Mitt Romney says he’s been paying 15% rate on taxes

Romney, who so far has declined to release his tax returns, said he has been paying “closer to the 15 percent rate” on his income taxes in recent years.

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.

Gardner Museum addition is a contemporary counterpoint

Architect Renzo Piano’s addition is set back from the faux Venetian palace, its sloping glass walls and copper-sheathed cubes lend it the air of a cutting-edge science lab.

BOSTON, MA 01 / 08 / 2012: The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum getting ready, the big run up to the opening of the Gardner's new building with Jim Labeck, the project manager. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: LIFESTYLE TOPIC : REPORTER Geoff Edgers

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The new main entrance of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is on Evans Way.

BOSTON, MA. 12/ 09/ 2011: The Gardner Museum's new wing. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION :ARTS TOPIC :GARDNERMUSEUM REPORTER

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The upper portion is clad in corrugated pre-patinated green copper.

BOSTON, MA., 01/11/ 2012: Glass tunnel to connect new and old. The Gardner Museum unveils its new building to the media. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: LIFESTYLE TOPIC :12gardner REPORTER

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The glass corridor connecting the palace to the new wing.

BOSTON, MA. 12/ 09/ 2011: The new wing with a view of the old palace at The Gardner Museum's new wing. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION :ARTS TOPIC :GARDNERMUSEUM REPORTER

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The palace seen from the central staircase.

BOSTON, MA. 12/ 14/ 2011:Tapestry room at The Gardner Museum's new wing. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION :ARTS TOPIC :GARDNERMUSEUM REPORTER

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The museum was able to restore the largest palace chamber, the Tapestry Room, which for decades housed concerts and lectures.

FOR Living. Boston, MA 1/12/2012 Soprano, Kiri Te Kanawa (cq), right, bows with pianist Vlad Iftinca (cq), after her encore performance in the Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the Special Opening Preview in Boston, MA on Thursday, January 12, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: Living Slug: 13hall Reporter: n/a LOID: 5.0.751077085

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Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, right, bowed with pianist Vlad Iftinca, after her encore performance in the Calderwood Hall on Jan. 12, 2012.

Tom Brady lost his second straight game to the Eli Manning and the Giants when the teams faced off in Foxborough in November.

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Wishing for Patriots vs. Giants in Super Bowl

It’s the matchup in the back of your mind. The Patriots have a chance for that elusive fourth ring, and it could come against the team that broke New England’s heart in 2008.

Con man ‘Rockefeller’ told FBI he was a ‘pathetic nothing’

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

A three-judge panel of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone is deliberating over charges against Charles G. Taylor.

Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor had US spy agency ties

Taylor, who escaped from prison in Plymouth in 1985 before becoming president of Liberia and the first African leader tried for war crimes, worked with US spy agencies.


Down syndrome: A model ad

Two retailers are rightly earning praise for including six-year-old Ryan Langston, who has Down syndrome, in photo shoots — and not making a big deal about it.

“It begs the question: How do you walk out of a prison? It seems someone looked the other way.”

Former war crimes prosecutor David M. Crane,  on Charles Taylor


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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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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 received a thundering ovation in his first visit to the Garden with Oklahoma City.

Celtics’ comeback fizzles in loss

The Celtics melted in the final five minutes and allowed the Thunder to launch a long-range barrage and coast to a 97-88 win in Kendrick Perkins’ return to Boston.


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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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Linda Victor of Lexington suffers from balance problems but still commutes to work with the use of a cane.

Learning to restore balance

With advancing age come problems of unsteadiness and dizziness. Researchers are looking for ways to stop the falls.