Hollande defeats Sarkozy in French presidential election

Francois Hollande defeated French President Nicolas Sarkozy as voters handed control of the second-biggest European economy to the Socialists for the first time in 17 years.

Democrats doubling down on swing states

Democrats have already poured almost $25 million into key states where the get-out-the-vote ground game could tip the Electoral College in a potentially tight contest.

Certificate programs increasing in popularity

For those short on time and funds, certificate programs offer an alternative way to train for better paying careers.

Gambling panel didn’t delve into abuse case

The chairman of the state’s gambling commission relied on news reports to vet interim executive director Carl Stanley McGee, who faced sexual assault charges in 2007.

Power play: the 2012 Summer movies preview

Action is the name of the game this summer, and it’s not just men in tights.

Sunday Basketball Notes

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_celtshawks17_spts--90x90.jpg Flip Saunders reunited with Kevin Garnett

Saunders, who was Garnett’s first NBA coach, is working as an adviser for the Celtics during their playoff run in what could be KG’s final season.

These drawings, from a vintage building plan book, show the suburban ranch in all its glory.

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Ranch housing style makes a comeback

Once ridiculed by buyers, this one-story abode with a Mad Men vibe is finding new fans.

Bob Ryan

Football tests limits of our conscience

Mounting evidence demonstrates that anyone choosing to play football enters into complete caveat emptor territory. You clearly do so at your own physical risk.


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Tracy McGrady’s star turns are fleeting

For a stretch of time in Game 3 against the Celtics, the 32-year-old Hawk reminded the nationally televised audience of his once-cherished offensive prowess.


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Though Trinidad Ramkissoon still considers himself to be a member of his ‘‘second family,’’ he has spent the past couple of years distancing himself from the world gangs represent.

A second act for a boy named Trinidad

Two paths diverged in his Cambridge neighborhood — the gang and the stage — and Trinidad Ramkissoon chose both. But now he is following the footlights toward safety.


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Dreaming up new online video game ideas

Jason Krupat, 38, is the mastermind behind the games launched by GSN, a multimedia entertainment company and creator of the online Wheel of Fortune.

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Jake Jermanok takes an unexpected dip in the Kananaskis River.

A family adventure in the Canadian Rockies

Rafting the rapids and climbing the heights, a family of four finds new paths to adventure in the splendor of Alperta’s alpine wonderland.