US stocks soar on help for Europe

The Dow gained 490 points - its seventh-highest point gain ever in a single day - after a move by the world’s central banks to cut short-term borrowing rates.

Archdiocese to reorganize management of its parishes

The archdiocese proposes to create about 125 “pastoral service teams’’ that would be free to merge programs among churches and make recommendations about closing and selling buildings.

Hearing offers glimpse of Police Dept. tensions

Officer David C. Williams, who faces disciplinary action in an arrest that left a man injured, requested an open hearing to show he has nothing to hide.

State honors its most heroic firefighers

Three Massachusetts firefighters were posthumously awarded yesterday with medals of honor at the annual Firefighter of the Year ceremony in Worcester.

NISHINOMIYA, JAPAN: Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine (C) and former New York Mets manager, is tossed into the air after their 3-2 victory over the Hanshin Tigers in Game four in the Japan Series at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, 26 October 2005. The Lotte Marines won their first Japan Series title with four-game sweep. AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Charity can be all consuming for next Sox pilot

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine devoted decades to giving so much to so many that at times he has risked allowing his good works to interfere with his job performance.

Bob Ryan

Valentine a risky choice for Sox

Bobby Valentine is constitutionally incapable of staying out of the news. Shame on the management of the Boston Red Sox if they think otherwise.

Tech Lab

Motorola’s Droid Razr is thin, fast, flawed

The new Droid Razr is as thin as a supermodel and quick as a Porsche. Alas, battery life is pitifully short. But for a few hours at least, you’ll feel like one of the 1 percent.

Joan Vennochi

Bielat’s challenge pushed Frank toward exit

After a difficult reelection race in 2010 against Sean Bielat, Barney Frank may have lost his desire to go through such an ordeal again.


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Digitas CEO to lead Time magazines

Time Warner Inc. has named Laura Lang, the chief executive of Digitas, to head its magazine division, leaving the top position vacant at the Boston marketing company.

Nation & World

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Brotherhood leading election in Egypt

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was leading in initial, partial results from the nation’s parliamentary elections but was facing stiff competition in many places.