Judge challenges review of his rulings

Judge Raymond G. Dougan, under investigation for alleged bias, is asking the state’s highest court to prevent questions about how he reached individual decisions.

Fire adds to Brimfield’s string of misfortunes

The conflagration was the latest in a list of calamities — including a tornado, hurricane, flooding, and snowstorm — to hit Brimfield over the past year.

A social media tip line for police

The Boston Police Department’s large Twitter fan base and text-a-tip program have contributed to a rapid increase in crime-solving tips.

Harvard study finds common pesticide kills bees

Researchers pointed to the pesticide imidacloprid as the probable cause of destruction of honeybee colonies worldwide since 2006.

Joan Wickersham

The bunny who stayed with us

Some books get under your skin in childhood and stay there. One, for me, was “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes,’’ by DuBose Heyward.

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Dan Shaughnessy

On opening day, an echo of 2011 for Red Sox

The Detroit Tigers beat the Sox, 3-2, Thursday in a nationally televised season opener. It was Bullpen Implosion, The Next Generation.

Scientists look for moral reasoning clues in baseball

Baseball provides a unique research opportunity, thanks to the practice of intentionally hitting an opposing player with a pitch.

Red Hat Chairman and CEO Matthew J. Szulik rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell in 2006.

With $1b in sales, Red Hat really takes off

Red Hat Inc., the leading vendor of open-source software, will double the size of its product and technology headquarters in Westford.

Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday in Tunkhannock, Pa.

Democrats take aim at Romney on outsourcing

Democrats are highlighting decisions Mitt Romney made at Bain Capital and as governor of Massachusetts, with hopes of undermining his support among blue collar workers.


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Syrian youth stood in a building that was hit by tank shells in a neighborhood of Damascus after a raid by troops Thursday.

Syrian troops attack Damascus suburb

The attack came days ahead of a deadline for a cease-fire and was described as one of the most violent attacks around the capital since the uprising began.


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Bulls 93, Celtics 86

Rivers blasts Celtics

Coach Doc Rivers was not happy after the Celtics blew an 11-point halftime lead and lost, as the Bulls relied on the unstoppable Luol Deng in the fourth quarter.


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Eugene Levy and Jason Biggs in “American Reunion,” the third sequel to “American Pie.”

‘American Reunion’ gets ‘Pie’-eyed

For anyone wondering where these actors have been, this third sequel is like lifting a rock and discovering they’ve just been pretty much waiting for this movie.