Mass. pupils near the top in math and science

Eighth-graders outperformed most countries on a highly regarded international math and science exam, according to results being released Tuesday.

Justice in the shadows | Secret courts

// Courts inside prisons, far from public view

Thousands of immigrants find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that, for many, amounts to an assembly line toward deportation.

Surrounded by members of Congress, President Bush George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act on November 25, 2002.

The growth of the US immigration system

A timeline of key dates for the expansion of the system, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Marybeth Mills Muldowney (right) wants the mortgage deduction unaltered.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

Loss of mortgage deduction would be hard hit in Mass.

The mortgage-interest tax deduction that homeowners have long enjoyed could be diminished or eliminated as part of efforts to reduce the federal deficit.

The stars were out on Monday night, but none were brighter than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw four touchdown passes and even ran for one demonstrative first down.


Patriots 42, Texans 14

Patriots rip upstart Texans

On the way to a 42-14 domination of the visitors, New England reasserted its status as a top team not just in the AFC but in the NFL.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub tries to hide but he can’t escape the sack by Rob Ninkovich (50) in the first quarter.

Christopher L. Gasper

Dominant Patriots defense earned the spotlight

The Patriots’ defensive improvement is not a figment of fertile imaginations. It’s real.

Mass. will eliminate toll plazas, collectors

The state plans to switching to a $100 million all-electronic system that would remove toll plazas from the Mass. Turnpike and other roads, Governor Patrick said.

Denise Jackson, a Salvation Army bell ringer, outside the Stop & Shop at Vinnin Square in Swampscott.

Kevin Cullen

Stop and hear the bells

Keith Lane is a high-powered ad executive. Denise Jackson is a disabled Salvation Army bell ringer. One cold night, their paths crossed outside a supermarket in Swampscott.

Mattapan killings juror sent home; work starts anew

The man was dismissed from the jury after other jurors told court officials that he revealed to them that he had researched ballistics information online.


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Vince Wilfork knocks the ball from Texans QB Matt Schaub during a first-quarter sack.

Texans couldn’t deliver best effort against Patriots

New England snapped Houston’s six-game winning streak and put a small crack in a team that had every reason to be confident coming in.


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John Amabile, lawyer for Dwayne Moore, who is accused of killing four people, spoke with reporters outside Courtroom 906 Monday in Suffolk Superior Court. Last week, former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill (right) left Courtroom 907, where he is being tried on white-collar crime charges.

A tale of two courtrooms at Suffolk Superior Court

In a coincidence of courthouse scheduling, the murder trial of Dwayne Moore and the corruption trial of Timothy Cahill are unfolding in adjacent courtrooms.