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A pope from new roots

Newly elected Pope Francis waved to the tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Wednesday. He is the 266th pope, and the first from Latin America.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became the 266th pope, and the first from Latin America. He chose the name Francis.

“Hopefully this pope will be – I don’t know if I would say more liberal – but more open to kind of the youth movement that’s been going on for ­decades,” said Chris Knoth, a BC junior, with Shannon Griesser, a senior.

At Boston College, Jesuits applaud choice

Francis’s standing as the first Jesuit pope in the nearly 500-year history of the order that sent a wave of gratification across campus.

Ruby Francis of Jamaica Plain, a Boston Parent Organization Network parent, was among those who packed the School Committee meeting.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Boston adopts new school assignment plan

Boston scrapped a plan developed almost a quarter century ago and embraced one that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.

NStar chief complies with Coakley’s request for pay details

Thomas J. May disclosed Wednesday that he earned nearly $3.8 million in his last three months as chief executive of NStar.

The Nation

Breast cancer radiation treatments raise risk of heart disease

By Deborah Kotz

A new study suggests that radiation treatments increase the risk of heart attacks and of dying from heart disease up to 20 years later.

Senate budget plan seeks to restore cuts, end tax loopholes

House Speaker John Boehner met with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss budget priorities.

By Andrew Taylor

Senate Democrats unveiled a budget that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending.

Panel criticizes military on sexual assault cases

Anu Bhagwati, executive director and co-founder of the Service Women's Action Network, testified about being sexually assaulted while in the military during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

By Donna Cassata

Members of a Senate panel hammered Defense Department officials for making little progress in combating the crimes.

The World

Egyptian police blamed in protester deaths

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, Egyptian riot police clash with anti-government activists in Cairo, Egypt. A government inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during Egypt’s uprising has concluded police were behind nearly all the killings and used snipers on rooftops overlooking Tahrir Square to shoot into the huge crowds. The report, parts of which were obtained by The Associated Press, is the most authoritative account of the killings and determines the deadly force used could only have been authorized by ousted President Hosni Mubarak's security chief, with the president’s full knowledge. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

By Hamza Hendawi

The highest-level inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters in Egypt’s uprising concluded that police were behind nearly all the killings.

Germany bans 3 Islamic groups

By David Rising

German authorities banned three ultraconservative Islamic groups Wednesday and announced they had foiled a suspected assassination attempt.

N. Korea heats up rhetoric

By Choe Sang-Hun

North Korea made its first direct personal attack on South Korea’s new female president.

Editorial & Opinion


A Killins-sized dent in Patrick’s tax plan

Governor Deval Patrick testitifed at a March state budget hearing with Secretary Administration and Finance Glen Shor (left) and Secretary of Education Matt Malone.

By Joan Vennochi

The circumstances behind the sudden resignation of Sherri Killins from her state position puts Governor Deval Patrick’s plan for $2 billion in new revenue in a bad light.

Juliette Kayyem

Conduct unbecoming the military

By Juliette Kayyem

The military has a sexual assault problem, and the Pentagon’s justice system isn’t equipped to handle it.


Pope Francis’s name hints at reform

The newly elected Pope Francis appeared before thousands in St. Peter’s Square.

By James Carroll

By dedicating his pontificate to Francis of Assisi, the new pope signaled he intends to remain simple and work to mend recent scandals.


Faithful enjoy ‘luckiest time to be in Rome’

A nun reacted as white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel’s chimneyWednesday. Many endured hours in the rain.

By David Filipov

Thousands packed the vast square as they waited for word about the next pontiff, and exalted when his name was revealed.

Yvonne Abraham

Is it possible to reconcile?

Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, waved from the steps of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica on Thursday.

By Yvonne Abraham

Could Pope Francis make the church a place where former Catholics might find a home again?

Coakley rejects bans on dispensing marijuana

By Kay Lazar and Peter Schworm

Mass. cities and towns may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, according to a ruling issued by the attorney general’s office.

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Police investigate suspicious death of a New Bedford woman

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


Mass. man charged over stolen shotguns

By Lauren Dezenski


Short demand for long putters as vote on ban nears

Golf pro Russ Lipinski demonstrated how the long putter is “anchored” to the body.

By Callum Borchers

Demand is down for long putters at local pro shops as people wait to see whether the anchored putting technique will be banned.

Former SBLI chief retires with $8m payment

Robert Sheridan, who worked for SBLI for 22 years, took his retirement benefit as a lump sum.

By Todd Wallack

SBLI chief executive Robert K. Sheridan received more than $9 million in total compensation last year.

Two MIT professors win computing award

MIT professors Silvio Micali (left) and Shafi Goldwasser won the prestigious A.M. Turing Award for their pioneering work in data encryption to protect e-commerce from malicious hackers.

By Michael B. Farrell

The work of two Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors has established the gold standard for safe-keeping transactions on the Web.


Paul Callanan, 84; Canton High teacher

Paul Callanan was a teacher and administrator at Canton High School for four decades.

By Michele Richinick

Mr. Callanan spent about 40 years as a teacher and administrator at Canton High School.

Sybil Christopher; rebounded after noted divorce to start club

Richard Burton, with his wife, Sybil.

Ms. Christopher, 83, was Sybil Burton when Richard Burton, her first husband, left her for Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.

Lee Radek; lawyer linked to Clinton funding case

By Emily Langer

Mr. Radek, 69, was a lawyer at the US Justice Department and former chief of its Public Integrity Section.


Wes Welker bolts Patriots for Broncos

By Greg A. Bedard

After a record-setting six seasons with the Patriots and Tom Brady, Wes Welker will be catching passes for Peyton Manning.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots to blame for loss of Wes Welker

The Denver Broncos have found a new target for Peyton Manning, agreeing to a two-year deal with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker.

By Christopher L. Gasper

This didn’t end well for either the team or Welker. Both miscalculated and mismanaged a relationship that should have lasted.

Celtics 112, Raptors 88

Celtics get right back in gear, rout Raptors

Paul Pierce acknowledged the crowd after he became the 20th all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

By Baxter Holmes

One night after a blowout loss, Paul Pierce returned and had 15 points as the Celtics bulldozed and bullied the visitors.

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Bruins notebook

Bruins’ top line missing its mark

By Fluto Shinzawa

Celtics notebook

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce move up scoring list

By Baxter Holmes

On basketball

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett still going strong

By Gary Washburn

On Baseball

For Red Sox, starting pitchers a bright spot

By Nick Cafardo

Red Sox notebook

Alfredo Aceves content with where he is

By Peter Abraham

Hockey East playoffs

Norm Bazin has changed culture at UMass-Lowell

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

world skating championships

Rough opening night for rookie US skaters

By John Powers

ski notebook

Stratton Mountain hosts Vermont Open

By Marty Basch

Malden Catholic 5, Catholic Memorial 3

Malden Catholic returns to Super 8 title game

By Alex Hall

Super 8 | Austin Prep 2, St. John’s Prep 1

Austin Prep bounces St. John’s Prep

By Jason Mastrodonato

Div 3 State hockey semifinal

Swampscott gets by Medway in overtime

By Seth Lakso

G: Style

Boston’s Newtown graduates hope good can come from grief

From left: Will Jacob, Jill Tanner, Pete and Laura Ogerri, Sarah Salbu, Erin Clark, and Eddie Small discussing plans for the fund-raiser at Fenway Park.

By Bella English

Newtown High School 2006 graduates, now living in Boston, are planning a Fenway Park fund-raiser to benefit their Connecticut hometown.

Recycle Studio offers its own spin on fitness trend

Recycle Studio owner Cate Dwyer just opened her second studio near Boston Common.

By Megan Johnson

Like SoulCycle and Flywheel — studios that have made spinning one of the hottest fitness trends going — Recycle is utterly devoted to the quest for cardio.

How to wear green this spring (not just on St. Patrick’s Day)

By Erica Thompson

From budding leaves to wisps of grass, everything seems to be green — and this season, fashion is no exception.

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Instagram Fashion

Instagram Fashion: Sylvia Nguyen

By Christopher Muther

Bargain Bin

Store up on savings at Kartell

By Ami Albernaz


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Handyman on Call

Is it OK to remove gutters from a house?

By Peter Hotton

The week ahead: Music

By James Reed

The week ahead: Nightlife

By Milva DiDomizio

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff


Bradley Cooper surprises audience at Loews Boston Common

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Steve Carell, Steven Tyler hobnob at ‘Burt Wonderstone’ premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein