DeLeo, others targeted in probation inquiry

Federal prosecutors are focusing on Democratic legislators, including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, who may have benefited from the Probation Department’s allegedly rigged hiring system.

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

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.

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.

Two from Mass. held in Egypt

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

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Two killed in early morning crash in West Bridgewater

Parts of Route 24 remain closed after the three-car crash early this morning, State Police said in a statement.

MIT’s Rehmi Post, Thad Starner, and Steve Mann with professor Alex Pentland, part of the Perceptual Computing Group.



Former MIT ‘borgs’ still back wearable technology

A group of MIT alumni who were part of the first wave of wearable computing in the 1990s have reunited in Silicon Valley, where they work for Google.

Many wonder whether the statue of former football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium should remain.

On Second Thought

One suggestion for Penn State’s first step

If Penn State wants to turn around its football program, it should begin by empowering women within the program and placing them in significant roles.

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In the dumps with the American Dream

We used to be ambitious and enthusiastic; now the new normal is malaise. Shouldn’t we strive for more?

Matt Kenseth, who sits atop the Sprint Cup points list, isn’t sure when he’ll announce his plans for next season.

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Roush prepares for Kenseth’s departure

Matt Kenseth’s decision to not re-sign with Roush Fenway Racing seemed to mirror the exits of Ray Allen from the Celtics and Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox.

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.

South Boston’s 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.


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Pedro Ciriaco heads back to the dugout after failing to execute an eighth-inning bunt with the Sox down by a run.

Red Sox failing to come up with clutch hits

It’s good that they had a pitcher of David Price’s caliber on the ropes. But to have the Rays pitcher there and not finish him off was tough.


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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.”