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Beverly mother gets jail for permitting teenage drinking

Tiffany Clark was sentenced to six months in jail and six months of house arrest.

Mobster’s widow confirms husband gave art to ‘friend’

The widow of a Mafia associate from Maine, whose home the FBI searched three years ago as part of the investigation into the Gardner Museum heist, told authorities that she saw her husband give a painting to the Connecticut man who has become the latest person of interest in the notorious theft, the Globe has confirmed through several sources. The information was the basis for the recent thorough searches of the man’s home, according to his lawyer.

Bedford’s iRobot fears cutbacks as wars near end

The firm is aggressively lobbying lawmakers to forestall cuts in Pentagon spending.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Autistic jazz savant graduates from Berklee

Matt Savage doesn’t like to think of his younger days, when he couldn’t stand the sound of music, even his family singing “Happy Birthday’’ to him. Diagnosed at age 3 with autism, he was hyperactive, engaged in repetitive motions and lasted two days in preschool before being kicked out. Noise of any sort, including music, was anathema. Now, music is his life. On Saturday, his 20th birthday, Savage will graduate from the Berklee College of Music with a 3.99 grade point average.

Food banks confront hunger at community colleges

Bunker Hill Community College opened its first food bank, becoming one of many schools to target campus hunger — an issue that has failed to make its way into a mainstream discussion.