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Johnny Depp captures the menacing tone of Whitey Bulger.

PATRIOT PICS/FAMEFLYNET (left)/File photo

Whitey movie eerie experience for ‘Black Mass’ coauthor

The authenticity of the adaptation, which wraps filming in Boston Friday, is evident in moments big and small for Dick Lehr.

Martha Coakley (left) and Steve Grossman are considered the front-runners for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman step up dispute

Sniping between the gubernatorial candidates – and the PAC that backs Grossman – has intensified.

Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

The gun bill, domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Protestors yelled at a driver of a Market Basket truck outside of the chain’s headquarters Wednesday morning.

Market Basket vows to replace dissident workers

Market Basket moved to break up the walkout by employees and stem millions of dollars in daily losses at the chain.

Wesley Ray Thomas, a baritone, performed in June with the Me2 Orchestra at the University of Vermont. The orchestra is a classical ensemble for those with mental health issues.

Letting loose in the city gives ‘Opera Guy’ stability

For Wesley Thomas, Boston’s self-proclaimed “Opera Guy,’’ singing for tourists doubles as therapy.

The Nation

Bill aims to curb assaults on campus

By Jennifer Steinhauer

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation designed to curb the striking number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

US investigation faults oversight of health care website

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall.

political notebook

House backs GOP plan to sue Obama over use of power

House Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Obama.

The World

Israeli shells hit UN school, killing at least 17

A girl injured from a strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood was rushed to a hospital in Gaza City on Wednesday.

By Karin Laub and Tia Goldenberg

Israeli tank shells tore through the walls of a UN school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks.

Ukraine presses offensive as Russia belittles new sanctions

By Andrew Rothand Neil MacFarquhar

Moscow remained defiant, the Ukrainian army remained on the offensive, and an international team remained unable to reach the crash site of a Malaysian jetliner.

West Bank residents fear for Gaza relatives

West Bank resident Sami Shaath mainly uses cellphone communications to stay in touch with relatives in Gaza, some of whom he has never met in person.

By Sudarsan Raghavan

For nearly 15 years, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank have been unable to visit their relatives in Gaza.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Walsh’s weaselly defense of O’Brien

Mayor Marty Walsh

By Joan Vennochi

How would Marty Walsh feel if he spent months campaigning for Boston mayor, but didn’t get the job because voting machines were rigged?

NICHOLAS BURNS

Stronger sanctions are needed to stop Putin

By Nicholas Burns

The coordinated list of tougher financial, military, and energy responses announced by the US and European Union is a potential turning point.

Alex Beam

Is John le Carré the greatest living writer?

By Alex Beam

Le Carré spotlights the Cold War, and by extension the US role — and principles — that were part of it.

Metro

Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

George N. Peterson Jr., a Grafton Republican, held up a firearms identification card application while testifying during a hearing on gun rights laws at the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

By David Scharfenberg and Michael Levenson

The gun bill, domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Whitey movie eerie experience for ‘Black Mass’ coauthor

Johnny Depp captures the menacing tone of Whitey Bulger.

By Dick Lehr

The authenticity of the adaptation, which wraps filming in Boston Friday, is evident in moments big and small for Dick Lehr.

Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman step up dispute

Martha Coakley (left) and Steve Grossman are considered the front-runners for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

By Akilah Johnson

Sniping between the gubernatorial candidates – and the PAC that backs Grossman – has intensified.

More Stories

Yvonne Abraham

Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

By Yvonne Abraham

Haverhill

Two men arrested after stabbing in Haverhill

By Trisha Thadani

Walpole

Two injured in truck crash on Route 109

By Trisha Thadani

Business

Market Basket vows to replace dissident workers

Protestors yelled at a driver of a Market Basket truck outside of the chain’s headquarters Wednesday morning.

By Casey Ross, Taryn Luna and Jack Newsham

Market Basket moved to break up the walkout by employees and stem millions of dollars in daily losses at the chain.

Spring rebound after harsh winter for Mass., US economies

By Megan Woolhouse

Labor markets this spring gained strength both locally and nationally, a new report found.

Boredom sets in amid slow business at Market Baskets

About 500 people gathered outside Market Basket’s Tewksbury headquarters Wednesday. Deliveries of new groceries at stores have been rare, one manager said, and often botched.

By Jack Newsham

Protests continued outside the chain’s headquarters, while supplies and customers only trickled into stores.

Obituaries

Sam Koch, 59; reinvigorated UMass soccer program

Sam Koch coached at UMass Amherst for 23 seasons and was named Atlantic-10 coach of the year four times.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Koch, of Hadley, was a four-time Atlantic-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

Peter Marler, 86; graphic decoder of birdsong

Peter Marler found that animals send knowledge to others of their species.

By Paul Vitello

Discoveries by Dr. Marler heralded a sea change in the study of animal intelligence.

Sports

Red Sox’ fate uncertain on deadline day

With trade speculation swirling around Red Sox ace lefthander Jon Lester, he had a lot to think about on the field before Wednesday night’s game.

By Peter Abraham

Ace Jon Lester and fellow starter John Lackey are among the players who could be traded by Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Christopher L. Gasper

How have Red Sox fallen so far, so fast?

The dark nights continued for the Red Sox as they lost again, swept by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

By Christopher L. Gasper

It was just nine months ago the Sox were celebrating a World Series title. Now they’re close to disbanding the team.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Blue Jays complete sweep at Fenway

Jose Reyes was safe at first in the fifth inning on an error by Brandon Workman.

By Julian Benbow

The Red Sox’ free fall continued as trade rumors continue to swirl around the team.

G: Style

Amid a fast-growing Fenway, the Verb Hotel is a blast from the past

As project curator David Bieber presented many items from his vast collection of local music ephemera to be displayed at the rock-themed Verb Hotel.

By James Sullivan

Choice selections from David Bieber’s collection of memorabilia are the inspiration for the whole vibe of the revival of the old Fenway Motor Lodge.

Book Review

‘Boston Mob’ by Marc Songini

Marc Songini (left) traces the violent deeds of Joseph “The Animal” Barb-oza (above, in 1965) and other mob-sters in his new book, “Boston Mob.”

By Nick Romeo

In “Boston Mob: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and Its Most Notorious Killer,’’ Songini recounts the saga of organized crime in Boston and Providence in the 1950s and 1960s.

stage review

Achieving harmony is a group effort in ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’

From left: Wally Dunn, Ron Orbach, Rohan Kymal, and D.C. Anderson in “The Fabulous Lipitones,” at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

By James Sullivan

A washed-up barbershop quartet finds its voice at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

Globe North

Group brings to life Vikings’ ancient lore

Abbey Miller, as the Draugar Vinlands group’s second-in-command Aelfi, takes part in a recent training session at a park in Stratham, N.H., where the Viking history enthusiasts meet on Saturdays.

By Taryn Plumb

A small band of enthusiasts, dedicated to accuracy in the smallest detail, focuses on the fighting spirit of 10th-century Viking warriors.

Shiver me timbers, pirates are on the loose

Hudson Wynne, 4, of Beverly, joins a contest at the New England Pirate Faire in Salem.

By Taryn Plumb

A band of buccaneers returned to seize Salem’s Forest River Park to exact revenge as part of the 10th annual New England Pirate Faire.

12 municipalities north of Boston win Green Community grants

Some towns will use the money to upgrade streetlights.

By David Rattigan

The towns were among the 43 statewide receiving a total of $7.9 million when the state dispensed its latest batch of Green Communities cash.

Globe South

New look for an old Norwood landmark

Two strikingly different exterior photos were taken by homeowner Jacinta Murphy. At top, the house in October 2013 as renovations began in earnest and (center) the house as it appeared earlier this month.

By Jean Lang

Owner Jacinta Murphy and her fiancé, Jim Murray, restored the Victorian clapboard structure to much of its original late 19th-century glory.

Candidates line up busy campaign season

By John Laidler

Wide-open races to succeed three veteran lawmakers, and spirited challenges to several incumbents, are claiming the most attention.

Long lines for classes in English

By Katheleen Conti

Statewide, only a fraction of adults looking to take English language classes are able to do so each year, with demand far outweighing supply.

Globe West

Pepperell entomologist abuzz about bees

Entomologist Michael Veit with a bee he found in a field near his home.

By Nancy Shohet West

Black flies. Bees. Dragonflies. If you’ve ever shooed them away from your picnic, chances are entomologist Michael Veit has spent time studying them.

CVS bid to curb store is on hold in Hopkinton

By Mary MacDonald

Hopkinton Drug, the town’s only pharmacy, has filed a federal lawsuit that claims pharmacy giant CVS Caremark is trying to damage its business.

For a young cancer survivor, another challenge tackled

By Taylor C. Snow

Jack Manning, 16, represents everything that the Pan-Mass Challenge stands for.