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Weak jobs report signals state’s economy is slowing

Massachusetts lost 4,800 jobs last month, a sharp turn from the beginning of the year when nearly 10,000 jobs a month were being added.

Former prosecutor to oversee review of drug lab cases

David Meier, a former Suffolk County homicide prosecutor, was tapped by Governor Patrick to oversee a review of the thousands of criminal cases possibly affected by the scandal.

Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to endorse Elizabeth Warren on Friday.

Menino to endorse Warren on Friday

After months of speculation, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to endorse Elizabeth Warren in her bid to unseat Senator Scott Brown.

Want to be generous? Act quickly, study suggests

Most people’s gut reaction is to give, according to a study published by Harvard scientists. Only upon reflection do they become greedy.

A number of Republican candidates have tried to distance themselves from some of Mitt Romney’s recent remarks.

Romney’s words hinder his campaign

Mitt Romney’s own words are hurting him, a campaign problem that can’t be fixed with a staff shakeup.

Dustin Pedroia and Bobby Valentine never seemed to be able to outrun negative vibes around the Red Sox in 2012.

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How the 2012 Red Sox unraveled

The Red Sox’ 82d loss cemented their first losing season since 1997 and ended a run of 20 consecutive winning seasons for Boston’s four major sports teams. Look back at their disappointing year.

Once this season ends, the Red Sox need to make a quick decision on whether to keep or fire Bobby Valentine.

On Baseball

Red Sox must decide on manager quickly

If Bobby Valentine is let go, the team can ill afford a second straight offseason of not hiring someone until December.

Christopher L. Gasper

Wes Welker strategy is unfathomable

Why the drop in Welker’s time? Contract issues, the Super Bowl drop, a repositioning of the offense, or a decline in play? Bill Belichick won’t say.

Partisan movies like “2016: Obama’s America’’ that attract highly motivated audiences are important to movie houses that want to fill seats.

Critic’s Notebook

Easy matter to spread partisan views onscreen

It is easier than ever to get a message, innocuous or incendiary, in front of the world’s eyeballs, whether through movie theaters or by taking one’s case to YouTube.


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Bayer chairman Marijn Dekkers (right) was speaker at a luncheon where he discussed the economic downturn and research. Before his speech, he chatted with John Fernandez.

Executives say global push to contain health costs threatens innovation

The push to contain spiraling health costs around the world could hamper drug makers’ ability to bring new medicines to market, two biopharmaceutical executives warned Wednesday.

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