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Jennifer Hudson and the Dropkick Murphys set to party with the Pops

Al Barr, lead singer for the Dropkick Murphys.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/file, 2010

The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July Celebration is getting an infusion of punk and soul this year.

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Shipping up to Boston

The Globe guides you through activities as tall ships and Navy vessels pull into Boston Harbor for Operation Sail.

Artist Warren Prosperi signs “Museum Epiphany III,’’ which was unveiled at the MFA Thursday night.

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Visitors become part of the artwork at the MFA

Southborough painter Warren Prosperi’s “Museum Epiphany III” portrays visitors amid the 19th-century canvases and sculptures in the gallery where the piece now hangs.

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Psychology’s surprising self-analysis

Researchers are finding that their experiments might be seriously flawed — the result of relying on too homogenous a sample, writes Gareth Cook.

opinion | Joan Wickersham

A needed test that no one wants to get

As effective as colonoscopies are at heading potential cancers off at the pass, a lot of people still aren’t getting them.

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US Representative John Tierney said Friday that he was flabbergasted by Daniel Eremian’s statement that he “knew everything” about an illegal betting business.

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Syrian offensive leads to bloody day, groups say

Two opposition groups reported the death of more than 125 civilians in fighting across the country on Thursday alone.

Bill to halt student loan rate hike passes

The legislation, which also aids highway and transit programs and the federal flood insurance program, now heads to the White House for President Obama’s signatures.

IOC rule on testosterone test sparks debate

New rules established for the upcoming Olympic Games will require checking the testosterone levels in athletes whose eligibility as females is questioned.