Salvatore DiMasi has rare form of cancer

The former House speaker has been diagnosed with cancer in his tongue and lymph nodes, his family confirmed Friday, but it’s unclear where he will be treated.

Blind Chinese activist prepares to leave for US

Chen Guangcheng whose escape from a rural village set off a diplomatic tussle between Beijing and Washington was hurriedly taken from a hospital to the airport Saturday.

Schilling’s 38 Studios may get more aid from R.I.

Curt Schilling’s firm made a $1.1 million payment Friday, clearing the way for the company to receive millions of dollars in additional tax credits.

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Rhode Island’s fool’s game with Curt Schilling

The problem with Rhode Island’s loan guarantee to 38 Studios isn’t that it was a bad deal. It’s that the state had no business doing it in the first place.

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A firm hand at the helm of Democrats’ convention

Stephen J. Kerrigan — a veteran Massachusetts political operative and former aide to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy — is tackling the biggest challenge of his career.

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Losses mount for Red Sox season ticket holders

In the wake of the Sox’ collapse last fall, their last-place standing, and on-going excitement gap, financially and socially, season ticket holders’ currency has plummeted.

Facebook’s hot start turns tepid

Facebook shares climbed to $45 in early going on the Nasdaq Stock Market, only to fall quickly and end the day at $38.23, up just six-tenths of a percent.

Renoir paintings (from left) “Dance at Bougival,” “Dance in the Country,’’ and “Dance in the City.’’ ­

At MFA, dancing the night away in the arms of Renoir

“Dance at Bougival” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts, where it sends out palpable vibrations of pleasure.

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Bullets to billboards

Billboards depicting young victims of homicide— reminders of lives cut short — should begin dotting the city’s skyline by mid-June.

76ers 92, Celtics 83

Celtics lose to 76ers, series even

After getting off to an 18-3 start and leading by as many as 18 points early in the second half, the Celtics collapsed with Philadelphia rallying for a victory.


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Phillies 6, Red Sox 4

With Bard wild, Red Sox quickly lose control

It was a noble idea to make Daniel Bard a starter. But that transition has left a pitcher with one of the best arms in baseball either unable or unwilling to throw his fastball for strikes.


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For lesbian, gay youths, prom provides haven of acceptance

The appeal of a youth prom specifically for gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers endures, even in an age when students’ sexual and gender identity have become more widely accepted.


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Stein gains Senate’s OK for Fed board

Harvard economics professor Jeremy C. Stein will head to Washington as one of two new members of the Federal Reserve’s board of governors.

Nation & World

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 Thousands of Shi’ites in Bahrain marched in a Manama suburb Friday to protest against a plan to integrate key policies, such as defense and foreign affairs, with the neighboring kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Protesters chanted ‘‘Bahrain is not for sale,’’ and ‘‘No union.’’ Bahrain has faced protests since a Shi’ite-led uprising began in February 2011.

Bahrain protests decry closer Saudi ties

Tens of thousands of protesters chanting “Bahrain is not for sale’’ jammed a major highway Friday to denounce proposals for unity between the Gulf kingdom and Saudi Arabia.


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A motherhood wish list

It’s so tempting to get riled up by the mommy wars, isn’t it? The Time magazine cover story about extreme parenting is infamous by now.