Security measures dampen mood for July Fourth party

A State Police boat patrolled near the fireworks barge. The Massachusetts Avenue bridge will host a fireworks display.


This year’s celebration on the Esplanade, which is Boston’s largest event since the Marathon, is fraught with concerns.

Christopher L. Gasper

It’s time to start paying attention to Red Sox

If you have tuned out the Red Sox over the first three months of the season, you have missed a good time and a good team.

Arsenal Mall may become a tech sector haven

A scruffy stretch of East Watertown may be destined for a makeover as a mecca for start-ups and young professionals.

// Steinway Instruments is being sold for $438 million

The private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. plans to take the Waltham company private after 17 years of trading under the ticker symbol LVB.

Gas, cigarette taxes would rise in new state budget

The budget relies on about $500 million in higher taxes on tobacco, gas, utilities and certain computer services that businesses purchase.

Boschetto’s Bakery in the North End will close this weekend. Co-owner Mhamed “Ahmed” Idroui, who has run the bakery since 2000, said the business simply couldn’t keep up with increasing rent.


Rising rents end legacy of fresh loaves in North End

Boschetto’s Bakery will be firing up its brick oven for the last time on Saturday as locals lament the demise of a neighborhood fixture.

Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Jurors are told of Bulger’s ties to drug dealing

A former cocaine dealer offered the first evidence of James “Whitey” Bulger’s involvement in the drug trade.

Kevin Cullen

// At Bulger trial, a FBI apology made out of guilt

The shabby treatment of the Donahue family continues to this day, John Morris’s weasel words not withstanding.


Farah Stockman

// Paula Deen’s ‘Bubba’ problem

It is far easier to burn Deen at the stake for a comment 25 years ago than participate in a real conversation about race.


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