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Deval Patrick's predatory in-law busted

Bernard Sigh — whose 1993 rape conviction was a flashpoint during the first campaign of his brother-in-law, Gov. Deval Patrick — is again facing charges, including a count of assault with intent to rape, authorities said yesterday.

Deep-red Alabama flips to Doug Jones

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With the entire nation watching, Alabama voters elected Democrat Doug Jones by a narrow margin to the U.S. Senate after a scandal-plagued campaign that included allegations of sexual misconduct sunk Republican Roy Moore, who refused to…

Carr: Christmas comes early for hacks

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, stop by the Governor’s Council meeting at the State House at noon today.

Patriots Report Card: The joker’s on them

DOLPHINS 27, PATRIOTS 20; The Joker was on the Patriots on Monday night, and it was no laughing matter.

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Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

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WASHINGTON — Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly.

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Shattuck: Arrogant elites did Democrats no favors in victory

Democrats can claim the narrowest of victories in deep-red Alabama’s bitter U.S. Senate race, but the truth is Roy Moore was a viable candidate in spite of them — and because of their shameless condescension.

Review: Latest in ‘Star Wars’ saga fine, if familiar

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If “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) was a nerdy, beat-for-beat reboot of the original “Star Wars” (1977), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a reboot of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” (1980), except “The Last Jedi” is longer, of…

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Atkins: Desperation to win makes only losers

WASHINGTON — Democrat Doug Jones’ odds-defying victory in deep-red Alabama, albeit against an alleged child predator, dealt a major defeat to President Trump, Steve Bannon and others who were willing to let the desire to win supersede all…

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Battenfeld: Party escapes scandal

Alabama voters dealt a blow to Republicans’ hopes of keeping control of the U.S. Senate but gave Gov. Charlie Baker a reprieve by rejecting Judge Roy Moore and keeping him from becoming a major distraction in the governor’s 2018 campaign.

Gelzinis: Mr. Trump, these women are stronger than you are

Full disclosure: I winced more than a bit when New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called out fellow Democrat Sen. Al Franken for his history of sloppy kisses and wandering hands. She said Al was a friend, but had to go.

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Harvest pastry chef Livsey — and ‘Holiday Baking Championship’ finalist — celebrates season with Yule log

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File under: Sweet success. Joshua Livsey, pastry chef at Harvard Square’s acclaimed Harvest restaurant, is heading to the finals of Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship.” The hit show will air its season wrap-up on Monday, and…

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McCormick & Schmick’s sued for sexual harassment

Five current and former female employees have sued Boston restaurant McCormick & Schmick’s alleging systemic sexual harassment, but the restaurant chain said the complaints were dealt with two years ago and claimed inconsistencies in new…

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP…

Matt Damon hunting for good will for dad

Cambridge actor Matt Damon is asking for prayers, as his father, Kent, battles cancer.

Buckley: Patriots fans can’t be quite so confident against Steelers now

Thank you, Miami Dolphins, for ramping up the volume to Sunday’s big Patriots-Steelers showdown at Heinz Field.

Silverman: New manager Alex Cora will take ‘hands-on’ approach with Red Sox

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The 2017 World Series was so very close, but the Astros came out on top because they absolutely destroyed — eight runs, nine hits in 31⁄3 innings — Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in Games 3 and 7.

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Decision day in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised…

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Female workers sue McCormick & Schmick's over lewd behavior

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BOSTON — Female kitchen workers at the McCormick & Schmick's seafood restaurant in downtown Boston were subjected to constant groping and lewd comments from male supervisors and co-workers, and their complaints to the company were…

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After bitter campaign, Alabama Senate race goes to voters

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP's lock…

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Tom Brady: 'I've pretty much moved past' ugly loss to Dolphins

The Patriots' flight home after their 27-20 loss to the Dolphins on Monday night was as dour as one would expect. But Tom Brady said he's already moved past the defeat and is focused on not letting it spiral. During his weekly interview on…

Tuesday, Dec 12

Patriots put up Monday Night stinker vs. Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As the 2004 Patriots were steamrolling opponents on their way to a third Super Bowl in four years, they were bitten by a lack of concentration during an embarrassing December loss to the Dolphins on Monday Night…

Steve Bannon: Race greater than Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Alabama’s special election today for a U.S. Senate seat is an “up-or-down vote between the Trump miracle and the nullification project.”

Attorney blasts Barry Cadden, wife: ‘Do you have no shame?’

An attorney who represented more than 100 victims of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak blasted the wife of the pharmacy mogul behind the epidemic for trying to shield millions in assets from the feds.

Business groups fight ’18 ballot question

Business groups fighting to block the so-called millionaire tax from next year’s statewide ballot say the proposed constitutional amendment is “truly radical” and should not go to the voters, according to a brief filed with the state’s…

Monday, Dec 11

Gov. Baker blasts auditor's report on DCF as 'irresponsible'

Gov. Charlie Baker today delivered a strongly worded broadside against a scathing audit released last week of the state's Department of Children and Families, calling some of its conclusions "irresponsible" and arguing they don't reflect…

Wife of convicted pharmacy executive begs to keep mansion, diamonds and other assets

The wife of Barry Cadden, the convicted pharmacy mogul behind the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, wants to block the feds from seizing their $1.4 million mansion in Wrentham, a $1.5 million trust fund, $26,000 in diamonds and other…

NECC exec’s wife begs to keep assets

The wife of Barry Cadden, the convicted pharmacy mogul behind the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, wants to block the feds from seizing their $1.4 million mansion in Wrentham, a $1.5 million trust fund, $26,000 in diamonds and other…

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright charged with domestic assault

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been released from jail in Tennessee after being arrested and charged with domestic assault after an argument with his wife Friday night.

Sunday, Dec 10

Man rescued from sinking car

A good Samaritan plowing out a church parking lot in Winchendon early this morning was in the right place at the right time to witness a car slide off a street and into an icy pond.

Cop suspended without pay for allegedly lying

A Boston police officer has been suspended without pay following her indictment by a grand jury for allegedly lying earlier this year about her contact with a man wanted for murder, authorities said.

Donald Trump calls foul on ‘fake’ CNN, WApo news

President Trump ripped into CNN and The Washington Post yesterday, claiming the network was caught “red-handed” making a “vicious and purposeful mistake” and calling for one of the newspaper’s reporters to be fired for publishing a…

Buckley: With Giancarlo Stanton New York-bound, hate returns to Sox-Yankees rivalry

All it took yesterday was a two-minute stroll through the Twitter forest to confirm the obvious: Reports that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is being fitted for crisp, clean Bronx-issued pinstripes has folks in Boston clutching at…

Saturday, Dec 9

Season’s first snowstorm arrives in Boston

The first snowfall of the winter began falling across the Bay State this morning, and weather experts say cities and towns across Massachusetts could see as much as seven inches of snow through tomorrow morning.

Ex-pol faces 113 counts of fraud and extortion

Former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce raked in about $1 million, 700 pounds of free coffee and a Jeep as part of a scheme to trade his office’s power for cash and bribes, according to federal authorities, who say the “greedy” ex-lawmaker may…

New evidence unveiled in disappearance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nathan Carman — the Vermont man who is a suspect in his grandfather’s killing and whose mother disappeared at sea under mysterious circumstances — now stands accused of enlarging four holes in the doomed boat that sank…

Herald files for bankruptcy, plans sale to GateHouse

Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced yesterday that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald newspaper has reached an agreement with GateHouse Media LLC for it to acquire the company’s operational assets. The…

Friday, Dec 8

Boston Herald publisher announces sale of newspaper company

Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced today that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald tabloid has reached an agreement with GateHouse Media, LLC for them to acquire the company's operational assets. The purchase…

Fed: Ex-state Sen. Brian Joyce took 'stream of bribes and kickbacks'

A former Massachusetts state senator raked in up to $1 million in bribes, kickbacks and Dunkin Donuts coffee, federal authorities said today, after arresting Brian A. Joyce on a sweeping 113-count indictment including extortion and…

State audit rips DCF on handling of sex assaults

A bombshell state audit of the Department of Children and Families has thrust the child welfare system back into Beacon Hill’s political fray, putting the Baker administration on the defensive as riled lawmakers demand answers.

Atkins: Political gains, losses come with Al Franken’s resignation

WASHINGTON — As U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation yesterday amid a growing number of sexual harassment claims, some Republicans openly defended Franken, a move that could prove to be irresistible political catnip to some…