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Mission of Burma’s second act is more than a comeback

The group escaped the realm of “comeback story” long ago, morphing now into something even weirder — a grown-up, modern fable of how to be a band.

Kori Cioca (above, with husband Rob, and below, in uniform) was raped while serving in the Coast Guard. Bottom: Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Michael Dominguez testified before Congress.

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‘Invisible War’ looks at the problem of rape in the military

This documentary is doubly disturbing. The individual stories are heartbreaking, while the ineffectiveness of the Defense Department’s response is enraging, writes Mark Feeney.

The large cast in “To Rome With Love’’ includes (second row, from left): Judy Davis, Woody Allen, Alison Pill, and Flavio Parenti and (below, from left) Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’ is a charming trifle

Allen follows up the biggest hit of his career (“Midnight in Paris”) with a charming but self-indulgent trifle that’s less than the sum of its parts.

The boxing exploits of Floyd Patterson (left, in 1956, and right, after knocking out Ingemar Johansson to reclaim the heavyweight title in 1960) are the highlights of W.K. Stratton’s book.

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‘Floyd Patterson’ by W. K. Stratton

This engrossing biography leaves no doubt as to why Patterson won or lost each bout, but has less success in connecting the dots when it comes to the man.

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Mitt Romney ups fund-raising bar with June haul

Romney’s joint fund-raising committee brought in more than $100 million in June, Politico reported, outpacing the $76.8 million he raised in May.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/48057001H7930211--90x90.JPG Allen reportedly to stay overnight in Fla.

Ray Allen plans to remain in South Florida until Friday after visiting the Miami Heat on Thursday, a source told The Associated Press.

Rate cuts signal global concerns of slowdown

The central banks of China and Europe cut key interest rates, highlighting the role those institutions are playing in seeking to bolster growth.

A greenhouse at Water Fresh Farm in Hopkinton has a variety of vegetables growing in a hydroponic medium, with no soil involved.

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Growing vegetables and herbs without soil

Jeff Barton and Phil Todaro are at the forefront of a movement toward locally sourced food.

opinion | nicholas burns

The return of Russia

The complex, difficult, and often inscrutable Vladimir Putin could be key to America’s dealings with Iran and Syria.


6 heat-wave-friendly fragrances for summer

While we’re still clearing out winter’s musks and spring’s florals, we’ve begun searching for the perfect summertime scent.