Front page

Patrick pushes for tax hikes to overhaul transit system

Governor Patrick is seeking ­Beacon Hill approval for $1.02 billion a year in new or higher taxes and fees to revamp the transit system.

Police find success, frustration in targeting texters

The 2010 Mass. law banning drivers from sending text messages is proving to be difficult to enforce.

Paws of New England volunteer Amy Cardello with Linda Copson’s dog Lightning.

Lost pet? Technology comes to the rescue

Pet owners are increasingly turning to GPS devices, infrared cameras, and social media to keep track of, or find, their house pets.

Aaron Swartz, who faced indictment on hacking charges, sought to break barriers to free-flowing information.

Noah Berger /REUTERS/2008 file

Aaron Swartz’s short life was absorbed in a cyber world

Swartz evolved from computer prodigy to cyber activist gradually, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and an omnipresent cause.

Hacker’s suicide triggers scrutiny of prosecutor, law

The computer crimes allegedly committed by 26-year-old hacker Aaron Swartz became the focus of intense debate by legal experts and Internet activists Monday, three days after Swartz committed suicide while facing federal prosecution and possible jail time for downloading massive numbers of scholarly articles. The death of the respected young activist, widely described as a computer prodigy, abruptly ended the case brought against him by the US attorney in Massachusetts, while sparking anguished criticism of the prosecution and the 25-year-old law at its center.

The Nation

Obama says he won’t negotiate on debt ceiling

“The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip,” President Obama said.

By Jackie Calmes

President Obama warned Republicans against refusing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, calling such talk “absurd.”

Conservatives try to cut Sandy aid

Conservatives complained that much of the money in the hurricane relief bill will go toward recovery efforts for past disasters and unrelated projects.

Illinois man, sons die while hiking

In Air Force veteran known as an experienced hiker died along with two of his young sons after apparently getting lost on a desolate Missouri trail.

The World

Mali Islamists gain ground despite strikes

By Steven Erlanger and Alan Cowell

Despite intensive airstrikes by French warplanes, Islamist fighters overran a strategic village and military post in central Mali on Monday.

Chinese media cover nation’s foul air

Extensive coverage indicated popular anger over air quality had reached a level where propaganda officials felt they had to allow officially sanctioned press to address it.

Court won’t delay Berlusconi’s trial

A court rejected a bid by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi to halt his sex-for-hire trial for Italy’s election campaign, which makes a verdict likely before the February vote.

Editorial & Opinion

paul mcmorrow

Hip at the Square

The Friendly Toast at 1 Kendall Square on a summer day.

By Paul McMorrow

Kendall Square, with its local, independent businesses, has seen success that is a lesson in community-building.

cathy young

Dark side of zealotry for noble cause

By Cathy Young

The reported sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Ohio has spawned a public shaming that has turned into a lynch-mob mentality against the students who allegedly committed the assault.

JOANNA WEISS

I want to thank everybody I’ve ever met

By Joanna Weiss

I won! I won! And here I am, up here, looking down at all of you, and I’m so nervous! It’s terrifying to be adored during award season! I just don’t know what to say!

Metro

Patrick pushes for tax hikes to overhaul transit system

Governor Deval Patrick

By Eric Moskowitz and Michael Levenson

Governor Patrick is seeking ­Beacon Hill approval for $1.02 billion a year in new or higher taxes and fees to revamp the transit system.

Aaron Swartz’s short life was absorbed in a cyber world

Aaron Swartz, who faced indictment on hacking charges, sought to break barriers to free-flowing information.

By Akilah Johnson

Swartz evolved from computer prodigy to cyber activist gradually, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and an omnipresent cause.

Police find success, frustration in targeting texters

By Martine Powers

The 2010 Mass. law banning drivers from sending text messages is proving to be difficult to enforce.

More Stories

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine

Small quake is recorded in ocean

By Todd Feathers

HOPKINTON

Supreme Court won’t hear Entwistle appeal

By Martin Finucane

MANCHESTER, N.H.

N.H. man gets 60 years for shooting police officer

By Holly Ramer

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine

Small earthquake recorded in ocean off coast

By Todd Feathers

Boston officer accused of rape

By Travis Andersen

Harvard slaying lawsuit rejected

By John R. Ellement

Lynn soldier dies in Kentucky

By Travis Andersen

Business

Lost pet? Technology comes to the rescue

Paws of New England volunteer Amy Cardello with Linda Copson’s dog Lightning.

By Michael B. Farrell

Pet owners are increasingly turning to GPS devices, infrared cameras, and social media to keep track of, or find, their house pets.

Boston firms boost efforts to fight flu outbreak

By Katie Johnston

Local employers are on high alert against the flu, offering clinics, advice, and disinfected common areas.

Harpoon renovation warms welcome for visitors

The Harpoon Brewery has undergone a renovation to better accommodate visitors. Employees (above) took a break in the new beer hall.

By Gary Dzen

The craft brewer’s $3.5 million renovation to its brewery on the South Boston Waterfront includes a European-style beer hall.

Obituaries

Alexander Leaf, 92; physician linked lifestyle, longevity

Dr. Alexander Leaf was chief of medicine at Mass. General for 15 years.

By Bryan Marquard

Late in his 80s, long after most contemporaries had set aside scientific inquiry, Dr. Leaf kept stopping by the laboratory.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Rob Gronkowski’s loss leaves giant hole

Rob Gronkowski’s season ended when the big tight end broke his forearm on this play.

By Christopher L. Gasper

It’s misguided that some people seem to be dismissing how much of an effect Gronkowski’s injury will have on the Patriots.

Celtics 100, Bobcats 89

Celtics finish the job vs. Bobcats

Rajon Rondo capped his triple-double by hitting a shot late in the game, and as he headed back upcourt, he slapped hands with fans.

By Gary Washburn

Rajon Rondo led the way with a triple-double as the Celtics, despite blowing an 18-point lead, won their 6th straight.

Lance Armstrong said to acknowledge using PEDs

Lance Armstrong had promised to be honest and candid in interview.

By Jim Vertuno and Jim Litke

The disgraced cyclist confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped Monday.

G: Living

G Cover

Former Patriots player is there for cancer patients

Andruzzi with 6 year-old Ethan Bairos in 2011. Andruzzi started visiting cancer patients as a Patriots player and stuck around after the cameras stopped rolling. .

By James H. Burnett III

Joe Andruzzi and his wife, Jen, have helped families of cancer patients pay their day-to-day bills since 2008.

Critic’s Notebook

Jodie Foster speaks out

Jodie Foster delivered a long and rambling speech after she was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

By Ty Burr

Foster’s remarks Sunday at the Golden Globes were an example of how this noted actress and director plays by her rules, not the media’s.

Stage Review

A family’s history, mirroring a nation’s

From left: Christopher M. Smith, Karen MacDonald, Munson Hicks, and Anne Gottlieb in “Other Desert Cities.’’

By Don Aucoin

“Other Desert Cities,’’ a first-rate SpeakEasy Stage Company production, deals with the clash of agendas that comes when a private story goes public.

More Stories

ALBUM REVIEW | hip-hop

Production lifts A$AP Rocky’s ‘Long. Live. A$AP’

By Ken Capobianco

Album review | POP

Christopher Owens, ‘Lysandre’

By James Reed

ALBUM REVIEW | ROCK

Yo La Tengo, ‘Fade’

By Marc Hirsh

ALBUM REVIEW | FOLK ROCK

Erin McKeown, ‘Manifestra’

By Scott McLennan

Book Review

‘Outside Shot ’ by Keith O’Brien

By Bill Littlefield

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Movie stars

Movie capsules

Music Review

Exuberant Beethoven from Jumppanen and Cerovsek

By Matthew Guerrieri

Names

Aly Raisman’s victory tour continues

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Counterclaim in Wahlburgers legal spat

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

The Sinclair celebrates opening in Harvard Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Ann Romney declines ‘Dancing’ invitation

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Cakes by Erin is a winner on Food Network

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Here’s to the Boston Wine Festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Patriots honor Newtown Police before game

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Architect Elizabeth Diller draws a crowd

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein