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President Barack Obama spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.

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Sweeping talk of the gains and distance still to go

Obama addresses the nation from the same spot as Martin Luther King, Jr., exactly 50 years ago. In some ways it is a dream fulfilled, with the nation’s first black president embodying how far the country has come. But in other ways it is a dream very much still in progress, with many metrics showing that black Americans are no better off than they were half a century ago.

Questionable moves hamper once-dominant WEEI

Behind slumping ratings at sports radio station WEEI are poor business decisions by parent company Entercom Communications, according to industry analysts and former employees.

The House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston.

House of Blues closed while police probe apparent overdoses

It’s unclear how long the popular nightclub, located on Lansdowne Street, would remain shuttered.

A donor said he was “appalled at the lavish spending” by Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle.

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Donor cancels planned $100,000 gift to Westfield State

The man who wanted to make the gift said he was “appalled at the lavish spending” by university president Evan Dobelle.

Mayoral candidates cornered on many topics at forums

Scores of groups are clamoring for face time with the contenders — and demanding answers on very specific questions.

The Nation

Fort Hood gunman sentenced to death

Kerry Cahill (right) comforted her mother, Joleen, as they joined other family members to talk about Michael Cahill, who was killed in the Fort Hood shootings, at a news conference after Major Nidal Hasan (below) was sentenced Wednesday.

By Manny Fernandez

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who admitted shooting to kill, was sentenced him to die by lethal injection for killing or wounding more than 40 soldiers.

George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjury

Shellie Zimmerman wrote an apology letter as part of her plea deal.


Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest, and she was sentenced to probation and community service.

Court sides with Ohio hospital on Amish girl care


An appeals court has sided with a hospital that wants to force a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.

The World

US expected to show proof in Syria attack

A member of a UN investigation team took samples of sand near a part of a missile outside Damascus on Wednesday.

By Mark Mazzetti and Mark Landler

The Obama administration says the information it will make public will show proof of a large-scale chemical attack perpetrated by Syrian forces.

Swedish boarding school shut down for hazing


Authorities in Sweden temporarily shut down one of the country’s most renowned boarding schools Wednesday after repeated, shocking incidents of bullying and hazing.

Australian slain in Oklahoma buried in hometown

Sarah Harper, the American girlfriend of Chris Lane, attended his funeral in Australia.


The 22-year-old Australian baseball player slain in a drive-by shooting in Oklahoma was buried in Melbourne after a funeral attended by more than 500 mourners.

Editorial & Opinion


Good for girls?

By Joanna Weiss

Miley Cyrus’s scandalous VMA performance is what liberation looks like.


All-black mayoral debate is short-sighted

By Joan Vennochi

The forum would be a chance to press all the candidates for commitments to Boston’s assorted communities of color, but the white hopefuls won’t be there.

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How Dre, Z, Nas, and 9th Wonder spent their summer vacations

By Alex Beam

These rap and hip-hop artists were busy this summer, including making connections at Harvard.


Syrian natives worry about relatives

By Maria Sacchetti

Boston-area immigrants said they feel helpless thousands of miles away as relatives share stories of torture, kidnappings, and bombings back home.

Yvonne Abraham

Let’s open the door to the arts in Boston

A mural at the former Bartlett Bus Yard on Washington Street in Roxbury.

By Yvonne Abraham

We live in a city that bursts with world-class art institutions and creative types, but great cultural programming rarely trickles down to the neighborhood level.

Remembering the March on Washington

50 years later, some dreams realized and others deferred

LETTING FREEDOM RING — Spectators watched Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, projected onto Fort Independence at Castle Island Wednesday night. The showing was one of several Boston events, including the tolling of bells, to commemorate the speech.

By Peter Schworm and Joshua Miller

President Obama’s speech Wednesday resonated with many who work on the front lines in the battle against poverty.

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Sign is vandalized at Burlington mosque

By Nicholas Jacques


Survey to gauge Maine’s green crab population

By Clarke Canfield

Ethics Commission extends deadline for Dan Wolf

By Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson


Wahlbergs to open a Wahlburgers in Toronto

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Steward hospitals continues to lose money

By Robert Weisman

Nine of Steward Heath Care System’s 10 hospitals were unprofitable in the January-to-March quarter, including its two Boston hospitals.

Tech Lab

Congo’s cellular service answers the call

Street vendors selling cellphone minutes are easy to find in Africa.

By Hiawatha Bray

In a New York-sized city of desperately poor people, nearly everybody had some kind of cellphone, and the networks perform about as well as in the United States.

Retailers tap software to pick best locations for new stores

This Woburn Dunkin’ Donuts moved to the other end of its complex, installed a drive-through, and watched sales jump.

By Taryn Luna

Across the retail industry, software programs that identify ideal locations are becoming increasingly popular — and critical — to successful expansion.


Celia Thaxter Hubbard, 92, of Cambridge; gallery was hub of expression

Celia Thaxter Hubbard represented prominent artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

By J.M. Lawrence

Miss Hubbard launched the Botolph Group art gallery on Newbury Street during the 1950s.

Gilbert Taylor, 99; ‘Star Wars’ cinematographer

Gilbert Taylor worked with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick but most wanted to be remembered for his work on George Lucas’s “Star Wars.”

By Raphael Satter

Mr. Taylor joined the movie industry at the tail end of the silent film era, and worked on one of the most iconic series in modern cinema.

Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., said he handled UFO debris; at 76

By Amy Beth Hanson

Dr. Marcel said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M.


On football

What Rolling Stone got right, wrong on Aaron Hernandez

According to Rolling Stone, Aaron Hernandez told Bill Belichick his life was in danger.

By Ben Volin

The magazine does a thorough job recounting Hernandez’s sordid past, but its story is filled with convenient fact-bending and even one blatant falsity.

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Red Sox rally for fourth straight win

Red Sox teammates congratulated Mike Carp after his game-winning hit in the eighth inning.

By Julian Benbow

Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning plated Jarrod Saltalamacchia and extended Boston’s hot streak.

Deutsche Bank Championship

A peek inside golf’s unwritten rulebook

Some of golf’s unwritten rules will be on display at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton this week.

By Michael Whitmer

Every sport played at the highest level has its unwritten rules, a participatory code to follow. Golf is no different.

G: Style

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No more Mr. Mom

By Kara Baskin

Being the primary caregiver is working out for an increasing number of stay-at-home dads.

Tips for dads (and moms) returning to the workforce

By Kara Baskin

Career experts Pattie Hunt Sinacole and Kathy Robinson offer tips for parents re-entering the workforce.

Juliette Bench finds success with a Cape Cod-inspired flip-flop

Juliette Bench has created flip-flops designed around the braided sailor’s bracelet.

By Christopher Muther

The West Roxbury native’s summery footwear ideas inspired her to move from New York to Cape Cod.