As Obama, Senate collide, courts caught short

The partisan deadlock in Washington hits much more than budgets. More than ever, judicial picks are ideological cannon fodder.

// Decades after the Gardner heist, police focus on guard

For the first time, former museum night watchman Richard Abath discussed publicly what happened.

Contractor Padraig O’Beirne (right) did renovations on a home in Lunenburg.

As housing, job markets improve, homeowners spend on remodeling

Area contractors and others tied to the home construction industry are seeing business surge as homeowners start remodeling again.

Harvard secretly searched deans’ e-mail

Administrators secretly searched accounts of 16 resident deans last fall, looking for a leak to the media about the school’s cheating case.

Cardinals focused on prayer last week at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Italy, where some of them spoke about women gaining leadership.

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Pondering a pope and the gender divide

Some cardinals, including Boston’s Sean P. O’Malley, have expressed a desire to open new leadership opportunities for women.

Todd Ruggere shared a round with Maxwell House the mule in Mendon. (The mule had iced tea.)

Man having a beer in every Mass. town to benefit cancer research

Todd Ruggere of Grafton hopes to visit all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts to nail down donations for Dana-Farber.

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Sweet revenge for Tuukka Rask

The goalie for one of the worst flops in Boston sports history shut out the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday.

‘Roger Rabbit’ a precursor to animation revolution

When it was released, in 1988, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” seemed like a glorious one-off. What’s now evident is that Robert Zemeckis’s film was less one-off than way station.


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Bruins 3, Flyers 0

A huddle of happy Bruins means it must be a goal — and it is, a first-period strike by Tyler Seguin (center) that started a three-goal flurry.

Bruins blank Flyers behind total team effort

Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots, and Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored as the Bruins beat the lifeless Flyers, 3-0.


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Stephen and Sharon Bresnahan watched as crews tore down their home, which fell from its foundations early Saturday morning.

Plum Island residents assess storm’s devastation

A severe winter storm that battered the Massachusetts shore Friday and dumped 2 feet of snow on some inland communities hit Plum Island especially hard.

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From left:  Kathy Griffin, Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy, Russell Brand, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, and Chelsea Handler.

Cable talk hosts loosen up

The nighttime talk-show alternatives have been building across the past decade, away from the crushing Nielsen pressures that can turn a comic into a neurotic megalomaniac.