Lackey to have Tommy John surgery

The Red Sox pitcher will miss all of next season, and a clause in his contract gives the team the option of getting John Lackey for an extra year at the league minimum salary.

New Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, left, shook hands with team president Larry Lucchino during a news conference at Fenway Park today.

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Ben Cherington vows to make Red Sox MLB’s ‘best’ team

The new Red Sox general manager introduced himself by vowing to make up for what he said was a “painful” end to the 2011 season.

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, right, welcomed Theo Epstein as the team’s new president of baseball operations today.

Theo Epstein: ‘it truly feels great’ to join Cubs

The Cubs introduced Epstein, the former Red Sox GM, as their new president of baseball operations today. “I consider myself very, very lucky to be with the Cubs,” he said.

European crisis threatens US, Obama’s reelection bid

No president dealing with a jobless rate as high as the current 9.1 percent has been reelected since World War II, economists noted today.

Quincy landlord pleads guilty in fatal 2009 fire

A Quincy woman is the first landlord convicted under a state law passed after the 2003 Station nightclub disaster.

Perry announces ‘cut, balance, and grow’ plan

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, hoping to reinvigorate his fizzling campaign, unveiled a plan today for a 20 percent flat-tax rate.

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Stirring the pot at MIT

A professor’s account of discussing race, diversity, and inclusion sparks an impassioned response.

“Had you told the 12-year-old me that I would someday walk away from my dream job as general manager of the Red Sox completely of my own volition, I would have thought you were crazy.”

Theo Epstein,  former Red Sox general manager


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Superintendent offers expansion plan

Public reaction was divided on a proposal by Superintendent Carol R. Johnson to expand seven top Boston public schools and create about 700 new seats.


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Mass. single-family home sales rise in September

Single-family home sales rose 10 percent in September form the same month a year ago, while the median selling price rose 1.7 percent, a report shows.

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What is unspoken by such a fool?

“Allegory of Folly,’’ unmistakably of a fool, was painted around 1510 when Quentin Metsys was emerging as the leading painter in Antwerp.


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Halloween spending to soar

Halloween’s popularity with kids and “kidults’’ - young adults who still enjoy the trappings of childhood - will push spending to $6.9 billion this year.