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Author Patricia Cornwell awarded $50.9m in suit

Patricia Cornwell

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The mystery writer won her lawsuit against her former financial company after a trial that peered deeply into her personal life.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (right) and Pope Benedict

O’Malley mentioned as contender for pope

A number of Italian Vatican-watchers have begun to speculate that ­Cardinal Sean O’Malley may be a potential candidate.

Michael McLaughlin (right) left Moakley Federal Court House in South Boston after a hearing Tuesday.

Ex-Chelsea housing chief admits guilt in hiding big salary

Michael E. McLaughlin could face little, if any, prison time under Tuesday’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Bryan Hamlin scoured Middlesex Fells for vanished plants.

JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Rediscovering nature, one ‘lost’ plant species at a time

After a nine-year quest, a group of citizen scientists have documented finding 105 plant species that had purportedly disappeared in the Middlesex Fells.

The Nation

As cutbacks loom, Obama tries to prod GOP to action

President Obama plans to maintain the pressure through next week for an alternative deficit-reduction deal that includes spending cuts and new revenues through closing tax loopholes.

By Jackie Calmes

The president warned of the costs to military readiness, domestic investments, and vital services if across-the-board spending cuts take effect March 1.

Shooting spree across Calif. county leaves 4 dead

Standing next to a body, investigators in Orange, Calif., pieced together one of multiple crime scenes after a shooting spree.

By Gillian Flaccus

A 20-year-old student wielding a shotgun killed a woman in his home and two commuters during carjackings early Tuesday before committing suicide.

Gas explosion in Kansas City sparks fire, injures 14

By Maria Sudekum

A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said.

The World

UN cites more US drone strikes in Afghanistan

A US Predator flew a mission from Kandahar in 2010.

By Kim Gamel

The number of US drone strikes in Afghanistan rose sharply last year compared with 2011, the United Nations said.

Thieves in Brussels steal $50 million in diamonds

By Andrew Higgins

Armed men disguised as police officers drove onto the tarmac at the airport in Brussels and stole the diamonds as they were being loaded onto a plane, officials said.

Former Ivory Coast president faces charges

By Mike Corder

Laurent Gbagbo should stand trial for his alleged involvement in violence after losing elections in 2010, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said.

Editorial & Opinion

Dick Lehr

The ‘good, bad guy’

By Dick Lehr

Bulger’s claim that he was never an FBI informant is just Whitey being Whitey.

SCOT LEHIGH

The NRA’s sharp turn to the right

By Scot Lehigh

Hard-liners have transformed the NRA into the uncompromising, fire-breathing pressure group that it is today.

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Land rushes — and the people left behind

By Farah Stockman

As more of the earth’s surface gets titled and privatized, 3 billion people have been left without secure rights to the places where they live.

Metro

Ex-Chelsea housing chief admits guilt in hiding big salary

Michael McLaughlin (right) left Moakley Federal Court House in South Boston after a hearing Tuesday.

By Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes

Michael E. McLaughlin could face little, if any, prison time under Tuesday’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Author Patricia Cornwell awarded $50.9m in suit

Patricia Cornwell

By Milton J. Valencia

The mystery writer won her lawsuit against her former financial company after a trial that peered deeply into her personal life.

O’Malley mentioned as contender for pope

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (right) and Pope Benedict

By Lisa Wangsness

A number of Italian Vatican-watchers have begun to speculate that ­Cardinal Sean O’Malley may be a potential candidate.

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Adrian Walker

Roxbury health center gets 2d chance

By Adrian Walker

BOSTON

Third resident of Roslindale apartment complex dies

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Man denies 3d border violation

By Travis Andersen

Business

Economic factors are key as Celtics look to future

Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

By Callum Borchers

As the Celtics ponder whether to alter the lucrative Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett pairing, dollars are as important as points.

East Boston’s waterfront renewal

A new development by Roseland Property on the waterfront in East Boston will eventually include more than 550 apartments and 70,000 square feet of retail and civic space.

By Casey Ross

Scores of residential units are under construction and hundreds more are being planned along the neighborhood’s waterfront.

Fuel aid may dry up for many unless state helps

Broad federal spending cuts scheduled to begin March 1 would have a harsh effect on heating assistance, said John Drew of Action for Boston Community Development.

By Beth Healy

Up to 50,000 families in Massachusetts could lose fuel assistance unless the state steps in to help, a community agency said.

Obituaries

Norman Pidgeon, 87; expert in legislative rules

Norman Pidgeon (left), clerk of the Massachusetts Senate, was an expert parliamentarian who helped lawmakers.

By J.M. Lawrence

Amid partisan wrangling and procedural jockeying on Beacon Hill, Mr. ­Pidgeon was an expert on ­parliamentary procedure for decades.

Martin Zweig, 70; analyst predicted 1987 stocks crash

By Tomoko Yamazaki

Mr. Zweig, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and whose newsletters influenced US investors for a quarter-century, died Monday.

Sports

nuggets 97, celtics 90

Celtics fall to Nuggets in Denver

Kevin Garnett reacted after being called for a foul Tuesday.

By Baxter Holmes

This was not how the Celtics wanted to start a five-game road trip, as they seemed to forget how to win during the All-Star break.

on basketball

With Celtics, we must wait and see

Celtics president Danny Ainge

By Gary Washburn

Danny Ainge says he’s not likely to make a big trade move, but he also probably feels compelled to give this team a chance to contend.

On Baseball

Red Sox still face steep climb in AL East

David Ortiz and the Red Sox are seeking to improve on a last-place finish last year.

By Nick Cafardo

While their offseason additions seem to be good guys, there are many questions about whether the Sox will improve on their last-place finish.

G: Food

Boston hangouts are — or are not — quite what they used to be

Bartender Phil Richardson (right) spoke with regular patron Jeff Carter at the OAK Long Bar and Kitchen.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Boston hangout bars might be more modern and upscale, but they still celebrate good food, drinks, and company.

We are looking for spring dishes with lush greens

What dishes do you make with ingredients like escarole, frisee, fava beans, watercress, sprouts and mint?

dining out

In Milton, Steel & Rye’s industrial revolution

Above: salt-roasted Maine clams. Below left: Today’s Cheese. Below right: ham salad served with discs of homemade pumpernickel.

By Katie Johnston

The food in Chris Parsons’ Milton Lower Falls restaurant is creative and homey served in an industrial warehouse setting.

More Stories

seasonal recipe

The antidote to dark days of winter is citrus desserts

By Janine Sciarappa

food & dining

Spam goes glam in this Japanese-American snack

By Debra Samuels

Book Review

‘The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs’ by Nick Trout

By Vicki Constantine Croke

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

A Tank Away

Manchester, N.H., offers travelers options

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Julia Child turned into a comic book character

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Alan Cumming works on another ‘Masterpiece’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Dustin Pedroia finally joined Twitter — or did he?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Harvard alum Clive Davis comes out of closet

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Wicked Single’ trailer hits the Internet

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Actress Olympia Dukakis and others honored

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Casting call for ’70s movie to be shot around Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Newton’s B.J. Novak at Vanity Fair party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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