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Lent’s loopholes

Sacrifice doesn’t mean giving up meat for a double-cheese pizza. (By Jennifer Graham, Boston Globe)

From a new generation of writers, the real Russia

Recently, I got a chance to meet four young prize-winning Russian authors on a tour of the East Coast. They are the first generation of writers who never knew the Cold War. (By Farah Stockman, Globe Columnist)

Ripe for building on Orange Line

Activists from both sides of the Charles are assembling again, with the goal of redeveloping neighborhoods along the length of the Orange Line corridor. (By Paul McMorrow, Boston Globe)

A dramatic shipwreck, a daring rescue

The rescue of crewmembers from the tanker Pendleton, broken in half and sinking off Cape Cod 60 years ago, was one of the most heroic deeds in the state's rich maritime history. (By Juliette Kayyem, Globe Columnist)

Birth control and church’s power grab

In the recent controversy about birth control, Catholic bishops are seeking a public voice about an issue they lost more than four decades ago. (By James Caroll, Boston Globe)

Chairman with an agenda

Greg Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, appears to be openly hostile to nuclear energy. (By John Sununu, Boston Globe)

Will DiMasi tell all?

The ex-speaker of the House has good reason to tell a federal grand jury whatever he knows about alleged corruption in the state probation department. It’s called survival of the hideous. (By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist)

Cracks in Putin’s armor

A groundswell of protests threatens the status quo in Russia. (By Cathy Young, Boston Globe)

The brain, weaponized

In the future of warfare, neuroscience offers dark possibilities. (By Gareth Cook, Boston Globe)

Maybe Romney needs to get his Rambo on

Mitt Romney's early strategy of coasting by as Mr. Good Enough — conservative enough, electable enough, and less visibly insane than the alternatives — has run into some roadblocks. (By Joanna Weiss, Globe Columnist)

Can Boston be the hub of the start-up universe?

Eight local entrepreneurs offer their take on how to create a fertile culture for innovation in the city. (Boston Globe)

Emergency preparedness needed for prisons

With the high level of disregard and disdain that so many US citizens have for criminals, few ever consider the plight of prisoners in the face of disaster. (By James Alan Fox, Boston Globe)

Boston’s missing the boat

Let’s hope Mayor Menino gets fully onboard for the upcoming bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. (By Lawrence Harmon, Globe Columnist)

Don’t block the vote for students

No election system as vast as America’s can be perfect, but in the absence of serious fraud, why not err on the side of welcoming new voters? (By Renée Loth, Boston Globe)

Out of the loop

Computerless, I am in mourning and out of the loop, but at the same time strangely liberated. (By Roland Merullo, Boston Globe)

Dark days in Mideast test US policy

It is a new day in the Middle East and a time of real testing for American policy, in which our vast military strength will do us little good in this revolutionary Arab moment. (By Nicholas Burns, Boston Globe)

Make that Congressman Kennedy

Joe Kennedy III has just jumped into the race to succeed Barney Frank and, let’s face it, the contest is over. (By Tom Keane, Boston Globe)

Bridge to the future

President Obama's budget includes more money for infrastructure, creating an opportunity to build highways, bridges, and mass transit projects that will last for many years to come. (Globe Columnist)

The doomed but useful budget

Presdient Obama's 2012 budget has no hope of passing Congress unscathed but is an opening bid in important fiscal negotiations that will take place later. (By Joshua Green, Boston Globe)

Telling the real story of Camelot

In the wake of a new book by a former intern who said she had an affair with JFK, the question arises: At what point does the Kennedy presidential library stop marketing myth and start addressing reality? (By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist)


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