Older and wiser? Some brain skills peak later in life

Vocabulary skills may not decline until well into our 60s.

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

A small bird was perched on snow-coevred bushes in Boston on Thursday.

Temperatures could reach 50 degrees next week

Will Boston end up with only the second snowiest winter? There are no big storms in the forecast for now.

Shaun Harrison was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court.

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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.

Bill Richard, depicted on the stand Thursday in federal court.

KEVIN CULLEN

Bill Richard’s testimony an act of grace

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

Unemployment rate ticks down as US adds 295,000 jobs

The jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent and employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February.

Carol Martin Bailey was a next-door neighbor of Aaron Hernandez at a Franklin apartment complex he rented.

Ex-neighbor describes Aaron Hernandez as ‘unfriendly’

The woman, who lived next to Hernandez in Franklin, said he “just looked at me and grunted” when she introduced herself.

Baker’s budget plan shifts Medicaid payments

A big part of the governor’s proposal involves squeezing savings out of the state-federal health care program.

Snow flew as a commuter rail train on the Newburyport line traveled through Ipswich in February.

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JEFF JACOBY

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.

PAUL SWYDAN | STATISTICALLY THINKING

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sox150-6795.jpg 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.

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The defenseman and forward are both among the team’s leading scorers.

CHAD FINN I SPORTS MEDIA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_curt_schilling.jpg Twitter trolls meet their match in Schilling, Maple Leafs

This week’s separate stories involving Curt Schilling and two Maple Leafs players illustrated the downside of social media.

Officials have proposed a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Shirley Leung

Better MBTA or bigger convention center: Can we have both?

It’s a decision that’s up to Governor Charlie Baker, and he holds the cards.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Images/ceres150-223.jpg NASA spacecraft circles Ceres in its first visit to dwarf planet

The craft traveled 3-billion miles to Ceres, where it will spend the next 16 months photographing the icy surface.

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

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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.

television Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/unbre_s1_006_h.jpg ‘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.

Dennis Lehane.

Book review

Dennis Lehane’s ‘World Gone By’ is a killer

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

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

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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.