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Patrick vows new funds for roads, rail

Governor Deval Patrick said he will unveil a proposal to raise money to fix the state’s financially strapped transit system.

Steve Forbes served as president of the Brooks School’s board of trustees at the time.

Brooks School head failed to report headmaster allegations

While head of the school’s board of trustees, Steve Forbes did not notify authorities of an alleged improper relationship between Lawrence W. Becker and a student.

Barney Frank said his 32 years in the House makes him uniquely qualified to deal with the fiscal issues facing the Senate.

Barney Frank says he would like to be interim senator

The former representative said his 32 years in Congress make him especially qualified to help settle upcoming spending and entitlement fights.

Congress gives reprieve to Mass. military bases

Major installations in Chicopee and on Cape Cod that had been threatened with closure or cutbacks have been spared.

Firefighters rescued a deer stranded on the ice at the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham Friday afternoon.

Deer rescued from ice had to be euthanized

Firefighters rescued a deer stranded on the ice at the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham Friday, but the deer’s condition was so poor she was euthanized.

Newton police officers’ egging prank didn’t go over easy

Five officers are being disciplined for pelting their sergeant's house in Framingham.

The Nation

Congress gives reprieve to Mass. military bases

By Bryan Bender

Major installations in Chicopee and on Cape Cod that had been threatened with closure or cutbacks have been spared.

Barney Frank says he would like to be interim senator

Barney Frank said his 32 years in the House makes him uniquely qualified to deal with the fiscal issues facing the Senate.

By Glen Johnson

The former representative said his 32 years in Congress make him especially qualified to help settle upcoming spending and entitlement fights.

Congress OK’s $9.7b in Sandy insurance aid

By Raymond Hernandez

The measure is the first, and least controversial, portion of a much larger aid package sought by the affected states.

The World

Fatah’s rally hints at unity effort with Hamas

Thousands turned out in Gaza City on Friday for a rally marking the Fatah movement’s anniversary.

By Jodi Rudoren

The rally was another sign of thawing relations between the factions since November.

Japan reaches out to S. Korea to mend ties

By CHOE SANG-HUN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached out to South Korea’s incoming president, Park Geun-hye, with calls for mending ties.

Shi’ite cleric visits Baghdad church targeted in ’10 attack

By ADAM SCHRECK

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to Iraq’s religious minorities Friday, visiting a Baghdad church desecrated in a deadly 2010 attack.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Burning questions

By Lawrence Harmon

Are trash incinerators smart use of space, or pure environmental evil?

Bernie Sanders

Bad rule, bad tactics from the FCC

 The FCC, under chairman Julius Genachowski, proposed rule changes that would allow greater media consolidation.

By Bernie Sanders

More media consolidation would result in less local control, fewer outlets offering differing viewpoints, and less ownership diversity.

RENÉE LOTH

It was more like a fiscal whiff

By Renée Loth

The deal trims only about $60 billion a year from the debt, roughly the amount the Senate approved in relief for states harmed by Hurricane Sandy.

Metro

Patrick vows new funds for roads, rail

By Eric Moskowitz

Governor Deval Patrick said he will unveil a proposal to raise money to fix the state’s financially strapped transit system.

Newton police officers’ egging prank didn’t go over easy

By Deirdre Fernandes and Jaclyn Reiss

Five officers are being disciplined for pelting their sergeant's house in Framingham.

Patrick files overhaul of pharmacy regulation

By Kay Lazar

Pharmacists would have less say in regulating their profession, and the state for the first time could fine rule-breaking druggists under legislation Governor Deval Patrick proposed.

Business

Safelite says it plans no layoffs in Giant Glass buy

By Callum Borchers

Safelite has purchased North Andover-based Giant Glass for an undisclosed sum, ending 34 years of local ownership.

Jobless rate held steady amid fiscal cliff uncertainty

The construction sector was driven in part by rebuilding following Hurricane Sandy.

By Megan Woolhouse

The US economy made slow progress in December, with the jobless rate holding at 7.8 percent as employers hired cautiously.

iRobot upgrades devices for pools, gutters

The Mirra 530 calculates the size of the pool

By Hiawatha Bray

The Bedford-based firm has surfaced with a new machine that automatically cleans swimming pools.

Obituaries

Brooks School head failed to report headmaster allegations

Steve Forbes served as president of the Brooks School’s board of trustees at the time.

By Peter Schworm

While head of the school’s board of trustees, Steve Forbes did not notify authorities of an alleged improper relationship between Lawrence W. Becker and a student.

John J. Reilly, 88, rose from usher to treasurer for Red Sox

John Reilly also worked in the Red Sox media dining room.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Reilly rose through the ranks in the accounting department, retired, then returned to Fenway as receptionist in the media dining room.

Women’s history pioneer Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner at her graduation in 1966 from Columbia University with her husband, Carl, a film editor.

By Dinesh Ramde

Spending six weeks in a Nazi prison steeled Ms. Lerner, 92, to fight the pressure of academia, which she said only wanted to study men.

Sports

Celtics 94, Pacers 75

Celtics wipe out Pacers, end skid

Paul Pierce and the Celtics starters got a lot of time to rest in the second half with the game in hand.

By Julian Benbow

Paul Pierce (13 points) and the starters got a lot of rest in the second half as the Celtics easily ended their 4-game losing streak.

Christopher L. Gasper

Nick Saban runs an NFL-like program

Alabama’s Nick Saban has had 20 players drafted by the NFL since 2010. Four from the 2011 team went in Round 1.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Alabama football is an “organization,” professional connotation intended, just like the Patriots or the San Francisco 49ers.

nfl playoffs

Young quarterbacks leading half the NFL playoff teams

In addition to his passing exploits, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has rushed for nearly 500 yards, and 4 TDs.

By John Powers

Andrew Luck of Indianapolis, Robert Griffin III of Washington, and Russell Wilson of Seattle will be start in this weekend’s wild-card playoffs.

G: Family

Martha’s Vineyard radio station fights for new life online

By James Sullivan

Now that its FM signal has been sold to WBUR, WMVY is rallying its listeners in a bid to stay alive.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: The first First Night

First Night has become so successful that it’s sometimes hard to remember a time when it was simply called New Year’s Eve and you didn’t need to buy a button. The first First Night marked the last night of 1976. It was the first time Bostonians enjoyed the arts festival that would one day spread nationwide and ring in the new year in over 70 cities, growing to showcase the work of over 1000 artists.

Celebrating Big Bill Broonzy

Chicago blues icon Big Bill Broonzy.

By James Reed

An influential bluesman gets a long-overdue salute.