Lawmakers targeted in probation inquiry

Federal prosecutors investigating the Probation Department are focusing on Democratic legislators who may have benefited from the agency’s allegedly rigged hiring system.

The house at the left was built in 1867 and is listed at $2.35 million. It includes a three-family house on a separate parcel.

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South Boston’s elegant, storied mansions up for sale

Longtime residents worry the only people who can afford the two estates in Southie are developers who will tear them down and build condominiums.

Health cost bill may not attack key problem

As Mass. legislative leaders close in on a major health cost-control bill, key efforts to attack the market power of caregivers that demand high prices appear to be in jeopardy.

Yvonne Abraham

East Boston shipyard has an ugly beauty

With spectacular views of the harbor and the city skyline, and even an outdoor sculpture gallery, the Boston Harbor Shipyard is a phenomenally cool spot.

“The addictive lure is believing that if you just play long enough you will win,” said Deborah Greenslit.

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Jackpot fueled therapist’s gambling addiction

Deborah Greenslit had modest dreams after winning big at Mohegan Sun. Two years later, she has gambled them away.

Jeff Jacoby

Life sentence not ‘unusual’ for minors

After a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court, the families of murder victims nationwide have lost the reassurance that their loved ones’ killers would never be turned loose.

“To make more progress in the education of leaders, we have to get better at translating knowing into doing,’’ says Nitin Nohria, the 10th dean of Harvard Business School.

Modernizing the Harvard MBA program

Nitin Nohria has instituted unprecedented change and transformed an institutional culture in his first two years at the helm of the Harvard Business School.

Two from Massachusetts held in Egypt

A Bedouin tribesman said he kidnapped two American tourists — the Rev. Michel Louis of Dorchester and Lisa Alphonse of Everett.

Clues sought for cause of 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire

A local group of librarians and historians hopes to find clues that will shed new insights on the long-held mysteries of the Cocoanut Grove fire.


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On the Job

Iris Matos carves fruit into bouquets and other creations as the production manager at at Edible Arrangements.

‘Fruit artist’ puts her skills on display

Iris Matos prides herself on beautifully arranged bouquets and arrangements of sculpted fresh fruit that she creates for Edible Arrangements in Methuen.

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Adnan Hawash (right), a former Syrian army officer staying in Antakya, Turkey, learned that his son had been killed in fighting Thursday.

Reports of Syrian massacre challenged

New details emerging about what activists called a massacre of civilians near Hama indicated that it was more likely an uneven clash between the military and local fighters.


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theater & art

Olympia Dukakis posed with some props used in the Shakespeare and Company production of “The Tempest.’’

Olympia Dukakis channels the storm within

At 81, Olympia Dukakis seems to be having the time of her life as she explores the violent undercurrents of Shakespeare’s last play as Prospera in “The Tempest.”