The initial offers from the GOP and President Obama
Andrew Dreyfus: The last health care reform optimist
As CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dreyfus is convinced medical costs can be reined in.
Escape to Cape Ann
For a day trip, a weekend, or longer, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea have loads to offer, minus the travel hassles.
‘Will’ leaves Shakespeare’s Anne in a haze
Anne Hathaway gets to speak her piece in “Shakespeare’s Will,’’ now at Shakespeare & Company. If only she had more interesting things to say.
A Magna moment at the MFA
One of the earliest copies of the Magna Carta is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts until Sept. 1.
Boston animal shelter found in crisis
Mark Giannangelo, the acting director of animal control, has been suspended with pay while the city investigates.
Fire victims were fixture on their Lowell block
LOWELL — On Branch Street in Lowell, Torn Sak was a fixture, the guy whose daily routine was so well known that neighbors can tell you what time he dropped his partner off at work and when he picked up his children from school.
Rescuers made a quick plunge into ever-growing danger
It is the credo of people who run into burning buildings to help strangers: You save who you can, and you pray for those you can’t.
Cancer cells may guide treatment
A Boston-based team published proof Thursday that one of the most alluring ideas in cancer treatment can work.
Four adults, three children killed in Lowell fire
The powerful fire reportedly led some people to jump from windows to safety.
Horrified Lowell residents had little time and few options
In two minutes, police were shouting over the radio for reinforcements as flames engulfed an apartment building and left seven people dead.
Community holds vigil to remember Lowell fire victims
More than 300 people participated in a traditional Cambodian Buddhist mourning ritual.
Art exhibits, documentary put De Niro’s father in the spotlight
With an HBO documentary and exhibitions in Provincetown and New York, Robert De Niro hopes his late father, a painter, will finally get his artistic due.
‘Married at First Sight’ and the power of marriage
The reality TV show is another sign of how much our culture still values the institution of marriage.
Tensions high over Partners settlement and CEO Gary Gottlieb is trying not to take it personally
The scalpels are out for Partners Healthcare as it tries to get even bigger, but Gary Gottlieb is not taking it personally.
Market Basket developments, openings delayed
Several Market Basket store developments, in various stages of completion, have been delayed in Massachusetts, with the setbacks in at least two communities attributed to the long-running feud within the Demoulas family, which owns the Tewksbury-based grocery chain.
In Lynn, a spokesman for developer Charles Patsios has said Patsios’s plans to build a Market Basket on Federal Street have stalled because of the Demoulas dispute. In Revere, a new supermarket at the Northgate Shopping Plaza on Squire Road was completed a year ago, but it has yet to open its doors to customers.
“The long-standing dispute and in-fighting has no doubt delayed the opening,” Mayor Daniel Rizzo said in a statement.
Two sides of the Demoulas family have fought for control of Market Basket’s parent company, Demoulas Super Markets Inc., for more than 20 years. The imbroglio led to the ouster last month of Market Basket head Arthur T. Demoulas and other top executives by Demoulas’s rival and cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Gaza Deaths Spike in 3rd Day of Israeli Air Assaults, While Rockets Hit Israel
JERUSALEM — Palestinian deaths from Israel’s aerial attacks in Gaza rose sharply Thursday, while militants there fired more than 180 rockets into Israel, reaching new targets spread across a vast area of the country.
Walsh to boycott arbitration with Wynn, leaving question in gambling commission’s hands
Mayor Martin J. Walsh will boycott arbitration hearings intended to decide how much compensation a Wynn Resorts casino in Everett would pay to Boston, leaving state gambling regulators in charge of determining how big a payment, if any, the city deserves.
Boston hotels learning foreign cultures as new nonstop flights bring overseas tourists
Boston is experiencing a boom in tourists from the far corners of the world, as new direct flights from Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing join other non-stops from Panama City and Tokyo into Logan International Airport. And the city’s hotels are responding by immersing themselves in the cultures of their new guests, aiming to make them comfortable through attention to detail.
The 2016 primary circus is coming to New Hampshire
A cluster of possible 2016 hopefuls is making the trek to New Hampshire in what some say is the most wide-open GOP field in memory.
Data shows Sarepta’s muscular dystrophy drug is effective
The Cambridge biotech will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration later this year for the treatment.