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Syrian forces move to retake Aleppo

Syria’s government has launched an assault to regain control of the country’s largest city, raising fears that a new massacre could be looming.

London protesters march against Olympics

About 500 people marched Saturday near the Olympic Park, hours after 130 cyclists were arrested in an attempted security breach on opening night.

Cambridge becoming social media research hub

Some of the Boston area’s brightest minds are studying, in real time, changing attitudes and behaviors for Harvard, MIT, IBM, Google and Microsoft.

Two die, 20 fall ill at music festival

Mansfield police said the Identity Festival concert Thursday at the Comcast Center erupted into a dangerous frenzy of alcohol and drugs — including PCP, LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana.

Dan Shaughnessy

// The Red Sox are done

The Sox lost again Friday night, 10-3, in the Bronx. Since Sept. 1 the Sox are 56-71, yet still cling to the preposterous notion that they are part of baseball’s elite class.

Ailson Eraclito da Silva, a lightweight rower from Brazil, was the lead in one of Liberty Mutual’s films.

Local advertisers join rush to run Olympic campaigns

A number of local ad agencies and companies are trying to associate themselves with the global athletic event and the emotions it stirs up in consumers.

Bob Ryan

In Kenya, successful runners mean more than medals

Kenyan leaders see the Olympics as more than merely another excuse to grab medals. They want to showcase Kenya’s other assets to the world.

Elizabeth Beisel will swim the 400-meter individual medley Saturday.

Rhode Island’s Elizabeth Beisel a gold-medal favorite

In her second Olympics, Rhode Island’s only representative comes to the Games as the woman to beat in Saturday’s 400-meter individual medley.

A pulsating soundtrack and giant puppets from “Harry Potter” were main characters in opening ceremonies for the London Olympics.

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For its opening act, Britain’s great

Britain greeted the world Friday with an extravagant celebration that included a tour through the country’s history and popular culture.


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Red Sox starter Aaron Cook lasted only four innings.

Red Sox get blasted in series opener vs. Yankees

It was an embarrassing performance for the Red Sox, marked by poor pitching and fielding and an approach at the plate that bordered on unprofessional.


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Davio’s executive chef Eric Swartz stocked the restaurant’s the walk-in cooler with produce bought from the Dining Alliance.

Boston restaurants work together to save money

Scores of restaurateurs are joining forces through the Dining Alliance to leverage their purchasing power and save money on everything from pork to pignoli.

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Many of the athletes from around the world will be posting both text and images on Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, documenting their time in competition and in around the Olympic Village in London.

Welcome to the Socialympics

Thanks to the soaring popularity of social media, fans of the Olympics will have the opportunity to follow the London Games more comprehensively, and obsessively, than ever before.