Early educator union sought

Massachusetts teacher unions are attempting to enroll more than 10,000 early childhood education workers in the private and nonprofit sectors.

 The congressional seats of William R. Keating (top, left) and Stephen F. Lynch (top, right) could be combined in one redistricting plan. Another plan reportedly merges the seats of Richard E. Neal (above, left) and John W. Olver (above, right).

Mass. redistricting plans pit east vs. west

The congressional seats of William Keating and Stephen Lynch could be combined in one plan. Another reportedly merges the seats of Richard E. Neal and John W. Olver.

Atlanta businessman Herman Cain is running almost even in polls with Mitt Romney.

Optimism, candor boost Cain in polls

Herman Cain, a pizza magnate and conservative talk-radio host, has proved to be a GOP presidential candidate who some analysts say should be taken seriously.

FBI’s use of alleged mobster questioned

Two alleged crime ring members are seeking dismissal of key evidence because of a lack of openness about the government’s link to reputed mobster Mark Rossetti.

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Potatoes, pride at risk in Maine

The Aroostook County potato harvest in Maine, already in decline, faces a new threat in a federal plan that would greatly reduce use of the crop in school meals.

Tiny grants keep ‘awesome’ ideas coming

The Awesome Foundation, started by a group of tech-savvy twentysomethings, offers small grants for ideas that are, well, awesome.

Dan Shaughnessy

Beating the Jets means a lot to Bill Belichick

The Patriots coach never will admit this, but there is a healthy obsession with the Jets at Gillette and it’s great to pin a loss on the donkeys from N.Y.


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Tests bolster use of holographic radar system

The recent, successful test of a local company's radar technology could lead to better data about the behavior of fast-moving weapons on the battlefield.


Violence erupts after Christians protest in Cairo

A demonstration by Christians angry about a recent attack on a church touched off violent protests against the military council ruling Egypt, leaving 24 people dead and more than 200 wounded.


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Patriots 30, Jets 21

Patriots QB Tom Brady  raises his arms in celebration after running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a third-quarter touchdown.

Tom Brady, Patriots cool off the Jets

Brady would deny it if he were asked, but all signs point to yesterday’s victory against the Jets as being personal for the star quarterback.

Health and wellness


At Faulkner Hospital, Dr. Mary Thorndike (above left) wears a rainbow sticker on her ID badge (left) to show support for LGBT patients.

LGBT patients search for healing

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, who often feel alienated by uninformed medical providers, are more likely to struggle with health issues.


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Laura Dern stars as a stressed-out executive in HBO’s “Enlightened.’’

Dern takes the lead in ‘Enlightened’

With “Enlightened,’’ Laura Dern and writer-producer Mike White have come up with a worthy TV vehicle for the actress.