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Health plan for disabled adults cut back in Mass.

Insurers’ reluctance to join a national experiment to improve care for disabled lower-income adults has forced the state to scale back the program.

Judge Denise J. Casper is relatively new to the bench.

Bulger judge keeps strong crosscurrents in check

More challenges lie ahead for Judge Denise Casper as James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers begin to present his defense this week.

Police ‘close’ to answer in South Boston slaying

Local officials prepared to hold a community meeting Monday evening to address the fears of residents.

Doug Wood inspected a bag of rockweed he harvested off the Maine coast in early July.

Fred Field for the Globe

Maine’s rockweed harvesters trigger disputes

Rockweed is one of the state’s most valuable marine resources, worth about $20 million a year. But the harvesting of it has become contentious as businesses clash with critics who say stripping away the sea grass destroys the habitat of scores of marine animals, including periwinkles and fish such as rock gunnel and juvenile pollock.

Edward Markey, on the Senate subway, is navigating new corridors and customs.

New title, familiar elements for Edward Markey

Markey is the longest-serving representative in history to make the leap to the rarefied ranks of the Senate.

The Nation

Data show widening future struggle for Americans

By Hope Yen

Four out of five US adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.

Heavy rains, flash floods blamed in two N.C. deaths

A man took video of the South Fork River in North Carolina, where heavy rains have led to dangerous flooding.

A 10-year-old girl and a 48-year-old man were swept away while swimming in a creek and later found dead.

Second body pulled from N.Y. river

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said the body found on Sunday was believed to be Mark Lennon, 30.

The body was pulled from the Hudson River near where a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man vanished after a nighttime boat crash.

The World

Israel votes to free 104 Palestinian prisoners

Benjamin Netanyahu said “tough decisions must be made for the good of the country.”

By Isabel Kershner

The vote by the Israeli Cabinet cleared the way for preliminary peace talks to begin Monday in Washington.

Pope Francis draws 3 million in Rio de Janeiro

The faithful crowded Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro for the Mass by Pope Francis. Clergy and pilgrims hailed the pope’s trip as a great success.

By Nicole Winfield

An estimated 3 million people poured onto Rio’s Copacabana beach for the final Mass of Pope Francis’ historic trip to his home continent.

Spanish train’s driver charged with homicide

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was released without bail.

The driver of a train that derailed at high speed was provisionally charged with multiple cases of negligent homicide.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | jennifer graham

Make way for turkeys?

By Jennifer Graham

The suburbs and exurbs are full of people for whom “bleeding heart” is a description, not a meal.

opinion | philip w. lovejoy

Next mayor should bet big on the arts

By Philip W. Lovejoy

Boston needs an individual who will make connecting artists to the city and retaining cultural talent a high priority.

opinion | marcela García

The best way to spread Barça fever

A boy wearing a Lionel Messi FC Barcelona shirt watched an exhibition soccer match in Lima, Peru, earlier this month.

By Marcela García

FC Barcelona’s summer camp in Boston can be thought of as one of many missionary efforts to spread the love of soccer to the US.


Historic diversity in Boston’s mayoral field

Among the candidates are (clockwise from top left) John Barros, Charlotte Golar Richie, Felix G. Arroyo, David James Wyatt, Charles Clemons, and Charles Yancey. Some fear the diverse ballot might fracture the minority vote rather than unite it behind one candidate.

By Wesley Lowery

Some fear the diverse ballot might fracture the minority vote rather than unite it behind one candidate.

Adrian Walker

Bold stands hard to come by in mayoral race

By Adrian Walker

With so many candidates fighting over slivers of the electorate in Boston, they feel that they cannot risk alienating a single voter.

Search halted for passenger who fell into Boston Harbor

The Provincetown II had 370 passengers on a country music-themed cruise Saturday when the accident occurred.

By Colin A. Young

Despite the efforts of several people to stop him, a man apparently tried to climb a railing on a harbor cruise and fell overboard.

Business ǀ Science

Device makes skipping TV ads easy

Rich Theriault’s tablet had TV listings used in switching from a Red Sox game to a rock station in a game’s commercial break. A MyChoice device can automatically do the switch.

By Callum Borchers

The MyChoice Gateway automatically switches stations to avoid advertisements and then goes back to the channel when the ads end.

Acetylon gets $100m investment from drug giant

By Callum Borchers

The investment by the biotech giant Celgene Corp. could lead to a $1.6 billion acquisition of Acetylon Pharmaceuticals.

High-tech corkscrew takes wine from uncorked bottle

The Coravin device allows wine lovers to decant a glass from a bottle and still keep the rest of the beverage in pristine condition.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Coravin device allows wine lovers to decant a glass from a bottle and still keep the rest of the beverage in pristine condition.


James Michael Curley’s ardent defender dies at 95

Helen and Joseph McDonough (right) delayed their wedding for six months so that James Michael Curley (left, alongside his wife, Gertrude) could attend. Curley was in prison in 1947.

By Bryan Marquard

Helen McDonough was a maid and cook for the storied governor and mayor and stayed loyal despite his transgressions.

Garry Davis, 91; sought to erase world’s boundaries

Garry Davis, a self-styled world citizen, waved his flag in front of the United Nations.

By Margalit Fox

The former Army flier renounced his American citizenship and remained a stateless man in the belief that if there were no nation-states, there would be no wars.

Bud Day, 88; as Vietnam POW was tortured, kept secrets

Colonel Day, wrote his cellmate John McCain, “strengthened my will to live.’’

By Richard Goldstein

The colonel was imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality.


Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

Red Sox take back first in AL East

David Ortiz, celebrating with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, was dialed in with a 4-for-4 performance.

By Julian Benbow

With a 5-0 win over the Orioles and the Rays’ loss Sunday to the Yankees, the Red Sox are in control of the division.

On baseball

This time, David Ortiz gets a pass

David Ortiz follows through while singling to right field during the eighth inning, his fourth hit of the game.

By Nick Cafardo

Ortiz’s longtime good standing affords him a second chance after his violent outburst Saturday. But it was ugly and nobody wants to see it again.

Kamar Aiken hopes to be a regular with Patriots

Wide receiver Kamar Aiken has gotten lots of snaps with the first-team offense.

By Shalise Manza Young

Aiken has been one of the receivers getting a good number of snaps with the first-team offense in seven-on-seven and full-team work.

G: Health


The new 21st century house call

Sandra Rice uses a remote home-monitoring device that sends her blood pressure numbers directly to her doctor’s office.

By Sanjena Sathian

As more people track their health at home, doctors are looking to directly tap into that data to keep patients healthier and reduce health care costs.

Jim Rash enters ‘The Writer’s Room’

Jim Rash (left) leads a panel discussion about TV writing on his new show on the Sundance channel.

By Sarah Rodman

The screenwriter and actor leads a panel discussion about TV writing on his new show on the Sundance channel.

Music review

Summer Arts show revels in diversity, dancing

Angelique Kidjo performing Saturday’s closing set.

By Scott McLennan

The second annual Summer Arts Weekend turned Copley Square into a world dance party Saturday night.

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