Two localities are worlds apart

With their different economic pictures, Sherborn and Springfield illustrate the growing financial inequality in Massachusetts.

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How median income has changed in Mass.

In some localities, income has shown impressive gains, while in others income has declined. This interactive graphic shows changes from 1979 to 2009 across the state.

House Republicans won’t support payroll tax cut

House GOP members said today they want a longer version of the tax cut than what the Senate passed yesterday.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


Broncos 13, Patriots 7 | 1st quarter

A wild-west shootout?

The Broncos scored fast for their second touchdown of the game in a drive that covered 82 yards in four plays.

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Brothers seek a way up and out

George and Johnny Huynh want a better life — and they believe they can get it through school. They have to. It’s the only thing in their control.

Chelsea’s housing boss was rarely on the job

Michael E. McLaughlin, who abruptly resigned as Chelsea housing director last month after his $360,000 salary was revealed, put in only 15 full workdays in Chelsea all year.

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Best Boston diversions of 2011

Spas for adults, activities for kids, a planetarium to put stars in your eyes, and a place for modern art. The Boston area’s diversions are expansive.

“They’re living on the side of a cliff, and any moment they can slip.”

Emmett Folgert,  a mentor to Dorchester teens George and Johnny Huynh


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Final ride at Santa’s Land

After 54 years, the Christmas theme park of colorful cottages, zoo animals, and retro attractions that has hosted generations of children and their families, is closing today.


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The pop-up store: retail’s proving ground

Mika Nakafuji, a native of Japan, is testing the market in Boston for handmade, ethnic home accessories while fulfilling a dream of being her own boss.


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Patriots at Broncos, 4:15 p.m.

Tom Brady, right, and teammates ran drills at practice on Thursday.

Patriots’ keys to a Week 15 victory vs. the Broncos

The Boston Globe breaks down the X’s and O’s for the Patriots’ Week 15 matchup with the Broncos and offers a prediction for who will win.


Best poetry books of 2011

A good epic poem is hard to come by these days, and it’s not just due to our kitten-like attention spans that there aren’t more of them out there.