NStar says it won’t pay for lost business or wages

The utility, which cut power to portions of the Back Bay and South End at 3 a.m., will not pay for business, income, or food lost during the two-day blackout.

Illinois primary could be pivotal

Mitt Romney and his allies have significantly increased their advertising and are ramping up the type of negative attacks that have been a hallmark of his narrow wins.

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A battle within cancer fight

A lawsuit pitting the University of Pennsylvania against Cambridge-based Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc. highlights the competition for control over biomedical discoveries.


St. Patrick’s Day holds mixed emotions for some

The joys of embracing Irish roots are complicated by the challenges of being multiracial for some descendants of Irish immigrants.

Politicians sharpen knives for annual roast

From Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray to US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, local politicians are busily working on material for the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.

Suspect in Afghan massacre identified

The lawyer of a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians confirmed Friday the suspect is 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Can a visit to the Flower Show help her learn to love gardening?

One woman visits the Flower Show on a quest to keep even one plant alive.

“I always feel this deep kinship with Irish people in Boston. But I don’t always feel like they have this kinship with me.’’

Kelly Bates,  a mixed-race Irish-American

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To Grammar’s House

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/03/16/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/SPRINGCLEANING2.jpg Spring cleaning for grammar rules

Grammar’s House can get a bit cluttered sometimes, often with rules that are capricious, spurious, or flat-out erroneous.


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 The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston is expected to draw about 500,000. Neighborhood residents often do not appreciate the excessive consumption of alcohol during the parade, police say.

City urges restraint at St. Patrick’s Day parade

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and Mayor Thomas M. Menino said police will have zero tolerance for public consumption of alcohol.


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Loc Tran of Salem, N.H., holds his new tablet.

Buyers say new iPad a real eye-opener

Buyers who picked up Apple Inc.’s new iPad Friday raved about its Retina display, which has twice the resolution of the previous version.

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Hockey East semifinals | Maine 5, BU 3

Alex Chiasson (9), Garrett Noonan (13), and Patrick MacGregor (4) had the look of dejection following BU’s 5-3 loss to Maine in the Hockey East semifinals.

Black Bears deny Terriers shot at title

The Terriers proved no match for the University of Maine, which overcame the loss of their best player, Spencer Abbott, in the third period to take a 5-3 victory.


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Longwood gets its turn with ‘Sidereus’

Questions about the creative process behind “Sidereus’’ — which is on the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s program — have given rise to either a scandal or a tempest in a teapot.

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Spring Style

The season’s freshest fashion feels airy and easy — think fluttery shapes, pretty prints, and nothing too structured or serious.