Romney, Gingrich rift has old roots

The divide between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich began during Romney’s unsuccessful 1994 bid for a US Senate seat, when he labeled Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America “a mistake.’’

Gambling chairman’s approach called fair-minded

Stephen Crosby’s colleagues say his analytical, open-minded approach toward gambling will be sharply tested in his new job as head of the state’s powerful gambling board.

Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt, who left the Boston area in 1980, has also faced sexual abuse charges in Philadelphia, where he is believed to be living.

Rabbi expected to plead guilty to sex abuse

Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt, a former religious studies teacher at the Maimonides School in Brookline, is expected to plead guilty to molesting three sixth graders during the 1970s.

In weak economy, buying coffee is a small reward

An informal survey, polling commuters around Greater Boston, suggests that coffee drinkers are unwilling to starve the habit that gets them going.

Ashley Bernon of Wellesley at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston.

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Business is booming at luxury retailers

Even as unemployment remains high and job growth is anemic, luxury spending is up, with some retailers reporting business at prerecession levels.

David Pazmino, a Newbury College instructor, at Sister Thrift in Watertown.

More people giving used items as gifts

A survey of resale stores showed a one-third jump in gift purchases last year, and stores are projecting that the rise in sales will nearly double this holiday season.

Brian McGrory

One great gift idea

Every year, Christmas in the City gathers together homeless children for a party they will never forget. This year, the group is short of presents and is appealing for help.

Anna Townes of Beacon Hill checked out a Lindt chocolate bear at the Lindt & Sprungli store on Boylston Street. The company is giving the Lindt Bear top billing for the Christmas season.

Lindt launches high-tech chocolate bear

The star of the Swiss chocolatier’s holiday collection has a premium milk chocolate figure, a fancy gold foil wrapper, a red ribbon necklace, and yes, its own iPhone app.

“Why? Shouldn’t the gift be more about quality, emotional attachment, something from the heart?”

Amy Bucher, 32,  on buying gifts at resale stores


Celtics ad campaign aims to recharge fans

The Celtics have unveiled a new, multimedia ad campaign that the team hopes will win back frustrated fans who may have lost interest after a long labor dispute delayed the NBA season.


President Obama in Kansas

Advisers say drawn-out GOP fight benefits Obama

Advisers outlining the president’s 2012 strategy said they believed the Republican primary process will push the party’s candidate too far out of the mainstream to win.

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Bruins 3, Kings 0

The Bruins’ Brad Marchand finished off goalie Jonathan Quick and the Kings with his second goal of the game and 11th of the season in the third period.

Tuukka Rask, Bruins blank Kings

Brad Marchand scored two goals and Tuukka Rask turned back 41 shots, including 20 in the third period, for his first shutout of the season.

Food and dining


The well-stocked salad bar at Shaw’s.

Come for groceries and stay for dinner

A review of four supermarket dining areas (reviews go with cover story on supermarket restaurants): H Mart, Shaw’s at the Pru, Whole Foods Dedham, Wegmans.

Fall All-Scholastics


The Watertown Raiders hold their trophy aloft as they react to their 3-1 victory over Oakmont in the Div. 2 field hockey state final at Worcester State University on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Fall All-Scholastics: Honoring the area’s best

A Boston Globe tradition continues as we toast local athletes from Barnstable to Georgetown for their achievements this fall.