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Agency pursues private partners to help pay the bills

The Mass. transportation agency is considering a program that could put large projects in the hands of private companies that are willing to pay for them.

Immigrants provide net surplus in Medicare money, study says

Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a study by Harvard researchers.

Chafee’s party switch reflects broader regional trends

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision to join the Democratic Party makes him the third New England statewide officeholder since 2001 to switch his affiliation.

Students chatted after participating in a group photo with their clown noses.

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Lexington tries to tackle high school student stress

Lexington High School’s first stress reduction day featured teachers wearing red clown noses, music in the halls, and students blowing bubbles in the quad.

John Lackey allowed three solo home runs in six innings, and the Phillies added another in the eighth inning against Koji Uehara.

Phillies 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox rally falls short in Philadelphia

Red Sox pitchers allowed four solo home runs by the Phillies, and a Boston rally in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon fell one run short.

Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner (center), and Ted Knight in the hit 1970s  sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

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A groundbreaking TV series with a woman’s touch

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s history of “Mary Tyler Moore” is warm and funny and rife with juicy details about the show’s production.

// On Facebook, glimpses of Boston as the city was

Fans of the Dirty Old Boston page upload images of a pre-gentrified Boston when urban flight depleted neighborhoods, the elevated Orange Line darkened city streets, and the seedy Combat Zone thrived.

Neon colored picture frames and candleholders from Z Gallerie.

Neon hues give spring decor punch

Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.


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Disk surgery could mean that Rob Gronkowski lands on the physically unable to perform list at the start of the season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery

The Patriots tight end almost surely will miss the start of training camp, and even his status for the season opener is unclear.


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Adam Parker Smith’s “Untitled (Kanye Shutter Shades).”

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

Adam Parker Smith, who made his own pieces for his exhibit at LaMontagne Gallery, dallies with a cultural commerce so fluid it can’t be bound.