Is the medical match fair?

When medical-school graduates apply for their residencies, they use a centralized clearinghouse that matches applicants with jobs. This system has sometimes been challenged, such as in a lawsuit several years ago that claimed salaries of residents were reduced by this centralized matching method. But a forthcoming study by an MIT economist indicates that demand for […]

Biology, driven by data

Cells are incredibly complicated machines with thousands of interacting parts — and disruptions to any of those interactions can cause disease. Tracing those connections to seek the root cause of disease is a daunting task, but it is one that MIT biological engineer Ernest Fraenkel relishes. His lab takes a systematic approach to the problem: […]

‘Death-qualified’ juror search slows marathon, theater cases

One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” Another prospective juror said […]

Boston hosting City Hall rally for Super Bowl-bound Patriots

Boston is sending off the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots with a rally at City Hall. Mayor Marty Walsh is hosting the Monday celebration starting at 11 a.m. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick will address fans. So too will Patriots team captains Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty […]

US Sens. Warren, Markey reconvene judicial advisory panel

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are reconvening an advisory committee to consider applications for a federal judicial vacancy in Boston. Candidates interested in applying for the U.S. District Court nomination must submit their applications to the committee by Feb. 23. The committee was first appointed in March 2013 and is charged with soliciting, […]

Military members can get discounted ski tickets this weekend

Those who have given so much with their service in the military are getting something back, this weekend from Attitash Mountain and Wildcat. There will be free lift tickets for active, veteran and retired servicemen and servicewomen as well as discounted lift tickets for $45 for family members of active duty personnel with identification on […]

4 arrested after police respond to heroin overdose

Rochester police arrested four people after responding to a report of a drug overdose Saturday night. Police arrived at 8 Pleasant St. just before 7:30 p.m. and found a 24 year-old woman overdosing on heroin. She was transported to Frisbie Hospital for an evaluation. While inside the home, police noticed drugs and drug paraphernalia in […]

NH prisoner allegedly escapes while getting X-ray

A Rockingham County prisoner allegedly escaped while getting an X-ray at a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, Saturday. The Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy says he brought an inmate from the Rockingham County House of Corrections to Exeter Hospital to get an X-ray just after 3 p.m. While waiting to be X-rayed, Tyler Beliveau allegedly injured […]

Tsarnaev judge ‘not discouraged’ by slow pace of jury selection

The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he’s not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection.    “We’re making good progress,” Judge George O’Toole Jr. said on the day testimony had been expected to begin.    Instead of listening to opening statements and the first […]

Coastal towns open shelters, suggest evacuation

Emergency shelters open during blizzard:  Barnstable County will have the following six regional shelters staffed and open at 6:30 p.m. Monday.  The Barnstable County shelters will host pets.   Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Falmouth Road, Barnstable Dennis-Yarmouth High School, 210 […]