Amid auto boom, Boch cashes out while Chambers expands

Ernie Boch Jr. (left) has sold five dealerships, but Herb Chambers (right) is looking to expand, not cash out.

Two of Boston’s famous auto dealers, Ernie Boch Jr. and Herb Chambers, are taking different paths in the flourishing market.

Shirley Leung

// Wegmans takes aim at low-price king Market Basket

The chain, which is expanding in the state, has a cult-like following that comes from its appeal to value shoppers and foodies.


// Lou Merloni is deserving of Red Sox radio job

Lou Merloni has been a superb utility player on the broadcasts. It’s time to make him the regular.

// Sun worshipers on a French beach symbolize secular dilemmas

The jarring juxtapositions — skimpy next to the furthest from — casts into high relief France in 2015.

Opinion | mike ross

// Let the bubbly flow on Boston Common

It’s time for the city’s central play space to catch up with the times.

The courtyard outside the Charles Hotel, where many a deal has been made (Kayak) and passed over.

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Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

A courtyard view of Boston’s tech economy

The courtyard behind the Charles Hotel holds a mirror to what we’re good at, and how we could get even better.

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// Who will give us the next National Lampoon?

Hopefully there’s a new National Lampoon or Spy lurking around the corner in a form as yet unknown.


// Netflix hikes price by $1 for new customers

The new price of $10 per month for the company’s most popular plan marks the second time in 17 months it has boosted its US rates by $1.


// Memo to Baker: This popularity can’t last forever

History shows that even initially popular governors sometimes fall hard and fast.

// Nanny in alleged $285,000 theft had history of larceny

The alleged victim is a Bain executive who learned too late that the woman had a long and public history of passing bad checks.

//[1]-1559--90x90.jpg US ending $500 million program to train Syrian rebels

The beleaguered Pentagon program failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State.

Firefighters were on the scene at Franklin Elementary School in Newton on Friday.

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Newton school closed after carbon monoxide incident

Two people in the boiler room were overcome by carbon monoxide and had to be rushed to a Boston hospital.

1 killed, 3 injured in Northern Arizona University shooting

An early morning fight between two groups of students escalated into gunfire in a parking lot outside a dormitory.

// In Mass., 22 companies received permits to fly drones

Companies are taking advantage of the technology during rescue missions, scientific research, or even real estate sales.

//[1]-4672.jpg Report lays out Boston’s transit wish list

A city report articulates transportation goals of thousands of Bostonians.

Left to right, Wided Bouchamaoui,  Houcine Abassi, Abdessattar ben Moussa, and Mohamed Fadhel Mahmoud in 2013.

2015 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Tunisian democracy group

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the prize for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement.

// McCarthy ends speaker bid, leaving a political void

Kevin McCarthy had been opposed by the GOP’s right flank in his bid to succeed John Boehner, who is resigning this month.

// Lawsuit accuses Uber of neglecting passenger safety

Two women, including one in Boston, are suing Uber after they were allegedly assaulted by drivers in separate incidents.

Opinion & Ideas

the word | Q&A

// Thirty million little words for a lifetime of difference

A Chicago-based initiative aims to use science to improve the early language environment on the developing brain.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// N.H. millennials and politics: It’s complicated

There are two key concepts to understand when it comes to the millennial vote in New Hampshire.

The Big Picture

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Historic flooding in South Carolina

Residents face uncertainty as they cope with major flooding after record-settings rains.


// LogMeIn to pay up to $125m for password manager LastPass

Users save passwords in a cloud-based storage system and access them with a single master password.


John L. Allen Jr.

//[1]-973--90x90.jpg Not winning Nobel won’t affect Francis as ‘Peace Pope’

If there’s anyone on the planet who really doesn’t need help attracting interest, it’s probably Pope Francis.