Menino vows change in school assignment system

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Menino took aim at Boston’s school assignment lottery, pledging to create a plan that will put children in schools closer to home.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said the city would like the FCC to give “us the tools to help protect consumers.”

Mayor Menino seeks basic cable rate control

Mayor Thomas Menino wants to regulate Boston’s basic cable rates, which have risen by more than 80 percent in the three years since a price-control agreement expired.

Brian McGrory

Senator Scott Brown’s crass warfare

So, Elizabeth Warren is now an ‘‘elitist hypocrite’’ for earning a six-figure income? You’re better than this campaign, senator, and better than the name-calling.

Jennifer Harnish of Natick spoke out last night at a forum in Newton against fare increases on the commuter rail line from Worcester to Framingham, as well as possible cuts in bus service.

Riders blast T fare, service plans

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

Passengers aboard the Costa Concordia, run aground off an Italian island, had yet to learn evacuation procedures.


Cruise liner fatalities likely to spur new rules

Nautical specialists say more stringent safety rules are almost certain to emerge from the Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy, which was blamed on human error.

Nat Welch, with wife, Debra, on the QE2, said the “ship started to vibrate’’

QE2 passengers reminded of 1992 accident

For the passengers on the Queen Elizabeth 2, the accident involving the Costa Concordia sounded familiar, with one exception: In the accident off the coast of Nantucket, tragedy was averted.

Websites plan to go dark in protest of piracy bills

Some technology companies and free-speech activists say two bills aimed at fighting Internet piracy will allow government censorship of the Internet.


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.

“I know I have talked about changing the student assignment plan before... 2012 will be the year to finish the job.”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino 


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Sean Bielat to make 2d bid for Congress

The Republican announced he will seek the House seat vacated by Barney Frank, two years after his unsuccessful campaign against the longtime incumbent.

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GOP candidates stumble on facts in S.C. debate

This is one of a series of fact checks the Globe runs on statements by the candidates. The statements were made at Monday's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina.


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L.L.Bean marks 100 years with ‘Bootmobile’ tour

The Maine retailer is launching its celebration with a special outdoor collection, a partnership with the National Park Foundation, and the debut of the “L.L.Bean Bootmobile.”


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Lightning 5, Bruins 3

Tim Thomas wasn’t happy after \giving up the game-winning goal to Lightning center Dominic Moore late in the third period.

Bruins lose edge vs. Lightning

Against a Tampa Bay club that hadn’t won in 2012, the Bruins looked like a team that is misfiring on too many fronts to give even the basement opponents a stiff fight.

Food and dining

At MIT, dine like a 14th-century nobleman

MIT doesn’t seem like a place where you can dine on food from the Middle Ages. But this month, you could prepare, cook, and eat medieval.