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Bulger’s lawyer attacks Flemmi’s testimony

Notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger strangled a young woman who he feared had become a liability, then went to lie down to rest, a key witness testified today in Bulger’s trial in federal court in Boston.

“He’s so good at building relationships, being genuine, wanting to get to know you,” says Ronald Nored, a former star at Butler, where Ste vens coached.

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Midwestern values carry Celtics coach Brad Stevens

Despite his small town upbringing and boyish looks, Stevens doesn’t seem naive and appears ready for the NBA.

Counsel says Harvard searched e-mail in good faith

An outside counsel hired by Harvard to investigate covert searches of instructors’ e-mails by administrators found that all of the e-mail searches “were undertaken in good faith.” Harvard this afternoon released the findings of attorney Michael B. Keating, which describe in more detail than previously known the searches that officials undertook last fall while trying to find out how information about a student cheating scandal was leaking into the media. Keating also found that no administrators read any of the e-mails unearthed in the searches.

Joseph Dana watched from a traditional handmade birch canoe on the Penobscot as the Veazie Dam was breached.


Breaching of dam, restoring salmon’s passage unite many

Two yellow bulldozers clamped down on the face of the hulking Veazie Dam on Monday, cracking open the concrete buttress that has separated Maine’s Penobscot River from the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 200 years.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Andris Nelsons will miss Saturday night’s concert at Tanglewood.

Concussion keeps BSO’s Andris Nelsons away

Advised not to fly, the young Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor will miss Saturday night’s concert at Tanglewood.

Buckingham Palace used a worldwide tweet and a traditional town crier Monday to announce the birth of a son to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.

Britain rejoices over arrival of a new royal heir

Buckingham Palace on Monday announced the birth of a boy to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.

The Nation

Obama attempts to shift focus back to economy

If Obama’s new focus on the economy sounds familiar, that is because he has done it several times since the first year of his presidency.

By Julie Pace

The president intends to deliver a series of economic speeches over the next several weeks ahead of key budget deadlines.

US tests cap to halt chemo hair loss

By Lauran Neergaard

Researchers are about to put an experimental hair-preserving treatment to a rigorous test.

Hearing set on Detroit pensions

Judge Aquilina wants to ensure  the constitution

It will be the first hearing less than a week after Detroit, which is saddled with billions of dollars in debt, became the largest US city to file for bankruptcy.

The World

Britain rejoices over arrival of a new royal heir

Buckingham Palace used a worldwide tweet and a traditional town crier Monday to announce the birth of a son to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.

By John F. Burns and Alan Cowell

Buckingham Palace on Monday announced the birth of a boy to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.

EU adds Hezbollah to terror group list

By James Kanter

Some sanctions experts said the policy shift set a precedent that could compromise Hezbollah’s fund-raising operations.

Ecstatic crowds greet Pope Francis in Rio

Pope Francis greeted mobs of Catholics in downtown Rio de Janeiro Monday. It was the Argentine’s first visit to his home continent as pontiff.

By Nicole Winfieldand Bradley Brooks

The pope is on a visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe; that task has grown more challenging as Roman Catholics stray.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | TOM KEANE

Is Boston like Detroit?

By Tom Keane

The difference between a thriving city and one in collapse is public safety.

Farah Stockman

The real marriage revolution

By Farah Stockman

Marriage is not just some timeless institution that needs to be preserved. It has evolved over time, differing radically across cultures.


In Detroit, bad policies bear bitter fruit

By Edward L. Glaeser

The policies that helped bring Detroit to this precipice were hardly unique, and the city’s bankruptcy is a warning to other local governments.

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editorial | fisheries to be reopened?

A possible fishing breather


Partisan divide leaves gaping holes in federal courts

letters | next order of senate business: judicial vacancies

Democrats may need another showdown over filibuster reform

letters | assisted suicide: a debate is revived

There are sensible reasons why voters rejected Question 2

letters: assisted suicide, a debate is revived

‘Death with dignity’ foes threw weight around


Edward Markey basks in Elizabeth Warren’s spotlight

Ben Cooper (left) of Sensible Baby, a start-up with a product that monitors the health of infants, met with Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey Monday.

By Jim O’Sullivan

When it comes to the first-year senators from Mass., Markey is the junior partner in both chronology and celebrity.

Staying of jail terms upheld by Mass. SJC

By Peter Schworm

The court upheld judges’ authority to stay the sentences of defendants who are seeking new trials because of the state drug lab scandal.

Slow commute greets Longfellow Bridge travelers

Drivers crossed the Longfellow Bridge Monday from Cambridge into Boston. Many said their drives were far from smooth on the first weekday commute on the span, which is being repaired.

By Colin A. Young

The lane closures and new traffic pattern mark the beginning of a $255 million project to rehabilitate the bridge.

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Bulger’s lawyer attacks Flemmi’s testimony

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia


One is killed in Worcester shooting

By Jasper Craven

Day 26


Luxury units help push Boston condo prices to record

Construction on Washington Street of the Millennium Tower condos.

By Jenifer B. McKim

Downtown condo prices reached a record high in the three-month period that ended in June, driven by strong demand and tight inventories.

Conservation program eases power grid strain

Alex Gutkowski (left) and Sam Mayer kept an eye on the energy use of thousands of customers from Enernoc’s Boston location last week.

By Jay Fitzgerald

The program, known as “demand response,” pays large commercial users to cut their electricity use when consumption begins to approach the grid’s capacity.

Medicare considers using stars to rate hospitals

By Jordan Rau

The proposed rating system is intended to help patients compare care as the agency worries that the data it already offers are difficult to understand.


Lindy Hess, 63; ran publishing industry ‘boot camp’

Ms. Hess was director of the Radcliffe and Columbia publishing courses for 25 years.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Hess was director of the Radcliffe and Columbia publishing courses for 25 years.

Dennis Farina, 69; ex-cop who starred on ‘Law & Order’

Mr. Farina, a popular character actor, played Detective Joe Fontana on ‘‘Law & Order’’ during the 2004-06 seasons.

By Frazier Moore

Mr. Farina, a popular character actor, played Detective Joe Fontana on “Law & Order” during the 2004-06 seasons.

Elmer T. Lee, 93; distiller’s line boosted bourbon’s prestige

Mr. Lee spent his working life at a plant in Frankfort, Ky.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Lee’s bottling of a premium brand of bourbon in 1984 was widely credited with raising bourbon’s cachet among liquor connoisseurs.


Rays 3, Red Sox 0

Rays’ Matt Moore 2-hits Red Sox

Jose Iglesias and the Red Sox’ offense were kept quiet by Rays pitcher Matt Moore.

By Peter Abraham

The Rays now sit only a half-game behind the Red Sox in the AL East with three games left in the series.

On baseball

It’s time for Clay Buchholz to start pitching

Clay Buchholz

By Nick Cafardo

After getting cleared by the God of baseball doctors, the All-Star needs to work through his soreness and assume his role as the Red Sox’ ace.

Brewers’ Ryan Braun banned for PEDs

Ryan Braun apologized to fans.

By Steve Eder

The 2011 NL MVP admitted to “some mistakes” and accepted the ban, which could trigger stiff punishments for even more players.

G: Living

G Cover

Family removes stomachs to cut cancer risk

In a family photo of the Walshes before they discovered the siblings shared a potentially fatal gene, are (from left) Steve Walsh, his sister Beth Lambert, brother Mike, sister Kathy Flores, brother Dave, and their mother, Mary Walsh.

By Bella English

The Walsh family lost members to cancer, and tested positive for a gene mutation -- so they decided to surgically remove their stomachs.

Television Review

Mannequins on the beach in ‘The Vineyard’

The cast of the Martha’s Vineyard-based reality show includes (from left) Katie Tardif, Jackie Lyons, and Gabby Lapointe.

By Matthew Gilbert

ABC Family has assembled 11 mannequins who are so plastic that they might as well have come marching off a factory line.

stage Review

Audra McDonald traverses emotional spectrum

Audra McDonald during her performance Sunday at the Art House in Provincetown.

By Don Aucoin

Over a galvanizing 90 minutes, McDonald pulled out all the stops, showcasing the vocal majesty that has helped her win five Tony Awards.

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Concert Review

Wagner, Brahms anchor BSO’s weekend at Tanglewood

By Jeremy Eichler

Album review | JAZZ

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, ‘That’s It!’

By Stuart Munro

ALBUM REVIEW | gypsy punk

Gogol Bordello, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’

By Benjamin Soloway

Book Review

‘Beyond a Love Supreme’ by Tony Whyton

By Scott McLennan


Lots of pre-Obama fun on Martha’s Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jack, Suzy Welch honored by American Ireland Fund

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


WCVB’s Susan Wornick to retire in March

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Tara Donovan assembles ‘Untitled’ at MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Little Mermaid’ star shares part of her world

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


John Sayles screens ‘Amigo’ in Plymouth

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein