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Deadline nears for fixing unemployment system problems

Two months after its launch, the state’s unemployment benefits computer system remains a mess, unable to make proper payments to hundreds of people in need.

Changling Zhang, 18, of Malden, played the role of a developer during a rally for affordable housing in Chinatown.

Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

Chinatown residents fear being pushed out

At an affordable housing rally in Chinatown, Long Lin strode out in front, hauling a white bucket he played as a drum. “Keep tenants in their homes!” the 16-year-old chanted as he marched toward the Chinatown Gate with other protesters. “Keep tenants in their homes!”

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Robin Tarani collected eggs from the chicken coop on her property in Rutland. Tarani has trained daily for the Jimmy Fund Walk, sometimes walking several miles.

Sending a message about life, one step at a time

Robin Tarani, who lost her leg in a September 2011 crash, will become the first amputee to participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

Obama fails to get wide support for Syria strikes

STRELNA, Russia — President Obama raced home Friday to confront one of the biggest tests of his presidency as he ramped up a campaign to persuade Congress to support air strikes against Syria that many world leaders he had consulted declined to back.

Smoke rose from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Colstrip, Mont.


House GOP demands Harvard study data

Republicans scouring for evidence of overreaching environmental regulations want to reexamine a 1993 study that linked air pollution to disease and death.

After backlash, St. Patrick’s roast dispute is over

Bowing to an avalanche of political pressure, Councilor Bill Linehan has agreed to relinquish hosting duties at next year’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day breakfast to state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian-American from Dorchester who will become the first non-Irish host of the storied political roast.

The Nation

FDA says arsenic levels in rice are not dangerous

By Mary Clare Jalonick

The agency says consumers should not worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.

Cleveland abductor said in interrogation he phoned victim’s kin

In videos, Ariel Castro said police missed chances to catch him.

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Ariel Castro, who was found hanged in his prison cell Tuesday night, said that he told the mother of one of his captives her daughter was alive and had become his wife.

House GOP demands Harvard study data

Smoke rose from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Colstrip, Mont.

By Christopher Rowland

Republicans scouring for evidence of overreaching environmental regulations want to reexamine a 1993 study that linked air pollution to disease and death.

The World

US, Europe optimistic on talks with Iran

By Juergen Baetz and Raf Casert

The European Union and the United States are moving closer to resuming international talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear program.

Russian official’s reported ‘small island’ gibe angers Cameron

By Stephen Castle

Stung by a reported slight at the G-20 summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned diplomacy and opted for oratory Friday.

Twitter shutters terrorist account of Somalian group

By Jason Straziuso

The account of al-Shabab, Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, was closed Friday for the second time this year.

Editorial & Opinion


Response is fundamental to a world of civility and justice

A Syrian girl received treatment at a makeshift hospital in Damascus on Aug. 21. Hundreds of people flooded into hospitals that day; reports said more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children, were killed in the alleged chemical attack.

By Nicholas Burns

The US must back up the commitment President Obama made — that if Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, there would be a price to pay.

opinion | andrew j. bacevich

Forays into the Islamic world have had bad consequences

Saddam Hussein, who once benefited from US assistance, used sarin gas against his own people, including a 1988 attack in Halabja that killed up to 5,000 people and has been defined as an act of genocide.

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Examples such as Saddam Hussein and the 1999 air campaign against Serbia show an intervention in Syria won’t be quick and simple.


Boston’s Olympic-sized headache

A sign depicting Wucko, the mascot of the 1984 Winter Olympics, hangs in disrepair on a Sarajevo building. The destroyed sign is one of the few remaining symbols of the Winter Games held there.

By Renée Loth

Hosting the international sports extravaganza doesn’t necessarily bring host cities and countries economic and infrastructure benefits.


Two suffer life-threatening injuries in Arborway crash

The Arborway has been shut down between the Shea Rotary and Centre Street in Jamaica Plain after a multi-vehicle crash left several people with critical injuries, State Police said.

By Travis Andersen

Police still don’t know why an SUV crossed the road’s median and crashed into a pickup truck.

Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder charges

Attorney Michael Fee talked with his client, Aaron Hernandez, at Hernandez’s arraignment in Fall River.

By Wesley Lowery

The former Patriots tight end pleaded not guilty to six charges in connection with the June killing of Odin Lloyd of Dorchester.

Somerville teen accused in sex assaults freed on bail

Galileo Mondol, 17, was led into a district court for a hearing on Friday in Pittsfield.

By Dan Adams

Somerville High student Galileo Mondol, who is accused of raping a freshman with a broomstick, was freed Friday afternoon on $100,000 bail.


Weak jobs report adds to uncertainty on Fed’s next move

A job-seeker completed an application at a career fair in July.

By Catherine Rampell

The August snapshot of the job market had discouraging details underneath a relatively mundane headline number.

American Tower expands US footprint in $4.8 billion deal

American Tower Corp. chief executive officer James D. Taiclet called the deal a first step in a next phase of acquisitions.

By Michael B. Farrell

The Boston-based company has agreed to acquire some 5,400 domestic towers in anticipation that all major wireless carriers will continue to boost their infrastructure.

Market Basket dispute stalls work on Waltham development

By Jaclyn Reiss

The supermarket chain is expected to be the main tenant in the mixed-use project on the old Polaroid Corp. site.


Rochus Misch, 96; bodyguard saw Hitler’s last hours

Mr. Misch visited the site of Hitler’s Berlin bunker in 2006.

By David Rising

Mr. Misch served as Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and remained proud to the end about his years with the Nazi leader.

Zvonko Busic, Croatian hijacker; at 67

A passenger on TWA Flight 355 photographed Mr. Busic behind Dick Carey, the pilot of the hijacked airliner.

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Busic used fake explosives in 1976 to hijack a TWA flight out of La Guardia Airport and planted a real bomb beneath Grand Central Terminal that killed a police officer.


red sox 12, yankees 8

Red Sox fight back from 5-run hole

Mike Napoli celebrated a grand slam in the seventh inning.

By Peter Abraham

Mike Napoli’s grand slam started the comeback, and Shane Victorino’s two-run home run in the eighth inning finished it.

Dan Shaughnessy

A year later, this team is in a very good place

By Dan Shaughnessy

It’s no secret that 2012 was a disaster, but it’s striking to remember how much of the bad stuff happened in New York and at Yankee Stadium.

Boston College 24, Wake Forest 10

BC cuts down Wake Forest in ACC opener

Running back Andre Williams found a hole in Wake Forest’s defense in the third quarter.

By Michael Vega

Boston College had a lights-out effort Friday night at Alumni Stadium to improve to 2-0.

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red sox notebook

With foot healing, Mike Napoli ready for stretch run

By Peter Abraham

on baseball

Red Sox doing special things daily

By Nick Cafardo


Rob Gronkowski officially ‘doubtful’ for opener

By Michael Whitmer

Latin Academy 22, East Boston 0

Latin Academy’s Kyle Dance leads win over East Boston

By Ryan Butler

bruins notebook

Niklas Svedberg in Bruins’ goaltending picture

By Fluto Shinzawa

Duxbury 20, Abington 13

Duxbury holds on against Abington

By Greg Joyce

N. Attleboro 20, BC High 12

North Attleboro pulls off upset of No. 17 BC High

By Stephen Sellner

Everett 31, Springfield Central 23

Everett wins battle of defending Super Bowl champs

By Eric Russo


School football roundup: Andover defeats North Andover in OT

By Anthony Gulizia

America’s Cup

At helm, James Spithill in control of America’s Cup bid

By Christopher Clarey

N.E. college football roundup

Merrimack beats Wagner on late touchdown

G: Family

What’s a skier? Baseball vs. cricket.

By Doug Most

Yeah, we know, this is a baseball town. But would it hurt us to at least understand how this other game is played, now that we have a bar dedicated to it?

At Hit Wicket, cricket rules and fans love it

From right: Martin Mani, Brillo Babu, Arun Papineni, and Anish George work together and then watch together at Hit Wicket one Friday night in August.

By James Sullivan

Hit Wicket bills itself as the first sports bar in America specializing in screening international cricket matches.

Photography Review

Paul Caponigro’s intensity of serenity

By Mark Feeney

Born in Boston and now living in Maine, Caponigro is most at home artistically anywhere that spirit becomes visible.

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Boston theater, all in one place

By Joel Brown

Book Review

‘The Making of Markova’ by Tina Sutton

By Karen Campbell

From the Archives

From Globe archives: Back to school in Boston

By Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Love Letters

Can’t get more than a kiss at the door

By Meredith Goldstein


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase