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Mohegan Sun set to submit Mass. casino bid

The Conn. casino’s owners have found a new financial backer and will apply to the state’s gambling commission to build a gambling resort in Palmer.

Victor Gomes got the flu vaccine in Dorchester last week.

Boston’s lower-income areas bear brunt of flu

The illness appears to be exacting an especially heavy toll on three neighborhoods — Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Boston-area colleges bracing for students’ return

As thousands of students return for the spring semester, university officials are taking preventive measures to avoid further outbreaks of influenza.

Shane Vereen hauled in a 33-yard pass and beat Barrett Ruud into the end zone for the Patriots’ final touchdown.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots-Texans was a laugher from start to finish

The Patriots can’t be judged fairly based on their performance vs. the awful Texans, but we’ll learn a lot more about them next week vs. the Ravens.

Aaron Swartz was to go on trial in April.

MIT will investigate its role in Aaron Swartz case

MIT will launch a “thorough analysis” of the school’s involvement in the federal hacking case against Swartz, who committed suicide Friday.

The Nation

Weapons ban doomed in Congress, NRA says

Selectwoman Patricia E. Llodra of Newtown, Conn., spoke during a meeting at the high school on the future of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shooting took place.

By Eileen Sullivan

The gun lobby is detecting enough support to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite White House promises to make such a measure a reality.

Maryland governor seeks gun owners’ fingerprints

By Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner

Governor Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements.

Police shoot armed man in theater

Police stormed into a movie theater and shot an armed domestic violence suspect pretending to be a patron.

The World

Egyptian court orders new trial for former dictator

By David D. Kirkpatrick

An Egyptian court overturned the conviction of former President Hosni Mubarak for directing the killing of hundreds of protesters.

20,000 protest ban on US adoption of Russian children

The adoption demonstration through Boulevard Ring in the center of Moscow was one of the largest in Russia in months.

About 20,000 people marched through Moscow, a far bigger number than expected in a sign that outrage over the ban has enlivened anti-Kremlin opposition.

6 arrested in new rape of a bus passenger in India

Police have arrested six suspects in another gang rape, four weeks after an attack on a student outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.

Editorial & Opinion

Jennifer Graham

A generation gap at City Hall

By Jennifer Graham

Young mayors are doing great things, but the mayor-for-life set isn’t giving up so easily.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Chuck Hagel will too set policy

By Juliette Kayyem

The secretary of defense, Hagel’s defenders assert, does not set foreign policy. But have we learned nothing? Of course he does.

JAMES CARROLL

Vietnam haunts nominations

By James Carroll

When John Kerry and Chuck Hagel climb Capitol Hill seeking Senate confirmation, John McCain’s ring is the one they must kiss.

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We must act now to curb worst effects of warming

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Metro

Mohegan Sun set to submit Mass. casino bid

Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Owners will apply to build a resort in Palmer, Mass.

By Mark Arsenault

The Conn. casino’s owners have found a new financial backer and will apply to the state’s gambling commission to build a gambling resort in Palmer.

Boston’s lower-income areas bear brunt of flu

Victor Gomes got the flu vaccine in Dorchester last week.

By Matt Rocheleau

The illness appears to be exacting an especially heavy toll on three neighborhoods — Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Boston-area colleges bracing for students’ return

By Katherine Landergan

As thousands of students return for the spring semester, university officials are taking preventive measures to avoid further outbreaks of influenza.

Business ǀ Science

Woods Hole deep sea sub gets makeover

Commissioned in 1964, Alvin was so named to honor the prime mover and creative inspiration for the sub, Allyn Vine, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

By Martin LaMonica

An overhaul of the storied sub Alvin will let scientists descend four miles below sea level to explore the earth’s final frontier.

THE ENTREPRENEURS GRILL

Can smartphones replace video game consoles?

Chris Allen, of Brass Monkey

Chris Allen is founder of Brass Monkey, which allows gamers to use their smart phones or tablets to play online video games by using common browsers.

Innovation Economy

Making a baby? There’s an app for that, too

Paris Wallace (center) founded Ovuline.

By Scott Kirsner

Cambridge start-up Ovuline sells a mobile app and access to a website to help women monitor fertility and get advice.

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Google apps helping rival Apple prosper

By Nick Wingfield and Claire Cain Miller

Tech Lab Plus

Window cleaning robot was a hit at CES

By Hiawatha Bray

White coat notes

Cheaper drugs often lose out

By Chelsea Conaboy

Obituaries

Kevin Duffy, 70; longtime BC vice president of student affairs

During Dr. Duffy’s tenure, BC evolved from its identity as a commuter school.

By Katherine Landergan

Helping students was Dr. Duffy’s top priority as a professor and an administrator for more than two decades at Boston College.

Margaret Brewer, Marines’ first female general

Margaret Brewer commanded female units early in her career and became a training and public affairs specialist.

By Matt Schudel

Ms. Brewer, 82, a retired brigadier general, was the first woman to hold the rank of general in the Marine Corps.

Del Alberts, former Globe advertising executive

Del Alberts loved opera, played the piano, spoke fluent French, and was an unabashed Francophile.

By Gloria Negri

Mr. Alberts, 78, a man of a certain panache, joined The Boston Globe’s advertising team in 1970 and retired 25 years later as the Globe’s sales promotion manager.

Sports

Patriots 41, Texans 28

Patriots beat Texans, face Ravens in AFC title game

Shane Vereen opened up a 17-3 lead for the Patriots after scoring on an 8-yard reception. Vereen, who had four TDs in the regular season, had three against Houston Sunday.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship game for the 7th time of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era after dispatching the Texans.

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots-Texans was a laugher from start to finish

Shane Vereen hauled in a 33-yard pass and beat Barrett Ruud into the end zone for the Patriots’ final touchdown.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Patriots can’t be judged fairly based on their performance vs. the awful Texans, but we’ll learn a lot more about them next week vs. the Ravens.

Christopher L. Gasper

Real playoffs start next week for Patriots

Wes Welker, who finished with eight catches for 131 yards, hauls in a 47-yarder from Tom Brady in the second quarter.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The win over the Texans was basically an open-book test for the Patriots, who will need to be far better to beat the Ravens.

G: Health

Golden Globe Awards

‘Argo,’ ‘Les Miz’ big winners at the Golden Globes

Ben Affleck took the best director trophy at last night’s Golden Globe Awards for “Argo.”

By Matthew Gilbert

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” took best drama and best director and “Les Misérables” won three awards, while the TV winners were largely an echo of last year’s Emmys.

Health

Teens may need more time to heal from concussions

Madeline Uretsky is still recovering from a concussion she suffered in October 2011. For months, she and her mother stayed in their darkened house and talked, played word games, and cooked. Over a year later, she’s still not the A-student she used to be.

By Karen Weintraub

Researchers are certain that too many young people aren’t resting adequately and getting the recovery time they need.

Concussions: What you should know

By Karen Weintraub

Every concussion is different, so there’s no standard timeline for resuming pre-concussion activities.

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Television Review

‘The Carrie Diaries’: ‘Sex’ gets in the way

By Matthew Gilbert

Music Review

Celtic Music Fest ends in fine form

By Jeffrey Gantz

Music Review

Far Cry sounds poignant, precise, and subtle

By David Weininger

Daily Dose

Best diet list includes plant-based plans

By Deborah Kotz

Book Review

‘The River Swimmer’ by Jim Harrison

By Ian Crouch

Daily Dose

Distinguishing the flu from norovirus

By Deborah Kotz

Health Answers

Can the flu vaccine make you feel sick?

By Courtney Humphries

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

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Hot Stove players keen on charity

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Soccer star Heather Mitts kicks off Simmons series

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ben Affleck honored for peace work

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Willie Alexander hailed nearing 70th birthday

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Amanda Palmer to speak at TED conference

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Kevin Bacon talks ‘R.I.P.D.’ and Boston

By Meredith Goldstein

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Traci Bingham has a Boston birthday

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein