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DA to drop charges against Newton firefighter accused of beating ex-girlfriend

Prosecutors are dropping charges against a Newton firefighter accused of repeatedly punching his ex-girlfriend, dragging her to his car, and holding her in their apartment against her will, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Video of Boston Marathon bombing from Marathon Sports store camera

St. Patrick’s Day Parade to go on as scheduled, but follow a shortened route

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held as scheduled this year, despite the near-historic accumulation of snow in the city, but the annual march will follow a shortened route, officials announced Wednesday.

Baker joins Supreme Court challenge to gay- marriage bans

The state’s Republican establishment is throwing its support behind a Supreme Court fight against bans on same-sex marriage, led by Governor Charlie Baker, the nation’s only sitting governor to sign onto the brief.

Survivors tell of carnage at Marathon finish line

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings broke into tears as they testified at the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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‘It was him,’ defense admits as Marathon bombing trial begins

A courtroom sketch depicts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entering courtroom on the trial’s first day of testimony.

Art Lien

A defense attorney for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sought to shift blame for the attack to his older brother during opening statements in the trial.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/change150-7917.jpg Tommy Chang selected as new Boston school chief

The Los Angeles administrator has gained a reputation for a quick mind, collaborative approach, and a strong conviction.

The 300 block of West Broadway, where snowbanks obscure pedestrians on the sidewalk, is right on the parade route.

Southie snowbanks add wrinkle to parade planning

Organizers say they want the parade to proceed as scheduled in South Boston, where mountains of snow have turned driving and parking into a free-for-all.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/weather150-7936.jpg More snow on the way tonight through Thursday

The southeastern coast of Mass., which could see 4 to 6 inches on the ground, will be hit the hardest.

Aaron Hernandez on trial

Coverage

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The former Patriots tight end is charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan, allegedly set off explosives at the Boston Marathon.

Obituaries

Mary Betty Muse managed to raise several children while attending law school.

Judge Mary Beatty Muse, at 94; advocate for women

Mrs. Muse, of Brookline, was a Suffolk County Probate and Family Court judge who advocated for women to advance in the field of law.

Thomas Farragher

Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

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Boston will compete with cities from around the world as it seeks to host the Summer Games in nine years.

Data desk

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/brands[1].jpg A sampling of what gets produced in New England every day

Yes, we write software and design websites. But the New England economy chugged along for almost 400 years on the strength of other products.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

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Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

Globe Investigations

Special section

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Special Report: The Longest Road

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At 17, the shadow fell: a devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, he aims to make his way back.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/BG_Moments_final2-7646.jpg Fourteen political moments of 2014

A mysterious fisherman. A geography blunder. A change of the guard at City Hall. Here’s a look at some of the top political moments of 2014.