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Patrick seeks to curtail retiree health costs

Most future state and municipal retirees will have to pay about $1,000 a year more for health care, part of an effort to save up to $20 billion over the next three decades.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. at a press conference in December.

Middlesex DA Leone won’t seek re-election

Gerry Leone said he won’t seek re-election next year to a third term in the high-profile prosecutor’s job and will not run for another elected office.

Boston Archdiocese details reorganization

The reorganization’s first phase will put 28 parishes into 12 collaboratives. The Salem cluster includes four churches that hold masses in English, Spanish, and Polish.

Colorado movie theater shooting suspect to face trial

A Colorado judge says there’s enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on 166 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder.

US President Barack Obama shook hands with White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew after announcing he is nominating Lew as the next US Treasury Secretary.

Lew, former Tip O’Neill adviser, nominated to head treasury

Jacob Lew, who would replace resigning Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, has served a number of roles in government over his three-decade career.

Teagle F. Bougere in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of “Invisible Man.”

T. Charles Erickson

Friday Preview | Theater Review

A searing ‘Invisible Man’ at the Huntington

The Huntington Theatre Company brings Ralph Ellison’s classic novel to the stage in a play that unfolds like a fever dream on Troy Hourie’s industrial set.

Medford-bred writer-director Tom O’Brien’s film is set in the Massachusetts seaside town.

Friday Preview | Movie Review

‘Fairhaven’: Finding yourself in the shadow of Tom Brady

This locally shot indie’s slender story line features Medford-bred writer-director Tom O’Brien.

From left: Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick play LAPD officers called the Gangster Squad.

Friday Preview | Movie Review

‘Gangster Squad’ is just flash

Echoes of better movies don’t make this one of them.


‘Lincoln’ leads pack with 12 Oscar nominations

Heavy favorites were snubbed, independent visions celebrated, and Oscar history made with today’s nominations.

Sen. John Kerry.

Kerry jokes that his own speeches cure his jet lag

A frequent flier, US Senator and secretary of state nominee John Kerry made the comments in a light-hearted interview in Men’s Journal.

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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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Shaw’s, Star Market 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.


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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.