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Uncertainty boosts donations at the end of 2012

Donors raced to make gifts before Congress has a chance to limit tax deductions on such contributions this year.

The Senate voted 94 to 3 to confirm Senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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John Kerry sails in Senate voting

The Senate confirmed Obama’s nomination of Senator Kerry to be secretary of state, handing the Mass. Democrat a redemptive career victory.

3 departures curtail New England’s political muscle

A powerful trio of senators — John Kerry, Olympia Snowe, and Joe Lieberman — is gone, sapping the ­region’s political clout.

At Northeast Trading Co. in North Attleborough, Ted Oven has seen a rush of customers.

JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF

Guns fly off the shelves in New England

The sharp increase in sales throughout the region is fueled by the looming prospect of greater controls on firearms.

Back from his long illness, Mayor Thomas M. Menino received a vigorous welcome at his State of the City address.

Optimistic Menino makes return to public stage

Back from his long illness, Mayor Menino delivered words of gratitude and a buoyant vision of Boston in his State of the City address.

Work stalled on the Filene’s project in 2008 as the economy sputtered, leaving a crater at the construction site.

Filene’s leasing deal, restart of project nearing

An emerging deal with a promising tenant will enable construction to resume on the $620 million project in downtown Boston as early as April.

The Nation

John Kerry sails in Senate voting

The Senate voted 94 to 3 to confirm Senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By Christopher Rowland

The Senate confirmed Obama’s nomination of Senator Kerry to be secretary of state, handing the Mass. Democrat a redemptive career victory.

3 departures curtail New England’s political muscle

John Kerry was confirmed as secretary of state on Tuesday, while Olympia Snowe and Joe Liberman retired.

By David Uberti

A powerful trio of senators — John Kerry, Olympia Snowe, and Joe Lieberman — is gone, sapping the ­region’s political clout.

Obama urges Congress to act quickly on immigration

President Obama delivered his address on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By Mark Landler

President Obama praised a plan by a group of senators to put millions of illegal immigrants on a path for citizenship.

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Oil spill closes Miss. River for third day

By Holbrook Mohr and Janet McConnaughey

Sandy victims struggle to stay warm

By Meghan Barr and Claudia Torrens

The World

Egypt near collapse, top general warns leaders

Protesters threw tear gas canisters back to riot police during one of several clashes in Cairo on Tuesday.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

A top Egyptian general warned that the government is in danger of collapse if civilian leaders cannot find a way to restore order.

Abuse of Iraqis by UK forces alleged

Lawyers acting for nearly 200 Iraqis went to court to demand an independent and public investigation into abuses allegedly carried out by UK forces in Iraq.

Protesters call for death penalty in India bus rape

Protesters demonstrated outside India’s Parliament on Tuesday, demanding the death penalty for six men accused of the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi.

Scores of protesters demanded the death penalty for six men accused in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi last month.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Conservatism in Japan

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera review an honor guard before a flag return ceremony last week.

By Jeff Jacoby

In a conformist culture with a growing conservative movement, small-government activists in Japan take a roundabout path.

SCOT LEHIGH

How Romney can stay relevant

Former Republican presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governot Mitt Romney.

By Scot Lehigh

Mitt Romney could carve out an important role in the Republican party. After all, in his other incarnations, he actually was a creative thinker and problem solver.

Andrew Zimbalist

Francona’s petty payback to Sox owners

Former Red Sox Manager Terry Francona in 2011.

By Andrew Zimbalist

The narrative in Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy’s “Francona, the Red Sox Years’’ is as unconvincing as it is, at points, nasty, petty, inaccurate, and unfair.

Metro

Optimistic Menino makes return to public stage

Back from his long illness, Mayor Thomas M. Menino received a vigorous welcome at his State of the City address.

By Andrew Ryan

Back from his long illness, Mayor Menino delivered words of gratitude and a buoyant vision of Boston in his State of the City address.

Rep. Stephen Lynch to declare run for Senate

Stephen Lynch’s move to enter the race comes in the midst of a hectic week of political maneuvering touched off by Kerry’s resignation as senator and confirmation as secretary of state Tuesday.

By Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson

Lynch reserved a union hall in South Boston for a Thursday announcement that he is running in the special election to fill John Kerry’s seat.

Secret patron helps library unveil history

Julie Paz of Idaho visits the rare book department at the Boston Public Library.

By Brian MacQuarrie

An anonymous donor pledged another $500,000 to help preserve rare books and manuscripts at the Boston Public Library.

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Adrian Walker

Mayor Menino back in action

By Adrian Walker

NEW HAVEN

New Haven mayor will not seek 11th term

By John Christoffersen

BROOKLINE

BU sends alert after stabbing, robbery nearby

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Skateboard shop owner killed in Malden

By Peter Schworm and Jarret Bencks

State Rep. Martha Walz to lead Planned Parenthood

By Derek J. Anderson and Frank Phillips

Business

Uncertainty boosts donations at the end of 2012

Paul S. Grogan, Boston Foundation president.

By Beth Healy

Donors raced to make gifts before Congress has a chance to limit tax deductions on such contributions this year.

Guns fly off the shelves in New England

At Northeast Trading Co. in North Attleborough, Ted Oven has seen a rush of customers.

By Callum Borchers and Todd Wallack

The sharp increase in sales throughout the region is fueled by the looming prospect of greater controls on firearms.

Filene’s leasing deal, restart of project nearing

Work stalled on the Filene’s project in 2008 as the economy sputtered, leaving a crater at the construction site.

By Casey Ross

An emerging deal with a promising tenant will enable construction to resume on the $620 million project in downtown Boston as early as April.

Obituaries

Robert Publicover, 63; owned newspaper, pushed for AIDS help

Robert Publicover owned the Somerville News for 22 years.

By Kathleen McKenna

For decades Mr. Publicover provided advice and comfort to those living with AIDS even while enduring the ravages of the illness.

Sports

Bruins 2, Devils 1

Bruins top Devils in shootout

Bruins forward Nathan Horton (far right) celebrated with his teammates after he scored late in regulation to send the game into overtime.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins’ victory over New Jersey improved Boston’s record to a near-flawless 5-0-1 to start the new season.

Dan Shaughnessy

Ray Lewis will tackle (almost) any subject

Ray Lewis was the center of attention at Super Bowl media day.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Ravens icon, heading into his final game, was willing to talk about everything but two controversies brewing around him at the Super Bowl.

Ravens’ Dean Pees won’t gloat about Patriots’ loss

Dean Pees insists that beating the Patriots was nothing personal — in fact, he tipped his cap to Bill Belichick.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Ravens defensive coordinator, who insists his departure from New England wasn’t negative, said beating the Patriots was not revenge.

G: Food

On the family menu: What’s familiar

Michelle Gordon with the chicken dish she often serves for dinner in her Dorchester home.

By Jim Chiavelli

While we are making family dinner more often than we dine out these days, we’re relying, to some extent, on prepared, frozen, and canned items.

How families plan and make supper every night

The Kolodij family sat down to a dinner of Vietnamese Pho soup in their Newton home. John Kolodij, a former restaurant line cook, does the weekly meal planning. “I try to run things so I’m not wasting food,” he says.

By Leigh Belanger

To streamline the dinner hour for stressed-out families, many home cooks swear by weekly meal planning to keep everyone organized and costs in line.

Streamline supper

Part of the pantry in the Kolodij kitchen in Newton.

Services and sites to streamline menu planning and grocery shopping.

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dining out

Southern comforts in the South End

By James Reed

Cookbook Review

Celebrating Southern specialties

By T. Susan Chang

A taste of France in Falmouth

By Ann Trieger Kurland

By the glass

These aren’t your grandparents’ sherries

By Ellen Bhang

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe for lamb cassoulet

The Recipe Box Project

Recipe for Lithuanian potato pudding

Sunday Supper

Beef short ribs become spicy sauce for pappardelle

By Tony Rosenfeld

Cheap Eats

Making a pastime of pasta in Mission Hill

By Glenn Yoder

Television review

‘The Americans’: Double lives in the Reagan era

By Matthew Gilbert

Book Review

‘I Do and I Don’t ’ by Jeanine Basinger

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Galleries

What’s up in Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Casey Affleck: ‘Argo’ is ‘a lock’ for Oscar

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jazz community honors Mark Harvey at Ryles

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ravens’ Ray Lewis ‘forgives’ Anna Burns Welker

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘A Whisper to a Roar’ screened at Kennedy School

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Yes, that was Ben Taylor on ‘The Bachelor’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted around and about town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Paul Pierce plays tour guide at Celtics facility

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein