Condo prices in Boston hit a high

Condominium values in Boston’s core reached a record high during the second quarter of this year as eager buyers drove up sales, according to data.

Mitt Romney’s ’02 Olympics short on transparency

Romney promised “complete transparency” when he took charge of the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Olympics, but archivists say most key records about the Games were destroyed.

‘‘Scott Brown supports the state assault weapons ban here in Massachusetts, and believes that the states are the appropriate venue for making these types of decisions,’’ a spokeswoman for Brown said in a statement.

Leave weapons bans to states, Scott Brown says

In the wake of the shooting rampage in Colorado, Senator Brown said that lawmakers in individual states should decide whether to approve new bans on assault weapons.

Visitors dined at Zephrus, the Mansion House’s restaurant in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard last week. Reporters had stayed at the hotel in the past when covering the Obama family’s summer visits to the island.

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Martha’s Vineyard surviving without the Obamas

The first family isn’t coming back this year, but a summer without presidential guests hasn’t yet cast a pall over the island’s economy.

Mayor Alex Morse spoke with his staff after an appearance before the City Council’s Ordinance Committee in May.

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Hard-charging start for youngest Mass. mayor

Twenty-two years old and openly gay, Alex Morse was an unlikely victor in November’s mayoral race in Holyoke, where he became the youngest mayor in state history.

New coach Bill O’Brien’s team is on life support.

Christopher L. Gasper

NCAA did the right thing on Penn State

For once, the NCAA didn’t hide behind its rule book or some obscure bureaucratic bylaw. It applied the rule of common sense.

“Conceivably the expertise we’ve developed here could be useful in other states,” said James Roosevelt Jr., Tufts Health Plan chief executive.

Two insurers see new markets beyond Mass.

Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care are looking to boost business outside Massachusetts when the US health law takes hold.

HIV rates are high for gay, bisexual black men

Nearly 6 percent of black gay and bisexual men under age 30 are newly infected with HIV every year in the US, three times the rate among white men of the same sexuality, a new study shows.

Doctors, patients, and hospital staff control the robot with a specialized terminal or via a software application.

iRobot’s in-hospital robots to link doctors, patients

The Bedford company will unveil a new product intended for the health care industry as it diversifies its product line in preparation for looming defense cuts.


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Rangers 9, Red Sox 1

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (5 IP, 6 R) is pulled by manager Bobby Valentine during the sixth inning.

Red Sox no match for Rangers

The losing streak hit four games on Monday night as Texas pounded Boston, 9-1, putting the Red Sox back under .500 for the first time since June 16.

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Book Review

Author Tana French brings homicide detective Mick “Scorch-er” Kennedy back to be the protagonist of her fourth novel.

‘Broken Harbor’ by Tana French

As Tana French’s fourth novel opens, someone has brutally attacked a family, the Spains, who had been living in a desolate housing development on the Irish coast.


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Cyclists raise money to provide free medical flights

Scott Havemeyer is coordinating a September bike ride that will benefit Angel Flight Northeast, which provides free flights for people who need access to medical care.