$318m for state in banks deal

Thousands of Massachusetts homeowners likely will benefit from the state’s $318 million share of a settlement over five major US lenders’ role in the country’s foreclosure crisis.

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A bullet sent him to Salem, a dream sent him home

Muktar Alkhazmi was eager to go home to help build a new Libya, after undergoing surgery for a shoulder wound he suffered during the fight to overthrow Moammar Khadafy.

Conservative forum vital for GOP rivals

The struggle to win the Republican presidential nomination continues today as the candidates appear before the Conservative Action Conference.

Friends’ blueprint expands Esplanade access, amenities

The Esplanade Association’s plan envisions a pedestrian walkway jutting out into the Charles River, a terrace near the Hatch Shell, and a widened bridge over Storrow Drive.

An aerial of Hatch Shell area vision, including the new entrance at Arlington and Beacon Streets. (Frank Costantino watercolor illustration)


An aerial view of a plan for the Esplanade’s Hatch Shell area, including an entrance at Arlington and Beacon streets.


The blueprint calls for a large terrace at the park entrance near the Hatch Shell, at Arlington and Beacon streets. A widened bridge across Storrow Drive, lined with vending booths, would serve as a grand entrance to the park.

A vision for the park entrance at the Hatch Shell (corner of Arlington and Beacon Streets). (Frank Costantino watercolor illustration)


A vision for the park entrance at the Hatch Shell.

 A vision for the area of the park abutting the Bowker Overpass (looking East towards Harvard Bridge). (Frank Costantino watercolor illustration)


A rendering of the proposed changes to the Esplanade path west of Harvard Bridge.

Present day area of the Esplanade abutting the Bowker Overpass (looking East towards Harvard Bridge)

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A current view of the area.

Mass. granted ‘No Child’ waiver

The state — one of 10 awarded the waiver — sees it as a way to give educators the flexibility needed to target improvements at troubled schools.

Uncertainty for displaced tenants

Residents of a condemned Chinatown building are scrambling to find a place to stay while they wait to learn whether their landlord will bring the building up to code.

Boston, MA - 02/09/12 - (Second half) A dissapointed Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) walks off the court as the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their 88-87 win in overtime over the Boston Celtics. Boston Celtics NBA basketball, action and reaction. The Celtics took on the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. - (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin), section: Sports, reporter: Washburn, slug: 10Lakers-Celtics, LOID: 5.0.833530330.

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Celtics miss an opportunity

The Celtics fell to their archrivals in a hard-fought game, as the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant had 27 points and Pau Gasol added 25.

“People look at the park and think it’s beautiful, but if you spend more time there you realize the grass is patchy, and the soil is like concrete.”

Sylvia Salas,  executive director of The Esplanade Association

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Greenbean Recycle, a Cambridge start-up that operates high tech recycling machines, brings its users together on a Facebook page.

Smaller social networks target shared personal interests

Scores of smaller websites are taking a slice of Facebook’s action, creating communities for people with specific interests, from shared medical conditions to avoiding the next highway speed trap.

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US allows more combat-related jobs for women

The Defense Department announced it would open about 14,000 combat-related positions to female troops, including tank mechanics and intelligence officers on the front lines.


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On college basketball

Donahue's work at BC clearly stands out

Boston College coach Steve Donahue has mixed and matched lineups, broken down weaknesses of opponents, and addressed the main problems facing his team.