Romney followed rapid evolution toward presidency

When considering his bookend appearances at the 1964 and 2012 GOP conventions, the question is not whether Mitt Romney has changed his outlook — he undeniably has — but why.

Mitt Romney launched a series of attack ads accusing President Obama of “gutting” welfare reform by waiving the work requirement on people who receive benefits.

GOP convention aims to renew focus on economy

After a week of intense scrutiny on abortion, Mitt Romney’s allies say shifting the subject to President Obama’s economic stewardship is imperative.


Both parties are too extreme on abortion

You’d never know it from the media’s coverage, but when it comes to abortion there are two political parties with out-of-the-mainstream views.

// Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on moon, dies at 82

As commander of Apollo 11 in 1969, Armstrong became a symbol of America’s resolve and ingenuity in its race against the Soviet Union for supremacy in space.

A story of hope, and a lopsided deal

A national ministry for addicts has a record of success, but its work program leaves some vulnerable men feeling misused.

Underpaid in Boston

Philadelphia church members worked long hours for short pay on a multimillion-dollar renovation job.

On the day his trade from the Red Sox became official, Adrian Gonzalez was quickly inserted into the Dodgers’ lineup, hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat against the Marlins.

Red Sox complete huge deal with Dodgers

The Red Sox sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, and injured outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for first baseman James Loney and four prospects.

Christopher L. Gasper

With roster revolution, Red Sox may reclaim their soul

General manager Ben Cherington didn’t just make a baseball trade. He issued a rebuke of the way the team has done business for the last three years.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington discusses Saturday’s trade, one of the most significant in baseball history.

On Baseball

Ben Cherington can put his stamp on Red Sox

The Dodgers took the burden of the world off the Red Sox general manager’s hands. Now it’s up to Cherington to see what he does with this opportunity.


Tags in this section:

Royals 10, Red Sox 9

No. 9 hitter Tony Abreu delivered the winning run with two outs and two on, ripping a single to left off Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa (0-1) in the 12th.

Red Sox can’t go the distance

On a day when the front office sent a seismic shockwave through the majors by completing a nine-player deal with the Dodgers, the Red Sox dropped a 10-9, 12-inning decision.


Tags in this section:

Mourners entered Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan for the funeral of Kristen Lartey, one of three friends killed Aug. 12 while in a car in Dorchester. A fourth was injured.

Mourners say Dorchester death has to matter

Clergy members and family pledged that Kristen Lartey’s death would be a galvanizing force that would help unify the city in common cause.


Tags in this section:

Officials removed the body of a man who opened fire outside the Empire State Building on Friday. New York police said a laid-off clothing designer killed an executive from his former company as pedestrians heading to work packed the street.

Employers revisit violence prevention efforts

Recent workplace shootings have led many companies to develop or enhance violence prevention programs, helping contribute to a steady decline in on-the-job fatalities.


The big business of treating elected officials to lavish events will be in full swing at both parties’ conventions.

Despite changes, donors still prominent at conventions

Even with potentially buzz-killing legal advisories, the big business of treating elected officials to lavish receptions will be in full swing at both presidential nominating conventions.

Nation & World

Tags in this section:

Hussein Omar, one of 11 Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims abducted in Syria, was welcomed by his relatives upon his arrival in Beirut after his release on Saturday.

Dozens of bodies found in basement in Syrian town

Forty to 50 bodies were found in the town of Daraya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group with a network of activists inside Syria.