Schools lag in special ed plans

A backlog of reviews of special education plans for thousands of students is prompting officials to propose one-time bonuses to staffers to get the job done.

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Senate power struggle fuels Maine race

Former independent governor Angus King’s refusal to say which party he would caucus with is an issue that could loom large in the race to replace retiring GOP Senator Olympia Snowe.

MIT physicist leads effort to scrap the penny

Jeff Gore, who has become an unlikely national spokesman for efforts to eliminate the penny, is gaining fresh hope that the United States might finally dump the coin.

Innovative teaching gets boost at Harvard

Harvard distributed $2 million this week for 47 projects, including a “virtual dissection’’ tool at the medical school and a “flipped classroom’’ course on Einstein.

 The tulips are in full bloom at the Public Garden, and 2-year-old Georgina Foley checked them out Wednesday. Gardeners everywhere suddenly have a lot to do, and drought conditions are making things tougher.


Climate shift could help struggling N.E. species

Tulips are in full bloom and a number of struggling species are set to benefit from the early spring, which can result in a greater food supply for local herbivores.

Tick explosion is the price of mild weather

Winter’s warm temperatures have yielded an unusually robust bounty of springtime ticks that have attached themselves to pets and people in Massachusetts.

President’s exit stirs fears on hospital’s fate

Dorchester community leaders are worried about the future of Carney Hospital after last week’s abrupt departure — some say firing — of its president.

After ruling, public broadcasters ponder political ads

Public radio and television stations are considering the risks of accepting political advertising after a federal court found an existing ban on such ads unconstitutional.

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2012, how I miss thee

US Senator Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, have taken half the population for a ride in the way-back machine.


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 The victim of a shooting sought help at a Target in the South Bay shopping center in Dorchester on Wednesday, police said.

Store staff aids wounded man

The Target store in the South Bay shopping center closed early on Wednesday night after a man bleeding from a gunshot wound walked into the store and asked for help.


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Shortages could slow US auto production

The US auto industry is facing shortages of parts and materials that could limit the number of new vehicles in showrooms later this year and crimp a historic turnaround.

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Celtics 102, Magic 98

With win, Celtics clinch the division

Paul Pierce turned playmaker as the Celtics took a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic, clinching their fifth successive Atlantic Division title.