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Health costs in Mass. are heading upward

There are signs the rate of increase in Massachusetts health care prices — and insurance premiums — may soon start accelerating again.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley celebrated Mass in Rome.

GREGORY L. TRACY/THE PILOT

Discord in Rome greets cardinals on eve of conclave

As the College of Cardinals prepares to choose a new pope to follow Benedict XVI, the tableau is rife with Vatican rivalry and controversy.

Focus shifts to averting government shutdown

GOP leaders expressed a willingness to call a long-enough truce with their Democratic colleagues to allay fears of a shutdown at the end of the month.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace spoke with Mitt and Ann Romney

FOX NEWS SUNDAY

Mitt Romney rues errors, says loss ‘kills me’

In a TV interview, the former presidential candidate reflected on topics ranging from Washington gridlock to what he sees as Obama’s failings.

Teacher Lisa Crowley got a hug from Heily as Serenity played at the Edgerley center.

Some preschools’ seats empty after freeze on state aid

In Mass., 30,000 children from low-income families linger on preschool waiting lists, unable to obtain the state voucher that will pay for their care.

The Nation

Focus shifts to averting government shutdown

By Tracy Jan

GOP leaders expressed a willingness to call a long-enough truce with their Democratic colleagues to allay fears of a shutdown at the end of the month.

Mitt Romney rues errors, says loss ‘kills me’

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace spoke with Mitt and Ann Romney

By Bryan Bender

In a TV interview, the former presidential candidate reflected on topics ranging from Washington gridlock to what he sees as Obama’s failings.

Voting rights march remembered

Vice President Joe Biden and US Representative John Lewis led a group across the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to mark the 48th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march

By Phillip Rawls

Thousands walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the bloody civil rights march of 1965.

The World

Discord in Rome greets cardinals on eve of conclave

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley celebrated Mass in Rome.

By Lisa Wangsness

As the College of Cardinals prepares to choose a new pope to follow Benedict XVI, the tableau is rife with Vatican rivalry and controversy.

John Kerry, Egypt link US aid to economic talks

Secretary of State John Kerry met with a series of Egyptian leaders, including President Mohammed Morsi.

By Michael R. Gordon

The secretary of state announced $250 million in aid to Egypt after President Mohammed Morsi agreed to negotiate with the IMF on economic reforms.

6 police, 7 assailants killed amid Malaysian siege

The crisis began after about 200 members of a Philippine Muslim royal clan occupied a village last month to claim the territory as their own.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Sequester debate is Washington’s version of ‘Who’s on First?’

By John E. Sununu

Washington remains a place where politicians often believe they are saying one thing while much of the world — and perhaps their adversaries — hears something entirely different.

Juliette Kayyem

US should focus aid on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees rested after crossing into Jordanian territory with their families on Feb. 18.

By Juliette Kayyem

Everyone will be better if the US uses humanitarian assistance toward temporary relief and emergency resources to keep refugees from destabilizing the region.

JAMES CARROLL

Will the church address its real issues?

Pope Benedict XVI delivered his last blessing from the window of the pontiff’s summer residence Thursday.

By James Carroll

As the cardinals come together to choose a new pope, they must be open to someone who will move the church forward in its teachings on sex and gender equality.

Metro

Some preschools’ seats empty after freeze on state aid

Teacher Lisa Crowley got a hug from Heily as Serenity played at the Edgerley center.

By Akilah Johnson

In Mass., 30,000 children from low-income families linger on preschool waiting lists, unable to obtain the state voucher that will pay for their care.

In D.C., local nonprofits to appeal cuts

By Emily Sweeney

Several human service agencies from Massachusetts plan to directly appeal to lawmakers in the nation’s capital this week.

YouthHarbors finds shelter for homeless adult students

Clarice Maloney, 21, and several fellow students gathered in the cafeteria at Boston Day and Evening Academy.

By Meghan E. Irons

The program fills an urgent need in student homelessness and provides assistance to young adults struggling to make it on their own.

Business ǀ Science

Health costs in Mass. are heading upward

By Robert Weisman

There are signs the rate of increase in Massachusetts health care prices — and insurance premiums — may soon start accelerating again.

Children’s monitoring system predicts patients’ problems

New technology at Boston Children’s Hospital allows doctors to track several monitors providing data on a patient on a single display.

By Karen Weintraub

New technology at Boston Children’s Hospital allows doctors to track several monitors providing data on a patient on a single display.

3-D pen garners $2m on crowd-funding site

Ecco Pierce, who has a workshop in Somerville, has experimented with a prototype of the pen.

By Michael B. Farrell

The Somerville toy and robotics start-up Wobbleworks far exceeded its $30,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter for their 3-D pen, the 3Doodler.

Obituaries

Stanley Snadowsky, 70; ran noted music club

Stanley Snadowsky (left) and his business partner, Allan Pepper, were lifelong friends.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Snadowsky, a founder of landmark Greenwich Village nightclub Bottom Line, had a reputation for staging high-quality shows.

Armando Trovajoli, 95; wrote songs for 300 films

Armando Trovajoli wrote a serenade to Rome that has become a standard.

By Frances D’Emilio

Mr. Trovajoli wrote the music for two of Sophia Loren’s most famous films, ‘‘A Special Day’’ and ‘‘Two Women,’’ which won her an Oscar.

Marie-Claire Alain, noted organist, teacher

By Craig R. Whitney

Marie-Claire Alain, 86, was a master French organist and teacher with admirers and distinguished former students around the world.

Sports

Canadiens 4, Bruins 3

Canadiens snap Bruins’ winning streak

The Canadiens’ David Desharnais beats down-and-out Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after a free-for-all in front of the net to put Montreal ahead, 4-3.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins lashed out at Montreal after the loss with coach Claude Julien calling the Canadiens “embarrassing.”

on hockey

Bruins pay big for Zdeno Chara’s fight

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sizes up Canadiens counterpart Brian Gionta and sends him for a ride in the first period.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins captain stuck up for Tyler Seguin, then watched Montreal score 2 goals during his 17-minute penalty.

Christopher L. Gasper

Mike Napoli shows why Red Sox wanted him

Mike Napoli

By Christopher L. Gasper

Napoli’s prodigious home run Sunday was a good sign that the Red Sox didn’t end up with damaged goods.

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Bruins Notebook

Claude Julien enjoying roster flexibility

By Fluto Shinzawa

Red Sox Notebook

Will David Ortiz be ready for Opening Day?

By Peter Abraham

Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Spring training report: Red Sox drop early lead

By Peter Abraham

Malden Catholic 3, Springfield Cathedral 2

Malden Catholic tops Springfield Cathedral

By Anthony Gulizia

BC High 3, CM 1

Patience is key in BC High win over CM

By Jason Mastrodonato

Austin Prep 2, Reading 1

Austin Prep holds off Reading in Super 8

By Seth Lakso

Celtics Notebook

Celtics seeking consistency from Chris Wilcox

By Baxter Holmes

US INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mary Cain, 16, hits mile high point

UMass-Lowell 3, Merrimack 1

UMass-Lowell takes outright lead in Hockey East

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

BC 53, Virginia 52

BC notches emotional win over Virginia

By Julian Benbow

Central Cath. 4, St. John’s Prep 1

Central Catholic overwhelms St. John’s Prep

By Pat Bradley

G: Health

Health

Adults with a lack of focus could have ADHD

By Jan Brogan

It’s not just a childhood problem. Millions of adults may have undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Daily Dose

7 steps to help you make better decisions

By Deborah Kotz

In her new book, “Sidetracked,” Harvard business professor Francesca Gino details her research on mental hurdles.

Daily Dose

Painful sex? Menopausal women get new treatment

By Deborah Kotz

One of the most troubling side effects of menopause, painful sex, now has a new treatment approved last week by the FDA.

More Stories

Health Answers

Why do some with MS progress faster than others?

By Courtney Humphries

Music Review

Alt-J’s moody rock needs growth spurt

By Marc Hirsh

Music Review

Hilary Hahn at her most poised and polished

By Matthew Guerrieri

Music Review

Denk carries audience through a masterful maze

By David Weininger

Book Review

‘Contagious: Why Things Catch On’ by Jonah Berger

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Names

Affleck cleared of paparazzi incident by TMZ

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Cheerleader hopefuls flock to Gillette

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Is Jay Leno on the way out . . . again?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Seth Meyers lights up N.Y., makes fun of Mass.

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Local names show their support at Friends Ball

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Carlton Fisk attends Boston Pops show in Florida

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Movie Review

‘Last Exorcism’ returns, without the novelty

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Names

Janeane Garofalo at Wilbur, Celtics at Strega

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein