Top Freddie, Fannie execs charged with fraud

Former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron, a one-time president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was among six executives charged with misleading the US during the subprime mortgage crisis.

School abuse fears not reported

The principal of a Dorchester school never told state authorities about a teacher aide’s inappropriate contact with a student, school officials said. Brothers create computer data sifter

Yakir and David Reshef, both Boston college students, created a powerful tool to rapidly flag patterns and identify correlations in huge databases.

And now a word from our (former) sponsor

TLC’s “All-American Muslim” reality program now belongs to a rare breed: shows that lost advertisers after becoming the targets of protest.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a meet and greet session at the Willow Ridge Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

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Clients of Gingrich’s firm benefited from his support of stimulus funds

After bashing President Obama’s stimulus package, Newt Gingrich reversed course and supported $27 billion in funds for electronic medical records -- funds from which the clients of his consulting firm stood to profit. Gingrich, Romney keep debate civil

GOP front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were the focus of much of the attention heading into the final debate before the Iowa caucuses.


The stuff that is left

After the death of a loved one, grief attaches itself to dumb little objects, writes Joan Wickersham.

“This one strikes at the heart. It’s one of the most dreaded fears of parents.”

Rich Robison,  on allegations of abuse by a teacher’s aide


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12-15-11: Andover, MA: A handout photo of Geraldine Magee and her husband John Magee taken in Hawaii in 1990. (Handout Photo) section:metro topic:16andover

Andover slayings stun town

Friends of John and Geraldine Magee, who were found fatally shot on Wednesday morning, said they could not imagine anyone who would wish them harm.


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Chinese turn to Boston for job-training techniques

Visitors from Beijing Polytechnic learned about the YMCA job training program that teaches computer and administrative skills to low-income job seekers.

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The report is likely to increase calls for Joe Arpaio to step down.

Ariz. sheriff accused of bias toward Latinos

The Justice Department accused Joe Arpaio of engaging in “unconstitutional policing’’ by unfairly targeting Latinos for detentions and arrests and retaliating against those who complain.

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.