When state judges hear OUI cases without a jury, they acquit the vast majority of defendants, no matter how blatant the alleged offense. It is one more way Massachusetts stands out nationally — for all the wrong reasons — on this crime.
Video | The Back Story
Acquittal rates of suspected drunk drivers
In this edition of the Back Story, host Dina Rudick spoke with Spotlight editor Tom Farragher about the Globe‘s investigation into high acquittal rates of Massachusetts motorists suspected of drunken driving.
Globe Spotlight Report
Under the influence
Full coverage of the Globe’s investigation into OUI acquittal rates.
Globe Magazine | The Medical Issue
Public health officials have been warning for years that the US C-section rate, now at 33 percent, is alarmingly high. One obstetrician explores why those rates vary from 10 percent to 35 percent among Massachusetts hospitals -- and whether anybody should care.
Governor Deval Patrick announced it could take days for power to be restored for most customers.
Steelers 17, Patriots 10 | 3rd quarter
With half ticking down, Patriots score
The Patriots put together a sustained drive that brought them to within one score of the Steelers.
Already convicted of helping one brother file false tax returns, Patrice Tierney could testify at an upcoming trial for a second brother who faces racketeering charges.
Everything in his upbringing, training, and experience indicates that Ben Cherington is the right man for the Red Sox GM job.
“We absolutely are not wrong 85 and 90 percent of the time.’’Northborough Police Chief Mark K. Leahy
Inside The Boston Globe
Five-alarm fire sweeps homes in Mission Hill
Fire crews were still dousing remaining hot spots today on Calumet Street in Mission Hill, where an early-morning fire ripped through three homes and sent one person to the hospital.
ON THE HOT SEAT
On the cutting edge of building a New Boston
David Manfredi, a principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, is deeply enmeshed in the development of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Gary Johnson pins hope on N.H. in presidential race
For a campaign that’s low on money and poll numbers, Gary Johnson has turned to a political commodity he has in abundance: tenacity.
Nation & World
Syria’s military kills 3 as Arab League voices ‘disgust’
Syrian troops shelled a restive district and conducted sweeping raids yesterday, killing at least three people one day after 40 were reported to have died, activists said.
Stern wonders what to do about ‘this big mess’
With both sides in the NBA’s labor standoff so entrenched, it might be a question of when, not if, another round of cancellations will be necessary.
Travel | Sarasota
The circus inheritance
In 1927, John Ringling’s circus empire made Sarasota, Fla., its winter home. Today, while headquarters have moved to Virginia, Ringling’s legacy is all over Sarasota.
By The Book
‘Resurrecting My Childhood Ghosts’ by Chris Bohjalian
It’s a paperback that cost 45 cents when it was brand new.
“We have our critical faculties, but the research suggests that they are not as critical as we think.”Gareth Cook