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Transit systems falter in the cold

Single-digit temperatures early Thursday sparked a slew of delays around the region.

Boston schools search for more space

The public school system is projecting that preschool through second grade enrollment will rise sharply for the next school year.

Your 2023 self could really surprise you

People, young and old, routinely underestimate the amount they will change over the next 10 years, according to a study.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino was hospitalized for five weeks after falling ill during a trip to Italy with his wife.

An invigorated Menino back at City Hall

Back after a long hospitalization, Mayor Menino spoke about his plans for the city and hinted at a run for reelection.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren participated in a reenacted swearing-in with her husband, Bruce Mann and Vice President Joe Biden  at the Capitol.

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113th Congress

In Massachusetts delegation, a changing of the guard

Elizabeth Warren and Joseph Kennedy III became the newest members of a rapidly transforming Mass. delegation.

Biogen Idec’s ALS drug falls short in trials

The company halted development of an experimental drug to treat the disorder known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Nation

113th Congress

In Massachusetts delegation, a changing of the guard

Sen. Elizabeth Warren participated in a reenacted swearing-in with her husband, Bruce Mann and Vice President Joe Biden  at the Capitol.

By Matt Viser

Elizabeth Warren and Joseph Kennedy III became the newest members of a rapidly transforming Mass. delegation.

Child porn investigation nets 200

By Alicia A. Caldwell

The agency’s director, John Morton, said 123 child victims were identified during the five-week investigation, which ended in early December.

S.D. court overturns death sentence

By DIRK LAMMERS

The justices said Rodney Berget, 50, must get a new sentencing hearing because a circuit judge improperly considered a statement he made to a psychiatrist.

The World

Lebanon urged to help end the conflict in Syria

The violence in Aleppo, Syria, continued to escalate on Thursday, with missiles damaging a number of houses.

By Hwaida Saad, Anne Barnard and Christine Hauser

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, urged the Lebanese government to take a more active role in finding a political solution to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Italy’s premier criticizes Berlusconi

By COLLEEN BARRY

Italian Premier Mario Monti criticized his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi for demonstrating ‘‘a certain volatility in judgment.’’

Vatican can’t accept credit cards

By Frances D’Emilio

It’s ‘‘cash only’’ now for tourists at the Vatican after Italy’s central bank decided to block electronic payments, including credit cards, at the tiny city-state.

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Judicial tension rises in Sri Lanka

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI

Taliban leader killed by US drone

By Shaiq Hussain and Haq Nawaz Khan

Britain delivers terror suspect

By Pete Yost and Cassandra Vinograd

Editorial & Opinion

Joshua Green

Obama flinches on the fiscal cliff

By Joshua Green

Had Obama been willing to go over the cliff, Republicans would probably not be threatening default.

carlo rotella

A music lesson

By Carlo Rotella

A grandfather’s handwritten sheet music — and the stories behind it — unites generations.

Alan Berger

Obama should meddle in Israel’s election

By Alan Berger

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s barely veiled backing for Mitt Romney means Obama should get involved in their upcoming election.

Metro

Transit systems falter in the cold

Kathleen Rivera of Dorchester, shown on the MGH Station platform, said trains were running slow Thursday morning.

By Martine Powers

Single-digit temperatures early Thursday sparked a slew of delays around the region.

Boston schools search for more space

By James Vaznis

The public school system is projecting that preschool through second grade enrollment will rise sharply for the next school year.

Your 2023 self could really surprise you

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

People, young and old, routinely underestimate the amount they will change over the next 10 years, according to a study.

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Gloucester school will close early

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Malden teen killed crossing highway

By Lisa Kocian and Jason Mastrodonato

RINDGE, N.H.

Snowmobile investigation to resume

By Colin Young

CONCORD, N.H.

Saugus man faces marijuana charges

By Haven Egresitz

BOSTON

BC marching band has date at inaugural

By Haven Egresitz

MANCHESTER, N.H.

Lawyer pleads not guilty to child sex exploitation

By LYNNE TUOHY

Bulger appeals for new judge

By Milton J. Valencia

Business

Biogen Idec’s ALS drug falls short in trials

The Kendall Square headquarters for Biogen Idec. in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

The company halted development of an experimental drug to treat the disorder known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Deepwater Horizon owner settles for $1.4b

By John Schwartz

Transocean, the driller whose floating Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in 2010 to cause the nation’s biggest oil spill, has agreed to settle all civil and criminal claims.

Some wealthy stand fast—for higher taxes

Some prominent names are on record in favor of higher tax rates for the rich, including (left to right): Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples Inc.; travel guide Rick Steves; and businessman Frank Patitucci.

By Callum Borchers

Some of the loudest applause for the deal that raises federal income and investment tax rates on wealthy Americans is coming from those in the highest income brackets.

Obituaries

Yvonne McGrory, of Weymouth; ‘Every moment was special’

Mrs. McGrory on a trip to Cape Cod in 2010.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. McGrory, 85, lived in Weymouth for many years and “had a special gift for creating friendships,” her daughter, Colleen, said.

John Sheardown; hid Americans in Iran hostage crisis

Ken Taylor (left) with John Sheardown, key figures during the 1979 hostage crisis. The story was retold in “Argo.”

By Adam Bernstein

Mr. Sheardown, 88, was a ­Canadian diplomat in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis who helped shelter six Americans until they were secretly shuttled out of the country.

Beate Gordon; put women’s rights in Japan’s constitution

Beate Sirota Gordon was photographed in occupied Japan in 1946. Her memoir — ‘‘The Only Woman in the Room,’’ — made her a celebrity in Japan after it was published there.

By Margalit Fox

Mrs. Gordon, 89, was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents who at 22 almost single-­handedly wrote women’s rights into the constitution of modern Japan.

Sports

Danny Woodhead is Patriots’ go-to guy

With 97 percent of his touches going for positive yardage, Danny Woodhead keeps the Patriots pointing forward.

By Michael Whitmer

If it seems Woodhead gains yards every single time he carries the ball or catches it, that’s not correct. But it’s not far off.

Christopher L. Gasper

Notre Dame’s Spond the embodiment of ‘comeback’

Danny Spond wears No. 13 to honor the victims at Columbine, which he attended years after the killings.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Danny Spond went from being mysteriously partially paralyzed to a starting linebacker on a team playing for the national title.

Celtics, Rajon Rondo look for a way out of skid

Rajon Rondo and the Celtics lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday night.

By Julian Benbow

The Celtics have lost four straight games and the toll the losses are taking on Rondo is apparent.

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Patriots’ Tom Brady heaps praise on Ray Lewis

By Michael Vega

Seahawks-Redskins scouting report

Marshawn Lynch key to Seahawks-Redskins

By Jim McBride

Vikings-Packers scouting report

Can Packers stop Adrian Peterson?

By Jim McBride

Colts-Ravens scouting report

Andrew Luck takes on aging Ravens’ defense

By Jim McBride

Bengals-Texans scouting report

Bengals, Texans bring balanced attacks

By Jim McBride

College Hockey Notes

Holy Cross is in poll position

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Bengals at Texans | Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Bengals’ defensive line is one of the NFL’s best

By Joe Kay

Vikings at Packers | Saturday, 8 p.m.

Packers excited to have all their receivers healthy

By Nancy Armour

Colts at Ravens | Sunday, 1 p.m.

Reggie Wayne hoping Colts can make his dream come true

By Michael Marot

Seahawks at Redskins | Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

Russell Wilson of Seahawks ready for big stage

By Tim Booth

Oregon 35, Kansas State 17

Oregon flattens Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl

By John Marshall

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ a brilliantly crafted drama

“Zero Dark Thirty” stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst obsessed with finding Osama bin Laden.

By Ty Burr

Kathryn Bigelow’s ground-level procedural about the hunt for Osama bin Laden is not a personal film. Rather, it’s about one person’s critical place in the larger effort.

Movie Review

In ‘The Impossible,’ one family’s tsunami saga

From left: Samuel Joslin, Ewan McGregor, and Oaklee Pendergast in “The Impossible.”

By Ty Burr

A grueling, well-crafted true-life drama that takes one of the worst natural disasters in history and reduces it to a really bad day at Club Med.

Classical Notes

The Bach Institute offers concerts, seminars

Ryan Turner conducts faculty and students in the final cantata of last year’s Bach Institute.

By David Weininger

Music of J.S. Bach is an enduring feature of Emmanuel Music, which performs a Bach cantata nearly every weekend at Emmanuel Church.