Adrian Walker

Sox can make more history

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, left, and bench coach DeMarlo Hale look on during a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 9-1. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

The list of likely replacements for Terry Francona is full of the usual retreads. But there may be a better option: bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who is respected, available — and African-American.

A leaf that could power the future

A team led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera hopes an artificial leaf device can produce enough hydrogen and oxygen to put it in a fuel cell to power a car or home.

Smaller banks try to win customers angry over card fees

Massachusetts community banks are vying to win over Bank of America customers outraged that the bank will charge debit card holders as much as $60 a year to use their card.

Medicaid provider accused of fraud

A nonprofit agency that promoted itself as a compassionate organization devoted to helping disabled, indigent adults stay in their homes was accused by state prosecutors of running a cynical scam.

‘Hypermiler’ drivers go extra mile to maximize fuel economy

Hypermilers use techniques that involve no more than common sense and a Zen approach to the road.

Student, principal catch MCAS error

About 3,250 10th-graders benefit from discovery of math test scoring mistake.


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Gloucester icon slips into history

After decades of felling hordes of sure-footed men at the Saint Peter’s Fiesta every June, Gloucester’s famed Greasy Pole plunged into the chilly waters off Pavilion Beach Thursday night.


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What’s up at Friendly’s?

As the parent firm of the Friendly's restaurant chain considers declaring bankruptcy, its biggest challenge is wooing customers whose dining tastes have changed.


Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading Al Qaeda figure, was shown this 2008 photo taken in Yemen, where he died in a US attack yesterday.

Drone attack kills US-born cleric linked to Al Qaeda

Many details of the strike were unclear, but one US official said that Anwar al-Awlaki had been identified as the target in advance and was killed with a Hellfire missile.


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Battles keeps building its success

Battles, performing at Royale, has revealed itself slowly over the years but experimentation and songcraft produce results for the elite new music trio.


“Could it be true, Pinker wondered, that humans had actually become less violent with time, as opposed to more? And if so, how had we done it?”

Leon Neyfakh,   on Steven Pinker’s new book about violence in history