After eight gasp-filled seasons of "Desperate Housewives," the sun finally sets on Wisteria Lane as the comedy/drama/mystery series reaches its two-hour finale Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channel 5. And though we must say our goodbyes to Bree, Lynette, Gaby, and Susan, the trusty TV formula that brought them together isn't going anywhere. "Desperate Housewives" is part of a proud TV lineage of fearsome female foursomes from "The Golden Girls" right up to "Girls." At the heart of the formula's success is a precision-crafted dynamic that keeps the characters hugging, fighting, and talking it out, while viewers toggle their empathies between archetypes that never wear out. Below, a breakdown of TV's finest queen-quads.
Senator recalls an unsettling conversation from the depths of the mortgage crisis.
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Several local contests are giving home brewers the chance to put their batches up for some serious critique.
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This summer, several major breweries are releasing session IPAs marketed as hoppy, flavorful beers you can take to the beach or drink with lunch.
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Boston firefighters would get an 18.8 percent pay raise under a tentative contract deal that city labor officials said includes measures to improve safety and management in the Fire Department.
The six-year pact, which firefighters are expected to vote on next week, would cost the city $92.4 million, according to city officials, and comes seven months after an arbitrator put an end to acrimonious negotiations between the city and officers.
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As he seeks the Democratic nomination for attorney general, Warren Tolman talks about his working-class roots, his two prior runs for statewide office, and his tenure in the Legislature.
What does not come up as often is the work he did for roughly two years promoting technology that would make betting more appealing to young people.
On Monday morning, Tolman was listed as director of business development at Fast Strike Games, which specializes “in the design of interactive games that are fun, easy to play and offer large prizes.” The Quincy firm promotes its games as playable on social media and mobile devices. It hopes to join with state lotteries to run cash-payout fantasy sports games.
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A complicated saga has ensued after N.H. state representative David Campbell ran over a flock of ducks at a Nashua hotel.
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The hospital was hit by a series of attacks apparently in response to its involvement in the Justina Pelletier custody case.
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A look at some of the most promising of this year’s master of fine arts candidates from local programs.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent US measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.
Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City. Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people. Many of the travelers had been to the Philippines, where a recent measles epidemic has caused at least 20,000 illnesses.
The U.S. numbers remain relatively tiny, but officials are worried to see case counts growing.
Since 2000, the highly contagious disease has been considered eliminated in the United States, aside from occasional small outbreaks sparked by overseas travelers. For most of the last decade, the nation was seeing only about 60 cases a year.
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After 12 years of poor leadership, corruption, and violence, Afghanistan is getting a badly needed second chance. Although votes in this month’s presidential election are still being counted, the results are already clear: Afghans resoundingly rejected the corrupt legacy of outgoing president Hamid Karzai.
Despite evidence of rigging and fraud, Karzai’s candidate fared poorly at the polls: Zalmai Rassoul appears to have received just 10 percent of the vote. The front-runner, who will face a run-off if he doesn’t get 50 percent of the vote, is former minister Abdullah Abdullah, a long-time rival of Karzai’s.
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The bankruptcy case involves a Marlborough company that is accused of running a $1 billion Ponzi scheme.
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Robert Walsh directs a fluid, funny production of “As You Like It” in Medford by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.
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Businesses saw coconut water explode into a $150 million a year phenomena. Now they are banking on maple water as the next big thing.
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In another major setback for Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, the government of Israel on Thursday broke off US-brokered talks after Palestinian leaders announced a “unity pact” with one of the leading anti-Israel terrorist groups. The surprise Israeli move was the most ominous sign yet that Kerry’s nine-month attempt at personal diplomacy, which faces a crucial deadline next week, may founder.
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Many cannot imagine Buttonwood Park Zoo without Ruth and Emily, but advocates want the Asian elephants to live out their lives in a sanctuary.
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More than 400 opiate addicts in Boston who receive daily doses of methadone from a city-run clinic on Frontage Road will be steered to a private, for-profit facility by summer.
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The reality show “Shark Tank” held an audition last week in Cambridge. But unlike most reality shows that place a premium on unfettered ego, “Shark Tank” celebrates and rewards business acumen. Entrepreneurs of all stripes try to convince a panel of “Sharks” to invest in their companies, and the show often offers lessons on marketing, distribution, and business valuation.
The Cambridge “Shark Tank” tryout was a reminder that capital for business innovation often occurs far beyond the confines of venture capital and traditional banking. Indeed, the ubiquity of Kickstarter campaign shows how many innovators want — and need — to reach beyond the usual gatekeepers of capital.
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The world premiere of the first of Chantal Bilodeau’s planned eight-play cycle opens at the Central Square Theater.
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Northeastern University is launching a one-year graduate program focused on business innovation that working professionals can take on weekends.
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