Senate reaches tentative payroll tax agreement

Senate leaders reached a tentative agreement tonight on legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months.

Mass. to receive up to $50m for early education efforts

The state’s efforts to overhaul its early education system received a boost today from the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program.

Former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron, left, and former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd waited to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2008.

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Syron’s reputation at odds with charges

It’s hard to picture former Freddie Mac CEO Dick Syron as the bad guy, even if that is the role cast for him in today’s SEC lawsuit.

Freddie, Fannie execs charged over role in mortgage crisis

Former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron, who once headed the Federal Reserve in Boston, is among six executives facing civil charges over their roles in the housing meltdown.

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Boston’s best new restaurants of 2011

Best of the New: Retro burgers, a giant grocery store, and a life-changing cookie are just a few reasons why 2011 was a great year in dining.

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)

Gingrich’s stimulus support benefited his consulting clients

After bashing the stimulus package, Newt Gingrich reversed course and supported $27 billion for electronic medical records, which would benefit clients of his consulting firm.

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.

“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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Teacher’s aide arraigned on charges of lewd behavior, while principal is suspended

As new details emerged in court yesterday about a teacher aide’s alleged inappropriate contact with with an autistic student, the Boston School Department suspended a principal who failed to report a prior allegation against the aide, after an internal review determined she did not follow protocols. Jessica Bolt, the principal of King K-8 School who has worked for the School Department for more than 33 years, will be suspended for two weeks without pay, Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said last night.


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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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Mike McQueary believes he saw Jerry Sandusky molest boy

In court today, the Penn State assistant said he believes he saw Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in 2002, but cannot say he is 100 percent sure it was intercourse.