Drop-off in gifts to Obama in Mass.

The number of supporters contributing the maximum to President Obama’s campaign fund has plunged nearly 50 percent compared with his 2008 run.

Scot Lehigh

The fallout of US extremism

A new book concludes that the Republican Party bears most of the responsibility for today’s political dysfunction.

Through a nonprofit established by his administration last year called Moving Massachusetts Forward, the Patrick administration collected $130,000 from five donors, according to ethics disclosure forms filed by the governor.

Big donors helping Governor Patrick travel

A substantial portion of the funding for Governor Patrick’s two second-term international trade missions has come from a handful of powerful executives and companies.

At Herb Chambers Ford, salesman Mustafa Salman (left) showed Ken Monahan a Ford Fusion. Dealers are trying different tactics to get customers to trade in their cars.

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Dealers hurt as consumers keep used cars longer

With owners holding onto their cars, dealers are facing a double whammy of slower new-car sales and a smaller pool of used vehicles to offer.


Mass. will open 40 miles of MWRA trails to public

Officials announced they would make a network of trails over a century-old system of aqueducts accessible to hikers, bikers, or anyone seeking a stroll in the woods.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/23shalepic--90x90.jpg Mass. gets boost from shale boom

The unlocking of natural gas reserves hundreds of miles away promises to benefit Massachusetts companies and the state economy.

Lawmakers target big pay deals at mutual companies

Shocked at the amount Liberty Mutual paid its former CEO, three Mass. senators have proposed budget amendments to discourage other mutual companies from giving outsized pay packages.

Brian McGrory

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/mcgrory-2043.jpg The benefits of political friendship

Try as I might to leave the Liberty Mutual lunacy behind, someone keeps drawing me back, and that someone is Governor Deval Patrick.

Public seeks answer from RCC on US crime audit

Members of the board of trustees at Roxbury Community College said at their public meeting that funding could be in jeopardy if president Terrence Gomes remains in his post.


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Bill Lovallo held daughter Sarah, a greatgranddaughter of an Armenian genocide survivor, during the dedication Tuesday of the long-envisioned Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Armenian Heritage Park opens on Greenway

Hundreds of residents braved the pouring rain to witness the dedication of the Armenian Heritage Park, the newest addition to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.


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Morgan Stanley, lead underwriter for the $16 billion IPO, was already facing an inquiry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority over allegations of sharing negative information with some investors ahead of the IPO.

Mass. investigating Facebook IPO

Secretary of State William Galvin is investigating whether one of the investment bankers for Facebook Inc., Morgan Stanley, shared advanced information with certain investors.


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Joe Biden keeps up Democrats’ attack on Romney

The vice president said the GOP’s Tea Party faction has blocked progress by President Obama while Mitt Romney wants to take the country back to recessionary practices.

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