Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

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

// Mass. House votes to abolish term limits for Speaker DeLeo

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


// Robert DeLeo, the indispensable man on Beacon Hill

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.

// N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

// Prosecutors say Hernandez DNA found at scene

A marijuana joint found next to murder victim Odin Lloyd allegedly contained both his DNA and that of Aaron Hernandez.

Friday storm to drop up to 8 inches of snow

Two storms are expected to hit after midnight into Friday and Sunday into Monday.

Blizzard of 2015

Kerry fined for failing to shovel sidewalk outside home

Boston officials slapped John Kerry with a $50 fine for failing to clear a snow-clogged sidewalk at his Beacon Hill mansion.

// For truck after truck, Boston snow farms are the destination

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

Super Bowl XLIX

Ernie Adams (right is the Patriots’ director of football research and close confidant of Bill Belichick.

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The Patriots’ man behind the curtain

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

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 29: Honoree Terry Bradshaw (L) and former NFL player Joe Montana attend the Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)

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Brady had to have ordered deflation of footballs, Joe Montana says

The Hall of Famer added, though, that the rules are too stringent and that Deflategate won’t hurt Brady’s legacy.

Ben Volin

// Indianapolis reporter at center of Deflategate

“Feedback? Hell, it’s been a tsunami of hatred,” said Bob Kravitz, who hasn’t exactly been the most popular man with Patriots fans.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, who was nearly unstoppable against the Colts in the AFC Championship game, looks to continue his success against Seattle’s stout defense. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

LeGarrette Blount, run game a focal point for Patriots’ offense

A common denominator in the Patriots’ playoff losses the past couple of years is the lack of success in the run game.

Amy Poehler receives Hasty Pudding award

The comedian and actress didn’t let a little inclement weather stop her from journeying to Cambridge.

Movie Review

// Butterflies and 50 shades of ‘Burgundy’

“The Duke of Burgundy” offers an erotic nightmare, full of enticement and dread.



// No, 2014 wasn’t the ‘warmest year in history’

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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