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Donors boost Mass. public colleges

The state’s systems have nearly doubled their annual private fund-raising totals over the past decade.

Avon man’s fate unknown as police probe disappearance

Four men, including a Dedham police officer, are accused in a chilling suburban conspiracy propelled by addiction, spurned love, and obsession.

Lunch can divide Sharon Foster and daughter Hannah.

Joanne Rathe/Globe staff

At lunch, home-packed may not mean healthy

The conversation has focused almost exclusively on the meals served by the lunch ladies, but a study shows parents aren’t doing better.

TSA agents at Logan International Airport. Six incidents of passengers with guns were reported in 2013.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Despite warnings, more guns are showing up at US airports

Eighty-four percent of the guns found last year in passengers’ carry-on bags were loaded.

Chris Nowinski (left) acknowledges that much remains to be discovered about sports concussions. He has testified before Congress on issues concerning the brain.

Bob Hohler

Conflicts arise in sports-related concussions fight

A nonprofit institute raising awareness on concussions is also raising revenue with its endorsement of products.

The Nation

Calif. law would require defining consensual sex

New students at San Diego State University watched a video on sexual consent during an orientation event this month.

By Julie Watson

Defining consensual sex is a growing trend among universities in an effort to do more to protect victims.

Protests, anger roil St. Louis suburb over police officer’s killing of black teen

Demonstrators held a rally Sunday outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the killing of Michael Brown.

By Jim Salter

The victim’s mother said she believes the officer who shot her son should be jailed.

Study raises Keystone XL pipeline’s impact

A stake in the ground in Tilden, Neb., marks the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.

By Seth Borenstein

The pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated this year.

The World

Kurds retake 2 towns from militants in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga troops stood guard against Islamic militant forces on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh.

By Rod Nordland and Helene Cooper

With US strikes beginning to show clear effects on the battlefield, Kurdish forces delivered counterattacks against the militants.

John Kerry urges Myanmar to keep up reforms

By Michael R. Gordon

The secretary of state was on the final day of a two-day visit to the country for regional meetings with his counterparts from Asian nations.

Pakistan opens murder case against cleric

By Zaheer Babar

The investigation comes after a police officer was killed in clashes with the cleric’s supporters.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Thomas Hill

Iraqis’ future hinges on unified country

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters took up position near Mosul on Sunday.

By Thomas Hill

The turmoil may be an opportunity for the country to move forward, more or less together, with a relatively clean slate.

Jennifer Graham

Yard sales: Free market takes its toll

Shoppers looked at items during a festival of yard sales in Virginia.

By Jennifer Graham

Could it be that the yard sale is dying, victim of an ever more efficient economy?

opinion | Christoph Westphal

Boston’s prominence in medicine, music isn’t an accident

By Christoph Westphal

These two worlds enrich each other, and all of us.

Metro

Donors boost Mass. public colleges

In just the past four months, UMass Amherst received gifts of $10.3 million and $10 million.

By Matt Rocheleau

The state’s systems have nearly doubled their annual private fund-raising totals over the past decade.

Avon man’s fate unknown as police probe disappearance

James J. Robertson disappeared after getting into a car with two men dressed as constables on New Year’s Day.

By Laura Crimaldi

Four men, including a Dedham police officer, are accused in a chilling suburban conspiracy propelled by addiction, spurned love, and obsession.

At lunch, home-packed may not mean healthy

Lunch can divide Sharon Foster and daughter Hannah.

By Beth Teitell

The conversation has focused almost exclusively on the meals served by the lunch ladies, but a study shows parents aren’t doing better.

Business ǀ Science

Despite warnings, more guns are showing up at US airports

TSA agents at Logan International Airport. Six incidents of passengers with guns were reported in 2013.

By Taryn Luna

Eighty-four percent of the guns found last year in passengers’ carry-on bags were loaded.

Newton startup using cardboard boxes to insulate homes

Mark Brandstein (left), CEO of UltraCell,  says his company can take advantage of the growing number of boxes being shipped to people who order goods online — and then throw out the packaging.

By Jay Fitzgerald

As the supply of discarded newsprint falls, UltraCell is turning to cardboard as a source of cellulose for home insulation.

‘Onerous’ terms prolong standoff, Arthur T. says

Arthur T. Demoulas.

By Casey Ross

Arthur T. Demoulas said he has not lowered the amount of his initial bid to buy family members’ Market Basket shares.

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Amazon engages in war of words

By David Streitfeld

China’s enforcement of antitrust rules alarms foreign firms

By Neil Gough, Chris Buckley and Nick Wingfield

Obituaries

Menahem Golan, at 85; prolific producer of action films

By Aron Heller

Mr. Golan built an empire on the back of brawny men beating others senseless across a host of 1980s action films.

Peter Hall, at 82; urban planner who devised the enterprise zone

By William Yardley

Mr. Hall was widely credited with developing the concept of enterprise zones to spur growth by reducing taxes and regulations in blighted urban areas.

Idris Muhammad, at 74; master of rhythms across genres

Drummer Idris Muhammad

By Nate Chinen

Mr. Muhammad’s deep groove propelled both a broad career in jazz and an array of hits spanning rhythm and blues, funk and soul.

Sports

Bob Hohler

Conflicts arise in sports-related concussions fight

Chris Nowinski (left) acknowledges that much remains to be discovered about sports concussions. He has testified before Congress on issues concerning the brain.

By Bob Hohler

A nonprofit institute raising awareness on concussions is also raising revenue with its endorsement of products.

Red Sox 3, Angels 1

Yoenis Cespedes lifts Red Sox over Angels

Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the eighth, lifting the Red Sox over the Angels Sunday in Anaheim.

By Peter Abraham

A three-run homer from Cespedes gave the Red Sox a win over the Angels on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy claims PGA Championship in classic form

Rory McIlroy admires the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory Sunday.

By Michael Whitmer

McIlroy emerged from a scrum of big names for his third straight win in one of the most exciting majors in recent memory.

G: Health

Using meetup apps to promote safer sex

Tinder is an app that aims to make it easy to meet new people by using geo-location to connect users who live in the same area. Users swipe through pictures and profiles and “like” people they find interesting. If the “like” is reciprocated, the two people can choose to meet up.

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

With ‘hookup apps’ gaining popularity, public health agencies hope to use mobile sites to target hard-to-reach groups.

An app for sharing STI status

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By Yasmeen Abutaleb

Healthvana, an iPhone app, helps users find nearby testing locations for sexually transmitted infections.

Q&A | Dan Cohen

He brings music and harmony to nursing homes

“I was driven by the reaction, how people lit up,” says Dan Cohen of his efforts to give nursing home residents iPods containing their favorite songs.

By Karen Weintraub

When Dan Cohen gave residents access to music of their choice, he saw that many of them completely transformed.

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Health Answers

Should I consider LASIK eye surgery?

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

Stage Review

In Williamstown, ‘Old Man’ is all aglow

By Don Aucoin

Album review | ROCK

Sinéad O’Connor, ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’

By Sarah Rodman

Album review | ROCK

The Gaslight Anthem, ‘Get Hurt’

By Ken Capobianco

Album review | ROCKABILLY

Brian Setzer, ‘Rockabilly Riot!: All Original’

By Steve Morse

Album review | HIP-HOP

The Underachievers, ‘Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium’

By Martín Caballero

Album review | COUNTRY

Various Artists, ‘Country Funk II: 1967-1974’

By James Reed

Music Review

John Legend brings chops and charm

By Maura K. Johnston

Book Review

‘Dear Daughter’ by Elizabeth Little

By Daneet Steffens

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Names

Report: Globe Spotlight movie gets a cast

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jason Momoa and John Barrowman at Boston Comic Con

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Mark Wahlberg hits the water for ‘Ted 2’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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David Gregory and ABBA tribute band join Boston Pops on Nantucket

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Amy Schumer has been on Martha’s Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein