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State officials knew convict led oversight firm

Three officials knew the head of a company chosen to monitor the Framingham firm implicated in the meningitis outbreak was convicted of fraud.

Probe of US general uncovers 20,000 pages of e-mails

Some of the pages of documents and e-mails between General John Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley were ‘‘flirtatious,” an official said.

Senator John Kerry visited the Gaza Strip in 2009.

Reports of Kerry as possible defense secretary puzzle some

Reports that President Obama is considering John Kerry to run the Pentagon has puzzled many longtime defense watchers who assumed Kerry was on the short list to be secretary of state.

Most Upper Crust restaurants abruptly close

The pizza chain fired about 140 employees and will shutter permanently unless it can get a cash infusion within a few days.


Opinion | Farah Stockman

Fact-free fracking

Remarkably little research has been done on what fracking’s risks are and whether they can be mitigated.

Boston Capital

Big Bay State players may face showdown

The fiscal cliff drama may pit two of the state’s biggest economic engines — the defense industry and the health care establishment — against one another.

Inspired by time the artist spent in Rome, the exhibition starts with a pine cone, a tree burl, a table piled with wood, and more.

Art Review

Seeds of imagination on display in Worcester

The new installation by Jill Slosburg Ackerman uncorks the frothy ferment of imagination’s process for the viewer to take in.

Frame by Frame

// A summer sojourn in the south of France

Jean Frederic Bazille’s “Summer Scene” hangs at Harvard Art Museums, and it’s one of the most striking works in their entire collection.