Along with being one of best QBs at reading defenses, Tom Brady is — by comparison with some — quiet and humble. Ray Lewis, on the other hand, breathes fire into his teammates and inspires dread in the Ravens’ foes.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Brady, Lewis a collision of opposites

They are former Super Bowl MVPs, masters of their crafts, and the faces of their franchises — the Patriots and the Ravens. Today they clash, with the winner earning a Super Bowl berth.

Matt Light always there for Patriots and charity

The Patriots tackle has played in 155 regular-season games for New England and 16 more in the postseason, a tenure that also coincides with that of his charitable foundation.

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Chuck Pagano has Ravens in attack mode

The Ravens’ first-year defensive coordinator has Baltimore’s defense set to be aggressive against the Patriots, hoping to rattle Tom Brady and New England’s offense.

McLaughlin raised money for Murray, employees say

A Globe investigation shows that former Chelsea housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin ran an extensive political operation for Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray.

Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85

Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 85.

Romney to release tax returns on Tuesday

Mitt Romney said today that he will release his tax returns on Tuesday and not wait until April, as he seeks to bury swirling questions about his finances.

Gingrich roars to win in S.C.

Newt Gingrich rebounded to victory in the South Carolina GOP primary, giving the two-fisted candidate a chance to emerge as the strongest challenger to the formerly high-flying Mitt Romney.

“We don’t have the kind of money that at least one of the other candidates has, but we do have the ideas and people.”

Newt Gingrich,  after his victory last night in the South Carolina Republican primary


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Boston, MA 012112 Sang Nguyen (cq) of Charlestown uses a coat hanger to clear the snow off her windshield during the snow fall on Saturday near the Boston Common i January 21, 2012. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET

First snowfall leaves some to ask, ‘Is that it?’

For plow drivers, yesterday’s snow brought a much-desired day’s work; for others, it was a welcome reminder that this is still New England.

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12th body, captain’s documents found in cruise liner

Divers in the Costa Concordia found a woman’s body, and scuba-diving police swam through the captain’s cabin to retrieve a safe and documents belonging to the man who abandoned the ship.



Justices react to rise of super PACs

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was joined on stage by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, was asked about the decision during a presentation before the South Carolina Bar.


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Rangers 3, Bruins 2

Rangers winger Marian Gaborik buries the winner in OT, with a trio of Bruins — Dennis Seidenberg, Tuukka Rask, and Zdeno Chara — helpless to stop him.

Bruins lose showdown in OT

The first meeting between the Rangers and the Bruins, the top two clubs in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, was 3.6 seconds shy of a shootout yesterday.


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for Travel - 22italian - Refrigerated food display cases circle the large interior of Costantino's Venda Ravioli in Providence. (David Lyon for the Boston Globe)

Boston’s North End vs. Providence’s Federal Hill

Both neighborhoods have been the Little Italies of their respective cities for well over a century, yet they couldn’t look more different.


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Sebastian Smee looks at ‘Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed’

Zoffany ranks with Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, and Joseph Wright of Derby in the annals of 18th century British art. An exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art aims to give him his due.