N.H. town sees no easy fix for deficit

People in Ashland, N.H., which almost always picks the state’s GOP primary winner, are struggling to name their own solutions for the country’s fiscal woes.

Maureen Feeney is expected to easily win a simple majority of seven votes from the City Council today, and the council president, Stephen J. Murphy, has gone to bat for her.

Push made for key ally in bid for clerk’s job

This fall, Maureen Feeney campaigned for City Council President Stephen Murphy, giving him a boost in Dorchester. Now, in the face of criticism, Murphy is pushing for her to be the next city clerk.

Brian McGrory

Gambling on Mayor Menino’s ire

If you don’t see cranes in Downtown Crossing in the coming months, you won’t likely ever see cards turning at Suffolk Downs.

US extends Medicaid waiver for Massachusetts

The waiver is key to funding the 2006 health care law that provides subsidized insurance plans for low-income people and requires most state residents to have health insurance.

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Valet parking violations punished lightly, if at all

Boston rarely acts on valet parking violations, which may explain why reporters observed wholesale violations outside restaurants in the city’s busiest restaurant districts.

Souad Mehanna, second from right, left court after her son, Tarek Mehanna, was found guilty on terror related charges.

Tarek Mehanna guilty of terror charges

The Sudbury man was convicted in a swift verdict that found he sought paramilitary training in Yemen so he could carry out jihad, or holy war, against US soldiers in Iraq.

2011 a banner year for Boston ad agencies

In 2011, local ad agencies churned out campaigns designed to both play well on TV or go viral on YouTube. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable.

Sleep disorders plague police officers

A new Brigham and Women’s Hospital study found that 40 percent of officers have a chronic sleep problem, which in most cases had previously been undiagnosed.

“It is not just a milestone; it was the goal we were all headed for - and now, we turn toward repeating this success at cooler environments.”

David Charbonneau, coauthor of the paper describing the discovery of planet similar to Earth 


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Katelyn Peckham left her engagement ring on a train.

One-of-a-kind ring lost on train is found

Katelyn Peckham never loses anything. She swears. But somehow, the 25-year-old Reading woman left her engagement ring on the commuter rail’s Haverhill line.


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Talbots rejects takeover, may seek deal on own terms

After rejecting an unsolicited takeover bid from a private equity firm, beleaguered Talbots Inc. said it will explore a range of options, which could include putting itself up for sale.

Nation & World

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, and quarterback Tom Brady held the AFC’s No. 1 seed after week 15.

Patriots now have clear path to No. 1 seed

Thanks to the Steelers’ loss, if the Patriots win out, they will be the top seed in the AFC and hold home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Food and dining

The year’s cookbooks are passionate, homestyle volumes

There are certain cookbooks that bear a deeply personal imprint. The stories and headnotes tell of passionate experiences, a kind of history of life through a single sense.

Best of the new

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Best of the New

Boston’s best people and ideas of 2011

Safer neighborhoods, quieter commutes, and one really brainy historian.