Profits up at Mass. health insurers

The state’s four biggest insurers posted sharply higher earnings for 2011 while their executives collected higher pay, according to reports.

Scott Brown calls on Harvard to cancel ‘one state’ conference

Brown said the conference on a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict represents “dangerous thinking that gives comfort to Israel’s enemies.”

Backing unions a delicate mission for Elizabeth Warren

Harnessing her support among labor leaders to woo rank-and-file union members carries risk for Warren, as some voters view unions as special interests.


James Q. Wilson, 80, co-author of ‘broken windows’ article

Wilson was considered one of the nation’s most significant thinkers about crime and other urban matters.

Santorum forays into Georgia, hoping to upend Gingrich

Rick Santorum suggested that a loss for Newt Gingrich in Gingrich’s home state on Super Tuesday could force the former speaker out of the race.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

In fishing study, US dangles $500 bait

In an experiment being conducted in Massachusetts, the federal government is working to figure out how much it would cost to persuade anglers not to fish off the coast.

Yelp executives reacted during the opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange today.

Yelp shares surge in stock market debut

Shares in the online reviews site’s initial public offering shot up 60 percent in the first hours of trading today.

Boston Capital

Meyers owes $45 million in stock deal

There’s a simple lesson in the ruling against First Marblehead’s Dan Meyers: It pays to settle disputes while everyone can profit. The future may not be so generous.

Hazing issue ensnares Dartmouth president

Many professors accused Jim Kim of abdicating leadership on the issue, and a fourth of the school’s faculty have signed a petition calling for the banishment of single-sex fraternities.

“We’re looking at campuses across the country and asking, have any been successful at really reducing hazing? And the general answer is, ‘Well, we’re not sure.’”

Jim Kim,  president of Dartmouth College

Globe Insiders

Globe Insiders Video hc c--90x90.jpg Behind ‘The Real Romney’

Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman talk about their new biography of GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.


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Tough job done well

Yesterday was Pervis Ryans Jr.’s first day of retirement after 34 years with the Boston Police Department, where he was the only black captain.


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A Bank of America customer used an ATM machine at a branch in Greenville, S.C.

Bank of America tweaking checking account fees

More than a year after the bank rolled out a menu of checking accounts in Massachusetts, it is still tinkering with the details.

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Stage Review

‘Circa’ presents a hypnotic night of small miracles

You are drawn in as seven performers — five men, two women — pull off one small miracle after another of balance, flexibility, strength, and precision. The effect is hypnotic.


“As criminal justice became a clash of mandates and bureaucratic rules, it became untethered from what was once its basic function: separating the guilty from the innocent and delivering fair punishment.”

Leon Neyfakh, on “The Collapse of American Criminal Justice”