Michael Gordon plays private but powerful role with Red Sox

The president of Fenway Sports Group has a larger stake in the Sox, but those close to the team insist he is there to help, not displace anyone.

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PAUL SWYDAN | STATISTICALLY THINKING

How good can this Red Sox offense be?

Right now, this year’s Red Sox are projected to be 17th-best in team history. Here’s a blueprint to outperform expectations.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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Vince Wilfork’s departure leaves a big hole, and only heightens the importance of the Patriots retaining Devin McCourty.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/boheim150-6804.jpg Coach Jim Boeheim suspended nine game for Syracuse violations

The academic, drug and other NCAA violations were committed primarily by the men’s basketball program.

BetaBoston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/pax150-3773.jpg A few bad actors shouldn’t put a damper on PAX East

Unfortunately, all the talk up to this point has focused on Gamergate, the fringe misogyny-twinged “movement.”

NASA/Tiago Campante/Peter Devine

If we discover a planet with alien life, how will we know?

The list of confirmed exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope numbers more than 1,000 at last count.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/05/BostonGlobe.com/Boston/Images/418525ac56a7442a93d7a224da053869-418525ac56a7442a93d7a224da053869-0.jpg Startup selling solar panels ‘in the cloud,’ not on your roof

A Boston startup is offering a chance to purchase panels that will be installed on a solar farm in some distant location.

Jane Krakowski (near right) and Ellie Kemper in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

television Review

‘Kimmy Schmidt’ rich with details, gags, and characters

The Netflix sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is about a 29-year-old who is freed after many years trapped in a cult.

Book review

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Lehane’s new book is bursting at the seams with great stories.

Barney Frank.

Barney Frank’s television lineup

Among the shows that the former congressman watches is “Ridiculousness” on MTV.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/harvard150-7953.jpg Man spotted at Harvard seeking aid for ISIS-connected charity

School officials say they have notified members of the university community.

City councilors press Olympics backers for details on financing

The councilors also urged Boston 2024 to work with critics to improve their plans.

It’s not over.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Don’t give up on that snowfall record yet

The next few months would have to be unusually mild for 2014-2015 to miss the all-time high of 107.6 inches.

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1119.jpg Keolis being held to standards no one could have met

Irritated passengers may lash out at the commuter rail operator, but public officials should know better than to encourage the scapegoating.

Dan Sally is able to use his own judgment about when he works at home in Dedham.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Magazine

The rise of the be-your-own boss office

Today’s workers demand a big say in where they do their jobs. That can actually be good for employers.

Aaron Hernandez in court during testimony Thursday.

Hernandez DNA matched item at crime scene, expert testifies

A crime lab scientist said Aaron Hernandez’s DNA matched DNA found on a cigarette butt near Odin Lloyd’s body.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/dean150-8223.jpg Pastor accused in shooting led double life, officials say

The Rev. Shaun Harrison, considered the dean of students at Boston English, allegedly shot a student in the back of the head.

KEVIN CULLEN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Kevin_Cullen_150px-8182.jpg Bill Richard’s testimony an act of grace

Martin Richard’s father, in all his loss, still possesses something more powerful than a bomb.

Marathon trial podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/28/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Advance/Images/podcast.jpg Day 2: Icons of the bombing take the stand

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

Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/05/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Scot_Lehigh_150px-1125.jpg Charlie Baker’s solid budget (with caveats)

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

The Big Picture

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, February 2015

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