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Boston’s Mayor Menino makes 5th term his last

Menino left Faneuil Hall form a side door after announcing his decision not to run.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his wife, Angela, received a standing ovation as they took the podium at Faneuil Hall Thursday to announce his decision.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s decision ended the reign of a former insurance salesman who became one of the most powerful figures in Boston history.

Who will be Boston’s next mayor?

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s dramatic exit Thursday after 20 years atop the city’s political ­hierarchy almost immediately stirred long-stymied ambitions, touching off what could be an unpredictable free-for-all among mayoral hopefuls.

Thomas M. Menino worked on safety initiatives in Boston parks.

Menino’s legacy

Boston’s urban mechanic mayor moves on

Mayor Menino used his power to orchestrate every last detail of the city — from the top of a tower in the Back Bay to a rattling pothole in Roslindale.

Gary Irvingo was convicted of rape in Massachusetts ando had been on the run for 34 years.

Maine man arrested as rapist who fled Mass.

After fleeing Mass. in 1979, Gary Alan Irving, 52, had started a new life under a fake name with a wife, two kids, and a granddaughter.

The Nation

Conn. shooter had huge cache of weapons

President Obama joined families of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to urge lawmakers to not get “squishy’’ in the face of opposition to gun control.

By N.R. Kleinfield, Ray Rivera and Serge F. Kovaleski

When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition — taking only four guns.

US targets smoking in new campaign

Terrie Hall, who was in the last campaign, is again featured in the new ads.

By Mike Stobbe

The second round of a graphic ad campaign cost $48 million and includes TV, radio, and online spots as well as print ads and billboards.

political notebook

Obama invokes Newtown in pushing for new gun laws

Frustrated by deep political resistance to new gun laws, President Obama tried to regain momentum in his drive to pass legislation next month.

The World

US bombers fly long-range mission over South Korea

By Thom Shanker and Choe Sang-Hun

The US military sent two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a practice bombing sortie over South Korea, amid rising tensions with North Korea.

Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates at a juvenile detention facility in Rome, including some who were Orthodox and Muslim detainees.

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop.

At least 12 students killed in Damascus mortar attack

Smoke rose from buildings allegedly shelled in Damascus on Thursday.

By Anne Barnard

Mortar shells hit a university outdoor cafe in the heart of the Syrian capital, killing at least 12 students in an attack that the government attributed to insurgents.

Editorial & Opinion


Lessons from an era

By Scot Lehigh

In the era ahead, the trick for Boston — for its mayoral candidates and its voters — will be to learn from the entire Thomas M. Menino experience.

Nicholas Burns

Mr. Xi goes to Moscow

Russia was Xi Jinping’s first foreign destination as China’s president.

By Nicholas Burns

Is the balance among the three great powers changing once more with the Chinese and Russians teaming up to hem in the United States?


Next mayor would do well to follow Menino’s path

Children clamored to greet Thomas Menino in December.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s sixth sense for the political middle ground didn’t just preserve his own standing; it helped to unite the communities of Boston.

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Bostonians reflect on Menino’s tenure

“He supports new businesses, and construction has gone up,” said Kim LaDue. “It’s allowed more people to live in the city more comfortably.”

By Brian MacQuarrie

From Mattapan to East Boston, Bostonians credited their five-term mayor with fixing more than potholes over the past 20 years.

Kevin Cullen

A case of love

By Kevin Cullen

Tony Lewis’s tributes have rightfully focused on his sterling journalism career, but his greatness was measured by how much he loved his wife.

Suffolk Downs investor Vornado pulls out

By Mark Arsenault

Vornado Realty Trust is divesting its share in the track because executives are not willing to undergo intensive background checks.

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Menino’s legacy

Boston’s urban mechanic mayor moves on

By Michael Levenson

Maine man arrested as rapist who fled Mass.

By Evan Allen and John R. Ellement

Diverse Legacy

Blacks appreciate Menino, yearn for more

By Meghan E. Irons

city hall reaction

Aides reminisce on the past, let emotions flow

By Stephanie Ebbert

Menino’s legacy

Menino long championed public health

By Kay Lazar


Menino pushed to be the ‘education mayor’

By James Vaznis

Kevin Cullen

Menino a Boston guy through and through

By Kevin Cullen

A Grateful Beneficiary

News sends an old friend reeling, but he understands

By Sarah Schweitzer


Mayor Menino’s exit stirs uncertainty among business leaders

Mayor Thomas M. Menino ushered in an era of building in 1997 with a plan for the South Boston Waterfront.

By Casey Ross

In a city where everyone in the business community knew where they stood, no one is quite sure what happens next.

S&P 500 closes at a record high

By Nathaniel Popper

Standard & Poor’s 500 stock market marched past another milepost, beating the high set in October 2007.

Cyprus banks open after 2 weeks

People lined up outside a branch of the COOP Bank in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday.

By Liz Alderman

Banks opened, but withdrawals were limited as were transfers of funds from Cyprus to other countries.


Stephen Twombly, 59, publisher and composer

Stephen Twombly had been the publisher of Boston Globe Media’s Design New England since 2006.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Twombly had been the publisher of Boston Globe Media’s Design New England since 2006.

Hjalmar Andersen; skater won Olympic gold medals

Hjalmar Andersen of Norway competed at Oslo in 1952.

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Andersen, 90, was a Norwegian speedskater who broke world records in the early 1950s and won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Gordon Stoker, singer in group backing Elvis

Gordon Stoker (left) and Hoyt Hawkins backed Elvis on his early recording in the 1950s.

Mr. Stoker, 88, was a member of The Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley.


On Hockey

Jarome Iginla made the right call

Jarome Iginla chose the Penguins over a potential trade to the Bruins.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Bruins fans don’t want to hear it, but the Penguins are the better team this year, and should win it all. That’s why Iginla chose them.

Jackie Bradley Jr. seems set to make Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. made his case by hitting .444 with 12 RBIs in 71 plate appearances this spring.

By Peter Abraham

The team hasn’t yet made it official, but Bradley seems poised to earn a spot on the roster after his very productive spring.

Syracuse 61, Indiana 50

Syracuse, Carter-Williams beat Indiana

Michael Carter-Williams weaved together a career-high 24 points in Syracuse’s 61-50 win, hitting 9 of 19 shots and knocking down three 3-pointers.

By Julian Benbow

Michael Carter-Williams of Hamilton, Mass., scored a career-high 24 points in Syracuse’s upset win over top-seeded Indiana.

G: Arts & Movies

Art Review

At the MFA, looking at Gauguin next to Cezanne

Paul Cezanne’s “The Large Bathers” (1906), on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

By Sebastian Smee

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has lent the MFA Cezanne’s “The Large Bathers,” pictured, which now hangs beside Gauguin’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”

Movie Review

A sharp look at the ‘Reality’ of modern fame

Aniello Arena plays a Neapolitan fishmonger hoping to become a reality TV star and Loredana Simioli is his wife in director Matteo Garrone’s film.

By Ty Burr

A Neapolitan fishmonger (Aniello Arena) has a chance to appear on a reality show, and it’s the worst thing that could have happened to him.

Movie Review

In ‘The Sapphires,’ Aussie girl group gets by on oldies but goodies

Chris O’Dowd is a band manager and Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Jessica Mauboy, and Miranda Tapsell are an Aborigine singing group in “The Sapphires.”

By Ty Burr

A formulaic but extra-likable Australian charmer about an Aborigine sister act singing soul music to US troops in 1968 Vietnam.

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Television Review

‘Orphan Black’: Down the rabbit hole

By Matthew Gilbert

Television Review

Fantasy gets real on ‘Game of Thrones’

By Matthew Gilbert

Book Review

‘Tiger Writing’ by Gish Jen

By Kate Tuttle

Classical Notes

Cantata Singers announce 50th anniversary season

By David Weininger

Scene & heard

Giving kids the blues in Worcester

By Scott McLennan

Noisy Neighbors

James Montgomery, ‘From Detroit to the Delta’

By Scott McLennan

High Five

Thompson Square

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Headz Up @ Naga

By Katy Rushlau


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column


Arya Stark at local ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


KISS Concert lineup announced

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Local artist’s eye candy on ‘Girls’?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Chris Cooper exits ‘Klondike’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Suzan-Lori Parks is Emerson’s Waldman Chair

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Hunger Games’ actor’s girlfriend leaving Boston?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Actor James Morrison tours the Carroll Center for the Blind

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Shake Shack celebrates opening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein