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Alleged Bulger victim Rakes dead

Stephen Rakes, who had waited for a chance to testify against James “Whitey” Bulger for decades, was found dead in Lincoln.

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Flemmi expected to testify

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, “Whitey” Bulger’s longtime partner, is expected to testify about murders and their relationship with the FBI.

Mass. jobless rate jumps to 7%

The state’s unemployment rate rose from 6.6% in May as 2,800 jobs were added in June — a slower pace of job growth than earlier in the year.

// Nets set to introduce Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Pierce and Garnett are expected to officially don their Nets jerseys Thursday after the Celtics dealt them in a blockbuster trade.

Kevin Spacey in the Netflix original series

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With Emmy Award nominations, Netflix is in the house

The 2013 Emmy Award nominations contain a number of significant nods to Netflix shows, a new outlet that falls outside network and cable models.

Yvonne Abraham

The Rolling Stone cover image can’t hurt us

Only a pinhead would see the cover and think, ”Oh, I thought this guy was a monster, but since he looks so hot right here, I guess he’s OK.”

Stephanie Patton, the prevention coordinator for Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton, introduced herself to new police officers.

Towns try to stop wave of heroin overdoses

Stoughton, Brockton, and Yarmouth have had a string of overdoses lately, but no one knows why the cheap drug is so lethal right now.

Dr. Jeanne Lawrencee, a professor at UMass Medical School, looked at slides of cells.

Scientists hit at core of Down Syndrome

Researchers at the UMass Medical School shut down the extra chromosome that causes developmental problems in people with Down syndrome.



// Recovering addicts stand behind Walsh

State Representative Martin Walsh, who is a candidate for Boston mayor and a recovering alcoholic, has received help in his campaign from addicts, many of whom he has aided.


Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (right) questioned witnesses from the NSA, FBI, Justice Department, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Wednesday.

Congress expresses anger over NSA surveillance program

In a heated confrontation over domestic spying, members of Congress said they never intended to allow the National Security Agency to build a database of every phone call in America.


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Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren in “The Conjuring.”

‘The Conjuring’ looks back to the Amityville era

Gorehounds will gnash their teeth in disappointment at “The Conjuring,” a trim haunted-house spook show from the director of the original “Saw.”


Bona Clara founder Jasmina Aganovic in her Boston office.

MIT grad markets her Bona Clara skin-care line

Think of 26-year-old Jasmina Aganovic, who is head of a skin care company Bona Clara, as a 21st-century Mary Kay.