Ortiz under fire for Swartz case

The death of the young activist Aaron Swartz has sparked anguished criticism of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the laws at the center of case against him.

Aaron Swartz recently spoke out against antipiracy legislation that many supporters thought would censor the Internet.


Kevin Cullen

On humanity, a big failure in prosecution of Swartz

If it was beyond scandalous that Swartz was facing prison time for downloading a bunch of academic treatises, it is beyond tragic that he is now dead.

Critic’s Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/159438408--90x90.jpg Foster speaks out, on her terms

Jodie Foster’s remarks at the Golden Globes were an example of how she plays by her rules, not the media’s.

Christopher L. Gasper

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-3276.jpg Rob Gronkowski’s loss leaves giant hole

It’s misguided that some people seem to be dismissing how much of an effect Gronkowski’s injury will have on the Patriots.

Maureen Feeney first became city clerk in late 2011, after resigning from the City Council to take the post. Her reelection last week extends her tenure to at least 2016.

City clerk’s early reelection was surprise

Maureen Feeney was reelected without public notice or discussion to the job, which includes a six-figure salary and lucrative wedding fees.

Police find success, frustration in targeting texters

The law banning texting while driving is proving to be difficult to enforce.

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Deadline is today for Mass. casino applications

Casino developers have until 5 p.m. to submit applications and a $400,000 non-refundable fee to the state gambling commission.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston chief Eric Rosengren.

Boston Fed chief predicts improved economy in 2013

Eric Rosengren predicts that with continued support from the Fed, the nation’s current 7.8 percent unemployment rate could decline to 6.5 percent.


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The expedition team of service members, explorers, and scientists from the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. transported equipment over a crevasse near Koge Bay in Greenland.

For Coast Guard crew, closure

Seven decades after a Coast Guard crew crashed on a fatal rescue mission, an expedition discovered debris from their lost plane near Greenland.