Brown’s efforts add to moderate credentials

With a potential showdown against Democrat Elizabeth Warren looming, Senator Brown appears to be branding himself as a moderate.

Opera Boston to close

The city’s second-largest opera company said this morning it will close on Jan. 1 because of an “insurmountable budget deficit.”

House, Senate approve payroll tax cut plan

The two-month renewal of payroll tax cuts for 160 million workers gives President Obama a convincing victory over Republicans who control the House.

Mass. must vie with Asia for casino investors

Explosive casino growth in Asia has left the state competing for limited investment dollars not only in the Northeast, but across the world.


Recess brings little joy to some urban students

Educators say students from unstable homes or those struggling financially become anxious and act out as the holiday season approaches.

Student Margaret Roberts, 19, of Allentown, Pa., studied in the Pine Manor gym. Some students are acting as ambassadors for the school, trying to help it attract new students. The school is trying to enroll more students who can pay full tuition.

Educating the poor comes at a price for Pine Manor

Pine Manor, one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse small colleges, is trying to figure out how to financially survive while maintaining its commitment to low-income students.

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Readers making a difference

Sunday’s Christmas in the City event was a success thanks to Boston Globe readers.

“A lot of the high-rollers that used to come to Vegas are now going to Macau or Singapore.”

Mark Nichols,  economics professor


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WHDH-TV, union reach three-year agreement

The union that represents the on-air personalities at Boston’s WHDH-TV has reached a contract agreement with the station after more than two years of contentious negotiations.


Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney added diesel fuel to his bus in Randolph, N.H., yesterday. The former Bay State governor refused to make his income tax returns public or discuss any tax code advantages, ‘‘but never say never,’’ he said.

Romney will not reveal tax data, at least for now

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney refused to make his income tax returns public or discuss any tax code advantages, ‘‘but never say never,’’ he said.

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Syrian troops tighten grip as Arab League team arrives

As an advance team from the Arab League arrived yesterday, activists said the regime would prevent them from seeing any of the protesters arrested in the latest crackdown.


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Aaron Hernandez has 68 catches for 736 yards and six TDs.

Aaron Hernandez’s path could have gone off course

The Patriots tight end credits a strong bond with his brother, D.J., with helping him overcome a series of bad decisions after his father died when he was 16.


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Movie Review

In this film image released by Disney, Jeremy Irvine is shown in a scene from

Classic Hollywood rides again in ‘War Horse’

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is full-throated Hollywood classicism that looks back to the craftsmanship and sentimentality of the studio era.

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.