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A data gap on Mass. doctors’ troubles

The state board that oversees physician discipline has yet to deliver on its promise to post more information online.

Representative John Tierney met with constituents, including Lynnette Alameddine of Saugus (left), whose son was killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Brendan Hoffman for The Boston Globe

Rep. John Tierney finds D.C. a refuge after race

The Salem Democrat survived the most brutal campaign of his 16-year congressional career in one of the country’s highest-profile House races.

Caitlin LoCascio-King, a lawyer, estimates that she will be the primary wage earner in her family this year.

GRETA RYBUS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

More women now breadwinners for families

The last recession hit men disproportionately hard as male-dominated industries sustained massive job losses.

US tallies of colleges’ net costs bring surprises

The numbers defy common expectations because the “score card” takes into account scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid.

Summer is a client at Patricia Dowd’s Chez Mieux in Natick.

The Internet showcases a cat fascination

With its appetite for cat videos and Facebook posts and Instagram photos, the Web has become the dog park of the feline world.

The Nation

Rep. John Tierney finds D.C. a refuge after race

Representative John Tierney met with constituents, including Lynnette Alameddine of Saugus (left), whose son was killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

By Tracy Jan

The Salem Democrat survived the most brutal campaign of his 16-year congressional career in one of the country’s highest-profile House races.

Climate contradiction: Less snow, more blizzards

By Seth Borenstein

Two scientific studies attempt to explain how the nation can suffer more giant blizzards yet less overall snowfall because of global warming.

Hip implants a bit more likely to fail in women

Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in US patients.

The World

Venezuela celebrates Chavez return after surgery

Supporters of President Hugo Chavez cheered in Bolivar Square in Caracas.

By William Neuman

President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return 10 weeks after he traveled to Cuba.

In South Africa, another opposition party

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a longtime anti-apartheid activist, announced the creation of a new political party.

Round-the-world cyclists killed in crash

An undated family photo shows Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who were killed in Thailand on Wednesday.

A British couple’s round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand.

Editorial & Opinion

David A. Shaywitz and Dennis A. Ausiello

Medicine by metrics

By David A. Shaywitz and Dennis A. Ausiello

Health care must learn how to use digital technology to increase our fundamental understanding of disease and generate profound new treatments.

PAUL MCMORROW

The reason foreclosures will continue

By Paul McMorrow

The government’s own mortgage arm still won’t meet the same standards the big banks have committed to for mortgage reform, and until they do, foreclosures will continue to drag on.

editorial

Commissioner needs flexibility in disciplining police officers

A rigid punishment system for officers who violate rules isn’t in the interest of public safety.

Metro

A data gap on Mass. doctors’ troubles

By Chelsea Conaboy

The state board that oversees physician discipline has yet to deliver on its promise to post more information online.

US tallies of colleges’ net costs bring surprises

By Brian MacQuarrie

The numbers defy common expectations because the “score card” takes into account scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid.

N.H. casts an eye on gambling

By Sarah Schweitzer

For years, New Hampshire has resisted the siren song of casinos. But as Massachusetts moves forward with plans for resort casinos, that may change.

Business

More women now breadwinners for families

Caitlin LoCascio-King, a lawyer, estimates that she will be the primary wage earner in her family this year.

By Katie Johnston

The last recession hit men disproportionately hard as male-dominated industries sustained massive job losses.

Martha Coakley presses banks on loans

Attorney General Martha Coakley says new state rules aim to avert foreclosures.

By Jenifer B. McKim

The attorney general is asking banks to confirm in writing that they are following rules to help borrowers save their homes.

Networking site targets members of military

Captain Thom Kenney, a civil affairs officer in the Army Reserves. expects the networking site to help him shape his military career.

By Sarah Shemkus

A social media site aims to help armed forces personnel forge connections to help them build careers.

Obituaries

Marcus McCorison, 86; expanded role of American Antiquarian Society

Mr. McCorison led the Worcester-based society for a quarter-century.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. McCorison led the Worcester-based society for a quarter-century.

Jerry Buss, irrepressible Lakers owner, dies at 80

Under Dr. Buss’s leadership, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles.

By Greg Beacham

Dr. Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.

Richard Briers; comic actor on TV was versatile on stage

Mr. Briers starred in the 1970s sitcom ‘‘The Good Life.’’ In later life he became well-known for Shakespearean roles.

By Jill Lawless

The British actor, an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, has died at the age of 79.

Sports

Jose Iglesias hopes to apply tips from Dustin Pedroia

Jose Iglesias

By Nick Cafardo

Iglesias had a four-day visit with the Red Sox second baseman in the offseason, where he had a chance to pick the brain of a former MVP.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox put all the blame on Bobby Valentine

David Ortiz and Bobby Valentine talk last spring; this spring Ortiz ripped the now ex-Sox skipper.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The bottom line for most of the Red Sox players in southwest Florida is that last season was Bobby’s fault.

Celtics give Terrence Williams a 10-day contract

Terrence Williams

By Baxter Holmes and Gary Washburn

Williams’s athleticism and physicality could help the Celtics both in their up-tempo offensive scheme and on defense.

G: Living

G Cover

Power couple building a family in Massachusetts

Gretchen Monahan and Ricky Paull Goldin.

By Christie Coombs

After years of building names for themselves, fashion expert Gretchen Monahan and actor Ricky Paull Goldin are focused on their young son and their lives together.

Stage Review

Shakespeare faces bitter end

Brooke Adams (left) and Allyn Burrows in “The Last Will,” the conclusion of Robert Brustein’s staged trilogy on the life of William Shakespeare.

By Joel Brown

From few available facts about Shakespeare’s life, Robert Brustein weaves a tragic speculation in “The Last Will.”

Book Review

‘Whitey’ by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

By Chuck Leddy

The authors, who already wrote about Bulger and his unholy alliance with the FBI in “Black Mass,” have put together a comprehensive life and times of the mobster.