Obesity rates down for infants, toddlers in Mass.

After a three-decade tripling in childhood obesity rates, the trend has leveled off and, for the first time, appears to be on a decline among infants and preschoolers, according to a study.

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A growing number of hospitals are relaxing policies to accommodate requests from families who want children present during delivery.

Special education policies in Mass. reviewed

Contrary to popular belief, low-income school districts are most likely to place students in special-education programs for sometimes questionable disabilities, according to a new study.

On Hockey

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On Sunday, with Game 6 on the line against the Capitals, the baby-faced 20-year-old was the season-saver for the Bruins.

Adrian Walker

No room at Senator Brown’s office

A group of Boston teenagers pushing for federal funding for summer jobs found their protests thwarted last week at the doorstep of Senator Scott Brown.


Opinion | james carroll

Eisenhower memorial overstates president’s innocence

The design for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s memorial exhibits the very American impulse to elevate the image of innocence over experience.

The latest example of the seek-and-destroy culture in the NHL was the repulsive, crushing blow repeat offender Raffi Torres dealt to Marian Hossa’s head Tuesday night.

From Sunday’s Globe | Hockey notes

NHL being ruined by violence and silence

Time for the nitwits to go, leaders to lead, refs to get it right, for fans to stop being treated as, and acting like, the sports world’s lowest common denominators.

Alpha Omega


Return of the Alpha Omega family

As creditors settle for pennies in the $30 million bankruptcy case against Alpha Omega, the former owners, the Handa family — at least the younger generation — are back in the United States, and once again selling luxury.

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was made famous by the 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”

Ideas | The Word


Who coined the longest nonsense word in America? It’s a touchy subject.

“How could I not want to play someone . . . so screwed up?’’ John Cusack says of his latest role.


John Cusack faces fears to portray Poe in ‘Raven’

Maybe John Cusack really is the sweet, amiable mensch he’s played in so many films.


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Despite wide search, no sign of missing Tucson girl

Police kept a whole neighborhood block where a missing 6-year-old lives cordoned off for a second day, and scoured a wide area of the city for clues to her possible kidnapping.


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On baseball

Red Sox players should get the most blame

There are a lot of people to blame for the bad start, but those getting off the easiest deserve the most scorn -- the players.

Health and wellness

Daily Dose

Are you leading a heart-healthy lifestyle?

Can positive emotions like optimism, life satisfaction, and a sense of well-being actually lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke?