Board OK’s controversial school moves

After a debate that pitted the Boston School Committee and the superintendent against a city councilor, the committee voted to pass a sweeping school realignment package.

For a front-runner who has thrived in debates - and is seen as one of the most substantive and polished in the field - Mitt Romney continues to take a strikingly risk-averse approach to his second presidential campaign.

Romney takes no chances with TV

For a front-runner who has thrived in debates, former Mass. governor Mitt Romney continues to take a strikingly risk-averse approach to his second presidential campaign.

Boston-11/15/11-Gov. Deval Patrick talks to reporters outside his State House office about the compromise casino gambling bill that he is expected to sign. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)

Final approval on casinos may come today

The preliminary votes taken last night are expected to be finalized today, setting Mass. on a path toward slot machines, poker, and blackjack tables.

Brookline Booksmith altered its layout, moving its best-selling young adult titles to the front of the store.

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Young adult novels heating up the charts

Young adult books, like the ones in the “Twilight’’ series, are no longer for kids alone - and, as a result, sales are often out-pacing grown-up bestsellers, sometimes by millions.

Along the Muddy River near Longwood Avenue, ttwo years after one of the largest bumper crops of acorns, there are next to none this year.

Something is missing this fall: acorns

Once-ubiquitous acorns are in short supply this fall, a phenomenon that can ripple through the ecosystem and harm animal populations.

Tufts, Blue Cross contract row threatens members

Tufts Medical Center and its doctors group say they will stop doing business with Blue Cross Blue Shield on Jan. 17 because the two sides can’t agree on a new contract. Occupy Boston seeks court help to stay put

Concerned about crackdowns on similar protests in New York and Oakland, Occupy Boston protesters are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent their ouster.


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Patrick OK’s bed saving for nursing homes

Nursing home residents who are briefly hospitalized or leave to visit family will have their rooms held for them during their absences, under legislation quietly signed by Governor Patrick.


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The Assembly Row business center in Somerville.

A project to change the retail landscape

A developer in Somerville said it will open dozens of outlet stores in a massive project at Assembly Square, hoping to cater to Boston-area shoppers tired of trekking out to the suburbs.


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Obama to talk jobs bill in N.H. visit

Although details have yet to be released, President Obama is expected to hold an event Tuesday in Manchester as part of his effort to drum up public support for the bill.

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N.Y. Occupy crackdown came without warning

The eviction early yesterday capped two intense weeks in which Mayor Bloomberg and his aides tried but failed to negotiate with members of Occupy Wall Street.


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Bruins 4, Devils 3

Benoit Pouliot went stickside to beat Devils goalie Johan Hedberg with the winner late in the third period.

Bruins’ win streak up to six

Last night’s 4-3 win over New Jersey was a game where all of Bruins coach Claude Julien’s moves were the stuff of a Coach of the Year.

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