Boston schools overpay for some books, review finds

The School Department has routinely skirted state bidding laws in buying books, potentially spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary.

The budget Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to present Wednesday to the City Council anticipates that for only the second time in the last decade, the city will be able to avoid dipping into its rainy day fund to pay bills.

Mayor Menino’s budget would add employees

The City of Boston expects to add a small number of employees and avoid dipping into its rainy day fund to pay bills under the mayor’s budget.

Holliston-bred Kevin Systrom, cofounder and chief executive of Instagram, was drawn to photography and computers early.

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Instagram cofounder’s success story has Holliston roots

Chief executive Kevin Systrom, whose company was bought by Facebook for $1 billion, is suddenly one of Holliston’s wealthiest exports: worth $400 million.

// Rick Santorum suspends bid, clears path for Mitt Romney

Santorum’s exit means the GOP primary race is largely over, allowing Romney to work on unifying the party and aim his resources at President Obama.

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Terry Francona wants no part of Fenway’s celebration

Don’t look for the former manager at Fenway Park when the Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of their beloved ballpark a week from Friday against the Yankees.

Brian McGrory

Red Sox tickets anyone?

With the home opener this Friday, Fenway suddenly has an obligatory feel to it, and precious few people are talking about the Red Sox — at least in the way the team might like.

Liberty Mutual, a mutual insurer, is owned by policyholders, not shareholders. But their influence over policy is limited.

Liberty Mutual’s $50m CEO pay stands out

The insurer’s chief, Edmund F. “Ted’’ Kelly, earned an average of nearly $50 million a year from 2008 to 2010, making him one of the highest-paid corporate executives in the country.

Neighbors stood by the house on Ashford Street in Allston where five men were found bound in the cellar. Police were responding to a noise complaint at the time.

Police seek charges in apparent fraternity hazing at BU

14 suspects are accused of beating and binding five Boston University students and then covering them in hot sauce and honey as part of a fraternity hazing scheme.

Indian Ocean tsunami watch issued after earthquake

A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a large earthquake hit waters off Indonesia, sending residents pouring from their homes in panic.


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Tarek Mehanna says speech was protected by Constitution.

25-year term sought for Tarek Mehanna

Saying he led a double life as a would-be terrorist, federal prosecutors recommended Tuesday that the convicted Al Qaeda supporter be sentenced to 25 years in prison.


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Mansfield developer and real estate broker Michael David Scott.

Indicted local developer gives up his broker’s license

Michael David Scott, who is awaiting trial on federal mortgage fraud charges related to a string of foreclosures in Boston, has surrendered his state real estate license.

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The Volantes — (from left) ­Dave, his parents, Al and Melodie, his siblings, Steve and Teri — are all involved with the 95-year-old farm.

In Needham, an old farm sprouts new premises

Neighbors have been watching as a new 9,000-square-foot farm stand, three times the size of its predecessor, emerged on the corner of Forest Street and busy Central Avenue.