Patrick signs casino bill into law

The signing, which ends a years-long battle on Beacon Hill, paves the way for full-scale casinos and slots in this state.

Early applications on rise at colleges

Harvard University’s early action program drew 4,245 applicants for the class of 2016, an increase that mirrors a trend at other schools.

Foreclosures increase in Mass.

The state saw a 35.7 percent rise in foreclosure deeds in October over a year ago, a local real estate tracking firm reported this morning.

Giving drivers a new way to feed the meter

Mayor Thomas Menino will introduce a parking debit card today to give drivers another option at 7,200 Boston meters that until now were coin-only.

The supercommittee included members, from left on bottom row, co-chair Texas Representative Jeb Hensarling, co-chair Washington Senator Patty Murray, and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl; and, from left on top row, Montana Senator Max Baucus, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

Associated Press


Behind the ‘super’ failure: a deficit of political will

The failure of the deficit supercommittee is a profound disappointment, a victory for the politics of litmus tests and pressure groups.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bobby Valentine is right Red Sox fit

Bobby V is the guy for the managerial position. Enough with the charade. Enough with the soft parade of Mackanins, Sveums, and Alomars.


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Knight Foundation merging media, minds, and money

The foundation has fostered more than 200 media and tech projects, and the Boston area has reaped a considerable amount of that funding - $18.4 million in grants to 19 projects.

Nation & World

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Bruins 1, Canadiens 0

Bruins make it nine in a row

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made 33 saves in last night’s win, his second shutout of the year and Boston’s ninth straight win.


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Egyptian masterpiece at MFA

The sculpture of the Egyptian Old Kingdom ruler Menkaura and his wife is one of the greatest Egyptian sculptures anywhere in the world.

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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.