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Walmart adandons Somerville, Watertown plans

The world’s largest retailer said its plans in the two cities no longer make financial sense.

Obama: ‘It makes no sense to expel’ young immigrants

President Obama is bypassing Congress to immediately stop certain deportations and instead grant work permits to younger illegal immigrants.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Mass. immigrants respond with disbelief, elation

The state’s immigrant community reacted positively to President Obama’s change in immigration policy.

Cubs 3, Red Sox 0

Red Sox shut out by Cubs

The Red Sox lost for the eighth time in 11 games Friday as they fell to the last-place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Syrian President Bashar Assad (center) at a 2011 ceremony in Damascus to mark the 38th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli war.

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The world according to Bashar Assad

Syria’s dictator was once an urbane young doctor who wanted something better for his country. This is what happened instead.

Madison Sunderland of Ludlow hled her hand on her heart as pall bearers passed following the funeral for Springfield police officer Kevin Ambrose at St. Catherine of Sienna Churchin Springfield.

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Globe photos of the week

The best photos taken this week by Globe staff photographers, as chosen by the Globe’s photo desk.

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// What if spanking works?

Why even the most modern moms and dads can’t stop asking themselves the most controversial question in parenting.

Opinion | Making health care affordable

Mass. has too many hospitals for its own good

Unless the state finds a way to limit growth, efforts to control health care spending are likely to fail, says Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation.


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Kevin Youkilis, left, and Will Middlebrooks smiled after Middlebrooks' two-run homer on May 30.

Will Middlebrooks must deal with reduced role

The rookie has seen more bench time since Kevin Youkilis returned from the DL. Said Middlebrooks, “It’s a learning experience.”

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Head to head

Can Boston compete with Silicon Valley?

Shawn Harris of and Niraj Shah of Wayfair, who have been building businesses in the region for more than a decade, talk about running start-ups.