SJC: Judges’ discretion in plea deal sentencing

The state’s highest court today confirmed a little-known judicial power to ignore prosecutors and shorten criminal sentences in plea deals if the judge believes “justice may not have been done.’’

Conservatory warns of sex offender who taped students

The New England Conservatory is sending letters to 6,500 parents of students who were videotaped by a registered sex offender during concerts and classes over the last decade.

The Bruins have won 25 of their last 30 games this season.

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Bruins 2, Canadiens 1

Thomas comes up big in win

Goalie Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots tonight as the Bruins topped the Montreal Canadiens.

MGM Resorts promises 3,000 jobs in casino plan

The company has signed a contract to purchase 150 acres of land in the Western Mass. town of Brimfield for a “world-class resort,” an executive said today.


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The next 3-D wave, making old movies new again

Sure it’s profitable, writes Globe critic Ty Burr, but will studios now try to mess with Humphrey Bogart and other time-honored classics?

Stage Review

On Broadway, a ‘Porgy’ with Bess at its core

Audra McDonald captivates in the Paulus-directed musical.


Jodie Foster reestablishes claim as one of our greatest working actors

In Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,’’ the actress shines brightest among the four strong leads.

“He wants me to do the Tebow expression. I do that every Sunday in church.”

Mayor Menino,  on a friendly wager with Denver’s mayor


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Dec 20, 2011, BOSTON MA --Mayor Menino is greeted by Cathedral cheeleaders as he makes his way into luncheon he organized for the football players and cheerleaders of Cathedral HS, who missed their win at the Superbowl from a controversial call, a penatly for a gesture, at Legal Harborside Tuesday. (globe staff photo:Joanne Rathe section: metro reporter: eric moscowitz)

In wager between mayors, Menino won’t ‘Tebow’

Instead of striking the familiar pose of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the Boston mayor instead will offer some Boston beers to the mayor of Denver if the Patriots lose.


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Innovation Economy

PayPal in talks to expand Boston office

PayPal representatives will make another trip to Beacon Hill next week to discuss adding “several hundred people” to their North End office, an executive said.


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters after he campaigned at Cherokee Trike and More in Greer, S.C., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In S.C., Mitt Romney vows to produce jobs

Romney roared into a Greer, S.C., motorcycle shop today promising to renew the economy and produce jobs should he be elected president.

Nation & World

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

Panetta vows full probe into video

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured Afghan President Hamid Karzai an investigation would be conducted into a video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.


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Tim Tebow stretched during practice yesterday.

Tim Tebow’s uniqueness will challenge Patriots

Built like a fullback, shifty, a load to bring down, Tebow has a skill set that doesn’t resemble any other NFL QB. Luckily, the Patriots are dealing from a position of strength.