State boards have hundreds of vacancies

Massachusetts is facing a little noticed breakdown in democracy.

“Things are changing but they should have changed years ago,” says Darien Garcia Arco, 26, with his girlfriend, Lisandra.

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Cuba, US are warily, slowly improving relations

The gradual thaw provides hope for average Cubans, most of whom barely eke out an existence in the island.

For more than a month, Kevin Brown tended to the sprawling memorial to the Marathon bombing victims.

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Witness to a city’s grief

If you visited the sprawling memorial in Copley Square in the weeks after the Marathon bombings, you probably saw Kevin Brown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/maeda_20frontier_biz2[1].jpg New frontiers of economic growth in Boston

For the first time in decades, the city’s neighborhoods — not just its downtown core — are benefiting from redevelopment.

Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky reunited at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 15 days after the Marathon bombings.

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From Marathon calamity, newlyweds’ bond deepens

The first blast cost each of them part of a limb, but Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky share a resolve to figure out life together.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/20marathonstoriesphoto11.jpg What carries them to the Marathon finish line

These are the stories of fleeting moments, bursts of joy and inspiration, that make race day unforgettable for many runners.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/jeffreyeggleston%20copy--90x90.jpg Faces of the Boston Marathon field

The average Joe, the first-timer, and the rising star are just a few you’ll meet when you take a closer look at the runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

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A run unlike any other

Running Boston always means so much to so many, and it will be even more significant this year.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Huntington_BecomingCuba_343.jpg ‘Becoming Cuba’

After watching the Huntington Theatre Company play, join photographer Essdras M. Suarez for a discussion about Cuba.

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Dexter (center), Maestro (left), and Georgie are Boston Medical Center therapy dogs. They come to work with their people and visit patients.

Hospital dogs making friends fast

When Mike Hurley brought his dog to work, it ended up having a huge impact on Marathon victims and their families, the staff, and the man holding the leash.

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Brad and Lori Ali bought their former neighbors’ home in a Needham neighborhood.

Buying and moving into the house next door

Most of these short-distance movers simply love their neighborhood and don’t want to leave, but they have outgrown their current house.