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For drunk drivers, a habit of judicial leniency

State Trooper Matthew Sheehan took a suspected drunk driver into custody in Everett.

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When state judges hear OUI cases without a jury, they acquit the vast majority of defendants, no matter how blatant the alleged offense. It is one more way Massachusetts stands out nationally — for all the wrong reasons — on this crime.

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Getting to not guilty

How a driver who told police after an accident, “I was driving, I’m drunk, and it’s all my fault,” was found not guilty by a Massachusetts judge.


Police report details 2008 car crash

A doctor reported after a 2008 crash that one of the drivers was “highly intoxicated.” The driver ended up getting a not guilty verdict. Read the police report from the crash.

State Trooper Matthew Sheehan took a suspected drunk driver into custody in Everett.

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Leniency for drunk drivers

Massachusetts stands out nationally — for all the wrong reasons — on drunken driving.

“It’s hard to be in baseball for 30-plus years and not have clashed with people,” said Larry Lucchino, Red Sox president and CEO (right), with the team’s new general manager, Ben Cherington.

Lucchino a constant with the Red Sox

Controversial, brilliant, combative, and ever-lawyerly, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino represents the past, present, and future of the 21st century Red Sox.

1 death as potentially record snow hits

A potentially record-breaking nor’easter expected to dump as much as 2 feet of snow on parts of Massachusetts overnight took the life of a Springfield man.

A tree fell under the weight of wet, heavy snow in Worcester, Mass., last night, as a strong nor’easter chugged along the East Coast.

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Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency, as the storm was already causing power outages.

STEVE LANAVA/Worcester Telegram and Gazette

The storm downed utility poles and knocked out power to at least 1.7 million customers on the East Coast.


Shoppers in Danvers, Mass., prepared for the storm yesterday.

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Mid-Atlantic states were hard hit, with snow totals between 6 and 10 inches.


Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of Massachusetts.


The heaviest snowfall in Central and Western Mass. was expected around dinnertime.


New Yorkers make their way through falling snow in New York, October 29, 2011. New York has been hit by snowfall before Halloween for only the fourth time since the US Civil War (1861-1865). AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tiffany Ontko of Swoyersville cleans snow off her car in Mountaintop, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. A classic nor'easter is moving along the East Coast and is expected to dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches throughout the region starting Saturday, a decidedly unseasonal date for a type of storm more associated with midwinter.(AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDIT


A man made his way through the snow in Warren County, N.J.


Chelsea housing chief’s pay draws fire

Michael E. McLaughlin makes $360,383 a year to oversee 1,415 apartments for low-income people. It’s nearly twice the salary of the housing chief in New York City.

College aid — the daunting calculus

In accordance with a federal mandate, all colleges now offer tools on their websites that help students assess the price of their degrees.


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Republican Presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the ISO Poly Films plant, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Gray Court, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro) NYTCREDIT: Richard Shiro/Associated Press 30greymen

Flat tax, fat cats, and you

Corporations and individuals supporting a simpler “flat tax’’ system had better be careful what they wish for. They may find that it simply costs them more.

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Bruins caught in act

Like in many of the previous losses, the Bruins struck iron early (hitting two posts). They got frustrated, committed uncharacteristic defensive mistakes, and then lost control.


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Travel | Sarasota

The circus inheritance

In 1927, John Ringling’s circus empire made Sarasota, Fla., its winter home. Today, while headquarters have moved to Virginia, Ringling’s legacy is all over Sarasota.