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Catfish: How Manti Te’o’s imaginary romance got its name

Diane O’ Meara (left), whose image was used for the fictional Lennay Kekua, and alleged hoax victim Manti Te’o (right).

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Why we turn to stories to label strange human deceptions.

Joshua Green

GOP should embrace deficit reduction

In order to chart a path back from oblivion, Republicans need to offer something to voters beyond contempt for Obama. They should choose deficit reduction as that goal.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryanr.jpg Stan Musial’s death ends era of MLB’s Mount Rushmore

With the passing of “Stan the Man,” baseball’s luminaries from the World War II era - including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Bob Feller - have all moved on.

Tom Stemberg

Staples co-founder blasts Harvard over cheating scandal

Harvard alumnus Thomas G. Stemberg called the university’s handling of the scandal “Orwellian” in a letter to the school's president.

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and the Rangers’ Mike Rupp went at it in the NHL season opener at TD Garden.

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Globe photos of the week

Fisticuffs between the Bruins and Rangers, ice-cold temperatures in Boston, and more of the week’s best images.

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Ethen Harrison, 23, was arraigned in New Bedford District Court on several charges related to the death of 9-month-old Ariel Eluziario.

Man attacked baby in fit of rage, prosecutors say

When the 9-month-old girl he was caring for became fussy, Ethen Harrison allegedly attacked the defenseless baby, who later died.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray spoke to medai at a Worcester event on Friday.

Murray says he’ll cooperate, return improper donations

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said “I will take responsibility for whatever mistakes that may have been made” related to campaign funding.

Romney goes to Washington

Only four days after President Obama was sworn into a second term, the man who tried to unseat him was in town to attend a luncheon.

The S&P 500 rose 8.14 points to 1,502.96. It was the eighth straight gain, the longest winning streak since November 2004.

S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007.


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Stephen Lynch

Lynch uncertain about Senate run

Rep. Stephen Lynch says he hasn’t made up his mind about running in the special Senate election, just a day after his camp signaled he would announce his candidacy next week.

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“This is really an uphill road,” saidSenator Dianne Feinstein.

Assault weapons ban filed in Congress

Senator Dianne Feinstein announced legislation that would ban the sale and manufacture of 157 types of semiautomatic weapons.