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Defense cut damage viewed as overblown

Analysts across the political spectrum say the US defense budget can and should be cut significantly — and that doing so will not harm national security.

Extreme weather tourists explored at Mount Washington Observatory.

Mt. Washington’s wintry ferocity draws weather tourists

The famed Mount Washington Observatory offers extreme weather tourists the opportunity to experience deadly weather in relaxing comfort.

Susan Mai

DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Boston humming as appeal of life in city booms

The century’s first decade has brought a historic surge of newcomers to Boston. They carry fresh expectations — and pose real challenges.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which opens Monday, was built downtown and designed with the restaurants on the outside, facing the streets, to encourage foot traffic.

Mass. studying pros, cons of city vs. rural casinos

The state gambling commission has a number of decisions to make over the next 12 months, but perhaps none as fundamental as this: Rural or urban?

The Nation

Sequester is no grand deal, but it pares deficit

By Jackie Calmes

On paper at least, President Obama and Congress have reduced projected deficits by nearly $4 trillion over a decade.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

Mitt Romney steps back on national stage

Mitt Romney

The former GOP presidential candidate is reemerging after nearly four months in seclusion.

Where will you notice effects of the budget cuts?

Automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday are expected to touch a vast range of government services.

The World

John Kerry prods Egypt on economic reforms

Egyptian activists burned a poster depicting John Kerry outside the foreign ministry.

By Michael R. Gordon and David D. Kirkpatrick

Kerry made his first trip to an Arab capital as secretary of state on Saturday.

Syria, Iran say Assad won’t step down before election

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem of Syria and his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, spoke in Tehran. Salehi said President Bashar Assad may run for another term in 2014.

By Albert Aji

Iran and Syria signaled that President Bashar Assad intends to stay in power at least until the 2014 presidential elections.

Swiss look set to tighten corporate pay

By Frank Jordans

Voters are expected to pass a referendum proposal to crack down on excessive corporate pay packages.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Marissa Mayer is insulting our intelligence

Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer put an end to telecommuting at her company.

By Joanna Weiss

Women need the tools, and respect, to make career choices for themselves. Corporate top-achievers are always the last to understand this.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Death over an $11.50 movie ticket

Robert Ethan Saylor

By Joan Vennochi

A 26-year-old man with Down syndrome died after being restrained by police for not leaving a movie theater. Why didn’t compassion and common sense click in?

editorial

Variety: Keep it short, in print or cyberspace

Venerable Hollywood trade newspaper Variety, which is switching to weekly publication, has contributed much with its short-and-sweet language.

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editorial | small town vendetta?

Shirley, you jest

JEFF JACOBY

Yes, Europe, Hezbollah is a terror group

By Jeff Jacoby

Drew Faust and L. Rafael Reif

The newest revolution in higher ed

By Drew Faust and L. Rafael Reif

opinion | Webb Nichols

Clean up City Hall

By Webb Nichols

Letters | The ring of truth in fact-based films

Since when did we adopt filmmakers as our truth-tellers?

Letters | The ring of truth in fact-based films

When film depicts history, accuracy should be a measure of its worth

Letters | The ring of truth in fact-based films

When it comes to movies, urge to exaggerate can spread to the aisles

Letters | Open season on cyclists?

Too many irresponsible bike riders

Letters | Open season on cyclists?

Unwise to look to criminal law to protect cyclists

Metro

Leaving West Wing to pursue Hollywood dream

Jon Favreau, shown with President Obama in April 2009, was one of the youngest head speechwriters in presidential history.

By Tracy Jan

Mass. native Jon Favreau, who was one of the youngest head speechwriters in presidential history, is working on a screenplay.

Cost of sequestration hits home in Boston

Brody Dorion with his mother, Vanessa, at a Head Start in Boston. “It’s not day care,” Vanessa says. “The kids are in there learning.”

By Brian Ballou

The Head Start program, which serves 2,500 children, is bracing for cuts that could leave 250 children and perhaps a center out in the cold.

Logan Airport prepares for budget-cutting turbulence

Gennaro Ruocco, who picked up wife, Nancy, at Logan Saturday, said the anticipated cuts won’t affect his travels.

By Martine Powers

Officials are girding for severe budget cuts they fear will impede their ability to safely direct traffic in the air, on the ground, and in security lines.

Money & Careers

Improving your financial literacy skills

Thomas Murphy addressed Harvard students

By Todd Wallack

With even Harvard students lacking basic knowledge, the search is on for the best way to teach money skills.

Innovation Economy

Harvard dreamer works to link art, science, commerce

By Scott Kirsner

David Edwards may be the most entrepreneurial member of the Harvard faculty.

Wellness programs pay off in the workplace

Mark Morrow took advantage of gym membership offered by his employer, Consigli Construction.

By Sarah Shemkus

Evidence indicates that carefully designed and executed wellness programs can save employers as much as $7 for every $1 spent, according to a new study.

Sports

Bruins 3, Lightning 2

Bruins come charging back, beat the Lightning

Brad Marchand (left) and Patrice Bergeron

By Fluto Shinzawa

Thanks to a Brad Marchand goal late in the third, the Bruins wiped out a two-goal deficit to win their sixth straight game.

For Ryan Dempster, a cause he takes to heart

Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster and his daughter Riley

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox pitcher’s foundation is spreading the word on an obscure affliction: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

Christopher L. Gasper

Ranking the Boston sports coaches

Heading into his 14th season, Bill Belichick is the doyen of NFL coaches.

By Christopher L. Gasper

We’re lucky here in the Hub of Hardware to have scored some coaches who range from consistent to charismatic to iconic.

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Sunday Baseball Notes

Was there a better way for Red Sox to spend?

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Basketball Notes

Sixers season taxing coach Doug Collins

By Gary Washburn

Sunday Football Notes

Uncharted waters ahead in NFL free agency

By Greg A. Bedard

Red Sox Notebook

Clay Buchholz weathers his spring debut

By Peter Abraham

Sunday Hockey Notes

Nazem Kadri has put Maple Leafs in the running

By Kevin Paul Dupont

ON SECOND THOUGHT

Distance runner hangs it up — at 101

By Kevin Paul Dupont

On Hockey

Bruins getting major output from Brad Marchand

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Celtics Notebook

Paul Pierce won’t be stopped by neck pain

By Baxter Holmes

Bruins Notebook

Claude Julien’s two-way lines take care of Lightning

By Fluto Shinzawa

SUPER 8 PREVIEW

Super 8 is primed for a quality start

By Alex Hall

High School Track & Field

Hingham’s Andrew Bolze finishes season on top

By Sarah Moomaw

Penn 75, Harvard 72

Harvard dealt another blow in loss to Penn

By Michael Whitmer

UMass 77, Xavier 72

Minutemen find range, beat Xavier

By Courtney Ratkowiak

Old Dominion 81, Northeastern 74

Old Dominion holds off Northeastern rally

By Michael Vega

Providence 5, BC 1

Providence turns tight game into rout of BC

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

NEW ENGLAND MEN’S ROUNDUP

Roundup: Cincinnati turns the tables on UConn

Ideas

Ideas

Should we put robots on trial?

A robot

By Leon Neyfakh

As machines get smarter — and sometimes cause harm — we’re going to need a legal system that can handle them.

America’s borders, porous from the start

A marker embedded in the pavement marks the imaginary line between the United States and Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico.

By Peter Andreas

Our immigration debate ignores a key fact: the nation’s perimeter has never been secure.

Brainiac

Which religions have the most premarital sex?

By Kevin Hartnett

And other recent highlights from the Ideas blog.

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Uncommon Knowledge

Why gay men and straight women are friends

By Kevin Lewis

Books

book review

‘The Still Point of the Turning World’ by Emily Rapp

By Buzzy Jackson

After learning her infant has a disease that will kill him, Emily Rapp meditates on life, loss, and what it means to parent a child without any hope of a bright future.

memoirist, love of fiction

Cheryl Strayed

By Amy Sutherland

An interview with Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir “Wild,” on books she is reading and likes to read.

book review

‘Engineers of Victory’ by Paul Kennedy

By Matthew Price

Kennedy turns to “problem solving and problem solvers” to explain how the Allies won World War II.

Obituaries

Stokley Towles, 77; broadened investment banking

Stokley Towles worked for Brown Brothers Harriman for a half century.

By Bryan Marquard

At the beginning of the 1970s, Mr. Towles persuaded his firm, Brown Brothers Harriman, to venture into the realm known as global custody.

Bruce Reynolds, 81, mastermind of Britain’s Great Train Robbery

A gang of 15 men stopped a Glasgow-to-London mail train and hauled off about 2.6 million pounds, the equivalent of about $60.5 million today.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Reynolds was the chief architect of one of Britain’s most notorious crimes of the 20th century, the caper known as the Great Train Robbery.

Jane Wright, 93, pioneer in oncology

Jane C. Wright promoted chemotherapy as broader treatment for cancers.

By Bruce Weber

Dr. Wright was an oncologist who helped elevate chemotherapy from a last resort for cancer patients to an often viable treatment option.

Arts & Movies

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ inspires spinoffs and debate

Joi Gresham, literary executor for playwright Lorraine Hansberry, whose portrait hangs over Gresham’s Cambridge mantel.

By Patti Hartigan

The classic drama is sparking a reenergized debate about race relations and literary ownership in theaters here and nationwide.

Critic’s Notebook

Why serial killers draw a following on TV

A killer disguised as Edgar Allan Poe on Fox’s “The Following.”

By Matthew Gilbert

We kind of, sort of, love serial killers, who surface all over the “dial,” most recently on Fox’s nascent hit “The Following” and the CW’s “Cult.”

Kassirer’s ear for Americana’s future

Sam Kassirer, 32, of Arlington, produces recordings in his studio (sometimes the rooms of the house) in Maine. He has played piano since he was 7, and been Josh Ritter’s keyboardist for 12 years, along with producing three Ritter albums.

By James Reed

Sam Kassirer bought a farmhouse five years ago and has turned it into a Americana music factory.

Travel

Remotely beautiful, with Acadian accents

At the end of a road through peat bogs, the circa 1856 Miscou Island Lighthouse looks over the Bay of Chaleur and beyond to Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.

By Phil Primack

Essentially an unending expanse of undeveloped beach, Miscou Island has been called “one of the single most beautiful spots in the world.”

Fly-fishing on New Brunswick’s legendary Miramichi

The author’s catch on his outing on the Miramichi .

By Stephen Jermanok

The Miramichi has more Atlantic salmon than any river in North America, with the added excitement of being the place where the late Ted Williams spent much of his retirement.

In search of the perfect bagel . . . in Montreal

Beautys Luncheonette uses St-Viateur bagels for its sandwiches.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

After tasting a perfect bagel in Brooklyn, N.Y. that had been shipped all the way from Montreal, a pilgrimage to the source revealed a thriving bagel scene.

Magazine

Parenting Issue

Getting through to your kids in the digital age

By Neil Swidey

How smartphones, family dinners, and admitting you don’t know everything can help you connect.

Globe Magazine

10 questions to ask when choosing a summer camp

By Elizabeth Gehrman

Asking whether your child is ready for camp and about a camp’s philosophy are among the keys to finding the right fit.

Parenting Issue

Nine Greater Boston notables share their child-rearing wisdom

By Compiled Elliott Davis

Nine Greater Boston notables share their child-rearing wisdom.

Globe North

Somerville

Looking inside the box

From left, Dave Pignone of Stoneham, and John Burns of Tewksbury work to remove a timecapsule that they contributed to In 1951, when 2nd and 3rd graders at Saint Polycarp school in Somerville inserted items into a time capsule. Some 62 years later, the capsule was opened at the groundbreaking of 31 new units of affordable housing on former school site, known as Saint Polycarp Village.

By Jarret Bencks

Former students from the Saint Polycarp School gathered to look at what was put inside a metal time capsule 63 years ago.

Newbury

$5.5m for Plum Island jetty repair

Large waves crashed over the sand barriers along the beach on Plum Island during the height of last month’s blizzard. A late-December storm also ate away at the beach.

By Taryn Plumb

The money will allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the repairs.

Saint Polycarp School time capsule contents

Items found inside a time capsule placed inside the Saint Polycarp School cornerstone in 1951.

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Medford

Schools review gender guide

By Jarret Bencks

Danvers

Essex Aggie director resigns

By John Laidler

High School Basketball

Healy fills void for streaking rockets

By Pat Bradley

Who taught you to drive?

Sifting through lessons of storm’s driving ban

By Peter DeMarco

Dining out

Revamped favorite keeps family warmth

By Tom Long

Burlington

Rotary Club to hold boxing fund-raiser

By John Laidler

Chelsea

Street sweeping postponed

By John Laidler

Malden

Hearing set on school uniform plan

By Jarret Bencks

Reading

Candidates for upcoming election

By Brenda J. Buote

Somerville

Hotel proposed for Davis Square

By Jarret Bencks

Stoneham

Theater receives eight nominations

By Brenda J. Buote

Tewksbury

Five contests on local ballot

By John Laidler

Wakefield

Selectmen appointments to Council on Aging

By John Laidler

Winchester

New executive director for housing authority

By Brenda J. Buote

Andover

Town election sees one contested race

By Brenda J. Buote

Georgetown

Penn Brook School in final stages of design

By David Cogger

Hamilton-Wenham

League of Women Voters holds candidate event

By David Rattigan

Haverhill

Governor appoints nurse as college trustee

By Brenda J. Buote

Haverhill

Officials crack down on school violence

By Brenda J. Buote

Lowell

Superintendent to choose new headmaster

By Karen Sackowitz

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Selectwomen decide not to run again

By David Rattigan

Marblehead

Town Meeting to address range of issues

By Brenda J. Buote

Methuen

Police look for TD Bank robbers

By Karen Sackowitz

Middleton

School gets lesson on health and weight

By David Cogger

Newburyport

YWCA works on affordable housing

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Police have online public safety survey

By Brenda J. Buote

Swampscott

Contested races for local seats

By David Rattigan

West Newbury

Town receives solar nergy grant

By Taryn Plumb

Westford

Town enforces mandatory recycling policy

By Brenda J. Buote

Brookline, N.H.

Town Hall renovation would move offices

By Tom Long

Portsmouth, N.H.

Rosa restaurant site will add apartments

By Tom Long

Globe South

Hope for Caroline

Family aids work to discover a cure

Caroline “Calle” Cronk, who has a rare brain tumor, practices her dance moves with her friends during a class in Scituate.

By Meg Murphy

As a Norwell 5-year-old fights a rare and inoperable brain tumor, her family’s nonprofit has raised more than $175,000 for research.

Pembroke

Board cautious on pot facilities

A marijuana starter plant is shown for sale at a West Coast medical marijuana dispensary.

By John Laidler

Pembroke selectmen are expected to seek a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town after their proposed bylaw was derailed.

Norton

Change urged in housing measure

By Jennette Barnes

Norton is considering pushing for a statewide referendum to change the Chapter 40B affordable-housing law.

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Foxborough

DeVellis entry shapes race for selectmen

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Plymouth

Gazebo-style stage in works

By Robert Knox

Key Brockton project begins

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Hingham

No jail after plea in ID fraud case

By Jessica Bartlett

Beverly Beckham

Spring is just around the corner... really

By Beverly Beckham

Dining Out

Elegant dining with ambience and service

By Christine Legere

People

Legal-aid group helps Brockton woman

By Paul E. Kandarian

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

By Compiled Anne M. Steele

High School Basketball

Just a high-scoring family guy

By Tim Healey

Norwood

Governor pushes his budget

By Jim Morrison

Avon

Selectmen oppose Holbrook trash plan

By Johanna Seltz

Mattapoisett

Second annual Quahog Book Award program

By Paul E. Kandarian

Foxborough

Interim head of Sage School hired permanently

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Brockton

Pre-K open house

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Walpole

Lost packages? Check with police

By Johanna Seltz

Marion

Habitat holding home show

By Paul E. Kandarian

Middleborough

State and local elections set for April 30

By Christine Legere

Carver

Hiring flap

By Robert Knox

Bridgewater

Concert features world-renowned pianist

By Christine Legere

Raynham

Search for health agent on fast track

By Christine Legere

Canton

Selectmen boost snow budget

By Dave Eisenstadtder

Dedham

Internship for local teens

By Dave Eisenstadter

Westwood

Nonprofit seeks donation for gala fund-raiser

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Wareham

Man charged in bank robbery

By Emily Sweeney

Norton

Demolition delay bylaw discussed

By Jennette Barnes

Sharon

Tree work needs conservation approval

By Jennette Barnes

Hanson

Cellphones for Hanson seniors

By John Laidler

Easton

Selectmen decide to move town election

By Michele Morgan Bolton

East Bridgewater

Three businesses caught in underage drinking sting

By Sarah Coffey

Abington

St. Patrick’s day parade

By Jim Morrison

Cohasset

Organic gardening workshop

By Johanna Seltz

Braintree

Parents to help find school administrators

By Jessica Bartlett

Duxbury

Hanson’s Read chosen as town manager

By Sarah Coffey

Holbrook

Superintendent position posted

By Jennette Barnes

Hull

Looking for Hull Heroes

By Johanna Seltz

Kingston

Special voter registration

By Robert Knox

Marshfield

Worker recovering from earth collapse

By Jennette Barnes

Norwell

Green status, maybe

By Meg Murphy

Pembroke

Pembroke community center project

By John Laidler

Plymouth

Revamping the armory

By Emily Sweeney

Quincy

Officials seeks snow-removal improvement

By Jessica Bartlett

Randolph

Star Wars symposium

By Jim Morrison

Rockland

Crowded slate for town election

By Emily Files

Scituate

Tech ‘petting zoo’ at library

By Jessica Bartlett

Weymouth

Hearing on medical marijuana moratorium

By Johanna Seltz

Milton

Selectmen conducted administrator interviews

By Dave Eisenstadter

Hingham

B&B planned for Hersey House

By Jessica Bartlett

Globe West

Concord

Conservation effort keeps watch over turtles

Biologist Bryan Windmiller checked for Blanding’s turtles fitted with radio transmitters at the Great Meadows refuge, in a conservation effort that includes raising hatchlings in captivity; the turtle below was “head-started” by Curtis Middle School students in Sudbury.

By Don Lyman

A Concord-based project is keeping watch over the local Blanding’s turtle population, hoping to boost their chances for survival.

Newton

Tax plan relying on early figures

Tight quarters at Angier Elementary School had students eating lunch in a basement hall-way several years ago, reflecting the need for a new building, Newton officials say.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Almost half of the property tax increases proposed in Newton would pay to fix buildings, but some worry the money won’t be enough.

Arlington

Hearing airs Mass. Ave. plans

The breath of a bicyclist turns to steam and his beard frosts over as he bikes down the Nicollet Mall Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in downtown Minneapolis where temperatures were in the double-digit, sub-zero numbers.

By Brock Parker

A strong majority of speakers at a recent hearing voiced support for a project that would reduce the number of travel lanes on Massachusetts Avenue.

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Concord

Project to mix shops, housing

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Dover

Some oppose plans for fields

By Ellen Ishkanian

People & Places

Business owner offers rug-making program

By Cindy Cantrell

In Uniform

By Alice C. Elwell

Watertown

Planners seek help on vision for town

By Jaclyn Reiss

Arlington

Ballot features rematch for selectman

By Brock Parker

Brookline

Selectman’s seat drawing interest

By Brock Parker

Lexington

Race for Planning Board on Monday

By Brock Parker

Lexington

Go Green Dance on Saturday

By Brock Parker

Westborough

Voters to decide two contests Tuesday

By Jennifer Roach

Littleton

Strength-training class for older women

By Nancy Shohet West

Acton

Morrison Farm Committee to hold open house

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Boylston

Students preparing for ‘Wizard of Oz’

By Matt Gunderson

Southborough

Make plans for unscheduled fun

By Jennifer Roach

Boxborough

Firefighters selling centennial T-shirts

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Lincoln

Free wellness clinic for all ages

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Northborough

Hearing on new zoning rules Tuesday

By Jennifer Roach

Carlisle

Book sale at library on Saturday

By Nancy Shohet West

Pepperell

Register for fall kindergarten classes

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Bedford

One-year vacancy on School Committee

By Nancy Shohet West

Maynard

Town administrator in running for new job

By Calvin Hennick

Harvard

Gala to benefit local schools trust

By Davis Bushnell

Groton

Town seeks candidates for election

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Wayland

Community reading program to focus on poetry

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Ayer

New date for annual town election

By Davis Bushnell

Concord

Cleanup drive to begin March 30

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Bolton

District improvement plan in the works

By Matt Gunderson

Hudson

Board sets warrant for Town Meeting

By Calvin Hennick

Ashland

Harlem Wizards to take on teachers

By Rachel Lebeaux

Bellingham

Session to detail services for veterans

By Rachel Lebeaux

Medfield

High school troupe to perform ‘Seussical’

By Lauren MacCarthy

Norfolk

Screening for disabilities in children

By Rachel Lebeaux

Plainville

March Madness game for students, adults

By Rachel Lebeaux

Upton

Police issue alert on house break-ins

By Lauren MacCarthy

Wrentham

Corned beef dinner to support DARE

By Rachel Lebeaux