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State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Stanley Rosenberg and Brian A. Joyce (standing at left in first row) visited Randolph Engineering in Randolph to learn about their manufacturing process.

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

 

Lawyers offer divergent portraits of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez (center) listened during his trial on Thursday.

In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

 

Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

The decision caps a long process that started three years ago when Partners started pursuing South Shore Hospital.

A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

 

After early Partners victory, what lies ahead for Maura Healey?

Attorney General Maura Healey has had a busy first week in office.

Healey’s swearing-in as attorney general was just the start of a big week for the Next Big Thing in Mass. politics.

 

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

 
 

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The Nation

 

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

President Obama.

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday.

 

Ex-head of Boston Police pushes for more domestic intelligence gathering

Edward Davis testified on Capitol Hill in 2013.

Edward Davis is among a group calling for more intelligence gathering programs to detect “homegrown” extremists.

 

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Loretta Lynch testified during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation.

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The World

 

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital, at least 3 dead

Rescue workers were on the alert for survivors who might have been trapped in the rubble left by the huge explosion.

Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday.

 

Families plead for lives of hostages as swap hopes fade

Relatives of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by Islamic State, hold pictures of him.

Jordan refused to release an imprisoned female militant Thursday to meet a deadline set by the Islamic State.

 

Pilots disabled critical computers moments before AirAsia crash

The pilots had been attempting to deal with alerts about the flight augmentation computers.

 
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Editorial & Opinion

 

SCOT LEHIGH

Robert DeLeo, the indispensable man on Beacon Hill

Speaker Robert DeLeo.

When you find yourself in the position of undoing the very reform you once insisted was vital, you will grasp at any straw you can.

 

NICHOLAS BURNS

Greece’s gamble

Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras arrives at a polling station in Athens Sunday.

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the US.

 

JOANNA WEISS

Add a helmet to sledding gear

Organize hordes of helmeted kids to take over the slopes in order to encourage a safe habit.

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Metro

 

State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Stanley Rosenberg and Brian A. Joyce (standing at left in first row) visited Randolph Engineering in Randolph to learn about their manufacturing process.

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

 

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

 

Lawyers offer divergent portraits of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez (center) listened during his trial on Thursday.

In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Business

 

Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

The decision caps a long process that started three years ago when Partners started pursuing South Shore Hospital.

A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

 

SHIRLEY LEUNG

At what price will the Games be worth it to Boston?

Any added expenses to the $8.1 billion organizers say it will cost to bring the Olympics to Boston may obscure its eventual worth.

 

Wind power auction draws limited interest

Are falling energy prices and the collapse of the Cape Wind project undermining other offshore wind projects?

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Obituaries

 

Colleen McCullough, 77; wrote ‘The Thorn Birds’

Colleen McCullough in 1977, the year “The Thorn Birds” was published.

Ms. McCullough’s fiction was prized by readers for its propulsive plots, sympathetic characters, and sheer escapist potential.

 

Rod McKuen, 81; Oscar-nominated poet, performer

Rod McKuen’s song for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, won an Oscar nomination.

Mr. McKuen’s music, verse, and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s made him one of the best-selling poets in history.

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Sports

 

Dan Shaughnessy

Mysterious Ernie Adams is Patriots’ man behind the curtain

Ernie Adams (right is the Patriots’ director of football research and close confidant of Bill Belichick.

Is this little-known Bill Belichick confidant the secret to the Patriots’ success?

 

Joe Montana: Tom Brady had to order deflation of footballs

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 29: Honoree Terry Bradshaw (L) and former NFL player Joe Montana attend the Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)

The Hall of Famer added, though, that the rules are too stringent and that Deflategate won’t hurt Brady’s legacy.

 

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK

Officials will have new signal for ineligible players

CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 29: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 29, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Seattle coach Pete Carroll made an inquiry to the NFL to get clarification on the Patriots’ substitution procedures.

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Capital

 

If Boston gets Olympics, who lights the flame?

Larry Bird and Bill Russell — torchbearer candidates?

It has the potential to be the next great Boston sports argument, and nine years hardly seems like enough time.

 

Capital

Karyn Polito sees active role as lieutenant governor

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she will focus on homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women.

Until Polito was sworn in this month, Mass. had been without a second-in-command for nearly two years.

 

Ground game

For GOP candidates, a tricky balance on immigration

In the past, it was ethanol subsidies that proved the most challenging issue for Republican candidates. These days, immigration is even trickier.

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Weekend

 

Stage Review

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father’ is a timeless tale

Benton Greene and Jenny Jules  in “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3.”

Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” examines what it means to be free, and what it means to be true.

 

Ty Burr

Not bowled over by the Super Bowl

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick congratulate each other after the Patriots clinched another AFC East title last month.

Good luck to Tom Brody and Bill Beelzechick, but I think I’ll just settle for a cross-country ski down the Mass Turnpike. You’re welcome to come along.

 

Art Review

MFA, Worcester base pithy shows on a single work in context

Detail of “Adam and Eve” by Gustav Klimt.

Two exhibitions — Klimt at the MFA, Raphael at the Worcester Art Museum — are illuminating.

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Comics

Crossword

Circulars

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