Rivals rip Romney in S.C. debate

With just five days before a primary that could effectively decide the GOP presidential nomination, a narrowed field tried desperately to alter the trajectory of Mitt Romney.

Menino seeks to overhaul vocational high school

Mayor Menino wants broad authority to create a job training institution at Boston’s vocational high school that aims to help teenagers and adults climb out of poverty.

Not Rockefeller, he told FBI, but a ‘pathetic nothing’

As the man known as Clark Rockefeller prepares to defend himself against murder charges in California, an August 2008 police interview reveals a sad father, unsure of himself.

Kevin Cullen

Survivor faces abuse to reclaim his life

It’s been 10 years since the story of the cover-up of sexual abuse by priests exploded in Boston. For most, it’s just a story. But for Joe Crowley, it’s his story.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has paired talks by scientific experts with films since 2005.

Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe/File 2010

Science-and-cinema series growing at Coolidge Corner

With the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the theater will announce a two-year, $463,426 grant to continue expanding its science series, which pairs talks by scientific experts with films.

An assault rifle-toting Charles G. Taylor as a rebel leader in Liberia in 1990.

Mass. escapee turned Liberian dictator had US spy agency ties

Charles Taylor, the first African leader tried for war crimes who had escaped from prison in Plymouth in 1985, worked with US spy agencies during his rise to power.

Probation Dept. charges could be imminent

Lawyers expect a grand jury to bring indictments soon against a dozen employees and legislators on charges related to favoritism in the state Probation Department.

“What’s the difference? It’s not hurting anybody . . . . It is fun to shoot off your mouth, especially if everyone believes you.”

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter,  in an August 2008 police interview, on his Clark Rockefeller identity


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 Valence Harris-Alleyne, Bithiah Carter, and Karen Tobin-Guild of the NewEngland Gospel Ensemble sang ‘‘Remember the Dream’’ at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Those inspired hail King legacy

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spiritual journey passed through Boston when he studied at BU, and his legacy was honored yesterday across the region.

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Political Notebook

For Paul, travel to home state has been largely first class

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state.


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Holiday sales up a 2d year in Mass.

Holiday sales increased 5.1 percent for Massachusetts merchants in 2011, another sign that the state’s economy is recovering at a faster pace than the nation’s.


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Thunder 97, Celtics 88

Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins got tangled up under the basket with Rajon Rondo.

Thunder hold off Celtics in Perkins’ return

Kendrick Perkins had seven points and five rebounds in his first game back in Boston since the trade that sent him to Oklahoma City, as the Celtics dropped their fifth straight game.


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Picabia’s mischievous postcard view of Nice

Francis Picabia’s “Midi (Promenade des Anglais)’’ leapt out at the Globe’s Sebastian Smee while on show at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven.


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Alex Beam

‘Dude, where’s my column?’

Don’t call me “dude.’’ I just spent a wonderful vacation with my young sons, who occasionally mistook me for a “dude.’’ I repeat: Don’t call me “dude.’’