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White House lays out case for Syria strike

Secretary of State John F. Kerry placed particular emphasis on the number of children who were victims.

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President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry forcefully made the case that the Syrian government deliberately used poison gas to kill civilians.

// Obama team making case for Syrian strikes built careers on anti-war posture

Much of the president’s foreign policy team consists of people who have expressed misgivings about using military power.

Seamus Heaney taught for 20 years at Harvard.

Kevin Cullen

A life of engagement and wondrous words

Seamus Heaney dared to leave the bog; he made words a weapon of wonder and tolerance; he walked on air against his better judgment.

Mayoral candidates flock to Cape for money, support

Daniel F. Conley shot pool and listened to blues music at a country club fund-raiser in Mashpee. Martin J. Walsh ran an ad on Cape Cod radio, targeting voters prowling Route 6 in search of clam rolls and soft serve. Charlotte Golar Richie mingled with African-American donors at a historic home in Oak Bluffs, on Martha’s Vineyard.

Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation

In one photo, a man holds up a CVS receipt so long it towers above his head. Another features a woman who jokingly uses the paper strip to keep track of her figure. She’s down to her target waistline: half a receipt.

The Nation

Smoke from wildfire descends into Calif. cities

Nearly a third of a forest fire burning in the Sierras, on the edge of Yosemite National Park, was contained as of Friday. It is the largest US wildfire to date this year.

By Gosia Wozniacka

Nearly a third of the huge forest fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park was contained Friday, but smoke reaching the San Joaquin Valley became a problem.

Ginsburg to officiate at gay wedding

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

By Robert Barnes

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday.

Father charged in baby’s car death in Ariz.

By Paul Davenport

A 31-year-old father whose infant son died after being left in a parked car was smoking marijuana next to the car part of the time, police said.

The World

the decision on syria

Iron Dome system is deployed by Israel

By William Booth

A battery of the country’s missile defense system was deployed to the Tel Aviv suburbs to defend Israelis against possible retaliation if the US leads a military strike against Syria.

Beleaguered Brotherhood switches tactics

A protester covered his face with a flag as Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces clashed in Cairo Friday.

By Aya Batrawy and Tony G. Gabriel

Reeling from a fierce security crackdown, the Muslim Brotherhood brought out only scattered, small crowds Friday in its latest protests of Egypt’s military coup.

Al Qaeda in Iraq says it coordinated latest wave of fatal bombings

A group of Iraqi journalists volunteered to donate blood Friday in Baghdad, after 
a month of deadly bombings.

By Sameer N. Yacoub

It claimed responsibility for attacks in the Baghdad area earlier this week, as new attacks killed another 14 people in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the country.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | paul sabin

The decline of Republican environmentalism

By Paul Sabin

George H.W. Bush’s early presidential years may be the last time a prominent national Republican advocated for the environmental cause.

derrick z. jackson

Making Boston top in cycling commutes

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The Boston Bikes program is looking to create more than 360 miles of bike lanes and have biking account for 30 to 50 percent of all trips in the city by 2043.


The best mayor we didn’t elect

Lawrence DiCara (center) ran for mayor in 1983.

By Lawrence Harmon

Had Lawrence DiCara been elected in 1983, he might have pushed Boston further and faster in the right direction.


Seamus Heaney, 74; Nobel-winning poet, taught at Harvard

An Irish writer and poet, Seamus Heaney was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature on Dec. 10, 1995, in Stockholm.

By Joseph P. Kahn

The Irish poet, playwright, essayist, and translator inspired younger writers and poets on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Martin Walsh tops candidate fund-raising in August

State Representative Martin J. Walsh was the top fundraiser in August out of the candidates running for Boston mayor.

By Stephanie Ebbert

The state representative collected $383,000 — the biggest monthly haul of any of the dozen candidates to date.

Somerville teens charged in rape at sports camp

By Evan Allen and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Three members of the Somerville High School JV boys soccer team were arrested in connection with an incident at a Western Massachusetts sports camp.


Boston nonprofits post record fund-raising years

By Beth Healy

Donors shared gains from a rising stock market and sought to get ahead of any changes in charitable tax deductions.

Cambridge museum aims to preserve digital history

The Digital Den in Cambridge, now just a storage room, may one day be a computer museum.

By Hiawatha Bray

Digital Den is a remarkable collection of hardware and software, ranging from late-1970s desktop computers to the latest technology.

Impact of oil price surge to be muted at pumps

Oil industry analysts say rising crude prices will trickle down to the gasoline pumps, but not nearly as hard as it once might have.

By Erin Ailworth

Buffering any blow in oil price increases is the boost in domestic oil production and US refining capacity.


Frank Pulli, 78; longtime National League umpire

Frank Pulli checked an ESPN replay before it was approved by Major League Baseball.

Mr. Pulli used video replay to make a call in 1999, years before video reviews were allowed by Major League Baseball.

Soledad Mexia, 114; oldest person born in Mexico died in Calif.

Ms. Mexia didn’t have a special diet. ‘‘But there was no junk food,” her granddaughter said.

By Sue Manning

Ms. Mexia moved to the United States when she was very young and later became an American citizen.

Sathima Bea Benjamin, 76; jazz singer and activist

By Nate Chinen

Ms. Benjamin upheld a style of elegant composure and deliberative understatement, singing in a honeyed, faintly smoky mezzo-soprano.



Phil Mickelson and Brian Davis share lead at 63

Phil Mickelson, who shot 63 to share the lead, shakes hands with Tiger Woods after they completed their first round. EPA/CJ GUNTHER

By Michael Whitmer

Mickelson had thoughts of a 59 after shooting 28 through nine; his 63 tied his best score in this tournament.

Christopher L. Gasper

Phil Mickelson a cut above playing partners at Deutsche Bank Championship

Phil Mickelson was in deep trouble on No. 9, his final hole, but he hacked out and made a nice bogey save.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Friday’s 8-under 63 in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston was vintage Lefty.

Red Sox notebook

Jake Peavy ready to get started against old friends

Jake Peavy was traded to the Red Sox on July 30.

By Peter Abraham

Peavy, who spent five years in Chicago, will start against his old team Saturday night for the first time since he was traded to Boston on July 30.

G: Family

5 easy fall day-trips around New England

10th annual Ogunquitfest.

By Noelle Barbosa

Each trip has plenty of browsing, walking, eating, and ways to just soak up the season that distinguishes this part of the country from anywhere else.

From the Archives

From the Archives: Walden Pond

By Leanne Burden

As summer comes to an end, we take a look at a summer retreat visited by both the philosophers and the frolicker.


Megan Mullally’s a powerhouse in P-town

Megan Mullally starred on Broadway, both before and after her award-winning role on TV’s “Will & Grace.”

By Sandy MacDonald

The rafter-raising power of Mullally’s singing voice, which she employed to impressive effect on Broadway before and after “Will & Grace,” blew listeners away.