Utilities’ storm response seen as improved

Utility workers from National Grid and from South Carolina discussed power restoration plans while meeting at the Hanover Mall last Sunday.

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The handling of the hundreds of thousands of outages caused by the winter storm last weekend was largely improved compared with other recent storms, officials said.

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Michael E. McLaughlin faces four charges of concealing his inflated salary from federal and state investigators, but could potentially avoid jail time.

UMass tops list of state’s high earners

The University of Massachusetts dominated the list of state employees who made at least $100,000 last year.

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Vatican raises possibility of early March conclave

Electing the next pope might start earlier than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules.

Adrian Gonzalez said the Sox lacked organizational chemistry in 2012.

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Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez still complaining about Boston

Crawford and Gonzalez are gone, but haven’t let go of their hard feelings about playing for the Red Sox.

A toilet marked a continued claim on a parking space on East Fourth Street in South Boston.

Snow parking becomes a tense game around Boston

What was once a South Boston tradition — staking claim to a shoveled parking space — has spread across the city, bringing with it heated battles.

The Copy Cat Festival will include screenings of videos, a photo montage and readings from local authors — all featuring cats.

Somerville video festival celebrates cats

The Copy Cat Festival will include screenings of videos, a photo montage and readings from local authors — all featuring cats.

 Sam Lapides (left) and Nick Veo kept a close eye on 2012 DA14 through a giant telescope at the Clay Center Observatory at Dexter and Southfield Schools.

Brookline students track asteroid, set up live feed

As a massive asteroid made its way toward Earth, three students closely tracked the 150-foot-wide object through one of the largest telescopes in the Boston area.

Ameteor buzzed the Russian city of Chelyabinsk before exploding, shattering more than1million square feet of glass. No deaths were reported.

Meteor a once-in-a-century display

Yesterday’s occurrence was the largest recorded meteor since the 1908 Tunguska event, when a larger one exploded over Siberia.

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Markey ahead of Lynch in new election poll

US Rep. Edward Markey is ahead of Rep. Stephen Lynch by seven percentage points, not as wide as some political insiders would have predicted.


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The triangular site would get a tower that would include homes and retail.

Residential tower pitched for the Fenway

A developer is proposing a 22-story residential tower with 320 residences and stores at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street.