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School choice plan is selected for Boston

The proposed system would allow more children to attend school in their own neighborhoods while allowing an element of choice.

A study in Spain found a reduction in heart attacks and strokes when patients followed a Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil.

Gustau Nacarino/Reuters/File 2012

Mediterranean diet shows key benefits, study finds

Consumers have long been urged to eat a Mediterranean diet, and now the advice has a rigorous study to back it up.

Councilor John R. Connolly has made schools his focus.

John Connolly to run for mayor of Boston

City Councilor John Connolly is striving to topple Mayor Menino.

Doug Rauch hopes to use food that has passed its sell-by date to create healthy meals in Dorchester.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Putting expired foods to healthy use

Former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch is looking to fight poor nutrition and waste by creating meals for low-income customers.

Massachusetts is asking federal officials to shut down Fung Wah until it fixes safety problems state inspectors found.

Fung Wah removes 21 buses from fleet

Massachusetts is asking federal officials to shut down the low-cost bus company until it fixes safety problems state inspectors found.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other House Republicans said that raising more taxes is not an option.

Feared spending cuts rooted in years of dysfunction

With prospects for a deal by Friday’s deadline dwindling, the once-distant threat of automatic cuts is now real.

The Nation

Feared spending cuts rooted in years of dysfunction

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other House Republicans said that raising more taxes is not an option.

By Bryan Bender and David Uberti

With prospects for a deal by Friday’s deadline dwindling, the once-distant threat of automatic cuts is now real.

Plains, Midwest take another hit with heavy snow, hurricane-force gusts

A storm dumped 17 inches of snow on Amarillo and hit other parts of the Texas Panhandle with high winds on Monday.

The nation’s midsection again dealt with blizzard conditions Monday, the storm bringing hurricane-force winds.

Dropouts cost US $1.8 billion

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday.

The World

Syrian rebel leaders agree to meet with John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry is making a swing through Europe and the Middle East. Above, he arrived in Germany.

By Matt Viser

The secretary of state is now at the forefront of efforts to end a civil war that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Coalition tries to ease Afghan angst

The US-led coalition said it found no evidence that Americans were involved in the abuse of Afghan civilians in a restive eastern province.

Islamic militants claim they hold French family of 7

A YouTube video that appeared on Monday appears to show members of a French family, kidnapped in northern Cameroon on Feb. 19, along with their Islamist abductors.

A video posted online Monday apparently shows seven French hostages claiming the radical Islamic group Boko Haram from Nigeria holds them.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Michelle Obama’s unnecessary Oscar turn

Michelle Obama announced the Best Picture Oscar from the White House.

By Joanna Weiss

The first lady’s appearance on the Academy Awards show was proof that the Hollywood left and the White House have tone-deafness problems.

Farah Stockman

Two rulings that benefited a powerful few

By Farah Stockman

Both the Citizens United and Dred Scott decisions raise fundamental questions about who we are — and want to be — as a nation.

PAUL MCMORROW

North Station area is a blueprint for neighborhood-building

AvalonBay Communities hopes to start building a 503-apartment tower by fall 2013.

By Paul McMorrow

Streets near North Station were either dark and abandoned, or they were raucous and overrun. Now, those streets comprise one of Boston’s hottest development markets.

Metro

School choice plan is selected for Boston

 Helen Dajer, cochairwoman of the External Advisory Committee, spoke at Monday’s meeting.

By James Vaznis

The proposed system would allow more children to attend school in their own neighborhoods while allowing an element of choice.

John Connolly to run for mayor of Boston

Councilor John R. Connolly has made schools his focus.

By Andrew Ryan

City Councilor John Connolly is striving to topple Mayor Menino.

State, local officials fret over federal cutbacks

Senator Elizabeth Warren was among those addressing a rally Monday at Action for Boston Community Development .

By Noah Bierman and Eric Moskowitz

While local leaders are worried about the cuts set to take effect Friday, the immediate impact of sequestration is unclear.

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Kevin Cullen

Breaking down the anatomy of a scam

By Kevin Cullen

Body found under overpass in South End

By Martin Finucane and Brian Ballou

BOSTON

Killer of psychiatrist is denied parole

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

BOSTON

City OK’s off-leash areas on Common

By Johanna Kaiser

BOSTON

Woman falls through ice chasing dog

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Suffolk athlete faces charges

By Matt Rocheleau

A close call for Brighton home

By Martin Finucane and Lauren Dezenski

By Johanna Kaiser

Business

Putting expired foods to healthy use

Doug Rauch hopes to use food that has passed its sell-by date to create healthy meals in Dorchester.

By Jenna Russell and Jenn Abelson

Former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch is looking to fight poor nutrition and waste by creating meals for low-income customers.

Fung Wah removes 21 buses from fleet

Massachusetts is asking federal officials to shut down Fung Wah until it fixes safety problems state inspectors found.

By Katie Johnston

Massachusetts is asking federal officials to shut down the low-cost bus company until it fixes safety problems state inspectors found.

Cape Air president only woman leading a US airline

Linda Markham started her career at Cape Air as a human resources director. She takes over as president in about three weeks.

By Katie Johnston

Linda Markham, who started her career at the airline as a human resources director, takes over as president in a few weeks.

Obituaries

C. Everett Koop, 96; surgeon general fought to boost nation’s health

Dr. C. Everett Koop, here in 1987, was driven to be a doctor.

By Mark Feeney

Dr. Koop, perhaps the nation’s most influential surgeon general, brought attention to a range of public health concerns, including abortion and AIDS.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, 89; renowned German conductor

Mr. Sawallisch led the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly a decade.

By Anne Midgette

Mr. Sawallisch, one of the last of the old-school German conductors, led the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly a decade.

Sports

Tom Brady signs three-year extension with New England Patriots

Tom Brady just wants to win: He signed an extension to be under center for the Patriots through the 2017 season, when he will be 40 years old.

By Shalise Manza Young

According to a league source, Tom Brady receives a $3 million singing bonus immediately; his base salaries for the 2015, ’16 and ’17 seasons will be $7 million, $8 million and $9 million respectively, for a total of $27 million.

On football

Patriots’ offseason plans now wide open

Tom Brady’s new contract has given Bill Belichick and the Patriots increased flexibility to address the roster.

By Greg A. Bedard

Armed with flexibility from Tom Brady’s new contract, the Patriots may be able to load up with more weapons for next season.

Celtics 110, Jazz 107

Celtics fight back for OT win at Jazz

Paul Pierce gets off one of his three shots in OT

By Baxter Holmes

“It was the best win of the year for me,” Doc Rivers said as his team fought hard to end its road trip in the win column.

G: Living

G Cover

Inaugural poet goes from Maine to the nation

Poet Richard Blanco (pictured with President Obama in front of the US Capitol at last month’s inauguration) will read at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, on Tuesday night.

By James Sullivan

Richard Blanco’s life has changed since he read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Televsion review

In HBO’s ‘Parade’s End,’ the winds of change

Benedict Cumberbatch plays a brainy aristocrat and Rebecca Hall a promiscuous woman who corners him into marriage.

By Matthew Gilbert

In HBO’s latest miniseries, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a brainy aristocrat and Rebecca Hall a promiscuous woman who corners him into marriage.

Television Review

‘Golden Boy’ has potential

The CBS series “Golden Boy” follows William Clark (Theo James), who ascends from hero cop to homicide detective to police commissioner.

By Matthew Gilbert

The new CBS cop procedural has a few outstanding elements that work right away, including an interesting lead character played by Theo James.

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Bilal, ‘A Love Surreal’

By Ken Capobianco

Music Review

Rewarding show from Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

By Matthew Guerrieri

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Tuesday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

One Today

By Richard Blanco

Names

Ben Affleck admires other snubbed directors

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Local celebrities at the Academy Awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Roadrunner’ as state’s official rock song? ‘Dream On’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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New Kid Donnie Wahlberg is staying busy

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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A tuneful night at Feast of Music party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Author’s visit marks Black History Month

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein