Children’s Hospital reports progress on asthma

Hospitalizations for asthma have been dramatically cut by a program that helps families reduce the conditions that trigger attacks, according to a Children’s Hospital Boston study.

Iran heats up foreign policy talk on campaign trail

Iran’s development of a nuclear program, and the stance the US should take, is emerging as a focal point between President Obama and his GOP challengers.

From depths of the Charles, an endangered species surfaces

An Atlantic sturgeon, an ancient, endangered species of fish, was spotted in the Charles River, delighting aquatic specialists, who said sturgeon are fighting for their survival.

Samaritans’ IMs reach out to teens in crisis

Samaritans, the suicide-prevention organization, has launched an instant messaging service to connect with teens who seldom reach out via the telephone hot line.

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Banks face backlash as they bid for top sites

Across the region, financial institutions are gobbling up prime commercial spaces, edging out other merchants and sparking protests from businesses, neighbors, and local officials.

Kirkland House roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg and two others launched the first version of Facebook in early 2004.

The ghosts of Facebook still roam Harvard

For two years, from 2002 to mid-2004, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook was a start-up, growing against a Boston-area backdrop.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett took to the practice field yesterday at the team’s new $78 million Fenway South complex in Fort Myers, Fla., as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training.

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It’s a start, at least, by Josh Beckett

The Red Sox righthander admitted to lapses in judgment last year but said his biggest mistake was not pitching well down the stretch.

“You can hear a collective sigh across town whenever a sign for a new bank branch goes up.”

Bob Brown,  a blogger from Wellesley

Globe Insiders

Globe Insider Event | March 5, 5:30 p.m.[1]--90x90.jpg ‘The Real Romney’

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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Thousands protest Spain’s new labor reforms

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched throughout Spain yesterday in the first large-scale show of anger over reforms that make it easier for companies to fire workers.


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Pistons 96, Celtics 81

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is escorted off the court after being ejected from the game during the second half.

Celtics get pounded by Pistons

In a game filled with statistical anomalies, the Celtics dropped an infuriating 96-81 decision to the suddenly hot Pistons, their second loss to Detroit in five days.

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Treating Giffords’s aphasia

Marjorie Nicholas is an expert in the language disorder aphasia, and has been treating former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who has the condition.


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A dazzling show fit for princesses

The latest Disney on Ice theme, “Dare to Dream,’’ focuses on a trio of fables: “Cinderella,’’ “The Princess and the Frog,’’ and “Tangled.’’