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When reality TV collides with reality

Bill and Giuliana Rancic star in a reality show that took a very serious turn.

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A popular reality show took a very serious turn, but showed viewers something important, lovely, and true, writes Joan Wickersham.

“Woody Sez” stars (from left) Andy Teirstein, Darcie Deaville, Helen Jean Russell, and David M. Lutken as Woody Guthrie.

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Woody Guthrie’s words still ring true

American Repertory Theater’s “Woody Sez” captures Guthrie’s vision as a political agitator and spiritual influence on everyone from Bob Dylan to Wilco.

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‘My Cross To Bear’ by Gregg Allman

The story traces the wild and sometimes troubled life of the rock musician.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/03diversify_photo2.jpg Farmers put focus on retailing

Agriculture’s new retail-oriented entrepreneurs are finding success by becoming more diverse — offering everything from baby lettuces to farm tours.

Casino lobbyist addresses Mass. regulators

Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association, asked state officials on Thursday not to overregulate the industry.

Judge rules Buonomo can collect pension

Former Middlesex Register of Probate John R. Buonomo, convicted of stealing $100,000 in cash from state copying machines, will continue to receive a pension of about $39,000 a year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield revises premium rate hike requests

The state’s largest health insurance company had initially asked for base rate hikes of 1.2 percent for its HMO business and 2.7 percent for its non-HMO insurance.

Osama bin Laden

Documents show frustrated bin Laden

In letters from his last hideout, Osama bin Laden fretted about dysfunction in his terrorist network, according to documents released Thursday.

Junior Seau, 1969-2012

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/05/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/03seau.1--90x90.jpg Junior Seau’s death ruled a suicide

An autopsy Thursday confirmed the former NFL linebacker died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the San Diego County medical examiner’s office said.


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On Golf

Tiger Woods skirted questions with the media before participating in the pro-am at the Wells Fargo Championship on Wednesday.

Shame on Tiger Woods for dodging tough questions

Dodging the media when there’s a chance Woods would be asked about his unruly behavior and subpar play smacks of someone with extremely thin skin.


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Joseph Wright at his arraignment in Lynn District Court on Thursday.

Double-murder suspect ordered held without bail

A 23-year-old man was arraigned today in Lynn on charges that he murdered his mother and grandmother, slitting their throats from “ear to ear.”

Nation & World

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Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, in wheel chair, met his wife Yuan Weijing, right, daughter Chen Kesi, in blue shirt at second right, and son Chen Kerui, left, at a hospital in Beijing on Wednesday.

US confirms blind activist wants to leave China

The rural Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic standoff between Washington and Beijing now wants to leave China with his family, a US spokeswoman said.