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.

In the past several months alone, the court has weakened antipollution regulations, and sided with tobacco companies. The court is slated to rule on challenges to regulations written to comply with the Dodd-Frank financial regulations law, which was Congress’s chief response to the Wall Street meltdown.

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.

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

As housing, job markets improve, homeowners spend on remodeling

Business is surging for area contractors and others tied to the construction industry.

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.

Now 46 and living in Vermont, Richard Abath was a struggling musician moonlighting as a guard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum when it was robbed in 1990.

Decades after the Gardner heist, police focus on guard

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

From left, George Wong, Yalonda Howze, Andrew Ference, Kara Hayward, Maggie DeSantis Ahearn and Dani McDonald.

Special section

The 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2013

Artists, entrepreneurs, an activist, and an actress all made the Globe’s eighth annual list of tastemakers.

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.

Baseball’s enhanced drug testing both for HGH and testosterone may be changing the way owners view long-term commitments. The 2013 poster child for this is Toronto left fielder Melky Cabrera.

Sunday baseball notes

Will advanced testing change baseball?

Baseball’s enhanced drug testing both for HGH and testosterone may be changing the way owners view long-term commitments.


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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.


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An hour from midtown Manhattan there’s a royal, rural feel to the Delamar Southport, three connected buildings with restaurant and bar.

Delamar Southport in Southport, Conn.

The Delamar Southport, a 44-room boutique hotel, straddles the boundary between New York chic and country elegant, embodying both with aplomb.


Book review

Sandra Day O’Connor,

‘Out of Order’ by Sandra Day O’Connor

At 82, retired justice O’Connor has published a short volume with 12 chapters, each dealing with some aspect of the court’s history or practice.