State aims to test kindergartners

Massachusetts is developing plans to assess students as soon as they enter kindergarten to gauge how prepared they are for school.

Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Home sales go green in Mass.

More than a third of the homes sold this year in the state have been paid for in cash as an increasing number of buyers sidestep the traditional mortgage process.

New England Travel | Berkshires

Critic's tour of treasures meanders in the hills

From Williamstown to Stockbridge, Sebastian Smee finds museums in the Berkshires that display art for every taste.

Sherrie Downing (top left) and Lisa Ash (top right) are among many in Ashland, N.H., who are undecided on the Republican field. Mitt Romney, who has a vacation home 35 miles away, leads statewide polls.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

N.H. town has penchant for picking winners

It’s uncanny, but as goes Ashland, so goes the state in GOP presidential primaries. It’s a perfect perch to gauge the political free-for-all of 2012.

A dream realized, and lives reborn

With drive, diplomacy, and heart, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a young and unproven surgeon, made Boston a face-transplant leader.

Maine islanders carry on venerable ritual

Lobster season began on Monhegan Island in Maine with Trap Day, as 300 lobster traps were set for the long winter harvest.


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High court may factor in election

The Supreme Court begins its new term tomorrow, and President Obama’s health care overhaul, which affects almost everyone in the country, is squarely in its sights.


Libyan family killed fleeing Surt

Two children and their parents were killed by machine-gun fire yesterday while trying to flee Moammar Khadafy's hometown along with hundreds of other residents.


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The sight of Wes Welker’s 5-foot-9-inch frame dodging defenders has become familiar to Patriots fans.

Welker the model on a small scale

In the land of receivers, Wes Welker has become a brand. His traits, skills, and quick moves have been packaged into a mold, and the Patriots have the original.


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Beauty and beasts

In the wake of a dramatic fall in political violence in Colombia, tourists now have the chance to appreciate the country’s beauty — quirks and all.


“One woman in New Hampshire told me she didn’t mind that (Mitt) Romney had flip-flopped on issues, so long as he’d flipped to positions she liked.”

Joanna Weiss 


“To become a citizen of a nation is a choice that involves more sacrifice and pain than tearing down the sculpture of a dictator.”

Gal Beckerman