State to offer early retirement deals; layoffs may follow

The Baker administration projects that 4,500 will take advantage of the pension-sweetening Early Retirement Incentive Program.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/weather150-7921.jpg Sunday storm only drops a couple inches of snow

Drivers should exercise caution because untreated roads will remain snow-covered and slippery this morning.

Evan Butler’s patriotic chair marked the parking space saved for his vehicle in South Boston.

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Boston to begin removing space savers today

People have used the motley assortment of objects to “reserve” spaces that they have shoveled out.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tsarnaev.jpg Will Tsarnaev now change his plea to guilty?

Maintaining his innocence in the face of seemingly overwhelming evidence could antagonize jurors, analysts say.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/norwell150-7926.jpg Roof collapses in Norwell, reportedly trapping horses

Firefighters are responding to a roof collapse on Main Street.

Deborah Goldberg declined to talk about the activities of her inaugural committee.

Inaugural donors have dealings with state treasurer

Over two-thirds of donations for Deborah Goldberg’s inaugural costs came from special interests that deal with her office.

Seth Bock at his Rhode Island medical marijuana center.

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Cannabis centers face an intricate science

For dispensaries, it’s never as easy as sticking a few seeds in the ground and watching the plants, and profits, grow.

PawSox fans probably have two more seasons to enjoy their team and the quirky confines of its ballpark.

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Move of Red Sox farm team a blow to Pawtucket’s revival

The loss of the team is yet another reminder that Pawtucket is, was, and probably always will be overshadowed by Providence.

The pop art master drew and wrote words on his All Stars.

Converse launches artistic ad campaign

The Mass.-based company will showcase how Chuck Taylors worn by creative types became a medium for self-expression.

Ten years and a lifetime ago, Dennis Kozlowski reigned as the archetype of avarice.

Post-prison, former Tyco chief living a modest life

Ten years and a lifetime ago, Dennis Kozlowski reigned as the archetype of avarice.

Links, planning save snow days on campuses

Some local college professors say they’ve been able to keep their students on schedule by planning ahead and using new technology.

Tamed/untamed

Readers barking mad over word choice

Readers were not amused when they were left with the (false) impression that the author encouraged someone to euthanize their dog.

 Assessing a presidential run, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont visited Drake University in Des Moines during a visit to Iowa.

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A less-crusty Sanders tests presidential waters

The independent Vermont senator has begun to loosen up on the stump and soften his curmudgeonly demeanor.

Brett Connolly has scored 12 goals this season.

Brett Connolly gives Bruins options on right side

The 22-year-old has the hands to make him a go-to NHL scorer for a long time.

Fort Myers, FL - 02/22/15 - Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson (63) and pitchers started the day with conditioningdrills. Red Sox Spring Training. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 23Red Sox, LOID: 8.0.2717390732.

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Red Sox’ Justin Masterson is eager to prove himself again

The Sox got the pitcher on a one-year, $9.5 million deal, and know about his considerable character.

The Big Picture

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Roll out the barrels

As demand for oil rises, photographers worldwide document how the barrels are used once the fuel is gone.