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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/452900818[1]--90x90.jpg Red Sox still mulling Jon Lester trade options

Sources said the Red Sox are not necessarily committed to trading Lester, but enough teams are interested that a deal seems likely.

Spring rebound after harsh winter for Mass., US economies

Labor markets this spring gained strength both locally and nationally, a new report found.

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.

A couple looked in the window of a  Market Basket store in Tewksbury on Wednesday morning.

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Market Basket board faces range of options

A look at the full range of possibilities facing the nine Demoulas family shareholders, who will decide the chain’s fate in coming days.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/market150-7988.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_lucia1_g.jpg When family food businesses work

In the best-case scenario, a well-run family business fosters loyalty, longevity, and a built-in support system.

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.

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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.