Obama urges compromise in the Middle East

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.


In a speech before UN General Assembly, President Obama stopped short of directly calling on the Palestinians to drop their plan to seek statehood recognition.

American hikers Shane Bauer (left)  and Josh Fattal are shown in Tehran in a May 21, 2010 file photo.

Two Americans jailed in Iran released

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were released from a Tehran prison after more than two years of being jailed as spies.

‘Alarm fatigue’ a factor in 2d hospital death

The second patient death in four years involving “alarm fatigue’’ at UMass Memorial has pushed the hospital to intensify efforts to prevent nurses from tuning out monitor warning alarms.

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Quincy Center renewal nears reality

The city is prepping for the long-awaited $1.6 billion redevelopment of its downtown, with a concourse area off Hancock Street slated to open next month, and several public works projects on the calendar for next year.

Underperforming schools show gains in MCAS scores

At 16 of the 35 underperforming schools, scores increased by double digits on either the English or math sections, while a few other schools made smaller gains.

On football

Patriots need more from Albert Haynesworth

The team’s underperforming defense needs Haynesworth to push the pocket and make the quarterback uncomfortable, writes the Globe’s Greg Bedard.

Perry’s political career took root in Democrats’ soil

Governor Rick Perry’s years as a Democratic lawmaker in Texas are drawing national scrutiny now that he is a front-runner for the Republican nomination.


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ROTC back at Harvard after 40 years

Harvard University welcomed the Navy’s ROTC onto campus yesterday, the same day the government ended the “Don’t Ask” policy, ending four decades of frosty relations.


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The schedule set by Harvard was greeted cautiously by city officials and neighbors in Allston who want to see Harvard make good on its promises of revitalization.

Harvard details growth plan for Allston

Harvard University said it wants to begin construction in 2013 of a Harvard- Square-like retail and housing complex to anchor its sweeping transformation of North Allston.


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Orioles 7, Red Sox 5

Jonathan Papelbon heads back to the mound after allowing a bases-clearing double in the eighth in the loss to the Orioles.

Red Sox bullpen falters in another loss to Orioles

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a three-run double in the eighth as the Orioles overcame a 5-4 deficit. The wild-card lead remained at two games.

Food and dining

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As the nation’s relationship with food becomes ever more complicated, the potluck has turned into a minefield.

The perils of potluck

Used to be the bar at a potluck was a cooler. Now the bar is set higher. Bringing a dish of your own choosing (or one dictated by the host) isn’t always a piece of cake.


“For the better part of a century, Arab leaders of Palestine have consistently said no when presented with the chance to build a state of their own.”

Jeff Jacoby 


“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