Many MCAS scores fall below federal standards

State officials expressed frustration with federal standards, but 22 of 35 schools that were once identified as “underperforming” saw improvements in English and math.

GOP urges Harvard to end Elizabeth Warren’s salary

The Massachusetts Republican Party is asking the university to consider whether Warren should continue being paid while the law professor runs for US Senate.

With end of ‘Don’t Ask,’ Harvard welcomes ROTC revival

The university ended 40 years of frosty relations with the military by reviving its relationship with the Naval ROTC, setting the stage for increased recruiting on campus.


Sox lose but remain 2 games ahead of Rays

The Red Sox lost to Baltimore but the Yankees beat the Rays, meaning the Sox are still two games ahead in the wild-card chase.



Thai dishes with a home-grown touch

Lanna Thai in Woburn offers selections made with veggies from the owner’s garden.

Transformation taking root in Maverick Square

East Boston’s Maverick Square is undergoing a construction boom that’s revitalizing a neighborhood known only a few years ago as having its share of urban problems.

Harvard details Allston expansion

The university intends to proceed with the first phase of a massive science campus that includes a 700,000-square-foot health and life sciences center in Allston.


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Big Boy, the plus-sized pig, remembered

It’s a rare pig that gets to die of old age, but Big Boy was no ordinary pig. In Ipswich, he was a celebrity, and his fame was based on one simple fact: He was gigantic.


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Bernanke pushes past dissent

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke pushed ahead with a plan to keep short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013 despite three dissenting votes on the Fed’s policy-making committee.


Yemeni protesters seize military base; clashes kill dozens

Thousands of protesters backed by military defectors seized a base of the elite Republican Guards, weakening the control of Yemen’s embattled president over the Arab nation.


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Alex Beam

Fact check this!

I’m tiring very quickly of these ubiquitous “fact check’’ features that are so popular in journalism. At heart, I’m a fictionalist, and a sucker for a well-told tale.


“It doesn’t make any difference whether you assign more homework in English, science, or history. Students will still do the same.”

Ozkan Eren,   assistant professor of economics at the University of Nevada, on whether homework works