Youth may fade, but ability to learn does not

Our capability to perform certain functions, like learning new words, doesn’t peak until later in life, according to a new study.

Shaun Harrison was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court.

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Dean allegedly shot student ‘execution-style’

The former dean of students at English High School allegedly shot a student who had been selling marijuana for him, officials said.

When reluctant presidential candidates need a push

The activists hoping to get US Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president are the latest in a long line of draft organizers.

Governor Charlie Baker’s budget proposal involves squeezing savings out of Medicaid, which has ballooning costs.

Baker’s budget plan shifts Medicaid payments

A significant part of Governor Baker’s proposal involves squeezing savings out of the state-federal health care program.

A small plane crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in Los Angeles on Thursday.


Harrison Ford reported engine failure before plane crash

The actor suffered moderate injuries after the plane he was piloting crash-landed on a golf course in Los Angeles.

An official said that Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email did not automatically break the rules but that the agency is looking into if emails sent from her personal account included sensitive information.

State Department reviewing if Clinton emails violated rules

The agency is examining if work emails sent from Hillary Clinton’s personal account included sensitive information.

New labor secretary fires Patrick holdovers

Michelle Amante, who oversaw the troubled rollout of a $46 million system to manage unemployment benefits, was among those fired.

Storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow on Cape, islands

Temperatures will drop to the single digits Thursday night, with wind chills approaching zero, forecasters said.

A courtroom sketch depicts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (center) during his trial on Thursday between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad (left) and Judy Clarke (right).

Tsarnaev admission may be part of strategy to avoid death penalty

Allowing jurors to reach a verdict gives them the cathartic opportunity to convict a heinous criminal, but still show compassion, specialists say.

// In emotional testimony, Bill Richard recalls Marathon attacks

“I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” Richard said of his son, Martin, who died from his wounds.


Bill Richard’s testimony an act of grace

The testimony of Martin Richard’s father were the words of a man who, in all his loss, still possesses something more powerful than a bomb.

Runner Becca Pizzi, 34, uses a snowbank to stretch as she trains along Heartbreak Hill in Newton, Mass., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Running 26.2 miles requires endurance, but 8 feet of snow and lots of treacherous black ice are testing this year's participants in frustrating new ways. Though the worst of the winter now seems past, there are only 50 days left until April 20, the 119th running of the venerable race. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Marathon organizers staying wary of snow’s effects

It’s not just roads that need to be clear and dry, and a great unknown is what lies beneath all the snow banks.

Baseball broadcast analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling watches as the Red Sox workout at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla., Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Twitter has had a bizarre week

Fathers of daughters doff their caps to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after his social media vigilantism.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Kentucky won 72-64 and improved their record to 30-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)



Kentucky basketball deserves your rooting interest

This Kentucky team doesn’t defile the principals of team basketball. It embodies them.

// MBTA brings in former railroad head for help with commuter rail

John Ray will bring “invaluable knowledge and vast experience” to the system, an MBTA spokesman said.


Open offices seem great — until you work in one

For years, this favored style of architects and CEOs has reigned supreme. Could that finally be changing?

Marathon trial podcast

// Boston Marathon bombing trial podcast, cards

This interactive timeline highlights trial coverage and a podcast featuring Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and WBUR reporter David Boeri.



// Charlie Baker’s solid budget (with caveats)

Call this Baker’s buy-some-breathing-room budget proposal.

The Big Picture

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Globe photos of the month, February 2015

A look at some of the best work from Globe staff photographers last month.