Minimum security, high concerns

After a gang-connected inmate escaped and allegedly went on a shooting spree inside a Springfield barbershop last April, the full risk of minimum-security prisons became clear.

A prison without walls

MCI-Shirley minimum-security prison has no fences. After a prisoner escaped in April, those who still live there explain what keeps them from making the same mistake.

An inside look at Massachusetts prison life

The vast majority of the state’s 11,500 prisoners live in a world bounded by monotony, violence, and strict routines, where barred doors and barbed wire etch the horizon.

Old bicycles never die at MIT auction

Broken-down bicycles change hands endlessly in auctions at MIT, where students embrace the mechanical challenge of repairing them.

Grieving father pushes legislation

The father of a drowning victim is pushing hard for legislation that would require state and municipal camps to keep approved flotation devices available for all minors.

Mass. research funding at risk

The state stands to lose more than $680 million in federal research funding if a bipartisan deficit reduction panel does not hammer out a deal by Nov. 23.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez grimaces after feeling the brunt of this second-quarter sack courtesy of Patriots defensive ends Andre Carter (bottom) and Mark Anderson.

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Patriots 37, Jets 16

Patriots dominate the Jets

The Patriots thrashed the Jets in a surprising 37-16 victory at MetLife Stadium, taking sole possession of first place in the East in the process.

Aaron Ratoff, 21, who backed Obama in ’08, has ‘measured disappointment’ in him now.

Young voters’ ardor for Obama has wilted

Facing a dismal job market and persistent economic woes, a generation of voters born around 1980 and onward has seen its fervor for President Obama dissipate.

Taking different approach to Holocaust’s lessons

For nearly 2 1/2 years, the group Boston 3G has gathered monthly to compare life lessons from their grandparents, and discuss ways to teach even younger generations.


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Executive chef Eddie Cerrato uses the electrolyzed water as a sanitizer.

MIT finds a new cleaning solution

MIT’s Endicott House has replaced the hundreds of gallons of chemicals it uses annually with just one cleaner - water, charged with an electrical current.


 Elizabeth Warren greeted one of the volunteers who attended her Senate campaign event at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood yesterday.

Warren rallies Senate campaign forces

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren drew about 1,000 supporters who pledged to work for her campaign during a volunteer event in Roxbury yesterday.


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On Football

Tom Brady escapes the grasp of the Jets’ Jamal Washington in the second quarer.

Things happening with Patriots, right on schedule

As much as the hysteria has rained down the previous two weeks in Patriot land, the bottom line is they still have Tom Brady and the Jets don’t. Not even close.

Health and wellness

G force

He makes study of hoarding

Randy O. Frost, a psychology professor at Smith College and author of the 2010 book “Stuff,” is an expert on compulsive hoarding.


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Quest for identity as trilogy plays out

“The Brother/Sister Plays,’’ the trilogy by the gifted young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, is a challenge for any cast, but Company One's actors are up to the task.