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Fiery hearing previews ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

Attorneys for James “Whitey” Bulger today demanded that members of the public be allowed to sit in the same room with potential jurors, putting them in conflict with the current plans for the jury selection process already complicated because of the notoriety of the accused killer. Under the jury selection plan approved by US District Court Judge Denise Casper, a pool of 675 possible jurors will be scoured to find 18 people to sit on the long-awaited racketeering trial of Bulger.

DNA swabs on suspects upheld by Supreme Court

The ruling reinvigorates a debate over whether Massachusetts should join other states in a practice that critics say threatens civil liberties.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Leslie Cohen Berlowitz.


No record of academy head’s doctoral degree

Records show that Leslie Cohen Berlowitz, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has exaggerated her own academic achievement.

Erika Brannock, as she left for home, was looking forward to “hugging my friends and seeing my students.”


Final Marathon victim leaves the hospital

After spending 50 days at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for injuries sustained at the Boston Marathon bombings, Erika Brannock will leave the hospital, and Boston, on Monday. She is the last of the victims to be discharged from the myriad hospitals that took care of the wounded.

Boston Medical looks to shut a site, cut 85 beds

Boston Medical Center is weighing a plan to close an aging part of its sprawling campus and eliminate about 85 of its 496 beds, as it braces for state and federal budget cuts and intensified pressure to shift more care to outpatient settings.

Tania Merisca of Brockton reacted as she spoke about the death of her four-year-old son, Chauncey Cohen.

Brockton mother describes boy’s last moments

The 4-year-old boy died after falling unconscious under suspicious circumstances at a Brockton hotel Sunday night.

The Nation

In opening of Wiki case, clashing portrait of leaker

Prosecutors hope to convict Bradley Manning of violating the Espionage Act.

By Charlie Savage

Lawyers offered contrasting portraits of Private First Class Bradley Manning at the opening of his court-martial.

Military seeking to temper calls to revamp justice

The military’s top uniformed leaders will seek to temper calls for a drastic overhaul of the military justice system.

Officer’s errors killed girl, jury told

A Detroit police officer made critical errors during a house raid that led to the fatal shooting of a sleeping girl, a prosecutor told jurors.

The World

Explosions, blaze kill 119 at poultry plant in China

Relatives of the victims hugged and wept after the deadly fire, one of the worst factory accidents in China in recent years. More than 50 people were taken to hospitals.

By Chris Buckley

Explosions and fire tore through parts of a poultry plant in northeast China on Monday.

John Kerry suggests US late in addressing Syria crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry said that an international conference is the best hope for ending the fighting in Syria.

By Steven Lee Myers and Isabel Kershner

The secretary of state said that an international conference is the best hope for ending the fighting in Syria.

Flood waters wreaking havoc in central Europe

Authorities said much of the city Passau, Germany, was inaccessible and rescuers needed boats to evacuate residents.

By Matthias Schrader

Eight deaths were reported and nine people were missing because of floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | TOM KEANE

Don’t get rid of Boston Redevelopment Authority

By Tom Keane

Ceding away the mayor’s power to control development would result in fragmented plans and the rule of NIMBYism.

Melissa Threadgill

Fixing welfare fraud requires technology reform

By Melissa Threadgill

If you were surprised that the Department of Transitional Assistance’s database isn’t automatically updated when a client dies, you’ve never wrestled with a government computer system.


Big housing plans for smaller cities

A view of Malden's Government Center and its area.

By Paul McMorrow

The former industrial cities outside Boston loom large because, unlike the bulk of the state’s suburbs, the smaller cities are interested in building, and building the right way.


Boston fire chief quits amid nasty dispute

Boston Fire Chief Steve E. Abraira.

By Andrew Ryan

Steve E. Abraira’s resignation ends an ugly power struggle between an out-of-town chief and a home-grown command staff.

Brockton mother describes boy’s last moments

Tania Merisca of Brockton reacted as she spoke about the death of her four-year-old son, Chauncey Cohen.

By Brian Ballou

The 4-year-old boy died after falling unconscious under suspicious circumstances at a Brockton hotel Sunday night.

Police defend bear’s fatal shooting in Newton

By Brian MacQuarrie

The bear was killed only after a tranquilizer gun misfired and police could not find a replacement in time to drug the bear before traffic spiked.

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Foxwoods presents redesign for Milford casino

By Mark Arsenault and Ellen ­Ishkanian

Gomez tries to fight off Markey slam on GOP help

By Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Levenson

Man killed in shootout with officers ID’d

By Akilah Johnson and Jeremy C. Fox


McGraw-Hill coming to the Innovation District

By Michael B. Farrell

The textbook giant is opening a research-and-development lab in Boston to further advance its push into digital publishing and educational software.

Rainforest Cafe workers sue over wage-tip policy

By Taryn Luna

The lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest restaurant groups alleges that the company’s Rainforest Cafe in Burlington violated state wage laws.

College graduates leave N.E. at fastest rate in US

The report’s author said out-of-state students are more likely to return home after graduating.

By Alyssa Edes

Recent college graduates leave New England at a faster rate than any region in the country, according to a new report.


Frank Lautenberg, staunchly liberal longtime senator; at 89

In his second stint in the Senate, Frank Lautenberg became one of the George W. Bush administration’s sharpest critics.

By Emma Brown

Senator Lautenberg was a five-term New Jersey Democrat and a reliably liberal legislator.

Masuko Ushioda, acclaimed violinist, NEC teacher

Joanna Kurkowicz, concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic, said Ms. Ushioda “was one of those amazing teachers who guides you in how to find your own personality.

By Jeremy Eichler

Ms. Ushioda, 71, was best known locally as a teacher and a chamber musician, and enjoyed an active international career as a soloist in the 1960s.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 56; singer helped bridge cultures in Australia

Mr. Yunupingu (center, with his bandmates) was the first indigenous Australian to be appointed a school principal.

By Kristen Gelineau

Mr. Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi, was one of the country’s most famous Aborigines.


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Bruins crush Penguins, take 2-0 series lead

The Bruins converged on Patrice Bergeron to celebrate his third period goal that gave them a 5-1 lead.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period and buried the Penguins with a nearly flawless game.

Christopher L. Gasper

Bruins proving that they were never underdogs

Johnny Boychuk gets his money’s worth on a clearout of Brenden Morrow near the net in the third period.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The idea that the Bruins were going to be overmatched and outclassed by the skill, skating, and scoring aptitude of the Penguins is finished.

On Hockey

NHL failed when it gave Matt Cooke a pass

The Penguins’ Matt Cooke drilled Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid right between the numbers with 1:32 gone in the second period of Game 1.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

It’s just sad that the league didn’t add further discipline to the Penguins predator for his dirty hit on the Bruins’ Adam McQuaid.

G: Living

G Cover

Broadcaster Ray Brown watching, talking birds

Ray Brown has made “Talkin’ Birds” another success on his resume.

By Linda Matchan

The veteran broadcaster is the host of a quirky bird-watching program that is taking flight with listeners in every state and around the world.

Frame by Frame

A meditation of sand, surf, and melancholy

By Sebastian Smee

The anonymous painting “Meditation by the Sea” at the Museum of Fine Arts is as full of salty, atmospheric light as it is of melancholy.

Stage Review

‘Real Realism’ a bracing reality check

Front: Veronica Wiseman, Alex Dhima (center), and Andrew Tung. Back: Jennifer Welsh and James Barton.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The third part of a trilogy by Charlotte Meehan begins in mystery but shows its characters to be grounded in reality.

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Portugal. The Man, ‘Evil Friends’

By Scott McLennan


Future Bible Heroes, ‘Partygoing’

By James Reed


The Idan Raichel Project, ‘Quarter to Six’

By Siddhartha Mitter


Dave Davies, ‘I Will Be Me’

By Steve Morse


The Brand New Heavies, ‘Forward’

By Ken Capobianco

Book REview

‘The Feud’ by Dean King

By Matthew Price


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

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Do people ever change?


Apparent suicide on John Henry’s yacht

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Robert Downey Jr. spotted in Shelburne Falls

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jamaica Plain takes Somerville in dance-off

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Pretty and pink on the water with 90+ Cellars

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Matt Light’s friends use their bean at benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Another gig coming up for Nick Lachey

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


For the Boston Ballet, ball is worth the wait

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein