Police investigate double homicide in Andover

Chief of Police Brian Pattullo, third from left, at the scene where two people were found dead in an Andover home.

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A couple in their 60s was found fatally shot this morning in their Andover home, and their black Lexus was set on fire in Boston’s North End last night.

People walk over a world map engraved in marble in Lisbon September 14, 2011

To grammar’s house

Wait, there’s a word for that?

When you work on a news copy desk, you come across a certain number of grammatical problems. And then occasionally, there’s just something downright bizarre.

Rabbi balks at plea deal in abuse case

Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt decided he would not plead guilty to charges that he molested sixth graders at a Brookline school and instead take his case to a jury.

New MIT center to focus on autism

The new Simons Center for the Social Brain is funded by a $26.5 million gift and will drive research and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Democrats may drop millionaire tax demands

Democrats may drop the demand as President Obama and Congress seek agreement on a number of year-end bills without triggering a partial government shutdown.

Ashley Bernon of Wellesley at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston.

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.

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

Amy Bucher, 32,  on buying gifts at resale stores


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The first group of protesters appeared in Municipal Court yesterday, and 16 were given probation, while eight chose to continue to fight their charges. Twenty-two more protesters will be arraigned today.

Occupy protesters arraigned; some get probation

24 Occupy Boston protesters were arraigned yesterday in what has become a familiar place to the movement, Courtroom 17 in Boston Municipal Court.


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.

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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.