Steward’s doctor deal questioned

State community hospitals requested an investigation into a contract between Steward Health Care System and a physicians’ group.

Menino pushes East Boston waterfront

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino took aim at stalled development in East Boston today in a major policy address focused on the waterfront.

Alex Beam

Can you say [expletive deleted] on the radio?

George Carlin’s famous comedy sketch notwithstanding, there are no seven words you can’t say over the air. There never were.

Academics focus on factories for new era

MIT is leading a $500 million nationwide initiative to reinvent American manufacturing.

Casino next to stadium unlikely to corrupt game, analysts say

As long as betting on sports remains illegal in Mass., a casino beside Gillette would be unlikely to tarnish the Patriots, sports analysts say.

At 16, Diego Fagundez still building pro career

Figuring out where he belongs is not getting any easier for 16-year-old Diego Fagundez, who balances high school and a budding pro soccer career.

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 6: Diego Fagundez #14 of the New England Revolution shoots over Jason Donald #16 of the Cleveland Indians at Gillette Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Diego Fagundez, 16, signed with the New England Revolution in February. The Leominster High student is showing promise as a pro.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 01: Diego Fagundez #14 of the New England Revolution celebrates his goal in the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC on October 1, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Because of Fagundez’s youthfulness, small stature, and Mohawk hairstyle, there is a tendency to underestimate his resolve.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 8: Diego Fagundez #14 of the New England Revolution shoots on net but is stopped by Justin Morrow #15 of the San Jose Earthquakes in the second half at Gillette Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by )

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Fagundez, right, has been focusing on a pro soccer career since he was in kindergarten.

New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez scores a goal against Chivas USA during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Foxborough, Mass. Chivas USA defeated the New England Revolution 3-2. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

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Having the pro contract and a visa allowed him to visit his birthplace, Uruguay, for the first time since he was 4 years old.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 01: Zach Scott #20 of the Seattle Sounders FC and Diego Fagundez #14 of the New England Revolution battle for the ball on October 1, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Now that he is experiencing his dream, Fagundez is also dealing with the rigors of a contact sport.

Ready to hoop it up in China

A group of students from Boston leave tomorrow for a 10-day trip to Beijing, where they will compete in a boys basketball competition with students from China.

Marushka Glissen of Newton perused e-cards on her laptop.

E-cards prized as quick, scorned as impersonal

With a growing number of apps for sending e-cards, and even traditional greeting-card giants offering virtual cards, e-cards are taking off.

“There are some things I could imagine running six times, but the marathon isn’t one of them.”

Five-term Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino 


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Occupy Boston is denied fire-safe tent at site

Toughening their stance as winter approaches, city inspectors blocked protesters from bringing a weatherized, military-style tent into their Dewey Square camp.


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Talbots Inc. hired Trudy F. Sullivan (left) in August 2007 with the high hopes that the Wellesley native and Liz Claiborne president could remake the Hingham brand.

Talbots shopping again for new leader

Ailing Talbots Inc. yesterday confirmed it will replace chief executive Trudy F. Sullivan, who has failed to revive the troubled Hingham brand.

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Bruins 3, Penguins 1

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas reaches into his bag of tricks and makes a second-period glove stop, one of his 45 saves against the Penguins.

Bruins strike down Penguins

The defending Stanley Cup champs pinned a 3-1 loss on the talented Penguins, extending their embarrassment-of-riches tour to 14-0-1.


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Dance Review

‘Urban Nutcracker’ takes contemporary leap

“Urban Nutcracker’’ takes the familiar tale of Clara (renamed Clarice) and plops her onto the bustling streets of contemporary Boston.

Diversity Boston

Diversity Boston

Boy Scouts seek to expand their membership in the inner city

Since the start of the year, the Boston Minuteman Council, a division of Boy Scouts of America, has been pressing to curb the race divide that marks its membership.