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US assails Syria, moves closer to military strike

UN chemical weapons experts visited a Damascus hospital where people affected by an apparent gas attack were taken.

Abo Alnour Alhaji/Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry said the use of toxic arms by Syrian forces was a certainty.

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Sealed for decades, State House safe yields secrets

An ornately decorated safe, the size of a small car, had a dusty assortment of artifacts, including at least one dating to the 1700s.

Landlords call Boston’s new fee plan intrusive, costly

An ordinance requiring landlords to register their rental units with the city has received a cool reception from property owners.

Amid high profits, Liberty Mutual cuts benefits

The cuts come just a year after a public uproar over lavish pay and perks for top executives of the Boston insurer.

Kyle King at the Burger King on Tremont Street on Monday.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Local fast-food workers to join nationwide protest

In Boston, as many as 200 fast-food employees are taking part in a nationwide demonstration demanding better wages and the right to unionize.

The Nation

Ash threatens water supply for San Francisco

A firefighter on Monday surveyed a campground that was destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.

By Brian Skoloff and Tracie Cone

Ash from the Yosemite National Park wildfire poured into the reservoir that provides drinking water to San Francisco.

First fire, then floods in besieged Western states

Wildfire burn scars have spawned flash floods up and down Colorado’s Front Range and in other Western states this summer.

Afghanistan war veteran awarded Medal of Honor

Staff Sergeant Ty Carter said he wants to help veterans who bear “invisible wounds.’’

Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades, and render first aid during intense fighting.

The World

Islamist groups offer to end protests in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood official Amr Darrag said it needs “confidence-building measures.”

By Maggie Michael

Two Egyptian groups offered to halt protests if the government eases its pressure on Islamists.

Afghan leader urges Pakistan to aid peace talks

Pakistan is seen as key to the peace process because of its ties to the Taliban, but expectations were low in both countries that much progress would be made.

Victims describe horror of migrant train accident

Hundreds of Central Americans riding atop a cargo train were being threatened and extorted by armed men before the train derailed and killed at least six, survivors said.

Editorial & Opinion


Not just for the witless

By Tom Keane

Yes, anonymous comments can be coarse, but they can also expose truth.


A Byzantine, only-in-Boston, battle

By Paul McMorrow

The opponents of Olmsted Place in Jamaica Plain have no chance to stop it, but that hasn’t prevented them from trying to keep the project tied up in court.

tim cockey

Hey, collegians, here’s how to mooch a vacation

By Tim Cockey

The advice of parents rings true: Make friends during your freshman year, and make sure they have good places for a vacation.


Man arraigned in Dorchester triple murder

Observers at the arraignment of Keron Pierre at Suffolk Superior Court Monday reacted to the proceedings. Pierre is accused of killing three people in Dorchester in 2009. He was extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to Boston Friday.

By Brian Ballou

Furious that women he met at a 2009 party showed no romantic interest in him, Keron Pierre found them outside and fired a pistol repeatedly, authorities said.

Boston firefighters honored for Marathon bombing response

Colleagues lined up Monday on Boston Common to support about 150 Fire Department personnel who were issued commendation ribbons.

By David Abel

About 150 Fire Department personnel were issued commendation ribbons in the blue and yellow colors of the Boston Marathon.

Stuck trucks a sure sign of students’ return to college

A truck was stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive.

By Jasper Craven and Jeremy C. Fox

It seems to always happen at this time of year: A truck gets wedged under a Storrow Drive overpass.

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Foxwoods and Milford near a deal on casino

By Mark Arsenault and Ellen Ishkanian

Landlords call Boston’s new fee plan intrusive, costly

By Peter Schworm and Matt Rocheleau


R.I. man to plead guilty to selling deadly drug

By Michelle R. Smith


Teen seriously injured by boat on Lakeville pond

By Nicholas Jacques


R.I. may defer loans for young entrepreneurs

By Michael B. Farrell

A novel proposal would defer student loans for graduates who go to work for start-ups or launch their own entrepreneurial ventures in the state.

Government Center Garage redevelopment plan revised

The developer wants to demolish the Government Center Garage after completing construction of a residential building that will be part of a new complex.

By Casey Ross

The company behind the massive Government Center Garage redevelopment in downtown Boston is reducing the height of two of the project’s main buildings in response to concerns voiced by neighbors.HYM Investment Group LLC will cut its proposed office tower to 528 feet from 600 feet and will nearly slice in half a hotel and condominium building along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. That building will be trimmed to 157 feet from 275 feet.“I think we’ve come up with something that our team and the leadership of the surrounding neighborhoods can get behind,” Thomas N. O’Brien, managing director of HYM, said of the revised plan. “Our whole goal is to remove the garage as a blight to this portion of the downtown.”

Online lecture prompts legal fight on copyright

Liberation Music said a Lawrence Lessig lecture posted on YouTube (above) that included the song “Lisztomania’’ by French musical group Phoenix violated its copyright.

By Michael B. Farrell

Harvard legal professor Lawrence Lessig and an Australian record company are battling over the use of the song “Lisztomania’’ by the group Phoenix.


Paul F. Cook, 89, distinguished district fire chief, veteran

Mr. Cook, who helped fight the Cocoanut Grove fire in 1942, was proud that no firefighters died at the scene of fires during his tenure as district chief, which began in 1971.

By Jasper Craven

Mr. Cook’s involvement with the Boston Fire Department dated to before the Cocoanut Grove fire.

John J. Gilligan, 92; was governor, congressman

John J. Gilligan was a professor of literature before turning to politics.

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Mr. Gilligan was a liberal Democrat whose most lasting accomplishment, the creation of Ohio’s state income tax, ended his political career.

Leslie Land, 66; chef, author, food and garden columnist

Ms. Land wrote the syndicated newspaper column “Good Food” for 20 years.

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Land wrote the syndicated newspaper column “Good Food” for 20 years and wrote more than 500 articles for The New York Times.


Rotation has been a strength for the Red Sox

Jon Lester, who was dominant against the Dodgers, has allowed four earned runs over his last 29 innings.

By Peter Abraham

With 30 games remaining, the rotation could be what propels the team into its first postseason since 2009.

Seal population a bane to Nantucket fishermen

 More and more seals are popping up around Nantucket, and some who fish these waters believe they have become a major nuisance.

By Stan Grossfeld

More and more seals are popping up around the island, and some people who fish these waters believe they have become a major nuisance.

PGA’s Player of the Year award up for grabs

Adam Scott was a strong candidate for the PGA Tour Player of the Year, and that was before his one-shot win Sunday at the Barclays.

By Michael Whitmer

Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson all can make a case. But no one is running away with the award.

G: Living

At camp, solace for children of cancer patients

A group of children plunged into the lake Center Tuftonburo, N.H.

By Bella English

Camp Kesem in New Hampshire, a weeklong summer camp run by MIT students, gives kids a chance to just be kids.

Stage Review

In a potent ‘Anna Christie,’ past is present

Derek Wilson and Rebecca Brooksher in the Berkshire Theatre Group production of  Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie.”

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

In the title role — Anna Christie is a cynical, hard-bitten, 20-year-old prostitute — Rebecca Brooksher is magnetic.

Art Review

Some standouts in ‘Locally Made’

Entang Wiharso’s  “I’m the Sweetest Teddy Bear,” from his “Hurting Landscape” series.

By Cate McQuaid

“Locally Made,” a festival at the RISD Museum, has some terrific art in it. It has some middling art, as well. The show doesn’t cohere.

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A memorable Ninth caps Tanglewood season

By Jeremy Eichler

Book Review

‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon

By Ethan Gilsdorf


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Stars

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Patriots player key to the new Spenser novel

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Rollin’ on the river for Tom Brady and family

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Jon Lester and friends lead cancer fund-raiser

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Guitarist Dave Minehan steps in for Replacements

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Paula Cole joins Berklee College of Music’s staff

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Setback for Mario Batali and Boston restaurant

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


James Franco roast a feast for hungry comics

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jason Collins talks equality at the VMAs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Patriots owner joins Robert Duvall on the set

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein