Boston school chief hit with new criticism

Several city councilors questioned the leadership of Superintendent Carol Johnson for her actions after one of her headmasters was arrested, but Mayor Menino is steadfast in his support.

Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, spoke during a press conference announcing the takedown of an alleged multimillion-dollar drug ring.

Suspects’ affluent ways helped spur drug inquiry

Fancy cars, expensive nights out at clubs, and overseas trips were big clues that the Boylston Street gang was doing more than just peddling drugs on the street.

Senate rivals’ ideas differ on cutting US deficit

Senator Brown and Elizabeth Warren provided five ideas for bridging the nation’s $1.2 trillion deficit, with the results highlighting why the problem has deadlocked Washington.

Scot Lehigh

The duel over tax breaks

President Obama and Mitt Romney have different ideas for tax cuts, but both are guilty of engaging in fiscal fantasy.

Maine residents Izzy Labbe, Julia Bluhm, and Maya Brown are in SPARK.


Teens confront sexualization of girls in media

The group of girls and young women behind SPARK — which stands for Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge — are not afraid to speak up and take action.

Dan Shaughnessy

What happened to the Red Sox?

The Red Sox franchise has become a parody of itself, led by an ownership group that has lost all sense of accountability. They are simply a trainwreck.

Transcript reflects jury tension in Mattapan murder trial

The 77-page transcript yields fresh insight into tense deliberations that ended in mistrial, and confirms earlier reports of the panel’s abiding frustration with the lone holdout.

Jessica Reinhard, a graphic designer, took notes at the JavaScript boot camp.

Software company wants all workers to know code

Hoping to narrow the tech divide between workers, FreeCause is requiring all of their employees to learn the programming language JavaScript.

Boston ranks 19th worst in traffic gridlock study

According to TomTom, a manufacturer of GPS devices, Boston is the 19th most congested city in North America, behind such cities as Vancouver and Miami.


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NL 8, AL 0

 Melky Cabrera didn’t get a hand from AL second baseman Robinson Cano on his two-run homer in the fourth, but he did grab All-Star MVP honors.

NL rocks David Ortiz, AL Stars

The National League had a five-run lead in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night before the Red Sox slugger got to swing a bat.


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“We had conference calls through the night. . . . When we couldn’t get that done, it was . . . the last straw,” said William Thomas, 38 Studios president and uncle of Curt Schilling.

38 Studios sought investors up until its filing

Curt Schilling’s video game company was speaking with potential investors until just hours before the company filed for bankruptcy, former executives testified at a hearing.


Political Notebook

London is one of the world banking hubs, with many Americans involved in the securities and investment industries that Mitt Romney has courted.

Mitt Romney reveals London fund-raising events

On the eve of the Olympics, Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials.

Nation & World

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The president called back the members of Parliament on Tuesday, and this time the generals did not try to keep them out.

Egypt’s Parliament meets; court strikes back

Egypt’s Parliament met for the first time since the nation’s military rulers dissolved it, heightening a power struggle between the Islamist elected officials and the top generals.

Food & dining

Ziskin’s cicchetti can include fried sage leaves with anchovy.

Cicchetti have become popular little plates

Some of the trendiest new restaurants have menus favoring small plates. While everyone knows about Spanish tapas, cicchetti are less universal. They’re found in only one place: Venice, Italy.