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Tech firms call for mandatory computer classes

Executives from Google, Microsoft, and other leading firms want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science.

Edward Snowden (left) and Bradley Manning worked with classified material.


Leaks show US intelligence vulnerability

The government is in an era where ever more secrets are being kept in digital files — and are accessible by a greater number of people.

Utility leader Thomas May’s holdings exceed $80m

The merger of Northeast Utilities and NStar has been good for shareholders, and for the NStar chief who engineered the deal.

Brian Rosen played with Autumn, a home seller’s pet, as wife Elizabeth Deutsch and broker Ed Greable watched.


House seekers play all angles in tight market

With painfully few homes on the market and the “sweet” Medford Colonial the perfect place to raise the baby they are expecting, Elizabeth Deutsch and Brian Rosen were determined to vanquish the competing bidders. Not only did they offer $11,000 above the asking price, but they wrote the couple who owned the home a personal note. “Dear Caleb and Autumn,” it began.

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Mass. will consider minimum wage hike

For the first time since 2008, state lawmakers are considering increasing the state minimum wage, setting up a showdown between advocates backing low-wage earners and business activists — both of whom feel squeezed.

Tim Tebow is expected to be on the field for Patriots minicamp Tuesday.

Patriots add Tim Tebow, but questions remain

What remains to be seen is if Tebow, who is expected at camp on Tuesday, will stay at quarterback or change to a new position.

The Nation

Jury selection begins in Trayvon Martin murder trial

George Zimmerman entered the courtroom in Sanford, Fla., for the jury selection phase of his trial on Monday.

By Kyle Hightower

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of the 17-year-old in Florida.

BP says cleanup complete in 3 states

Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said.

Grand jury to review building collapse

Philadelphia’s top prosecutor announced he would convene an investigating grand jury to look into a building collapse that killed six.

The World

Pollutants rising too fast, report warns

By Steven Mufson

The International Energy Agency warned that nations are on a path to disaster because of carbon dioxide emissions, which reached a record high in 2012.

Bangladesh says inspectors failed to check doomed factories

Bangladesh suspended seven inspectors it accuses of negligence for renewing the licenses of garment factories in a building that collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people, an official said.

Prince Philip spends 92nd birthday in hospital

Prince Philip at a garden party last week.

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband is expected to be hospitalized for two weeks as he recovers from abdominal surgery.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | TOM KEANE

Edward Snowden is an American hero

By Tom Keane

We owe the 29-year-old analyst who unveiled the existence of a NSA surveillance program our gratitude — and perhaps even our democracy.


Towers rise from Big Dig shadows

By Paul McMorrow

The Big Dig, the demolition of the elevated Green Line, and the expansion of North Station have combined to open a North End neighborhood to ambitious development.

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More private dollars for UMass

By Robert L. Caret

UMass this fall will launch its first system-wide capital campaign with the goal of dramatically increasing the private funds flowing into the university.


Tales are intimate as Bulger jurors screened

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

Among those who are still candidates to be picked as one of the final 18 jurors are a psychiatrist, a college professor, a high school teacher, and a bank worker.

Unit at Morton Hospital essential, state says

By Chelsea Conaboy

State officials are trying to convince Steward Health Care to preserve Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit, slated to close next month.

Shark sighting a tourist draw on Cape

The Hendrix family left a quiet Nauset Beach Monday. The beach was closed due to a shark sighting

By Colin A. Young

After a lifeguard at Nauset Beach in Orleans spotted a dorsal fin offshore, sharks seem to be on the minds of locals and tourists alike.


Outage cause in Back Bay a mystery to NStar

NStar Electric chief Craig Hallstrom talked about the problem with transformer 110A at the Scotia Street Substation.

By Erin Ailworth

NStar officials remained unsure what caused a weekend cable malfunction in a substation that left thousands without power for several hours.

Harmonix offers peek at ‘Fantasia’ music game

Harmonix staffer Annette Gonzalez and creative director Matt Boch playing “Fantasia: Music Evolved.’’

By Hiawatha Bray

Instead of just pretending to perform familiar hit tunes, “Fantasia: Music Evolved” players can create unique remixed versions.

General Electric named New England’s top brand

By Taryn Luna

General Electric shook up the latest ranking of New England’s strongest brands, bouncing ESPN from its two-year reign at number one.


Richard Gaines, reporter for Gloucester Daily Times, dies at 69

Richard Gaines (left) covered the region for more than four decades, the last one with the Gloucester Daily Times.

By Peter Schworm

From his days as a State House reporter and through a tenure at the helm of The Boston Phoenix, Mr. Gaines covered Massachusetts politics with energy and purpose.

Barbara Vucanovich, 91; represented Nevada in Congress for seven terms

President Reagan greeted Mrs. Vucanovich in 1983.

By Michelle Rindels

Mrs. Vucanovich, a conservative Republican, was elected to the House in 1982 and was a congresswoman until 1997.

Abigail Heyman, 70, feminist photojournalist

A photo taken by Ms. Heyman.

By Paul Vitello

Ms. Heyman’s portraits of women at work, at home, and at weddings gave a visual concreteness to feminist doctrine of the 1970s.

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Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks dies at 59

By Raphael Satterand Jill Lawless


Patriots add Tim Tebow, but questions remain

Tim Tebow is expected to be on the field for Patriots minicamp Tuesday.

By Shalise Manza Young

What remains to be seen is if Tebow, who is expected at camp on Tuesday, will stay at quarterback or change to a new position.

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Patriots can still make a QB out of Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow and the Broncos lost, 41-23, to the visiting Patriots on Dec. 18, 2011, but he was all smiles when he met Tom Brady afterward.

By Ben Volin

Signing Tebow was about getting him out of the spotlight and seeing if Josh McDaniels can develop him into a No. 2 quarterback.

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Red Sox slip past Rays in 14th inning

The Red Sox have won three straight and seven of their last nine.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox’ late victory saved themselves from what would have been the worst loss of the season after twice blowing leads to the Rays.

G: Living

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The stress of not meditating

Publicist Kate Conti’s firm has promoted meditation’s benefits but she finds she cannot focus on it.

By Beth Teitell

Extolling the benefits of meditation has become big business, but trying to mindfully clear one’s head can be exasperating.

Book Review

‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich’s post-adolescent heroes start from scratch in the basement of a parent’s house and eventually rake in the cash — before crashing.

By Jon Garelick

After writing about MIT students who took Las Vegas for millions and the founding of Facebook, Mezrich turns to online poker.

Opera Review

Rachmaninoff’s ‘Aleko’ runs free in Brighton

The Commonwealth Lyric Theater in rehearsal for Rachmaninoff’s opera “Aleko.”

By Jeffrey Gantz

Commonwealth Lyric Theater is giving Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 1893 opera a rewarding, full-blooded production.

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Harry Connick Jr., ‘Every Man Should Know’

By Sarah Rodman


Quadron, ‘Avalanche’

By James Reed


Chrisette Michele, ‘Better’

By Ken Capobianco

Album review | Heavy metal

Black Sabbath, ‘13’

By Scott McLennan

Art Review

Show frames 20th century’s gay male life

By Cate McQuaid

Movie Stars

Movie stars


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Nightlife nabob Seth Greenberg ties the knot

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Linda Holliday celebrates her 50th with party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Illuminati at Consulate General of Italy’s gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Rajon Rondo’s celebrity doppelgänger is . . .

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Vote for Rolling Stones song you want to hear

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


More actors sign on for HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein