Westfield State President Billed School For Personal Expenses, Report Says

July 31, 2014

Evan Dobelle, who resigned in November, racked up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and travel costs on university credit cards.

With Flurry Of Trades, Red Sox ‘Got Rid Of A Lot Of Working Parts'

July 31, 2014
Jon Lester pitches during the first inning of a Red Sox game against the Royals earlier this month. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five key members of that championship team Thursday, including Jon Lester. Boston Herald sports writer Steve Buckley puts the flurry of high-profile trades into context.

State AGs Remind Market Basket Of Laws Protecting Fired Workers

July 31, 2014
Hundreds of supporters of ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas gathered in Tewksbury Friday morning. Many protesters carried signs calling for the reinstatement of the ex-CEO, who released a statement earlier this week saying he had offered to buy the supermarket chain. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire attorneys general warned Market Basket that they will be watching to ensure the company fairly compensates any terminated employees — and also reminded the company that its decisions have “broad implications.”

Super PAC Disclosure Bill Heading To Gov. Patrick’s Desk

July 31, 2014

The bill tightens reporting requirements for independent political expenditures and doubles the amount an individual can donate to a state candidate in a calendar year from $500 to $1,000.

Mass. Substance Abuse Bill Responds To Tide Of Sadness And Fear

July 31, 2014

The legislature is expected to pass its answer to the “public health emergency” of opiate abuse on Thursday, the last day of formal sessions on Beacon Hill.

Revere Establishes Tornado Relief Fund

July 31, 2014
Master Auto manager Marie Annaloro, left, and Victoria Ohlson sweep glass and debris in the service garage where the roof blew off in Revere Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo says because tornadoes are so rare in the area, some residents’ insurance may not cover the damage.

Red Sox Send Stephen Drew To Yankees For Johnson

July 31, 2014
Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew at bat during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew.

Orioles Get Miller In Trade With Red Sox

July 31, 2014
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws during a game against the Detroit Tigers last month. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Left-handed reliever Andrew Miller provides the Orioles another solid lefty in a bullpen that has flourished this season.

Drawing Back The Curtain On Sally Ride, The First American Woman In Space

July 31, 2014
Astronaut Sally Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the space shuttle Challenger flight deck in June 1983. (NASA)

A new biography details the inner life and passions of the first American woman to fly into space.

Siri, Do You Love Me? The Future Of Speech Recognition Software

July 31, 2014
The new Apple CarPlay, featuring Siri voice control, asks a driver a question during a demonstration in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

How close are we to having computer and smart phone software that can really understand us?

Lawmakers To Vote On Compromise Gun Bill

July 31, 2014
Rep. George Peterson, R-Grafton, holds up a firearms identification card application while testifying during a State House hearing on gun laws on June 3. A compromise gun bill was reached Wednesday night. (Charles Krupa/AP)

State lawmakers will vote on on a comprehensive gun bill today, after reaching a compromise last night.

Shakespeare On The Common’s Madcap ‘Twelfth Night’

July 31, 2014

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual free Shakespeare on Boston Common is “Twelfth Night.” Ed Siegel finds it broadly entertaining, though not fully satisfying.

Papers Of Comedian Lenny Bruce To Go To Brandeis

July 31, 2014
Comedian Lenny Bruce gives the "peace sign" at a New York airport after being detained and searched by U.S. officials in 1963. Around the time this photograph's taking, Bruce was facing narcotics and obscenity charges. (John Lindsay/AP)

The comedian known for his vulgar, satirical delivery and biting commentary died at age 40 of an accidental overdose in 1966.

G. Love, Without The Sauce, On ‘Sloppy Blues,’ 20 Years Of Music And ‘Sugar’

July 31, 2014
Garret "G. Love" Dutton performing live at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

If you’re a fan of funk, hip-hop, sloppy blues, or anything in between, it’s likely G. Love and Special Sauce has piqued your interest in the past two decades.

Lackey Traded From Red Sox To Cards

July 31, 2014
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the New York Yankees in April. (Elise Amendola/AP)

John Lackey was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA as the No. 2 starter in Boston’s rotation.

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