Panel backs federal review of BU biolab

An independent panel of scientists reported today that a federal safety assessment of Boston University’s controversial research laboratory was on solid ground.

Congress passes $662 billion defense bill

The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and national security programs.

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Republicans meet for last time before Iowa caucuses

Seven of the party’s presidential hopefuls will gather tonight in Sioux City, Iowa, capping an extended series of lively debates.

New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson.

New York Times CEO Janet Robinson to retire

Janet L. Robinson, who led the media company through some of its most challenging times, will retire at the end of the year.

Mass. jobless rate falls to 7%; lowest in three years

The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell in November, remaining well below the national rate of 8.6 percent, as the state added nearly 5,000 jobs.

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‘Tinker Tailor’ as compelling as the original

The stillness of Gary Oldman as George Smiley is magnificent to behold.

Worcester, MA., 12/15/11, The funeral of firefighter Joh Davies at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church. Firefighters from around the nation salute the casket as it passes by. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Firefighter mourned in Worcester

Thousands of firefighters gathered to pay their respects to the man who died last week searching for a tenant in a burning building.

A US Army soldier began his journey home in Baghdad today.

With little fanfare, US ends Iraq war

As the US officially announced the close to the war today, it leaves behind a nation free of Saddam’s tyranny but fractured by violence and fearful of the future.

“I wasn’t worried about breaking the Facebook rule because my daughter wasn’t old enough according to ‘Facebook law.’ I was worried about the appropriateness and the vulnerability.”

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Genzyme plans to grow in Mass.

Drawing on resources from its new parent company, Genzyme Corp. plans to grow over time in Massachusetts and increasingly apply its business model to drugs that serve larger patient populations.


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Jason Varitek’s glove to the face of Alex Rodriguez on July 24, 2004, was a defining moment for that championship season.

Time for Jason Varitek to become a special memory

For Varitek, integral to two Red Sox championship teams, it was a special run. And it will be strange not seeing him on the roster when Opening Day comes around.

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.