Can battery maker A123 avoid Solyndra’s fate?

David Vieau with Paul Sylvia, a company director, at A123’s Westborough facility. The company is still far from profitability.

Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe

As market conditions changed, A123 found new ways to succeed. The Waltham company is hoping CEO David Vieau will once again find his magic touch.

Fishermen in Sao Vicente in Cape Verde pulled in nets. Leaders see schools as the base of their economy.

Bridgewater State helping educate Cape Verde’s youth

Though the school sits an ocean and 3,400 miles away, Bridgewater State has become a vital partner to the West African island nation, which sees its future in learning.

The MBTA’s preventive maintenance and life-extending repairs have been key to keeping things going.

MBTA mechanics keep old subway cars rolling

A team of 57 employees works around the clock to keep some of the T’s oldest cars in service, meeting the demands of growing ridership.

The Rangers have been the most balanced team in the game, with starting pitching, bullpen, hitting, power, and defense.

Sunday Baseball Notes

Handing out MLB’s midseason bests, worsts

The first half of the baseball season is over and its time to hand out some accolades and demerits.

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State Rep. Carlos Henriquez arrested on domestic assault charges

The Dorchester state representative was arrested this morning after an altercation with a woman inside his vehicle in the South End, police said.

Victor Watch observes his son using an iPad. A phone may come soon.


How young is too young for a cellphone?

The debate continues over when a child can have a cellphone, especially one that can now be used for video messaging and unfettered access to the Internet.

After headmaster’s arrest, Johnson failed to act

Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson is facing fire for backing and not suspending one of her headmasters who was arrested and briefly jailed on a domestic assault charge.


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Yankees 6, Sox 1; Sox 9, Yankees 5

Nick Punto legs out a double in Saturday’s Game 2 victory against the Yankees, which broke the Sox’ five-game skid.

Red Sox earn doubleheader split with Yankees

The Yankees hit four home runs and won the first game, but the Sox came alive behind some of their unheralded backups to win Game 2.


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Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef (left) ate lunch with political satirist Jimmy Tingle in Brookline. They talked extensively about Egyptian politics and the media.

Egyptian comic Bassem Youssef uses laughs, education

Bassem Youssef, often called the Jon Stewart of Egypt, met with local comedian Jimmy Tingle in Brookline Saturday to discuss satire and politics.


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Brenan McGarrigle says she has helped to facilitate more than 600 marriages in 29 years as a matchmaker.

Can a matchmaker help you find ‘the one’?

As a professional matchmaker for eLove dating service, Brenan McGarrigle says she has helped facilitate more than 600 marriages in 29 years on the job.

Nation & World

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An election official showed a man how to fill out a ballot at a polling station in Tripoli, and a demonstrator for greater

Libyans brave risk of violence to vote

Defying expectations and in some places bullets, people voted in their first election after more than four decades of totalitarianism under Moammar Khadafy.


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Joe Strummer of The Clash at the Palladium in New York City on March 30, 1980.

New rock films document Neil Young solo, Clash breakup

Rock ’n’ roll artists, as we all know, can take dramatically different paths. Two new rock movies open this week, illustrating just how strangely divergent these paths can be.