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Democrats strike early against Republicans in Senate race

Massachusetts Democrats, still humbled by their defeat in the 2010 special US Senate race, are targeting Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan.

Hugo Chavez had ruled Venezuela since 1998.

Venezuela’s Chavez dies; nation roiling

The death of President Hugo Chavez after a long battle with cancer left behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis.

Nicholas Joy of Medford was reportedly in good spirits after being found Tuesday morning.

Medford teen a sudden Maine woods survivalist

Nicholas Joy built himself a snow cave during the two days he spent lost on Sugarloaf Mountain.

Rajiv Gupta and Peabody Essex Museum conservator Mimi Leveque watched as Padihershef headed for his CT scan.

Unraveling a mummy’s mysteries at MGH

Doctors at Mass. General Hospital got their first look inside a 2,500 year-old mummy, believed to be the first Egyptian mummy to come to the US.

Sean O’Malley said improvising can lead to a “lot of mistakes.”

Strong policies on abusive priests vital, O’Malley says

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said the next pope must deal with bishops whose “malfeasance” allowed abusive priests to remain in ministry.

A general view of the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the closing moments of the trading session in New York February 27, 2007. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to a record closing high on March 5, 2013, breaking through levels last seen in 2007.

Dow reaches record high as stocks rally

The Dow sailed to a record high on Tuesday, surpassing its pre-recession peak even as the economic recovery remains painfully slow for millions.

Space for skepticism in Allston development’s no-parked-cars vow

An architect has backed off his proposal of building a 44-unit building in Allston and rent only to tenants who promised not to own a car, at least for now.

The Nation

Senate panel clears way for Brennan confirmation

CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifiesdon Capitol Hill in Washington Feb. 7, 2013.

By Scott Shane

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to confirm John O. Brennan as director of the CIA on Tuesday.

NYC homeless shelters keep 50,000 people a night

By Jennifer Peltz

More than 50,000 homeless people a night — the most in decades— now use New York City’s homeless shelters.

Benedict gets mixed reviews in US

By Dalia Sussman

Looking back on the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, most Roman Catholics in the US offered mixed reviews of his leadership, a new poll found.

The World

Venezuela’s Chavez dies; nation roiling

Hugo Chavez had ruled Venezuela since 1998.

By William Neuman

The death of President Hugo Chavez after a long battle with cancer left behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis.

North Korea faces sanctions for third nuclear test

By Edith M. Lederer

The world moved closer Tuesday to punishing North Korea for its latest nuclear test as the US introduced a draft resolution at the UN, backed by China.

NATO endorses Afghan troop plan

By Kimberly Dozier

NATO’s chief endorsed keeping Afghanistan’s security forces at the current strength for years to come, providing assurance to Kabul.

Editorial & Opinion

mark rogers

This board knows best

By Mark Rogers

Despite the decision by Blue Cross board members to award themselves compensation, most nonprofits in the US are governed by more selfless people.

SCOT LEHIGH

Romney’s look back: More deflection than reflection

Mitt Romney told Chris Wallace, “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.”

By Scot Lehigh

Mitt Romney wasn’t candid in his first substantive remarks since the election, showing that he’s evading the reasons he and the GOP lost in November.

JEFF JACOBY

Americans speak every language, but only English unites us

By Jeff Jacoby

We have been able to mold an American mainstream, despite a hodgepodge of origins, by adhering to a common language.

Metro

Democrats strike early against Republicans in Senate race

Former US attorney Michael Sullivan.

By Frank Phillips

Massachusetts Democrats, still humbled by their defeat in the 2010 special US Senate race, are targeting Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan.

Strong policies on abusive priests vital, O’Malley says

Sean O’Malley said improvising can lead to a “lot of mistakes.”

By Lisa Wangsness

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said the next pope must deal with bishops whose “malfeasance” allowed abusive priests to remain in ministry.

Medford teen a sudden Maine woods survivalist

Nicholas Joy of Medford was reportedly in good spirits after being found Tuesday morning.

By Travis Andersen and Jarret Bencks

Nicholas Joy built himself a snow cave during the two days he spent lost on Sugarloaf Mountain.

Business

Space for skepticism in Allston development’s no-parked-cars vow

By Taryn Luna

An architect has backed off his proposal of building a 44-unit building in Allston and rent only to tenants who promised not to own a car, at least for now.

Dow reaches record high as stocks rally

A general view of the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the closing moments of the trading session in New York February 27, 2007. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to a record closing high on March 5, 2013, breaking through levels last seen in 2007.

By Megan Woolhouse

The Dow sailed to a record high on Tuesday, surpassing its pre-recession peak even as the economic recovery remains painfully slow for millions.

State sees 63 percent fall in foreclosure activity

By Jenifer B. McKim

Massachusetts foreclosure activity slowed significantly in January, another positive indicator for the local housing market.

Obituaries

Hugo Chavez, 58; fiery populist split nation as he sought to unite region

President Chavez was a boisterous speaker, often talking extemporaneously for hours.

By Simon Romero

With a gift for oratory, President Chavez led a nationalist movement that lashed out at the US government, moneyed Venezuelans, and his own disaffected followers.

Emily Novick, 63; went from advocate to judge

Emily Novick served on the Industrial Accident Board.

By Kathleen McKenna

Ms. Novick handled the transition with her customary style and quickly proved to be impartial and thoughtful in her new role.

Sports

What’s the deal with Andrew Miller’s hair?

At 6 feet 7 inches, with flowing locks and an unruly beard, Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller is a striking figure on the pitcher’s mound.

By Peter Abraham

Miller doesn’t know why he’s allowed his hair to take on its shaggy look, but it seems to fit as he has excelled as a reliever for the Red Sox.

Christopher L. Gasper

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. ready for Boston?

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. ready for his closeup as a major leaguer? Maybe not, but he is creating a lot of buzz in Red Sox camp.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The outfield prospect may not be quite major-league ready, but he’s creating a lot of buzz as the Next Great Red Sox Hope.

Capitals 4, bruins 3 (ot)

Bruins let one get away in Washington

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins left the ice in disappointment after the Capitals scored the game-winner in overtime.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins squandered a 3-0 lead and lost in overtime, in a defeat that gave them their first losing streak of the season.

G: Food

To do: Make dinner every night

A store-bought rotisserie chicken can be a jumping off point for several recipes.

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

A 5-day menu plan begins with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, uses bits of chicken another night, and offers more recipes to make your evenings a little less frantic.

Recipe for rotisserie chicken with roast potatoes

Rotisserie chicken with roasted potatoes and salad.

Recipe for rotisserie chicken with roast potatoes.

Recipe for chicken-chickpea salad

Recipe for chicken-chickpea salad.

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