Patrick targets public housing boards

Governor Patrick will propose replacing 240 public housing authorities with six regional agencies.

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‘Lincoln’ leads Oscar nominations

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” received 12 nominations and “Argo” garnered seven nods, although Ben Affleck was not nominated for best director.

Rex Trailer with character

Rex Trailer, host of ‘Boomtown’ TV show, dies at 84

Trailer hosted a local Western-themed children’s TV show that ran from 1956 to 1974.

Shaw’s, Star Markets part of proposed $3.3b sale

Cerberus Capital Management, the firm that controls Steward Health Care, is part of a group buying five grocery chains from Supervalu.

// Junior Seau had brain disease before death

Seau, who took his own life in May, is the latest ex-NFL player to have died with symptoms of “repetitive head injuries,” an NIH study found.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are appliances that can communicate with each other, such as this LG refrigerator or ADT’s Pulse, which offers smart TV controls.

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Consumer Electronics Show

Hello, stove? It’s the refrigerator calling

Dozens of companies scrambling to create new kinds of data networks that will link just about every device in our lives.

Tracy A. Miner could be facing a year in prison.

Defense lawyer in trouble after rowdy teen party

Tracy A. Miner could face criminal charges after allegedly hosting an alcohol-fueled party for her teenage daughter.

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Good reason no one elected to Hall of Fame

Resistance may change in time, but for now many voters believe in withholding immortality for players who dominated in the steroids era.

Parishioners and visitors at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross can donate with credit cards.

Parishes offer a collection e-basket

Leaders at the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross have installed a credit card kiosk so parishioners can make donations electronically.

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Vice President Joe Biden met with victims groups and gun safety organizations in Washington on Wednesday.

Biden says action will be taken on guns

Vice President Joe Biden vowed urgent action against gun violence, pledging steps that he said could ‘‘take thousands of people out of harm’s way.’’


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Joanna Marsden browsed at The Concord Shop on Wednesday. The cookware shop was among those to report disappointing holiday sales.

Holiday sales off target for retailers

Sales at local merchants in November and December grew 2.76 percent compared with the previous year — below the 3.5 percent increase projected.


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The “1600 Penn” cast includes Jenna Elfman as first lady Emily Gilchrist, Bill Pullman as President Dale Gilchrist, and Martha MacIsaac as daughter Becca.

‘1600 Penn’ mines first family for laughs

The NBC sitcom, which kicks off in its regular time slot Thursday night, does not focus on politics, but rather how public figures struggle with private issues.