State to back NStar, Northeast Utilities merger

Massachusetts officials will back the merger, which still needs approval by Connecticut officials, in exchange for the company buying power from Cape Wind.

MBTA Advisory Board proposes 25 percent fare hike, alternatives to steep service cuts

The board’s proposal is in contrast to steeper fare hikes and deep service cuts put forward by the MBTA. Joseph P. Kennedy III to announce run tomorrow

Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, will formally declare his candidacy for the seat being vacated by Barney Frank.

Santorum leads Romney in Ohio, new poll shows

A Quinnipiac University poll out today shows a surging Rick Santorum with support from 36 percent of Republican primary voters, with Mitt Romney getting 29 percent.

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‘Once Upon a Secret’ by Mimi Alford

The latest kiss-and-tell memoir comes nearly half a century after JFK’s death: “Once Upon a Secret’’ by Mimi Alford.

Fashion designer and Babson grad Michael Bastian. Handout photo 16bashian

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Revisiting Boston’s preppy chic style

Designer and Babson grad Michael Bastian revisits 1980s preppy Boston with a new collection.

The Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, center, celebrated his goal against the Canadiens with teammates Tyler Seguin, left, and Milan Lucic in the second period in Montreal. The Bruins came from behind to win in overtime, 4-3.

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Bruins squander lead but win in overtime

Tyler Seguin gave Boston the win in a shootout after the Canadiens erased a two-goal deficit in the third period.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was fouled by the Pistons’ Jason Maxiell as he drove to the basket in the second quarter at TD Garden. The Pistons won the game, 98-88.

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Celtics can’t answer Pistons in the 4th

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 35 points but that wasn’t enough for the Celtics, who couldn’t stop the Pistons in the fourth quarter.

“No one should be forced by government to do something that violates the teachings of their faith.”

US Senator Scott Brown 

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Globe Insiders Event | Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Movie screening, Q&A with Emily Blunt

Join the Boston Globe’s movie editor Janice Page for a sneak screening of the movie and Q&A session with Emily Blunt, star of the new romantic comedy “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”


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Making Daniel Bard a starter not a difficult job

New Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure says converting Bard from reliever to starter is not brain surgery. In fact, it’s how most pitchers used to develop.


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In ‘Photograph 51,’ a picture of complexity

It’s said that history is written by the winners. But sometimes history is rewritten — or recaptured — by the dramatists.