State promises $5.2b in local aid to cities, towns

Funding in the next fiscal year includes a $145 million increase for schools, the highest level of state aid to local school districts in state history.

Gaming Commission won’t rush on casinos

State gambling regulators will not open the sweepstakes for the three casino licenses for at least another nine to 18 months, says commission chief Stephen P. Crosby.


Wild day, feisty debate scramble GOP race

The raucous debate capped off a tumultuous 24 hours for the Republican party, leaving the impression that South Carolina’s primary has become a shaken snow globe.

The battles between Terrell Suggs, left, and Matt Light, and between Ray Lewis, right, and Tom Brady are likely two to watch during Sunday’s AFC title game.

Suggs, Brady: Getty Images; Light: Globe Photo; Lewis: Reuters

On Football

Breaking down the Ravens-Patriots matchups

Who has the edge? NFL writer Greg A. Bedard examines how the teams will line up in Sunday’s AFC title game.

MIT math bee creates campus star

At most schools, the Big Man on Campus is usually a star athlete. But MIT is not like most schools; at the math-obsessed university, the BMOC is the winner of the Integration Bee.

City website will track residents’ weight loss

The Boston Public Health Commission will guide residents in losing weight as part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s vow to help the population collectively shed a million pounds.

“Geek pride is something you exercise with caution. It’s not necessarily a pickup line I would use.’’

Sriram Krishnan,  four-time MIT Integration Bee champion


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Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German immigrant who masqueraded as a member of the famous Rockefeller family, appears during a preliminary court hearing in Alhambra, Calif. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Gerhartsreiter, a convicted kidnapper, faces a charge of murdering the son of his former landlady a quarter century ago, when he lived in California under one of his many pseudonyms. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Eric Grigorian, Pool)

‘Rockefeller’ lawyers suggest new suspect

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who masqueraded for years as Clark Rockefeller, was in court for a hearing to determine if he will face trial on a first-degree murder charge.

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Perry exits; Santorum now No. 1 in Iowa

Yesterday’s revelations jarred both the Republican presidential field and its expectations before tomorrow’s important South Carolina vote.


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Cayman funds spur scrutiny for Romney

Mitt Romney’s campaign continued to deny suggestions yesterday that he invested money in off-shore funds to dodge US taxes — and some industry executives backed him up.


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Bruins 4, Devils 1

Bruins rally for win over Devils

Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell scored in a 35-second span in a four-goal third period that carried the Bruins to victory.


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Movie Review

David Oyelowo is Joe “Lightning’’ Little in the World War II movie “Red Tails.’’

‘Red Tails’ tends to stall when it is in the air

This George Lucas-produced action movie about Tuskegee Airmen during World War II means well, but it’s too basic to be rousing or even heartening.