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.

President Obama

In N.H., Obama redraws battle lines over jobs act

In his first visit to New Hampshire in nearly two years, President Obama challenged Republicans to extend payroll tax cuts set to expire.

Merck will pay $950m to settle Vioxx investigation

The drugmaker will pay $321.6 million in criminal fines and $628.4 million as a civil settlement agreement over its marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.

Protesters threaten ‘second revolution’ in Egypt

Egypt’s ruling military moved up the date for transferring power to a civilian government, but the major concessions were immediately rejected by tens of thousands of protesters.

Exclusive Wednesday Preview | Movie Review

‘Hugo’ an intricately imagined gift from Scorsese

In this exhilarating tale of magic, machines, memories, and dreams, Martin Scorsese pulls off the neatest trick of all.


Take 2: Hugo

Ty Burr and Wesley Morris review the new movie from director Martin Scorsese.

Movie Review

Pure fun, no strings attached in ‘The Muppets’

This musical-comedy is ingenious. Everything about it is satirical, but the Muppets television show means something to the filmmakers.

Movie Review

Santa delivers, as does ‘Arthur Christmas’

The journey can drag a little after the dizzying opener, but the film’s holiday spirit is infectious.


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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.


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On Football

Mark Anderson and Andre Carter team up to sack Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko in the second quarter.

Carter counting on complements

With three sacks and another six QB hits, the performance of Andre Carter and the Patriots defense against the Chiefs was a baby step in the right direction.

Special reports

Special Section

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.