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State says it may resort to layoffs

If a measure to entice 4,500 state employees to retire early doesn’t work, there will be layoffs, the state’s budget chief said.

Child falls out of car during theft getaway, police say

Falmouth police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole a TV from a Walmart and briefly lost a child in the getaway.

Medical marijuana dispensaries gear up

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

Some Bostonians ready to defy space-saver removal

With more snow on the way, many residents are putting their foot down despite the city’s intention to remove space holders Monday.

Third MIT student commits suicide this school year

A freshman from Colorado died in an apparent suicide overnight Saturday, according to the university president.

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Boston Superintendent finalists (clockwise from top left) Dana Bedden, Tommy Chang, Pedro Martinez, and Guadalupe Guerrero.

Globe Staff Photos

Boston’s final candidates for superintendent

After a week of interviews with the School Committee, Boston has four finalists for superintendent.

 Harry Markarian, who has worked at Sullivan’s for 45 years, cleared snow as the Castle Island eatery opened Saturday.

Despite snowy forecast, Castle Island eatery reopens

Opening day at Sullivan’s traditionally heralds the arrival of spring, but with more snow on the way, winter is far from done with us.

Youth hockey players, coaches flee as roof collapses at ice rink

Nearly 30 hockey players and coaches narrowly escaped injury when they ran from a Canton ice skating rink when its roof began to collapse.

Mayor Marty Walsh spoke to about 100 Bostonians about issues for older citizens at Faneuil Hall Saturday morning.

Walsh hosts forum to hear concerns of the elderly

In a Saturday forum, residents were vocal about transportation woes and the need for more community resources.

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

William Thomas McKinley worked on a piece at his home in Reading in the 1980s.

William Thomas McKinley, 76; composer

Mr. McKinley, of Reading, taught for 23 years at New England Conservatory and once chaired what is now the jazz studies department.

Kevin Cullen

Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

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

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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.

Capital

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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.