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Vast new wind farm site proposed off Martha’s Vineyard

Federal officials will conduct an environmental assessment of about 1,300 square miles they said could produce up to 10 times the amount of electricity as Cape Wind.

A pricey, familiar perk for new UMass head

The University of Massachusetts has promised its new leader, Robert Caret, up to a year-long sabbatical at his presidential salary when he eventually steps down.

Jobless rate hits 8.3%, lowest in 3 years

US employers added more than 240,000 jobs in January, beating economists expectations with the biggest gains in nearly a year, and providing more evidence that the recovery may at last be gathering speed. The hiring surge, which was spread across several key industries, helped push the unemployment rate to its lowest level in the nearly three years, the Labor Department reported yesterday. The jobless rate, which has plunged nearly a point since summer, fell to 8.3 percent last month, from 8.5 percent in December

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A super bargain at any price

With most hotel rates jumping Thursday to $500 a night - and that’s a two-star option - and parking near Lucas Oil Stadium reported to top $1,000 a spot on game day, it is possible to do the Super Bowl on a dime, lots of dimes. It just depends on the concessions fans are willing to make to experience live and in person America’s largest sporting event, or at least the parties, concerts, and revelry it spawns.

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Tower would rival Hub’s tallest buildings

The development firm taking control of the former Filene’s property in downtown Boston said it will create a new magnet for shoppers, diners, and residents.