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State of the Union

Obama calls for aid to middle class

President Obama also discussed foreign policy issues.

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In his State of the Union address, the president urged Congress to approve policies to strengthen the economy, overhaul the immigration system, and tighten gun laws.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley

Cardinal O’Malley reflects on trials for next pope

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that the next pope needs to be a sharp intellect, a capable manager, and a strong communicator.

Dustin Pedroia, right, and Red Sox teammates during a workout in Fort Myers.

Steve Nesius/REUTERS

Dan Shaughnessy

For Red Sox, 2013 is about redemption

The Red Sox know you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling. They aim to win back the hearts of disgruntled fans.

No-school days test the patience of parents

After five days at home with their children because of the snowstorm, many parents were more than ready for the return to school.

Surfer Kenny Merrill of Dennis walked along dramatic dune erosion at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. The weekend blizzard damaged many of Cape Cod National Seashore’s dunes.

Blizzard blasts away parts of beaches, dunes, cliffs

The weekend storm savaged the Mass. coastline, with many Cape Cod communities reporting that 15 to 20 feet of beach disappeared.

Time tight to gather signatures for Senate race

Massachusetts candidates have rarely faced more major hurdles to get on a ballot than they do in the special US Senate race.

The Nation

State of the Union

Obama calls for aid to middle class

President Obama also discussed foreign policy issues.

By Matt Viser

In his State of the Union address, the president urged Congress to approve policies to strengthen the economy, overhaul the immigration system, and tighten gun laws.

Leader sorry for Newtown pastor’s reprimand

Rev. Rob Morris offered a benediction at a Dec. 16 vigil.

By Jim Salter

The president of a conservative Lutheran denomination reprimanded a Newtown, Conn., pastor for participating in an interfaith prayer vigil.

Del. courthouse gunman was ex-father-in-law

By Randall Chase

Officials said a 68-year-old man whose son was engaged in a custody battle opened fire in a courthouse lobby, killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman.

The World

North Korea’s nuclear test sparks global rebukes

By David E. Sanger and Choe Sang-Hun

The country’s third, long-threatened nuclear test elicited pledges of more punitive action from UN Security Council members.

Russia to ban smoking at many sites

By Kathy Lally

Russia’s lower house of Parliament passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting smoking in public places.

Syrian rebels capture warplanes at airfield

By Hwaida Saad and Rick Gladstone

Insurgents seized control of a northern military airfield and captured usable warplanes for the first time in the nearly two-year-old conflict.

Editorial & Opinion

james carroll

Pope’s resignation was his most important act

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in December.

By James Carroll

Benedict’s decision showed that the church is in, not above, a world where we all live equally as mortals, his holiness included.

Opinion | JEFF JACOBY

Abolition, word by word

The Liberator, edited by William Lloyd Garrison, was published weekly in Boston from 1831 to 1865.

By Jeff Jacoby

A new anthology traces 175 years of abolitionist writing in America and shows how slavery became the central moral issue in American life.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Bipartisanship is elusive in greenhouse gas initiative

By Derrick Z. Jackson

If bipartisanship ever emerges in the national fight against climate change, the guiding light will likely come from the Northeast. But even here, it is a glimmer.

Metro

Blizzard blasts away parts of beaches, dunes, cliffs

Surfer Kenny Merrill of Dennis walked along dramatic dune erosion at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. The weekend blizzard damaged many of Cape Cod National Seashore’s dunes.

By Beth Daley

The weekend storm savaged the Mass. coastline, with many Cape Cod communities reporting that 15 to 20 feet of beach disappeared.

No-school days test the patience of parents

A school bus navigated through South Boston streets Tuesday. Students are set to return to classrooms Wednesday.

By Billy Baker

After five days at home with their children because of the snowstorm, many parents were more than ready for the return to school.

Time tight to gather signatures for Senate race

By Frank Phillips

Massachusetts candidates have rarely faced more major hurdles to get on a ballot than they do in the special US Senate race.

More Stories

Firefighters save 2 in Ashland

By Lauren Dezenski

Business

Boston Scientific seeks ways to grow

CEO Mike Mahoney: “A new era”

By Robert Weisman

The medical device maker outlined a strategy for outpacing rivals in slow-growing markets while increasing business in adjacent areas.

Restaurateurs getting a taste for suburbia

Brian Lesser (left) and Marcus Palmer are co-owners of Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington, new on the upscale dining scene.

By Kathleen Pierce

A crowded urban dining landscape is prompting established stars and newcomers to seek fortune beyond the bright lights.

Mass. defense firms paying price of US spending cuts

By Michael B. Farrell

Business is falling for defense contractors, with American Science and Engineering of Billerica the latest to suffer from cuts.

Obituaries

Nevin Scrimshaw, 95; founded nutrition center

Nevin Scrimshaw taught at MIT and Tufts University.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Scrimshaw, who founded MIT’s department of nutrition and food science and was awarded the World Food Prize in 1991, died Friday.

Ira Rubin, 82; bridge player known as ‘Beast’

Mr. Rubin was a champion bridge player and an innovative theorist who was nicknamed the Beast because of the emotional intensity of his play.

Sports

Rangers 4, Bruins 3

Bruins rally in the third, falter in shootout

Ryan Callahan beat Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask in the shootout to seal the win for the Rangers.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Down 3-0, the Bruins stormed back for three third-period strikes, but couldn’t finish the job against the Rangers.

Christopher L. Gasper

Bruins make loss feel like a win

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins fell into a hole that was too deep for them to dig out of.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Bruins didn’t deserve success but they did just enough to sample it anyway, and they made this loss feel like a win.

Dustin Pedroia turns the page on tough season

A sure sign of spring is the line for autographs at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Among those doing the honors were Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley.

By Peter Abraham

Having never played on a losing team before 2012, the Red Sox second baseman is determined to get the team back into contention.

G: Food

Two cooks is not too many with these chef couples

Molly Hanson (left), pastry chef at Grill 23, and Kate Henry, in their Concord home.

By Lisa Zwirn

These four chef-couples share home kitchen tasks with relative ease.

Recipe for sticky toffee pudding

Molly Hanson and Kate Henry prepared a sticky toffee pudding with satsuma mandarin oranges at their home in Concord.

Recipe for sticky toffee pudding

Recipe for braised red cabbage

Recipe for braised red cabbage

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dining out

No Valentine’s Day plans? Try these

By Dan Zedek

Cheap Eats

Sci-Fi themed pizza spot in Salem

By Glenn Yoder

sunday supper

Steak and onions one day, good hash the next

By Sally Pasley Vargas

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘Harvest’ by Jim Crace

By Rayyan Al-Shawaf

A Tank Away

History and artistry in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

By Dirk Van Susteren

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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ART shows appreciation at Valentine’s Gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Using bathroom humor to make a serious point

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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New York Times editorial decries ‘Steven Tyler Act’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Amanda Palmer helps kickstart Brattle upgrades

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Logan Mankins huddles at Blood Donor Center

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Local celebrities spotted here and there

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Actor Chris Cooper to star in Discovery series

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Larry Bird’s son arrested at Indiana University

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ben Foster, Robin Wright at Fashion Week

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein