State backs off plan to limit employee health options

After facing an outcry, the agency that controls health benefits for public employees voted to reverse its controversial decision to limit health plan options.

Born in St. Lucia and now a US citizen, sous chef John Maynard prepared fish filets at the Breeze Restaurant at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort.

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Fierce competition for foreign workers could alter Cape and Islands tourist season

In order to be first in line for a limited number of H-2B workers, some local employers will start workers on April 1, well before the tourist season kicks off.

Steve Wynn stood behind a model of his Everett casino, which when completed would emblazon his name in the sky over the Mystic River.

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Nestor Ramos

Say goodbye to Steve Wynn, and put our money where our #MeToo is

If the Wynn name is emblazoned above the Mystic River, it will be to our enduring shame.

// Medical dispensaries warn against diverse cannabis market

Dispensaries say delivery services, cannabis ?bars,? and the like will invite a federal crackdown, but marijuana activists see the resistance as a move to limit competition.

// What the police report shows on the tragic crash in Back Bay that left bicyclist dead

Dr. Anita Kurmann was on her bicycle when she was killed by the rear tires of Matthew Levari?s tractor trailer on Aug. 7, 2015.

// 2 people are killed, 2 seriously injured in head-on crash in Norwood

Two young Norwood residents died in a violent head-on crash early Wednesday morning.

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Trump says his State of the Union was the most-watched ever. It wasn?t

Nielsen reported about 45.6 million tuned in to watch President Trump?s Tuesday night address ? about 2 million fewer than Obama?s first State of the Union.

// Suspected affiliate of nationwide ?Felony Lane? smash-and-grab crew facing charges in N.H.

The group allegedly prowls the country stealing checkbooks and identification cards from unattended vehicles.

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Bill Belichick has built a compound on Nantucket

Since 1979, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has acquired and developed more than $10 million in real estate to create a compound on Nantucket for his family and friends.

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// A Q&A with the director of ?The Two Bills?

Ken Rodgers? latest documentary, which focuses on Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his mentor, Bill Parcells, debuts Thursday.

Interactive Bracket

// Vote: Which Patriots Super Bowl team would win an eight-team tournament?

The only way to find out is to put them in a bracket and let fans vote. So we did.


// For Tom Brady, outrage is another way to sell the product

If Tom Brady didn?t want his daughter talked about, he shouldn?t have put her in a documentary.

Photograph of Negro League Baseball Team, The Cubans, part of a collection being auctioned by Boston-based Skinner Auctioneers.

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Journalist?s collection chronicling the African-American experience goes on auction

The collection was built over decades and shows the full scope of African-American history from enslavement through emancipation, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights.

// Civil War letters found in Andover attic to be gifted to Boston College

The 19 letters and two photographs tell the story of an Irish immigrant who fought with the Union army.

// Editor says he pushed for equal pay for women and was fired

The editor of a chain of Western Massachusetts newspapers told his staff Wednesday that he was fired for advocating for raises for female staffers.

// What was in the Tiffany box Melania Trump gave Michelle Obama? The former first lady finally spills

Michelle Obama opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about why she seemed so awkward when Melania Trump gave her a gift before President Trump?s inauguration.

// Celtics halftime acrobat?s 7-foot unicycle stolen at SFO

Someone walked off with the unicycle used by the Red Panda Acrobat in her plate-juggling routine and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back.

Love Letters

// Should she leave her boyfriend for a man she met on vacation?

He made me feel empowered and free; it?s not that I don?t feel those things with my actual boyfriend ? I love him dearly ? but it?s just different.

Blizzard of ?78: 40 years later

// Tell us your Blizzard of ?78 memories

Almost everyone who lived through the massive storm has a story about it.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Former Patriot Rodney Harrison joins Chris Gasper to discuss what the Patriots need to do defensively in the Super Bowl.

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// Arrival of Russian gas stirs Ukrainian community

It?s been a bad week for efforts to deter Russia?s president, Vladimir Putin.


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// Some clinics allow patients to pay in bitcoin ? but find little demand

A smattering of clinics across the U.S. are allowing patients to pay their medical bills or their copays with bitcoin.