Court: Woman can’t be forced to be sterilized

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a probate judge’s decision to order a 32-year-old schizophrenic woman to undergo an abortion and to then be sterilized.

Carl Crawford reacted after popping out against the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

Carl Crawford has wrist surgery, may miss start of season

The Red Sox outfielder had surgery on his left wrist in Arizona today, general manager Ben Cherington said, but should be recovered to play “the bulk” of the season.


A view of General Custer, beyond the Little Bighorn

Why George Armstrong Custer was seen as a hero for nearly a century, and why that view came to change so radically, is examined tonight with skill and insight in “Custer’s Last Stand.’’

Alex Beam

Don’t call me ‘dude’

The D-word may be everywhere, writes Alex Beam, but he wants no part of it.

Mitt Romney says he’s been paying near 15% tax rate

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.

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Romney faces more questions about his income

The Globe’s Glen Johnson talks about Mitt Romney’s disclosure today that his income tax rate for the past 10 years is “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything.”

Ted Sutton

Animations easier than CliffsNotes

There is no longer any need to sneak out to a bookstore and fork over money for that CliffsNotes study guide. Just turn to your computer.


Ravens-Patriots pits defense vs. offense

The Ravens’ stout defense is set to square off with New England’s explosive offense, and Christopher L. Gasper says the Patriots must be at their best.

“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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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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Are the Celtics really this bad?

The Celtics slumped to 4-8 after their latest loss to the Thunder. Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy says the team must now consider trading Ray Allen.


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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.