Red Sox sellout streak proves to be a real numbers game

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The Sox embrace a definition of “sellout” that permits them to declare a game sold out even if hundreds of tickets go unsold but others are distributed for free.

UMass Medical quietly gaining star quality

A hiring spree at UMass Memorial Medical School in Worcester will add 100 faculty to fill a $400 million biomedical research building set to open this year.

Insurer’s past woes appear overstated

Reports from the early 1990s show Liberty Mutual executives may have engaged in hyperbole in describing the company as close to bankrupt, but the firm was facing challenges.

Rondo grateful, confident about Game 3

Rajon Rondo believes he has learned from the mistake that earned him a suspension for Game 2 of the Celtics’ playoff series with the Hawks.

Brian McGrory

Bland Zakim Bridge leaves us feeling blue

Our famous blue bridge is awash in a dreary glaze of white, from the lanes to the cables to the towers.

Romney’s plan may undercut Mass. law

A proposal by Mitt Romney to curtail Medicaid spending would dramatically undercut the way the state health care overhaul law has achieved near universal coverage.

State GOP prepares for center stage at convention

Massachusetts Republicans heading to their party’s national convention are being treated as the kings of the court, by virtue of their connection to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Commercial food waste to be banned

Environmental officials are preparing to ban big businesses and institutions in Massachusetts from discarding food waste in the trash beginning in 2014.

Cash found on stricken Teamster is in dispute

A Charlestown business owner hopes to claim the $180,000 in cash William P. Coyman was carrying when he had a fatal heart attack in New York City.


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 David Ortiz has seen the results he wanted after dropping 25 pounds in the offseason.

Ortiz isn’t getting carried away by his performance

David Ortiz claimed the figures he put up last month — a .405 average with 34 hits, 20 RBIs, and 6 home runs — didn’t amount to the best April of his career.


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Church finds home for historic organ

The organ’s countless pieces were moved to Westborough, where they will stay until the people of First Baptist find the money to finish rebuilding the church.


Political Notebook

Obama, Romney run close in battleground states

President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat in Florida and Ohio, while Obama holds a slim lead in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released Thursday.

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Syrian forces raid student dorms

Syrian forces stormed student dormitories during an antigovernment protest at Aleppo University on Thursday, firing tear gas and bullets and killing at least four students.