The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young programmer and political activist, helped launch several progressive political groups and was a major force behind a national wave of protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, which targeted unauthorized sharing of videos and music.


More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist.

globe north

// In Somerville, Green Line Extension means higher rents

About 67 percent of households do not own their properties, and 44 percent spend more than 30 percent of their gross income on housing.

A hearse and limousine were covered in plastic and police tape in front of the Church of St. Peter in Plymouth.

Man allegedly shot by nephew in funeral procession

The 48-year-old man was on his way to his mother’s funeral when he was shot in Duxbury, according to authorities.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Captain America and the hunt for more ‘Avengers’

When “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens on Friday, many will be sticking around to view the bonus scene for a possible hint of what lies ahead.

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Finn spoke to reporters after the fatal fire.

Deputy chief had to make fateful decision as fire raged

As fiery embers rained and a fierce wind blew, Deputy Chief Joe Finn had to decide whether to risk the men’s lives to save a fallen colleague.

UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who nearly posted his third straight shutout, made 35 saves.

UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota St. 1

UMass-Lowell keeps rolling

The second-seeded River Hawks will meet top-seeded Boston College in Sunday’s final.

Travel | Cities in the States

// Museums, zoo, biking — plenty to do in Portland, Ore.

This city of charming neighborhoods reflects the values of its hip young residents, especially its thriving community of active families.

All Things Catholic

// Obama, Pope Francis both win in summit meeting

Globe columnist John L. Allen Jr. also looks at a potential papal visit to Philadelphia in 2015, including a Q&A with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and Bishops on the Border.


opinion | Candace Rondeaux

// Democracy on the line

If Afghanistan can’t hold a clean election next week, the United States should leave.


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