Guard chief on leave amid rape allegations

Governor Deval Patrick placed adjutant General Joseph C. Carter on leave Thursday after learning that he is under investigation in the alleged rape of a subordinate.

Lynch finds a privileged space in parking wars

Tow trucks in South Boston’s Telegraph Hill twice passed over an SUV owned by US Representative Stephen F. Lynch that was parked in a free overnight spot.

Boston Globe Staff Photo Stan Grossfeld. September 30, 1979, Roxbury Elliot - Congragational Church. left to right. Father Ernest Serino, Reverend Charles Stith, Shirley Simmons

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Overflowing compassion

Shirley Simmons was about to get thrusted from the Milton ranch she lived in for the last 30 years. But Globe readers, once they heard, wouldn’t let it happen.

 Tug Coker gets help from Amy Neswald with a wig that completes his transformation into Larry Bird for ‘‘Magic/Bird’’ before displaying the familiar form of the Celtics’ legend in the Broadway play.

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Bird story is on the big stage

Former Virginia high school basketball star Tug Coker is preparing to play Larry Bird in the upcoming Broadway production of “Magic/Bird.’’

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Martin’s death sparks soul-searching in Roxbury

Students at New Mission High see themselves in the images of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen who was killed after he appeared to be up to no good.

Ruling may spur foes to Mass. health law

A Supreme Court ruling against President Obama’s landmark health care law could prompt challenges to the Massachusetts law that inspired it, legal experts said.

Olin program offers training, solutions

The program aims to give students real-world experience and support the innovations that drive the economy and keep local companies competitive.

Rate of autism diagnoses in children rises to 1 in 88

The new figure reflects a 23 percent increase compared with the autism rate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two years ago.

Is driving a better deal for commuters?

As commuters absorbed news of a proposal to substantially hike fares on commuter lines some began doing the math to figure out whether it would be cheaper to drive.


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Providence Guardsman dies in Afghanistan

While saving a young Afghan girl Specialist Dennis P. Weichel Jr. of Providence was struck by a truck and died later of his injuries. He was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously.


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Suit tests barefoot-style shoe’s health claim

Vibram USA Inc., which is based in Concord, is facing a class-action lawsuit that challenges the company’s health claims about its minimalist FiveFinger running shoes.

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911 caller arrested in deadly police shooting

Police are laying part of the blame for a fatal shooting on Oscar Carrillo, who they say admitted that he lied about his attackers being armed so officers would respond faster.


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Pedroia manages to adjust

For the first time since 2006, when he played for Ron Johnson at Triple-A Pawtucket, Dustin Pedroia has a new manager in Bobby Valentine.


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‘Mirror Mirror’ is eye candy without the filling

The film has gorgeous scenes and action, but it tails off in pointless story and dialogue.