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Last words for, against James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

James “Whitey” Bulger was “one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,’’ a federal prosecutor said this morning as closing arguments got underway in the racketeering and murder trial of the notorious South Boston gangster.


Boston’s schools a major issue for mayoral hopefuls

In the race to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino, proposals to overhaul the Boston public schools abound, making it one of the most talked about issues thus far.

Alex Rodriguez held a press conference before the game Monday night in Chicago.

MLB makes statement with PED suspensions

“Today is a sad day for MLB,” the Rays’ Evan Longoria said as the league issued major suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal.

Entrepreneur Sarah Cherry Rice described her curriculum-mapping tool for teachers at a recent Waltham event.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Start-ups focus on creating tools for teachers

Molly Levitt thought the only thing she would ever be was a teacher. But after taking charge of her first classroom in 2010, she became frustrated with the bureaucracy —“structural things” — that kept Levitt from her students. So she started building a website that lets teachers more easily monitor student progress, saving more time for teaching. She joins a growing movement of young people — many former teachers — using technology to improve education, but from outside the classroom. And many are starting those businesses in Massachusetts.

The Washington Post, like most newspapers, has been losing readers and advertisers to the Internet while watching its value plummet.

Washington Post to be sold to founder of Amazon

Jeff Bezos stunned the media industry by announcing plans to acquire another pillar of mainstream media: The Washington Post.

The Nation

New transit strike averted in San Francisco area

Governor Jerry Brown urged a quick end to the labor dispute, “for the sake of the people.”

By Norimitsu Onishi

California Governor Jerry Brown prevented a second strike in a month by ordering an inquiry into the labor dispute.

Fort Hood survivors to face gunman at trial

Former staff sergeant Shawn Manning holds a photo of a memorial for victims of the 2009 mass shooting. Manning still has two bullets in his body from the attack in Texas; he is to testify against Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

By Ramit Plushnick-Masti

Survivors of the 2009 shooting rampage will come face to face with Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who goes on trial in the attack starting Tuesday.

Mars rover turns 1, begins journey to explore mountain

By Alicia Chang

Curiosity recently pointed its wheels south, rolling toward the base of Mount Sharp in a journey that will last many months.

The World

Al Qaeda chief ordered attack as early as past weekend

Intercepts of orders from Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri led to closures of US facilities around the world.

By Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt

Intercepts of orders from Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri led to closures of US facilities around the world.

Syrian rebels take villages in regime’s heartland

Syrian rebels captured four villages in the heartland of President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect as they fought government troops for the second straight day.

Buddhist temple targeted by bombs

A senior official said an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital was apparently meant to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | TOM KEANE

Tax break is no holiday for Mass.

By Tom Keane

If politicians really cared about helping retailers and shoppers, they would cut the sales tax rate across the board.

Opinion | farah stockman

Tehran calculations

A picture taken from inside a car shows Iranians waiting at a bus station in downtown Tehran in June.

By Farah Stockman

Do US legislators want to negotiate with Iran — or see a war begin?


Norwood’s end-run around affordable housing laws

By Paul McMorrow

By circumventing a decades-old affordable housing law, Norwood’s legislators are opening up a chaotic new front in the state’s housing wars.


Mass. denies Plainridge Racecourse’s slots bid

The rejection of Plainridge Racecourse’s application eliminates one of the leading contenders for the slot parlor license.

By Mark Arsenault

Regulators disqualified Plainridge for a slot parlor license because of the cash withdrawal practices of former track president Gary Piontkowski.

Kevin Cullen

Closing arguments in Whitey’s case like theater

Steve Davis (white hair, in front of microphones), the brother of alleged Bulger victim Debra Davis, spoke to the reporters outside the Moakley federal courthouse as joggers passed by Monday.

By Kevin Cullen

It was disturbing to listen to the defense try to pin all of Bulger’s crimes on a corrupt FBI and Justice Department.

Archdiocesan official charged with soliciting a prostitute

Monsignor Arthur Coyle

By Peter Schworm and Melissa Hanson

Monsignor Arthur Coyle took a voluntary leave from his post as episcopal vicar for the Merrimack region.


Still tough for Mass. teens to find summer jobs

Tayshia Holmes-Maxwell worked at the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program office in Cambridge on Monday.

By Gail Waterhouse

Teenage employment has stalled this summer, despite hopes that an improving economy would mean more opportunities.

PricewaterhouseCoopers to move to Seaport tower

The tower will be the first major office building in Seaport Square.

By Casey Ross

The accounting giant has signed a lease that will trigger construction of a 17-story office building to begin later this month.

Houghton IPO could raise $250m, analysts say

By Callum Borchers

The news is a sign that book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s prospects are improving one year after it emerged from bankruptcy.


Kevin Landry, 69; brilliant leader of private equity firm

Kevin Landry served as chief executive of the investment firm TA Associates for 23 years and chairman for five.

By Beth Healy

Mr. Landry served as chief executive of the investment firm TA Associates for 23 years and chairman for five.

Art Donovan, 89; was big hit as NFL lineman, storyteller

Art Donovan played for Boston College before becoming a Hall of Fame player for the Baltimore Colts.

By David Ginsburg

Mr. Donovan maintained his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Julius Chambers, noted civil rights lawyer; at 76

Julius L. Chambers won cases that helped shape civil rights law.

Mr. Chambers won cases that helped shape civil rights law.


On Baseball

Many MLB players happy with PED suspensions

Alex Rodriguez returned to the field Monday even after his suspension was announced.

By Nick Cafardo

Players used to talk about witchhunts by the league. Now they’re excited that investigators went after the cheaters with everything they had.

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Red Sox offense silenced by Astros

Stephen Drew was not happy when L.J. Hoes was called safe at second base.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox managed only five hits and never came close to scoring in a discouraging loss to MLB’s worst team.

Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko unfazed by competition

Zoltan Mesko’s popularity has grown among Patriots fans.

By Shalise Manza Young

If Mesko is worried that the rookie punter the Patriots signed in the spring is still hanging around, he isn’t showing it.

G: Living

Helping people take back their yards

Tom Strangfeld at home in East Harwich.

By Linda Matchan

Eminent landscaper Tom Strangfeld is urging homeowners to avoid the repetitious, the soulless, and the boring in their yards.

Stage Review

Measuring the toll of war in ‘Mother Courage’

Olympia and Apollo Dukakis in the Shakespeare & Company production of “Mother Courage and Her Children.’’

By Don Aucoin

Olympia Dukakis doesn’t seize the starring role in Shakespeare & Company’s production of “Mother Courage and Her Children” and make it her own.

Kenneth Lonergan returns to ‘This Is Our Youth’

By Chris Wallenberg

The playwright sounds elated about the new revival of his breakthrough drama that’s being mounted at Gloucester Stage Company.

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