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Former BU president John Silber dies at 86

John Silber, pictured in 1999 in his office at Boston University.

Tom Herde/Globe Staff

Silber, who spent a tempestuous quarter-century as president of Boston University, and in 1990 came within 77,000 votes of becoming Massachusetts governor, died this morning.

Patrick defends appeal of sex-change surgery decision

The governor has faced criticism from his allies in the gay-rights movement for appealing the court-ordered sex-change surgery for a convicted murderer.

Economic growth in state slowing, UMass report finds

The Massachusetts economy, which had been growing faster than the national average, is slowing due to a combination of national and global problems.



Piloting a Jaguar unleashes inner James Bond

Globe writer Joe Kahn had the chance to drive a Jaguar sports car and test his need for speed — and braking.

Are Princess Kate and Prince William expecting? That is the question.

Is Kate Middleton pregnant — and why do we care so much?

It’s embarrassing to be in the grip of the Kate Baby Bump watch. But what’s true is true.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Red Sox’ contrived party is over

In a last shameless attempt to direct your eyes away from the field, the Red Sox unveiled their “All-Fenway Team’’ in a hollow celebration for a team that lost its way.

Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, in her office with a papyrus fragment.

Debate, doubts about a married Jesus

A week after a fragment of papyrus portraying Jesus as married was unveiled, the discovery continues to generate debate – and skepticism – in academic circles.


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Scott Speedman (left) and Andre Braugher in a scene from the new series “Last Resort.”

‘Last Resort’: Paranoia below the sea

ABC’s fascinating new series starring Andre Braugher is about a US nuclear-missile submarine that goes rogue after getting orders to bomb Pakistan.