Poll finds deepening economic pessimism

Despite improvements in the economy, Mass. residents hold deeply pessimistic views about the future, according to a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll.

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain speaks during the opening of his Georgia campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia December 3, 2011. Cain announced the suspension of his campaign. REUTERS/John Adkisson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Cain suspends presidential campaign

Speaking to a crowd in Atlanta, Herman Cain said allegations of sexual harassment and a 13-year affair had hampered his campaign efforts.

Duxbury High's James Burke scored in the fourth quarter on the road to a 35-0 victory over Tewksbury in the Division 2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.


High school champs crowned

Nine high school champions were crowned in the MIAA Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowls today. Here are all the results.

Residents rally against proposed Foxborough casino

Organizers also collected signatures to oppose the casino plan from the crowd of about 200 people gathered on the town common this morning.

Exclusive Sunday Preview

A sampling of stories from this Sunday's Globe.


Female prisoners released from central prison in Yangon in October.

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The mysterious opening of Myanmar

A sudden political transformation in the Southeast Asian nation suggests the limits of international pressure.


Why we give to charity

It’s not rational, so why do Americans — more than two-thirds every year —give to charity, and how do we decide which causes to favor?

 One Christmas, a tree fell on John Waters’s grandmother. ‘‘I was such an evil little child,’’ said the director of ‘‘Pink Flamingos.’’ ‘‘I thought, ‘Are my presents hurt?’ ’’

Theater preview

Twisted holiday tales in ‘A John Waters Christmas’

The filmmaker riffs on all things Christmas, from his childhood memories to a bizarre fixation on holiday disaster stories.

“If we’re able to function together to some degree, then we become like a Muslim ‘Cheers.’”

William Suhaib Webb,  imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center


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‘Perfect Storm’ debris floated to Ireland

Richard Figueiredo lost all of his lobster traps in the “perfect storm’’ of 1991. Remnants have appeared on local beaches over the years, but never very far from their origin — until now.


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Big rise in online purchases made with smaller devices

From Thanksgiving eve to Cyber Monday and throughout this week, more shoppers than ever have been snatching up bargains with their smartphones and tablets.


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Valentine hits road to recruit Ortiz

Installed as manager of the Sox on Thursday afternoon, Bobby Valentine was on the go less than 24 hours later to visit David Ortiz and help support his charity golf event.


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Art Review

Chicken Little as a 9/11 metaphor

Artist Nancy Chunn’s “Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear” springs from her post-Sept. 11 examination of the aura of panic that has dominated the last decade.