House passes compromise three-strikes bill

The measure would eliminate parole for habitual criminal offenders while reducing some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Richard Salus sat on one of the tree stumps left behind at his Sudbury home.

As NStar clear-cuts trees near transmission lines, communities resist

Company officials say clear-cutting is the only way to guarantee reliable power, but residents are so outraged that a police unit had to be dispatched in Sudbury to keep the peace.

Brenda Delgado (center) participated in a class at Urban College, which may have to cancel its fall courses.

College for working women faces closure over deficit of $250,000

The Urban College of Boston, a two-year school that educates 600 women from low-income and immigrant backgrounds, is on the ropes thanks to deep financial troubles.

Limited prostate treatment backed

The study found that men in their 60s with early-stage prostate cancer who had surgery didn’t live significantly longer than those whose cancers were monitored.

 Keith Mills, an owner of Esprit du Vin, hired his daughter Chloe (background). “It’s a win-win situation,” he said.

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Parents helping to fill summer-job void

Summer jobs for teenagers have become a precious commodity, and some parents — desperate for their kids to have work — are stepping in.

Yvonne Abraham

Boston superintendent controversy not a race matter

Carol Johnson made a grievous error in failing to discipline a headmaster charged with domestic assault. Casting her woes in racial terms is too easy. It’s also insulting.

Caroline Pugliesi, sales executive for a software firm, commutes from her North End home to South Boston.

Young workers pushing companies to locate in cities

To draw young talent, firms are moving from the suburbs into urban neighborhoods with convenient public transit and a lively food and bar scene.

Bob Ryan

Penn State should talk of ending football

Penn State needs to shut the football program down for two years, and the school needs to rethink why it exists.


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Workers will get $31k in back pay

The state attorney general found a Woburn firm’s subcontractor paid illegally low wages to men from a Philadelphia church who renovated Boston’s Copley Place Marriott hotel.

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A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting in Damascus, striking a serious blow to Bashar Assad’s brain trust.

Deadly blast strikes at heart of Bashar Assad’s inner circle

The Damascus bombing killed at least three of the Syrian leader’s most senior aides in the most audacious challenge to Assad’s power since the uprising began 17 months ago.


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Sara Faith Alterman (the author of this piece) and her husband, Sam Hawes, on their windy wedding day.

Wedding season shows promise

Attending nuptials as a newlywed provides great perspective about the recent past — and the future.