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Why can't you resist that cookie? How can you stick with your exercise routine? New research is helping us understand.

 The team’s addition of 269 seats and 100 standing-room-only spaces in a section overhanging Lansdowne Street (left) generated more than $21 million in sales of tickets and concession items for the team since 2003, according to an estimate.

Red Sox reap $45m from Lansdowne, Yawkey Way lease deal

Over the last nine years, the Red Sox have increased their revenue by millions through the use of two streets that city officials handed over for a relative pittance.

Tom Brady

On football

This time, Patriots offense is to blame

Sure, the Patriots offense made plays when it counted in the fourth, but what they put together for the first three quarters was borderline atrocious.

As ex-housing chief’s pay rose, tenants say they were ignored

Some Chelsea public housing residents, who deal with rodents and cracked walls, were outraged to hear about the former housing director’s $360,000 salary.

Adrian Walker

Good move by Paul Epstein

Brookline High social worker Paul Epstein - yes, he’s Theo’s twin brother - has been working for six years to build a youth-oriented community center, and the idea is taking off.

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Harvard students welcome return of Facebook CEO

Mark Zuckerberg is giving a recruiting talk at Harvard today, seven years after he dropped out to start Facebook.


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Charles C. Yancey will be challenged for the District 4 councilor’s seat for an 11th time by J.R. Rucker.

Familiar foe joins Yancey on ballot

For all but two of the biennial races for Boston City Council since 1987, Charles C. Yancey has faced a challenge from J.R. Rucker, a 57-year-old community activist.


 Supporters cheered Mitt Romney at a rally in Concord, N.H., late last month.

Female voters drawn to Romney this time

Mitt Romney’s strength with female voters — they support him by about five percentage points more than men do — was not something he saw in his 2008 presidential run.

Nation & World

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Greek rivals reach deal to forge government

A new Greek unity government will move ahead on a debt agreement with the EU under an agreement reached by Prime Minister George Papandreou and the opposition leader.


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Giants 24, Patriots 20

Patriots foiled again by Eli Manning, Giants

A critical pass interference call against the Patriots defense on the Giants’ final possession killed a come-from-behind effort and led to a New York victory.


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Opera Review

Daniel Sutin as Macbeth with members of the BLO Chorus in a dress rehearsal of Verdi’s ‘‘Macbeth’’ at the Shubert Theatre.

Verdi’s ‘Macbeth,’ set in a dark dream

The dead never really die in Boston Lyric Opera’s exceedingly dark and psychologically driven new staging of Verdi’s “Macbeth.’’

Health and wellness

G force

Dr. Michael Siegel is a tobacco researcher and professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

A policy’s smoke screen

Dr. Michael Siegel, a tobacco researcher and professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health, talks about tobacco use in modern times.

Top Places to Work

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Top Places to Work - 2011

The Globe’s 2011 Top Places to Work survey ranks 100 of the best workplaces in Massachusetts.


“Elections are traditionally a mechanism of restoration, yet the GOP, by reducing itself to the absurd, has undercut faith in the entire enterprise.”

James Carroll 


“Scholars who take on punk find themselves working amid bedeviling contradictions, as they try to methodically define a culture that refuses definition, rejects method, and denies the very idea of expertise.”

Leon Neyfakh