New leaders try to fix Mass. Probation Department

Almost three years after the patronage scandal, the agency is still trying to erase the legacy of cronyism, secrecy, and ineptitude from 12 years under John J. O’Brien.

MBTA could have 1 bidder for $1 billion rail contract

One of the two companies competing to provide commuter rail service is threatening to drop out of the bidding for the largest contract in Massachusetts history.

Wakefield’s Cristina Winsor did not belong to another gym before she joined the Planet Fitness in Reading.

Planet Fitness grows with ‘judgment-free’ gyms

Executives and members tie the company’s rapid growth to its affordability and focus on nurturing a grunt-free zone.

Representative Tim Huelskamp, shown with a constituent, represents one of the country’s most conservative congressional districts.

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Broken City

Kansas district shuns compromise

Tim Huelskamp is a passionate conservative, and the voters in western Kansas strongly support him and his views.

Dan Shaughnessy

At this rate, will the Red Sox ever lose?

Worst to first. Two games into the season, this is the theme of the 2013 Red Sox.

District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said he is not concerned about the failure of other prosecutors to attain higher office.

Daniel Conley jumps into Boston mayoral contest

The Suffolk district attorney formally launched his bid with more than $866,000 in his campaign coffers and the muscle of almost 20 years in elected office.

Tech Lab

Apps to manage your e-mail on smartphones

These apps replace the standard e-mail software found on smartphones, and include enhancements to keep your inbox in line.

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Mayor Joseph M. Petty of Worcester greeted JetBlue’s Dave Barger. Barger says the airline is in Worcester for the long haul.

Worcester Airport happy to have JetBlue

There is hope JetBlue will revitalize an airport that has repeatedly lost service, but some are skeptical that the airport will generate enough passengers to be self-sustaining.


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Stage Review

Erica Spyres (left) as student Sophie and Amelia Broome as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.”

Amelia Broome masters Maria Callas at New Rep

In Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Broome may not channel the opera singer, but she masters the role.