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Meditation can improve health

A class at the Advaita Meditation Center in Waltham.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

Researchers have reported positive results from meditation in a wide range of ailments, including heart disease, weight management, and chronic pain.

As residences rise, a new vitality downtown

The construction of residential towers is transforming Boston’s long-struggling downtown area into a full-blown neighborhood.

Frank Spaziani was ousted at BC after a 2-10 season.

Dan Shaughnessy

BC fired its football coach and nobody cares

We are sports-crazed Bostonians, but this is a pro sports town and what Boston College does just doesn’t register on our radar.

Apps that make holiday shopping easier

The best apps for smartphones and tablets are as useful inside the mall as for shopping online.

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Mary L. Schapiro

SEC chief Mary Schapiro to step down

Schapiro helped oversee the US government’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Some GOP members of Congress back off Norquist pledge

A number of notable Republicans have indicated that they wouldn’t be beholden to pledges made to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist in fiscal cliff negotiations.

Supreme Court revives school’s challenge of health care law

The court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to consider the claim by Liberty University that the law violates the school’s religious freedoms.

Amid falling tax revenues, state feels fiscal pinch

Recent tax collections have been unexpectedly disappointing, failing to measure up to last year’s levels.

A better year for Boston school bus arrivals

Boston school buses — chronically late last year, prompting a barrage of criticism — are increasingly arriving on time this fall.


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Celtics 116, Magic 110

Rajon Rondo (15 points, 16 assists, 9 rebounds) beats Josh McRoberts in the second half.

Celtics outlast the Magic in OT

The Celtics needed a fourth-quarter rally to rescue a win on a night when they were outplayed, outhustled, and at times out-executed.


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Son, 7, bravely helps mother fight cancer

Today’s letter to Globe Santa tells of a couple and their son, who have been faced with job losses and a cancer diagnosis over the past two years.