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Mass. keeps mental health data from FBI gun checks

The state has not provided mental health records to an FBI database for gun background checks, the result of a law prohibiting such sharing.

Residents helped evacuate injured victims after a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, early Sunday. The blaze was ignited by pyrotechnics during a rock band’s performance, authorities said.

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With some exits locked, Brazil club fire kills 233

A fire ignited by a rock band’s pyrotechnic spectacle swept through a nightclub filled with more than 1,000 university students.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino (shown speaking last year) said he is focused on the tone of this year’s address.

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Menino, State of the City speech will draw scrutiny

The focus for many will be less on what Mayor Menino says in his 20th State of the City address than on his physical presence.

US may tell Chelsea to repay $7m in grants

Federal officials may charge that the Chelsea Housing Authority filed misleading reports to obtain the money under former director Michael McLaughlin.

Insurance for high-risk properties easier to get

Thousands of residents who once had to buy expensive home coverage from the Mass. FAIR Plan are increasingly able to find policies through other insurers.

The Nation

Early pact made on US immigration overhaul

Democrats made “great, great progress” with Republicans, Senator Charles Schumer said.

By Julia Preston

A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system.

Unpopular cuts likely, Rep. Paul Ryan warns

The chairman of the House Budget Committee said that the GOP will oppose tax increases and, as a result, deep, unpopular budget cuts probably will take effect.

Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida

Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, claims about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

The World

With some exits locked, Brazil club fire kills 233

Residents helped evacuate injured victims after a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, early Sunday. The blaze was ignited by pyrotechnics during a rock band’s performance, authorities said.

By Simon Romero

A fire ignited by a rock band’s pyrotechnic spectacle swept through a nightclub filled with more than 1,000 university students.

Egypt orders crackdown after weekend’s turmoil

A protester tried to stop Egyptian riot police from firing tear gas Sunday near a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo.

By Hamza Hendawi

An angry President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency in parts of Egypt following a weekend of violent protest.

In Bangladesh fire, factory exit reportedly locked

A worker looked at the remains of a garment factory where a fire took the lives of seven colleagues in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The father of one victim has filed a police case.

Bangladesh’s government has ordered an investigation into the fire at a garment factory where seven female workers died.

Editorial & Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

From Seneca Falls to Stonewall and back again

By Juliette Kayyem

The Pentagon’s decision to allow women in combat came faster than anticipated because of women, and, surprisingly, the gay rights movement.

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

Downsizing the American dream

 The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is on the forefront of the tiny house movement. Its Fencl design is 130 square feet, including vaulted ceilings. And it fits on a trailer.

By Jennifer Graham

Would Americans trade their mansion-sized mortgages for something tiny? Really, really tiny?

James Carroll

What India’s bomb shelters really mean

By James Carroll

The idea that humans can outlast a nuclear war is a fantasy we’ve seen before, and all the more reason the US should recommit to ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

Metro

Menino, State of the City speech will draw scrutiny

Mayor Thomas M. Menino (shown speaking last year) said he is focused on the tone of this year’s address.

By Andrew Ryan

The focus for many will be less on what Mayor Menino says in his 20th State of the City address than on his physical presence.

US may tell Chelsea to repay $7m in grants

Former Chelsea Housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin.

By Sean P. Murphy and Scott Allen

Federal officials may charge that the Chelsea Housing Authority filed misleading reports to obtain the money under former director Michael McLaughlin.

Charter schools’ building costs cited

By Martine Powers

A report expected to be released Monday outlines the financial challenges faced by Mass. charter schools that lease or purchase their own facilities.

Business ǀ Science

Insurance for high-risk properties easier to get

By Todd Wallack

Thousands of residents who once had to buy expensive home coverage from the Mass. FAIR Plan are increasingly able to find policies through other insurers.

When should the Fed lessen the stimulus?

By Binyamin Appelbaum

Inside the Federal Reserve, the debate is shifting from whether the Fed should do more to stimulate the economy to when it should start doing less.

Mass. at center of a war on hackers

From his office in Burlington, Richard Wang, a security expert at Sophos, can determine where cyberattacks originate and which websites have been corrupted.

By Michael B. Farrell

A long list of companies, many of which remain anonymous, have had their critical systems protected by a cybersecurity company in the state.

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Innovation Economy

Intel invests in creator of ‘app stores’

By Scott Kirsner

Tech Lab Plus

Keyboard for the iPhone is a clever touch

By Hiawatha Bray

White Coat Notes

Hospital penalty plan is faulted

By Chelsea Conaboy

Obituaries

Arlene Eisner, 62; helped others while facing illness

Arlene Eisner grew up in Chelsea and studied at UMass Boston.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Eisner lived for 33 years after her first cancer diagnosis, but healthy or sick, she was there to offer support to others.

Stanley Karnow, reporter and historian

Stanley Karnow won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for a history of the Philippines.

By Hillel Italie

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Stanley Karnow, 87, wrote a definitive book about the Vietnam War.

Susan Hight Denny, 84; actress left stage to raise family

Mrs. Denny played Sister Sarah Brown on Broadway and on tour in an early 1950s production of ‘‘Guys and Dolls.”

By Bart Barnes

Mrs. Denny starred with Bette Davis in “Two’s Company” before giving up a stage career to become a homemaker.

Sports

Celtics 100, Heat 98

Celtics beat Heat in double overtime

Ray Allen (right) is one of the only people not looking as Paul Pierce hits a shot over LeBron James in the second OT to give Boston a 99-98 lead.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak, but the win was overshadowed by the news of Rajon Rondo’s torn right ACL.

Rajon Rondo out for season after tearing right ACL

Rajon Rondo was only a spectator during warm-ups Sunday, before it was learned that the point guard was dealing with a torn ACL.

By Gary Washburn

An NBA source said the All-Star Celtics guard will receive a second opinion to determine the extent of the damage.

Book excerpt

Job became more personal with Jon Lester in need

“Tito was great with me. I don’t think with any other manager I could have had that comfort level,” Jon Lester said on manager Terry Francona, who guarded the pitcher’s privacy during his treatment for large-cell lymphoma.

By Terry Francona

In the second installment of the preview of Terry Francona’s book, the former Red Sox manager relates his experience when Lester was diagnosed with cancer.

G: Health

G Cover

Program brings dental care to children without dentists

Carol Gilmore, a public health hygienist who provides dental services to children, treats Kyara Fortes at the offices of Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.

By Chelsea Conaboy

Public health hygienists, working under a state program created in 2010, are improving access to dental care.

In Practice

Patients, doctors, and the power of religious faith

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

The clinical efficacy of prayer is difficult to measure, though researchers have tried.

Daily Dose

Tips to make sure doctors don’t tune you out

By Deborah Kotz

How can you get your doctor to become a better listener? Here’s what the authors of “When Doctors Don’t Listen” recommend.

More Stories

Daily Dose

Report has an update on Gulf War Syndrome

By Deborah Kotz

MD MAMA

When to keep your child home from school

By Dr. Claire McCarthy

Be Well

Environmental factors and type 2 diabetes

By Karen Weintraub

Book Review

‘Rage Is Back’ by Adam Mansbach

By Eric Liebetrau

Music Review

Corey Smith cramps the style he aims for

By Marc Hirsh

Music Review

Christine Ebersole’s memorable life

By June Wulff

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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Stars raise awareness of voice health issues

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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CBS puts order in for Boston comedy

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Winterfest with Red Sox’ Will Middlebrooks

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Lots of friends in Ben Affleck’s arms

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jonathan Levine premieres ‘Warm Bodies’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Local celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein