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Menino takes on Boston buildings’ energy use

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing a new law that would require commercial building owners to report annual energy and water use to the city.

Patrick Burke’s group You Can Play recruits athletes to fight gay bashing.

Group hopes to take homophobia out of sports

Boston-based You Can Play wants to make sports a friendlier place for gay athletes by fighting the acceptance of homophobic slurs.

Mass. man fights UK extradition in poisoning

A 21-year-old from Princeton is fighting extradition to the United ­Kingdom for allegedly trying to murder a fellow student at Scotland’s prestigious St. Andrews University.

At least three car bombs, including one near the downtown headquarters of President Bashar Assad’s ruling party, exploded in the Syrian capital on Thursday.

SANA vis Assosicated Press

At least 72 are killed in Damascus car bombings

At least three car bombs, including one near the downtown headquarters of President Bashar Assad’s ruling party, exploded in the Syrian capital Thursday.

Maura McCormick visits a Salem Five branch; some customers rely on call center staffers like Jennifer Silveira.

Seeking a higher rate? Bank won’t always steer you online

Salem Five is one of more than a dozen banks across the country that have separate Internet banking units that offer sharply higher savings account rates online.

Edward J. Markey says the US Constitution must be amended to void the Citizens United decision.

Edward Markey holds firm on his analogy to slavery ruling

Several black ministers called the Senate candidate’s comments inappropriate, but said they wouldn’t judge him solely on the remarks.

The Nation

Hagel has necessary votes to become defense chief

By Donna Cassata

Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him.

5 killed, 2 injured in Georgia plane crash

By Russ Bynum

A small plane aborted its landing at a Georgia airport before it hit a 60-foot utility pole and crashed, killing five people on board.

Scandals over attendance, test scores widen in schools

By Julie Carr Smyth

A former superintendent went to prison in Texas for conspiring to remove low-performing students from classrooms to boost average test scores.

The World

Freed Taliban back as insurgents, Pakistani official says

By Kathy Gannon

The development underscores the difficulties in reaching a political deal with the Taliban before the end of 2014.

US senator hopeful Vietnam adoptions will resume

By Chris Brummitt

Vietnam and the US are close to an agreement allowing Americans to adopt Vietnamese children again, five years after a ban.

12 killed in twin bomb blasts in southern India

By OMER FAROOQ

A pair of bombs exploded Thursday evening in a crowded shopping area in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Ed Markey: A campaign snapshot

By Scot Lehigh

Markey is a committed prograssive with a long record of accomplishment, but hyper-cautious and wordy, he often seems like a throwback to another era.

joan wickersham

Navigating the grammatical thicket

By Joan Wickersham

Grammar and usage may sound like boring things to care about, but we need to care, in order to be taken seriously when we speak and when we write.

editorial

Sequester or not, Pentagon must face fiscal reality, too

The sequester is a bad idea. But it is finally forcing an important reckoning at the Pentagon regarding spending and cost savings.

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editorial | scientific literacy

Biology, tabloid-style

letters | The Carnival Triumph’s Ordeal

More safety safeguards needed in big cruise ships

letters | The carnival triumph’s ordeal

Could stricken boat have handled an evacuation at sea?

letters | SHOULD ‘ROADRUNNER’ BE THE STAT E’S OFFICIAL ROCK SONG ?

It may be a classic, but Modern Lovers’ ’70s hit spurned western Mass.

letters | SHOULD ‘ROADRUNNER’ BE THE STAT E’S OFFICIAL ROCK SONG ?

Don’t forget the state’s other official tunes

editorial | GOP senate race

Signing on the dotted line

EDWARD L. GLAESER

Preschool alters lives — or adds to status quo

By Edward L. Glaeser

Metro

Boston charter school faces probation

By James Vaznis

The Boston Renaissance Charter School is facing possible probation because of declining academic achievement, a sanction that could lead to closure.

Kevin Cullen

Changes are in the air for The Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen

The Globe isn’t going anywhere. It’s changing owners. Who knows, maybe Rupert ­Murdoch will throw his hat in the ring. Stranger things have happened.

Mass. gambling panel turning to state’s southeast

By Mark Arsenault

The commission will address the future of casinos in Southeastern Massachusetts amid questions on the progress of the Mashpee Wampanoag.

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BU professor placed on probation

By Peter Schworm and Martin Finucane

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater spa shut down in prostitution inquiry

By Lauren Dezenski

Business

Menino takes on Boston buildings’ energy use

“In order for Boston to continue to be a sustainability leader, Boston’s buildings must continue to aggressively invest in energy efficiency,” Mayor Thomas Menino said.

By Alyssa Edes

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing a new law that would require commercial building owners to report annual energy and water use to the city.

7,350 in Mass. get $510m in mortgage aid

By Jenifer B. McKim

Massachusetts mortgage borrowers received millions in help last year as part of a settlement with five major US banks.

Seeking a higher rate? Bank won’t always steer you online

Maura McCormick visits a Salem Five branch; some customers rely on call center staffers like Jennifer Silveira.

By Todd Wallack

Salem Five is one of more than a dozen banks across the country that have separate Internet banking units that offer sharply higher savings account rates online.

Obituaries

Bill Spang, 97; adventurer sold steaks, houses, dolls

In his late years, Mr. Spang reveled in his enduring energy. skiing and sailing.

By Todd Feathers

Mr. Spang was president a cube steak manufacturing company in Needham.

Magic Slim, 75; delta blues guitarist got start in Chicago

Magic Slim was touring up until his death Thursday. He released a record of cover songs last year.

By Mark Scolforo

Magic Slim was a younger contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago’s electric blues.

Tandyn Almer, 70; wrote ’60s hit ‘Along Comes Mary’

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Almer was 23 when he wrote the catchy pop song that topped out at No. 7 on the Billboard charts.

Sports

Bruins 4, Lightning 2

Bruins bolt past Lightning

Nathan Horton had two goals as the Bruins beat the Lightning, 4-2.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Nathan Horton had two goals and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist as the Bruins imposed their will in Tampa.

Dan Shaughnessy

How much like J.D. is Stephen Drew?

Vince DiMaggio had to live with, “I’m not Joe,’’ just as Billy Bulger has to live with, “I’m not Whitey.” Stephen Drew comes to Fenway Park this year with the added burden of reminding us, “I’m not J.D.’’

By Dan Shaughnessy

The new Red Sox shortstop wears the same number, 7, that his brother J.D. wore in Boston. The similarities don’t end there.

Celtics settle for small move at deadline

A three-player deal landed Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford for injured guard Leandro Barbosa and veteran center Jason Collins.

By Gary Washburn

In landing Jordan Crawford from Washington, the Celtics eschewed a bigger trade, like one that would have netted Josh Smith.

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Sports Media

Mike Salk excited to return to Boston

By Chad Finn

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox future on display at opener

By Peter Abraham

On Baseball

Struck with ALS, ex-BC captain fights on

By Nick Cafardo

Bruins Notebook

Benoit Pouliot thriving with Lightning

By Fluto Shinzawa

Red Sox report for Feb. 21

By Peter Abraham

Police change investigators in Oscar Pistorius case

By Christopher Torchia and Jon Gambrell

Notes: NFL tired of Adderall excuse

By Greg A. Bedard and Shalise Manza Young

Merrimack making a run in Hockey East

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

BOYs’ BASKETBALL CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

Brighton boys top New Mission for city title

By Andy Deossa

School roundup

Roundup: Malden Catholic upsets undefeated Cathedral

By Angus Dickerson

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Roundup: Albany women's basketball tops BU

G: Arts & Movies

Wahlberg discusses new Boston police reality show

By Sarah Rodman

Singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg talks about the new reality show “Boston’s Finest,” and how his Hub ties helped it along.

Police hope to show ‘human side’ of department on ‘Boston’s Finest’

Greg Dankers (left) of the fugitive task force and Diamantino Araujo of the gang unit are two members of the Boston Police Department seen on “Boston’s Finest.”

By James H. Burnett III

Greg Dankers and Diamantino Araujo are just two of the Boston Police officers featured on the new TNT reality show “Boston’s Finest” which follows police department gang unit and fugitive squad members on the job.

Television Review

‘Out There’: Coming of age, ’toon-style

From left: Chris (voiced by Justin Roiland), Chad (Ryan Quincy), and Jay (Kate Micucci) in IFC’s animated series “Out There.”

By Matthew Gilbert

This quiet animated comedy takes a gentle look at nerdy high school boys coming of age.

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Noisy Neighbors

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, ‘Ripely Pine’

By James Reed

Night Watch

TraniWreck: Why Not?

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Book Review

‘Song Without Words’ by Gerald Shea

By Chuck Leddy

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column