State of the Commonwealth

Patrick pushes for income tax hike

Governor Deval Patrick called on legislators to raise the state ­income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent while cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Yvonne Abraham

Pressure on to fix transit

Our transportation system is in such disrepair, with such enormous debt, that we can’t stop it from falling apart without more money.

Tech Lab

New gadgets bring over-the-air TV to mobile devices

Mobile DTV lets viewers receive over-the-air television broadcasts on their mobile devices. It works pretty well, but for now it is much too limited to catch on.

More Boston public school grads finishing college

The college completion rate has climbed for public school graduates, putting them on a par with nationwide averages.

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong case reflects lesson about human behavior

For the millions expected to watch cyclist Lance Armstrong admit he cheated, there is one nagging question: How can someone live with such a lie?

US Attorney Carmen M. ­Ortiz

US attorney defends office’s action in MIT hacker case

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said her office acted appropriately in the case of Aaron Swartz, an open information advocate who committed suicide Friday.

joan vennochi

// Swartz case is sad, but not an overreach

The reason why computer prodigy Aaron Swartz was prosecuted does not seem mysterious.

The numbers for the Patriots secondary show improvement for a unit that had been the Achilles’ heel of the team for going on two seasons before Aqib Talib’s arrival.

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Aqib Talib has had things well-covered for Patriots

The numbers for the Patriots secondary show improvement for a unit that had been the Achilles’ heel of the team for going on two seasons before his arrival.

From left: DJ Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl, and Jim Jefferies in the new FX comedy “Legit.”

Television Review

Jim Jefferies’s ‘Legit’: Boys to men

The new FX comedy is full of material that relies on giddy vulgarity, political incorrectness, and sexual frankness.


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Hornets 90, Celtics 78

Celtics coach Doc Rivers embraced his son, Austin, but said he didn’t enjoy coaching against him.

A relatively painful loss for Celtics, Rivers

While Austin Rivers scored 8 points gainst his father’s team, the most important result for Celtics coach Doc Rivers was a distasteful loss.


political notebook

Senator John Kerry walked with Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Nov. 14, 2012.

Senate panel schedules Kerry’s confirmation hearing

The Jan. 24 hearing will be chaired by Senator Robert Menendez, who is expected to become Foreign Relations chairman upon Senator John Kerry’s prospective appointment.


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The demolition of the Boston Garden in 1998 and the elevated Green Line tracks.

TD Garden owners propose towers with retail, apartments

TD Garden’s owners are resurrecting plans for a development near the arena with a pair of 400-foot towers containing offices, hundreds of residences, a hotel, and stores.


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Jessie Ware performs on stage at The Sinclair  in Cambridge.

Jessie Ware delivers slo-mo soul

The singer’s performance at the Sinclair in Cambridge on Monday, the first stop on her US tour, was a testimony to her slow-motion soul sound.


Bargain Bin

Dishes available at The Society of Arts and Crafts’ pre-inventory sale.

Society of Arts and Crafts marks down some well-curated items

A well-curated yet wide-ranging selection of pieces marked down 15 percent, can be found at the Society of Arts and Crafts pre-inventory sale.