Control of costs a test for health overhaul

The Mass. health care overhaul is seen by many as a model and a caution for the necessary sequel to much broader insurance coverage: cost control.

Ayla and Arianna are more visible in this campaign. They joined their parents on LawDay in Wrentham.


The Senate Race | Lives and Times

For Brown, campaign an all-out family affair

Senator Brown is no longer the candidate who defined himself as a guy with a truck and a barn jacket. He is Scott Brown, suburban family man.

 Vinicius Quirino, 26, said he is happy for his friends who can remain in the United States. But he’s sad that because he was 17 when he immigrated from Brazil, he doesn’t qualify.

Immigrants who missed deadline for Obama reprieve lament

For these young people, unlucky timing means that they will remain in limbo, fearful of deportation and frustrated by their inability to seek legal employment.

Suffering fromamigraine, Natasha Young-Alicea relaxes on the couch with her golden retriever Josh.


Dogs provide source of healing for veterans

Thanks to a program called Patriot Rovers, service dogs named for fallen soldiers are giving help and solace to veterans beset by war trauma.

Artifacts from the USS Constitution include a locket from Captain Hull, which he gave to his wife with a lock of hair.

USS Constitution’s forgotten, brave crew honored

Stories are finally being told about the sailors who served aboard Old Ironsides, perhaps the nation’s most famous warship, during the War of 1812.

Ling Chai, a leader of the Tiananmen Square protests who is now a business leader in Boston, has been accused in a lawsuit of trying to force a former employee to pray at work.

Chinese rights activist sued for bias

Ling Chai, a leader of the Tiananmen Square protests who is now a business leader in Boston, has been accused of trying to force a former employee to pray at work.

Yvonne Abraham

Another last chance for English High

If Boston’s English High fails again, we will have to face a harsh truth: Some schools are truly beyond repair, columnist Yvonne Abraham writes.

London’s new Olympic Stadium (foreground) came with a price tag of $764 million. The Aquatics Center (background) cost $423 million.

London hopes Olympics worth hefty price

With a final price tag expected to reach $15 billion-$20 billion, London’s legacy could depend on what happens to the venues and redeveloped areas after the crowds depart.


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Seattle’s Chone Figgins was mobbed by teammates after he hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to beat the Red Sox.

Mariners outlast the Red Sox

Chone Figgins had a sacrifice fly off Alfredo Aceves to win the game for the Mariners in the 11th inning, as the Red Sox stumbled to a 3-2 loss.


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On the Hot seat

Tiffany V.C. Montague, manages space initiatives and Lunar X Prize Google Inc.

For Google, getting to space is not out of this world

Tiffany V.C. Montague manages Google’s s Lunar X Prize, the company’s competition that will award $30 million in prizes to teams that land and operate a robot on the moon.

Nation & World

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Globe reporter Bobby Caina Calvan dangled Extremo Tarzan swing.

Volcano, cloud forest, and all sorts of wild things

For a week, Costa Rica was the author’s playground. He zip-lined, rappelled down waterfalls, rafted rapids, and traversed rain-muddied trails by horseback.


book reviews

4 novels by Clarice Lispector

New translations of four novels by the innovative and beguiling Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector offer a fresh opportunity to assess her talents.