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Mayflower II returns to Plymouth after 8-month overhaul

The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World, returned to Plymouth after getting  the first repairs in a seven-year effort to get it in shipshape for the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower’s 1620 voyage.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Hundreds cheered after the ship returned from repairs to get it ready for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing.

Police searched the neighborhood in SWAT vehicles for a second suspect after the Dorchester shooting.

2nd suspect still at large in Dorchester shoot-out

A terrifying burst of violence left one man dead, two police officers wounded, and shattered the calm of a summer day.

Galvin faulted on rules for lobbyists

A judge ordered Secretary of State William Galvin to cover $100,000 in attorneys’ fees for lobbyists who challenged his interpretation of the state’s ethics laws.

Investigators have speculated that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was inspired by extremist Islamic propaganda.

Tsarnaev friend tells of beliefs in conspiracies

Tamerlan Tsarnaev clung to strong views that were probably influenced by propaganda, said a confidant.

Carol R. Johnson began clearing out and reorganizing her office Wednesday prior to her retirement as school superintendent.

Yoon S Byun/Globe staff

Uncertainty for schools as superintendent retires

Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has been relinquishing more control to John McDonough, who will serve in the position in the interim.

The Nation

Fissures apparent, Obama cancels meeting with Putin

By Anne Gearan

The move was a rare, deliberate snub that reflects the fresh damage done by the Edward Snowden case to an important relationship already in decline.

Cleveland house where 3 women were held is razed

Michelle Knight (center) spoke at the demolition and released  yellow balloons for other kidnapping victims.

By Timothy Williams

The Cleveland house where three kidnapped women were raped and tortured for nearly a decade was demolished by the city Wednesday.

Fort Hood shooter wants death penalty

By Nomaan Merchant

By Wednesday, the lawyers ordered to help him said they had had enough — they could not watch him fulfill a death wish.

The World

Yemen says it foiled Al Qaeda plot

By Ahmed Al-Haj

Military and intelligence officials in Yemen said they uncovered an Al Qaeda plot to fire missiles at foreign embassies and attack naval forces guarding international shipping in the Red Sea.

Syrian troops ambush, kill more than 60 rebels

State-run medial showed weapons and gas masks, as well as corpses, at the ambush site.

By Bassem Mroue and Zeina Karam

Syrian troops ambushed a large group of rebels trudging through what once was a secret route through a desert road northeast of Damascus, killing more than 60.

Egypt threatens a crackdown

By Aya Batrawy

Egypt’s military-backed interim leadership proclaimed Wednesday that a crackdown against two protest sites is inevitable.

Editorial & Opinion


Conley loses temper and respect of voters

Daniel Conley.

By Lawrence Harmon

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley had a chance to educate voters and show coolness under fire at an event in Roxbury but missed both opportunities.

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The concierge doctor is in

By Alex Beam

Health care from “retainer” doctors may not be for everyone, but it’s a trend that might catch on.


John Walsh’s rhapsody in blue

By Joan Vennochi

The outgoing Democratic state party chairman is a master of grassroots, issue-based campaigning.


Minority officers challenge candidates on Davis’s status

Edward Davis blamed the lack of diversity on civil service.

By Akilah Johnson and Wesley Lowery

One group vowed to “vigorously oppose” any Boston mayoral candidate planning to keep the city’s police commissioner.

Yvonne Abraham

Perilous rolls of the dice

By Yvonne Abraham

These are supposed to be the lazy days of summer. But for all those players with ponies in the race for Mass. gambling licenses, this week has to be extremely not relaxing.

Framingham schools settle federal complaint

By Kathleen Burge

The district has agreed to respond “promptly and equitably” to sexual harassment complaints a year after a male high school student was accused of assaulting two girls.

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2nd suspect still at large in Dorchester shoot-out

By Peter Schworm and Meghan Irons

Signs appear of a split in Bulger jury

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia


Opponents tell of concerns about Maine smart meters

By Alanna Durkin

Irish nanny wants murder charge dismissed

By John R. Ellement and Peter Schworm


Judge rules that utility profits too high

By Erin Ailworth

A federal judge ruled that utilities should receive fewer guaranteed profits for building transmission lines, which could save Mass. customers $50 million a year.

Developer sees new life for former Roxbury bus yard

By Casey Ross

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation is seeking for city approval to transform an 8.6-acre property into homes, stores, offices, and a public market and plaza.

Atrius to begin affiliation with Lahey

By Robert Weisman

Atrius Health has begun a strategic affiliation with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, a significant clinical alliance between its independent physicians and a hospital.


Jeremy Geidt, 83; actor, founding member of American Repertory Theater

Jeremy Geidt acted in London and at Yale Repertory Theatre before helping to start the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. He also taught at Harvard University.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Geidt “was family to me, as he was to so many of us,” said Cherry Jones, a Tony and Emmy award-winning actress.

Stan Lynde, creator of ‘Rick O’Shay’ comic strip; was 81

Stan Lynde wrote the comic strips “Rick O’Shay” and “Latigo” for about 25 years.

Mr. Lynde’s comic strip, launched in 1958, ran for 20 years and had an average daily readership of about 15 million people.

Robert Bellah, famed sociologist; was 86

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Bellah was a distinguished sociologist of religion who sought nothing less than to map the American soul, in both the sacred and secular senses of the word.

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John Palmer, 77; longtime NBC News reporter

By Jessica Gresko and Frazier Moore


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Red Sox rally for another comeback win

David Ortiz, right, congratulated Stephen Drew after his go-ahead home run in the ninth inning.

By Peter Abraham

Stephen Drew blasted a three-run home run in the ninth inning to give Boston its 70th win, one more than it had all last season.

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David Ortiz is red hot on field and off

Red Sox DH David Ortiz fouled off a pitch during Wednesday night’s game.

By Nick Cafardo

Ortiz’s passion has been flowing lately and may be playing with a chip on his shoulder. But as the team’s best hitter, that’s great for the Red Sox.

Wes Welker details how bond with Bill Belichick fell apart

Wes Welker is now wearing Denver colors, but it sounds as though he is still bothered by things that happened in New England. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Ben Volin

The ex-Patriots receiver said the coach rode him especially hard last year, and that he finds himself still wary of violating Belichick’s rules.

G: Style

Boston’s race for mayor has many down to their fighting weight

By Beth Teitell

Several months into the city’s first open mayoral race in 20 years, most candidates have either lost weight or kept off pounds they shed in anticipation of running.

Movie Review

Matt Damon’s ‘Elysium’ is standard (not gold standard) sci-fi

Matt Damon and Alice Braga star in the Neill Blomkamp-directed drama “Elysium.”

By Ty Burr

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s new film is essentially “District 9” with bigger stars and less reason to exist, which hardly means it’s terrible.

Music serves as inspiration for John Varvatos, his new store

Designer John Varvatos says that Boston has drastically loosened up fashion-wise in the past 10 years.

By Christopher Muther

The John Varvatos store in Copley Place brings the designer’s work — loosely tailored suits paired with boots, heavy layering, and a multitude of scarves — to Boston.

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‘This Town’ by Mark Leibovich

By Craig Fehrman

Handyman on Call

Does she need an asphalt driveway?

By Peter Hotton