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30 Mass. firms join brief seeking to strike down DOMA

A brief filed with the Supreme Court by nearly 300 businesses argued that the Defense of Marriage Act requires them to discriminate against some employees.

‘Let’s have a good campaign,’ Menino tells Connolly

While Mayor Thomas M. Menino did not declare he was seeking a sixth term, he did say “There’s a time and a place for everything. I’ll have that time and place shortly.”

Supreme Court hears challenge to voting rights law

Liberal and conservative justices argued over whether there is still a need for a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Pope Benedict XVI waved as he arrived in St. Peter's Square for his last weekly audience at the Vatican.


In emotional sendoff, pope recalls joys, difficulties

At his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI recalled times of difficulty when ‘‘it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.’’

Jill Kerner Schon serves a customer at the Paint Bar in Newtonville. The enterprise she was told would not succeed will soon expand to Newbury Street.

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As nests empty, life changes direction for many women

Many women pursue new or rejuvenated careers as their family duties diminish — including those who’ve long been working moms.

Adrian Walker

Veteran snared in federal budget battle

John MacPherson is an 86-year-old World War II veteran with a problem, one that Washington isn’t helping this week.

// Brigham performs fifth face transplant

A Vermont woman who was terribly disfigured in an attack by her estranged husband has received a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


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Tom Brady has declined a chance to discuss his new contract.

Tom Brady: ‘I don’t want to talk about this’

Said the QB of his new contract: “Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it.”

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Book Review

“Middle Men” by Jim Gavin

‘Middle Men’ by Jim Gavin

Gavin’s excellent collection of stories is populated with male characters who are either unsure of themselves or overconfident.