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Choice for energy secretary has ties to oil, gas examined

MIT professor Ernest Moniz’s history of straddling academia and the private sector has come under fire since he was nominated.

The mayor inspired Alicia Alves-Goodz of Dorchester, who has lost more than 10 pounds since January. She works out and carefully tracks what she eats.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Boston far short of goal to shed 1 million pounds

Mayor Thomas Menino challenged Bostonians to lose a collective 1 million pounds in a year’s time. Only 904,303 to go. By April 23.

Robin Hester said she visits her boyfriend monthly at MCI-Norfolk, a medium-security facility.

Prison visitors irate about plan for drug-sniffing dogs

Families, civil libertarians, and prisoner advocates say the searches will discourage relatives from visiting loved ones in prison.

Bonnie Szeto of Norwood dressed as Riven from League of Legends.

PAX East packs gamers in on first day of show

This weekend Boston is the center of the video gaming universe and host to some 70,000 enthusiasts — some dressed in costumes.

Harvard stripped of quiz bowl titles

A member of the Harvard team for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments allegedly accessed questions prepared for the tournaments.

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The lawyer said Aisling Brady is wrongly accused and has been held in custody more than two months without being charged.

The Nation

Senate reaches first budget in four years

A Senate aide delivered a stack of documents in red tape being used as a prop during debate on the budget in the Senate.

By Jonathan Weisman

After hectoring Democrats to put their political and fiscal priorities to paper, Republicans got their wish Friday and answered the effort with hundreds of amendments.

Punxsutawney Phil ‘indicted’ over spring forecast

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring from his western Pennsylvania lair.

By Amanda Lee Myers and Mark Scolforo

Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an ‘‘indictment,” charging the rodent with misrepresentation of spring.

Senate moves to end medical device tax

‘I would support repealing the tax, as long as the revenue replacing it does not impact middle-class families,’ said Representative Edward J. Markey.

By Tracy Jan

The tax is supposed to help offset the costs of the health reform law, but the industry argues it would cost the state’s largest companies more than $411 million a year.

The World

Obama prods Israel, Turkey into a detente

President Obama paid respect to Holocaust victims in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

By Jodi Rudoren and Mark Landler

Under persistent prodding from President Obama, Israel and Turkey resolved a bitter three-year dispute with a diplomatic thaw.

Syria’s president vows revenge for bomb death of cleric

Demonstrators rallied in Aleppo on Friday in protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

By Ben Hubbard

President Bashar Assad vowed to avenge the death of a senior pro-government cleric who was killed along with dozens of other people in a suicide bombing.

International court detains Rwandan-born warlord

By Mike Corder

Nicknamed ‘‘The Terminator’’ because of his reputation for ruthlessness in battle, Bosco Ntaganda was taken from the US Embassy and put on a flight to The Hague.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

TenPoint needs younger leaders

The Rev. Jeffrey Brown (center) is stepping down as TenPoint Coalition executive director.

By Lawrence Harmon

The financially moribund organization has no match when it comes to filling a room with Boston’s best crime fighters, but it can’t last in its current incarnation.

Opinion | Simon Waxman

Where’s the political imagination?

By Simon Waxman

Senator Rob Portman should serve as a warning of what happens when we leave imagination to only novelists and poets and playwrights.

RENÉE LOTH

Open season

Neighbors and friends in Lexington worked together to clear each other’s driveways on Feb. 8.

By Renée Loth

There is something liberating about a snowstorm that allows us to offer and receive gestures that cross the unofficial boundaries we observe other times of the year.

Metro

So far, Senate special election race lacks pizazz

By Frank Phillips

What the political world thought would be a barn-burning race has fizzled into a slumberous event.

Pride and joy at Harvard after hoop upset

Christian Webster dribbled the ball in the final seconds of the game as the Crimson bench erupted in Salt Lake City.

By Shira Springer

After its win over No. 3 New Mexico on Thursday, Harvard will take on No. 6 Arizona in Salt Lake City.

Suspension lifted for 5-year-old who brought toy gun to school

Jonah Stone played with his father, Tig, Friday in front of Hopkinton’s Center School, which had suspended the boy for a half-day.

By Lisa Kocian

Hopkinton’s Jonah Stone had been given a half-day suspension, but toy guns are not covered by the current school handbook.

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Business

Coakley asks SEC for full pay disclosures

CEO Thomas J. May earned about $8 million in 2012.

By Erin Ailworth

Attorney General Martha Coakley asked for a rule change after Northeast Utilities was allowed to report only a portion of the CEO’s compensation.

Potential bidders for Boston Globe await documents

By Beth Healy

Groups interested in buying The Boston Globe were expecting documents from investment bankers regarding the sale to become available as soon as Monday.

AAMCO doubling presence in Boston area

By Alyssa Edes

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Auto Care said it will soon have 20 locations in the area, adding an estimated 35 to 50 jobs.

Obituaries

Chinua Achebe, groundbreaking Nigerian novelist and writer, at 82

Mr. Achebe’s writing drew on his history as part of the Ibo nation of southeastern Nigeria.

By Jonathan Kandell

Mr. Achebe was a Nigerian writer who was one of Africa’s most widely read novelists and one of the continent’s towering men of letters.

Tom Hart, English teacher at Concord-Carlisle

Mr. Hart, who was the Globe’s All-Scholastic girls’ cross-country coach of the year in 2004.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Hart, 68, was a former girls’ cross-country running coach and teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School.

George Lowe, 89; played key role in conquering of Mount Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary (left) and George Lowe received a warm welcome in New Zealand after their climb in 1953.

By Jill Lawless

Mr. Lowe was the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.

Sports

Harvard basketball team reveling in the moment

Harvard coach Tommy Amaker called Saturday’s matchup with Arizona “an incredible opportunity.”

By Michael Vega

The team weaved its way into the fabric of the school’s rich tapestry Thursday by recording the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory.

On College Hockey

BU’s Jack Parker to make Garden farewell

The Boston University hockey team came from two goals down to avoid an unacceptable  ending to coach Jack Parker’s 40-year career — a loss to archrival BC.

By John Powers

Coming from two goals down to win, Boston University avoided an unacceptable ending to the coach’s 40-year career — a loss to archrival BC.

Mavericks 104, Celtics 94

Celtics lose third straight

Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo looks for room against Celtics guard Avery Bradley and forward Kevin Garnett on Friday night.

By Gary Washburn

The Mavericks took advantage of every Celtic mistake and never trailed.

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Boston University 6, Boston College 3

BU beats BC to advance to Hockey East title game

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Harvard notebook

Harvard’s small frontcourt came up large

By Michael Vega

Duke 73, Albany 61

Duke works to eliminate Albany from NCAA Tournament

By Julian Benbow

UMass-Lowell 2, Providence 1

UMass-Lowell beats Providence in Hockey East semifinals

By Amalie Benjamin

red sox notebook

Stephen Drew reassured after concussion exam

By Peter Abraham

Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0

Sutton allows game’s only run

Hockey East notebook

BU’s Matt Nieto, linemates are red hot

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Revolution play home opener Saturday

By Jason Mastrodonato

Kansas 64, Western Ky. 57

No. 1 Kansas survives Western Kentucky upset bid

By Dave Skretta

G: Family

books

Gish Jen goes from novels to nonfiction

Gish Jen, author of the new book,

By Peter Cocchia

Since 1991, Jen has published four acclaimed novels and a prizewinning collection of short fiction, and now she has her first nonfiction work, “Tiger Writing.”

From the Archives

Springtime in the Public Garden

There are few places better to experience springtime in New England than in Boston’s Public Garden.

Kip Moore is ‘Up All Night’ and just getting started

Kip Moore’s upcoming House of Blues show sold out in 20 minutes.

By Sarah Rodman

A Georgia native, Kip Moore moved to Nashville with dreams of musical success, and eight years later he has notched two number one songs.

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Bring the Family

A nature’s bounty at Cutler Park

By Doug Most

Movie stars

Movie capsule reviews

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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Rachel Dratch kicks off Women in Comedy Festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Vince Wilfork responds to Ted Johnson’s comment about his wife

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Distilling in Jamaica Plain

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Dropkick Murphys threatened after skinhead incident

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Hot Pink Party pre-party at Saks

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Reese Witherspoon options J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish taking over kitchen at Menton

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Michael Feinstein plays at Pine Manor

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein