Romney’s lead slips away in S.C.


Mitt Romney’s march to the nomination, which looked to be on a smooth path only a week ago, could be knocked off course if South Carolina voters sweep Newt Gingrich to victory today.

Delahunt, champion of wind project, now may profit from it

William D. Delahunt’s consulting firm stands to receive $72,000 from the $1.7 million earmark he secured for an offshore energy program as a congressman.


The T is in trouble with a capital T

If the T’s latest fare raises and service cuts come to pass, Boston risks becoming a place where the transit service is lousy and the prices are high: in other words, a bad joke.

Patrick administration avoids local aid cut in budget proposal

For the first time in four years, cities and towns may not face deep cuts in local aid, the lifeblood that helps pay for police, trash pickup, and other services.

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Top college applicants now seek ‘academic rigor’

With jobs scarce and tuition sky-high, students may be increasingly focused on how college can improve their prospects, not how much fun it can be.

Health insurers hold back on rate increases

Mass. regulators approved premium increases averaging 2.3 percent in the state’s “small group” market, the most modest hikes in at least a decade.

A jolt for morning news

Boston television stations are revamping their programming in the fight for morning ratings.

“The new dorms and the lazy river and the gym certainly help, but academics are the most important thing.’’

Carrie Cramer,  a high school senior who will enroll at BU next year


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Critic’s Notebook

Ethel Skakel Kennedy, center, subject of the documentary film

Gift from daughter to mother: ‘Ethel’

A small army of Kennedys descended upon Park City, Utah, yesterday for the premiere of “Ethel,’’ documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s love letter to her mother.

Nation & World

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Anti-Syrian regime protesters gather at a square as they hold an Arabic banner, center, reading,

Thousands protest in town held by opposition in Syria

Buoyed by the opposition’s control of a town near the Syrian capital, thousands of people held anti-government protests yesterday, chanting for the downfall of the regime.


Political Notebook

Brown sees a wealth of difference

Even as he defended Mitt Romney’s decision not to release his tax returns until April, Senator Scott Brown expressed astonishment yesterday at Romney’s vast wealth.


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Complaint describes loan fraud

A complaint before the Department of Labor revealed widespread mortgage fraud in the Mass. offices of Countrywide Financial Corp. prior to the nation’s housing bust.


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Suns 79, Celtics 71

Celtics misfire without Rondo

The Boston Celtics scored just 15 points in the opening quarter and 16 in the fourth as they fell last night to the Phoenix Suns.