State treasurer gets $45,000 from liquor lobby

Steve Grossman took donations from those who have a financial interest in policies set by an agency he oversees, and observers say the amount is unusually large.

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.

Anwar al-Awlaki is shown in a file image taken from a video message posted on radical websites.

Prominent US-born Al Qaeda leader killed

Anwar al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and used his fluent English and Internet savvy to influence recruits to carry out attacks in the US, was killed today in Yemen, officials said. will remain free until mid-October

The Boston Globe said today it will extend the free trial period until mid-October for its new subscription-only website.

Terry Francona exited a joint news conference with GM Theo Epstein yesterday.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Sources: Red Sox parting ways with Terry Francona

The Red Sox manager is meeting today with team officials, and the expected result is his departure from the organization, a source said.

Theo Epstein reacted at a news conference at Fenway Park yesterday.

Bob Ryan

Nobody falls apart like the Red Sox

Yes, you saw it. I saw it. We all saw it. We all saw history being made by the Boston Red Sox, whose 7-20 September snatched Early Vacation from the Jaws of Playoff Participation.

Celtics executive Danny Ainge and Senator Scott Brown.

Brian McGrory

Better things to dwell on

Just a day after the collapse of the Boston Red Sox was complete, another sports franchise, the Celtics, swarmed a Mattapan elementary school with volunteers.


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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.


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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.


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Movie Review

‘50/50’ gets it half right

Frat-boy comedy about cancer has its moments but is too quick to go for coarse jokes.


“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