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State’s gaming table is just about set

In a glitzy ceremony replete with a live ‘80’s hair-band rocker and a dead pop star’s famous leather jacket, Hard Rock International joined the crowded field of applicants competing for the sole casino resort license in Western Massachusetts. The $700 million to $800 million Hard Rock project at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds joins three other casino resort hopefuls in the west, MGM Resorts, Penn National Gaming and Mohegan Sun, and likely rounds out the field before Tuesday’s deadline.

Sanai Saint-Pierre, 6, whispered to her father, Karl Saint-Pierre. According to Sanai, flu shots cause the flu.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Some decide against getting a flu shot

Even with a public health emergency and a threat of infection so severe that hospitals are restricting visitors, many Bostonians think they know better.

 Charles and Janice Underhill at their home in West Bridgewater.

For 47 seasons, Patriots fan has been on the scene

Long before “New England” became a synonym for “perennial football juggernaut,” Charles Underhill of West Bridgewater stayed true to a hapless team that bounced from venue to venue like a barnstorming vaudeville act. Underhill, 73, has been a season ticket holder since 1966. He says he has missed only one regular-season home game in 47 years. And on Sunday, as the Patriots host the Houston Texans for a playoff matchup, Underhill will as always take his seat in time for kickoff.

President Obama and Hamid Karzai

Obama to hasten Afghan transfer

President Obama said US troops would hand over security to Afghan forces sooner than previously announced and he placed new hope in a settlement with the Taliban.

The Nation

Obama to hasten Afghan transfer

President Obama and Hamid Karzai

By Matt Viser and Bryan Bender

President Obama said US troops would hand over security to Afghan forces sooner than previously announced and he placed new hope in a settlement with the Taliban.

Buyers flood US gun shops amid fears of regulations

By Michael Cooper

As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joe Biden will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country.

Colo. suspect’s arraignment delayed


The judge hearing the case against James E. Holmes agreed Friday to postpone his arraignment for two months at the defense’s request.

The World

French forces intervene in Mali

By Adam Nossiter

The international standoff with Islamists controlling northern Mali took a decisive turn Friday, as French forces engaged in an intense battle to beat back an aggressive militant push into the center of the country.

Iraqi terrorists escape from prison

By Sameer N. Yacoub

A dozen prisoners including al-Qaida-linked death row inmates escaped from a prison near Baghdad, the latest sign that Iraq still struggles with basic law and order.

UN agency chief questions Iran deal

By Mari Yamaguchi

The head of the UN nuclear agency said he is uncertain whether Iran will agree to allow another investigation into its suspected secret nuclear arms program.

Editorial & Opinion


Cultural institutions need to pay up

By Lawrence Harmon

Boston’s leading arts and cultural institutions elevate spirits, but they lack appreciation for the high cost of providing police, fire, and road services to their patrons and employees.


Merger of housing agencies will reduce waste, cronyism

Absent compelling arguments that consolidation will reduce the quality of housing stock or displace tenants, the proposal to consolidate housing authorities deserves passage.


Hard facts vs. big truths

By Neal Gabler

Just about everyone accepts that artists can exercise certain liberties when they deal with history. But do they have an obligation to be truthful?


State’s gaming table is just about set

Jim Allen of Hard Rock International, Eugene Cassidy and Donald Chase, of Eastern States Exposition, and Hamish Dodds of Hard Rock at a press conference Friday to announce their casino proposal.

By Mark Arsenault

As the state’s fledgling gambling ­industry approaches its first major milestone Tuesday, it is possible that each casino license will have at least two bidders.

For 47 seasons, Patriots fan has been on the scene

 Charles and Janice Underhill at their home in West Bridgewater.

By David Filipov

Charles Underhill, 73, has been a season ticket holder since 1966 and says he has only missed one regular-season home game.

First baseball card ever to be auctioned

An old photo album found at a Maine yard sale yielded what is believed to be the first baseball card ever printed, and it is expected to fetch six figures at auction.

By Billy Baker

A photo of the 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics amateur club, found at a yard sale in Maine, could net upwards of $100,000 at an auction.

More Stories

2 more flu deaths logged in Boston

By Deborah Kotz and Chelsea Conaboy

Uxbridge crash after chase leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

By Todd Feathers and Derek J. Anderson


Twinkie clones filling a need for sweets fans

Golden Creme Cakes, the Market Basket version of Hostess Twinkies.

By Sarah Shemkus

Market Basket has been filling the Hostess void with private-label versions of iconic snack cakes.

FAA orders Dreamliner review

New plane models typically have glitches, although the 787 may be more prone to issues because it is so technologically advanced.

The Federal Aviation Administration will review the design and manufacture of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner after a series of problems this week.

Starbucks shift supervisors seek pay raise

By Chris Reidy

Shift supervisors at local Starbucks cafes are demanding a pay raise after a recent Massachusetts court decision banned them from sharing in baristas’ tips.


Mary Cronin, 86, traveler was hard to keep up with

Mary Cronin sailed on a Russian icebreaker from Argentina to Antarctica.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Cronin accomplished her goal of setting foot on all seven continents in retirement.

Ada Louise Huxtable, pioneer of architectural criticism

Ms. Huxtable disliked banality and government inep­titude.

By David W. Dunlap

Ms. Huxtable, 91, pioneered modern architectural criticism in the pages of The New York Times.

Jeffrey O’Connell, advocate for no-fault auto insurance

Mr. O’Connell was born in Worcester and attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. O’Connell, 84, was a legal scholar who helped devise the model for no-fault auto insur­ance to protect traffic accident victims, insurance rates, and stifle ambulance-chasing lawyers.


Celtics 103, Rockets 91

Celtics stifle Rockets for fifth straight win

Jeremy Lin of the Rockets can’t turn the corner on the Celtics’ Jared Sullinger.

By Gary Washburn

Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and the Celtics’ starters had enough energy to withstand a furious fourth-quarter run.

Texans at Patriots | Sunday, 4:30

Texans’ hopes largely rest on Arian Foster

Arian Foster rushed for 1,424 yards this season for the Texans.

By John Powers

One of the NFL’s most impressive running backs, Foster is the key cog that Houston must engage if it is to upset the Patriots.

Jackie Bradley could become central figure for Red Sox

Jackie Bradley in 2012 was named the Red Sox’ minor league defensive player of the year.

By Peter Abraham

Minor league standout Jackie Bradley could be the team’s next center fielder if Jacoby Ellsbury hits the free agent market.

G: Family

G Cover

Ten great places to learn to ski

Paul Mason teaching some youngsters at Wachusett Mountain, which takes pride in being classified as a “feeder hill,” a ski area where “first-timers” can hone their skills.

By Eric Wilbur

January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” These 10 New England spots each have their own philosophy and teaching method.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

The infamous molasses flood in Boston was a tragedy like no other. On January 15, 1919, a giant tank in the North End collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The devastation the sticky liquid left was shocking. Twenty-one people were killed and 150 injured in its path of destruction.

Book Review

‘The Big Truck That Went By’ by Jonathan M. Katz

Tent cities have been established in and near Port-au-Prince for those displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

By Dennis Rosen

Part memoir, part reportage, Katz details his experience in Haiti in “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left a Disaster Behind.’’