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Patrick expected to seek increased income tax

Governor Patrick is set to propose an increase in the state income tax as part of a plan to raise new revenue for transportation and education.

Senator John Kerry’s 2012 financial disclosure statement details some of the investments that could be seen as problematic if, as expected, he is confirmed as secretary of state.

Kerry faces scrutiny over extensive investments

Senator John Kerry and his wife hold an array of international investments that could pose conflicts of interest for him as secretary of state.

At deadline, Boston area gets 3d casino suitor

The last-minute application brings the tally of contestants to 11 in the multimillion-dollar competition for gambling rights across Mass.

Terry Francona with Theo Epstein in their last title year.

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Image drove Red Sox owners, Terry Francona laments

In his new book, the ex-manager claims Sox owners wanted “sexy” players to boost the declining team’s waning TV ratings in 2010.

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A post by the husband of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz about the death of Aaron Swartz prompted an outpouring of protest and vitriol on Twitter.

The Nation

Kerry faces scrutiny over extensive investments

Senator John Kerry’s 2012 financial disclosure statement details some of the investments that could be seen as problematic if, as expected, he is confirmed as secretary of state.

By Bryan Bender and David Uberti

Senator John Kerry and his wife hold an array of international investments that could pose conflicts of interest for him as secretary of state.

Obama to seek background checks, assault weapon ban

President Obama’s announcement will set off a fierce confrontation with Congress over an issue that has riven American society for decades.

By Philip Rucker

President Obama will formally announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations Wednesday.

Girl abducted from Pa. school found in park unharmed

Nelson Mandela Myers (seen with his son and wife) called police after finding an abducted child in a playground.

By Patrick Walters

A passerby found an abducted 5-year-old girl huddled beneath a Philadelphia playground slide in the pre-dawn cold Tuesday.

The World

Blasts at Syria’s Aleppo University kill scores

Syrians stood in rubble of an Aleppo University building that was struck by one of two explosions on Tuesday.

By Rick Gladstone and Hwaida Saad

At least two deadly explosions, possibly caused by airstrikes or bombs, devastated the campus of Aleppo University in Syria on Tuesday.

Train wreck near Cairo leaves 19 dead, 100 hurt

Egyptian railway workers attempted Tuesday to remove debris from tracks following a train crash in Badrasheen, south of Cairo. Some 1,300 military recruits were aboard.

By Maggie Michael

Nineteen Egyptian conscripts were killed and more than 100 others were injured early Tuesday 12 miles south of Cairo.

Man convicted of murdering UK troops wins appeal

By Shawn Pogatchnik

Northern Ireland’s senior appellate court overturned the murder convictions Tuesday of the only man to be convicted of the 2009 killing of two British soldiers.

Editorial & Opinion

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Newton needs a police chief from outside system

By Lawrence Harmon

Long before a group of Newton police officers hit upon the brilliant idea of egging their supervisor’s home, it was clear there was something rotten in the culture of the Newton Police Department.

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Quaking about shaking

By Scot Lehigh

Flu season is a dreadful time of year, and yet it has a silver lining: It’s the only time when it’s socially acceptable to refuse a handshake.

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Obama must write the rule book for drones

A US Air Force Predator drone.

By Evelyn Krache Morris

The nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA signals that drone strikes will continue to be an important part of the CIA’s mission.

Metro

Patrick expected to seek increased income tax

Governor Deval Patrick may have to battle to increase the income tax rate. He says the state needs to modernize and expand its transit system, adding rail service to New Bedford and Cape Cod.

By Michael Levenson and Eric Moskowitz

Governor Patrick is set to propose an increase in the state income tax as part of a plan to raise new revenue for transportation and education.

At deadline, Boston area gets 3d casino suitor

Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission,  talked to the media after the application deadline on Tuesday.

By Mark Arsenault

The last-minute application brings the tally of contestants to 11 in the multimillion-dollar competition for gambling rights across Mass.

US attorney’s husband stirs Twitter storm on Swartz case

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz maintained her silence on the Aaron Swartz case and declined to comment on the posts by her husband, who could not be reached.

By Shelley Murphy

A post by the husband of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz about the death of Aaron Swartz prompted an outpouring of protest and vitriol on Twitter.

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$2.5b school aid plan outlined by Governor Patrick

By James Vaznis and Akilah Johnson

Episcopal Church bishop will retire in 2014

By Lisa Wangsness and Travis Andersen

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Questioning the price of solitary confinement

By Adrian Walker

Capuano won’t seek Kerry’s seat in Senate

By Frank Phillips and Glen Johnson

Business

MetLife settles with Mass. over surcharges

By Todd Wallack

The insurer allegedly imposed costly surcharges on Mass. drivers who were found not at fault in auto accidents.

Chief of Boston Fed optimistic on jobs

Eric Rosengren has been an outspoken proponent of the Fed’s policy of buying up bonds and keeping short-term interest rates near zero percent, so long as inflation remains below the target 2 percent rate.

By Beth Healy

Eric S. Rosengren said unemployment could drop to 6.5 percent by the end of the year if the government can avoid severe spending cuts.

Mass. puts out welcome mat for Chinese tourists

The Charles Hotel is ready for Chinese guests, general manager Alex Attia says — including with a new website based in China.

By Katie Johnston

Tour operators, hotels, and local attractions are rolling out the red carpet for this lucrative tourist group.

Obituaries

Evan Connell, 88; his poetry, prose pierced suburbia

Evan Connell’s best-known works include “Mrs. Bridge” and “Mr. Bridge.”

Mr. Connell was a National Book award finalist and a finalist in 2009 for the International Man Booker Award for lifetime achievement.

Sports

Doctors call Rob Gronkowski’s injury bad luck

Doctors contacted by the Globe didn’t fault the Patriots’ decision to play Rob Gronkowski, who broke his arm again.

By Shira Springer

Sports medicine experts didn’t fault the Patriots’ decision to play the tight end, who broke his forearm again.

ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Ivan Fears key in surge of Patriots running backs

Shane Vereen spins past Danieal Manning on a 25-yard run in his breakout game Sunday

By Greg A. Bedard

The running backs coach has turned a unit with few household names into a formidable weapon for Bill Belichick’s offense.

Celtics’ Doc Rivers, son finally meet up in NBA game

Doc Rivers (right) was a proud papa at last year’s NBA draft, where his son Austin was selected 10th overall by the Hornets after a standout freshman season at Duke.

By Gary Washburn

Austin Rivers and the Hornets will take on Doc’s Celtics Wednesday night, marking the fourth time an NBA coach has opposed his son.

G: Food

Wood-burning ovens take on new life in restaurants

At Bricco Ristorante in the North End, a branzino is center among the dishes in the wood-burning oven.

By Debra Samuels

Wood-burning ovens, which give food an appealingly crusty exterior and moist interior, are becoming the workhorses of restaurants around Boston.

Cook in your own fireplace

Red peppers are among the dishes that can be cooked over a glowing bed of embers in a fireplace.

Fireplace heat can be used to cook not just chestnuts and s’mores, but sizzling chicken, roasted red peppers or a pot of quick baked beans with hot dogs.

Fireplace safety tips for cooking

Fireplace safety tips for cooking.

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Cookbook Review

A crowd-sourced cookbook of comfort foods

By T. Susan Chang

Sunday Supper

Sausage-stuffed potatoes become hash and eggs

By Sydney Oland

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘A Town of Empty Rooms’ by Karen E. Bender

By S. Kirk Walsh

A Tank away

Weekend trip to Wiscasset, Maine

By Matthew Bellico

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Mark Wahlberg screens ‘Broken City’ in Hingham

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Trump, Dana-Farber waiting on Bill Maher

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Director John Tiffany talks about the artistic process

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Kate Bosworth has a 30th birthday bash

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jacoby Ellsbury and wife plan celebration

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein