Cowan’s path to Senate began in small-town N.C.

Mo Cowan, Governor Deval Patrick’s pick for interim senator, said his upbringing in a largely segregated tobacco town was essential to his rise.

news analysis

Patrick confident in choosing confidant Cowan

Selecting William “Mo” Cowan as a temporary replacement for John F. Kerry is the latest in a growing list of insider appointments made by Governor Deval Patrick.

A BU student was stabbed and robbed at the intersection of Browne and Pleasant streets Tuesday.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Spate of armed robberies leaves many at BU on edge

Boston University and local police departments will step up patrols following the latest and most violent attack near the campus.

BlackBerry’s Z10 is expected help reverse a slide in sales.

ANDY RAIN/European Pressphoto Agency

Tech Lab

Long-spurned BlackBerry poised to win affection anew

Using an overhauled operating system, the smart and snappy Z10 touchscreen phone ought to put BlackBerry back at the leading edge of the industry.

Tech sector spurs Mass. growth as US economy contracts

The contrast offered further evidence the state is rebounding from the recession at a more robust pace than the nation as a whole, largely on the strength of its technology industries.

Yvonne Abraham

Digging up support for an official Mass. groundhog

Do you know that Massachusetts has been without an official groundhog for centuries? Outrageous!

Catholic event cancels talk by Islam critic

The Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation to Robert Spencer, whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at a conference in March.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a three-sport star in high school and he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Dan Shaughnessy

49ers’ mysterious Kaepernick is hardly an open book

Colin Kaepernick is the rarest of rare — a Super Bowl quarterback who is a big mystery to most of America.

Globe Insiders

From the Archives

//[2].jpg The (Mystic) Tobin Bridge

The Mystic Bridge opened for traffic on Feb. 26, 1950, and was renamed in honor of former Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor Maurice J. Tobin in 1967.


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Television Review

Steven Pasquale stars as a doctor with an alternate personality in “Do No Harm.”

NBC’s ‘Do No Harm’: a Jekyll-and-Hyde operation

“Do No Harm” isn’t a psychological exploration so much as a medical drama with a gimmick, but it’s pretty darned silly.