Steward Health Care quits Mass. hospital group

The fast-growing company abruptly resigned from the state’s leading hospital association in the midst of a turbulent debate over the future of health care reform.

Boston school relocation proposal is scrutinized

The Boston Finance Commission fears the decision to move Mission Hill K-8 as part of an effort to expand access to high-quality schools could have unintended long-term consequences.


The retooled Romney

Just as Mitt Romney, the business consultant, turned around failing companies, he has retooled himself as a 2012 presidential candidate, writes Joan Vennochi.

Meetings aside, little support found for casino plan

Vocal supporters of the casino proposal are hard to find in Foxborough, where the debate has been civil, quiet, and, well, not much of a debate.

Tech Lab

Smartphone offer may be too good to last

At $19 a month, Republic Wireless is delivering the best bargain in wireless communication by relying on Wi-Fi connections to make phone calls.


New smartphone service costs only $19 a month

Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray explains Republic Wireless, a new mobile company that makes use of Wi-Fi for placing calls.

Boston burn doctors to help boy from Haiti

Three months after suffering horrific burns, Dieuphete Celime will get a new lease on life and a functioning face from doctors at Shriners Hospital for Children.

Wide heart monitor use tied to missed alarms

Recent studies show that a large percentage of patients who are on cardiac monitors do not need to be — an overuse of technology that contributes to alarm fatigue.

“There absolutely will not be casino gambling in any community that does not want it. The governor and the Legislature were slam-dunk clear on that point.’’

Stephen P. Crosby,  head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission


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South Boston, MA., 12/28/11, Senator Scott Brown, cq, met with Boston Globe reporter Frank Philips at Mul's Diner for a chat. On the left is Marcie Ridgway Kinzel, cq, Communications Director. Section; Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Scott Brown seeks underdog role

The senator expressed confidence that he can win a full six-year term by persuading voters that likely opponent Elizabeth Warren is too liberal and uncompromising on a host of issues.


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Businesses get ready for first Celtics home game

Companies that depend on the popularity of the Celtics are gearing up for the team’s first home game tomorrow night after a 149-day lockout kept the parquet empty.


Political Notebook

Gingrich lobbied, lawmakers say

Newt Gingrich says he was never a lobbyist. But four former or current US representatives have said he did lobby them — whether he met the definition of a lobbyist or not.


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Hornets 97, Celtics 78

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 28: Trevor Ariza #1 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots the ball over Keyon Dooling #51 of the Boston Celtics at New Orleans Arena on December 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Celtics 97-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Celtics slump to 0-3 after loss to Hornets

Last night’s performance was lethargic at best, as a team that has prided itself on mental guile during the Doc Rivers era melted in the fourth quarter.