Obama gets lift on jobs front

President Obama got an unexpected boost on Friday, with the unemployment rate dropping below 8 percent for the first time since he took office.

WGBH’s Brighton headquarters. The public television station received $4.2 million from the state’s film tax credit program last year.

Romney indirectly aided PBS as governor

Mitt Romney signed a film tax credit bill that indirectly created a huge pool of funding for WGBH and other Massachusetts companies that make shows for public television.

New retailers in Boston, such as Alton Lane, are offering personalized service.

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Clothing stores court men with free beer, big-screen TVs

Retailers in Boston aim to capture a larger share of the menswear business by offering personalized services that almost disguise the fact men are shopping.

The Ping4Alerts! app will send messages to users about safety hazards.

Mass. adds app for emergency alerts

Officials will now be sending out warnings about hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and other potential dangers, even terrorist threats, via a mobile app developed by a Nashua start-up.

Mihai Brestyan has the right touch, and his hands are full with young people looking to learn the sport.

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After Aly Raisman’s Olympic glory, gymnasts stream to local gym

Ever since his star pupil won two gold medals, Mihai Brestyan’s Burlington gym has been jammed with everyone from toddlers to transfers from around the country.

Compounding pharmacy oversight is questioned after meningitis outbreak

The Framingham company implicated in a nationwide outbreak apparently took thousands of orders from doctors, clinics, and hospitals in at least 23 states.

Ken Howard, a coach in “The White Shadow,’ ’was heard loud and clear — in Turkey.

‘White Shadow’ led to basketball boon in Turkey

Ask any Turkish citizen over the age of 35 what led to the stunning growth of basketball during the 1980s, and they’ll credit Coolidge, Salami, Gomez, and Coach Reeves.

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Former law student became a chronic litigant

Gregory Langadinos, who attended three law schools, sued all of them and has never been admitted to practice in any state, learned just enough to make a career of spreading ­injustice.

Morgan Peissel, Nicolas Peissel, and Edvin Buregren stand on the ice in the McClure Strait in front of their sailboat, the Belzebub II.

Climate change helps local man set Arctic sailing record

With an assist from global warming, Cambridge’s Morgan Peissel, 25, and his two shipmates achieved the northernmost Northwest Passage ever made.


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Farrell is flawed candidate for Red Sox

It sounds illogical, but what could make John Farrell available to become the next manager of the Red Sox is the fact that he hasn’t found success in that job with the Blue Jays.


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Madoff fraud’s last days recounted in NYC document

An indictment brings into sharper focus the final few years of a fraud the government says dated to at least the early 1970s, two decades before Bernard Madoff said it began.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters is reflected in a shop window in Moscow.

FBI says firm illegally sold items to Russia

Federal agents arrested the owner of Arc Electronics Inc. and seven of his employees, who are accused of being involved in a scheme to illicitly sell military technology to Russia.