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KEVIN CULLEN

The Texas victims were praying before the slaughter. Prayers won’t fix this

Mourners pray in a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Monday in Sutherland Springs, Tex.

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The setting, a small church in a dusty rural town, was shocking. The fact that it happened at all isn’t.

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The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church was committed to a mental health facility in 2012, and had made death threats against superior officers.

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The group endorsed Trump, a strong backer in recent years, but legislative wins remain elusive.

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BOB HOHLER

Alex Cora’s hiring a groundbreaking moment for Red Sox

Cora becomes the first minority manager in the 117 years of a team still burdened by its racial history.

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Mass. House leaders look to scale back Senate crime bill

A pared-down version of the criminal justice overhaul would nonetheless allow for expunging certain juvenile and criminal records.