Energy deal’s a coup, but just a step

The breakthrough deal state officials struck with utilities NStar and Northeast Utilities highlights just how far Mass. must go to achieve its clean energy targets.

Congress passes payroll tax cut extension

The House and Senate passed legislation renewing the tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more through the end of 2012.

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger attended a lunch hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

Chef Ming Tsai serves mislabeled fish to China’s vice president

Tsai, the well-known owner of the Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, served “Soy marinated Alaskan Butterfish” at a State Department lunch, but it was actually sablefish.

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10 ways to update your home without breaking the bank

These home improvement projects – from redoing a bathroom to adding a dormer – will increase your satisfaction with your home, while adding to its value.

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The rise of beeronomics

A new field looks at a beverage prized throughout history.

A growing number of academics see beer as something that can tell us important things about the world.

Belgian economist Johan F. M. Swinnen is the editor of a new book, "The Economics of Beer."

This illustration shows men at work in a brewery, circa 1550. Beer was considered a healthy alternative to water.

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People enjoyed beer during the beer freestival in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. Tastes in China still run toward beer that is cheap and can be quickly consumed.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company brewer Tim Goeppinger took a sample of beer from a tank at the brewery in Petaluma, Calif. The moicrobrew movement is the fastest-growing segment of the US beer market. Tim Wakefield calls it a career

Wakefield, the third-winningest and longest-tenured pitcher in Red Sox history, announced his retirement at a brief but emotional press conference.

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Wakefield was unique, and at times, great

Tim Wakefield is one of the more notable Red Sox players we’ve ever known, and his first two months in a Boston uniform were beyond spectacular.

Tim Wakefield’s last appearance came on Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium.

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Well done, Tim Wakefield

Wakefield’s place in Red Sox history is secure. He may have wanted to continue playing, but he also always wanted to retire as a member of the Red Sox.

“We’re dumb, but we’re not stupid.”

Senator John McCain,  on Congress passing payroll tax cut

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Globe editorial page editor Peter S. Canellos moderates a discussion with Globe writers Scott Helman, Scot Lehigh, and Frank Phillips on the Republican presidential candidate.


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‘This Means War’ a losing battle for Reese Witherspoon

This romantic comedy mixes other movies, television action shows, sitcoms, and comic strips, and features another terrible role for the Oscar-winning actress.