Top 11 Mass. cities and towns for home values

Despite the odds, these communities had higher single-family home values in 2011 than they did before the recession.

NStar planning overnight outage in Prudential Tunnel

NStar has scheduled a power outage at midnight in the Prudential Tunnel to bring it back to permanent power following last week’s transformer fire in the Back Bay.

Romney targets Obama over gasoline prices

Speaking on Sunday morning television, Mitt Romney blamed high gasoline prices on President Obama and three of his officials. In Afghanistan, trust among allies erodes

Trust has frayed between Afghan allies and US and NATO troops after recent violent incidents.

London getting up to speed for Olympics

With the Games expected to cost British taxpayers $15 billion to $17 billion, no detail is too small for scrutiny.

Yvonne Abraham The road to wisdom

There are 6,000 Boston cab drivers. It’s a pretty good bet none of them has been around as long, or seen as much, as Mellis Franks.

Still driving his cab at 86 years old

Mellis Franks has seen many changes in Boston in his more than 40 years as a cab driver.

Participants in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade included characters from “Star Wars.”

Boston turns out for St. Patrick’s Day parade

On a day when the weather was perfect for outdoor festivities, thousands of people were in South Boston for the yearly St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray poked fun at himself by appearing at Sunday’s breakfast roast in the guise of a race car driver, calling to mind the car crash in which he was involved last fall.

In South Boston, breakfast roast is on the menu

The annual breakfast was a chance for politicos to poke fun at rivals and themselves, and to try out their comedic timing.

“I don’t think it should be a cakewalk because of the name, of course. But I think he is going places and I would like a photo of him.”

Charlie Shapiro,  on Joseph P. Kennedy III’s race for Congress

Globe Insiders

To Grammar’s House 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.

Nation & World

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An image taken off official Syrian television on Sunday shows damaged vehicles following a car bomb in Syria's second largest city of Aleppo, a day after two lethal blasts in Damascus.

Bomb explodes in Syrian city

A bomb exploded Sunday in the Syrian city of Aleppo, and in Damascus the government cracked down on rallies marking the one-year anniversary of the uprising.



Put end to oil industry tax breaks, Obama says

President Obama said that Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.


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NFL notebook

Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had made no secret of the fact that he wanted to play for the Patriots.

Lloyd, Patriots agree to terms

The Patriots came to terms with receiver Brandon Lloyd, and also signed defensive end/outside linebacker Trevor Scott and receiver Anthony Gonzalez.


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Glasgow chefs put fresh accents on Scottish fare

Glaswegian chefs have taken creative liberties with fusty standards, swapped fried for fresh and, in the process, exchanged the title “cook’’ for “chef.”


“They say all things must end, but the wrangling over Mitt Romney’s support for an individual health insurance mandate persists without letup.”

Jeff Jacoby 


“If the Solutrean hypothesis becomes widely accepted, it would mean that the sea played a central part in human expansion. And in the matter of ‘who came first,’ it would mean that all the Americas have a new origin story to contend with.”

Gareth Cook