Latino vote crucial for Republican rivals in Fla.

Mitt Romney has established a network of surrogates within Florida’s surging Latino population, an acknowledgment of the pivotal role the community is expected to play in the state's GOP primary.

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Conductor exits after hiring sex offender

The New England Conservatory fired Benjamin Zander following the discovery that he knowingly hired a sex offender to videotape the school’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Judges get say on plea bargains

The state’s highest court 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.’’

Woburn officer watches as 4 suspects arraigned

Officer Robert DeNapoli watched in silence yesterday as the four suspects accused of executing an armed robbery that nearly led to his death all pleaded not guilty.


All-boys, all-girls schooling solution

First-grade students at Higginson-Lewis K-8 School have shown marked improvements in behavior and social development since they were separated by gender.

Theaters’ N.Y. focus may test Hub audiences

“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’’ is the latest of several recent local productions that have made it to Broadway. But when shows originate here with an eye on New York, are local theatergoers buying tickets to, essentially, previews?

State gives film subsidies rave reviews

A state official said tax credits have proven an effective way to attract film productions to the state, which is not considering any significant changes to the program.

“Judges are no longer required to honor the terms of any agreement that protects the public’s interest, only a defendant’s interest.”

Suffolk DA Daniel F. Conley,  on a decision allowing judges to shorten criminal sentences in plea deals


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Gambling official to headline casino talk

Stephen P. Crosby, head of the state’s gambling commission, wlil speak at a forum sponsored by a casino lobbyist. He said the Ethics Commission cleared the appearance.


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Boston auto show features small engines, big rides

The hottest cars at this year’s New England International Auto Show pack smaller, more fuel-efficient engines without trying to compromise performance or style.


Santorum has steep climb in S.C.

Rick Santorum faces a double-barreled challenge in South Carolina: set up a strong organization while effectively answering an expected onslaught of attacks on his fiscal record.

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Bruins 2, Canadiens 1

Bruins defeat Canadiens, 2-1

In a watered-down effort featuring too many mistakes for their coach’s liking, the Bruins recorded a 2-1 win over Montreal before 17,565 at TD Garden last night.


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Huntington's ‘God of Carnage’ peels off veneer of civility

The play aims to show us what’s underneath the bourgeoisie once you peel off the thin membrane of civilization. Predictably, it isn’t pretty.