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Judge upends Bulger’s defense plan

A judge rejected the notion that James “Whitey” Bulger could have permission to carry out his crimes.

Army Staff Sergeant Greg Pizzute, with daughters Kayleigh, 4; Bella, 2; and Noelle, 11.

Pizzute family

Kevin Cullen

In a war that few take note of, they soldier on

The war in Afghanistan has gone on for so long, and with so few Americans invested in it, that Greg Pizzute’s story needs to be told.

Public workers help fill bosses’ political coffers

Elected officials are prohibited from pressuring subordinates to donate, but some say employee fund-raising, no matter how passive, is inherently coercive.

Towering, 13,000-pound “Juno”

Massive facelift for ‘Juno’ at the MFA

Conservators have completed a yearlong restoration that includes a new nose and mouth for the largest classical statue in a museum in the US.

The Olympic rings will be headed to Sochi, Russia, next year. Could a trip to Boston be in the offing?

Group tries to bring Olympics to Boston in 2024

A private group wants to bring the Summer Games to the city, and Mayor Menino’s backing is the first goal in their quest.

Ernest J. Moniz would lead the Energy Department; former state official Gina McCarthy would run the EPA.

Obama picks 2 from Mass. for Energy, EPA posts

President Obama tapped Ernest Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Gina McCarthy to run the EPA.

The Nation

Obama picks 2 from Mass. for Energy, EPA posts

Ernest J. Moniz would lead the Energy Department; former state official Gina McCarthy would run the EPA.

By Erin Ailworth

President Obama tapped Ernest Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Gina McCarthy to run the EPA.

GOP unveils proposal to restore some budget cuts

By Andrew Taylor

House Republicans sought to steer more money to the Pentagon as part of a bill to fund government operations through September.

Site of deadly sinkhole excavated, but resident’s body may never be found

Above, a family member prayed on Monday in front of the destroyed residence of Jeff Bush of Seffner, Fla., who died after a sinkhole swallowed him and much of his bedroom Thursday.

A backhoe chipped away Monday at the remains of a house where the earth opened up and swallowed a man.

The World

US cardinal forcefully addresses sex abuse scandal

Most of the Catholic Church’s cardinals, in Rome to elect a new pope, attended a meeting in the Vatican on Monday.

By Daniel J. Wakin

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago called for a papal commitment of “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse.

France says Al Qaeda figure probably dead

France said Monday for the first time that Abou Zeid, a key Al Qaeda-linked leader in Mali, is probably dead.

36 die as plane crashes in eastern Congo

The Fokker 50, a two-engine plane operated by the airline CAA, was carrying 40 people and only four survived, an official said.

Editorial & Opinion

farah stockman

America’s best export: Politics

A family walked past a campaign billboard for presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate, William Ruto, on the outskirts of Nairobi on Feb. 26.

By Farah Stockman

Washington may be broken, and politics beyond repair, but American campaign culture may well be our most significant export, especially in Kenya.

JOANNA WEISS

Bonnie Franklin, reality mom

Bonnie Franklin, left, is seen with Mackenzie Phillips, top, and Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “One Day at a Time” from 1975 to 1984.

By Joanna Weiss

Thirty years ago, Franklin played the kind of mother not often seen on television today — a mother who dealt with big issues and was fully present in her daughters’ lives.

PAUL MCMORROW

Occupy the SEC takes on big banks on their own turf

By Paul McMorrow

A lawsuit by the activist group Occupy the SEC marks a significant new shift in the battle to corral Wall Street excess.

Metro

Judge upends Bulger’s defense plan

By Milton J. Valencia

A judge rejected the notion that James “Whitey” Bulger could have permission to carry out his crimes.

Public workers help fill bosses’ political coffers

Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald has raised thousands in contributions from his 525 employees

By Peter Schworm and Matt Carroll

Elected officials are prohibited from pressuring subordinates to donate, but some say employee fund-raising, no matter how passive, is inherently coercive.

Kevin Cullen

In a war that few take note of, they soldier on

Army Staff Sergeant Greg Pizzute, with daughters Kayleigh, 4; Bella, 2; and Noelle, 11.

By Kevin Cullen

The war in Afghanistan has gone on for so long, and with so few Americans invested in it, that Greg Pizzute’s story needs to be told.

More Stories

Oprah Winfrey to give address at Harvard commencement

By Sarah Schweitzer and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

CAMBRIDGE

Cost to attend MIT to rise by 3.4 percent

By Katherine Landergan

BOSTON

Student to get bail in extradition case

By Milton J. Valencia

Business

Group tries to bring Olympics to Boston in 2024

The Olympic rings will be headed to Sochi, Russia, next year. Could a trip to Boston be in the offing?

By Callum Borchers

A private group wants to bring the Summer Games to the city, and Mayor Menino’s backing is the first goal in their quest.

32-story complex planned for the Back Bay

This rendering shows the Mass. Ave. building viewed from Newbury Street. The other part of the proposal is a 32-story hotel and residential tower planned for Boylston Street.

By Casey Ross

The $360 million structure at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street will feature a hotel, as well as residential and retail space.

Milford native a leader in selling collegiate brands

George Pyne’s IMG offers the kinds of marketing packages that sponsors are accustomed to buying from the pro sports industry.

By Callum Borchers

George Pyne’s IMG offers the kinds of marketing packages for colleges that sponsors are accustomed to buying from the pro sports industry.

Obituaries

Bill Swartley, 104; launched New England’s first TV station

Mr. Swartley accepted an award from Robert Gardiner of United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston in 1964.

By J.M. Lawrence

Aware that television was the next big thing, Mr. Swartley launched WBZ-TV in 1948.

John Wilpers Jr., 93; captured Japan’s Tojo at end of WWII

Mr. Wilpers, his son John, and daughter Helen held a photo of Mr. Wilpers standing over Hideki Tojo.

By Chris Carola

Mr. Wilpers was part of a five-man unit ordered to arrest Japanese Prime Minister Tojo at his home in a Tokyo suburb on Sept. 11, 1945, nine days after Japan’s surrender.

Mary Ellen Moore-Richard; activist wrote of reservation life

A TV movie was based on Ms. Moore-Richard’s book.

By William Yardley

Ms. Moore-Richard was a member of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s and later wrote a well-received memoir, ‘‘Lakota Woman.’’ She was 58.

Sports

Daniel Bard hopes simulated game is real progress

Pitching coach Juan Nieves has a few words for Daniel Bard earlier in camp.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox pitcher seems quietly confident he can get his act together, but he’ll have to prove it not only to himself but to management.

Christopher L. Gasper

Will Jose Iglesias still have a place with Red Sox?

Jose Iglesias

By Christopher L. Gasper

Unless the Red Sox change their approach at shortstop and worry more about defense than offense, Iglesias might not have a future here.

Patriots decline to use franchise tag for 2013 season

The Patriots and Wes Welker’s agents have been working toward a new deal for the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions.

By Shalise Manza Young and Greg A. Bedard

New England was not alone. Only eight NFL teams used the tag, a far cry from the record 21 from last season.

G: Living

G Cover

For same-sex military couples, a battle on the home front

Casey McLaughlin (left) and her spouse, Major Shannon McLaughlin, with their 2-year-old twins, Grace and Grant, at home in Foxborough. They object to the Army’s refusal to acknowledge their marriage and grant Casey rights and benefits.

By Bella English

Food, shopping, swimming lessons, doctor visits — it’s all more complicated and costly for same-sex parents in the military.

Huntington’s new season features ‘Jungle Book’ adaptation

Mary Zimmerman will direct “T he Ju ngle Book ” at the Huntington.

By Don Aucoin

A new musical adaptation of Disney’s “The Jungle Book’’ will kick off the Huntington Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season.

Stage Review

Sparks fly in SpeakEasy’s ‘Clybourne Park’

From left: Michael Kaye, Marvelyn McFarlane, Tim Spears, and DeLance Minefee in the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Bruce Norris’s play “Clybourne Park,” at Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts.

By Don Aucoin

In a sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama, the true subject is almost always race.

More Stories

Photography Review

Joël Tettamanti commandeers the compass

By Mark Feeney

Album review | FOLK

Josh Ritter, ‘The Beast in Its Tracks’

By James Reed

Book Review

‘Banished’ by Lauren Drain

By Liz Raftery

Album review | POP

Rhye, ‘Woman’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Album review | CLASSIC ROCK

Jimi Hendrix, ‘People, Hell & Angels’

By Steve Morse

Album review | Americana

Son Volt, ‘Honky Tonk’

By Sarah Rodman

Album review | rock

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, ‘Eden’

By Scott McLennan

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Tuesday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Milton Academy scandal inspires TV movie

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Aly Raisman, ‘Dancing’ partner cheer on Bruins

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on wall at National Portrait Gallery

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Pints poured for Leary Firefighters Foundation

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jazz musicians and vintage cars wanted

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘The Mindy Project’ gets a second season on Fox

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein