Boston to launch effort to solve more homicides

The Boston Police Department plans to bolster homicide squads in an effort to combat one of the city’s most intractable problems: the slow rate at which most killings are solved.

Santorum enjoying late boost in Iowa

Rick Santorum’s sudden surge in the CNN poll has fueled Iowa religious conservatives to ask Michele Bachmann to drop out so the religious right-wing vote will be more unified.

Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (center R) goes up for a basket next to New York Knicks Tyson Chandler (center L) in the first half during their NBA basketball game in New York December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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Bearing no grudges, NBA fans flock back

Less than a week into the lockout-shortened NBA season, fans are filling arenas and watching games from home in record numbers.


Chelsea housing tenants suffer, officials benefit

After Francine Dorrance was evicted from her Chelsea Housing Authority apartment over $276 in unpaid rent, the Authority’s housing manager moved in, paying $25 a month in rent.

R.I. to ask voters to approve table games

In an effort to hang on to their share of the market, state leaders will ask the voters in November to authorize the addition of Las Vegas-style table games at Twin River.

Boston, MA., 12/27/11, 2012 Outlook story profile on investment manager John Roth, cq, a Fidelity fund manager. Section: Business, Reporter: Beth Healy Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

No stock answers | The bull

Look at US companies first, bull says

You might expect John Roth to have an upbeat take on the new year. But like many other investors who are normally bullish, he is hardly predicting good times.

Peabody, MA 122911 Madison Conrad (Cq), 12 (left), Tyler Conrad (cq), 13, and Lisa Roberts (cq), all from Peabody hold a sign during the wake of fallen Peabody firefighter James M. Rice at the Conway Cahill- Brodeur Funeral Home in Peabody on December 29, 2011. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET

Peabody honors ‘great firefighter’

More than 300 Peabody firefighters and police officers marched in a solemn procession to the wake for James M. Rice, who died after battling a fire last week.

“Part of my happiness about how it’s going in the first week is we hoped it would go this well and that’s one of the reasons we’re back playing this soon.”

Wyc Grousbeck,  Celtics owner


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No stock answers | The bear

A bear who sees a bright side, too

Ben Inker and his partner Jeremy Grantham’s almost perpetually gloomy outlooks have often paid off. But for all the gloom now, Inker is practically sunny.

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Muslims to skip Bloomberg breakfast

Religious leaders upset at police efforts to spy on Muslims plan to skip Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying Bloomberg shouldn’t be defending the tactics.


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Harvard 67, BC 46

Harvard basketball blows out BC

Coach Tommy Amaker’s 24th-ranked Crimson showed again why they may be one of the best Harvard teams ever, posting a 67-46 victory over Steve Donahue’s Eagles.


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New Year’s Eve picks: film

If high-decibel parties, chilly strolls, or waiting around for the midnight hour to strike are not your idea of a memorable New Year’s Eve, there’s always the movies.