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15 remain in the race for mayor of Boston

Only 15 of the original two dozen hopefuls announced they had gathered the 3,000 nominating signatures necessary to win a spot on the ballot.

15 schools join online classroom initiative

Berklee College of Music and BU are among the new participants in edX, a not-for-profit initiative that offers online classes at no charge.

Marina Keegan of Wayland had accepted a job at The New Yorker before she died.

Wellfleet Theater to stage young crash victim’s play

Marina Keegan’s play “Utility Monster” premieres on Thursday, with a back story that could overshadow the work itself.

A subject was questioned in Roxbury during the wide police sweep on Tuesday.

GEORGE RIZER FOR THE GLOBE

58 arrested in drug raids aimed at stemming violence

The shooting of a 13-year-old in January galvanized a four-month sting operation in Boston that culminated on Tuesday.

Revenue has dropped at the Museum Square Garage, run by the City of Lawrence. Its manager, Justo Garcia, an ally of Mayor William Lantigua, is a focus of an FBI investigation.

Mayoral ally draws scrutiny in Lawrence

Revenue has dropped at a city-owned parking garage run by manager Justo Garcia, an ally of Mayor William Lantigua who is now the focus of an FBI investigation.

The Nation

Amid Okla. tornado’s destruction, some good news

An aerial view showed a flattened neighborhood in Moore, Okla., destroyed by Monday’s massive tornado.

By Melissa Bell and Joel Achenbach

Survivors took stock of the damage following Monday’s massive tornado, while the death toll was revised downward to 24, including nine children.

Suspected abductor of girls found dead

By Barbara Rodriguez

A massive search was underway for a 15-year-old girl abducted from an Iowa bus stop, after authorities said a man who is suspected of taking her and another girl committed suicide.

Police defend officer who shot N.Y. college student

Hofstra student Andrea Rebello was accidentally killed by a police officer firing at a hostage taker.

The president of a New York police union said the only person responsible for the woman’s death was the gunman who held her hostage.

The World

Reports conflict on Afghan battle in Helmand

By Matthew Rosenberg and Taimoor Shah

The Afghan government claimed a major victory in two days of fighting with the Taliban, although at least six police officers were killed.

New rice contamination reported in China

Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country’s largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.

Racing pigeon is sold for $400,000

By Raf Casert

A lightning-fast pigeon called Bolt became the world’s most expensive racing bird when his Belgian breeder sold it for $400,000 to a Chinese businessman.

Editorial & Opinion

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Academic freedom?

By Jeff Jacoby

Academic freedom is lacking at Harvard, where the right not to be offended fuels protest.

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Obamas’ message not just for black students

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The message by President and Michelle Obama to college graduates is for everyone: Success begins at home, and that means helping to create and be a part of strong families.

SCOT LEHIGH

Gomez’s goal — sensible centrism

By Scot Lehigh

If Gabriel Gomez is to win the upcoming US Senate election, his path to victory is by being a bipartisan moderate.

Metro

Charter schools in Boston score higher on key tests

By James Vaznis

Charter schools in the city show strong performances on standardized tests but fall short on four-year graduation rates, researchers found.

New Hampshire celebrates 100 years of primaries

From left, House Speaker Terie Norelli, Governor Maggie Hassan, and David Berry cut the birthday cake Tuesday in Concord, N.H.

By Eric Moskowitz

New Hampshire’s status as the first presidential primary in the nation has given the state a unique place on the political landscape.

Edward J. Markey hits back at Gabriel E. Gomez attacks

Rep. Edward Markey was responding to Gabriel Gomez’s criticism Monday of votes against two resolutions honoring the 9/11 victims.

By Joshua Miller and Michael Levenson

Rep. Markey defended his legislative response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in an attempt to take control of the Senate campaign storyline.

More Stories

15 remain in the race for mayor of Boston

By Andrew Ryan and Wesley Lowery

15 schools join online classroom initiative

By Marcella Bombardieri and Katherine Landergan

WATERTOWN

Police set forum on Marathon bombings

By Jaclyn Reiss

TAUNTON

Southern Massachusetts hit by strong storm, hail

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

BOSTON

Two shot near Bowdoin Street in Dorchester

By Travis Andersen

Entrepreneur gives $125m to Harvard

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Business

Senate panel grills Apple CEO on tax tactics

‘‘We pay all the taxes we owe — every single dollar,’’ Apple CEO Timothy Cook said. ‘‘We don’t depend on tax gimmicks.’’

By Marcy Gordon and Peter Svensson

The Senate questioned chief executive Timothy Cook over allegations that Apple’s Irish subsidiaries help the company avoid billions in US taxes.

Taza Chocolate focuses on quality amid growth

Ginger dark chocolate is packed at the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville. A machine will speed packing to free workers for other jobs.

By Erin Ailworth

The Somerville company has grown from two guys selling chocolate bars from the back of their bicycles to a 60-employee manufacturing operation.

Mortgage aid in Massachusetts at $610 million

By Jenifer B. McKim

Thousands of homeowners have received mortgage assistance from major US lenders as part of a national settlement with a multistate group of attorneys general.

Obituaries

Barbara Benfield, 81, MIT researcher, teacher

Barbara Benfield was a molecular biology researcher at several universities.

By Alli Knothe

Mrs. Benfield was a molecular biology researcher at several universities.

William Fine, 86; publisher had key role in Irish truce

In addition to serving as publisher and adviser to the State Department, William Fine was president of Bonwit Teller.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Fine was a former magazine publisher and retailer whose work in the State Department helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Mack Emerman, 89; his studio defined ’70s sound

Mack Emerman honed the sound of Eric Clapton, James Brown, and the Allman Brothers.

By Curt Anderson

Mr. Emerman honed the sound of Eric Clapton, James Brown, and the Allman Brothers.

Sports

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Bruins stop Rangers again, grab 3-0 series lead

Johnny Boychuk (55) was surrounded by teammates after his game-tying goal in the third period.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins scored twice in the third for a come-from-behind win on the road and now sit one win from the East finals.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bruins look like they can’t be stopped

Dougie Hamilton (left) and Shawn Thornton rush in to celebrate with Daniel Paille after his game-winning goal in the third period.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Don’t let Tuesday night’s one-goal advantage fool you. The Bruins dominated the Rangers again, and are on the threshold of the East finals.

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Red Sox lose to White Sox again

David Ortiz broke up a no-hit bid in the seventh, but hit into a double play in the eighth.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox wasted a strong effort from Felix Doubront, as their offense again failed to deliver in the second straight loss.

G: Food

Boston restaurateurs dish about rude customers

By Beth Teitell

Diners are feeling more entitled than ever, and aren’t afraid to voice their displeasure. What’s a restaurant to do?

Being reasonable: Five rules for diners

Things can get tense at a restaurant when expectations aren’t met. But diners should remember these five simple rules.

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In Fort Point, roasts and revelry at the uneven Tavern Road

Roasted half guinea hen at Tavern Road.

By Devra First

The restaurant’s energy can lead to good food, but the elements that promise to make a dish interesting are often too sparse.

More Stories

Burgers for the grill. Hold the beef.

By Andrea Pyenson, Andy Husbands and Chris Hart

Cheap Eats

New look, menu win fans at Cheng Du

By Ellen Bhang

Seasonal Recipe

Recipe for chicken Milanese

Sunday Supper & More

Grilled salmon one day becomes salmon burgers the next

By Tony Rosenfeld

COOKBOOK REVIEW

Another volume from the queen of vegetables

By T. Susan Chang

Movie Review

When Liz met Dick: ‘Cleopatra’ at 50

By Mark Feeney

A TANK AWAY

Exeter, N.H., is a fine place to declare your independence

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

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NFL owners meeting in Boston nothing special

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Matt Damon out hyping HBO’s ‘Candelabra’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ellen Goodman helps celebrate women in health care

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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First lady Diane Patrick among MCLA honorees

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Geena Davis visits Brighton school

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Short trailer released for HBO’s ‘Clear History’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Iron Mountain hangs out at Billboard Music Awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein