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All sides pressing John Kerry on pipeline

The secretary of state is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his career: whether to approve the Keystone pipeline.

Laura Martinelli was accepted by the college of her choice, Emerson, but can’t attend because she didn’t receive a scholarship.

Amid limited budgets, colleges grapple with merit-based aid

Critics say a shift by colleges to offer more merit scholarships to attract top students is leaving financially strapped students on their own.

A free spirit who took to competition, Chelone Miller carved a path that had him bound for glory.

Dream dies with Bode Miller’s brother, Chelone

Chelone Miller, 29, was trying to channel his daring nature and spirit into an Olympic berth with his brother next year before his unexpected death in April.

Representative Rick Nolan, a Minnesota Democrat, greeted students from his district on Capitol Hill in April.


May 28

Lawmaker finds new realities in return to Congress

WASHINGTON — Rick Nolan left Congress in 1981 and went back to farming. But in 2012 he returned to politics and now he’s back in the House, after the longest gap between two terms in congressional history.

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Daniel F. Conley, who has been Suffolk district attorney for a decade, began his bid for mayor of Boston with $868,000 in his campaign war chest.

Lawyers help fill Daniel Conley’s war chest

Conley, who has been Suffolk district attorney for a decade, began his campaign for mayor with three times more money than any other candidate.

The Nation

Gay marriage momentum could affect top court cases

By Mark Sherman

Three US states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments on gay marriage.

Obama offers reminder that Afghan war persists

President Obama honored the military in his Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

The president paid homage to the military — especially troops serving in Afghanistan — in his Memorial Day address.

Hard-hit Oklahoma town puts focus on recovery

A week after a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., residents are trying to muster their strength for the long process of recovery.

The World

Coordinated car bombs slay scores in Baghdad

Security forces inspected the scene of a car bomb attack on Sadoun Street in downtown Baghdad Monday.

By Adam Schreck

The bombings tore through mostly Shi’ite areas, killing at least 66 people and injuring nearly 200.

Bomb kills 5 police officers in Pakistan

The remote-controlled bomb, planted in the mountainous terrain, destroyed the vehicle of a deputy superintendent of police and killed four other officers, an official said.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi slams 2-child limit for Muslims

By Aye Aye Win

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders expressed dismay over plans by authorities in western Myanmar to revive a two-child limit on Muslim families.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

In Kenya, it’s not about the pigs

Kenyan demonstrators write the names of members of parliament in blood on pigs to illustrate greed during a demonstration in Nairobi May 14.

By Farah Stockman

Are activists a key ingredient of any healthy society, even when their tactics involve bringing pigs to parliament to protest hefty pay raises?

Tom Keane

Curing the ‘Bay State Boondoggle’

By Tom Keane

When it comes to the extra hundreds of millions the feds are sending to Massachusetts hospitals — we are, regrettably, in the wrong.


Boston’s aggressive green-housing plan

By Paul McMorrow

The city is pursuing an experiment in which it is challenging developers to do great things.


Delay stalls Boston police promotions

“How can you say there is nothing wrong with [the exam] and then you stop using it. It’s almost like you’re admitting there is something wrong.” --  Larry Ellison, a police detective and president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers.

By Maria Cramer

Officials are frustrated a federal judge has not ruled on a case, heard two years ago, contesting the fairness of the police promotional exam.

Menino to have prostate surgery

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has had a string of ailments

By Joshua Miller

Mayor Menino will undergo elective surgery Friday for an enlarged prostate, which his doctor said was not cancer.

Sunny ending for Cape Cod shops

Carol Sherman, in the doorway to her Chatham business, Monomoy Salvage, Antiques & Gifts, talked to Sheryl Proctor of Drew’s Sports Shop.

By Meghan E. Irons and Bryan Marquard

By the time Monday’s sunshine chased away the cold, wet weather, Cape Cod merchants knew their Memorial Day weekend business wasn’t a washout.


PowerOptions entering the solar energy market

Chief executive Cynthia Arcate said state was like Wild West.

By Sarah Shemkus

The state’s largest power-buying consortium is starting with four local colleges and schools that will add solar arrays to their properties.

BRA seeking extension of Red Sox license deal

The Red Sox paid $210,000 this year for rights to have a food and souvenir court on Yawkey Way (above) and seats over Lansdowne Street. It could gross about $6 million in sales from that license.

By Callum Borchers

Despite facing criticism, the agency plans to renew the Red Sox’s no-bid contract to sell concessions and souvenirs on a portion of Yawkey Way.

The great outdoors is still a great bargain

Kare Sojka of Acushnet helped Becky Kobza of Fairhaven take to the water Sunday at Indianhead Resort in Plymouth, while Kobza’s son Peter watched from the beach. Last year, 141.9 million Americans took part in outdoor activities, according to the industry research.

By Callum Borchers

Participation in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and canoeing continues to grow, even as the nation recovers from tough economic times.


John Hammons, 94; constructed real estate empire

John Q. Hammons was photographed in 2004 after his 8,000-seat baseball stadium opened in Springfield, Mo.

By Alan Scher Zagier

During his career, Mr. Hammons developed 210 hotel properties in 40 states.

Dean Freed, 89; ex-EG&G chair helped build Seiji Ozawa Hall

Mr. Freed’s knowledge and enthusiasm were invaluable during the construction of Seiji Ozawa Hall.

By Lauren Dezenski

Mr. Freed’s knowledge and enthusiasm were invaluable during the construction of Seiji Ozawa Hall.


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Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox handle the Phillies

Jacoby Ellsbury congratulated Dustin Pedroia after he hit a two-run blast in the first inning.

By Peter Abraham

Pedroia homered, walked, and started two double plays, leading the Red Sox to a 9-3 victory.

Christopher L. Gasper

Red Sox got it right with John Farrell

The Red Sox and Phillies paid tribute to veterans on Memorial Day, wearing uniforms and caps that featured US Marine Corps military camouflage.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The new manager has restored the luster of starters Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester and the dignity to Boston baseball in expedited fashion.

Dream dies with Bode Miller’s brother, Chelone

A free spirit who took to competition, Chelone Miller carved a path that had him bound for glory.

By Bob Hohler

Chelone Miller, 29, was trying to channel his daring nature and spirit into an Olympic berth with his brother next year before his unexpected death in April.

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Red Sox Notebook

David Ortiz begins preparing for duty at first base

By Peter Abraham

Bruins Notebook

Bruins need more effort from the third line

By Fluto Shinzawa

Division 1 track and field meet

Newton North gets to wear two crowns

By Elizabeth Thomas

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3

Blackhawks beat Red Wings, force a Game 7

By Larry Lage

Spurs 93, Grizzlies 86

Spurs sweep Grizzlies, advance to NBA Finals

By Teresa M. Walker


Slow French Open start for Rafael Nadal

By Howard Fendrich

South sectional boys’ tennis

Tennis finals worth the wait for BC High

By Eric Shulman


Notre Dame rolls to Division 2 track and field title

By Alex Hall

G: Living

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Striking before cancer can

From left: Lisa Whalen, Joan Eppich, Mary Ellen Dean, and Lesley Keays at Keays’s home in North Attleborough. The four relatives have all taken steps to reduce their cancer risk in recent months.

By Bella English

Like Angelina Jolie, the women of a North Attleborough family have opted to have surgery before disease can strike.

Concert review

Boston Calling fest a two-day hit with crowds

Saturday performers included (clockwise from top left): lead singer Nate Ruess of Fun., singer Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds, and Matt & Kim.

By James Reed

Turns out, a two-day rock festival in the heart of Boston is an excellent idea.

Book Review

‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown

Dan Brown puts an amnesic Robert Langdon at a Florence hospital before sending him off to decipher clues in Dante’s writing and solve a mystery.

By Chuck Leddy

Compared to Brown’s last novel, the schlocky “The Lost Symbol,” his latest feels like a literary masterpiece.

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Movie Review

The making of an enlightened Grammy nominee

By Loren King

Movie review

‘Becoming Traviata’ is becoming to Verdi

By Jeffrey Gantz


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Bruce Willis at Brown graduation for daughter

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Tony Feher feted for his deCordova opening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mya parties at Naga in Central Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Shelburne Falls prepares for ‘The Judge’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted out and about around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Music Review

Fall Out Boy is radiant in its return

By Sarah Rodman