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Mass. ties community college funding to results

The state’s move to “performance funding” is one of the most ambitious in the nation.

Local government boards feel the sting of incivility

Constituents and officials alike in Mass. are voicing their displeasure in more aggressive, personal terms.

From left, Charlotte Golar Richie, Linda Dorcena Forry, and Maria Jobin-Leeds at a Women’s Pipeline for Change event.

Women of color strive for firmer political foothold

Women make up only 25 percent of the state Legislature in Massachusetts, and women of color constitute just 3 percent of the Legislature.

Riley Goodwin, 16, recently baby-sat Gabriel McGarry, 8, and his sister Tessa, 6, who played at their home.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

In era of stalled wages, baby sitters surging ahead

Wages for most US workers have stagnated, with the exception of one little-noted group: the American babysitter.

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Unions have given $170,000 to Martin Walsh’s campaign, along with a host of volunteers.

Labor lifts Martin Walsh’s mayoral campaign

The state representative’s clout as a labor leader has helped him forge a formidable campaign with six weeks left until voters head to the polls.

The Nation

Holder seeks to alter policy for low-level drug offenders

The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Attorney General Eric Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.

By Sari Horwitz

Attorney General Eric Holder is set to announce that nonviolent drug offenders will no longer face severe mandatory sentences.

Immigration advocates try to convert GOP holdouts

US Representative Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, says a path to citizenship is a nonstarter.

By Erica Werner

Advocates for an immigration overhaul are raising their voices during Congress’s five-week recess.

Autism advocates on guard against wandering youths

By David Crary

At least 14 children with autism are known to have died this year after slipping away from their caregivers, and all but one of them drowned.

The World

Israeli housing plan heightens tension ahead of talks

Israel published bids for 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem (above) and West Bank settlements on Sunday, usually the last step before construction can begin.

By Isabel Kershner

Israel published bids for the construction of about 1,000 housing units in contested areas of East Jerusalem and several large West Bank settlements.

Brazil, Colombia chilly toward the US

Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to strengthen US relations with Latin America in a trip this week.

By Deb Riechmann

Ire over US surveillance could complicate the visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Brazil and Colombia this week.

Egyptian police put off plans to put end to sit-ins

Supporters of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s ousted president, shouted slogans Sunday in Giza.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

The Egyptian police appeared Monday to have postponed once again their threat to begin choking off two Cairo sit-ins.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Michael S. Barr

Larry Summers attuned to both market and middle class

Larry Summers.

By Michael S. Barr

The record shows that he is a vigorous, creative advocate for making the financial system work better for American families.

opinion | jennifer graham

In Little Free Libraries, hope for books

By Jennifer Graham

The grass-roots initiative is creating micro-libraries all over the country, offering only paperback and hardcover books.


Sealing the border is part of the problem

A freeway sign warned drivers of people crossing in Chula Vista, Calif.

By James Carroll

Today’s emphasis on legal status — what some call “the illegality trap” — ignores the normal pattern of immigrant assimilation going back centuries.


Orchard Gardens residents reclaiming their streets

Valerie Shelley, a neighborhood advocate, spoke with Lisa Rapczinski, a transportation department parking officer.

By Meghan E. Irons

The Roxbury development’s hard-earned revival is largely because of the persistence of a small but vocal group of residents.

Man kills son, self at YWCA in N.H.

Investigators entered the YWCA on Concord Street in Manchester, N.H., after the double shooting.

By Colin A. Young and Joshua Miller

A Manchester man shot and killed his young son and then himself at the YWCA, where finances had led to cuts in security officers.

A year after triple shooting, agony lingers

The Rev. Agabus Lartey delivered a sermon on Sunday in memory of his daughter, Kristen Lartey.

By Jeremy C. Fox and Alyssa Botelho

Sharrice Perkins, Kristen Lartey, and Genevieve Phillip, all 22, were shot in a parked car after attending the Dominican Festival in Franklin Park.

Business ǀ Science

Emerson game lab aims to fix local, global problems

From left, Christina Wilson, Stephen Walter, and Russell Golenberg at work in the Emerson Engagement Game Lab on Boylston Street.

By Sarah Shemkus

Video games become an avenue for civic involvement and problem-solving through the work of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson.

Entrepreneurship can be taught, writer says

Bill Aulet says entrepreneurship should be considered a discipline.

By Michael B. Farrell

Bill Aulet, the director of the Martin Trust Center For MIT Entrepreneurship, published a how-to for budding business owners.

The Hive

Cambridge start-up on a mission to end hunger

The start-up team at Pulse Savings created a mobile money service that helps people ensure their meager wages are spent on food.


Jean Alonso, 76, social worker and activist

Ms. Alonso wrote a book about her experience as an assembly line worker at Raytheon, which she self-published.

By Kathleen McKenna

Ms. Alonso wrote a book about her experience as an assembly line worker at Raytheon, which she self-published.

Eydie Gorme, standards stalwart with vibrant voice; at 84

Ms. Gorme, often recognized for her musical partnership with Steve Lawrence, whom she married in 1957, broke through with a solo hit, ‘‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova,’’ in 1963.

By Anita Gates

As rock conquered pop music, Ms. Gorme and her husband, Steve Lawrence, performed the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins.

William Lynch, 72, former deputy mayor of New York

Mr. Lynch managed David Dinkins’s successful run for mayor in 1989.

By Jake Pearson and Jennifer Peltz

For 40 years, Mr. Lynch played an active role in city, state, and national politics and was influential in Nelson Mandela’s historic visit.


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Royals knock off Red Sox again

Will Middlebrooks isn’t pleased after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning.

By Peter Abraham

The Royals showed the Red Sox a mix of pitching, power, speed, and good defense in taking three of four games over the weekend.

On Baseball

What will the Red Sox rotation look like?

John Lackey

By Nick Cafardo

From here until Clay Buchholz’s return (most likely in September), there really is a competition to remain in the rotation.

Jason Dufner wins PGA Championship

Jason Dufner admires the latest addition to his trophy case — The Wanamaker Trophy — as he celebrates his PGA win with wife Amanda.

By Michael Whitmer

Dufner ended the major championship season by winning his first, shooting a 2-under-par 68 to beat Jim Furyk by two shots.

G: Health


A diagnosis turned on its head

Terrie and Jim Lambert, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but was found to have a treatable brain disorder.

By Kay Lazar

A man’s symptoms appeared to signal Alzheimer’s, but doctors found it was something else: a treatable disorder caused by excess fluid on the brain.

Book Review

‘The Sports Gene’ by David Epstein

In “The Sports Gene,” David Epstein examines the role that biology plays in separating weekend warriors from elite athletes.

By Shira Springer

In the book, Epstein examines the role that biology plays in separating weekend warriors from elite athletes.

Music Review

Eclectic bill lights up first Nines festival

(From left): Frank McElroy and Toby Leaman of Dr. Dog.

By Scott McLennan

The music and arts festival held at Willard Field in Devens was built for roaming and poking around as well as for listening and discovering.

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Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson perfect at work, play

By Sarah Rodman

Stage Review

A luminous performance at heart of ‘Bridges’

By Jeremy Gerard

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Program joins Mendelssohn with contemporaries

By Jeffrey Gantz

MD Mama

Breast-feeding and the ‘Mommy Wars’

By Dr. Claire McCarthy

Health Answers

What causes total hair loss on the scalp?

By Courtney Humphries

Q&A | Fay Gano

Keeping fellow seniors actively engaged

By Karen Campbell


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


President Obama and big names on Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Justin Timberlake, Jay Z bring VIPs to Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Katie Couric joins the Pops on Nantucket

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Wicked’ stars party after opening night

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted here and there around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein