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United States tone turns harder on Syrian acts

A senior Obama administration official said that there was “very little doubt” that President Bashar Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons.

The Rev. Jurgen Liias leads a Catholic parish that is an alternative for former Anglicans.

Anglican priest, flock cross a welcoming bridge

The Rev. Jurgen Liias leads a Catholic parish that is an alternative for former Anglicans.

Aveo reeling after FDA’s rejection of kidney cancer drug

The failure of Aveo Pharmaceuticals shows the risky nature of biotechnology, a business built around lofty expectations and expensive research.

Rachel Perry (left) talked about health care enrollment with Deborah Young, who is self-employed, in Dallas.

Ralph Lauer for the Boston Globe

Health law coverage can be tough sell in some states

DALLAS — Idealistic and motivated, the young organizers fanned out through a neighborhood of ranch houses on a scorching midsummer morning, eager to educate Texans on the benefits coming their way under President Obama’s health insurance law. They were armed with clipboards stacked with glossy ”Get Covered’’ brochures and a script on how best to approach their uninsured targets, whose addresses had been carefully mined from a national database. But a few hours spent with the team, from a nonprofit organization called Enroll America, illustrated the enormous challenges facing the White House and supporters of the health care overhaul in states like Texas, which is hostile country.

A rising sea level could prove a dire threat to Boston. The issue is among the many environmental concerns of the city’s mayoral candidates.

The environment

Boston mayoral rivals give environmental aims

In response to questions submitted by the Globe, nine of the 12 mayoral candidates proposed a range of novel ideas.

The Nation

Lobbyists can get public pensions in 20 states

Stephen Acquario says the pension perk makes it easier to hire experienced people.

By Michael Gormley

Hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities, and school boards.

Fla. town mystified over fatal rampage

Police say Hubert Allen Jr. drove around Saturday and shot former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing the ex-employer and another man before turning a gun on himself.

Yosemite fire threatens forests, residents

Firefighters along Highway 120 continued to battle the fierce Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday.

Firefighters are working to keep the fire north of Yosemite National Park out of mountain communities as residents moved animals and children to safety.

The World

Separate trials begin against Mubarak, key Islamists

Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, was led to an ambulance Sunday for a trip to a courtroom in eastern Cairo.

By Maggie Michael

Egyptian courts heard criminal cases against former president Hosni Mubarak and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Buddhists in Myanmar torch homes and shops

Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob rampaged following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman.

Last of 5 suspects in Mumbai gang rape arrested

Police said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India.

Editorial & Opinion

Jennifer Graham

Ladies, you’ve got to bag the bag

By Jennifer Graham

In banning handbags from stadiums, the NFL has freed women, if only fleetingly, from a kind of tyranny.


US nuclear weapons poised for catastrophe

By James Carroll

Recent problems in the US land-based nuclear missile program show how outdated and unsafe the country’s nuclear strategy has become.

Nathaniel P. Morris

How can smart doctors be stupid politicians?

By Nathaniel P. Morris

It’s ideology, not education, that drives the recent remarks of some physician-politicians.


With September near, latest flock of freshmen arrive

Bethany Rennich (center) got help organizing her Brandeis dorm room from her mother, Julie (left), and sister, Jenn.

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

Boston has about 152,000 students in higher-education institutions, and the area beyond the city limits has many thousands more.

MBTA says citations for fare evaders on decline

By Alyssa A. Botelho

Fare evasion citations on the MBTA have dropped 11 percent from a year ago as Transit Police have increased their vigilance.

Violence frustrates residents who see Brockton’s good

“Whenever anybody says bad stuff about Brockton, I always get angry,” said Carol Lopez, who  moved to the city 13 years ago for the schools. “I absolutely love Brockton. Of course bad stuff happens, but crime can happen anywhere.”

By Javier Panzar

Like many manufacturing cities, Brockton saw crime rise when industry left. But not everyone is giving up on the city just yet.

Business ǀ Science

Sore feet spur a campaign for a better Army boot

Infantrymen climbed rocky terrain in Afghanistan.

By Taryn Luna

Three companies are competing to design products to handle the Middle East’s harsh conditions.

Consumers put money to work at home

Home Depot and competitor Lowe’s reported strong second-quarter sales as consumers used any extra cash to update their homes.

By Matt Townsend and Cotten Timberlake

Lowe’s and Home Depot reported strong second-quarter sales as consumers used any extra cash to update their homes.

From the Hive

This ring guarantees easy access to the MBTA

Sesame Ring works like a CharlieCard for easy access to the MBTA.

A Kickstarter project, Sesame Ring, is offering stylish RFID rings that you can simply tap against CharlieCard readers as you sail through the crowds.


John ‘Tinker’ Connelly, 85, three-sport star, NU coach

Mr. Connelly was a triple threat for the Huskies, earning All-New England honors in football, hockey, and baseball.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Connelly was a triple threat for the Huskies, earning All-New England honors in football, hockey, and baseball.

Muriel Siebert, 84, Wall Street legend and pioneer

Muriel F. Siebert was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

By Enid Nemy

Ms. Siebert was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tom Christian, 77, descendant of Bounty mutineer

Mr. Christian was a great-great-great-grandson of the mutiny’s leader.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Christian was a great-great-great-grandson of the mutiny’s leader, Fletcher Christian.


Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1

Jake Peavy in total control as Red Sox top Dodgers

Boston’s Jake Peavy, who has made it a habit of dominating the Dodgers, did so again, firing a three-hitter.

By Peter Abraham

Peavy hurled a complete-game three-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers and regained sole possession of first in the AL East.

Dan Shaughnessy

Los Angeles treated the Red Sox well

Red Sox players congratulated Jarrod Saltalamacchia after his home run on Sunday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Red Sox left town with a series win over the red-hot Dodgers, and came away looking good on the 1-year anniversary of their blockbuster trade.

On football

These 5 Patriots should worry as cuts loom

Ras-I Dowling could be on the bubble of the Patriots’ roster.

By Ben Volin

Some veterans, perhaps Ras-I Dowling and Adrian Wilson, could be in danger of losing their spots by Saturday’s deadline.

G: Health

The benefits, limits of DNA sequencing

Five of the 10 children in the Nadeau family suffer from hearing loss, which whole-genome sequencing linked to a specific DNA deletion.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Genome testing gave the Nadeaus answers about the hearing loss in their family, while also revealing the limits of such testing.

Music Review

Kenny Chesney lovefest is still Boston strong

Kenny Chesney performing at Gillette Stadium on Friday.

By Stuart Munro

If there is one thing that Chesney’s performance made clear, it is that he has a special connection to Boston, and in particular to Gillette.

Album Review | ROCK

‘Right’ stuff by Franz Ferdinand

By James Reed

“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” features some of the band’s most memorable songs since its self-titled debut.

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Ellie Goulding, ‘Halcyon Days’

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Ben Monder, ‘Hydra’

By Jon Garelick

Album Review | HIP-HOP

Earl Sweatshirt, ‘Doris’

By Benjamin Soloway

Book Review

‘All the Land to Hold Us’ by Rick Bass

By Joseph Peschel


Our schools’ role in child obesity issues

By Joan Salge Blake

In Practice

Internship and revisiting ‘The House of God’

By Dr. Suzanne Koven


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Local faces in D.C. commemorating historic march

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Kelly Olynyk joins kids at Canobie Lake Park

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt enjoy Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


McCarthy takes Wahlberg ‘Dancing’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Eric Fisher suits up as WBZ meteorologist

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Change at Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein