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Ex-Chelsea housing chief will plead guilty, assist probe

Michael E. McLaughlin faces four charges of concealing his inflated salary from federal and state investigators, but could potentially avoid jail time.

Lisa and Richard Reckis said their daughter “just wants a normal life.”

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Parents of child injured in $63m Motrin case speak out

Lisa and Richard Reckis said their daughter Samantha “just wants a normal life.”

Ameteor buzzed the Russian city of Chelyabinsk before exploding, shattering more than1million square feet of glass. No deaths were reported.

Meteor a once-in-a-century display

Yesterday’s occurrence was the largest recorded meteor since the 1908 Tunguska event, when a larger one exploded over Siberia.

The roof of a Chelyabinsk zinc factory partially collapsed.

Meteorite alarms residents in Russian city

Students gathered around the window. A missile? A comet? A few quiet moments passed. And then, with incredible force, the windows blew in.

Utility workers from National Grid and from South Carolina discussed power restoration plans while meeting at the Hanover Mall last Sunday.

Utilities’ storm response seen as improved

The handling of the hundreds of thousands of outages caused by the winter storm last weekend was largely improved compared with other recent storms, officials said.

The Nation

Ill. leads Midwest in gay marriage legalization

By Tim Jones

In a few short years, attitudes about same-sex marriage are changing in the industrial Midwest.

NYC teachers’ pension fund divests from gun makers

The $46.6 billion pension fund for New York City school teachers has sold its stock in companies that make guns and ammunition.

1 charged in abduction of girl from Philadelphia school

Christina Regusters worked at an after-school

By Patrick Walters

A 19-year-old day-care worker was formally charged in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school last month.

The World

Islamists rally in Cairo against opposition

Above, demonstrators gathered in front of Cairo University Friday to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Below, antiregime protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at El-Quba, one of the presidential palaces.

By Aya Batrawy

Several thousand hard-line Islamists rallied in Cairo on Friday against a recent wave of violent anti-government protests.

Photos of Hugo Chavez shown after 2-month absence

The government said President Hugo Chavez, shown with his daughters, is breathing through a tracheal tube.

By IAN JAMES

The world got its first glimpse of Hugo Chavez since he underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery more than two months ago.

Sunnis stage mass protests in Iraqi cities

Sunni protesters in Fallujah on Friday accused Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government of discriminatory treatment.

By Sinan Salaheddin

Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied on Friday to protest what they describe as unfair treatment by the country’s Shi’ite-led government.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Degrees of disappointment

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By Lawrence Harmon

Boston’s community colleges need strong leaders to reverse dismal graduation rates.

Joseph E. Aoun

Giving students an enterprising path to start on

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By Joseph E. Aoun

Teaching students to be entrepreneurs will promote innovation and accelerate economic growth over the long term.

Sven-Eric Fikenscher

A way forward on nuclear disarmament

By Sven-Eric Fikenscher

To engage Russia in arms control talks, Obama should reconsider the US plan to install a missile defense shield in eastern Europe.

More Stories

editorial | CLEANUP SNAFUS

Folding all lawn chairs

letters | PLAN TO CAP EMISSIONS: WELL, IT’S A START

Bid to ease curb on incinerators flies in face of state’s plan

letters | PLAN TO CAP EMISSIONS: WELL, IT’S A START

Water management needs to be stepped up

letters | AN OPENING TO CUBA?

Time to bury old grudges over Cuba

letters | AN OPENING TO CUBA?

A nod to Cuba, but not to Castro

Metro

Ex-Chelsea housing chief will plead guilty, assist probe

Michael E. McLaughlin faces charges of concealing his inflated salary from federal and state investigators.

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy

Michael E. McLaughlin faces four charges of concealing his inflated salary from federal and state investigators, but could potentially avoid jail time.

Snow parking becomes a tense game around Boston

A toilet marked a continued claim on a parking space on East Fourth Street in South Boston.

By Billy Baker

What was once a South Boston tradition — staking claim to a shoveled parking space — has spread across the city, bringing with it heated battles.

Meteor a once-in-a-century display

Ameteor buzzed the Russian city of Chelyabinsk before exploding, shattering more than1million square feet of glass. No deaths were reported.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Yesterday’s occurrence was the largest recorded meteor since the 1908 Tunguska event, when a larger one exploded over Siberia.

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Business

Utilities’ storm response seen as improved

Utility workers from National Grid and from South Carolina discussed power restoration plans while meeting at the Hanover Mall last Sunday.

By Erin Ailworth

The handling of the hundreds of thousands of outages caused by the winter storm last weekend was largely improved compared with other recent storms, officials said.

Residential tower pitched for the Fenway

The triangular site would get a tower that would include homes and retail.

By Casey Ross

A developer is proposing a 22-story residential tower with 320 residences and stores at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street.

Fidelity income drops 29 percent

By Beth Healy

Mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments said its operating income dropped last year as revenues slipped and expenses rose.

Obituaries

John Nelson; halted hostile takeover, aided TJX expansion

Mr. Nelson was named Worcester’s citizen of the year in 1999.

By Katherine Landergan

Mr. Nelson, 81, was a longtime Worcester business executive who also formerly served as chairman of TJX Cos. in Framingham.

Frank DiPaolo; R.I. political fixture, mentor to Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy was elected to Congress with the help of Frank DiPaolo, right, and went on to serve until 2011.

By Michelle R. Smith

Mr. DiPaolo, 106, was involved in Rhode Island politics for nearly 85 years.

Rem Vyakhirev; billionaire led gas company

“I never wanted to be the head of a company. But why refuse if the entire business is in your hands? If you give it to somebody, they would either drink it away or lose it,” said Rem Vyakhirev former head of Gazprom.

By Andrew E. Kramer

Early in the post-Soviet period, Mr. Vyakhirev, 78, seized on the possibilities of exploiting the sheer power and scale of the Russian natural gas industry.

Sports

Sabres 4, Bruins 2

Sabres seize control in third, beat Bruins

Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin couldn’t squeeze Cody Hodgson’s shot, which gave the Sabres a 4-2 lead in the third period.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins came out for the third period as curious spectators, unable to match the Sabres for shots, for effort, and especially for urgency.

Dan Shaughnessy

Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez still complaining about Boston

Adrian Gonzalez said the Sox lacked organizational chemistry in 2012.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Crawford and Gonzalez are gone, but haven’t let go of their hard feelings about playing for the Red Sox.

John Farrell brings a different tone to Red Sox camp

Manager John Farrell’s camp is quite a change from the spring of 2012.

By Peter Abraham

The difference in style between the new manager and Bobby Valentine is hard to miss.

G: Family

Somerville video festival celebrates cats

The Copy Cat Festival will include screenings of videos, a photo montage and readings from local authors — all featuring cats.

By Eugenia Williamson

The Copy Cat Festival will include screenings of videos, a photo montage and readings from local authors — all featuring cats.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: Boston potholes

New England traffic has always had to negotiate the effects of our repetitive freeze-thaw cycle, which leaves roads a gantlet of potholes. That same cycle bursts water lines beneath roads, forming sinkholes to menace traffic as well. A torturous winter season always has the ability to make Boston’s roads as much an obstacle course as they are transportation infrastructure.

99 Bottles

Sea Legs Baltic Porter and Battle Road’s 1775 Tavern Ale

By Gary Dzen

Sea Legs Baltic Porter lives up to the brewing company’s description, and Battle Road’s 1775 Tavern Ale invites you back for another pint.