Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

As the deficit reduction “supercommittee’’ begins scouring ledgers for $1.2 trillion, hospital leaders plan to lobby Congress to shift the burden onto their elderly patients.

Liquor lobby gives $45,000 to treasurer

State Treasurer Steve Grossman took donations from executives across the state, all of whom have a financial interest in policies set by an agency he oversees.

Rezwan Ferdaus

At mosque, suspect’s views led to ouster

Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, was said to revere Al Qaeda, and criticized a Roxbury mosque’s participation in interfaith efforts and in politics.

Obama’s uncle goes to court

Onyango Obama did not speak when he appeared in district court for a routine hearing on a drunken driving charge.

Sox collapse brings a cold dose of reality to young fans

Grownup members of Red Sox Nation found themselves in familiar territory yesterday. But for children whose short lives have been blessed by two World Series trophies, the team’s late-season collapse was shocking.

The Colonial Theatre would be back in business next July under the plan.

Deal near to reopen the Colonial

The Citi Performing Arts Center, which already operates the Wang and Shubert theaters, plans to add another member to its downtown family: the 111-year-old Colonial Theatre.

Killer of store clerk gets life sentence

A career criminal, Edward Corliss was on parole for killing another store clerk when he robbed and killed Surendra Dangol the day after Christmas 2009.


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Reshaped race ended bid, Setti Warren says

Less than five months after announcing a bid for the US Senate on the sun-soaked lawn of his red brick home, Setti Warren stood in the same spot yesterday to say he would quit the race.


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 Presley (right) and Curtis Blake opened their first ice cream shop in Springfield during the Great Depression in 1935.

Friendly’s may file for bankruptcy

Friendly’s, the restaurant chain known for its ice cream, is considering a potential bankruptcy reorganization and sale, according to a published report.


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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrived Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

Romney fund-raising slows

Mitt Romney plans to report he raised between $11 million and $13 million for the latest fund-raising quarter, much lower than the previous three months.


Syrians pelt US envoy with tomatoes

Angry supporters of Syrian President Assad’s regime hurled tomatoes and eggs at the country’s U.S. ambassador yesterday as he entered the office of an opposition figure, where he was trapped for three hours.


“The candidate who was considered almost comically malleable in the last campaign hasn’t suffered particularly on that score this time around.”

Scot Lehigh,  on Mitt Romney


“Could it be true, Pinker wondered, that humans had actually become less violent with time, as opposed to more? And if so, how had we done it?”

Leon Neyfakh,   on Steven Pinker’s new book about violence in history