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Mass. casino law filled with tight deadlines

The gambling commission’s leader says several unrealistic deadlines could force regulators to solicit bids for casinos before they have the expertise to judge the projects or get public input.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to commit at least 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product to defense spending.

Mitt Romney’s defense budget target is lofty

Romney has vowed to commit at least 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product to defense spending, but analysts say his goals will be hard to attain.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/03/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tierney-1442.jpg GOP sees Tierney as wounded, beatable

Dogged by his wife’s legal troubles, Representative John Tierney is facing perhaps the most competitive House election this year, observers say.

Tens of thousands of revelers descended on the streets of South Boston on Sunday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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Saint Patrick’s Day parade brings peaceful party

Green was on every street corner in South Boston Sunday, as thousands flocked to the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The sidewalks were full of revelers well before the festivities were set to start at 1 p.m. And with sunny skies and temperatures nosing toward 70, spirits were high. Mike Place, who drove overnight from a similar celebration in Virginia so he could sell green T-shirts, plastic vuvuzela horns, and reams of plastic beads. “I absolutely love it,” said Place, 34, his eyes hidden behind a pair of shining shamrock-shaped sunglasses.

Debo Band branches out from Boston roots

At the South by Southwest Music Festival, Debo Band laid the foundation for what could be a banner year that primes the group for a national stage.