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More tax hikes in Patrick’s blueprint

Governor Deval Patrick’s tax plans would eliminate 45 personal tax deduction including those for T passes, college scholarships, and dependents under 12.

At 5-9, Wes Welker, center,  is dwarfed by some of his larger Patriots teammates.

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Smaller players fill vital roles for Patriots

Some of the Patriots’ biggest playmakers are relatively tiny for the NFL. They prove that little guys can still do big things in the league.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the FBI, and members of other law enforcement agencies announced the arrests Thursday.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Officials hope gang raid results in long prison terms

After two years of work, an army of 300 law enforcement set out to crush two violent Dorchester street gangs.

Paul Sullivan of Captain Marden's Seafoods and Peter Klein, a manager at John Nagle Company, look over escolar (sometimes called white tuna or ex-lax fish) caught off Puerto Rico. Legislation expected Friday would impose fines on places that mislabel seafood and make Massachusetts the first state to ban escolar.

Fishy business

Bill carries fines for mislabeled seafood

Legislation would impose fines on places that mislabel seafood and make Mass. the first state to ban escolar, known as the “ex-lax” fish.

The Nation

Supporters of gun control split on tactics to pass bills

By Jennifer Steinhauer

Sharp divisions are forming between Democrats who believe the best path to gun control is through narrowly written bills and those who advocate a more guerrilla approach.

Terror charge against imam dropped

By CURT ANDERSON

Citing a lack of evidence, a judge dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against one of two Muslim clerics accused of funneling money to the Pakistani Taliban.

Family of raped student gets $22m

By DON BABWIN

The student’s family said the $22.5 million settlement with the city is a ‘‘bittersweet victory’’ that will help pay for her extensive continuing therapy.

The World

Elephant poaching deaths rising

By Jason Straziuso

A 14-year study of a nearly 1,000 elephants in Kenya shows an alarming death rate among older males.

Algeria’s sudden assault frees some hostages, leaves others dead

By Adam Nossiter and Rick Gladstone

Without warning other governments, Algeria mounted an assault Thursday on the heavily armed fighters holding American and other hostages.

Bombs in Iraq kill 26, mostly Shi’ites

By Sameer N. Yacoub

Insurgents unleashed a string of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims across Iraq on Thursday.

Editorial & Opinion

Joshua Green

Do gun laws stand a chance?: Electorate wants change

By Joshua Green

President Obama’s new measures on gun control are useful policies but they won’t seriously restrict access to firearms.

Argeo Paul Cellucci

Do gun laws stand a chance?: A coalition worked in Mass.

By Argeo Paul Cellucci

This should not be a partisan fight. We should honor the unbearable grief of so many by acting now so that others don’t suffer the same.

carlo rotella

He beat Mike Tyson

By Carlo Rotella

“One punch can change the chapters of anybody’s story,” Dorchester boxer Kevin McBride says in a new mini-documentary, “and my story is that I beat Mike Tyson.”

Metro

Officials hope gang raid results in long prison terms

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the FBI, and members of other law enforcement agencies announced the arrests Thursday.

By Andrew Ryan

After two years of work, an army of 300 law enforcement set out to crush two violent Dorchester street gangs.

More tax hikes in Patrick’s blueprint

Governor Deval Patrick delivers his State of the State address in the House Chambers at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman

Governor Deval Patrick’s tax plans would eliminate 45 personal tax deduction including those for T passes, college scholarships, and dependents under 12.

Kevin Cullen

Ortiz should offer answers

By Kevin Cullen

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s reticence in refusing to fully explain decisions in the Aaron Swartz case bodes poorly for someone contemplating a political future.

More Stories

DNA records pose new privacy risks

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

BOSTON

Woman rescued from Red Line tracks

By Todd Feathers

CHELMSFORD

Electrical cord sparked fatal Chelmsford fire

By Todd Feathers

PORTLAND, Maine

Camera on island streams gray seal video

By Clarke Canfield

Business

Fishy business

Bill carries fines for mislabeled seafood

Paul Sullivan of Captain Marden's Seafoods and Peter Klein, a manager at John Nagle Company, look over escolar (sometimes called white tuna or ex-lax fish) caught off Puerto Rico. Legislation expected Friday would impose fines on places that mislabel seafood and make Massachusetts the first state to ban escolar.

By Jenn Abelson

Legislation would impose fines on places that mislabel seafood and make Mass. the first state to ban escolar, known as the “ex-lax” fish.

Massachusetts unemployment rate rises to 6.7 percent

By Megan Woolhouse

The unemployment rate ticked upward to 6.7 percent in December, the seventh straight month that the rate held steady or increased.

Lockout drives Bruins ticket prices higher

Lines at the TD Garden have been common this week as the Bruins begin their season Saturday. Ticket prices on the secondary market have been 30 percent higher than last year. Below, fans watched the team play its Providence affiliate on Tuesday.

By Callum Borchers

Now that the labor dispute is over, some Bruins supporters are so eager to see the team they are paying much more than face value for tickets.

Obituaries

John Thomas dead at 71; set records in high jump

John Thomas won a silver medal at Tokyo. Valery Brumel of Russia won gold.

By Bryan Marquard

The Cambridge-bred Olympic medalist shattered world high jump records in the early 1960s but fell short of the gold while medaling in two Games.

Pauline Phillips; for decades, America’s dear confidante

Mrs. Phillips began her career by training hospital volunteers. ‘‘I learned how to listen,’’ she said in 1989.

By Margalit Fox

Mrs. Phillips, 94, was a California housewife who nearly 60 years ago, transformed herself into the syndicated columnist Dear Abby.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Yale psychologist

The professor studied depression in the 1980s.

By Benedict Carey

The 53-year-old psychologist and writer’s work helped explain why women are twice as prone to depression as men and why such low moods can be so hard to shake.

Sports

Smaller players fill vital roles for Patriots

At 5-9, Wes Welker, center,  is dwarfed by some of his larger Patriots teammates.

By Michael Whitmer

Some of the Patriots’ biggest playmakers are relatively tiny for the NFL. They prove that little guys can still do big things in the league.

Patriots-Ravens has risen into prime NFL rivalry

Tom Brady and the Patriots will meet Terrell Suggs and the Ravens for the seventh time in six seasons on Sunday.

By Shalise Manza Young

Forget the Jets and the Colts, Baltimore is perhaps the Patriots’ fiercest rival, and a team that not only talks a lot but can actually back it up.

Christopher L. Gasper

Rob Ninkovich is the new Mike Vrabel

Rob Ninkovich, shown at his locker, has an uncanny knack for the big play, just like another No. 50 from the Patriots’ glory days, Mike Vrabel.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Ninkovich has an uncanny knack for the big play — just like another No. 50 from the Patriots’ glory days, Vrabel.

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Red Sox Notebook

John Farrell to meet with Sox pitchers

By Peter Abraham

NHL season preview

Bruins must adjust to compressed season

By Kevin Paul Dupont

bruins notebook

Chris Bourque expected to make Bruins roster

By Kevin Paul Dupont

NHL Eastern Conference preview

By Fluto Shinzawa

NHL Western Conference preview

By Fluto Shinzawa

Sports media

NBC hoping viewers tune back in to NHL

By Chad Finn

49ers at Falcons | Sunday, 3

Falcons say 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick poses new challenge

By Charles Odum

Ravens notebook

Ex-UNH star Corey Graham impacting Ravens

By Julian Benbow

Australian Open

Angelique Kerber advances in Australian Open

By John Pye

Patriots notebook

Devin McCourty impressed by Ravens’ road record

By Michael Vega

Falcons-49ers scouting report

Can the Falcons stop 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick?

By Jim McBride

Celtics notebook

Celtics getting physical play from Jason Collins

By Jason Mastrodonato

UMass 79, Duquesne 66

UMass defeats Duquesne, 79-66

By Jeff Wagenheim

College hockey notes

Notes: UNH hopes it’s just getting started

By Nancy Marrapese Burrell

College Roundup

Roundup: Michigan hangs on

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

‘Amour’ bears witness to an awful ­­— and intimate — truth

Emmanuelle Riva as the deteriorating Anne in the 2012 film

By Ty Burr

A simple yet devastatingly profound story of an elderly French couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) during the long, squalid months of the wife’s decline.

Stage Review

On Broadway, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is merely tepid

Scarlett Johansson in the Broadway revival “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

By Don Aucoin

Tennessee Williams’s title character presents a tricky challenge for any actress, and one that Scarlett Johansson, who plays Maggie in the Broadway revival, proves unable to meet.

Gift boosts MFA’s contemporary stock

Among the 161 works Daphne Farago has given the Museum of Fine Arts is John Cederquist’s “Couchabunga” (1992).

By Geoff Edgers

A gift from art collector Daphne Farago will dramatically upgrade the Museum of Fine Arts’s holding of contemporary glass and craft.

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ART REVIEW

‘Graphic Advocacy’ at MassArt

By Mark Feeney

Movie Review

Breaking and exiting

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

Zero dark ghostly?

By Tom Russo

Movie Review

The shorter side of Sundance

By Ty Burr

Television Review

‘Ripper Street’: a gripping Victorian crime drama

By Matthew Gilbert

Music Review

Sandé finds her footing at Paradise

By James Reed

Night Watch

HOME @ Machine

By Katy Rushlau

Book Review

‘The Reenactments’ by Nick Flynn

By Clea Simon

cLASSICAL nOTES

Cantata Singers to perform enigmatic Howells Requiem

By David Weininger

Movie Stars

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Boston-area to fo list

By June Wulff

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