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Tooth Fairy economics


How much is a tooth worth these days? Some parents feel pressure to give an amount equal to their child’s peers. It’s keeping up with the Fairy Joneses.

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The military’s persistent gender divide

Women are underrepresented not because of pervasive sexual assault, but because they are still formally excluded from the most coveted role of them all, the combat soldier.


At Sloan School, the PC may be a vanishing breed

There’s an effort afoot at MIT to move faculty and staff away from full-fledged desktop PCs and onto less powerful network-based devices known as “thin clients.’’

Opinion | John E. Sununu

Wild West for digital content: Enjoy it while you can

Moments of genuine uncertainty are worth watching, because they are both revealing and entertaining. Nothing fits that description better than the world of digital content distribution.

A sign at the main entrance of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Microsoft sells patents to Facebook for $550m

Facebook is buying about 650 of the 925 patents and patent applications that Microsoft recently purchased from AOL.

Mass. sales tax cut nixed as budget debate begins

The Massachusetts House of Representatives killed a Republican measure to lower the state sales tax to 5 percent early this afternoon.

Outlook for Social Security’s finances worsens

The program will run out of money in 2033, three years sooner than previously expected, because of high energy prices and the tepid economy.

South Boston stabbing

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DA: Robbery was motive in murder of S. Boston woman

At the arraignment today of 26-year-old Timothy Kostka, authorities said that he was intent on robbing valuable fishing gear from 67-year-old Barbara Coyne before she was killed.

Three Mass. ERs cited for denial of care

Health officials cited three hospitals in the past six months for wrongly sending away patients from their emergency rooms, in one case resulting in the death of a patient.

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.


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Daniel Bard back in the bullpen — for now

Bard will skip his scheduled start due to Sunday’s rainout. He’s available in the bullpen now, but could that turn into a long-term role?

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?