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Why fiction is good for you

Jonathan Bartlett/Special to the Globe

The beautiful lies of novels, movies, and TV stories have surprisingly powerful effects — and may even help make society tick.

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Should people have the right to die?

Should terminally ill patients have the right to get a fatal prescription? Massachusetts voters are expected to weigh in this November.

Photography review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/4.jpg Weston meets Whitman at the MFA

If you were to pick someone whose poetry had an affinity with the photography of Edward Weston, would it be Walt Whitman?

Alex Karpovsky has written, directed, and/or starred in 23 feature films, short films, and television shows.

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Newton’s Alex Karpovsky takes indie-film stardom in stride

Karpovsky has written, directed, or starred in 23 feature films, short films, and TV shows, including the new HBO series, “Girls.”

Tax returns show Brown, Warren among top earners

Senator Scott Brown’s income rose from more than $294,000 in 2009 to almost $840,000 in 2010, while Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren averaged nearly $846,000 over the past 4 years.

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Time to evaluate investing through tax exemptions

The process to reduce or eliminate tax expenditures must move into the realm of data-based decision making.

House approves Republican-backed student loan proposal

The proposal extends college loan subsidies by siphoning funding from health care programs.

Health law rebates due from Mass. insurers

The rebates are the result of President Obama’s health care law, which requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on delivery of care.

Christopher L. Gasper

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/04/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chris_Gasper_150px-3198.jpg What got into Bill Belichick?

Perhaps it was the last-minute loss in the Super Bowl, or the aging that both he and Tom Brady are doing, but Belichick has gone all in during this NFL draft.


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Racist reaction to finale tarnishes Bruins’ run

The bigoted comments made on Twitter after a black Capitals player scored the series-clinching goal once again put a focus on Boston’s turbulent racial history.


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Stage Review

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Anikulapo Kuti in the London production of “Fela!”

‘Fela!’ dazzles at Cutler Majestic

The show is a testament not just to the charisma of one remarkable, if flawed, man, but to the power of music to capture, channel, and communicate the spirit of rebellion.


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FTC hires outside litigator in Google antitrust case

The Federal Trade Commission said it has hired a litigator to take charge of an antitrust investigation of Google, a sign it was preparing to go to court.

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