The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young programmer and political activist, helped launch several progressive political groups and was a major force behind a national wave of protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, which targeted unauthorized sharing of videos and music.


More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist.

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Finn spoke to reporters after the fatal fire.

Deputy chief had to make fateful decision as fire raged

As fiery embers rained and a fierce wind blew, Deputy Chief Joe Finn had to decide whether to risk the men’s lives to save a fallen colleague.

Rosalind Barnett (left) and Caryl Rivers examined data for three years before writing “The New Soft War.”

Authors work to reveal hidden gender bias

Women are still discriminated against in the workplace, Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett say, but the bias has become harder to detect.

Russell Crowe plays the title character in “Noah.”

critic’s notebook

‘Noah’ part of a flood of Bible-themed films

While many Christians and other believers decry modern pop culture as a swamp of secular sin, movie theaters are telling a different story.

“I don’t want there to be anything I can’t do, that I have to give up,” said Heather Abbott, who plans to watch next month’s Boston Marathon.

Determined to be there, or to be anywhere but

For some, returning to the Marathon is a matter of realizing a personal triumph. For others, the decision is complicated by a multitude of factors.


Dunkin’ Donuts jumps on Asia’s coffee craze

South Korea has transformed itself from a tea-drinking culture, and Dunkin’ is uniquely positioned to benefit from it.

The body of Mya Barry was placed in a plot specially saved for babies at Pine Hill Cemetery in Quincy. She was born in April 2011 with heroin coursing through her veins. Months later, she was given heroin-tainted milk, authorities said.

Cases of newborns with addictions soaring

Little Mya Barry’s untimely death points to weaknesses in a system struggling to deal with a booming addiction to prescription and illegal drugs.

This feral cat went for the food inside the trap and was taken to a veterinary clinic to be spayed or neutered.

Yvonne Abraham

While city sleeps, cat lady makes her rounds

Despised by some and misunderstood by many, Joni Nelson and her comrades are all that stand between a city’s cat colonies and world domination.

MLB preview 2014

// Red Sox ready to turn the page

The Red Sox are putting their trust in Xander Bogaerts, and in a belief that young talent should constantly flow onto their roster.


opinion | Daniel Benjamin

// The EU holds the power to foil Putin’s ambitions — but will it?

The union is Russia’s largest trading partner, representing close to $400 billion. That, in a word, is leverage.

MLB preview

The Red Sox are counting on Xander Bogaerts, shown with Daniel Nava, to be a force for them in the lineup and at shortstop.

Red Sox place trust in their young talent

The Red Sox believe that a constant infusion of youth is what builds lasting success. Fortunately for them, they’re loaded with some of MLB’s most talented young players.

Real estate


Read the Globe’s new real estate section, Address, a new Sunday real estate section, full of advice, profiles, essays, and more.


book review

‘Can’t and Won’t’ by Lydia Davis

“Can’t and Won’t” is the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years.


Boats at Sebago Lake State Park in Maine.

10 great New England state parks

It’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacation, especially if your getaway includes an overnight visit to a state park.