State’s gaming table is just about set

The $700 million to $800 million project at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds joins three ­other hopefuls in the west before Tuesday’s deadline.

Sanai Saint-Pierre, 6, whispered to her father, Karl Saint-Pierre. According to Sanai, flu shots cause the flu.

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Some decide against getting a flu shot

With the flu raging all around, a public health emergency declared, and the threat of infection so severe that hospitals are restricting visitors, many Bostonians think they know better.

Workers prepared to remove an angel from St. Joseph Church in Salem as demolition began Friday.

Loss of Salem church brings pain, hope

Workers began razing St. Joseph Church on Lafayette Street in the Point neighborhood of Salem this week after years of legal wrangling.

For 47 seasons, Patriots fan has been on the scene

Charles Underhill, 73, has been a season ticket holder since 1966. He says he has missed only one regular-season home game.


Patriots fan has seen it all

Patriots' fan Charles Underhill reminisces about some of the games he has seen as a season ticket holder.

An old photo album found at a Maine yard sale yielded what is believed to be the first baseball card ever printed, and it is expected to fetch six figures at auction.

First baseball card could hit a home run

An old photo album found at a Maine yard sale yielded what is believed to be the first baseball card ever printed, and it is expected to fetch six figures at auction.


Cultural institutions need to pay up

Boston’s leading arts and cultural institutions elevate spirits, but they lack appreciation for the high cost of providing police, fire, and road services to their patrons and employees

Golden Creme Cakes, the Market Basket version of Hostess Twinkies.

Twinkie clones filling a need for sweets fans

Market Basket and shoppers have been filling the Hostess void with private-label versions of the defunct baker’s most iconic snack cakes.


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Jeremy Lin of the Rockets can’t turn the corner on the Celtics’ Jared Sullinger.

Celtics stifle Rockets for fifth straight win

Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and the Celtics’ starters had enough energy to withstand a furious fourth-quarter run.


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Parents and students gathered outside Taft Union High School in California after the student shooting Thursday.

Popular teacher lauded for calming shooter

The 16-year-old boy’s conversation with teacher Ryan Heber was enough of a distraction to give 28 students time to escape their classroom at Taft High School.


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Jay Rockefeller’s popularity has been threatened in West Virginia.

Senator Jay Rockefeller to retire after 5 terms

Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia from one of the world’s richest families to work on antipoverty programs, will not seek a sixth term.


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Paul Mason teaching some youngsters at Wachusett Mountain, which takes pride in being classified as a “feeder hill,” a ski area where “first-timers” can hone their skills.

Ten great places to learn to ski

January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” These 10 New England spots each have their own philosophy and teaching method.