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Red Sox owner John Henry in deal to purchase The Boston Globe

The impending $70 million cash purchase will put the 141-year-old newspaper, its websites, and affiliated companies in John Henry’s hands.

Jane Collins

Testimony ends without Bulger taking the stand

In an anticlimactic end to testimony in his seven-week racketeering trial, James “Whitey” Bulger announced Friday that he would not take the stand, frustrating the families of his alleged victims who have waited decades with questions that only he could answer.

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William Camuti faced charges in the death of Stephen “Stippo” Rakes.

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Bulger foe was poisoned; attempted murder charges filed

Stephen “Stippo” Rakes was allegedly poisoned by a business associate who owed him money and who laced his iced coffee with potassium cyanide, authorities said Friday.

Matthew Ritchie named to do newest Dewey Square mural

The Institute of Contemporary Art has commissioned the British-born artist, known for adapting scientific principles to inspire his work, to take over the massive canvas at Dewey Square.

Washington gridlock has distant victims

The inability of Congress to end the sequester is affecting US-funded operations to remove unexploded bombs and land mines around the world.

The Nation

Terror threat prompts global travel warning

By Eric Schmitt

Senior operatives of Al Qaeda were discussing attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, US officials said.

Political Notebook

Warren wants quick blood ban review

Elizabeth Warren is responding to rules that gay men cannot donate blood.

Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the federal government to speed its review of the ban on gay men donating blood.

Texas town will receive federal aid after FEMA reverses disaster ruling

By Will Weissert

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved more funding to help rebuild the town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people and leveled homes.

The World

Remark by Iran’s president-elect creates furor

Iran’s president-elect, Hasan Rouhani, made the disputed comment at the pro-Palestinian holiday rally.

By Thomas Erdbrink and Jodi Rudoren

Hasan Rouhani made a reference to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands as “a sore has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years.”

Kerry backpedals on Egypt comment

A poster of former President Mohammed Morsi was held during at a rally near Cairo on Friday.

By Deb Riechmann

Secretary of State John Kerry’s earlier remarks seemed to signal American support for the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Mugabe’s party appears headed for win in Zimbabwe

A teenager walked past a depiction of Robert Mugabe on Friday in a suburb of Harare, the nation’s capital.

By Lydia Polgreen

The party of President Robert Mugabe will likely win a huge majority in Parliament after Wednesday’s elections, the country’s election commission announced.

Editorial & Opinion


Next mayor of Boston needs a no-nonsense CFO

Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak would be open to retaining Meredith Weenick.

By Lawrence Harmon

Voters would do well to elect another mayor who knows the value of taking “no’’ for an answer.

opinion | jim kozubek

Would you edit your genes?

Jameson Golliday’s father, Rob, held him during a gene therapy procedure. Jameson was born with no immune system, commonly called Bubble Boy disease.

By Jim Kozubek

There are ethical implications and dangerous side effects when changes are made to a person’s genes.

opinion | elissa ely

A patient’s worth, in billing codes

By Elissa Ely

Combine history complexity plus examination bullets plus medical decision-making plus risk, and out of the confusion an accurate code is supposed to pop clearly into view.


Police report details how Amy Lord died

Boston Police on Thursday searched through Stony Brook Reservation, where Amy Lord’s body was discovered.

By David Abel and Travis Andersen

A police report unsealed Friday said 24-year-old Amy Lord of South Boston died from “sharp force injuries to the neck and torso and asphyxia by strangulation.”

In weekend barbecue, a heaping helping of home

Yolanda Rodrigues has been serving up her grilled fare at Ceylon Park on summer weekends for more than a decade.

By Jeremy C. Fox

In Dorchester’s Ceylon Park, where members of the neighborhood’s Cape Verdean immigrant community gather each weekend to eat and socialize, the food has a particular flavor.

Fiancée remembers Joseph Morante, the 19-year-old Revere man slain in a Roxbury cellphone store

Morante and Alvarez

By Javier Panzar

The last time Diana Alvarez saw Joseph Morante alive, the two teens spent their morning the way they spent most of their time: together, talking about their future.

More Stories

Testimony ends without Bulger taking the stand

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

Bulger foe was poisoned; attempted murder charges filed

By Stephanie Ebbert and Travis Andersen

Kevin Cullen

Once a bully, always a coward

By Kevin Cullen

star Watch

Milky Way’s hub looms in the south after dark

By Alan M. MacRobert


Fed bank president cites missteps by policy makers

James Bullard said Fed forecasts have been too optimistic.

By Megan Woolhouse

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said his economic forecasts, as well as those of others at the Fed, have been too optimistic in the wake of the recession.

Promotions underway for sales tax holiday

Customers and employees stood near a promotional display at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading. Jordan’s is one local business offering sales tax holiday discounts before the tax-free weekend.

By Taryn Luna

Businesses are rolling out deals days before the state’s sales tax holiday, a sign of its popularity with shoppers and the importance of the weekend to retailers.

American economy adds modest 162,000 jobs in July

A health care jobs fair in Denver. Employers slowed the pace of hiring in July.

By Christopher S. Rugaber

The job growth, the smallest since March, primarily came in lower-paying industries or the part-time realm.


Matt Batts, 91; ex-Red Sox catcher

Matt Batts

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Batts played for the Boston Red Sox from 1947 to 1951, and was a resource for David Halberstam’s book on the 1949 pennant race against the Yankees.

Dick Kazmaier, 82, of Concord; won Heisman Trophy

Princeton halfback Dick Kazmaier won the Heisman in a landslide in 1951, receiving 506 first-place votes.

Mr. Kazmaier, who played football at Princeton University, was the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy.

John Graves, wrote about rural Texas life; at 92

John Graves

By John Schwartz

Mr. Graves’s “Goodbye to a River” was considered by one state historian to be “as fine a book as has ever been written about Texas.’’


diamondbacks 7, red sox 6

Red Sox lack the walkoff magic

Jon Lester toweled off after coming out of the game.

By Peter Abraham

A one-run deficit against the Diamondbacks hardly seemed like an obstacle after the last two games, but the Red Sox were unable to take another walkoff win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots’ questions won’t come until playoffs

By Dan Shaughnessy

Sorry, I just can’t get jazzed up about the Patriots until tournament time. We know they are going to be in the playoffs. We just don’t know what they’ll do in the playoffs. They will be in the postseason because they always win the easy, cheesy AFC East. Ho-hum. Winning the AFC East is like getting 200 points for signing your name when you take the SAT exam.

Patriots QB Tom Brady looks to be in it for long haul

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be looking to connect with a lot of newcomers in his receiving corps.

By Michael Vega

Brady celebrates his 36th birthday Saturday, making him the elder statesman of the 90 players on the team’s training camp roster.

G: Family

31 ideas for 31 late summer days

See the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on Aug. 28.

By Vanessa Fernandes and Steph Hiltz

Things to do, one for each day, until Labor Day arrives, from the city to the suburbs, free events to paid, kid-friendly and adults only.

From the Archives

From Globe Archives: Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum turns 100 this year, celebrating a century of dedication to the education of youth.

Dance Review

3e étage at Jacob’s Pillow: Parisians at play

Hugo Vigliotti brings humor to the program with his high-flying moves.

By Janine Parker

Directed and choreographed by fellow dancer Samuel Murez, the program at Jacob’s Pillow this week is decidedly nontraditional.