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Builders hurry to win approval in Boston

As Mayor Thomas M. Menino prepares to leave office, developers are lining up to seek key approvals for billions of dollars of mega projects before the election of a new mayor who could upend or delay their plans.

Marla Levenson, a military contracting officer, said a 20 percent pay cut has been a struggle.

Jessica Rinaldi for The Globe

Mass. feels pinch on federal workers

Employees are losing as much as 30 percent of their salaries to comply with a law aimed at reducing the federal deficit.

Efforts grow in Mass. to turn food waste into energy

In recent months, state agencies, municipalities, and several private companies have spent millions of dollars and plan to spend much more to build an array of industrial plants from Bourne to Greenfield that will convert hundreds of thousands of tons of food waste into energy.

Hunter Perry gets picked up near his office on Harrison Avenue by Lyft, whose vehicles sport a pink mustache.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

A post-taxi population opts for ride-sharing

Compared to the shopworn insides of so many city cabs, Bria Schecker’s car-for-hire is an urban oasis.

Alvaro and Martha Galvis observed a contractor and architect evaluate a bathroom in their Nashua, N.H., home. The remodeling help for bombing victims comes at no cost.

Marathon victims get help making homes accessible

The Boston Survivors Accessibility Alliance is a volunteer network offering free home-accessibility modifications for victims.

The partial closing of the Longfellow Bridge began Sunday, with traffic into Cambridge barred and Boston-bound vehicles shifted to the opposite lane. Work will take more than three years.

Longfellow Bridge project proves a puzzler for drivers

On the first day of the partial closure of the bridge, there was some confusion but no chaos.

The Nation

House GOP has no alternative to health care law

Congress “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

By David Espo

Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen times to abolish.

Sex offender held in killings of 3 women in Ohio

In East Cleveland, a worker opened a vacant home to help search for possible victims of a man arrested after a standoff.

A 35-year-old registered sex offender was taken into custody on suspicion of killing three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland.

Former priest seeks back pay in Wisconsin

Marvin Knighton was acquitted of child sex abuse.

Marvin Knighton was acquitted by a jury in 2003 of child sexual abuse charges, but the church still removed him from the priesthood.

The World

Ruling party’s win opens door to changes in Japan

With a landslide victory Sunday, Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party controls both houses of Parliament.

By Martin Fackler

With a landslide victory Sunday, Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party controls both houses of Parliament.

Belgium installs its seventh king, Philippe I

Belgium’s new king, Philippe I, with his wife Queen Mathilde, took the oath as the country’s seventh monarch Sunday.

By Raf Casert

Prince Philippe became Belgium’s seventh king on Sunday after his father, Albert II, abdicated as the head of this fractured nation.

Cars torched near Paris over veil ban

A police station was also attacked amid tensions linked to authorities’ handling of France’s ban on Muslim face veils.

Editorial & Opinion


Surveillance state

By John E. Sununu

A government that tells us that “you only need to worry if you are doing something wrong” has taken from us a sense of trust and shared responsibility.

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Needed: Latinas to help change lives

Big Sister Eneida Román, right, shared a moment with Migleila.

By Marcela García

There’s a particular lack of Big Sisters of color, and just 5 percent of the approximately 2,400 Boston-area volunteers are Latina.


As Russia harms human rights, other democracies must step in

Alexei Navalny (center) left a glass-walled cage during a court hearing on Friday.

Cases like the embezzlement charges against anticorruption leader Alexei Navalny signal the rapid deterioration of what freedom was left in Russia.


Boston principal plagiarized Forbes column

By James Vaznis

Jaime Moody, principal of Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, plagiarized a Forbes magazine column on leadership in her first memo to the staff.

State House given protection from lightning

Engineers involved with the project say that the new State House system, which includes other lightning rods in addition to the pine cone, is essential to protect the building.

By Joshua Miller

A lightning rod will crown the State House for the first time when capitol refurbishing is completed in the next few weeks.

Adrian Walker

Give Outside the Box festival another go

By Adrian Walker

The arts festival was an interesting illustration of what might be done with a broader vision of how to use the city’s public spaces.

Business ǀ Science

Newton firm raises $10m for calorie-loading product

Alcresta cofounders Robert Gallotto (left), who is being named company president on Monday, and Alexey Margolin, the chief executive.

By Callum Borchers

Alcresta is for people whose bodies are incapable of absorbing the full caloric value of food and drink.

Monitoring social media to cut the military suicide rate

By Karen Weintraub

Researchers are tracking users’ postings in a bid to cut the suicide rate among military members and veterans.

Software helps the blind see — via smartphones

At Carroll Center for the Blind, students tried a new smartphone.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Visus Visual Assist System provides visual and audio aids to blind people using the camera and other devices on a cellphone.


Donald Severance, 97, energetic MIT fund-raiser, skating club leader

Mr. Severance also put his fund-raising skills to use as president of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

By Emma Stickgold

Mr. Severance also put his fund-raising skills to use as president of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

John Casablancas; modeling visionary founded Elite agency

Mr. Casablancas in his office with Joan Severance (left) and Gunilla Bergström, who modeled for him, in 1978.

By Eric Wilson

The modeling agent, whose shrewd and sometimes scandalous packaging of beautiful women ushered in the era of supermodels, died on Saturday at 70.

Lary Lewman; gave voice to Democratic commercials

Mr. Lewman in 2000 at his home studio in Maryland.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Lewman, who died at 76, found his steadiest work speaking on TV commercials for every Democratic presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton.


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Mike Napoli’s walkoff blast lifts Red Sox

Mike Napoli was surrounded by his teammates at home plate after hitting a walkoff home run.

By Peter Abraham

Napoli capped a wild game with his second home run of the night with two outs in the 11th to capture a series win vs. the Yankees.

Phil Mickelson wins first British Open

After a long wait to win it, Phil Mickelson isn’t letting go of the claret jug immediately after winning the British Open.

By Doug Ferguson

Mickelson shot 66 to emerge from the pack and claim his fifth career major and hoist the Claret Jug for the first time.

On Baseball

Surging Rays a big test for Red Sox

The Rays are coming back to Fenway Park, where they split a two-game series with the Red Sox last month.

By Nick Cafardo

Tampa has been the best team in baseball lately, and arrives in Boston for a four-game series Monday seeking to knock the Red Sox from first place.

G: Health


Hypothermia making a comeback in medicine

Open heart surgery in 1955.

By Dr. Daniela J. Lamas

Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain. Now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.

Stage Review

George Bernard Shaw’s wit shines in ‘Pygmalion’

Robert Sean Leonard plays Professor Higgins and Heather Lind is Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion.”

By Don Aucoin

Nicholas Martin’s production of “Pygmalion’’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival is beguiling.

Music Review

Outside the Box music tells Boston stories

Dicky Barrett and Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

By Scott McLennan

The finale to concerts held as part of the Outside the Box arts festival could not have had a more pronounced Boston accent.

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This ‘Wizard’ transports to Oz and back

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Intuition told her patient had Lyme disease

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By Deborah Kotz

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Book Review

‘No Regrets, Coyote’ by John Dufresne

By Clea Simon


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

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Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Justin Bieber draws crowds, meets local fan

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Stars here — and spotted at Comic-Con

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For Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band draws smiles

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mark Wahlberg reality series begins production

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Former Patriots help out with triathlon at MIT

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Kelly Rowland gets boat escort to the Cape

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