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Harvard Square gets its nightlife groove back

Mike Hastings recently performed in Harvard Square, which is seeing a new infusion of night life.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The perceptions that it was lacking night life options and that it had become dominated by chain stores and banks have been addressed.

A stern warning on global warming

The world’s top climate scientists established a target level at which humanity must stop spewing the gases into the atmosphere or face irreversible climatic changes.

Majority leader Harry Reid urged the House to accept that the health law is here to stay.

Senate lays down gauntlet on shutdown

House Republicans remained divided and defiant after the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to fund the federal government without gutting President Obama’s health care law.

Menino rages as arbitrator grants major raise to police

An arbitrator ruled Friday evening that Boston police patrolmen deserve a 25.4 percent raise over six years.

Richard North Patterson’s appreciation for Martha’s Vineyard and its rhythms is evident in his new book, “Loss of Innocence.”

Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe

Richard North Patterson aims for something else

“Loss of Innocence,” a family drama set on Martha’s Vineyard, is a departure for an author known for page-turners with plots that grapple with topics like presidential politics.