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Boston Common suits one of the Games’ most popular spectator sports, beach volleyball.

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Shirley Leung

Boston group eyes Olympic venues

Potential world-class locations come into view as backers pursue a bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Bill extends time limit on sexual abuse lawsuits

The state Legislature is close to finalizing legislation that one expert said will open the door to thousands of new cases.

Laura Smith cooked diced peppers and onions as she prepared her lunch in Arlington. As a Harvard Pilgrim employee, she is paid $20 a month to shop healthy.

Harvard Pilgrim offers cash rewards for eating well

The insurer launched the program for its 1,200 workers in April and plans to introduce it to employer health plans later this year.

US will put 300 advisers in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite women shouted slogans supporting the Iraqi army in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on Thursday.

Essam Al-Sudani/REUTERS

Secretary of State John Kerry will also be dispatched to the region.

State filings for custody of children soaring

The state’s child welfare agency has intensified efforts to remove children since the Jeremiah Oliver case.

The Nation

US will put 300 advisers in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite women shouted slogans supporting the Iraqi army in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on Thursday.

By Matt Viser and Bryan Bender

Secretary of State John Kerry will also be dispatched to the region.

A less-than-final answer about the Big Bang

John Kovac, leader of the BICEP2 project and an associate professor at Harvard University, talked about the project’s results earlier this year.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

It turns out a key discovery may actually be just starlight.

McCarthy elected to be House majority leader

The new majority leader is the first House member to take over this position after fewer than five full terms.

By David Espo

Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise.

The World

Iraqi forces hold oil refinery after three days of fighting

A burned Iraqi Army Humvee sat outside the Beiji oil refinery on Thursday.

By Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s future is uncertain amid the violence.

Trial secondary as US interrogates Libyan

Ahmed Abu Khattala.

Agents are focused on gathering data about terrorists’ plans.

NATO chief tells of Russian buildup at Ukraine’s border

By Carol Morello

The reports indicate that the border is growing increasingly militarized.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Andrew Rossi

Student debt crisis crushes college dream

By Andrew Rossi

The director of the new documentary “Ivory Tower” examines the higher education bubble.

EDITORIAL

Springfield’s mayor stigmatizes refugees

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “urban centers have become a dumping ground” for refugees.

Domenic Sarno’s hostile attitude isn’t exactly communicating a welcome-to-America message.

CARLO ROTELLA

The season of reading bees

By Carlo Rotella

It may be a very modest innovation, but it was an inspired one.

Metro

kevin cullen

Trial venue change risky

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

By Kevin Cullen

Wherever he is tried, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his lawyers face a steep hill.

State filings for custody of children soaring

A makeshift memorial was erected in an empty lot across from the Fitchburg home where Jeremiah Oliver lived before his death.

By Peter Schworm

The state’s child welfare agency has intensified efforts to remove children since the Jeremiah Oliver case.

Bill extends time limit on sexual abuse lawsuits

By Travis Andersen, Derek J. Anderson and Jennifer Smith

The state Legislature is close to finalizing legislation that one expert said will open the door to thousands of new cases.

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SPRINGFIELD

Pope Francis appoints new Springfield bishop

By Catalina Gaitan

QUINCY

Bicyclist is struck by car in Quincy

By Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Shirley Leung

Boston group eyes Olympic venues

Boston Common suits one of the Games’ most popular spectator sports, beach volleyball.

By Shirley Leung

Potential world-class locations come into view as backers pursue a bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Harvard Pilgrim offers cash rewards for eating well

Laura Smith cooked diced peppers and onions as she prepared her lunch in Arlington. As a Harvard Pilgrim employee, she is paid $20 a month to shop healthy.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

The insurer launched the program for its 1,200 workers in April and plans to introduce it to employer health plans later this year.

Fidelity seeks a bigger piece of IPO action

Fidelity’s headquarters in downtown Boston.

By Beth Healy

The Boston financial giant wants entrepreneurs to skip the traditional investment bankers and save cash.

Obituaries

James T. Hintlian, 89; guided Teddie Peanut Butter business

Mr. Hintlian tried to make his company’s Teddie Peanut Butter a brand name recognizable around the world.

By Michele Richinick

Mr. Hintlian helped expand the reach of Teddie Peanut Butter and its nut products into foreign markets.

Daniel Keyes, 86; author wrote ‘Flowers for Algernon’

Mr. Keyes was inspired by a developmentally disabled boy who had told the writer that he wanted to be smart.

By Matt Sedensky

Mr. Keyes’s novel became a classroom staple that explored the treatment of the mentally disabled and the ethics of manipulating human intelligence.

Gerry Goffin, 75; Oscar-nominated lyricist wrote 50 hits

Gerry Goffin co-wrote some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s with Carole King.

By Mark Kennedy

Mr. Goffin worked with former wife Carole King to write a number of big hits.

Sports

Athletics 4, Red Sox 2

Red Sox open road trip with loss

Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson threw out Dustin Pedroia at first base during the fourth inning. Pedroia’s subsequent home run accounted for the Red Sox’ only runs.

By Peter Abraham

Jake Peavy’s run of bad luck continued as the Red Sox offense was quiet and their three-game win streak ended.

On Baseball

Red Sox have foundation in place for a playoff run

The Red Sox have played better defense, and have solid pitching, and just need to get their offense going to get back in the playoff race.

By Nick Cafardo

The only piece of the puzzle missing is better hitting, and GM Ben Cherington is working on it.

On football

What can we learn from Patriots offseason?

Tommy Kelly and the Patriots concluded their final minicamp workout on Thursday.

By Ben Volin

Even though the practices were glorified 7-on-7 passing camps, we can draw some lessons from the Patriots’ offseason.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Felix Doubront to start Friday

By Peter Abraham

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Lowell Spinners to honor Ryan Westmoreland

By Julian Benbow

GREECE 0, JAPAN 0

Greece and Japan play to scoreless tie

By Jim Vertuno

COLOMBIA 2, IVORY COAST 1

Colombia tops Ivory Coast and will advance

By Steve Douglas

URUGUAY 2, ENGLAND 1

Uruguay hands England second loss

By Rob Harris

nba draft scouting report

Marcus Smart has intangibles

By Baxter Holmes

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Notes: Joel Embiid to have foot surgery

By Baxter Holmes

TRAVELERS NOTEBOOK

Brendan Steele leads after first-round 62

By Michael Whitmer

Capital

After initial fanfare, skepticism on casinos grows

By Mark Arsenault

Since the expanded gambling law passed three years ago, public confidence has waned. What went wrong?

Weekly poll

Poll shows Mass. voters still support casinos

An artist rendering shows part of a proposed casino complex in Springfield.

By David Scharfenberg

Fifty-two percent of voters say they would vote to keep the state’s casino law in place if the question lands on the ballot this fall.

Gambling commissioner James McHugh steps into the spotlight

James McHugh will be acting chairman as the commission considers who will win the Greater Boston casino license.

By Mark Arsenault

The former judge is about to take on the high-profile role of presiding over the debate on the Boston-area casino license.

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

Junger revisits Afghanistan in ‘Korengal’

Soldiers of Battle Company are seen again in “Korengal,” Sebastian Junger’s follow-up to “Restrepo,” his film with the late Tim Hetherington.

By Ty Burr

Sebastian Junger’s follow-up to “Restrepo” gets close to the soldier’s struggle to come back to the world.

Bob Saget burns bright when life turns dark

By Nick A. Zaino III

The comedian, who recently authored “Dirty Daddy,” brings his stand-up act to the Wilbur Theatre.

Stages

In the Berkshires, ‘Midsummer’ has arrived

Michael F. Toomey (left) plays Puck and Rocco Sisto (right) Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which Shakespeare & Company director Tony Simotes (below) sets in New Orleans.

By Joel Brown

Shakespeare & Company’s Tony Simotes directs a New Orleans-y production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Book Review

‘The Lobster Kings’ by Alexi Zentner

By Laura Collins-Hughes

Classical Notes

Green Mountain’s Vespers setting suited to a saint

By David Weininger

Movie Review

‘Citizen Koch’ preaches to the converted

By Peter Keough

Scene & Heard

Sneeze breathes new life into grunge

By Luke O'Neil

Noisy Neighbors

The Freeways, ‘Dream Machine’

By Luke O'Neil

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Chilling with Jenny Dell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

A busy day on the set of ‘Black Mass’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Party at a T stop? Not a bad idea

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Sam Rockwell, Nina Arianda are Williamstown replacements

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Author interviews set for The Mount

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein