Davis defends his record on diversity

“If I had unfettered ability to promote people myself, our police force would look much more like the city in terms of diversity,” Police Commissioner Edward Davis said.

A note from Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, to Massachusetts businesses drew the Patrick administration’s ire.

Fla. bid to lure Mass. businesses angers officials

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s letter to state business leaders extolling Florida’s low tax rates prompted a tart response from a Patrick administration official.

Tea Party activists, rallying at the US Capitol earlier this summer, have resurrected a strategy of using town hall forums to display their anger.

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Tea Party takes aim at GOP

Activists perceive some members of the Republican Party as weak in their commitment to kill the national health care overhaul.

Kevin Cullen

Waiting for the unknown

Waiting for the Whitey Bulger jury to come back is rough, especially for victims’ families. Everybody’s punchy. Reminds me of waiting for my first kid.

Pedro Martinez building hope in the Dominican

Where others see poverty in his native land, the ex-Red Sox pitcher sees potential, and has built a thriving foundation to help kids realize it.

Backyard Farms’ greenhouses for growing hydroponic tomatoes cover 42 acres in Madison, Maine.

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A heavy loss in pursuit of the perfect tomato

Fidelity magnate Ned Johnson and investors learned it’s not just the stock market that’s unpredictable.

An economist and assistant professor at Harvard Business School analyzed Yelp restaurant reviews and how they evolve over time.

Study finds online ratings easily overinflated

Online reviews are a compass for navigating choice in the modern world, but one study found that the crowd is not always wise.

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Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov could face up to 25 years in prison under charges included in the federal grand jury’s indictment.


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In addition to the big stories, there are thousands of smaller stories that are not widely famous but not entirely forgotten — like the story of Donora, Pa.


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“He’s the luckiest goose in the world,” said veterinarian Greg Mertz, who removed an arrow from the bird’s head.

Canada goose survives arrow shot to head

A Canada goose is expected to fully recover after two boys shot the bird through the head with an arrow on July 28 near Plymouth, officials said.

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Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biopic.

‘Lovelace’ practices moral sex

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman may have had the best of intentions, but in the end they’re exploiting Linda Lovelace, too.