Victim was beaten in her apartment before murder

Amy Lord was savagely beaten inside her South Boston building before she was ordered into her Jeep by her attacker, a law enforcement official said.

// Victim remembered as nurturing leader

Amy Lord made Boston her home, but her roots were in Wilbraham, where she was a varsity cheerleader and honors student.

Firefighters battled a blaze on Calvin Street in Somerville.

Seven-alarm fire damages homes in Somerville

Authorities said they believe all residents escaped the heavy fire that enveloped a cluster of buildings.

Live updates | Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Bulger’s alleged money man on the stand

Kevin O’Neil, who owned Triple O’s tavern in South Boston, funneled money into Bulger’s bank account after Bulger fled in 1995.


Tech Lab

Nokia smartphone has a smarter camera

The new Lumia 1020 from Nokia Corp. is a remarkable beast that produces far crisper images than any other smartphone.

John Farrell and the Red Sox may see changes before next week’s trade deadline.

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox churning up search of trade market

The Sox are looking for a starting pitcher, reliever, and righthanded hitter, hoping to land pieces that will keep them ahead in the AL East.

State investigators vetting Plainridge Racecourse for a slot parlor license discovered that track president Gary T. Piontkowski made personal cash withdrawals from the struggling track’s money room “almost on a daily basis” for years.

Cash flow at Plainridge raised alarm

State investigators say former track President Gary Piontkowski made personal cash withdrawals “almost on a daily basis” for several years.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Belichick dignified, human in comments on Hernandez case

Bill Belichick came up big Wednesday. He was fair, measured, empathic, remorseful, dignified, ever-secretive, and human.



// Warren’s on right side of loan bill

The government makes money off the backs of students, as Senator Elizabeth Warren rightly describes it.


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Dustin Pedroia made a stop of a sharp grounder from Sean Rodriguez, hours after formalizing his new contract.

Red Sox happy to bet on Dustin Pedroia

After formalizing an 8-year deal worth $100 million for Pedroia, GM Ben Cherington said, “we’re not sure there’s a better guy to bet on.”


In his home studio in Jamaica Plain, Mike Irwin instructs members of the band the Brookline Village People: 8-year-old bassist Stefan Gordon and 7-year-old guitarist Catherine Macenka.

A band for kids about to rock

With the pop charts littered with performers just out of their teens, it’s no wonder kids want to sign up for rock-band instruction.