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The first mainstage concert of the Boston Early Music Festival was also the North American debut of Mozart’s own violin and viola.
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Hundreds of attendees at two large conventions this fall have reported that their credit card information was stolen and used to purchase goods.
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Sortun’s new venture shines in Winter Hill under chef Cassie Piuma’s imaginative direction.
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State senator Katherine Clark defeated three opponents to win the special election to fill Senator Edward Markey’s former seat in the 5th Congressional District.
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In recent years, the City of Boston has taken laudable steps to curb exposure to secondhand smoke, banning smoking in outdoor workplaces and public housing projects. But it’s harder to defend a broad new effort to ban smoking in all city parks. Smokers need to be aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke, and sensitive to people downwind of them. Many already are. Public health campaigns and the old-fashioned evil eye could be useful weapons in the cause. Indeed, in the years since the Stanford study was released — in part, because of successful cessation programs from the city and state — smoking rates in Boston have declined. It’s great to encourage safe behavior. It’s less effective to legislate it.
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WASHINGTON — House and Senate budget negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a budget deal that would raise military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts to other programs over the coming decade and raising fees on airline tickets to pay for airport security.
The deal, while modest in scope, amounts to a cease-fire in the budget wars that have debilitated Washington since 2011 and gives lawmakers breathing room to try to address the drivers of the national debt — growing health care and entitlement programs — and to reshape the tax code. But it quickly drew fire from conservatives who saw it as a retreat from earlier spending cuts and a betrayal by senior Republicans.
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In “The French Market Cookbook,” the recipes achieve a simple elegance that underscores, without overwhelming, the natural perfection of seasonal ingredients.
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After President Obama shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro on Tuesday, the predictable hysteria erupted from conservative critics. But the offending handshake, which came during a memorial service for South African president Nelson Mandela, was merely a gesture of civility. Obama was right to shake Castro’s hand; it’s time to drop the odd expectation that American presidents must be rude to certain foreign leaders in person just to show them who’s who.
Shaking hands doesn’t mean Obama thinks Castro is a good leader, or a nice person. The United States can, and should, continue to criticize the Cuban regime for its human-rights record.
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The recipe is adapted from “The French Market Cookbook.”
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East Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo were brought together to ease tensions over a Revere-only Suffolk Downs casino.
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Elisabeth Luard’s 1980 “European Peasant Cookery” was expanded and reissued last month.
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The demolition work is complete. But there isn’t a soul to be found in the fenced-in block in the center of Quincy where steelworkers, steamfitters, laborers, and other tradesmen should be well along in the construction of the first phase of the $1.6 billion revitalization project in this South Shore city of 91,000. The 2010 agreement between the New York-based developer Street-Works LLC and the local building trades council requires the exclusive use of union construction workers on the first five buildings in the project, including the 15-story apartment building originally slated for this site. Yet it would appear by their absence that those union workers are gainfully employed elsewhere in and around Boston. They certainly aren’t anywhere to be found near this site bound by Hancock and Chestnut streets.
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Watertown native, Marine Corporal Daniel Russo was named the 2013 Food Service Specialist of the Year by the Major General Hill Awards program.
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If there is one thing most people can agree on, it’s that our political process has seized up. This year, the Boston Globe’s Washington reporters have chronicled the many dysfunctions that besets our democracy in a compelling and important series entitled “Broken City: Politics in an Age of Paralysis.”
It’s easy to come to see the sorry state of affairs they’ve documented as the new and irremediable normal. But we shouldn’t. American politics has always been a contact sport, yet during the era when the Soviet Union loomed as serious threat to the West, our political system performed well enough to lead the free world in meeting the challenges of that era. Now, with that threat removed and nothing nearly as dire replacing it, governance has deteriorated into a period of regular brinkmanship, showdown, cliffs, and crises.
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