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Health law may squeeze Mass.

State business and government leaders say federal rules stemming from the national health care overhaul threaten to drive up insurance costs.

// US taps new judge for ‘Whitey’ Bulger case

Denise J. Casper was randomly selected Friday to preside over the complex case of James “Whitey” Bulger.

Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3 sentenced to death for the murders of three 8-year-old boys, now lives in Salem with his wife.

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West Memphis 3 figure seeks solace in Salem

Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3 sentenced to death for the murders of three 8-year-old boys, now lives in Salem with his wife.

Former Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his hand over his heart as he was applauded before speaking.

Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

Mitt Romney gives first speech since his election defeat

Mitt Romney left a familiar, conservative stage to a standing ovation Friday after telling a crowd that he had never fully won over as a candidate to stay its ideological course.

Obama-allied PAC raising funds, worry

Soon before President Obama invited Republican senators to a recent friendly dinner, a political operation with close ties to the president launched a different sort of initiative, targeting New England’s two GOP senators with advertisements and a ground-level demonstration.

The Celtics are piloting a program called “Parquet Pass,” which would provide digital ticketing for season ticket holders instead of paper tickets like the ones used now.

Celtics, Red Sox move toward digital tickets

Paperless tickets may be easier for the fans, but it could benefit the teams even more in fostering loyalty to the franchise.

The Nation

Rob Portman is 1st GOP senator to back gay marriage

By Charles Babington

The senator’s endorsement of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a fast-changing society.

Rare rabies death was from kidney transplant

A Maryland man died from an infected kidney that came from a donor who was not known to have the disease, prompting authorities to treat three other patients.

Court rejects CIA’s rationale for drone secrecy

By Frederic J. Frommer

A federal appeals court reversed a ruling that allowed the agency to refuse to confirm whether it had information on the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists.

The World

US to spend $1b to deter attack by North Korea

By Thom Shanker

The US will add 14 ground-based interceptors to its missile defense on the Pacific Coast, a clear response to North Korea’s recent tests.

Vatican defends pope against Dirty War accusations

Critics have charged Pope Francis did not do enough to curb rights abuses in Argentina.

By Daniel J. Wakin

Critics say Pope Francis knew about serious human rights abuses during Argentina’s “dirty war” in the 1970s but failed to do enough to halt them.

UN says drones violate Pakistan’s sovereignty

The head of a team investigating casualties from US drone strikes declared after a secret research trip that the attacks are committed without Pakistan’s consent.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Joe Keohane

Voice of Boston

By Joe Keohane

The Boston Phoenix was so intertwined with Boston that it can’t be removed without doing permanent harm to the city.

Lawrence Harmon

Labeling plan isn’t worth the energy

By Lawrence Harmon

Mayor Thomas Menino’s intrusive plan to to require energy labels would require expensive audits and fails to consider older buildings.


Time to stop selling out for soda

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Too many advocacy groups are allies of the soda industry as obesity and diabetes batter African-American and Latino communities.

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Editorial | Online Dating

SJC targets cyberstalkers


Good things expected from Pope Francis


Many look to the church in faith — and frustration


US government could learn a thing or two from Vatican conclave


Abrupt move defies vision of founders, donors


Hard to fathom school would do away with musical education of youth


Boston councilor prepares to host St. Patrick’s Day breakfast

City councilor Bill Linehan sang at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston. This will be his first time hosting the event.

By Andrew Ryan

Boston city councilor Bill Linehan will preside over his first St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this Sunday, a combination political roast and variety show.

Many politicians skipping St. Patrick’s breakfast in Southie

AMONG THOSE NOT GOING THIS YEAR — Senate President Therese Murray (right) is skipping the event, and Governor Deval Patrick will appear via television.

By Stephanie Ebbert

The breakfast, once a mandatory stop on a Beacon Hill politician’s schedule, may be losing some fizz.

Twin sisters a perfect match on Match Day

Twins Julia and Lydia Parzych opened their letters during match day in Worcester,

By Peter Schworm

Julia and Lydia Parzych were among more than 17,000 medical students across the country who learned where they will perform their residencies.

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US taps new judge for ‘Whitey’ Bulger case

By Shelley Murphy and John R. Ellement


Nun, 85, is robbed of her cash at a Roxbury church

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


N.H. woman held in wrong way driving

By Lauren Dezenski

Newton faces US suit by worker

By Deirdre Fernandes

Music Review

Dropkick Murphys stir a Celtic brew

By Scott McLennan


Long Wharf eatery OK, court rules

The Boston Redevelopment Authority decided to allow the project, but a group of neighbors said it was inappropriate for the location.

By Casey Ross

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a restaurateur can open a casual eatery on Long Wharf, rebuffing a challenge from North End neighbors.

FDA chief wary of US budget cuts

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, in her address Friday to Massachusetts Biotechnology Council executives, said “sequestration has added an unexpected burden” to her agency.

By Robert Weisman

The FDA commissioner told biotechnology executives cuts could make it more difficult for her agency to speed up reviews of new drugs.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill opens on State St.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill celebrated the grand opening of its site near Faneuil Hall, intended as a polished alternative to other pubs.

By Callum Borchers

The local chain hopes to offer fans a polished, downtown alternative to the city’s more casual pubs.


Mary Frenning, 87, guidance counselor in Weston schools

In Weston, Mrs. Frenning counseled students through many of their school years.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mrs. Frenning was known for her compassion, tenacity, recommendation letters, and talent for uncovering the strengths of each child.

Merton D. Simpson; excelled as collector of African art

For a national black fine art show in 2005, artist Beauford Delaney’s work was among the pieces featured.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Simpson, 84, was an artist who became a trailblazing collector and gallery owner specializing in African art.

Murray Marder; reporter helped expose McCarthyism

Benjamin C. Bradlee with Mr. Marder (right) at the Post.

By Adam Bernstein

Mr. Marder, 93, was a Washington Post reporter whose tenacious coverage of Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade foreshadowed the senator’s downfall.


Patriots add Wilson, re-sign Arrington

The Patriots turned their attention to defense on Friday, adding Adrian Wilson, a veteran safety.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots turned their attention to defense on Friday, re-signing Kyle Arrington and adding Adrian Wilson, a veteran safety.

Patriots add depth at receiver by signing Donald Jones

Donald Jones had 41 catches for 443 yards with the Bills in 2012.

By Shalise Manza Young

Getting Jones, who had 41 catches for 443 yards with the Bills, may influence whether the Patriots keep Brandon Lloyd.

Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz back after shooting self

By Peter Abraham

Brentz showed the Red Sox what he was capable of Friday, driving an 0-and-2 pitch over the fence in left field.

G: Family

17 fulfilling ways to spend your extra hour of sunlight

Emily Anthony took her lunch break on a lawn chair with a book at Cold Spring Park in Newton.

By Rachel Raczka

With an hour more of sunlight in your evening, we’ve rounded up a list of ways, indoors and outdoors, to fully take advantage of your extended day.

Television Review

‘Wicked Single’: Pahty hahd

From left: Rachel, Chrissy, Nikki, Chubs, Chelsi, and Joe have their Bostonian party moves down in “Wicked Single.’’

By Matthew Gilbert

Really Boston couldn’t ask for better branding than this show, which provides a glimpse of the kind of nightlife some of us have and all of us secretly want.

Singer Ana Moura explores the possibilities of fado

By Siddhartha Mitter

Ana Moura, who visits the Berklee Performance Center on Saturday, is one of the latest singers to come out of the Lisbon taverns where fado’s essence resides.