MBTA riders lament proposed increases during public hearing

Nearly 300 riders wedged into Newton’s War Memorial Hall tonight to express fear and frustration over the steep fare increases and dramatic service cuts proposed by the T.

Mitt Romney spoke during a campaign rally in Florence, S.C.

Mitt Romney gains in national polls

One new poll showed Mitt Romney with twice as much support as his nearest opponent, and another has him running even with President Obama.

Boston Capital

Romney’s private equity challenge

How much risk do private equity investors really take? This is one of the big questions lurking behind the theatrical debate raging on the presidential campaign trail.

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.

Captain refused orders to return to ship, help passengers

Divers discovered five more bodies today in the cruise liner that ran aground in Italy, and recordings reveal the ship’s captain ignored orders to help rescue passengers.

Mayor Menino vows to change Boston’s school lottery

Tonight in his annual State of the City address, Mayor Thomas M. Menino pledged to create a plan that will allow more Boston children to attend classes closer to home.

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In Mayor Menino’s State of the City address, he pledged to radically change Boston’s school assignment lottery.

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Mayor Menino and his wife, Angela, entered to a round of applause before delivering his annual address at Faneuil Hall.

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Menino took aim at a system forged in the racially charged days of busing.

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He decried a system that “ships our kids to schools across our city” and tears at the fabric of communities.


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Smoky meats and savory sides at Chelsea barbecue spot Larry J’s House of Q

Barbecue around Boston is an increasingly cut-throat competition. Larry J’s House of Q, which opened in September 2010, may be paving new ground, says namesake Larry Jimerson.

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Confessions of ex-vegetarians

It can be hard to follow a vegetarian diet, but those who give it up found themselves craving meat protein or eating only humanely-raised animals.

“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


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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Lightning 5, Bruins 3

The Lightning’s Tom Pyatt watched as his shot got past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas for a goal in the second period.

Bruins fall short against Lightning

Tampa Bay’s Dominic Moore blasted the game-winning goal past Tim Thomas late in the third and Steven Stamkos added an empty-netter as the Lightning beat the Bruins, 5-3.


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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.