Scott Brown raised $5m in 2d quarter

Brown’s fund-raising during the April-through-June quarter was his best to date, but short of rival Elizabeth Warren’s $8.67 million over the same period.

Blue Cross plan reduces spending, study finds

The insurer’s “global payment” plan, which is the largest private-sector effort to tame medical costs in Massachusetts, reduced health care spending by 3.3 percent.

Finding boosts prospects for Alzheimer’s drugs

Scientists have found a mutation that prevents the devastating brain disorder, raising hopes for companies developing drugs aimed at reversing the disease’s course.

Study shows Native Americans migrated in three waves

The study, led by Harvard researchers, shows people arrived in waves more than 15,000 years ago, not all at once.

Earl Thibeault powers a machine as he demolishes the Comet roller coaster at the defunct Lincoln Park amusement park in Dartmouth, Mass., Wednesday July 11, 2012. The crumbling roller coaster is being cleared for a development that will include single-family homes, apartments and commercial space. (AP Photo/The Standard-Times, Peter Pereira)

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Wooden roller coaster in Dartmouth demolished

The Comet roller coaster, which operated from the 1940s to the 1980s at the former Lincoln Park amusement park, had its last run in 1987.

Katherine Gonsalves held a press conference with her lawyer, Rick Brody, about her claims of assault by state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester.

Woman speaks about alleged assault by state representative

A Somerville woman insisted she was telling the truth in her claims that she was beaten, choked, and held against her will by state Representative Carlos Henriquez.

Ray Allen, with Miami Heat president Pat Riley, left, and head coach Erik Spoelstra, officially joined the Heat on Wednesday.

Joining Heat, Ray Allen says ‘I’ll always be a Celtic’

The former Celtics guard officially joined the Miami Heat today, but he reflected on his five years in Boston.

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Minimum wage laws are costly for the unemployed

A minimum wage that is set too high makes it too expensive for employers to hire people with few skills — the very people who need work experience.


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Robert Kraft appeared at a Celtics game last month with Ricki Noel Lander.

Robert Kraft expresses regret over video

The Patriots owner said he never expected a video of him using foul language in a movie audition clip to become public and turn into a viral sensation.


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Carol R. Johnson spoke with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and expressed remorse.

Boston school chief hit with new criticism

Several city councilors questioned the leadership of Superintendent Carol Johnson for her actions after one of her headmasters was arrested, but Mayor Menino is steadfast in his support.

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People watched the flames shoot up from a derailed freight train. Norfolk Southern said it appeared about 11 cars of a southbound train derailed around 2 a.m. near Interstate 71, southeast of the Ohio State University campus.

Ohio freight train derails, causing fiery blast

Part of a freight train derailed and caught fire in Columbus, Ohio, early Wednesday, shooting flames skyward into the darkness and prompting the evacuation of a mile-wide area.

Food & dining

Ziskin’s cicchetti can include fried sage leaves with anchovy.

Cicchetti have become popular little plates

Some of the trendiest new restaurants have menus favoring small plates. While everyone knows about Spanish tapas, cicchetti are less universal. They’re found in only one place: Venice, Italy.