Debt panel fails to reach deal

The deficit supercommittee failed to reach an agreement in a last-ditch effort today, triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts beginning in 2013.

High court approves Chelsea takeover

The court approved the state’s request to take over the Chelsea Housing Authority, which is in disarray amid a scandal over its former executive director.

Egypt’s Cabinet resigns amid widening protests

Egypt’s state television says the Cabinet has submitted its resignation but will stay on to run the nation’s day-to-day affairs until a decision is made.

Advocates for clergy abuse victims welcome Law’s departure

Attorneys and advocates for clergy abuse victims in Boston reacted to the news of Cardinal Bernard Law’s resignation in Rome.



At Occupy library, no shortage of classic ideas

More than 1,000 titles wait to be borrowed at the Occupy Boston library, including an entire section (i.e. milk crate) devoted to the late B.U. historian and leftist author Howard Zinn.

Tom Brady led teammates through drills at practice last week.

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Patriots’ keys to a Week 11 victory

Breaking down the X’s and O’s for the Patriots’ Week 11 matchup with the Chiefs.

To Grammar’s House

Kid? Not alright

“Kid” is a term that sounds neutral or downright affectionate in speech but can look demeaning in print - unless you’re referring to a baby goat.


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Anaïs Mitchell (left), Sean Hayes, and Amy Correia perform a song from Mitchell’s “Hadestown,’’ at the Somerville Theatre.

Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera worthy of the night

Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera — a riff on the Orpheus myth set, as she put it, ‘‘in a post-apocalyptic Depression era’’ — worked just fine with or without the program notes.

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Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of “The Nutcracker” at the Stoneham Theater.

Holiday Arts Preview

Our critics give their top picks for what to see and experience this holiday season in the worlds of theater, dance, movies, DVDs, classical music, and pop music. This is your guide to holiday season entertainment.