburn

NBA FINALS NOTEBOOK

Ray Allen says retirement is an option

By Gary Washburn

105TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN

Ian Thimble wins in four-man playoff at Mass. Open

By Rob Harms

ON SOCCER

Neymar soars in World Cup debut

By John Powers

Masconomet 10, Westwood 2

Masconomet routs Westwood for D2 state baseball title

By Jake Fischer

Tennis | Lexington 4, Westboro 1

Lexington wins wild Div. 1 title match

By Ryan Leger

Capital

weekly poll

Coakley holds strong lead over Grossman in poll

Martha Coakley met supporters at a  union rally.

By Michael Levenson

Martha Coakley has also broadened her edge in a potential general election match up with Republican Charlie Baker.

For Democrats at the convention in Worcester, a change in tune

The Democratic candidates for governor.

By Frank Phillips and Jim O’Sullivan

Delegates are facing a rare dynamic: A front-runner likely to lose the convention and a convention winner who lags in the polls.

Eric Cantor forgot the basic lesson of politics: Know thy voter

“Basically the common theme is by the time they realize they’re in trouble, it’s too late,” a Republican party official said of ousted incumbents.

By Noah Bierman

There are certainly many potential lessons from the House majority leader’s loss for politicians of all stripes. But the biggest is no lesson at all.

G: Arts & Movies

MOVIE REVIEW

Hilarious ‘22 Jump Street’ goes to college

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (from left, at left and on facing page) reprise their “21 Jump Street” roles as police officers, again assigned by their captain (Ice Cube, below) to go undercover — this time as college students.

By Ty Burr

The blockbuster sequel refuses to take itself seriously, which is just what we need as the summer boom-boom season shifts into high gear.

Movie Review

The ‘Obvious Child’ takeaway: Jenny Slate is a star

“Obvious Child” stars Jenny Slate (with Jake Lacy) as a penniless stand-up comic whose one-night stand with a goodhearted preppie results in her pregnancy.

By Ty Burr

The warm, sympathetic, very sloppy, and often very funny little movie is about a young New Yorker who deals with an unwanted pregnancy.

Movie Review

Moodysson’s ‘We Are the Best!’ demands to be heard

“We Are the Best!” stars Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, and Liv Lemoyne as teen girls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm.

By Ty Burr

Lukas Moodysson’s film is an empowerment tale of three teenage girls who start a punk band in early-’80s Sweden.

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Movie Review

‘The Signal’ doesn’t connect

By Peter Keough

Classical Notes

Celebratory, somber threads intertwine at SICPP

By David Weininger

Stages

Beau Jest goes noir in Charlestown

By Joel Brown

Book REview

‘The Matchmaker’ by Elin Hilderbrand

By Meredith Goldstein

Television Review

In the grip of ‘The Escape Artist’

By Matthew Gilbert

Scene & Heard

Blood Oath Slumber Party makes a scene on cassette

By Maura Johnston

Noisy Neighbors

Noisy neighbors

By Maura Johnston

Night Watch

Fur and gold — Pride 2014

By Alex Stills

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

Music Review

At the Sinclair, Van Etten opens up intimate sound

By Jeremy D. Goodwin