Report faults Medicaid managed care costs

The plans pay higher fees to many hospitals and doctors than the traditional Medicaid program. In the 2011 fiscal year, the higher payments cost taxpayers $328 million.

Romney’s culture remark offers peek at worldview

Mitt Romney triggered a firestorm this week when he said that some economies are more vibrant than their neighbors because of their cultures.

Brown, Warren split on environmental policies

US Senator Scott Brown, who says he regrets having supported the region’s effort to cut greenhouse gases, has dismayed environmental advocates, who have turned to Elizabeth Warren.

 Joanne Ly, a Curry College student, and her sister Amy Ly, 11, searched for backpack at shopping at L.L. Bean in Dedham.

Mass. retailers look for lift over tax-free weekend

Even as the state’s economy continues to outperform the US overall, merchants say the sales tax holiday is an important edge to get back-to-school shoppers offline and into stores.

Folk remedy linked to baby’s high lead levels

An unusual case at Boston Children’s Hospital is prompting an alert about heavy metal poisoning from remedies found in many immigrant cultures.

Kayla Harrison cried on the podium after her victory Thursday. The win resounded with friends in Massachusetts.

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Kayla Harrison overcomes abuse, wins gold in judo

Winning gold wasn’t the biggest challenge for the Marblehead 22-year-old, who had been devastated after years of sexual abuse by a former coach.

Bob Ryan

Tiebreaker that cost Raisman bronze hard to figure

Fourth place in the Olympics is tough for anyone at any time. But fourth place when you think you’re at least tied for third is exponentially worse.

Avoiding Olympics spoilers is an event all its own

Suspense is an integral part of the Olympics, but between the increased use of social media and the half-day delay for the telecasts, dodging results requires a Herculean effort.

Brian McGrory

Children’s Hospital progress may mark end for Prouty Garden

Boston Children’s Hospital will get state-of-the-art space to conquer unimaginable diseases, while ­patients and parents could lose the garden where they faced their fears and nurtured hope.


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Jon Lester appeared dejected as the Red Sox trailed in the seventh inning.

Red Sox shut out by 4th-place Twins

The Red Sox fell back to .500 Thursday night as they came up with just two hits in a shutout loss to the Twins.

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Farrell as Doug Quaid with Jessica Biel as his freedom-fighter girlfriend.

Total mind games

This remake of “Total Recall,” the 1990 science-fiction movie, has excellent production design and starts well before it works its way toward average.