After 40 defense witnesses, Tsarnaev remains inscrutable

Evidence presented in the penalty phase of the Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombing trial - day 22 - April 29, 2015. (Federal Public Defender Office)

Federal Public Defender Office

It remains unclear how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, portrayed as smart, kind, and studious in high school, threw away college ambitions to participate in the 2013 attacks.

Kevin Cullen

// Nun prepares her case for Tsarnaev jury

A judge must decide whether a 76-year-old Catholic nun can testify as part of the effort to save Dzokhar Tsarnaev from a death sentence.

Celtics co-owner could take lead on Olympic effort

Steve Pagliuca would succeed John Fish as Boston 2024 chairman, and Larry Lucchino would sign on as an adviser.

A tornado touches down in Cisco, Tx.

Brian Khoury

At least 1 dead as tornadoes hit Texas

Tornadoes ripped through North Texas ranch and farming country, leaving one person dead and others unaccounted for.

// South End gentrification makes for variety of residents

The Pine Street Inn shelter is going to great lengths to be a good neighbor to the incoming luxe condos and high-end retailers.

State stymies requests for financial reports

Agencies routinely refuse to release documents, take months to process requests, or demand big sums to see routine documents.

Yvonne Abraham

// Camp Harbor View still afloat

The folks that run the Long Island camp are determined that, bridge or no, it will go on, as it has since 2007.

// City officials hope cadet program can revive police diversity

The city?s police cadet program, which provided a pipeline for city youth to join the force, ground to a halt in 2009.

// Three arrested in shooting deaths of two Miss. police officers

??This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve,?? said the state?s governor.

John L. Allen Jr. | All things Catholic

// Francis?s defense of migrants, poor reflects his roots

While any pope would embrace those groups because of Catholic social teachings, Francis seems to feel a special biographical tug.

At Good Clothing Co. in Mashpee, founder Kathryn Hilderbrand (left) reviewed patterns with Aiste Zitnikaite.

Julia Cumes for The Boston Globe

Mashpee firm revives tradition of clothes ?made in USA?

Good Clothing Co.?s Kathryn Hilderbrand wants to rekindle the region?s clothing heritage.

Tom Brady?s suddenly available flyweight agent has been crying foul to every media outlet.


A hard rain?s a-gonna fall on Tom Brady and the Patriots

The Patriots have done nothing to inspire mercy from the NFL since the Wells Report was released.

beegee tolpa for the Boston Globe

Son heads underground to keep Mother?s Day floral tradition going

Following his father?s death four years ago, David Abel still joins his mom every day on Mother?s Day to sell flowers at the family?s Penn Station kiosks.

Mother?s Day brings a taste of summer

Temperatures will reach into the 80s and skies will be sunny, the National Weather Service said.

The red trillium plant is native to Massachusetts and thrives in shady woodland groves. (The New England Wild Flower Society)

Suburban Handbook: Gardening

Native vs. invasive plants: what you need to know

The New England Wild Flower Society offers tips on which to grow ? or uproot.

Alex Speier

// Red Sox have struggled to develop starting pitchers

The Sox haven?t gotten a full season in the rotation from a graduate of their farm system since Felix Doubront.

Governor Charlie Baker held a press conference to speak about a special panel he assembled for his plan to overhaul the MBTA.

Starts & Stops

Showdown looms on MBTA overhaul

Both the Mass. GOP and the Boston Carmen?s Union are summoning their legions to a Monday hearing for Governor Baker?s overhaul bill.

Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to shift the state?s tax system from a reliance on the income tax to consumption-related taxes.

States debate whether to tax income or consumption

Several GOP governors? proposals are prompting discussion over which is the best and most fair way to raise revenues.

The benefits of slow parenting

?Doing too many things is overwhelming... I don?t want to do it all. It leaves me empty versus feeling fulfilled,? said South Shore mom Lindsay Miller.

Highway workers set up barricades Saturday to reconfigure traffic lanes at the Casey Overpass in preparation for its demolition, slated for May 18.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Casey Overpass that looms over Forest Hills to come down

The overpass, considered by some a vital link and others an antiquated barrier, shuts down next weekend.

Marathon trial podcast

// Episode 29: ?Dead Man Walking? nun could close defense case

This interactive timeline highlights trial coverage and a podcast featuring Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and WBUR reporter David Boeri.



// Olympic bid could leave a legacy in Franklin Park

Even if Boston doesn?t get the Olympics, a planning process that incorporates the park?s needs will help guide the park into the 21st century.

The Big Picture

Maciej Kulczynski/EPA

The Big Picture

Venice Biennale art exhibition kicks off

The prestigious event in Italy starts this weekend, exhibiting contemporary artists from 89 countries.