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KEVIN CULLEN

The Texas victims were praying before the slaughter. Prayers won’t fix this

Mourners pray in a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Monday in Sutherland Springs, Tex.

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The setting, a small church in a dusty rural town, was shocking. The fact that it happened at all isn’t.

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The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church was committed to a mental health facility in 2012, and had made death threats against superior officers.

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The group endorsed Trump, a strong backer in recent years, but legislative wins remain elusive.

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BOB HOHLER

Alex Cora’s hiring a groundbreaking moment for Red Sox

Cora becomes the first minority manager in the 117 years of a team still burdened by its racial history.

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Mass. House leaders look to scale back Senate crime bill

A pared-down version of the criminal justice overhaul would nonetheless allow for expunging certain juvenile and criminal records.

The Nation

Despite Trump’s backing, the NRA treads water on Capitol Hill

President Trump spoke in April at the NRA Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Trump told attendees: “You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you. You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”

By Annie Linskey and Evan Horowitz

The group endorsed Trump, a strong backer in recent years, but legislative wins remain elusive.

Texas gunman had been committed to mental health center

Law enforcement officials continued to investigate the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex. on Tuesday.

By Jim Vertuno, Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church was committed to a mental health facility in 2012, and had made death threats against superior officers.

KEVIN CULLEN

The Texas victims were praying before the slaughter. Prayers won’t fix this

Mourners pray in a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Monday in Sutherland Springs, Tex.

By Kevin Cullen

The setting, a small church in a dusty rural town, was shocking. The fact that it happened at all isn’t.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial

Make it stop: What we can do now about guns

By the Editorial Board

Common-sense state-by-state reforms can save lives.

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

In lifting Democrats, Chris Murphy urges focus on themes, not litmus tests

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), at podium, with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), anti-gun activists, gun violence prevention activists, and New Haven Police officials, call for Congress to act on laws to prevent gun violence during a press conference Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in New Haven, Conn. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP)

By Richard North Patterson

No single issue should automatically define what it means to be a Democrat.

Letters

Weary of gun violence, and of our leaders’ reaction to it

FBI agents search for clues at the entrance to the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 6, 2017. A gunman wearing all black armed with an assault rifle opened fire on a small-town Texas church during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the last mass shooting to shock the United States. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, readers are tired of the usual reactions from elected leaders.

Metro

‘The Mooch’ is on a Tufts board, and some people aren’t happy about that

Anthony Scaramucci, who served as President Trump’s communications director for less than two weeks, is on the Fletcher School advisory board.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Students, professors, and alumni want Anthony Scaramucci removed from the advisory board for the Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Mass. House leaders look to scale back Senate crime bill

By Jim O’Sullivan

A pared-down version of the criminal justice overhaul would nonetheless allow for expunging certain juvenile and criminal records.

A primer on the rifle reportedly used in Texas shooting

By Roy Greene

AR-15-style weapons have become ubiquitous in movies, video games, television shows, and toy stores.

Business & Tech

After a tax crackdown, Apple found a new shelter for its profits

The offices of Appleby, an offshore law firm, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Appleby is a 119-year old company that has helped obscure the wealth of multinational companies and the superrich.

By Jesse Drucker and Simon Bowers

The previously undisclosed story is among the revelations emerging from a cache of secret corporate records.

Boston’s next hot neighborhood could rise from a patch of concrete ringed by highways

Widett Circle offers proximity to downtown Boston and flexible zoning.

By Tim Logan

New Boston Food Market will put nearly 20 acres up for sale, kicking off what many expect to be a fierce bidding war.

4 months after strike, contract deal still eludes nurses, Tufts

Tufts Medical Center’s 1,200 unionized nurses seek better wages, retirement benefits, and staffing levels.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Liz Kowalczyk

The union objected to recent comments from the hospital’s CEO about the relationship between nurse staffing levels and quality of care.

Obituaries

Robert Nelson West, 88; led Unitarians through challenging times

Rev. West served as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s president from 1969-1977.

By Bryan Marquard

Unitarian Universalist Association officials credited the Rev. West, who served as president from 1969-1977, with ensuring that the UUA dodged bankruptcy.

Jane Juska, 84, memoirist of later-life encounters

Jane Juska’s widely read 2003 memoir, ‘‘A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance,’’ detailed her late-life trysts.

By Emily Langer

Ms. Juska wrote ‘‘A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance.’’

Sports

Celtics 110, Hawks 107

The signs pointed toward a big game for Kyrie Irving, and he delivered

Kyrie Irving drew a foul from Marco Belinelli n Atlanta, GA., on Monday.

By Adam Himmelsbach

The guard bounced back from an off night to lead all scorers with 35 points and help the Celtics to their ninth straight win.

BRUINS 5, WILD 3

It wasn’t stars on ice, but Bruins rise to the challenge

Boston, MA: 11-6-17: The Bruins Matt Beleskey (39) and Minnesota's Luke Kunin (19) are pictured during a first period brawl. The Boston Bruins hosted the Minnesota Wild in a regular season NHL hockey game at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Fluto Shinzawa

Despite not having several top players and two blunders by David Pastrnak, the Bruins posted an impressive victory.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

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By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox’ lineup core isn’t that far off talent-wise from the Astros’, but one big difference last season was power.

Tuesday Stories

Names

Steven Tyler returns to the stage after mystery health issue

Steven Tyler and Aimee Preston at the David Foster Foundation gala last month.

By Mark Shanahan

The Aerosmith singer performed at a benefit in San Antonio over the weekend.

Names

Sir Elton John gets Harvard Foundation humanitarian award

Elton John spoke to an audience of Harvard students, staff, and superfans at Sanders Theatre Monday.

By Mark Shanahan

The music legend was honored for his activism on behalf of millions of people affected by the AIDS epidemic.

Music Review

Janet Jackson showcases artistic depth, towering stage presence at TD Garden

Janet Jackson (pictured during a State of the World show in Houston) brought her tour to TD Garden Sunday.

By Maura Johnston

The concert was also a reminder that the hopes for a better world that powered tracks like “Rhythm Nation” and “New Agenda” remain relevant years after their original release.

More Stories

Love Letters

‘For three years, I’ve yearned for more’

By Meredith Goldstein

TV Critic’s Corner

Uma Thurman will talk when she’s ready

By Matthew Gilbert