With only two days before the 2012 presidential election, the two candidates – President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Republican – are battling for every vote in what most polls indicate is an extremely close race. The economy is the top issue for many Americans. Here’s where candidates stand on major economic issues. -- Jay Fitzgerald, Globe Correspondent
Bean with greens, then tossed in a lemony salad
Sunday Supper begins with dried beans, which are soaked, cooked, and simmered with greens, then tossed in a salad with veggies.
Pleasant surprises, a variety of styles at Saturday’s Boston Calling
My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Ben Harper, and Run the Jewels were among the highlights at Boston Calling on Saturday.
‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack tops the sales chart
The Barden Bellas have another triumph to sing about: the soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect 2” has topped the Billboard sales chart.
Boy's lacrosse notes: Sophomores powering undefeated Reading
The Rockets will look to cap a perfect regular season this week vs. Wilmington.
The big picture
Photographs by Reuters show cities shrouded in weather that make them appear to be living in the clouds.
Album review: Alesso, ‘FOREVER’
The best parts of Swedish producer Alesso’s debut LP hint at his knack for crafting mood music; too bad the rest feels incomplete without streamers, lasers, and crowds.
With Wynn casino license award, gaming commission actions deserve scrutiny
Did the gaming commission violate state law in granting a casino license to Steve Wynn?
Car insurance rates on the rise in Mass.
The rise comes as insurers recover losses from a harsh winter and an improving economy encourages more driving — and accidents.
Investors sought for a new Cape Cod bridge
Transportation officials are moving ahead with a way to ease the pain of Cape Cod traffic: a new, privately-funded bridge.
Online vendetta leads to $4.8m jury award for lawmaker
A series of horrors was inflicted upon the family of James Lyons in 2008, two years before he was elected to the state House.
Families with a transgender child learn and change
No one can truly understand the journey unless they’ve gone through it — or supported a loved one during the process.
Slow-moving sales for UMass Amherst specialty plates
Since the plates debuted in 2013 to raise money for the alumni association, only 1,554 have been sold.
Trade is about consumers buying things they desire
With or without the US, the volume of global trade will continue to increase as it has for hundreds of years.
Boy, 7, shot as he rode bicycle in Dorchester
Police at the scene said that a bullet also grazed the head of a 20-year-old man.
Arbitration clauses for credit cards cost consumers
If businesses don’t have to worry about consumers suing them, a key deterrent against corporate misconduct is removed.
MIT sets up bitcoin research, development
MIT hopes to help the sprawling bitcoin project shed its chaotic past and emerge as a more versatile platform.
Remembering loved ones lost
For some families Memorial Day is a day of traditions. For others, it’s an improvisation of what feels right.
Include Mass. gateway cities in Olympics events, benefits
Boston 2024 should consider innovative ways to spread the wealth of the Summer Games across the state.
Actors bonded in Durango desert in ‘Texas Rising’
A star-studded cast of actors play famous historical figures in the 10-hour miniseries about the Alamo and its aftermath.
Petition seeks ouster of new superintendent’s assistant
Some parents criticized Makeeba McCreary’s work for a nonprofit that supports the expansion of charter schools.