Lack of oversight leads to ‘zombie boards,’ report says

Mass. is failing to properly staff and track hundreds of state boards and committees, a Senate panel concluded.

At one point during the struggle, Boston firefighters were ordered out of all three buildings amid fears that roof or a chimney could collapse onto them.

Fire rips through three buildings in East Boston

No major injuries were reported and the six-alarm blaze was brought under control in about 90 minutes.

Kerry Rivers and Meghan Sullivan looked for two dogs on Donna’s Way on Plum Island before the confrontation.

Brawl long over, bruises remain on Plum Island

In the wake of a wild overnight fight on this quiet island, two very different stories — and a thousand rumors — have emerged.

How much longer will Jon Lester be Boston’s ace?

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Will Red Sox fans be patient if Jon Lester departs?

The Red Sox want you to stick with them as they refuse to compete in the marketplace for their best pitcher.

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Market Basket loyalists face mixed bag at competitors

The Market Basket regulars were not hard to spot among the hordes crowding the aisles at neighboring supermarkets.

Boston, Ma., 07/16/14, The Frattaroli family has multi generations in their Restaurant, Lucia. Left to right, Donato, Filippo, Donato, Gianni, Arturo, Philip. For story about children staying or leaving the family businesses. Section: G Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff (The Boston Globe.

When family food businesses work

These local success stories are on the flip side of the Market Basket feud.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bill150-13380.jpg Bill Belichick says Patriots in grind mode now

Fundamentals and team chemistry are the focus of Week 2 of the Patriots training camp.

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Hunting for extraterrestrial life at Harvard

With a 72-inch optical telescope, Harvard scientists are searching for signals from advanced and distant civilizations.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/mitt-on-medium-8039--90x90.jpg Mitt Romney joins Medium

The former Mass. governor joined the blogging network to share pictures and reflections from a recent family vacation.