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Racial divide in mayoral fund-raising

Fund-raising has been dominated by white candidates in Boston’s race for mayor.

Hipsters are amassing in Somerville, which claims to be the only city in the country that conducts a happiness survey.

Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe

Somerville worries it’s growing too hip

After almost three decades working the counter at Capone Foods in Somerville’s Union Square, Albert Capone has become a stranger in his own city. “It’s gone from townies to hipsters,” he said on a recent evening. “The hats, the tattoos, the tight skinny jeans — on the guys. It’s like they’re trying to out-hip each other.”

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State Senator Dan Wolf spoke at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell last month.

Dan Wolf puts run for governor on hold amid ethics dispute

The state senator said the panel misjudged “both the spirit and the letter of the law” when it ruled his business dealings with Massport should prevent him from holding state office.

President Obama met Thursday with students, parents, and educators to discuss education in Rochester, N.Y.

Jason Reed/Reuters

Obama targets high cost of college

Area college presidents are skeptical about tying federal funding to a new performance rating system.

Gambling panel stepping into Menino-Wynn spat

The dispute “makes everything look disorganized or suspect or political,” chairman Stephen Crosby said.

// Aaron Hernandez indicted on murder charge

Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on a first-degree murder charge and also faces five gun charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.

The Nation

Deliberations begin in Fort Hood court-martial

By Manny Fernandez

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who has said he was driven by a duty to perform a jihad, has admitted to the jury to being the shooter in a deadly 2009 rampage.

Convicted Army private reveals gender identity

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” the Army private said in a statement read on the “Today” show.

By Emmarie Huetteman and Brian Stelter

“I am Chelsea Manning,” said the soldier, whose given name was Bradley Manning, who was convicted of leaking secret archives to WikiLeaks.

Obama targets high cost of college

President Obama met Thursday with students, parents, and educators to discuss education in Rochester, N.Y.

By Tracy Jan

Area college presidents are skeptical about tying federal funding to a new performance rating system.

The World

After chemical attack alleged, US debates how to respond

By Mark Landler, Mark Mazzetti and Alissa J. Rubin

A sharply divided Obama administration began weighing potential military responses to President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Mubarak leaves prison, in house arrest at hospital

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (on stretcher) arrived at the Maadi military hospital.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Rod Nordland

Egypt’s new rulers ended more than two years of incarceration but stopped short of granting former president Hosni Mubarak full freedom.

In Chinese graft trial, surprises in defiance and online access

Bo Xilai faced a two-day trial on charges of abuse of power as a Chinese party leader.

By William Wan

The trial of disgraced Communist party leader Bo Xilai, who verbally attacked his accusers, was relayed online with remarkable openness by the government.

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British begin inquiry in NSA case

By Danica Kirka and Raphael Satter

Mass grave found near Mexico City

By Adriana Gomez Licon and Mark Stevenson

Mugabe takes oath in Zimbabwe

By Lydia Polgreen

Editorial & Opinion


How limiting is Walsh’s union cash?

Marty Walsh has received about $45,000 from firefighter unions.

By Scot Lehigh

Martin Walsh’s big haul of union money raises the question of how independent he could be if elected mayor of Boston.


Jeremy Geidt, the actor who mastered paradox

Jeremy Geidt performed with Cherry Jones in Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” at the ART in 1982. Geidt died earlier this month in Cambridge at age 83.

By Joan Wickersham

Both stable and subtly chaotic, he never lacked conviction and demonstrated that conviction doesn’t always make sense.


A middle way on mortgage subsidies

By Edward L. Glaeser

The upside of the housing crash is that the world now sees the folly of a system where private entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac gamble with public money.


Idene Wilkerson, 76; matriarch of her Dorchester neighborhood

Ma Siss, whose given name was Idene Wilkerson, died Wednesday.

By Bryan Marquard

“Ma Siss” helped a church emerge amid the secular seediness of a former auto chop shop.

Aaron Hernandez indicted on murder charge

Aaron Hernandez appeared in Attleboro District court for a pre-trial hearing.

By Mark Arsenault, Brian Ballou and Wesley Lowery

Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on a first-degree murder charge and also faces five gun charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.

Sean Collier posthumously receives Somerville badge

Kelley and Joseph Rogers, parents of Sean Collier, were presented with a uniform and badge by Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello (left) and Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

By Jarret Bencks

The MIT police officer allegedly killed by the Marathon bombing suspects was awarded a Somerville police badge, an honor he had long sought.

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Bottle dropped under bus triggers bomb scare in Boston

By Jasper Craven and John R. Ellement


State bill would regulate debt settlement firms

By Deirdre Fernandes

Debt settlement companies would be required to disclose their fees to customers and send consumers an account statement every month.

Shirley Leung

Can Boston’s most controversial road fix Seaport traffic?

By Shirley Leung

As the waterfront seizes up with congestion, officials will explore opening the South Boston Bypass Road to more traffic.

Developer Ron Druker proposes 11-story South End building

Druker Co. has proposed an 11-story office and retail building at 80 Berkeley St. in the South End.

By Casey Ross

Scrubby lots will be replaced by several large-scale buildings with more than 1,400 new homes, restaurants, shops, and a Whole Foods grocery store.


Jim Brothers, 72; chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial

Jim Brothers sculpted a World War II medic for the  National D-day Memorial in 2002.

By Heather Hollingsworth

Mr. Brothers is best known for creating a sculpture of Dwight Eisenhower on display at the US Capitol and as chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial.

C. Gordon Fullerton, 76; former astronaut flew 2 shuttle missions

Colonel C. Gordon Fullerton looked up as he approached a space shuttle for a launch.

Mr. Fullerton had an extensive career as a research and test pilot for NASA and the Air Force.


Lions 40, Patriots 9

Tom Brady, Patriots mauled by Lions

The Lions’ Jason Jones sacked Tom Brady during the second quarter.

By Shalise Manza Young

“It’s a good lesson for us; I hope we learn from it,” Brady said after an embarrassing loss in Detroit.

On football

Patriots’ defense wasn’t as bad as it appeared

Lions running back Reggie Bush eluded Patriots safety Devin McCourty in the first quarter of Thursday’s game.

By Ben Volin

If nothing else, everything about the loss to the Lions was a good learning experience for this group, right down to the butt-whipping.

Christopher L. Gasper

Alex Rodriguez’s appeal is a sham

Since Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup Aug. 5 — while appealing his 211-game suspension — the Yankees are 11-6.

By Christopher L. Gasper

There is no justice in baseball as long as the self-serving Yankees third baseman is allowed to keep playing games and affecting pennant races.

G: Arts & Movies

Fresh Pond Mall theater goes Bollywood

A scene from “Chennai Express,” one of the Bollywood movies that has been featured at Apple Cinemas at the Fresh Pond Mall.

By Monica Castillo

The newly named Apple Cinemas is offering not only a full range of Indian movies but additional foreign-language films for underserved international audiences.

A comedy troupe with a tie that binds

From left: New Michael Ingemi, Noah Britton, Ethan Finlan, and Jack Hanke of Asperger’s Are Us. The local comedy group has gained a following and played in larger venues over the last two years.

By Karen Weintraub

To Asperger’s Are Us — the first troupe composed of people on the autism spectrum — Asperger’s is hilarious.

Carolla, Dr. Drew bring back the banter

Adam Carolla (left) and Dr. Drew Pinsky at the Paramount Theater in Denver earlier this year as part of their reunion tour.

By Nick A. Zaino III

Adam Carolla’s “The Adam & Dr. Drew Show” reunites Carolla with his old “Loveline” partner.

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Classical Notes

Electric Earth presents Thoreau-inspired concert

By David Weininger

High Five

John Davidson’s inspiration

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Hometown DJ Throwdown

By Steph Hiltz

Noisy Neighbors

Noah Preminger, ‘Haymaker’

By Jon Garelick

Love Letters

She’s a snoop


Ben Mezrich walks for water

By Mark Shanahan


Chris Evans really likes Boston

By Mark Shanahan


John Cena goes under the knife

By Mark Shanahan