Logan expects to set a record

A record number of passengers flew in and out of Logan International Airport this year, a growth Logan officials attributed to the recent arrival Southwest Airlines and expansion of JetBlue.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s (far right) campaign style is polished and buttoned down. By contrast, rival Newt Gingrich (center) acts the professor, and Ron Paul (left) the idealist.

Jeff Haynes; Jim young; Jessica Rinaldi/reuters

Different flavors of the GOP

The difference in styles between the Republican presidential candidates has intensified in the closing days before the Iowa caucus.

Paul’s libertarian message finds fans

Ron Paul has catapulted to popularity in Iowa and New Hampshire among a wide range of voters who have embraced his denunciations of bloated government and foreign interventions.


A vending machine that serves up safety

A group of MIT undergraduates designed HelmetHub vending machines that would dispense headgear to riders of Hubway, Boston’s bike-sharing system.

Mass. confirms first human case of rabies in 75 years

A Barnstable County man has become the first person since 1935 to contract rabies in Massachusetts and remained hospitalized in critical condition yesterday.

Peabody, Mass. -12/30/11 - Funeral services were held for Peabody firefighter James M. Rice at St. John The Baptist Church, as hundreds of firefighters from all over came to pay respect. In Peabody Aquare, Alex White, 8 and his friend Paige Biscaia, 6 both from Salem were allowed to stand in front of firefighters as they saluted along with them. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)

A city says goodbye to hero

Firefighter James M. Rice yesterday was eulogized by his father, who said that he and his family have a “giant hole in their hearts.”

“Customers are using Logan more than they ever did, which is great news for everyone. The more passengers you have, that generates more revenue.”

Edward Freni,  director of aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority


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Sign of hope for theater

A new sign at Everett Square Theatre sign is designed to spark interest in renovating a building that has been closed for decades and is in disrepair.

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Syrian forces strike at protesters

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets across Syria, braving a government onslaught of tear gas, nail bombs, and gunfire that activists said killed at least 16 people.


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Thomas has become next in line for Patriots

Donald Thomas hadn’t played a regular-season game in two years. Suddenly, last week against the Dolphins, he was starting at left guard against the team that drafted him.