State unveils plan for new school-rating system

Massachusetts public schools would be required to cut in half the number of low-scoring students over the next six years in a plan that would supplant No Child Left Behind.

Supreme Court to take up Obama’s health care law

The decision sets up an election-year showdown over the White House’s main domestic policy achievement.

Donald Rudolph (center) stood in Quincy District Court today.

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Prosecutor details Weymouth triple murders

In a hearing that drew moans of shock, a Norfolk prosecutor said today that Donald Rudolph used knives and a hammer to kill his mother, his sister, and his mother’s boyfriend.


Tech Lab | First Take

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is too cool to change the world

The original Kindle, the first successful e-book reader, altered the literary habits of millions. The new Fire, colorful and powerful as it is, won’t have nearly as much impact.

Surrounded by NBA basketball players, union executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher (second from left), spoke at a press conference today in New York.

NBA players reject deal; season in jeopardy

Players called the league’s latest offer “extremely unfair” and began the process to disband the union. Commissioner David Stern said the move was a “big charade.”

Biotech firms target tumors’ neighborhoods

Cambridge biotechnology companies are targeting the so-called microenvironment rather than just cancer cells in a bid to advance therapies.

Grieving father pushes legislation on flotation devices

Derek Frechette is pushing for legislation, known as Christian’s Law, that would require state and town-run camps with a swimming area to have Coast Guard-approved flotation devices on hand for all minors.


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Maureen E. Feeney, shown during a City Council meeting last year.

Feeney resigns from City Council, may be in line for city clerk

Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney quietly resigned last week after 17 years in office. She has long been considered next in line for the job of city clerk.


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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.

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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.