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Research giants win on federal funding

Harvard, MIT, and a coalition of other research institutions fended off a bid from the Obama administration to cut the amount each school receives for overhead costs.

The sugarhouse for Shadow Lake Maples in Barton, Vt., a syrup operation run by Adam Parke (right) and Todd Scelza.

Entrepreneurs tap rich-flowing maple syrup in Vt.

Across the northland, the maple syrup industry is booming as never before, thanks to increased demand and technological improvements.

Children’s access to mental care in Mass. is growing

An increasing number of pediatric practices are sharing space with mental health professionals, a move aimed at improving access.

Marchers made their way down crowd-lined East Broadway on Sunday for South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Southie draws thousands

Onlookers packed South Boston’s streets and gathered at windows and on porches to watch the marchers.

Restoration Hardware moved to a historic building.

Restoration Hardware has buzz, goods, but no permit

The 40,000-square-foot home goods store in the heart of the trendy Newbury Street shopping district still doesn’t have an occupancy permit.

The Nation

Research giants win on federal funding

By Tracy Jan

Harvard, MIT, and a coalition of other research institutions fended off a bid from the Obama administration to cut the amount each school receives for overhead costs.

2 Steubenville, Ohio H.S. football players convicted of rape

Ma’lik Richmond told the victim and her family, ‘‘I had not intended to do anything like this.”

By Richard A. Oppel Jr.

The town’s obsession over its football team, many said, had shielded other teens who did little or nothing to protect the girl.

Senate plan alters immigrants’ waiting periods

The nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would wait a full decade for a green card but could earn citizenship just three years after that, under a proposed measure.

The World

New leaders in China speak of reform, end to corruption

Prime Minister Li Keqiang vowed to trim the goverment work force and increase spending on social welfare.

By Andrew Jacobs

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to curb the intrusive bureaucracy and safeguard the environment in the face of rampant growth.

2 car bombs kill 9 in southern Iraq

The bombs, separated by about 15 minutes, also wounded 24, a rare attack in the Shi’ite-dominated south of the country.

Palestinians unenthusiastic about Obama visit

After suffering disappointments during the first Obama administration, Palestinians see little reason for optimism in his new term.

Editorial & Opinion

NICHOLAS BURNS

Syria is melting away

Syrians inspected the destruction on Feb. 19 following an apparent surface-to-surface missile strike in Aleppo.

By Nicholas Burns

President Obama is surely right not to put American troops on the ground in yet another Middle East quagmire. But doing nothing can’t be the answer, either.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Obamacare’s tricky state ‘partnerships’

By John E. Sununu

The partnership between the elephant and dung beetle is far from majestic. And in any partnership between states and the federal government, we know who plays the elephant.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

A war’s misleading anniversary

By Juliette Kayyem

The narrative of the Iraq war has a prologue and an epilogue whose lessons are as valuable to the United States as those derived from what came in between.

Metro

Children’s access to mental care in Mass. is growing

Therapist Kristen Homan, a social worker with Pediatric Health Care Associates in Peabody, puts away toys and games after a session with a 9-year-old child.

By Patricia Wen

An increasing number of pediatric practices are sharing space with mental health professionals, a move aimed at improving access.

Entrepreneurs tap rich-flowing maple syrup in Vt.

The sugarhouse for Shadow Lake Maples in Barton, Vt., a syrup operation run by Adam Parke (right) and Todd Scelza.

By Colin Nickerson

Across the northland, the maple syrup industry is booming as never before, thanks to increased demand and technological improvements.

Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have

William F. Weld’s surprise appearance at the Democrat-dominated Southie breakfast stirred speculation that he might run for office.

By Michael Levenson

At the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston, the upcoming Senate race provided some of the easiest fodder for politicians.

Business ǀ Science

Canada opens tech accelerator in Kendall Square

By Michael B. Farrell

The Canadian government has launched a business program in Cambridge to help its start-up firms learn from the innovation sector there.

Police clicking into crimes using new software

Florian Mayr (left), Matt Polega, and Scott Crouch started Nucleik, which helps investigators like Stephen Gregorczyk (second from right).

By Aaron Lester

A new software tool created by Harvard students gathers all intelligence and background information about a suspect onto a single platform.

States seek limits on US funds to for-profit colleges

By Todd Wallack

Attorneys general from more than a dozen states, including Massachusetts, are pushing Congress to restrict federal funding to for-profit colleges.

Obituaries

Dan Scharfman, 55; went extra mile for family, friends

Mr. Scharfman is shown in New Hampshire last August. His activities included marathoning, singing, and backcountry hikes.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Scharfman offered affection to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and clients, bringing a playful puppy nature to every encounter.

Mariam Farhat, at 64; Palestinian ‘mother of martyrs’

Mariam Farhat was a loyalist of the Islamic militant group Hamas.

By Ibrahim Barzak

The Palestinian lawmaker and mother of 10 said she wished she had 100 sons to die while attacking Israelis.

Ruth Ann Steinhagen, 83, inspiration for obsessive fan in ‘The Natural’

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus sat in felony court in 1949 during a hearing for Ruth Steinhagen (left).

By Don Babwin

A woman who inspired a novel and a movie did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity until news broke she had died three months earlier.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

NCAA Tournament continues a chaotic season

By Christopher L. Gasper

If the tournament is anything like the college basketball season that preceded it, then it’s going to be an unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable ride.

Harvard draws No. 14 seed in the West

Coach Tommy Amaker and the Crimson needed to rally to win the Ivy League title after leading the standings for most of the season.

By Michael Vega

The Crimson were given a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament against third-seeded New Mexico Thursday night.

Penguins 2, Bruins 1

Bruins come up short against Penguins

The Penguins’ Joe Vitale, a former Northeastern star, got the puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the first period.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Staked to a pair of first-period goals, the Penguins ripped off their ninth straight win, edging the Bruins, 2-1.

More Stories

Road to the Final Four | East

Indiana has talent, but Miami’s time has come

By Joe Sullivan and Michael Whitmer

Road to the Final Four | South

Georgetown the class of bracket with pedigree

By Joe Sullivan and Michael Whitmer

Road to the Final Four | West

An unlikely winner emerges in New Mexico

By Joe Sullivan and Michael Whitmer

Road to the Final Four | Midwest

Louisville has plenty of prime competition in Midwest

By Joe Sullivan and Michael Whitmer

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Johnny Boychuk’s blast hurts David Krejci’s leg

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Sox Notebook

Jon Lester perfect in six-inning outing

By Peter Abraham

Red Sox 5, Rays 1

Spring training report: Red Sox beat Rays

By Peter Abraham

DIVISION 1 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

St. Mary’s edges AC for fifth state title

By Liz Torres

DIVISION 3 BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Westfield ends Swampscott’s record-setting season

By Seth Lakso

DIVISION 2 BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Wilmington wins second straight Div. 2 title

By Craig Forde

DIVISION 2 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Duxbury wins third straight Division 2 title

By Liz Torres

SUPER 8 CHAMPIONSHIP

Malden Catholic takes home Super 8 title

By Alex Hall

PC 3, UNH 2

Providence advances to Hockey East semifinals

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

DIVISION 1 BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Burlington repeats as Div. 1 state champions

By Tim Healey

G: Health

Health

Helping the mentally ill quit smoking

April Vargas, exhaling into a meter, has seen her carbon monoxide level drop.

By Chelsea Conaboy

Those with mental illness tend to smoke more, and have a harder time quitting. But new efforts are underway to help them stop.

Q & A

Highlighting cancer divide between rich, poor nations

Felicia Knaul says cancer made her an advocate for increased access to care.

By Karen Weintraub

Harvard health economist Felicia Knaul says cancer made her an advocate for increased access to care.

Daily Dose

Ovarian cancer patients getting substandard care?

By Deborah Kotz

A new study found that most ovarian cancer patients are getting substandard care — and it could be subtracting a year or more from their lives.

More Stories

In Practice

Important questions about calcium

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Health Answers

What causes gastritis and how is it treated?

By Courtney Humphries

Television Review

‘Psycho’ prequel ‘Bates Motel’ is creepy, cryptic

By Matthew Gilbert

Television Review

‘Top of the Lake’: human wreckage amid beauty

By Matthew Gilbert

Book Review

‘Seeds of Hope’ by Jane Goodall

By Adam Langer

Music Review

Schumann to Ives, Nathan Gunn convinces

By Matthew Guerrieri

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

ABC Family: Show that may air needs name

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Bradley Cooper’s in the pink for local film

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Charlize Theron in town working on pilot

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Cast says goodbye to NBC’s ‘The Office’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Lockhart speaks at ‘Celebration of Civic Convictions’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Reaching for stars at Conservatory party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein