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Cost soars in Mass. drug lab scandal

The state’s public defender agency estimates that defending the thousands affected by suspect evidence could cost $332 million.

Road ahead may get rocky for Governor Patrick

With the glitz of the campaign in his rearview mirror, Governor Deval Patrick has returned to Massachusetts and is forced to give his full attention to the less glamorous world of the State House, where he faces a host of potentially explosive issues that will sorely challenge his ability to shape his legacy during the last two years of his governorship. With scandals engulfing two state agencies, shuffling of key staff, and severe fiscal problems, Patrick will have to draw on his best leadership skills.

Amid wrangling on Hill, Kerry keeps visibility low

Over the past three weeks, global hots pots have flared. But during that period, one voice has been notably quiet. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has not appeared on a Sunday talk show, and appears to be deliberately keeping a low profile. Senator John Kerry, in one of the most politically sensitive moments of his career, is under consideration to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a decision that could be announced soon. But he is in competition with United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who has played a highly visible role and has been under fire for comments she made.

Ravi Patel sold a Powerball ticket at Lanzilli’s Groceria in East Boston. Powerball sales surged at the shop.

Powerball fever hits peak with $500m jackpot

The jackpot for the Powerball game jumped from $425 million to $500 million today, pushed up by strong ticket sales, as people flocked to buy tickets in Massachusetts and across the nation.

An electronic billboard off Interstate 93 in Medford was part of a state pilot program and posed no safety hazard.

Mass. gives the go-ahead for electronic billboards

The new state-approved regulations authorizing the billboards follow a pilot program that showed that the digital signs created no safety hazards.

The Nation

Amid wrangling on Hill, Kerry keeps visibility low

In 2004, John Kerry, as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, bestowed upon Barack Obama an honor that would catapult his career — delivering a keynote address at the party’s convention.

By Matt Viser

Senator Kerry has kept a low profile recently that contrasts with his previously outspoken tendencies.

GOP senators offer immigration compromise

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Jon Kyl of Arizona (right), and John McCain proposed the measure.

By Rosalind S. Helderman

Three Republican senators offered an alternative to the Dream Act, proposing to give permanent residency, but not citizenship, to young adults brought into the country illegally.

Illinois man gets life for slaying his family

By Don Babwin

A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for killing his wife and three school-age children as they sat buckled into the family’s SUV.

The World

200,000 protest Mohammed Morsi in Egypt

An anti-Morsi protester ran to throw back a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police in Cairo on Tuesday.

By Maggie Michael and Sarah el Deeb

Protesters packed Egypt’s Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to the Islamist president.

Insurgent attacks kill 30, wound dozens in Iraq

By Sameer N. Yacoub

Insurgents launched attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday.

Shakespeare’s Globe building new indoor theater

By Jill Lawless

Shakespeare’s Globe, the open-air London playhouse that helped win modern audiences over to all-weather outdoor theatergoing, is embracing the great indoors.

Editorial & Opinion

scot lehigh

End of the Menino era?

Mayor Tom Menino is in his fifth term after being elected in 1993.

By Scot Lehigh

If Mayor Menino opts to call next year his last, he goes out unbeaten, with a valedictory period in which his time at City Hall will be celebrated.

opinion | Anna Ross

Putting a face on Boston school reassignment proposals

By Anna Ross

The concept of community seems entirely absent from the proposals under consideration.

jeff jacoby

A free market will help fix health care

By Jeff Jacoby

What Medicare needs is not more top-down control, but the flexibility and competition of a consumer-driven free market.


Cost soars in Mass. drug lab scandal

Annie Dookhan, the state chemist at the center of the scandal.

By John R. Ellement

The state’s public defender agency estimates that defending the thousands affected by suspect evidence could cost $332 million.

Road ahead may get rocky for Governor Patrick

A chief problem for Deval Patrick is the state budget gap.

By Frank Phillips

Deval Patrick faces issues that will challenge his ability to shape his legacy during the last two years of his governorship.

Powerball fever hits peak with $500m jackpot

Ravi Patel sold a Powerball ticket at Lanzilli’s Groceria in East Boston. Powerball sales surged at the shop.

By Katheleen Conti

In anticipation of Wednesday night’s jackpot drawing, scores of Mass. residents are expected to purchase last-minute tickets to get in on the action.


Mass. home sales up 22% in first 10 months

By Jenifer B. McKim

The 4,000 single-family homes sold last month pushed the number of statewide sales for the first 10 months of 2012 above the total for all of last year.

Harvard Pilgrim seeks to expand into Connecticut

By Robert Weisman

Moving closer to building a New England franchise, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is seeking to enter the Connecticut market.

Suffolk University shifts core of campus downtown

Suffolk University will build an eight-story complex on Somerset Street and create a public park.

By Casey Ross

The school, long a controversial neighbor on Beacon Hill, will shift its campus closer to Boston’s downtown and build a $62 million classroom complex.


Marvin Miller, transformative baseball union chief, dies at 95

Marvin Miller, shown in 1981, was a transformative figure in baseball history.

By Mark Feeney

Mr. Miller helped create free agency for baseball players and changed professional sports with multimillion dollar contracts. He was 95.

Earl ‘Speedo’ Carroll, sang with Cadillacs, Coasters

Mr. Carroll was asked by students to identify himself in a photo of the Cadillacs found in a book in 1998.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Carroll, the lead singer of the 1950s doo-wop group the Cadillacs, who later was a New York City school custodian, died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 75.


Running back duo boosting Patriots’ offense

Shane Vereen, left, and Stevan Ridley have injected a new threat into the Patriots offense.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen give the Patriots two contrasting styles, and give a new threat to what was already a dominant offense.

On baseball

Marvin Miller deserved to be in Hall long ago

Marvin Miller announced an end to a players’ strike in 1972 with (from left) Gary Peters of the Red Sox, Wes Parker of the Dodgers, Joe Torre of the Cardinals, and lawyer Dick Moss.

By Nick Cafardo

Miller transformed not only baseball but other sports forever, but there are no clear answers to why he isn’t in Cooperstown already.

Dan Shaughnessy

Kevin McHale dealing with saddest loss of all

Kevin McHale and his wife, Lynn, lost their daughter, Alexandra, to a battle with lupus.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Celtics legend and his wife, Lynn, have become devastated new members of the saddest club in the world; they are parents who have lost a child.

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Patriots’ next opponent

Dolphins have big weakness against Patriots

By Greg A. Bedard

Celtics notebook

Doc Rivers says Nets’ move a win for NBA

By Michael Vega

division 1 | St. John’s Prep 21, Andover 0

Johnathan Thomas carries St. John’s Prep

By Anthony Gulizia

division 1 | Brockton 33, Weymouth 7

Ground game helps Brockton get to Super Bowl

By Eric Russo

division 1a | everett 42, Masconomet 14

Everett, Kenny Calaj roll over Masconomet

By Jason Mastrodonato

Division 1a | Barnstable 28, L-S 7

Barnstable able to finish the job

By Mike Scandura

division 2 | Reading 42, Tewksbury 6

Drew Belcher orchestrates stellar Reading effort

By Mike Grossi

Division 2 | Mansfield 23 Duxbury 19

Mansfield stuns Duxbury, ends winning streak

By Zac Vierra

division 2a | Natick 38, Plymouth South 33

Troy Flutie’s five touchdowns get Natick the win

By Andy Deossa

division 3 | Wayland 36, westwood 14

Robert Williams runs wild for Wayland

By Seth Lakso

DIVISION 3 | Sharon 7, Pembroke 6

Sharon holds on for win over Pembroke

By Coryn Doncaster

Division 3A | Lynnfield 35, Amesbury 14

Kyle McGah provides the punch for Lynnfield

By Patrick McHugh

Division 3a | Bishop Feehan 49, Dighton-Rehoboth 7

Matt Allen leads Feehan to rout of D-R

By Tim Healey

Division 4 | St. Mary’s 36, Shawsheen 8

St. Mary’s rides big plays to a rout of Shawsheen

By Craig Forde

division 4 | abington 29, Millis-Hopedale 12

Matt Kilmain powers Abington into Super Bowl

By Juan Rivera

division 4a | cathedral 30, North Shore 14

Kejonte Hickman gives Cathedral fast pass to Gillette

By Lorenzo Recupero

Division 4A | Madison Park 18, Bristol-Plymouth 6

Madison Park knocks off Bristol-Plymouth

By Justin Rice

Vermont 85, Harvard 78

Harvard off the mark in loss to Vermont

By Julian Benbow

division 2a | Beverly 34, Burlington 21

Beverly’s Brendan Flaherty sparks trip to Super Bowl

By Phil Perry

G: Food

The unstyled look of hipster food magazines

An image from Kinfolk, a food quarterly headquartered in Portland, Ore., which focuses on homey and outdoorsy dining and living.

By Jonathan Levitt

The latest trendy food and lifestyle magazines are driven by a desire to exist outside the mainstream food world and all that goes with it.

Cheap Eats

Outside of Union Square, potatoes every which way

Shurrasco (a shredded beef mixture) quesadilla.

By Sheryl Julian

PotatoFreak is tucked away in Cobble Hill Plaza, a small strip mall a few miles and light years from Union Square. But they can really turn out a spud.

More Stories

By the glass

5 wine bottles to give as gifts

By Ellen Bhang

Cookbook Review

Whole foods startle with new tastes and imagination

By T. Susan Chang

Television Review

‘The Hour’: Worth the time

By Matthew Gilbert


What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘Brothers’ by George Howe Colt

By Kate Tuttle


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column


NBC’s ‘The Gilded Age’ gets the go-ahead

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celtics Dancers warm up for 2013

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Lenny Clarke is a big loser — and that’s great

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Pop star Nicki Minaj calls out Steven Tyler

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Friends gather for Young/Smith TD Garden show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Local actors at New York City film awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Local couples inspire New Center play

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein