Mass. fails to rein in sedating of seniors

Regulators rarely take action against nursing homes that, contrary to federal guidelines, use powerful anti-psychotic sedatives to control unruly elderly residents.

Mitt Romney’s family says he was reluctant to run in 2012.


Mitt Romney was hesitant to reveal himself

A Globe review finds many reasons for the presidential candidate’s failure, none greater than how slow he was to tell his own story.

Politicians were wonderful when she called for help, yet Jean Fox’s predicament remains.

Kevin Cullen

A grandmother’s love endures, despite red tape

Jean Fox should not be forced to take herself out of the workforce and make herself destitute to keep her grandson from becoming a ward of the state.

Leaving on time takes on fresh importance for airlines

With the margin between profits and losses so thin in the postrecession economy, many airlines are paying more attention to punctuality.

An Arlington evangelical church reaches out

Each December, Highrock Church puts on a huge Christmas concert and gives all the money — $15,000 this year — to the town of Arlington.

Arlington church raises funds for town

The Christmas spectacular at Highrock raised enough to fund a part-time social worker for Arlington.

Rod McAllaster opposes the planned Northern Pass.

Group seeks to block N.H. hydroelectric project

The conservation group is using unusual tactics in hopes of blocking a proposed transmission line that would carry hydropower from Canada to Southern New England.

Yvonne Abraham

The physics of Santa’s Christmas night journey

Like many of you, Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham lies awake this time of year, fretting about how Santa Claus pulls it off.

Harvard educated Shannon Liss-Riordan had wanted to be a civil rights ­attorney.

Lawyer fights for low-wage workers’ rights

Shannon Liss-Riordan and her firm have won tens of millions of dollars for workers who claim to have been wronged by their employers.

Rev. Robert W. Oliver

Boston priest gets new role in Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Rev. Robert Oliver, a Boston canon lawyer, to be the Vatican’s chief prosecutor of sex crimes against minors.


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Joel Hanrahan established himself as one of the National League’s best closers the past two years with the Pirates.

Red Sox close in on deal for Joel Hanrahan

The Red Sox are expected to trade pitching prospect Stolmy Pimentel and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to the Pirates for the standout closer.