Mass. to consider online lottery sales

A task force will consider the online sales of lottery tickets following a Justice Department opinion that clears the way for states to do so.

Gardner’s new concert hall is attuned to musical legacy

The Calderwood Performance Hall is an airy, sleekly modern space that feels far away from the cloistered confines of the museum’s former music hall.

Video maker had sordid past, strong advocates

The registered sex offender who videotaped the New England Conservatory youth orchestra criticized school officials for canceling his contract.

Broncos at Patriots, Tonight at 8 p.m., Ch. 4

Past playoff failures cast doubt on Patriots

Now four years from their last postseason win, the Patriots have begun to earn a reputation as a great regular-season team that can’t perform on the playoff stage.

Tim Tebow isn’t a conventional quarterback, but this year he’s proven to be one of the NFL’s most successful.

Tim Tebow's odd mechanics not a fatal flaw

Everyone around Tebow from outside experts to teammates agree that mechanics don’t matter as much as his knowledge of the offense and his rapport with receivers.

Deion Branch still important to Patriots

Ask anyone who has spent any time with Branch what has made him so effective as a receiver with the Patriots, and one word comes up before any other: instinctive.

One fan’s pilgrimage to Patriot Place

A longtime Patriots fan takes a journey to Patriot Place in search of team history, fried Twinkies, and spiritual sustenance.

“People are uncomfortable and yet intrigued by strong religious faith, because it forces us to think about a part of life that we are not always comfortable with.”

Rev. Bryan Wilkerson,  on Tim Tebow’s open displays of faith


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Ski areas welcome snow for holiday weekend

After a warm, dry start to the season, snow is finally starting to pile up in the mountains, and not a moment too soon for ski areas looking to capitalize on the long weekend.


political notebook

Edwards trial delayed for heart surgery

The criminal trial of former senator John Edwards was delayed until at least March because he has a heart condition that requires surgery.

Nation & World

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REFILE - ADDING NAME OF CRUISE SHIP A cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island January 14, 2012. At least three people were killed and rescuers were looking for other victims on Saturday after Costa Concordia, a large Italian cruise ship, carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground overnight, took on water and tipped over. REUTERS/Stringer (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME)

Cruise ship runs aground off Italy, 70 missing

Luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast late Friday. Officials fear 70 people who are still missing might be trapped inside the ship.


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Broncos at Patriots, Tonight at 8 p.m., Ch. 4

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) kneels on the sidelines during the third quarter of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Pigskin and piety: Tim Tebow comes to town

The Denver Broncos quarterback has captured the imagination of the nation — and stirred some controversy — with his open displays of faith.


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Music preview

Real Estate is right at home with their sound

On the band’s sophomore album, the guitars might be chiming like on their beach-inspired debut, but the lyrics are rife with longing.