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Shirley Leung

Here, an heiress says, her millions dwindled

A worker at Continuum Energy, a Fall River firm being sued, used a device to analyze elemental metals.

Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe

A Swiss heiress has accused a baron, a former MIT administrator, and a Harvard professor of duping her into pouring money into a Fall River technology company.

Neil and Tina Carruthers married in 2010, and nine months later, her cancer returned.

Stoneham couple’s love story, in life and death

Nine months after Neil Carruthers, 34, married Tina Nedelcu, 29, her cancer returned. When he died unexpectedly, she passed two days later.

John R. Connolly (right) and rival Martin Walsh both attended the Men of Boston Cook for Women event in Codman Square on Thursday.

Mayoral rivals spar on outside donations

Martin Walsh called John Connolly’s pledge not to accept money from outside groups a “gimmick.”

Police pay may entangle candidates

Boston police patrolmen are expected to receive a major arbitration award that could thrust a high-profile labor dispute into the heated mayoral race.

State Police hone ways to catch drivers texting behind the wheel

Troopers are hoping to deter distracted driving by ticketing as many people as possible.

Democrats and Republicans swapped harsh words but held no high-level talks to avert a federal shutdown.

J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Shutdown fear brings appeals for funds

Lawmakers and political committees — from Senator Elizabeth Warren to start-up Tea Party groups — have used this moment of potential chaos to ask for money.

The Nation

House moves on to fight over raising debt ceiling

House GOP leaders attached a long list of party priorities to a plan to raise the debt limit.

By Jonathan Weisman

Republican leaders tried to shift the budget dispute to a fight over raising the government’s borrowing limit.

NSA chief deflects tracking questions

By Kimberly Dozier

The nation’s top intelligence official sidestepped questions about whether the agency has ever used Americans’ cellphone signals to collect information on their whereabouts.

Political Notebook

Obama fiercely defends health care law

President Obama, at Prince Georges Community College in  Maryland, ridiculed GOP opponents of the health care law.

President Obama mocked opponents of his health care program for “crazy” arguments and accused them of trying to “blackmail a president” to stop the law.

The World

UN Security Council reaches deal on Syria

US Ambassador Samantha Power said the resolution established a new norm.

By Michael R. Gordon

All five members of the council, including Russia, have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

Somali group warns of more Kenya attacks

A parking lot outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi contained what remained of cars and other debris in the aftermath of the four-day siege by Somali militants. Kenya was observing a three-day period of mourning as investigators, including US specialists, began combing through  the site.

By Tom Odula and David Rising

The Islamist extremist group that killed scores of people at a Nairobi mall has now attacked two Kenyan towns near the Somali border, killing three people.

50-year sentence upheld for Charles Taylor

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor in Court at the Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague on Thursday.


A panel of appeals judges upheld the prison sentence against the former president of Liberia on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | JOSHUA GREEN

Why I am rooting for a government shutdown

By Joshua Green

It’s now clear that Congress can’t operate smoothly, and even a conclusive national election won’t break the cycle of dysfunction.


On second thought, repeal casinos

By Carlo Rotella

The essence of the argument from a widely cited report is that casinos tend to erode and destroy the social, economic, and political fabric of a community.


Where are the GOP grown-ups?

By Scot Lehigh

The Republican Party’s supposed congressional leaders need to make their own voices heard — lest they be drowned out altogether.

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letters | again, the question: What to do with City Hall?

Building is an American classic

letters | again, the question: What to do with City Hall?

City Hall’s ugliness is result of neglect, not design

letters | again, the question: What to do with City Hall?

A peculiar fondness for a curious maze of a municipal building

letters | again, the question: What to do with City Hall?

Sure, replace it, but don’t turn it into another development site


Brandon Bass is diving in

Celtics forward Brandon Bass begins swimming lessons in Waltham Friday along with youths from the Boys and Girls Club.

By Bella English

On Friday, Bass will get into the pool, in the shallow end, with 10 children. Together, they’ll take their first swimming lesson.

Kevin Cullen

On race and races

By Kevin Cullen

Defining mayoral candidates Marty Walsh and John Connolly as Irish pols is accurate, but misleadingly narrow.

N.H. woman held on $10,000 bail in bicycle deaths

Cindy Sheppard, of Hampton, N.H., is charged with supplying drugs to Darriean Hess of Seabrook and allowing Hess to drive without a license on Saturday.

By Peter Schworm

Cindy Sheppard allegedly allowed the 19-year-old who is charged with fatally striking two bicyclists to drive a car without a license.

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Police pay may entangle candidates

By Andrew Ryan and Maria Cramer

The last Irish ward boss

By Kevin Cullen

North Haverhill, N.H.

N.H. man convicted in hunting death


Boston delays vote on new BC dorm

By Matt Rocheleau


City adds 18 Hubway bike share stations

By Melissa Hanson


Despite objections, Red Sox win rights to street use

A $7.3 million deal allows the Red Sox to use Lansdowne Street (pictured) and Yawkey Way.

By Casey Ross

Despite objections, a $7.3 million deal was authorized, allowing the Red Sox use of two public streets for gameday concessions and seating over the Green Monster.

Developer wins tax break on Filene’s site

Current construction at the Filene’s Downtown Crossing site is focused on the rehabilitation of the original 1912 Beaux Arts-style building.

By Casey Ross

The $7.8 million deal was unanimously approved, and officials say it will help lure a new mix of stores and office tenants to downtown.

Fung Wah, Lucky Star may be on the road again soon

Lucky Star’s president, Edward Leung, promises that passenger safety will be a top priority if the line gets back on the road.

By Katie Johnston

The companies, which were shut down earlier this year, have met requirements and are just waiting to be allowed to start carrying passengers again.


Dr. John Kennell, advocate of infant bonding; at 91

John Kennell helped change common hospital procedures.

By Paul Vitello

Dr. Kennell’s findings were considered a prime catalyst for changes in hospital procedures that gave new mothers more private time with their infants.

Luciano Vincenzoni, 87; behind many spaghetti westerns

An Italian poster promoted “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” with Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef.

By John Schwartz

The urbane Italian screenwriter worked with Billy Wilder, Dino De Laurentiis, and other giants of film.

Peter Leisure, 84; judge oversaw USFL antitrust case

Peter K. Leisure oversaw high-profile business disputes, trials of Mafia chieftains and political controversies in 26 years on the bench.

By Peter Lattman

Judge Leisure also presided over the 1993 racketeering and drug trial that led to the convictions of three members of the Gambino crime family.


On offense, Patriots are running with it

LeGarrette Blount is part of a multi-pronged ground attack that has helped the Patriots run off three wins so far.

By Michael Whitmer

The Patriots rank 22d in the NFL in passing yardage; they haven’t been that low for a full season since 2001 — but they’re 12th in rushing.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots and Falcons matchup is important

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Patriots need to prove they merit their 3-0 record, but Atlanta needs to validate its recent success.

Homing in on pigeon racing

And they’re off! Pigeons from the Greater Boston Homing Pigeon Concourse are released in Herkimer, N.Y., to race each other back home to these parts.

By Stan Grossfeld

Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld had an idea: He’d race pigeons from Herkimer, N.Y., back to Boston. Would he win?

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red sox notebook

For David Ortiz, more season than expected

By Peter Abraham

bruins notebook

Niklas Svedberg presents case to Bruins

By Amalie Benjamin

Downs & Distance

For Georgia-LSU, game day is also mother’s day

By Jim McBride

G: Arts & Movies

‘Enough Said’ tinged with the sorrow of Gandolfini’s death

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in “Enough Said.”

By Janice Page

Writer-director Nicole Holofcener and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus share their mixed emotions as the movie with James Gandolfini is released.

Movie Review

Empty-nest comedy ‘Enough Said’ offers much to treasure

Tracey Fairaway (above left) plays college-bound Ellen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus her mother, Eva, in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said.’’

By Ty Burr

The lovely, melancholy comedy of midlife errors and eros deserves our thanks for many things, not least for showcasing the late, great James Gandolfini.


Upending photographic expectations at MassArt

In the exhibition of photographs “Reality Check” at MassArt: Christina Seely’s “Lux: Metropolis 35°41’N 139°46’E (Tokyo)” (above) and Stephen Mallon’s “Wave” (left).

By Mark Feeney

The concept behind “Reality Check,” photographs that look digitally altered but aren’t, is both intriguing and provocative.

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Book Review

‘Men We Reaped’ by Jesmyn Ward

By Hope Reese

It’s all geek to Chris Hardwick

By Nick A. Zaino III

Classical Notes

Musical setting of Dead Sea Scrolls to get premiere

By David Weininger

Movie Review

‘Meatballs 2’ is colorful, if reheated

By Tom Russo

Movie Review

Don’t check this ‘Baggage’

By Peter Keough

Television Review

The pioneers of ‘Masters of Sex’

By Matthew Gilbert

Scene & Heard

10 albums in, Matt Savage still growing strong

By Jon Garelick

Noisy Neighbors

John Funkhouser, ‘Still’

By Jon Garelick

High Five

Phoenix: Five albums later

By James Reed

Night Watch

The Big Red Shindig at Mills Gallery

By Vanessa Fernandes

Album Review

Drake, ‘Nothing Was the Same’

By James Reed


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


John Varvatos celebrates new Copley Place store

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘TV Diner’ to go off the air at NECN

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Larry Bird selling deluxe digs in Florida

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein