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State of the Commonwealth

Patrick pushes for income tax hike

Governor Patrick called on legislators to raise the state ­income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent while cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong case reflects lesson about human behavior

For the millions expected to watch cyclist Lance Armstrong admit he cheated, there is one nagging question: How can someone live with such a lie?

The Nation

Obama launches gun control effort

President Obama hugged one of the four children who appeared with him as he unveiled his proposals in Washington.

By Matt Viser and Brian MacQuarrie

President Obama outlined a proposal to prevent more mass shootings and attempted to rally support.

Charities fear new tax rules’ effect on giving

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Charities and nonprofits are worried new limits on tax deductions for high earners will hurt donations just as charitable giving is starting to rebound.

Rescuers free woman wedged between 2 buildings for about four hours

 The Portland Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue unit had been trained for similar situations. They made cuts and used a soapy lubricant to execute the rescue.

By NIGEL DUARA

Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman stuck between two buildings.

The World

Attackers seize gas field, hostages in Algeria

JGC Corporation, or Nikki Manager of public relations Takeshi Endo, answered reporters' questions following Wednesday's attack at a natural gas complex in Algeria which involves the company's workers, at its headquarters in Yokohama.

By Adam Nossiterand ADAM NOSSITER

The French military assault on Islamist extremists in Mali escalated into a potentially much broader North African conflict Wednesday.

Building collapse kills 25 in Egypt

By Hamza Hendawi

An eight-story apartment building collapsed in the port city of Alexandria, killing at least 25 people in the second deadly accident to hit the country in as many days.

Germany moving its gold stash home

Germany’s central bank is hauling home tens of thousands of gold bars currently stored in the United States and France, in a high-security operation.

Editorial & Opinion

joan vennochi

Swartz case is sad, but not an overreach

By Joan Vennochi

The reason why computer prodigy Aaron Swartz was prosecuted does not seem mysterious.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Walmart’s veterans program is temporary relief

By Juliette Kayyem

Walmart promised to hire 100,000 recent veterans, but its plan won’t give them sustained support and training that connect skills learned in the military with economic opportunities.

nicholas burns

The promise of India

A group of school girls watched as antirape protesters demonstrated in New Delhi in December.

By Nicholas Burns

India is a country of contradictions, and of potential, and should remain a priority for the US.

Metro

State of the Commonwealth

Patrick pushes for income tax hike

“I choose growth,’’ Governor Deval Patrick said.

By Michael Levenson and Frank Phillips

Governor Patrick called on legislators to raise the state ­income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent while cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Yvonne Abraham

Pressure is on to fix transit

By Yvonne Abraham

A $1 billion tax increase, which will cost each household $400 a year on average, will be a tough sell, and will require some serious push on Beacon Hill and beyond.

US attorney Carmen Ortiz defends action in Aaron Swartz MIT hacker case

US Attorney Carmen M. ­Ortiz

By Peter Schworm and Travis Andersen

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said her office acted appropriately in the case of Aaron Swartz, an open information advocate who committed suicide Friday.

More Stories

BOSTON

18-year-old held in Roxbury slaying

By Travis Andersen

NEW BEDFORD

Suspect returned to scene, police say

By Todd Feathers

DANVERS

Police seek man in nursing home thefts

By Lauren Dezenski

US attorney defends office’s action in MIT hacker case

By Peter Schworm and Travis Andersen

Morning snowstorm snarls traffic, air travel

By Lauren Dezenski and John R. Ellement

POP MUSIC

Jessie Ware delivers slo-mo soul

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Business

Citing fire risk, FAA grounds Dreamliners

A Japan Airlines flight took off from Boston early this month.

By Katie Johnston

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner because of a potential battery fire risk.

TD Garden owners propose towers with retail, apartments

The demolition of the Boston Garden in 1998 and the elevated Green Line tracks.

By Casey Ross

The Garden’s owners are resurrecting development plans that would include a pair of 400-foot towers.

Tech Lab

New gadgets bring over-the-air TV to mobile devices

By Hiawatha Bray

Mobile DTV lets viewers receive over-the-air television broadcasts on their mobile devices. It works pretty well, but for now it is much too limited to catch on.

Obituaries

Vilma Hunt; pioneered research into smoking, worksites

Dr. Vilma Hunt, with help from Harvard University student  Melissa Inouye, researched the history of uranium.

By J.M. Lawrence

Dr. Hunt, 86, studied workplace environmental hazards for women and was an Environmental Protection Agency administrator during the Carter administration.

Conrad Bain, father in ‘Diff’rent Strokes’

Conrad Bain, with his co-stars on “Diff’rent Strokes,’’ Todd Bridges (left) and Gary Coleman.

By Frazier Moore

Mr. Bain, 89, was a veteran stage and film actor who became a star as the kindly adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.”

Robert Holland, member of Fed

Dr. Holland, 87, was an economist who became the first staff member of the Federal Reserve System to be appointed directly to its board of governors.

Sports

Hornets 90, Celtics 78

Celtics’ win streak stopped by Hornets

Kevin Garnett was unhappy with a call in the second quarter.

By Gary Washburn

While Austin Rivers scored 8 points against his father’s team, the most important result for the Celtics was a distasteful loss.

Aqib Talib has had big effect on Patriots

The numbers for the Patriots secondary show improvement for a unit that had been the Achilles’ heel of the team for going on two seasons before Aqib Talib’s arrival.

By Shalise Manza Young

Since coming over midseason, Talib has helped solidify a Patriots secondary that had been the team’s Achilles’ heel.

Girlfriend of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was a hoax

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o said he met his girlfriend online, although a report claims that the woman, Lennay Kekua, never existed.

By Jim McBride

Heisman finalist said his much-reported story about his late girlfriend was false. Te’o said he met the girl online, although a report claims that the woman never existed.

G: Style

G Cover

Finding beauty in Lebanon’s broken buildings

2b design uses items from homes damaged in Lebanon’s conflicts and employs people from diverse religious groups to turn them into home furnishings.

By Linda Matchan

The Moubaraks aim to sell home furnishings while preserving Lebanon’s cultural and architectural heritage, improving lives, and promoting reconciliation and understanding.

Book Review

‘Going Clear ’ by Lawrence Wright

By Buzzy Jackson

Wright’s insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic exposé of Scientology grew out of his 2011 New Yorker profile of screenwriter and Scientology defector Paul Haggis.

Television Review

Jim Jefferies’s ‘Legit’: Boys to men

From left: DJ Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl, and Jim Jefferies in the new FX comedy “Legit.”

By Matthew Gilbert

The new FX comedy is full of material that relies on giddy vulgarity, political incorrectness, and sexual frankness.

Globe North

In Somerville, parkour growing by leaps and bounds

During a morning session at Somerville High School (clockwise from top left), Blake Evitt leads students up stairs; Evitt demonstrates a move; Daniel Abraham, Cristian Lopez, David Kovin, Evitt, and Rachel Kelly (from left) negotiate railings; and Kovin sprints on a wall.

By Taryn Plumb

Blake Evitt, 25, has dedicated the last several years to studying the obstacle course-like form of physical training he’s now introducing to his hometown.

Parkour: Grace and precision

Parkour including gymnastics, various martial arts, climbing, track and field, and other disciplines.

Gloucester

Charter students join new schools

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Of the 110 students who left Gloucester Community Arts Charter School, which closed last week, 98 enrolled in the Gloucester school district.

Globe South

Remembering Eleanor Norris and the land she loved

Clockwise from top: a view from the deck of the old boathouse at Norris Reservation; the boathouse itself; a view through trees of the North River; Norwell resident Elizabeth Gordon standing next to a display about Eleanor Norris at the reservation. Below, Norris in about 1991.

By Meg Murphy

Eleanor A. Norris of Norwell donated 99 acres of land, now preserved as a memorial to her husband.

Time to take on the flu

By Katheleen Conti

Although recent state and federal data indicate the worst of the season might be over, some area health agents say they are still seeing a large number of cases.

Facts about the Norris reservation in Norwell

Facts about the Norris Reservation in Norwell.

Globe West

‘Annie’ production is autism-friendly

Actors at a dress rehearsal for “Annie” by the Open Door Theatre. The community theater company includes people with special needs.

By Kathleen Burge

When the blue curtain opens at Open Door Theater’s Jan. 19 performance of “Annie,” the show will begin, a little differently.

Solar success costing owners

By Jose Martinez

The push to add more solar power to the electrical mix in Massachusetts has been so successful that a key financial incentive has taken a hit in the marketplace.

Weston celebrates 300 in vintage style

Weston Historical Society president Pam Fox oversees an exhibit on the town history.

By Lisa Kocian

With a ceremony last weekend, Weston embarked on a yearlong 300th anniversary celebration with concerts, a cycling tour, fireworks, even a commemorative postage stamp.