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Markoff an apparent suicide

Accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff, charged with killing a New York masseuse in a Back Bay hotel room last year, was found dead in his jail cell yesterday morning, a plastic bag tied over his head in an apparent suicide, two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation said yesterday. (By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff)

Boy-next-door image
shattered by accusations

Philip Markoff’s boy-next-door image masked a sordid, secret life, prosecutors said, a predatory existence in the seamy underworld of online prostitution, attacking and robbing women he met through Craigslist in apparent support of a gambling habit. (By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff)

Plenty of spark in nearby parks

Boston officials say that park usage seems to be spiking this summer, with estimated increases of 10 percent at some parks up to 25 percent at others. Department of Conservation and Recreation officials say statewide numbers show a jump of about 25 percent. (By Meghan E. Irons, Globe Staff)

Retracing the Titanic for posterity

A team of top scientists, launching what is billed as the most ambitious and advanced survey of the Titanic, sets out next week to map in photographic detail the entire wreck site, and reconstruct in electronic form the ruins scattered on the seabed. (By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff)

Celebrated gang truce disintegrates

The shooting death in May of a 14-year-old honors student has done more than shock the city; it has also unraveled the final remnants of a 2006 gang truce once hailed as a historic success. (By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff)

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