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Older injuries raise questions for nanny

The presence of old bone fractures in a 1-year-old Cambridge girl who died last week, allegedly at the hands of her nanny, has raised disturbing questions about how long she may have been abused and whether she exhibited past signs of physical distress that were, in ­retrospect, missed cries for help.

Filings describe cries, bloody scene

Blood-stained baby wipes were discovered in 1-year-old Rehma Sabir’s bedroom and State Police also found a bloody pillow and blanket in the infant’s crib, according to court records obtained by the Globe today. Sabir died on Jan. 16, and Middlesex prosecutors have charged Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady of delivering fatal blows to the child on Jan. 14, the same day a concerned neighbor reported hearing the child crying for nearly 90 minutes before she slowly settled into silence.

Michael E. McLaughlin

McLaughlin charged in hiding of pay

Michael McLaughlin, the former chief of the Chelsea Housing Authority, faces up to 20 years for allegedly falsifying his income, reported as $360,000 in 2011.

The Christian Science Plaza.

Two towers to rise next to Christian Science site

One of two towers to be built would be 50 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings to hit the city skyline in years.

 Senator John F. Kerry and his wife will relinquish nearly 100 investments at home and abroad to avoid possible conflicts of interest if he is confirmed to succeed Clinton as secretary of state.

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Kerry to divest some financial holdings

Within 90 days of becoming Secretary of State, Senator John F. Kerry and his wife have agreed to divest nearly 100 separate investments in the United States and abroad -- ranging from oil companies to weapons makers and a Chinese food company -- in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, according to a copy of his so-called ethics agreement. “I am committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for government officials,” Kerry wrote in the agreement with the State Department’s ethics office. “...I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect on my financial interests or those of any person whose interests are imputed to me, unless I first obtain a written waiver.” The divestitures of Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry, the heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, include Cenovus Energy Inc., the Canadian company that would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline; Waltham-based Raytheon Co.; Exxon Mobil Corp.; drug maker Pfizer,; communications giant Qualcomm Inc. and AT&T; America Express; Microsoft; and number of private equity firms, and dozens of others.

In one of her last public appearances as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton testified for six hours on the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Clinton defends US response to Libya attack

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she had moved quickly to improve the security of US diplomats after the attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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With medical marijuana legalized, a grow-your-own effort

Cannabis growing classes, taught without pretense since the drug’s legalization for medicinal purposes, have been filled to capacity.

Military to allow women into combat jobs

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to announce Thursday a lifting of the ban on women in combat roles, a watershed change that removes the remaining barrier to a fully inclusive military, defense officials said. Officials said the decision was influenced by women’s valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Military to allow women into combat jobs

By Ernesto Londoño

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to announce Thursday he is lifting the ban on women in combat roles, a change that removes the remaining barrier to a fully inclusive military.

Ohio couple admits to putting kids in plastic boxes

An eastern Ohio couple pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

Fontana, Calif., school police get high-powered rifles

By Gillian Flaccus

The school police force in this Southern California city has acquired 14 high-powered semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses.

The World

UK premier offers plan to reduce ties to European Union

By Andrew Higgins

Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to reduce British entanglement with the European Union, or allow his people to vote in a referendum to leave the bloc altogether.

Morocco to change law allowing rape marriage

Zohra Filali had petitioned to stop the law allowing rapists to marry their victims. Her daughter, Amina, had committed suicide after being coerced into such a union.


The government has announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the traditional practice of forcing rape victims to marry their attackers.

Witness describes killings by Malian army

Fields burned along the road from Sango to Niono, which was seized by Islamists and then bombed by French forces.

By Baba Ahmed

Malian soldiers killed people accused of ties to radical Islamists at a bus stop around the time the French-led military intervention began, a witness said.

Editorial & Opinion


Clinton’s reality check

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

By Juliette Kayyem

It isn’t a grand strategy that will make the world safer, but rather small bureaucratic moments, Hillary Clinton told legislators.


Unlike Beyonce, Hillary faces the music

Beyonce performed at President Obama’s second inauguration.

By Joan Vennochi

Beyonce, who is said to have lip-synched the National Anthem at the inauguration, can learn something about survival and risk-taking in Washington from Hillary Clinton.


Invest in Mass., but don’t play Robin Hood

By Edward L. Glaeser

Governor Deval Patrick is right to want to boost services, but his progressive taxation proposals could drive businesses and wealthy individuals outside the state.


Filings describe cries, bloody scene

By Peter Schwormand John R. Ellement

Court documents provided a grim account of the hours leading up to the alleged ­assault on 1-year-old Rehma Sabir, who died of head injuries two days later.

Older injuries raise questions for nanny

Flowers for the parents of Rehma Sabir were left in the entryway of their apartment building in Cambridge.

By Patricia Wen

Old bone fractures in a 1-year-old Cambridge girl who died last week, allegedly at the hands of her nanny, raised disturbing questions about how long she may have been abused.

McLaughlin charged in hiding of pay

Michael E. McLaughlin

By Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes

Michael McLaughlin, the former chief of the Chelsea Housing Authority, faces up to 20 years for allegedly falsifying his income, reported as $360,000 in 2011.

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Patrick proposes $34.8b budget

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman

Green Line shut in Back Bay

By Martine Powers

Yvonne Abraham

A parent’s child-care nightmare

By Yvonne Abraham

Four suspects arrested in Canton drug raid

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


Man, 78, is discovered dead on bus

By Lauren Dezenski and Chris Stuck-Girard

Federal agents raid Woburn defense firm

By Milton Valencia and Michael Farrell


Two towers to rise next to Christian Science site

The Christian Science Plaza.

By Casey Ross

One of two towers to be built would be 50 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings to hit the city skyline in years.

Jury clears bank in lawsuit

By Michael B. Farrell

Goldman Sachs was not to blame for the multimillion dollar loss owners of Dragon Systems Inc. incurred after selling their company to a firm that collapsed, a jury found.

Copa Airlines’ Boston-Panama flight opens up Latin America

Copa Airlines’ Panama City hub. Passengers will be able to connect from there to popular cities including San Jose, Guatemala City, and Sao Paolo.

By Katie Johnston

The 5½-hour flight will leave Logan just before 10 a.m. each day, clearing Boston of its status as the largest US market without a nonstop flight to Central or South America.


Nellie Taft, 75, free-spirited painter of impressionist art

Ms. Taft was very social but highly private, a niece said.

By Emma Stickgold

As complex as the abstract impressionist paintings she created, Ms. Taft was spirited and social, and also needed time alone to paint and to curate exhibitions.

Taiho, 72; champion sumo wrestler used skill, not girth

Taiho (left) during a performance in 1967 in Tokyo. His 32 championships are the most in the ancient sport’s history.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Taiho was widely considered the greatest sumo wrestler of postwar Japan despite the fact that he weighed scarcely more than 300 pounds.

Joseph Eger, 92; horn player started Symphony for UN

Mr. Eger was one of very few French horn players to have enjoyed a solo career.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Eger was a French horn player, conductor, and advocate for progressive causes whose work sought to promote harmony in both senses of the word.


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Bruins fall to Rangers in OT

Marian Gaborik slipped this game-winning goal past Tuukka Rask in overtime.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins fought back several times, but Marian Gaborik’s hat trick, notched 27 seconds into overtime, gave them their first loss of the season.

How will Patriots rebuild their roster?

Tom Brady, of course, will still be the on-field leader for the Patriots, but which players will have his back next time around?

By Shalise Manza Young

Eleven key players can become free agents. See whom Bill Belichick must evaluate as he seeks to rebuild his beaten team.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots must change ways and personnel

Bill Belichick now must contemplate what his 2013 roster will look like.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The personnel needs tweaks, but the Patriots also need to alter their personality so that they don’t continue to be a championship dead end.

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Chestnut Hill’s David Walton is on the rise

Julia Stiles and David Walton filmed the made-for-TV movie “The Makeover” in the Boston Public Garden last fall.

By Meredith Goldstein

Walton is in the thick of an arc on the Fox comedy “New Girl,” he stars in the TV movie “The Makeover,” and he just sold a new comedy to CBS.

Wigmaker Joe Rossi has a style that fits with filmmakers

Joe Rossi in his wig workshop.

By Meredith Goldstein

Rhode Island’s Joe Rossi’s skill in designing wigs has given him an edge in landing makeup artist jobs in local films.

Cooking up a connection

By Sara Faith Alterman

Cooking serves as a reminder of Mom and provides a platform for connection when the distance to her kitchen stretches into the thousands of miles.

Globe North

Cape Ann Skeptics think there are more questions than answers

Dr. Richard Sagall spoke about medical overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis at a recent meeting.

By Taryn Plumb

“Skepticism,” as the group defines it, is not about judgmental scoffing or raised-eyebrow condescension. It’s rational, critical, and scientific thinking.

Believe it, or not

Cape Ann Skeptics defines “Skepticism” as “Rational critical, and scientific thinking.”


Environmental decision favors controversial housing plan

By John Laidler

The state’s top environmental official said the Ledges at Woburn does not require an environmental impact report, clearing a major hurdle for the project.

Globe South

Young Hingham rockers drumming up a fan base

The four-members of Replay — (from left) Aidan Connerly, Jack Wanty, George Egan, and Charlie Egan — performed in the Hard Rock Cafe’s Youth Battle of the Bands.

By Sara Mason Ader

The rock band Replay, with members aged 10 to 13, is gaining fans through Hard Rock Cafe’s Battle of the Bands, concerts, and community fundraisers.

Hingham welcomes affordable housing units

The 40B project at 80 Beal St. in Hingham features eight cottage-style homes on three acres.

By Jessica Bartlett

Officials have found a way to build a controversy-free affordable-housing project: design it themselves.

Hanover town manager dishes on new cooking show

Town Manager Troy Clarkson (right) and Selectman Gary Young taping a cable TV show.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Troy Clarkson‘s new cable show, “Hanover Cooks and Talks,” features an official or resident who talks with him while preparing a favorite dish.

Globe West

Local schools see the value in recess

First-graders at Anna Ware Jackson school in Plainville take around 30 minutes of recess time daily.

By Calvin Hennick

As a recently released report outlines the benefits of recess, local educators say they too see the value in getting kids out of the classroom and into the fresh air.

Recess recommendations

By Calvin Hennick

American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on recess.


Newton South, NCAA clash

By Deirdre Fernandes

Last summer, school officials found out a large number of Newton South’s classes didn’t cut it for graduates who wanted to play Division 1 or Division 2 sports in college.