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Obama’s nuclear plan tangled in election politics

A review of the president’s promised plan to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal is nearing completion, but Obama and his advisers are weighing its political consequences.

Mass. DA balks as trial in Ecuador nears end

Ecuadoran officials are pressing forward with the trial of a Mass. fugitive accused of a double murder, even as Plymouth DA Timothy J. Cruz continues to fight for his extradition.

N.H. Episcopalians may elect 2d gay bishop

The Rev. William W. Rich, a married gay man, is one of three priests nominated by a Diocese of New Hampshire search committee to succeed Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is retiring.

Nikki Gibbons and Travis the llama paid a visit to Gert Diette, a resident at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, in Littleton.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Finding alternatives to potent sedatives

Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Littleton, is one of a small but growing number that are trying alternative approaches to caring for dementia patients without resorting to antipsychotics. Staff try to tailor care to each resident, to make it familiar and comforting. They comb residents’ pasts to learn their preferences, hobbies, and accomplishments - tapping bedrock emotions that endure long after memory fades.

Principals’ efforts found key to fixing ailing schools

Underperforming schools in Mass. that have achieved the largest gains on standardized tests share many characteristics, most critically a results-oriented principals who can galvanize teachers to pursue change and can foster a respectful school climate, according to an independent report commissioned by the state. But the report was inconclusive on the effectiveness of a headline-grabbing strategy that has stirred emotions in Boston, Springfield, and elsewhere: Replacing at least half the teachers at underperforming schools.