Front page

Menino vows change in school assignment system

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Menino took aim at Boston’s school assignment lottery, pledging to create a plan that will put children in schools closer to home.

Court strikes decision for mentally ill woman’s abortion

The Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a Norfolk probate judge’s decision to order a 32-year-old schizophrenic woman to undergo an abortion and to then be sterilized.

Mitt Romney reveals income tax burden: about 15%

Mitt Romney yesterday said that he has been paying close to 15 percent on his income taxes in recent years, a rate that is lower than many Americans pay and one that fueled further attempts from his Republican rivals to cast the former Massachusetts governor - and wealthiest candidate in the race - as out of touch. With just four days left before the primaries in South Carolina Romney continued to face scrutiny for his wealth, how he earned it, and how he now talks about it. Newt Gingrich called his explanation “nonsensical’’ for not releasing his tax returns until April at the earliest. Rick Perry called on Romney to release all tax returns going back at least six years - not just the most recent year.

Passengers aboard the Costa Concordia, run aground off an Italian island, had yet to learn evacuation procedures.


Cruise fatalities likely to spur new rules

Nautical specialists say more stringent safety rules are almost certain to emerge from the Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy, which was blamed on human error.

Wikipedia, other sites go dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA bills

Two bills aimed at fighting Internet piracy have bipartisan support and strong backing from the entertainment industry, but have sparked an unprecedented backlash from technology companies and free-speech activists who say the measures will allow government censorship of the Internet. Numerous websites, including the English-language version of Wikipedia, the popular culture blog BoingBoing, and the social news site Reddit planned to go dark at midnight last night in the largest protest yet against the legislation: the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, under consideration by the US House of Representatives, and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, a similar bill pending in the US Senate.