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Boston to boost scrutiny of school workers’ records

Boston Public Schools, in a push to beef up background checks on employees, will fingerprint its staff and scour court documents.

Fire filled the sky over Damascus early Sunday in this video, which has been authenticated by Associated Press.

Blasts jolt Syria; blame put on Israel

Four huge explosions just west of Damascus shook the ground, creating fiery mushroom-shaped clouds and brightening the night sky.

Ernest Hemingway’s US passport from 1945.

With Cuban help, Kennedy library gets Hemingway trove

Ernest Hemingway’s life in the island nation, much of it obscured during years of US-Cuba distrust, is being illuminated through previously unavailable documents.

Pierreline Romain of Dorchester struck a celebratory pose in Arsenal Park in Watertown Sunday during Project Bread’s 20-mile Walk for Hunger.


Walk for Hunger raises $3.1m, but falls short of goal

Despite slightly chilly weather, about 35,000 people began the 20-mile 45th annual Walk for Hunger Sunday to benefit Project Bread, an anti-hunger nonprofit. Final fundraising numbers were not yet available Sunday morning, but the walkers were expected to raise about $3 million. The walk is one of the first large public events in Boston since the Boston Marathon. There will be a bigger police presence, and organizers asked walkers not to carry large bags, Parker said.

Cambridge won’t bury Marathon bombing suspect

Cambridge officials on Sunday said they would not allow the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried in the city’s cemetery, the latest chapter in a complicated saga to determine who is responsible for burying the body of the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

Rebecca Murphy, a social worker, helped Marathon bombing victims and their families.

After bombings, hospitals turn to healing their own

In the weeks since the attack, caregivers have reported persistent anxiety, sleeplessness, or trouble shaking images of the bombings’ aftermath.

The Nation

Obama urges graduates not to fear government

“Yours has become a generation possessed with that most American of ideas — that people who love their country can change it for the better,” President Obama said.

By Jackie Calmes

The president told Ohio State University graduates to ignore antigovernment movements that “gum up the works.”

5 women die in Calif. limousine fire

Calif. firefighters investigated the charred remains of a limousine on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday.

A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities said.

Walter Reed acknowledges mix-up

By Mike DeBonis

The hospital complex is examining how it provided a Virginia woman with a potentially deadly heart stimulant instead of her Vitamin B12 injection.

The World

Law bars Khadafy-era leaders from government

Supporters heralded a law barring those in top jobs in the old Khadafy regime from taking high posts for 10 years.

By Esam Mohamed

Supporters heralded a law barring those in top jobs in the old Khadafy regime from taking high posts for 10 years.

N. Korea vows no deals on US citizen

By Choe Sang-Hun

North Korea said Sunday it would not use an imprisoned US citizen as a political bargaining chip.

UK legislator denies assault charges

A senior politician arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault said Sunday the allegations against him are “completely false.”

Editorial & Opinion


Killing without a script

By Juliette Kayyem

Careless, spontaneous, immature, attackers like the Marathon bombing suspects are the most difficult to identify, precisely because of their lack of sophistication.


It’s your turn

A live-streaming video frame grab from last month shows detainees’ cells at Guantanamo Bay — some cells are empty, while other frames show detainees pacing or sleeping.

By James Carroll

If Americans want this spectacle to end — if they want to tell Congress and President Obama that Guantanamo must be shut down — now is the time for them to make their voices heard.


Law abider’s guide to self-promotion

Mark Peter Hughes and his family sat in their van in Wayland in 2007.

By Jennifer Graham

If you promote yourself or your business on a personal car, get thee a commercial plate, and quickly, as the nation’s Fun Police won’t hold off forever.


Marathon bombing response spurs questions

Boston Police investigators arrived at the scene of a triple shooting in Dorchester in late April.

By Meghan E. Irons

Some minority residents in Boston are wondering why they have not seen a surge of response in their own crime-stricken communities.

Gabrielle Giffords honored by JFK Library

Gabrielle Giffords, who left Congress to focus on her recovery after being shot in the head, was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday in Boston by Caroline Kennedy

By Matt Rocheleau

The former congresswoman received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for crusading for gun control after surviving a 2011 shooting rampage.

State Senate bid daunting for GOP

By Wesley Lowery

Joseph Ureneck, the Republican candidate in the special election for the First Suffolk seat, acknowledges he may be unlikely to break the Democratic stranglehold.

Business ǀ Science

Northeastern team puts patients first in health tech

Dr. Johanna Lantz discussed her observations with an associate, Matt Northrup.

By Karen Weintraub

Students and faculty are developing devices and apps to monitor patients and give feedback that can improve the delivery of care.

Mass Innovation Nights celebrates 50th event

Some products highlighted at Mass Innovation Nights: (Top, from left) Leveraged Freedom Chair wheelchair; The Whoopie; HydroView Sport remote underwater camera. (Bottom) Zipboard retractable whiteboard; Beth Loop Scarf; LINK-Mount wireless audio speaker mounting system.

By Michael B. Farrell

The roving monthly meet-up has been bringing together the most unlikely collections of people, united by the fact that a product is being launched.

Innovation Economy

A few start-ups worth keeping on the radar

By Scott Kirsner

Last Monday, 15 start-up teams made pitches to a roomful of Massachusetts angel investors at the Cambridge Innovation Center.


Anita Claeboe, 90; reached tennis milestone late in life

Mrs. Claeboe was the top US female in the 90-to-94 age bracket in 2012.

By Lauren Dezenski

Mrs. Claeboe was the top US female in the 90-to-94 age bracket in 2012.

Otis Bowen, 95; promoted safe sex as head of Health and Human Services

Dr. Bowen with a copy of his autobiography, which describes his life of public service.

By Tom Davies

Dr. Bowen overhauled Indiana’s tax system as governor before helping promote safe sex practices in the early years of AIDS as the top federal health official under President Reagan.

Frederic Franklin, at 98; dancer helped bring ballet to the mainstream in US

Frederic Franklin (top) is shown performing with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1939.

By Jack Anderson

Mr. Franklin was a charismatic ballet master known for his stylistic versatility and inexhaustible energy, performing into his 90s.


Rangers 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox swept by the Rangers

Elvis Andrus is flying high after crossing the plate with the winning run on an Adrian Beltre single in the ninth.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox faced a test over the weekend with three games against the Texas Rangers and failed.

On basketball

Why my MVP vote went to Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

By Gary Washburn

Gary Washburn said this is not an anti-LeBron James conspiracy. He simply thought Anthony deserved the award after the Knicks’ turnaround.

Christopher L. Gasper

Sports world is still far too homophobic

By Christopher L. Gasper

Jason Collins’s coming out was a sign of progress, but the male sports world still has lots of catching up to do to shed its insular macho culture.

G: Health

Health and wellness

Caregivers taking on more complex medical tasks

By Kay Lazar

Legions of baby boomers are caring for aging parents and shouldering more complicated nursing tasks.

Q & A

Expanding her sense of the autistic brain

“Everybody with autism has some degree of sensory problems,” says author Temple Grandin, “but they’re variable, from minor nuisance to being very debilitating.”

By Karen Weintraub

Last week, professor Temple Grandin published her seventh autism book, “The Autistic Brain.”

Daily Dose

Avoiding injuries on amusement park rides

By Deborah Kotz

It’s impossible to avoid all risk from amusement park rides, but parents can take certain precautions.

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Bearing witness to post-traumatic strength

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Health Answers

When should you see a specialist for your allergies?

By Karen Weintraub

Television Review

Cher’s love letter to her mother

By Matthew Gilbert

Music Review

Secret Society redefines ‘big band’

By Jon Garelick

Music Review

Springtime in Europe, from an inspired pairing

By Jeffrey Gantz

Album Review | COUNTRY

Lady Antebellum’s ‘Golden’ shines with darker tone

By Sarah Rodman

Album Review | POP

She & Him, ‘Volume 3’

By James Reed

Album Review | INDIE-ROCK

Deerhunter, ‘Monomania’

By Franklin Soults

Album Review | POP

Fitz and the Tantrums, ‘More Than Just a Dream’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | Dance-pop

Little Boots, ‘Nocturnes’

By Andrew Doerfler


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Kentucky Derby weekend, here and there...

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Office’ party in Scranton over the weekend

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein