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Part 2 — Secret prisoners

Out of sight, detainees struggle to be heard

Yodi Zikianda cried at the grave of his wife, a French citizen who died at age 29 while in US custody.

With constitutional rights lacking, even for those with no record of crime, immigrants languish, pawns in a law enforcement system that is defined by secrecy.

Hopes rise for a deal on tax rates

More Republicans are imagining what an agreement that includes tax hikes on the wealthy might look like, rather than digging in against any rate increase.

AnnMarie Duchon challenged pay inequity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mass. lags on pay for women in the US

Despite the state’s historic leadership on pay equity,­ the gap between men’s and women’s salaries here is now among the biggest in the country.

Marilyn Riseman has rubbed elbows with the connected since her youth.

Marilyn Riseman central to Boston’s chic society

No matter where she goes, the 85-year-old commands attention from fellow tastemakers, many of them a fraction of her age.

Don’t split siblings by school, say Boston parents

Some parents, worried that changes to the way Boston assigns students to schools could split apart siblings, are pushing for a policy that would keep families together.

The Nation

Hopes rise for a deal on tax rates

“There is a growing group of folks who are looking at this and realizing we don’t have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year’s end,” Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker said.

By Christopher Rowland

More Republicans are imagining what an agreement that includes tax hikes on the wealthy might look like, rather than digging in against any rate increase.

Gay marriage backers apprehensive about case

By Mark Sherman

Supporters worry that the bans on same-sex unions in most states will have a bearing when the Supreme Court rules on the issue.

Same-sex couples in Wash. start taking wedding vows

Newlyweds Heather Laird (left) and Dawn Rains were showered with flower petals as they left Seattle City Hall Sunday.

By Rachel La Corte

The largest public event, with about 140 couples taking part, was at Seattle City Hall, where five separate chapels were used.

The World

Egypt leader’s concessions fail to appease rivals

A demonstrator chanted slogans on a newly built barrier in front of soldiers guarding the presidential palace in Cairo.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

Protesters registered fresh anger against Mohammed Morsi’s plan to hold a referendum on an Islamist-backed draft constitution.

Pakistan: US drone kills senior Al Qaeda leader

A US drone strike has killed a senior Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

US doctor rescued from Taliban in Afghanistan

Dr. Dilip Joseph and two Afghan doctors were abducted Wednesday as they traveled to a clinic.

Editorial & Opinion

John E. Sununu

Best energy policy? None

By John E. Sununu

When the government gets too involved in energy, nothing good happens. But when the market decides, industrious Americans solve our problems.

Juliette Kayyem

Qatar arms deals expose limits of US

By Juliette Kayyem

Almost two years into the Arab Spring, the only certainty is that it was prematurely titled.

James Carroll

Israel must not dismiss outrage over settlements

By James Carroll

A government’s duty to maintain the physical security of its people is matched by the obligation to safeguard its moral standing among nations.

Metro

Part 2 — Secret prisoners

Out of sight, detainees struggle to be heard

Yodi Zikianda cried at the grave of his wife, a French citizen who died at age 29 while in US custody.

By Milton J. Valencia and Maria Sacchetti

With constitutional rights lacking, even for those with no record of crime, immigrants languish, pawns in a law enforcement system that is defined by secrecy.

Mass. lags on pay for women in the US

AnnMarie Duchon challenged pay inequity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

By Sarah Schweitzer

Despite the state’s historic leadership on pay equity,­ the gap between men’s and women’s salaries here is now among the biggest in the country.

Don’t split siblings by school, say Boston parents

By James Vaznis

Some parents, worried that changes to the way Boston assigns students to schools could split apart siblings, are pushing for a policy that would keep families together.

Business ǀ Science

Chinese company wins bid for A123 Systems

By Erin Ailworth

The Waltham battery maker plans to sell nearly all its assets to the North American unit of a Chinese auto parts maker for $256.6 million, pending federal approval.

Braille typewriters get a digital-era update

Ethan Gagnon, a student at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, used a digital Braille typewriter.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Smart Brailler has a computer screen and a text-to-speech feature to help the blind master a tool they may need to find a job.

THE ENTREPRENEURS GRILL

A light for disaster zones — or for poolside

Anna Stork of LuminAID

Anna Stork and a co-founder created LuminAID, a company that developed and sells an inflatable, solar-powered portable lighting device.

Obituaries

Bob Hughes, 98; retired postmaster turned to writing letters

BOB HUGHES

By Katherine Landergan

Mr. Hughes crafted letters he often mailed out in the hundreds to pass on memories of his beloved Martha’s Vineyard.

Arthur Chaskalson, 81; led Constitutional Court in South Africa

Justice Chaskalson was an opponent of apartheid. His court abolished the death penalty and allowed same-sex marriage.

By Douglas Martin

Justice Chaskalson helped write South Africa’s constitution protecting minority rights, and created the court that safeguarded it.

Saul Steinberg, 73, corporate raider in 1980s

SAUL P. STEINBERG

By Julie Creswell

Mr. Steinberg was the Brooklyn-born son of a rubber manufacturer and started his first company at 22.

Sports

Texans have climbed to the top of NFL

Houston coach Gary Kubiak, right, in his seventh season with the team, led the Texans to their first playoff spot last year.

By John Powers

A decade after entering the league, Houston has waded through many losing seasons and finally has a chance to become part of the NFL elite.

Dan Shaughnessy

Texans have no chance vs. Patriots

Matt Schaub and the Texans enter Monday’s game with an 11-1 record.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Texans are an overrated, unproven house of cards, waiting for their dope slap of reality at Gillette Stadium.

Improved Patriots defense eyes Texans’ threats

The presence of Aqib Talib means Kyle Arrington (above) has been able to move inside, where he is stronger as the nickel cornerback.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots are hoping to continue the success they’ve had in the past few weeks on defense in Monday night’s game against Houston.

G: Health

G Cover

Learning how to care for LGBT seniors

Joy Griffith, 78, a retired teacher, lives at Linden Ponds in Hingham. “They went through so much more than I did,” Griffith says of older lesbians. “I was right on the edge where progress was made.”

By Lara Salahi

A growing population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered seniors face challenges different from their straight peers.

Dance Review

A pleasing innocence to Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’

José Mateo’s “The Nutcracker” is a holiday staple.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th annual production of “The Nutcracker” has many admirable details.

Boston film critics pick ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ as year’s best

Above: Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”

By Ty Burr

The Boston Society of Film Critics named “Zero Dark Thirty” as the best film of 2012 and named its filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow, as best director.

More Stories

Music Review

Boston Baroque illuminates ‘Messiah’ again

By David Weininger

Book Review

‘Dora: A Headcase’ by Lidia Yuknavitch

By Eugenia Williamson

Daily Dose

Are e-visits coming to a doctor near you?

By Deborah Kotz

Health Answers

What factors influence timing of menopause?

By Courtney Humphries

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Ask Amy

Mother’s addiction is heartbreaking

By Amy Dickinson

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Names

Tom Brady never tires of time with the boys

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Big Papi’s big event in Dominican Republic

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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ICA takes its First Fridays back to the ‘80s

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Keeping up with the Wahlbergs around Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Making some noise at ‘Silent Night’ show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein