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Specialty drug labs in Mass. fail safety inspection

Surprise inspections at 37 specialty pharmacies show that only four have been fully complying with industry safety standards.

Activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide echoes in Congress

Family members urged passage of legislation that would soften some Internet laws and a House committee is investigating whether his prosecution went too far.

Racial bias alleged in Google’s ad results

A research project concludes that searches of names more likely associated with black people often yielded ads for a criminal records search in that person’s name.

J. Chris Romero, director of operations at Albuquerque’s R. Greenleaf Organics, inspected bud development.

Pat Vasquez-Cunningham for The Globe

New Mexico marijuana program a guide for Mass.

Industry watchers say New Mexico, with one of the country’s strictest medical marijuana programs, provides a model for Massachusetts.

John Lackey said he had no regrets about coming to Boston and vowed to change the narrative.

John Lackey vows to rebuild image, career

A symbol of the Red Sox’ dysfunction in 2011, Lackey, in his first extended interview in several years, said he is determined to prove why the Red Sox invested in him.

The Nation

Activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide echoes in Congress

The girlfriend of Aaron Swartz blamed US Attorney Carmen Ortiz of Massachusetts for his decision to take his life.

By David Uberti

Family members urged passage of legislation that would soften some Internet laws and a House committee is investigating whether his prosecution went too far.

Obama seeks quick passage of limited budget cuts

President Obama said that continuing budget clashes in Congress could hurt the economy’s recovery.

By Michael D. Shear and Jackie Calmes

President Obama urged Congress to head off automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies in March.

Gun background checks decline in January

Gun buyers lined up last month at a store in New Castle, Pa. Gun sales had surged after the Newtown shootings.

By Eileen Sullivan and Jack Gillum

The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the United States last month.

The World

Ireland oversaw vilified workhouse laundries

Magdalene Survivors Together held a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday. They displayed a laundry ledger.

By Shawn Pogatchnik

A report concluded that Ireland’s government oversaw workhouses that once held thousands of women and teenage girls against their will.

Obama calls for peaceful Kenya vote

By Jason Straziuso

President Obama urged Kenya to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid bloodshed.

Armed gang rapes 6 Spanish tourists in Mexico

By Bertha Ramos and Mark Stevenson

The incident happened in Acapulco and is the latest chapter of violence that has tarnished the once-glamorous Pacific coast resort.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

A guaranteed flop for Mass.

By Jeff Jacoby

Tax credits for filmmakers have not been a boon for the state, and neither would such credits for theatrical producers who bring Broadway-bound shows to Mass.

SCOT LEHIGH

Finally, Mass. GOP has some likely candidates

State Representative Dan Winslow talked with bank officials last March during a meeting at the Wrentham Co-operative Bank.

By Scot Lehigh

Kudos to Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez, the two Republicans in this state willing to join the race for US Senate. Apparently willing, anyway.

john tirman

In US, concern for Syrian civilians, but not Iraqi civilians

By John Tirman

We can’t come to terms with the human ruins we left in Iraq and Afghanistan, so we urge military action in Syria.

Metro

Specialty drug labs in Mass. fail safety inspection

By Kay Lazar and Chelsea Conaboy

Surprise inspections at 37 specialty pharmacies show that only four have been fully complying with industry safety standards.

Judge Raymond Dougan said to face new inquiry

Judge Raymond G. Dougan has drawn criticism from prosecutors.

By Andrea Estes and Marcella Bombardieri

The judge’s acceptance of at least $85,000 in free legal services from the law firm that defended him during a bias inves­tigation is reportedly being scrutinized.

Former Romney aide close to run for Senate seat

State Representative Daniel B. Winslow with reporters . Calling himself socially moderate, he said Tuesday, “I think there’s an opportunity in Massachusetts for the sensible center.”

By Michael Levenson

State Rep. Daniel Winslow became the first Republican to take official steps toward entering the US Senate race Tuesday.

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Adrian Walker

Roxbury health center missed its payday

By Adrian Walker

East Boston fire is blamed on heater

By John R. Ellement and Travis Andersen

BOSTON

Logan Airport building evacuated for gas odor

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

NEWTON

Nurse network picked in pilot program

By Chelsea Conaboy

BOSTON

Student in bus crash listed as critical

By Todd Feathers

MILTON

Milton High School in ‘stay in place’ status

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Business

New Mexico marijuana program a guide for Mass.

J. Chris Romero, director of operations at Albuquerque’s R. Greenleaf Organics, inspected bud development.

By Jenn Abelson

Industry watchers say New Mexico, with one of the country’s strictest medical marijuana programs, provides a model for Massachusetts.

Racial bias alleged in Google’s ad results

Web page results of ads that appeared on-screen when Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in a google search. Ads featured services for arrest records. Sweeney conducted a study that concluded searches with

By Hiawatha Bray

A research project concludes that searches of names more likely associated with black people often yielded ads for a criminal records search in that person’s name.

Mass. state pension fund strong in 2012

By Beth Healy

The state pension fund performed even better than a strong stock market and added nearly $5 billion to its assets in 2012.

Obituaries

Essie Washington-Williams, 87; Strom Thurmond’s daughter

Essie Mae Washington-Williams was not publicly acknowledged by her father, Senator Strom Thurmond.

By Meg Kinnard

Ms. Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of the senator who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years, died Monday.

Arlene C. Ackerman, 66; school leader in three different cities

Ms. Ackerman — who won accolades for improving student performance as a schools superintendent in Washington, San Francisco, and Philadelphia — died Saturday.

Sports

John Lackey vows to rebuild image, career

John Lackey said he had no regrets about coming to Boston and vowed to change the narrative.

By Peter Abraham

A symbol of the Red Sox’ dysfunction in 2011, Lackey, in his first extended interview in several years, said he is determined to prove why the Red Sox invested in him.

Christopher L. Gasper

Rob Gronkowski’s shirtless antics are growing old

Rob Gronkowski needs to get his head on straight when it comes to the nightlife and endangering his well-being.

By Christopher L. Gasper

There are two things that can stop the Patriots star: injuries and himself. They crashed together on the floor of a Las Vegas nightclub this week.

Patriots review | Part 1 of 3

Why the Patriots actually improved in 2012

Stevan Ridley’s performance in 2012 helped the Patriots’ running backs improve as a group.

By Greg A. Bedard

Despite their stinging playoff loss, the Patriots made major gains in 2012. Now, can they build on them in 2013?

G: Food

Greg Dickinson creates gumbo feasts for the L’Espalier staff

Manager Greg Dickinson prepared a chicken and sausage gumbo for a staff meal at L’Espalier.

By Katherine Hysmith

With Mardi Gras coming, the Louisiana native and L’Espalier manager whipped up a pot of his family’s traditional gumbo for staff dinner.

Recipe for chicken and sausage gumbo

A combination of Greg Dickinson’s techniques and flavor preferences and his mother’s traditional family gumbo from her food blog.

dining out

Waban Kitchen does many things right

Mussels with house-made chorizo in a tomato-garlic sauce.

By Anne Nelson

Waban Kitchen, across from the Waban Station in Newton, gets an awful lot blissfully right.

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Cheap Eats

At DooWee, Vietnamese fare far from traditional

By Catherine Smart

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

A Tank Away

Great food, music, and winter walks on Cape Ann

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Wednesday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Jordan Knight gets ready to hit the road

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Echols, of ‘West Memphis Three,’ speaks at Brandeis

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Southie Rules’ cast members defend the show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Valuable painting back at the Parkman House

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Megan Hilty to perform with the Pops

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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New Republic owner Chris Hughes at Harvard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jordans host MGH party in Palm Beach

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mumford & Sons play secret show at the Wilbur

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Music Review

Passion marks Mumford & Sons show

By Scott McLennan