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.
Video | The Back Story
Acquittal rates of suspected drunk drivers
In this edition of the Back Story, host Dina Rudick spoke with Spotlight editor Tom Farragher about the Globe‘s investigation into high acquittal rates of Massachusetts motorists suspected of drunken driving.
Globe Spotlight Report
Under the influence
Full coverage of the Globe’s investigation into OUI acquittal rates.
Globe Magazine | The Medical Issue
One obstetrician explores why hospitals’ rates can vary so widely – from 15 percent to 45 percent in Massachusetts – and whether anyone should care.
Governor Deval Patrick announced it could take days for power to be restored for most customers.
Steelers 25, Patriots 17
Patriots can’t claw back
Tom Brady had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute left, but the Steelers’ Brett Keisel punched the ball out of his hand.
The American electorate is an immensely complicated tapestry of thousands of communities experiencing different realities.
Report: Female staffers accused Cain of inappropriate behavior
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign is denying reports that two female employees complained of sexually suggestive behavior in the 1990s.
“We absolutely are not wrong 85 and 90 percent of the time.’’Northborough Police Chief Mark K. Leahy
Inside The Boston Globe
Five-alarm fire sweeps homes in Mission Hill
Fire crews were still dousing remaining hot spots today on Calumet Street in Mission Hill, where an early-morning fire ripped through three homes and sent one person to the hospital.
ON THE HOT SEAT
On the cutting edge of building a New Boston
David Manfredi, a principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, is deeply enmeshed in the development of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Gary Johnson pins hope on N.H. in presidential race
For a campaign that’s low on money and poll numbers, Gary Johnson has turned to a political commodity he has in abundance: tenacity.
Nation & World
Syria’s military kills 3 as Arab League voices ‘disgust’
Syrian troops shelled a restive district and conducted sweeping raids yesterday, killing at least three people one day after 40 were reported to have died, activists said.
Stern wonders what to do about ‘this big mess’
With both sides in the NBA’s labor standoff so entrenched, it might be a question of when, not if, another round of cancellations will be necessary.
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.
By The Book
‘Resurrecting My Childhood Ghosts’ by Chris Bohjalian
It’s a paperback that cost 45 cents when it was brand new.
“We have our critical faculties, but the research suggests that they are not as critical as we think.”Gareth Cook