State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Senator Brian A. Joyce gave colleagues gold-plated designer sunglasses, each engraved with the recipient’s name, but bought byJoyce from RandolphEngineering at a sharp discount.

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Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

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After periodic snowfall throughout the day, the storm is expected to intensify this evening.

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A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

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Healey’s swearing-in as attorney general was just the start of a big week for the Next Big Thing in Mass. politics.

Adrian Walker

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Far from being a violation, Nicole Bollerman’s actions exemplified what public service is about.

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The vote extended indefinitely the reign of Robert DeLeo, one of the most powerful politicians on Beacon Hill.

SCOT LEHIGH

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When you find yourself in the position of undoing the very reform you once insisted was vital, you will grasp at any straw you can.

2 men shot, killed in Brockton

The males, in their early 20s, were shot at about 2:40 a.m. Friday, police said.

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In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Super Bowl XLIX

Four-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana blames kickers for the strict rules regarding the pregame handling of footballs.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Montana blames, praises Brady over Deflategate

Joe Montana said he thinks Tom Brady is behind the Patriots playing with underinflated footballs vs. the Colts.

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Is Ernie Adams, a little-known Bill Belichick confidant, the secret to the Patriots’ success?

Ben Volin

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The NFL’s head of officiating said the issue of deflated footballs was brought up in the first half of the AFC Championship.

Blizzard of 2015

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Several “snow farms” are being used to store the tons of snow that have bottled up the city this week.

Cormac and Clara Ryan took an investigative walk with their reporter father to test conditions after the blizzard of 2015 struck, and schools were shut down for a third day.

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Taking measure of walk to school after the blizzard

It seemed only right for a reporter to use his children to test Mayor Walsh’s decision to cancel a third straight day of classes.

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It has the potential to be the next great Boston sports argument, and nine years hardly seems like enough time.

SHIRLEY LEUNG

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Any added expenses to the $8.1 billion organizers say it will cost to bring the Olympics to Boston may obscure its eventual worth.

Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

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How can an entire planet, with its multifarious systems, be said to have a temperature, or even an average temperature?

The Big Picture

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Massive snowstorm hits the Northeast

The storm blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly three-feet high in some places.

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