Two face charges in Fall River pool death this summer

The former state workers will be charged with reckless endangerment of a child for the condition of the pool, which turned murky after a woman drowned and lay unnoticed for days.

Former probation official arrested in hiring probe

The arrest of Christopher Hoffman marks the first criminal charges stemming from the federal investigation into the Probation Department’s allegedly rigged hiring system.

Bank of America to pay $335m over Countrywide loans

The bank agreed to the settlement to resolve allegations that Countrywide engaged in widespread discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

Somerville Police Captain Charles J. Femino was itemizing the more than 100 items found in the Everett Avenue home of a Somerville couple suspected of stealing packages delivered to area homes.

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Somerville couple accused of stealing Christmas gifts

Two Somerville residents are charged with stealing more than 100 packages marked for delivery in Somerville and Medford.

Evelyn Tobin, mother of murder victim Kathleen Dempsey, spoke at a news conference today.

Convicted killer charged in 1992 Lexington murder

Authorities announced today that a man will be charged with the slaying of Kathleen Dempsey in 1992, ending a 19-year-old murder mystery. 2012.JPEG-007ed-384--90x90.jpg Romney to Gingrich: Stop complaining about negative ads

In New Hampshire today, Mitt Romney said if Newt Gingrich thinks attack ads are bad now, “wait until Obama’s hell’s kitchen shows up.”

“If you can’t stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now wait until Obama’s hell’s kitchen shows up.”

Mitt Romney,  on Newt Gingrich’s complaints about negative ads


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2011 a banner year for Boston ad agencies

This year, 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.

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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.

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Boston’s best people and ideas of 2011

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