GOP Debate

Gingrich fights back, Romney mutes criticism

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (right) has emerged as the frontrunner heading into the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

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Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich said it was laughable for his rivals to challenge his conservative credentials, while Mitt Romney’s criticism of him was muted in tonight’s debate in Sioux City, Iowa.

Movie Review

Charlize Theron sheds her weightier roles in ‘Young Adult’

Diablo Cody wrote this pungent, piquant movie about a sputtering young-adult novelist who tries to win back a married ex-boyfriend.

Deal reached to prevent government shutdown

Congressional leaders agreed today on a spending measure to keep the government running for the next nine months, but an extension of the payroll tax holiday remained elusive.

Panel backs federal review of BU bio lab

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

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.

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.”

Kimberly Jackson  


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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.

Nation & World

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Chad Finn

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.