Mass. casino law filled with tight deadlines

The gambling commission’s leader says several unrealistic deadlines could force regulators to solicit bids for casinos before they have the expertise to judge the projects or get public input.

Two children found with throats cut in Salem

A Salem mother was in custody early this morning after she set her apartment on fire and slashed her two young children in the throat, officials said.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to commit at least 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product to defense spending.

Mitt Romney’s defense budget target is lofty

Romney has vowed to commit at least 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product to defense spending, but analysts say his goals will be hard to attain.

The GOP’s Richard Tisei is expected to give eight-term Representative John Tierney (above), a Democrat, a tougher race than he faced in 2010.

GOP sees Tierney as wounded, beatable

Dogged by his wife’s legal troubles, observers say Representative John Tierney’s reelection race is shaping up to be the state’s most competitive House election this year.

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Reality shows vying for Southie’s attention

Producers are scrambling with television bids, but not everyone in South Boston is on board for a revealing look at the neighborhood.

Debo Band branches out from Boston roots

At the South by Southwest Music Festival, Debo Band laid the foundation for what could be a banner year that primes the group for a national stage.

A dot by the fingertip (above) of a person with a white-shelled lobster shows the start of an ailment in lobsters. The disease does not affect safety, taste, or quality.

Scientists look for cause of lobsters’ shell disease

Researchers at the New England Aquarium are concerned that the combination of warmer waters and human-generated pollution are triggering the disease.

Urgent care center trend growing in Eastern Mass.

A national company, Doctors Express, plans to open 19 urgent care centers in Eastern Massachusetts that would treat patients at nights and on weekends.

“In order to do our job well — the main job of making decisions on up to three casinos and a slot parlor — we have a huge amount of work to do.”

Stephen Crosby,  Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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.


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“Right now, we deliver vaccines into muscle . . . Muscle has never evolved to fight off infection.”  —  Dr. Thomas Kupper (right), chairman of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Vaccines by skin may work better, study shows

Applying vaccines to the upper layers of the skin could stimulate a more powerful immune system response than injecting a vaccine into muscle, say Boston scientists.

Nation & World

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Charges against soldier are expected this week

Charges against an Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians could be filed within a week, and a potential trial would be held in the United States.



Mitt Romney said President Obama had wanted energy prices to go up, but only recently had ‘‘an election- year conversion’’ to push them down.

Mitt Romney urges firing of energy officials

Romney not only blamed President Obama for the rising gasoline prices, but said that the president should fire three of his Cabinet members who oversee energy issues.


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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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Playing at full volume at South by Southwest

More than 2,200 bands played official showcases at the music festival, not including all the ones who showed up to play day parties and anywhere else with an electrical outlet.


“If the founding of the printed Encyclopaedia Britannica was a milestone of human improvement, its passing is even more so.”

James Carroll 


“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