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Patrick targets local aid to help cover budget gap

Governor Deval Patrick announced an array of state budget cuts to help cover a $540 million shortfall Tuesday, including a further reduction in the money local communities use to pay teachers and firefighters. Patrick said the midyear budget gap was a direct result of the economic uncertainty caused by failed “fiscal cliff” negotiations, which could trigger federal spending cuts and tax increases at the start of the new year. The cuts in the $32.5 billion budget are expected to have a direct impact on residents.

Casino bidding could expand in Southeastern Mass.

The gambling panel discussed a proposal to accept applications from commercial developers even as the Mashpee Wampanoag continue to pursue a casino.

House Speaker John Boehner is dug in against any increase in rates, reflecting GOP orthodoxy, but said Monday that he would be willing to limit tax deductions to raise revenues.

GOP deduction cap would hit the comfortable

House Republicans’ proposals to cap or even eliminate itemized deductions would exact a bigger toll on high-income earners.

Raynham Park was apparently the latest victim in a rash of recent arson fires south of Boston.

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Mass. in pursuit of an arsonist

A fire at an outbuilding at the Raynham Park racetrack has been deemed suspicious and is now being investigated to see if it should be included among the structures that have been targeted by an arsonist in recent weeks. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said the suspicious fire was at an outbuilding at the sprawling complex, not the grandstand of the racetrack that hosted dog racing until Massachusetts voters approved an ballot question banning greyhound racing.

Lucas Mason-Brown knows the symbols by heart.

Brown students decode Roger Williams’s shorthand

Lucas Mason-Brown, 21, of Belmont, is part of a small team that cracked a shorthand used by the founder of Rhode Island.

The Nation

GOP deduction cap would hit the comfortable

House Speaker John Boehner is dug in against any increase in rates, reflecting GOP orthodoxy, but said Monday that he would be willing to limit tax deductions to raise revenues.

By Christopher Rowland

House Republicans’ proposals to cap or even eliminate itemized deductions would exact a bigger toll on high-income earners.

Treaty for disabled rights falls short

By Bobby Caina Calvan

Senator John Kerry made an impassioned but ultimately futile plea for ratifying the treaty.

Rulings differ on California gay-counseling law

By Lisa Leff

Two federal judges had opposing rulings on whether a law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution.

The World

Pressure on Damascus rises as clashes erupt

Devastation is everywhere in Aleppo, which has been a battleground since the summer.

By Ben Hubbard

Rebels and regime forces clashed in Damascus, raising worries that the capital will become Syria’s next major battleground.

China’s leaders pledge to reduce pomp for officials

China’s leaders pledged Tuesday to reduce ceremony for senior officials, who are long accustomed to lavish trappings and distance from ordinary citizens.

Powerful typhoon kills at least 100 in Philippines

Filipinos navigated flooded roads Tuesday after a typhoon caused damage on the island of Mindanao.

By Jim Gomez

The death toll from Typhoon Bhopa climbed to more than 100 people while scores of others remain missing in the worst-hit areas of the southern Philippines.

Editorial & Opinion

jeff jacoby

Ulysses S. Grant’s greatest regret

By Jeff Jacoby

In one of the great sagas of atonement in American life, Ulysses S. Grant went from being a scourge of the Jews to one of their greatest friends.

scot lehigh

Raise the charter-school cap again

By Scot Lehigh

It doesn’t make sense for urban districts to pay traditional school teachers more for a longer day when charter schools can deliver more learning time for less.

derrick z. jackson

Fracking is the new gold rush

Austin Mitchell and Ryan Lehto worked on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D., in July 2011.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The new, heady pursuit of oil, thanks to the reserves unleashed by fracking, raises the question: What will happen when the rush is gone?

Metro

Patrick targets local aid to help cover budget gap

By Noah Bierman

Governor Patrick announced an array of cuts to help cover a $540 million shortfall.

Mass. in pursuit of an arsonist

Raynham Park was apparently the latest victim in a rash of recent arson fires south of Boston.

By Brian MacQuarrie

State and local fire officials are hoping to put a quick end to the random torching of vacant buildings, homes, and sheds across Southeastern Mass.

Casino bidding could expand in Southeastern Mass.

The Mashpee tribe want to build a casino in Taunton.

By Mark Arsenault

The gambling panel discussed a proposal to accept applications from commercial developers even as the Mashpee Wampanoag continue to pursue a casino.

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Brian McGrory

Bridge is lighting the way forward

By Brian McGrory

Globe Santa

Help sought from Globe Santa after home is lost

By Christopher Tangney

BOSTON

Car crashes into South Boston building

By Sarah N. Mattero

Business

Mass. to study the underground economy

By Casey Ross

The state will launch the first-of-its-kind study with hopes of gauging how much is lost each year in unpaid taxes.

Elizabeth Warren in line for Senate bank role

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has been a staunch critic of big banks.

By Noah Bierman

The senator-elect, one of the fiercest critics of big banks, will probably be named to the Senate Banking Committee when she joins Congress next month.

Partners leading in genetics-based medicine, services

Leandra Mansur inserted reagents into affymetrix chips at the Partners Health Care Center genetic medicine lab in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

Partners HealthCare System, the region’s largest hospital and physicians network, is positioning itself to become a national leader in the emerging field.

Obituaries

Pam Washek, 47; provided meals to other cancer patients

Wayland Angels Jean Seiden (left) and Pam Washek.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Washek founded an organization that became Neighbor Brigade, whose nearly 3,400 volunteers bring meals and provide other assistance to cancer patients.

Chris Stamp, 70; manager helped discover the Who

Chris Stamp and Roger Daltrey at the Kennedy Center Awards in 2008.

By William Yardley

Mr. Stamp, who as an aspiring filmmaker saw an early Who performance and then helped to guide and manage the band, died Nov. 24 in Manhattan.

Sports

Shane Victorino gives Red Sox flexibility

Shane Victorino, who signed for $39 million, gives the Sox a leg up as they reshape their outfield for next season.

By Peter Abraham

The addition of the outfielder, who reached a $39 million deal, may mean the Red Sox are considering trading Jacoby Ellsbury.

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Brandon Lloyd victim of game plan, not bad play

Brandon Lloyd got his hands on only one pass Sunday, but it’s nothing to worry about.

By Greg A. Bedard

The receiver doesn’t appear to have been frozen out, and his one catch against the Dolphins shouldn’t be seen as a sign that he’s not part of Patriots’ plans.

Dan Shaughnessy

Marvin Miller’s legacy includes steroid era

By Dan Shaughnessy

Nobody fought drug testing harder than the late ex-baseball union chief, Dan Shaughnessy says in his picked-up pieces column.

G: Food

The 10 best beer bars in Boston

By Gary Dzen

Known for its traditional Irish pubs, Boston has recently become a haven for beer nerds.

Honorable mention: Bars and restaurants with good beer selections

Bars and some restaurants with good beer selections.

Food Network was this Israeli caterer’s cooking school

Liora Kushner makes skakshuka.

By Debra Samuels

For Liora Kushner, the Food Network was educational television, which eventually led to a catering career.

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Boston-area to do list

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