Back Bay, South End await power

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Signs of a blackout lingered Wednesday in the Back Bay and South End, typically the pulsing heart of the city. Life upended across the Back Bay

The blackout left thousands without power, cost local businesses millions of dollars, and forced curtailment of subways and buses, conventions, and college classes.

Little room for error in city’s grid

The events following Tuesday’s fire show how downtown is dependent on six power substations for electricity, and the thin margin of error in the system when one fails. Rules on lighting up on area college campuses vary

Area colleges commonly prohibit smoking in campus buildings, though their rules for smoking outside of buildings vary.

Patience pays off for investment firm

Three companies now courting Wall Street all started inside the Harvard Square offices of General Catalyst, which provided seed money and bare essentials.

Mitt Romney still has the math in his favor

While the former Massachusetts governor has failed to ignite the GOP base, he has methodically extended his lead among delegates.

Bulger’s girlfriend pleads guilty, to be sentenced June 12

“Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to helping him elude capture for 16 years.

Kevin Cullen

A crack in Cathy Greig’s hard facade

When asked whether she had ever seen a psychiatrist, Cathy Greig did something she had never done in public: she cried.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

For mothers of the accused, a separate anguish

The pain carried by the mothers of the two men accused of the Mattapan murders has been concealed, and compounded by the tension of sitting in the courtroom.

“Economic activity has not been possible for two-thirds of Back Bay businesses, and when that happens, there’s a serious impact.”

Meg Mainzer-Cohen,  president of the Back Bay Association

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Foxborough to revisit casino issue

Foxborough selectmen believe a formal proposal for a gambling resort is coming from casino mogul Steve Wynn, and will discuss whether to study the potential effects of a casino.


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Commodores coach Kevin Stallings doesn’t duck Vanderbilt’s tag as the ‘‘Harvard of the South.’’

Crimson in Grade A matchup

Today's game between Harvard and Vanderbilt has been dubbed the Brain Bowl by some, pitting two programs where academic achievement has some bite.


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Ashley Judd finds her comfort zone in ‘Missing’

Judd portrays Rebecca Winstone, a former CIA agent whose son has been kidnapped. “Missing’’ premieres Thursday night at 8 p.m. on Channel 5.

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Joan Vennochi 


“The best-selling board game today is the board game that was the best-selling board game in 1936. That is Monopoly.”

Game publisher Eric Hautemont