Olympic venues proposed for Somerville, Lowell

State Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell has long supported bringing the Olympics to Boston.

Evan McGlinn for The Boston Globe

Organizers have selected the cities as venues for cycling, boxing, and rowing.

Japanese people walked by a screen in Tokyo showing Kenji Goto.

Video is said to show beheading of Japanese journalist

The video was released on militant websites and bore the symbols of previous Islamic State group videos.

Up to 12 inches of snow expected Monday

The snow is forecast for areas south of the Mass Pike and could complicate both commutes Monday.

Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown are seen in a photo from Feb. 12, 2011.

Whitney Houston’s daughter taken to hospital

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub and was taken to an Atlanta-area hospital, authorities said.

scott kirsner

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/31/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/kirsner-1810-3912.jpg Elusive, lucrative ‘unicorns’ are difficult to find

“Unicorn” is the label for those rare, rapidly growing private companies that convince investors that they’re worth $1 billion or more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/aef8fd5c5b264ea8b0684d09adf6991e-aef8fd5c5b264ea8b0684d09adf6991e-0.jpg Scott Brown files for Mass. state pension

Brown has applied for his state pension based on his nearly 17 years of state, county, and municipal service.

Jeb Bush and his grandfather, Prescott Bush, at Jeb’s graduation from Andover in June 1971.

George Bush Presidential Library

Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years

Bush almost ran aground at the Andover prep school, and it would take four years for him to straighten out.

Super Bowl XLIX

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-7002.jpg Belichick, Carroll have more in common than you think

The coaches go about their business differently, but the end result is the same.

01/18/15: Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft is pictured on the sidelines before the game. The New England Patriots hosted the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Patriots-Colts

Jonathan Kraft has been stepping out of his father’s shadow

The president of the Kraft Group is a sharp-edged chief executive whose focus rarely wavers from family, philanthropy, and making it big in business.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy was flanked by Seahawks and Patriots helmets prior to a news conference Friday with coaches Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.

Routines are key the day before the Super Bowl

Players and coaches are entering one of the toughest parts of the week: Finding ways to kill the last hours leading up to Super Bowl kickoff.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-6989.jpg For Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell, air still isn’t clear

The Super Bowl is Sunday, but it’s Game On for the Patriots owner and the commissioner.

Ryan and Beth DeCoste purchased a home in Burlington in part because the town offers a significant number of services while keeping the property tax bills reasonably affordable.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Property tax bills add to cost of living in the suburbs

A strong commercial base can offset a community’s municipal services and reduce property taxes, experts say.

Most countries adhere to a basic set of global rules and norms, participate in international institutions, and are integrated into an interdependent global economy. Pictured: The United Nations General Assembly last year.

opinion | Michael A. Cohen

Are threats to US bigger than ever? No

The reality is that international affairs these days are actually pretty easy.

Chinese filmmaker Hu Wei’s “Butter Lamp.”

Movie review

Oscar-nominated shorts mind the gaps

Live-action and animated shorts that are probably better than most of the features that will win on Oscar night 2015.

Stage review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Photo3.jpg In ‘Motown,’ the hits just keep on coming

As long as “Motown: The Musical,” now in performances at the Opera House, sticks to the music, this show soars.


Bruce A. Percelay

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/oped_percelayCLR2.jpg A practical approach to middle-market housing

If Boston is to provide adequate housing for the backbone of its population, several parties need to make concessions.

The Big Picture

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The road to K-pop stardom

Some Koreans often put up with punishing schedules in the hope of one day making it big in the music industry.

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