Transportation report outlines possible tax hikes

A 30-cent hike per gallon in the gasoline tax and a sales tax of 7.75 percent are among the ideas in a report aimed at alleviating the Transportation Department’s financial challenges.

Aaron Swartz was to go on trial in April.

MIT will investigate its role in Aaron Swartz case

MIT will launch a “thorough analysis” of the school’s involvement in the federal hacking case against Swartz, who committed suicide Friday.

// Mohegan Sun to submit Mass. casino bid

The Conn. casino’s owners will seek to build a resort in Palmer.

// Boston’s lower-income areas bear brunt of flu

The illness appears to be exacting an especially heavy toll in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Wes Welker, who finished with eight catches for 131 yards, hauls in a 47-yarder from Tom Brady in the second quarter.

Christopher L. Gasper

Real playoffs start next week for Patriots

The win over the Texans was basically an open-book test for the Patriots, who will need to be far better to beat the Ravens.

Shane Vereen hauled in a 33-yard pass and beat Barrett Ruud into the end zone for the Patriots’ final touchdown.

Patriots 41, Texans 28 | Dan Shaughnessy

A laugher from start to finish

The Patriots can’t be judged fairly based on their performance vs. the awful Texans, but we’ll learn a lot more about them next week vs. the Ravens.

Shane Vereen outruns Houston’s Barrett Ruud and heads for the pylon, all while avoiding the sideline, in making a game-clinching 33-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Shane Vereen steps up for the Patriots

Vereen, thrust into a larger role because of an injury to back Danny Woodhead, scored three touchdowns.

Ben Affleck took the best director trophy at last night’s Golden Globe Awards for “Argo.”

Golden Globe Awards

‘Argo’ wins big at the Golden Globes

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” took best drama and best director.