Justices back health law, change the political landscape


The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling affirmed Congress’s authority to impose an “individual mandate” through its taxing powers and delivered a major political victory for the president.

Ruling frames Obama battle with Romney

While President Obama praised the Supreme Court’s decision, Mitt Romney pledged to make repeal his first priority if elected.

John Roberts’s decision to side with the more liberal wing of the court gave President Obama a political victory. Roberts sided Congress’ ability to impose taxes.

Roberts’s role in vote sparks questions on legacy

Scholars said the chief justice’s decision to become the decisive fifth vote in a historic ruling counters the view that the court is sliding toward political activism.

IBM staffers analyzed Boston traffic data then outlined the results at City Hall.

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Boston ponders app to ease traffic

A team of IBM engineers helped the city build a prototype app that unifies data from city computers, video cameras, street sensors, and databases to show a real-time traffic picture.

Brian McGrory

The tax man tries to devour a restaurant

When a risk-taking entrepreneur tried to open a new burger restaurant in Newburyport, state officials began grabbing his money, botching facts, and butchering dreams.

Tierney brother-in-law says congressman ‘knew everything’

Daniel Eremian reportedly told a local newspaper US Representative John F. Tierney knew about the family gambling operation that landed Tierney’s wife in prison.

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, left, is a new Celtic. Fab Melo, right, gives the Celtics an athletic and still-improving 7-footer.

On Basketball

Celtics reload with Sullinger, Melo

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger at No. 21 and Syracuse’s Fab Melo at No. 22 was about as good as it could get, Gary Washburn writes.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/27/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/09292010_29history_photo3-7725101--90x90.jpg The Blackfriars Massacre

On June 28, 1978, five bodies were found in the basement of the Blackfriars Pub on Summer Street in Boston. The gangland-style killing would be known as the “Blackfriars Massacre.”


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Mariners 1, Red Sox 0

Seattle’s Casper Wells slid safely into home for the winning run as Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia lost control of the ball in the ninth inning.

Red Sox lose heartbreaker on walkoff single

John Jaso drove in Casper Wells in the ninth, spoiling the effort of Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales, who had matched Felix Hernandez pitch for pitch.


Political Notebook

Edward M. Kennedy made universal coverage his cause.

Supporters remember, hail Kennedy’s influence

Senator Edward M. Kennedy frequently alluded to the struggle for health care coverage for all Americans as the fight of his life.