Friendly’s closes 63 locations, cuts 1,200 jobs

The troubled family restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced that it is closing 63 restaurants, which will leave around 20 people per location out of a job.

Senate Democrats add millionaire tax to jobs bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is changing President Obama’s jobs package to add a 5 percent tax on income above $1 million, a proposal that is sure to be blocked by Republicans.

Perry campaign raises an impressive $17 million

Texas governor Rick Perry hauled in $17 million since entering the race 49 days ago, dwarfing the sum that Mitt Romney has raised in the previous 92 days.

Beth Israel plans $20m cancer center in Needham

The new state-of-the-art center in Needham, which will consolidate the center’s suburban cancer services, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

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‘Ides of March’ falls short

George Clooney directed, co-wrote, and co-stars in this entertaining but hollow political drama, which features Ryan Gosling as an idealistic campaign whiz.


‘American Horror Story’ is frighteningly familiar

It’s a very standard creep-fest, an aggressively stylized mash-up of familiar haunted-house movies including “The Amityville Horror,’’ “The Haunting,’’ and “The Shining.’’

On football

Patriots’ running game thrived thanks to Rob Gronkowski

The tight end usually excels in pass coverage. In the win against Oakland, he was the key to getting the rushing game in motion.


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Raytheon gives $1m to help cultivate engineering

Raytheon is expected to say today that it will contribute $1 million to a Museum of Science initiative to spark grade schoolers' interest in engineering.


Tutu attacks ANC for barring Dalai Lama

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an antiapartheid hero often described as South Africa’s conscience, criticized the ANC-led government as “disgraceful.”


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Still from The Clock, 2010, single-channel video, 24 hours. Credit: Christian Marclay/Paula Cooper Gallery.

MFA extends time for ‘The Clock’

Good news if you’ve been trying to cram in all 24 hours of Christian Marclay’s “The Clock.” You’ve got more time.


“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,   on the challenges facing some Middle Eastern countries