Obama to blast rivals’ Medicare plan in N.H.

When President Obama visits Windham and Rochester on Saturday, he will raise the specter of radical Medicare change proposed by US Representative Paul D. Ryan.

During Ramadan, the  month of fasting, Muslims gathered at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Ramadan offers Muslims time for reflection

Ramadan, ending Sunday, is an inward, austere, demanding season, a special challenge for young Muslims living in the age of Facebook.

Colleges boosting financial aid to students

Many colleges in the Boston area and beyond are trying to help offset rising ­tuition costs this fall, building on efforts that have accelerated since the recession.

Bankruptcies wane as US relearns how to save

Personal bankruptcy filings fell 13 percent in the first half of the year and are down nearly 20 percent over the past two years nationwide.

Cailin Currie used an iPad at a grocery to translate bar codes into product information.

At ‘app camp,’ visually impaired teens get tech lessons

Students at the Newton-based Carroll Center learned how to use features for the blind on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Red Sox owner John Henry, left, and team president Larry Lucchino before a game at Fenway Park.


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Red Sox are hard to believe

The events of the past few days have shown, once again, that the Red Sox brass simply cannot just tell the truth.

Red Sox Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/150436857--90x90.jpg Ortiz stands by Red Sox manager Valentine

David Ortiz defended Bobby Valentine, saying he should not be fired. That some of his teammates may not support Valentine is incidental, according to Ortiz.

The Roads to Summer

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walden.jpg Walden Pond’s quiet still a lure for many

A place where history runs deep and the mind takes flight, Walden draws residents and tourists through much of the year, and the park regularly reaches its capacity during the summer.

Boston hair stylist Kelly Francoeur’s cellphone number has a Connecticut area code, though she lives in Revere.

Phone area codes say increasingly less about where people live

Several factors have combined to create a growing mismatch between where people live and their area codes.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Boghosian_18fans(7)10_MET[1].jpg 7 of the most obsessed superfans in all of Boston sports

Later this month, ESPN will choose 10 finalists for the inaugural class of its Hall of Fans. Here are seven local fanatics who ought to make the cut.


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Patriots notebook

Several weeks into training camp, quarterback Tom Brady (12) and receiver Wes Welker (right) still have some spring in their step.

Patriots sign Olympian Jeff Demps

The running back and kickoff returner drew interest from several teams after he was part of the United States’ silver medal-winning 4 x 100-meter relay team.


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Before James Bulger went on the lam, he supported Teresa Stanley.

Teresa Stanley, Bulger’s other longtime mate, dead at 71

She was the other woman in “Whitey” Bulger’s life, the one who spent nearly 30 years with the gangster but refused to leave her family to stay with him on the run.


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Vertex Pharmaceuticals is expected to benefit from a new recommendation.

Hepatitis C testing may lift Vertex’s market

A new federal guideline recommending all baby boomers be tested could expand the market for treatments made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other drug makers by up to 80 percent.

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Stage Review

A scene from “All Shook Up,” a celebration of Elvis Presley music.

Elvis lives on in high-energy, goofy musical theater tribute

This celebration of Elvis Presley music wrapped in a goofy fairy tale gets a high-energy production at the North Shore Music Theatre.