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Patrick targets public housing boards

Governor Deval Patrick will propose replacing 240 public housing authorities with six regional agencies in an effort to eliminate waste and corruption.

Parishioners and visitors at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross can donate with credit cards.

DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

Parishes offer a collection e-basket

Leaders at the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross have installed a credit card kiosk so parishioners can make donations electronically.

Gabriella Diaz, 4, got a flu shot Wednesday at the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury.

Boston declares a flu emergency

A surge in cases has clinic waiting rooms overflowing, and hospitals scrambling to find beds for patients.

Dan Shaughnessy

Good reason no one elected to Hall of Fame

Resistance may change in time, but for now many voters believe in withholding immortality for players who dominated in the steroids era.

Boston scientists take step in growing cells for hearing

Boston researchers have for the first time used a drug to regenerate hair cells that sense sound in the ears of adult mice.

The Nation

Violence, poor health cut US life expectancy

By Kevin Freking

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms, according to a report.

Pap test could detect other cancers

For years, doctors have lamented that there’s no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Wednesday, scientists reported a tantalizing hint that one day, there might be.

Briton gets 3 years in missile sting

A federal judge sentenced a British businessman to nearly three years in prison for trying to buy surface-to-air missile parts from undercover US agents to resell to Iran.

The World

Syria releases 2,100 prisoners

By Anne Barnard and Sebnem Arsu

The prisoner swap appeared to be the biggest since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began almost two years ago.

Judge OK’s Chavez swearing-in delay

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ

Venezuela’s Supreme Court chief said the upcoming inauguration of President Hugo Chavez, recovering from cancer surgery, can legally be postponed.

Pakistani truckers for NATO on strike

By RIAZ KHAN

Truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike in northwest Pakistan to protest lower pay, inadequate security, and corrupt officials.

Editorial & Opinion

Joan Vennochi

Rail company has inside track at T

By Joan Vennochi

With the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company’s $2.2 billion contract set to expire in June, Beacon Hill should keep a watchful eye on a founder who knows how to duck responsibility.

Editorial

Dougan’s free legal services a conflict of interest

Judge Raymond Dougan in 2011.

The integrity of the judicial system requires a judge to eschew gifts, loans, and favors from attorneys and their firms if they are likely to appear before the judge.

Edward L. Glaeser

The urban innovation model

By Edward L. Glaeser

As Zipcar and other companies show, today’s breakthroughs in business and technology favor city dwellers.

Metro

Patrick targets public housing boards

By Sean P. Murphy

Governor Deval Patrick will propose replacing 240 public housing authorities with six regional agencies in an effort to eliminate waste and corruption.

Boston declares a flu emergency

Gabriella Diaz, 4, got a flu shot Wednesday at the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury.

By Deborah Kotz and Chelsea Conaboy

A surge in cases has clinic waiting rooms overflowing, and hospitals scrambling to find beds for patients.

Yvonne Abraham

Taking Mayor William ­Lantigua out with the trash

By Yvonne Abraham

Lawrence supporters deserve a new mayor who can clean their streets without dragging them through the mud.

More Stories

BRAINTREE

Job training firm shuts Mass. locations

By Travis Andersen

Where to get a flu vaccine

By Deborah Kotz

Business

Lower utility profits urged

By Erin Ailworth

Environmentalists and consumer groups are asking regulators to lower profits local utilities receive, which could save customers more than $150 million a year.

Tech Lab

Smart appliances help run your household

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are appliances that can communicate with each other, such as this LG refrigerator or ADT’s Pulse, which offers smart TV controls.

By Hiawatha Bray

Dozens of companies scrambling to create new kinds of data networks that will link just about every device in our lives.

Holiday sales off target for retailers

Joanna Marsden browsed at The Concord Shop on Wednesday. The cookware shop was among those to report disappointing holiday sales.

By Jenn Abelson and Alyssa Edes

Sales at local merchants in November and December grew 2.76 percent compared with the previous year — below the 3.5 percent increase projected.

Obituaries

Fred Turner, 80; key to rise of McDonald’s

By Katie Thomas

Mr. Turner, a former McDonald’s chief executive who helped expand the fast-food chain’s global footprint, spearheaded the creation of “Hamburger University.”

Sports

Celtics 87, Suns 79

Celtics ride bench to win over Suns

Jared Sullinger pulled in a rebound in front of Luis Scola of the Suns on Wednesday night.

By Gary Washburn

Rookie Jared Sullinger had career-high 16 rebounds along with 12 points as the reserves carried Boston to an 87-79 win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Good reason no one elected to Hall of Fame

By Dan Shaughnessy

Resistance may change in time, but for now many voters believe in withholding immortality for players who dominated in the steroids era.

Patriots have no guarantees in playoff rematches

TomBrady and the Patriots defeated the Texans handily in the regular season, but that is no guarantee of playoff success. In fact, the Patriots are 1-4 in their last five rematch playoff games.

By Michael Whitmer

Another reason why the Patriots’ December win over the Texans means little: they are 1-4 in their last five postseason rematches.

G: Style

G Cover

Why many women delay revealing pregnancies

By Beth Teitell

Many women delay revealing their pregnancy in the workplace as long as possible. Some fear miscarriage, and some worry that their status at work will be diminished.

Lou Eyrich finds style in an unlikely place

Costume Designer Lou Eyrich.

By Christopher Muther

Going from “Glee” to grimy works for this costume designer.

Can shoes make you look fat? Yes, says Vogue magazine

Actress Jessica Chastain in platforms at the premiere of “Zero Dark Thirty” in LA.

By Beth Teitell

Vogue editors, have you read your own magazine?

Globe North

Haverhill drawing energy from rejuvenated Bible college

Ministry students took part in a morning service at Haverhill’s Northpoint Bible College, which changed its name from Zion .

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Zion Bible College has taken on its new name as Northpoint Bible College, capping a turnaround for the school that trains students for ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.

Portsmouth pastor finds his way through the church

At 28, Seth Hoffman is a pastor at New Frontiers Church in Portsmouth, N.H..

By David Rattigan

A former drug addict, Seth Hoffman was drawn to the Christian faith at a halfway house in Wisconsin. Now, Hoffman is making an impact as a pastor.

Medford

Medford Stop & Shop to open at former Foodmaster location

By Jarret Bencks

After renovating the old Johnnie’s Foodmaster location on Salem Street, Stop & Shop is set to hold a grand opening for its new store.

Globe South

Plymouth housing proposal spells end of movie studio dream

Aerial view of the Waverly Oaks Golf Club property, where a proposed development would replace a nine-hole course with 113 homes.

By Christine Legere

The owner of the Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth has submitted a plan to build 113 single-family homes on the property.

Scituate

Fourth grader’s letter to Santa helps Scituate Animal Shelter

Moira Feeney, 10, admired a rabbit at the Scituate Animal Shelter, which she frequently visits.

By Jessica Bartlett

Two days before Christmas, Moira Feeney penned a letter to Santa and asked him to give a present to the Scituate Animal Shelter rather than bring one to her.

Norwell

Norwell urges residents to prepare for the worst

By Meg Murphy

A community discussion is kicking off in tiny Norwell to educate residents about having a plan in place to protect their homes and businesses against sudden disaster.

Globe West

Joy springs from pop-up book collection

Ellie Levine, 88, has a collection of more than 300 pop-up books. In November, she put them on exhibit at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.

By Steve Maas

Avid collector from Dedham says chance encounter with “Alice in Wonderland” led her into a wide world of paper-engineered books.

Concord woman seeks to control trespassing cats

Lydia Lodynsky, who is pushing for restrictions on roaming cats, recorded a cat waiting by a feeder in her Concord back yard, a popular stop for hungry birds.

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

A Concord woman who grew angry about roaming cats killing off songbirds is trying once again to curb nuisance cats.

Wellesley considers requiring iPads for all fifth-graders

A scene from a school near Paris last month reflects the growing use of tablet computers in educational settings.

By Evan Allen

iPads could be required tools for Wellesley school system fifth-graders, if the district decides to expand a pilot program.