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Timothy Murray broke state law, regulators say

Regulators have asked the attorney general to conduct a criminal probe after concluding the lieutenant governor violated campaign finance laws on political donations.

Russ Caswell who, with his wife, Pat, are the second generation owners of Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, are awaiting the decision of a federal judge, who will determine whether law enforcement agencies can seize the motel from the Caswells, who have never charged with a crime, due to drug activity that has occurred there. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE (Regional, Marcia Dick)

Judge declines to seize Tewksbury motel

A federal judge has rejected law enforcement officials’ attempt to seize a motel due to drug activity that had taken place there.

// At Kerry hearing, focus on Islamic world

At his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, John Kerry talked about the “monumental transformation” in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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Ex-officer reportedly attempted suicide before driving at police

The wife of the Bridgewater man wrestled a shotgun away from him after finding him with it pointed in his mouth, officials said.

From left: Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet.”

Kerry Brown

Friday preview | Movie Review

A noteworthy cast lifts Hoffman’s ‘Quartet’

Directed by a first-timer named Dustin Hoffman, the movie gives its actors and story line space to breathe, make mistakes, and forge connections.

Dec. 28, 1963: E. Virginia Williams, founder of the Boston Ballet School, directed practice at her studio on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. A Ford Foundation grant of $144,000 given to the Boston Ballet School several weeks earlier created Boston’s first and only professional ballet company.

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The Boston Ballet

Dancers took to the stage at the John Hancock Hall on January 25, 1965, to present a program that included Apollo by George Balanchine.

// Sox add Pedro Martinez as special assistant

The Red Sox icon is expected to help GM Ben Cherington improve scouting and the development of pitching.

Coakley, Grossman endorse Markey for Senate

The endorsements solidify establishment support behind Representative Edward Markey as other would-be challengers consider running.


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Paul Pierce and the Celtics went 20-21 in the first half of the NBA schedule.

Disintegrating Celtics must step up now

Even with a 20-21 record, the Celtics can still be a factor in the East, but first they have to decide if they still want to be a good team.


First lady Michelle Obama.

Should you start 2013 with a bang?

Not long after Kate Middleton was caught with side bangs, Michelle Obama debuted bangs of her own, and celebs like Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington continue to rock fringe like champs.