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Monster snowstorm ravages New England

Water closed in on Andrea Giacomozti and her daughter Gavin of Turner Road in Scituate as one of the most powerful storms in state history unleashed a torrent of winter misery.

People across Massachusetts and New England on Sunday assessed the storm’s impact, waited for power, and navigated a snow-shrouded landscape.

Foxwoods joins chase for casino license in Mass.

Foxwoods Resort Casino, a dominant name in the New England gambling market, is joining the Massachusetts casino sweepstakes as a partner in a Milford casino proposal, and promising a “full court press” for the sole casino resort license in Greater Boston. The addition of Foxwoods, the prototype for the rural northeast gambling resort, is likely to bring new attention to the debate between urban and suburban casinos in the Bay State.

Debris is piled up in a home that was hit by a wave and flooded in Salisbury on Saturday.

Ocean roared into homes, flooded streets

Along the coast, residents faced a powerful ocean. “The force of this water was scary,” one person said.

A 1955 Miami Beach Police mug shot of Bulger (left), and his booking photo in 2011.

A window into Whitey’s brutal life and mind

A new biography, written by the Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, looks at James “Whitey” Bulger and notes that he offered himself for execution in exchange for the release of his girlfriend.

The Nation

Economy is next up for President Obama

By Michael D. Shear and Jackie Calmes

President Obama will use his State of the Union address to unveil initiatives in education, infrastructure, clean energy, and manufacturing.

Chicago remembers teen cut down by gun violence

Mourners waited in line for the funeral service of Chicago’s 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.

By Sara Burnett

Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries packed the funeral service for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence.

Gabrielle Giffords fights for gun control

Gabrielle Giffords is the face and emotional dynamism behind a new advocacy group and a separate political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, dedicated to reducing gun violence.

By Jennifer Steinhauer

The former representative from Arizona, an incipient gun-control advocate, is settling into the third act of her public life.

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The World

Tunisian leader to quit if Cabinet plan rejected

Protesters rallied in Tunis on Saturday, a day after the funeral for an opposition leader.

By Greg Keller and Bouazza Ben Bouazza

Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister said he will resign if his proposal to appoint a nonpolitical Cabinet is rejected.

Rape of teen stirs outcry in South Africa

By Michelle Faul

South Africans are becoming galvanized by the gang-rape of a teenager in a small town who was mutilated and left to die.

India hangs man for ’01 attack in Parliament

Smoke from firecrackers rose as a group of Indians celebrated the hanging of Afzal Guru, whose portrait was shown, in Ahmadabad, India. Guru was convicted in 2002 in the deaths of 14 people.

By Muneeza Naqvi

A Kashmiri man convicted in a 2001 attack on India’s Parliament that left 14 people dead was hanged after a final mercy plea was rejected.

Editorial & Opinion


Not so fast, Democrats; Steve Lynch has appeal

Steve Lynch arrives in Worcester Jan. 31 to kick off his bid for the US Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.

By Tom Keane

Chances are Ed Markey gets the US Senate job, but don’t count out Lynch — he’s faced odds like these before, and beat them.


Selling the Red Sox

 Boston fans wear paper bags on their heads during a game against Toronto at Fenway Park Sept. 9. The Blue Jays won 4-3 to sweep the three-game series.

By Joan Vennochi

After a spate of bad publicity and worse results, management tries to appeal to its frustrated — and embarrassed — fan base.


Boston’s commuters could learn a lesson from Tokyo’s

The MBTA’s new subway ads feature badly behaving animals.

By Jeff Jacoby

Courtesy is contagious, even without cutesy posters. Alas, discourtesy is too, even with them.

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Facebook’s reckoning moment

By Joanna Weiss


Please stow unneeded rules


Foot-dragging politicians are thwarting people’s will


Medical? Not without being held to stricter standards


Opportunities for citizens to learn more, speak out


Think of it as a useful product, with need for a few precautions


Profits should not be put above patients’ well-being


Leaving patients in a hallway is not an innovation


City invites residents to take survey

By John Laidler


Monster snowstorm ravages New England

Water closed in on Andrea Giacomozti and her daughter Gavin of Turner Road in Scituate as one of the most powerful storms in state history unleashed a torrent of winter misery.

By Brian MacQuarrie

People across Massachusetts and New England on Sunday assessed the storm’s impact, waited for power, and navigated a snow-shrouded landscape.

Yvonne Abraham

A playful solution

By Yvonne Abraham

There have been dramatic results in schools that have Playworks coaches organizing recess games. Students leave the playground focused and ready to learn.

Ocean roared into homes, flooded streets

Debris is piled up in a home that was hit by a wave and flooded in Salisbury on Saturday.

By Kay Lazar

Along the coast, residents faced a powerful ocean. “The force of this water was scary,” one person said.

Money & Careers

With tax rules set, the time to plan is now

A woman picked up tax forms at the JFK Federal Building in 2004. There are now lots of ways for taxpayers to get tripped up as they navigate the new income thresholds.

By Lynn Asinof

After a long, frustrating period of tax uncertainty, people can now make tax planning decisions with a much greater degree of confidence.

Delayed forms give new excuse to procrastinators

By Jay Fitzgerald

There are now some ready-made excuses not to file your 2012 income taxes as soon as possible.

Looking for maximum refund? Planners offer advice

By Sarah Shemkus

Local financial planners and tax preparers say there are still steps you can take to cut your taxes and increase your refund.


Red Sox aim to make this a season of change

As the Red Sox gather, much of the focus will be on John Farrell.

By Peter Abraham

Heading into spring training, the Red Sox are a team in transition, and expectations have not been this modest in years.

Christopher L. Gasper

It’s time for NHL to end fighting

Shawn Thornton fought the Rangers’ Mike Rupp earlier this season.

By Christopher L. Gasper

It won’t be popular, but ending fighting in the game is a small price to pay to protect the brains of NHL players.

David Krejci off to great start for Bruins

David Krejci (right) and Tyler Seguin performed well as linemates Wednesday in Montreal.

By Fluto Shinzawa

For nine games, the Bruins center has played with the kind of consistency that puts smiles on coaches’ faces.

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Sunday Baseball Notes

David Prouty steps up for MLB Players Association

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Hockey Notes

Tim Thomas’s legacy: One of Bruins’ best

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sunday Football Notes

An offseason to-do list for the Patriots

By Greg A. Bedard

Sunday Basketball Notes

At 40, Grant Hill is old man of NBA mountain

By Gary Washburn

On Second Thought

Tweets from around the sports world

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Sox Notebook

Saltalamacchia the starting catcher for Red Sox

By Peter Abraham

On basketball

Nice move by Avery Bradley showed his maturity

By Gary Washburn

Bruins notebook

Bruins game postponed because of storm

By Fluto Shinzawa

UMass 80, Saint Joseph’s 62

UMass slams Saint Joseph’s in men’s basketball

By Jeff Wagenheim


The Internationalist  

Egypt’s free-speech backlash

A street poster from Cairo that reads, “My God, my freedom, O my country.”

By Thanassis Cambanis

What can you say in an Islamist democracy? A new conflict that could reverberate across the Muslim world.

The secret writing of American slaves

Detail of a letter written by Maria Perkins to her husband while she was a slave.

By Craig Fehrman

Through rare diaries and letters, a portrait emerges of ordinary life in captivity.


The joy (and irritation) of blank art

By Eugenia Williamson

Silent music? Wordless poems? Why the art of nothingness drives us nuts.

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The Word

When physicists do linguistics

By Ben Zimmer


For Ivy Leaguers, only A+ sex will do

By Kevin Hartnett

Uncommon Knowledge

Hello, I’m Superman

By Kevin Lewis


book review

‘Data, A Love Story’ and ‘Love in the Time of Algorithms’

Heart-shaped pink mouse, close up

By Julia M. Klein

Dan Slater and Amy Webb’s new books take readers behind the scenes of Internet matchmaking.

Humorist with a serious history habit

Dave Barry

By Amy Sutherland

Humorist Dave Barry has long mined the weirdness of his adopted state, Florida. He does so again with “Insane City,” his new darkly comic novel. He’ll appear at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of New Hampshire Public Radio’s Writers on a New England Stage series.

book review

‘The Love Song of Jonny Valentine’ by Teddy Wayne

By Eugenia Williamson

The plot of Wayne’s new novel might bear striking and uncomfortable parallels to “The Dirt,” the autobiography of teenage wastrels Mötley Crüe, but it works.


Alma Driscoll, at 102; taught generations in Weymouth

A stained-glass window holds a prominent place in the Middle School library and media cener named in her honor.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Driscoll was a middle school English teacher for more than four decades and a legend in Weymouth for much longer.

James DePreist, guest conductor for New York Philharmonic, S.F. Symphony, BSO

James DePreist refused to let disability derail his career; he achieved world renown leading acclaimed orchestras.

By Allan Kozinn

Mr. DePreist, 76, refused to let disability derail his career; he achieved world renown leading acclaimed orchestras.

James Muri; B-26 pilot saved crew in Battle of Midway

Mr. Muri’s return to his base on Midway Island was dogged by Zero fighter planes.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Muri, 94, piloted an unwieldy B-26 twin-engine bomber through heavy antiaircraft fire, maneuvered it close to a Japanese aircraft carrier, dropped a torpedo, and pulled away.

Arts & Movies

At the Grammys, it’s the moments that matter

Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich (left) and host LL Cool J recently in Pasadena, Calif.

By Sarah Rodman

If the producers and artists have done their jobs right, viewers will be able to recall certain performances from the the 55th Grammy Awards long after they forgot who won.

Critic’s notebook

Album of the year candidates are all worthy — finally

From left: Grammy nominees Kelly Clarkson, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Nate Ruess of Fun., Taylor Swift, and Dan Auerbach

By James Reed

When the final award of the evening is presented at the Grammys, one thing is certain: Whoever wins for album of the year was at least worthy of the honor.

Who will (and who should) win at music’s biggest night

Carly Rae Jepsen and her hit “Call Me, Maybe” are nominated for song of the year. Frank Ocean is up for a multitude of honors including record and album of the year.

By James Reed and Sarah Rodman

Globe critics James Reed and Sarah Rodman make their picks for the winners of the 55th Grammy Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.


Family’s Western Caribbean cruise holds many surprises

The author’s daughter, Grace Wright, 3, at her own afternoon tea on the Crown Princess.

By Kari Bodnarchuk

A seven-day cruise that took a family with two small children from Galveston, Texas, to Honduras, Belize, and Mexico was unexpectedly kid-friendly.

Yachting in Turkey and Greece, James Bond-style

The 170-foot-long Regina idles in St. George’s Bay on the island of Symi, Greece.

By Marc Mewshaw

Trysts with movie stars may not be in the cards, but anyone hankering to step into the Gucci shoes of the world’s most iconic secret agent can charter Regina — for $15,000 a day.


Newport, R.I., vs. Kennebunkport, Maine

The Francis Malbone House in Newport, R.I., combines history, comfort, and location.

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Kennebunkport and Newport have a kind of spare beauty that shines brightly in the winter light, and boast romantic, warm retreats fit for a valentine.


Globe Magazine

Change on the Mystic

Famous residents of the facing ville include White House staffer Alonzo Fields and muscician Terri Lyne Carrington.

By Scott Helman

For decades, African-Americans forged their own middle-class neighborhood called The Ville, creating an enclave of self-sufficiency and high ambition. Now its survival is being put to the test.

13 Valentine’s Day gifts for $99 or less

By Marni Elyse Katz

13 tokens of affection to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face.

You can’t stop Brian Scalabrine

“The white mamba” as Scalabrine dubbed himself in a play on Kobe’s nickname, “just chills. Watches and chills.”

By Noah Davis

Think there’s not life after the NBA? Think again. The ongoing adventures of Brian Scalabrine, the game’s most beloved bench warmer.

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The boys are back

By Scott Helman

Style Watch

A home redesign plays up four-season views

By Jaci Conry

Miss Conduct

A way to estate planning

By Robin Abrahams


Recipes for cheesecake bars

By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Mini cheesecakes from 7ate9 Bakery


Being my own valentine

By Robine Andrau

Tales From the City

Time for a new paperboy

For the Guys

Men’s fashion’s new rules

By Christopher Muther

Globe North

Newbury conservationists mourn loss of Bushee Estate

Adele Pollis (top) and others (above, left) gather to mourn the loss of Newbury’s Bushee estate (above right).

By Taryn Plumb

Late last month, most of the former Bushee property in Newbury, including its stately 1812 main house and a large barn, was bulldozed by its current owner.

Reading will allow local appeal to demolition delay

Erin Calvo-Bacci holds a letter declaring her Reading property (at right) historic. The town will soon allow appeals of such designations.

By Brenda J. Buote

Reading will likely become the first municipality in the state to give owners the right to appeal Historical Commission decisions to a local body.

Greenbelt keeps adding to its earthy girth

Jim MacDougall at a Topsfield farm subject to a conservation deal.

By David Rattigan

In its 52d year, the Essex County Greenbelt and trust has kept a strong and steady pace to bring its total of land purchased or otherwise preserved to more than 15,000 acres.

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High School Basketball

Haitian-born Jean-Gilles leads Melrose High basketball team

By Pat Bradley


Town will restore Grand View Farm property

By John Laidler


Town house development to be discussed

By Jarret Bencks


Trust fund bids due Friday

By Kathy McCabe


Appeals board meets Wednesday

By Kathy McCabe


Library offers free chair yoga

By Brenda J. Buote


Zoo welcomes five Mexican gray wolves

By Brenda J. Buote


Town manager proposes increased spending

By John Laidler


Planning Board seeks replacement

By John Laidler


Board seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year

By Brenda J. Buote


Town manager recommends increased budget

By Brenda J. Buote


Lahey acquires Essex VitreoRetinal Services

By Steve Rosenberg


Fund-raiser to benefit Woodcrest fire survivors

By Brenda J. Buote


Selectmen will review draft of warrant

By David Rattigan


Selectman will not run for second term

By David Rattigan


Kids Week 2013 scheduled for Feb. 18-23

By Karen Sackowitz


Town selling home on Green Street

By Steve Rosenberg


Library hosts author presentation

By David Cogger


Town seeks recycling coordinator

By Taryn Plumb


Eight employees move up ranks at bank

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Committee seeks preservation projects

By Brenda J. Buote


Council to hear housing plan proposal

By John Laidler

Merrimack, N.H.

School board approves increased budget

By Tom Long

Portsmouth, N.H.

Ice skating rink may debut next year

By Tom Long


Volunteer action group takes initiative

By Brenda J. Buote

High School Basketball

At Northeastern, goals come as Pickett charges

By Jason Mastrodonato

Globe South

Westborough teen is raising eyebrows in racing world

Kaz Grala in his racing uniform.

By Paul Lazdowski

Kaz Grala, a naturally gifted 14-year-old driver with an engaging personality, has steadily ascended the ranks of racing’s minor leagues.

A new metamorphosis for Walpole’s historic town hall?

Mike Amaral stops by a plaque honoring Civil War veterans in Old Town Hall, which is listed as a national historical landmark.

By Johanna Seltz

It’s been the Town Hall, a courthouse, movie theater, and gym — and it’s currently the Walpole police station..

Over the years, Old Town Hall in Walpole has played many roles

By Johanna Seltz

Some known and less-known facts about the Old Town Hall on Main Street.

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Book Buzz

Choices for your sweetheart

By Nancy Harris


Mattapoisett youth honored for courage

By Paul E. Kandarian

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

By Compiled Anne M. Steele

High School basketball

Ames duo wants big finish

By Tim Healey


New Conservation Commission members

By Jim Morrison


Braintree mayor’s salary to rise 19 percent

By Jessica Bartlett


Solar power possibilities

By Johanna Seltz


Hall’s Corner requests liquor license

By Sarah Coffey


Boards aim to reconcile at joint meeting

By Jennette Barnes


Races for selectmen’s seats

By Robert Knox


Funding sought for Igo Park renovation

By Jennette Barnes


Students to use new writing software

By Dave Eisenstadter


New proposal for Simon Hall Village

By Meg Murphy


Special Town Meeting on Tuesday

By John Laidler


Boucher sentenced to life in prison

By Emily Sweeney


Quincy College receives biotech grant

By Jessica Bartlett


Free tax preparation

By Jim Morrison


Rockland named a “Green Community”

By Emily Files


Skate ramp to see possible renovation

By Jessica Bartlett


Heater eyed as fire’s cause

By Johanna Seltz


Butler School parking lot may expand

By Johanna Seltz


Summer Institute seeks program ideas

By Christine Legere


Medical marijuana moratorium

By Johanna Seltz


Habitat house nearing approval

By Paul E. Kandarian


Old Rochester vocational school lands grant

By Paul E. Kandarian


Concert to honor 19th century alum

By Christine Legere


Affordable apartments up for grabs

By Christine Legere


Community information hotline

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Interested in new school

By Robert Knox


Two teachers leave $575,000 for scholarships

By Dave Eisenstadter


Affordable-housing fair

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Free tax help for seniors

By Christine Legere


Towns hatching cable-access plans

By Meg Murphy


Selectmen OK $76m budget

By Rich Fahey


Boys’ volleyball saves its season

By Emily Sweeney


Auditions for ‘Oliver!’

By Jennette Barnes


New library trustee

By John Laidler


Software manufacturer to invest in return for tax break

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Selectmen grant four-way stop

By Jennette Barnes


University Station plans on hold

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Officer stops two burglars

By Jim Morrison


Selectmen concerned over flight path

By Dave Eisenstadter

Globe West

Bedford launches gun buyback program

‘Unwanted firearms are a hazard in any home. They can be stolen. They can be used in an accident or a suicide.’ -  ROBERT BONGIORNO, Bedford police chief

By Nancy Shohet West

A suburb with fewer than 14,000 residents, Bedford is not a typical setting for a gun buyback program.

Kaz Grala: A fast start

By Paul Lazdowski

Westborough teen Kaz Grala is quickly turning heads on the junior auto racing circuit. The 14-year-old eighth grader at Worcester Academy won 25.8 percent of the races he entered in 2012 and was a top-three finisher in 51 percent of his starts.

Lincoln considering limits on leaf blowers

A landscaper blew away debris with leaf blower last July.

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Lincoln is among a growing number of communities where residents have raised concerns about the proliferation of leaf blowers.

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Concord chorus offers singing valentines

By Cindy Cantrell

High School Basketball

Newton North girls’ basketball team burning up the floor

By Phil Perry


Governor takes in town’s vision

By Jaclyn Reiss


State to discuss plans for Route 2 bridges

By Brock Parker


A historical look at stashing treasures

By Matt Gunderson


Feds request another Mass. Ave. hearing

By Brock Parker


Can Your Fines event for Food Pantry

By Jennifer Roach


Democrats hosting legislative round table

By Brock Parker


Selectmen begin budget reviews

By Nancy Shohet West


Library hosting Oscars party Tuesday

By Brock Parker


Discovery Museums drew record crowds

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


New status as age-friendly community

By Brock Parker


Old Tahanto in line to be demolished

By Matt Gunderson


Forum to feature candidates Tuesday

By Brock Parker


‘Cascade’ author at library Wednesday

By Jennifer Roach


Symphony to perform world premiere

By Brock Parker


Registration deadline is March 1

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Take time to say ‘Howdy, neighbor’

By Jaclyn Reiss


Fund offers grants to aid seniors

By Jaclyn Reiss


Hearing on new smoking limits

By Jennifer Roach


Committee backs $800,000 in projects

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Forum to cover preschool options

By Nancy Shohet West


Information night for kindergarten parents

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Vacation week offers arts, sports programs

By Lauren MacCarthy


Rabies clinic for pet owners March 9

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Learn more about tax credit for seniors

By Nancy Shohet West


Deadline to submit warrant articles

By Calvin Hennick


New member of Council on Aging board

By Davis Bushnell


Candidates forum set for March 3

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Book group for children, parents

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Luca to chair Devens board

By Davis Bushnell


Skating rink open at Ward Park

By Calvin Hennick


Fair offers summer camp opportunities

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Police establish anonymous tip line

By Rachel Lebeaux


Purchase recycling permits by phone

By Rachel Lebeaux


Library offers ‘earth detective’ session

By Lauren MacCarthy


Registration dates for kindergarten

By Rachel Lebeaux


Gala to benefit service organization

By Jaclyn Reiss


Fund-raiser for Plainville Athletic League

By Rachel Lebeaux