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March 24

A lesson for Bob Dole: old rules no longer apply

A disability treaty with broad support seemed like a sure thing to the former Senate stalwart. But his own party had other ideas.

“Dragon and Clouds” and other works are drawing crowds.

Museum of Fine Arts

MFA exhibit tours Japan, will not be seen in Boston

The museum will return the majority of the Japanese masterpieces to storage rather than trumpet their homecoming.

Courtney Kane says her daughter, Julia, has brought great rewards. Kane and her husband have no regrets.

YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF

As Down detection gets easier, choices harder

A shift to blood tests could mean fewer affected babies with Down syndrome — and more questions about what is “normal.”

Manuel Salazar is a landscaper from Waltham who had studied psychology in Guatemala.

Immigrants in Mass. now likely to be more educated

Researchers say the latest waves of immigrants are far more educated than their forebears.

The Nation

Senate narrowly passes $3.7 trillion budget

“The Senate has passed a budget,’’ Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman, declared at 4:56 a.m.

By Jonathan Weisman

The Senate adopted its first budget in four years after an all-night debate, but it would still leave the government deeply in the red a decade from now.

Research links economic status and life expectancy

By Michael A. Fletcher

The economic connection to longevity has profound implications for the simmering debate about trimming the nation’s entitlement programs.

Detroit braces for emergency manager’s arrival

“I’m used to meeting resistance,” said Kevyn Orr, alluding to his bankruptcy court work.

By Bill Vlasic and Steven Yaccino

Tension is building as a state-appointed emergency manager prepares to take control of the city government on Monday.

The World

Obama’s visit to Israel raises hopes for peace negotiations

Before heading home Saturday, President Obama toured the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

By Mark Landler

The big surprise on President Obama’s trip to Israel and Jordan, which ended Saturday, is that he can also twist arms.

Al Qaeda leader confirmed dead

By Steven Erlanger

France confirmed the death of the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, weeks after he was reported to have been killed in fighting in northern Mali.

Pervez Musharraf vows return home to Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban said they have an assassination team ready for Musharraf.

By Jamil Khan

The former president said he will return to his homeland despite facing criminal charges and militant death threats.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Can John Connolly inspire younger voters?

John Connolly’s kickoff rally campaign for mayor was at the Boston Omni Parker House.

By Joan Vennochi

The real issue is whether a challenger who looks like a younger version of Boston’s old political model can inspire voters beyond Mayor Menino’s solid base.

JEFF JACOBY

Lynch’s health vote showed backbone

Stephen Lynch voted against Obamacare.

By Jeff Jacoby

What do you call it when a congressman opposes a bill it would be far easier to support, infuriating much of his political base and putting his electoral prospects at risk?

JOANNA WEISS

The tests are coming: Can adults adjust?

By Joanna Weiss

Harder tests are coming, and the kids, I suspect, will eventually rise to the challenge. Here’s hoping adults can rise to the challenge, too.

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Opinion | TOM KEANE

Backward backstory

By Tom Keane

Letters | LOBBYISTS HELP FIRMS REAP WINDFALLS

Boost for business underscores what Occupy battle is about

Letters | LOBBYISTS HELP FIRMS REAP WINDFALLS

Time to replace corporate tax

Letters | MEASURING THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

Obama’s poor record for clemency seems to spring from a tilt toward law and order

Letters | MEASURING THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

Nonviolent drug offenders consigned to prison for decades

Letters | CLOSE WATCH ON EMPLOYEES’ E-­MAILS

Work e-­mail should be fair game, but only if fairly accessed

Letters | CLOSE WATCH ON EMPLOYEES’ E-­MAILS

People should keep personal, job-related messages separate

Metro

Richard Davey hits road to pitch transportation plan

Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey has traveled across the state.

By Martine Powers

The state’s transportation secretary has been trying to sell Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to use new tax revenue to inject $13 billion into the state’s transportation system.

Yvonne Abraham

Wake me when the special election is over

By Yvonne Abraham

I know I should be living and breathing this special US Senate race. And yet, the nitty-gritty of this election makes me want to go nighty-night.

Jamaica Plain neighbors team up to develop empty lot

Arthur Johnson (left), Kevin Batt, Barbara Kaplan, and David Bor pooled their resources to buy a vacant lot in their Jamaica Plain neighborhood and are planning to build new housing on the site.

By Matt Rocheleau

A group is steering development by pooling its own resources to buy a long-vacant lot and build housing.

Money & Careers

Proposed tax increases a concern for Mass. businesses

Governor Deval Patrick has been trying to win support on Beacon Hill for his plan for $1.9 billion in tax increases to help pay for education, transportation, and other programs.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Big issues with big stakes for Massachusetts businesses are being debated in the Legislature.

Innovation Economy

Look to the Patriots for scouting expertise

Aaron Ganick demonstrated a product in the Boston office of ByteLight, which he cofounded with a fellow Boston University undergraduate.

By Scott Kirsner

What if Mass. devoted the same resources to scouting the next generation of entrepreneurs as NFL teams devote to finding talent?

Bank of America spars with L.L. Bean over credit card

The split between Bank of America and L.L. Bean appears to have been particularly acrimonious.

By Todd Wallack

The split between the bank and the retailer over the L.L. Bean credit card appears to have been particularly acrimonious.

Sports

UMass-Lowell 1, BU 0

UMass-Lowell wins 1st Hockey East title

Buried amid a mass of happy River Hawks is freshman goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who made 36 saves Saturday and was named tournament MVP.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

In addition to winning the regular-season crown, the No. 1 seed eked out a 1-0 Hockey East championship victory over No. 3 BU.

Arizona 74, Harvard 51

Harvard is dismissed from NCAA Tournament

Arizona's Mark Lyons tried to get a shot past Harvard's Kenyatta Smith, right, on Saturday.

By Michael Vega

The Crimson fell woefully short in a 74-51 loss to sixth-seeded Arizona in the third round of the West Regional.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox-Yankees rivalry as we knew it is over

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek traded blows in 2004.

By Dan Shaughnessy

It’s no longer an issue of which team will finish first. The question now is, who might finish last?

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Sunday baseball notes

Are Blue Jays a true juggernaut?

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Basketball Notes

Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets on mile-high roll

By Gary Washburn

On Second Thought

Make fishing a high school sport?

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sunday football notes

Saints coach Sean Payton ‘fired up’ to get back

By Greg A. Bedard

Sunday hockey notes

Tipping pucks can tip the scales in NHL

By Fluto Shinzawa

Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2

Bruins can’t recover, suffer loss to Maple Leafs

By Fluto Shinzawa

Bruins Notebook

Johnny Boychuk day-to-day with leg injury

By Fluto Shinzawa

Red Sox Notebook

Jacoby Ellsbury biding his time on steals

By Peter Abraham

Pirates 5, Red Sox 3

Sox lose 3-1 lead in eighth inning

By Peter Abraham

Grizzlies 110, Celtics 106

Injured Celtics can’t keep up with the Grizzlies

By Gary Washburn

Celtics Notebook

Courtney Lee, Kevin Garnett out with ankle injuries

By Gary Washburn

Harvard notebook

Christian Webster’s career at Harvard ends

By Michael Vega

UConn 105, Idaho 37

UConn women rout Idaho in NCAA Tournament

By Pat Eaton-Robb

Wichita St. 76, Gonzaga 70

Gonzaga eliminated by Wichita State in shocker

By Lynn DeBruin

On College Hockey

UMass-Lowell’s time had come in Hockey East

By John Powers

Hockey East notebook

Jack Parker’s career ends with loss in Hockey East final

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Revolution 0, KC 0

Revolution lack scoring punch in tie

By Jason Mastrodonato

What They Were Thinking

Globetrotting across the basket

By Stan Grossfeld

Ideas

The ideals behind UMass Amherst’s stained concrete

The Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst.

By Max Page

It looks nothing like the college of your dreams — and that’s exactly why we should learn to love the state’s flagship campus.

Q&A

Napalm, from Harvard to Vietnam

In 1942, Harvard scientists conducted the first test of a napalm bomb in a pond dug behind the Business School.

By Gal Beckerman

Historian Robert Neer traces napalm’s path from Harvard to Vietnam.

THE WORD

Providence’s $5 million plan to shrink the “word gap”

By Ben Zimmer

Can a city boost achievement by recording, and changing, how parents talk to kids?

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Brainiac

What to call nerds in China

By Kevin Hartnett

UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE

Aw, don’t do that, grandma

By Kevin Lewis

Books

Book review

‘The Sleepwalkers’ by Christopher Clark

By David M. Shribman

Cambridge University historian Christopher Clark unfurls a view of World War I that is revelatory, even revolutionary.

Author, Twitter follower

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

By Amy Sutherland

An interview with Joyce Carol Oates on the books she is reading and loves to read.

Book review

‘The American Sun and Wind Moving Picture Company’ by Jay Neugeboren

Erich von Stroheim is one of the real characters that mingle with the fictional ones in “American Sun.”

By Madison Smartt Bell

Jay Neugeboren’s novel tells of the evolution of film from silence to sound between 1915 and 1930.

Obituaries

Walter Pierce, 93, architect with modernist perspective

At Peacock Farm, Mr. Pierce designed homes with living areas framed by glass walls.

By Bryan Marquard

At Peacock Farm, Mr. Pierce designed homes with living areas framed by glass walls.

Joe Weider, bodybuilding expert, Schwarzenegger mentor

Joe Weider created the Mr. Olympia contest and built a profitable business.

By John Rogers

Mr. Weider, 93, played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world.

Bud Palmer, an originator of the jump shot

John Palmer, shown at left with Carl Braun of the New York Knicks, became a sportscaster after leaving the team.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Palmer, 91, changed the game of basketball in a fundamental way: If he did not invent the jump shot, he was one of the first to shoot one.

Arts & Movies

Ryan Landry ups his game on a new stage

Playwright Ryan Landry.

By Joel Brown

The Huntington Theatre Company is producing Landry’s “M” at the Boston Center for the Arts, and the fringe playwright and the regional theater have to find a way to work together.

Origin stories on TV go deep into familiar terrain

When they were younger: Mads Mikkelsen (top left) as Hannibal Lecter; AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Bradshaw; Freddie Highmore, Norman Bates.

By Matthew Gilbert

Origin stories aren’t new in our culture, but the popularity of exploring fictional characters before we first knew them seems to be spreading to TV.

Photography Review

Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

“Jean Dubuffet,” 1960

By Mark Feeney

This enthralling retrospective, which contains more than 150 photographs, runs at the Museum of Modern Art through Aug. 12.

Travel

Australia’s cultural cities: Sydney and Melbourne

Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbor opened in 1973.

By Christopher Kelly

Australia’s culture cornucopia, centered in Melbourne and Sydney, is available regardless of what time of the year you choose to visit.

City runs, complete with history and views

Brian McCarthy lead a City Running Tours group downtown.

By Shira Springer

On a running tour of Boston, the pace is perfect for conversation and sightseeing.

In Transit

City hopes rejuvenating districts will boost tourism

Conservator Kari Kipper at Worcester Art Museum.

Worcester’s manufacturing glory days may be past, but the city’s grand architecture and distinctive neighborhoods remain.

Magazine

Spring Travel: Natural Wonders

Azores, a perfect destination for Boston travelers

TWIN DELIGHTS The side-by-side lakes, one green, one blue, called Sete Cidades are a must-see on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel.

By Neil Swidey

A four-hour direct flight from Boston brings you to this string of volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, and transports you to an altogether other world.

Spring Travel: Natural Wonders

2 rewarding hikes in northern New Hampshire

ON HIGH The summit of New Hampshire’s Mount Success trail rewards those who make the often steep climb.

By Kim Nilsen

On these two less-traveled trails, you’ll find a dramatic waterfall, a summit with breathtaking views, and the site of a long-ago airplane crash.

Spring Travel: Natural Wonders

Off-the-grid exploration in Big Sur, California

At Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Beach, you’ll find the so-called keyhole rock and purple sands.

By Daniel McGinn

Giant redwoods, ocean views, hot springs, and a chance at rejuvenation await at this Northern California spot.

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First Person

New game plan

Style Watch

Spring fashion and home decor go geometric

By Marni Elyse Katz

Miss Conduct

Red face reduction

By Robin Abrahams

Cooking

Portland calling

By Adam Ried

Dinner With Cupid

Server meets sailor

Connections

The twin we lost

By Elizabeth Crowell

Letters

To the editor

Tales From the City

My granddaughter the chatterbox

Perspective

Hollywood’s Grimm obsession

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Out and About

As seen around town

Globe North

Libraries evolve with the times

Robert Maier, as director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Comissioners, has seen major changes in how information is obtained.

By Wendy Killeen

Hardcovers and paperbacks have given way to electronic books. Basic Internet access was once a must-have, but now it’s Wi-Fi.

Ipswich-Essex area inspires a bestseller

Ann Leary formerly lived in Marblehead. Her mother and sister are still there.

By Joel Brown

“If I could pick anywhere in the world to live,” Ann Leary said, “it would probably be in the Ipswich-Essex area.”

Saugus

Removal of sand opposed by some

Former Saugus selectman Peter Manoogian opposes the sand removal project at Rumney Marsh.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Few people have paid attention to a 30-foot-high pile of sand that stretches from Saugus into Revere.

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Peabody

School bus monitoring set to begin

By Terri Ogan

Winchester

Pension of ex-housing agency chief under review

By Brenda J. Buote

High school basketball

Six unite as one for Danvers hoop titles

By Anthony Gulizia

High School Basketball

For Central Catholic girls, a day to remember

By Pat Bradley

Dining Out

New, fresh tastes in Somerville

By Stephanie Schorow

Lynn

Former addict is giving back

By Terri Ogan

Everett

Church to host candidate forum

By John Laidler

Reading

Assistant becomes town manager

By Brenda J. Buote

Somerville

Alderwoman wants review of road closures

By Jarret Bencks

Tewksbury

Expert offers history of stone walls

By John Laidler

Wakefield

Health survey gauges community needs

By John Laidler

Winchester

New fine targets parking ‘hoppers’

By Brenda J. Buote

Woburn

Election calendar announced

By John Laidler

Andover

‘Peter Pan’ auditions Monday

By Brenda J. Buote

Beverly

Emergency response training starts April 29

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Haverhill

Business Expo set for April 3

By Brenda J. Buote

Ipswich

Veterans service receives district award

By David Rattigan

Lowell

School Committee, teachers reach agreement

By Karen Sackowitz

Marblehead

Annual Town Meeting will be held May 6

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Newburyport

Youth Services seeks student athletes

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Best-selling author to present latest book

By Brenda J. Buote

Peabody

Library offers teen haiku contest

By John Laidler

Rockport

Egg hunt moved to school playground

By David Rattigan

Salem

City seeks talent for Artists’ Row

By John Laidler

Topsfield

Two races in Topsfield election

By David Rattigan

Globe South

Norwell

Learning social skills while having fun

Landon McLaughlin (left) attends the Pokemon Club at the Skills for Living Center in Norwell.

By Rebecca Delaney

Katy Shamitz’ vision six years ago was to teach social skills to children and young adults with social learning disabilities.

Several towns consider adding a local meals tax

The tax would add .75% to a state meals tax of 6.25%.

By Johanna Seltz

Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay had resisted a local meals tax, but the temptation for extra money for the town proved to be too enticing.

Plymouth

Town may increase affordable housing

By Emily Sweeney

Plymouth’s Community Preservation Committee is proposing to use town funds to buy property owned by a former selectman and use it for affordable housing.

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Freetown

Criticism of town inspector escalates

By Meg Murphy

Bella English

Wanting to be like shea - or not

By Bella English

Marblehead

Maass abruptly resigns top job

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Beverly Beckham

It takes a face to change a heart

By Beverly Beckham

Dining Out

“The Inn” returns in welcoming form

By Paul E. Kandarian

High school Basketball

For Archie’s, new era is now

By Tim Healey

Wareham

Selectman candidates debate

By Emily Sweeney

Scituate

Harborwalk funding advances

By Jessica Bartlett

Hanson

Water superintendent departs

By John Laidler

Weymouth

Herring run cleanup

By Johanna Seltz

Rockland

Vote on Town Meeting quorum

By Emily Files

Plymouth

Anniversary license plate contest

By Emily Sweeney

Quincy

Council approves hazard plan

By Jessica Bartlett

Pembroke

Pembroke election field set

By John Laidler

Cohasset

Two grants awarded for service dog

By Johanna Seltz

Hull

Carousel and Easter Bunny return

By Johanna Seltz

Norwell

Community preservation at issue

By Meg Murphy

Hingham

By Jessica Barlett

Hanover

Taking control with health resources

By Meg Murphy

Milton

New orthopedic center

By Dave Eisenstadter

Rochester

Town gets car-seat grant

By Paul E. Kandarian

Mattapoisett

Scallop crop on the rise

By Paul E. Kandarian

Kingston

Town receives water conservation grant

By Robert Knox

Marion

A decade of road work

By Paul E. Kandarian

Dedham

Police officer sworn in

By Dave Eisenstadter

Braintree

Deputy police chief selected

By Jessica Bartlett

Abington

Selectmen to name town manager

By Jim Morrison

Carver

New gas station

By Robert Knox

Brockton

Schools meet for tech workshop

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Avon

Search narrows for new prinicpal

By Johanna Seltz

Canton

Annual “Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off”

By Dave Eisenstadter

East Bridgewater

Absentee ballots for April 6 election

By Sarah Coffey

Easton

Grand opening for new park

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Foxborough

Agreement at Gillette

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Halifax

State grant forMonponsett Pond study

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Middleborough

Town to vote on wastewater plant

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Norton

Bike path supporters organize

By Jennette Barnes

Norwood

Rise in house break-ins

By Jim Morrison

Plympton

Regional dispatch under consideration

By Meg Murphy

Raynham

Sewer expansion continues

By Jennette Barnes

Sharon

Officials weigh Town Meeting articles

By Jennette Barnes

Stoughton

Police await accreditation word

By Rich Fahey

West Bridgewater

Special voter registration

By Sarah Coffey

Holbrook

Clerk’s plea for help may be answered

By Jennette Barnes

Westwood

Residents honored for volunteerism

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Whitman

Town Hall to eliminate Friday hours

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Bridgewater

‘After the Acceptance’ college seminar

By Jennette Barnes

Marshfield

Narrow loss in mock trial finals

By Jennette Barnes

Globe West

Sorry, never heard of it

By Emily Sweeney

A closer look at Massachusetts maps reveals plenty of places with unusual names, many of which are still in use today.

Plainville

Emotions ride high at session on slots parlor

The latest architectural renderings of Plainridge's racino plans in Plainville as of March 20, 2013.

By Jose Martinez

The horsemen of Plainridge Racecourse see slot machines as their only shot at survival.

Brookline

Parents fight plan to cut K-8 school program

By Brock Parker

Parents in Brookline are mounting an effort to save a school enrichment program that helps gifted kids and other students.

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Sudbury

Town to vote again on new police station

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Woburn

Overhaul fire agency, report says

By John Laidler

Newton

Court sets up drug-treatment program

By Lisa Kocian

Acton to vote on turning farm into park

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

High school basketball

Medfield celebrates state crown

By Phil Perry

Waltham

Police chief’s trial delayed

By Jaclyn Reiss

Lexington

Forum to explore state budget issues

By Brock Parker

Plainville

Help clean up town park Friday

By Rachel Lebeaux

Arlington

Author Schorow to speak at high school

By Brock Parker

Berlin

Exploring music’s Colonial role

By Matt Gunderson

Acton

Acton library to hold Pinterest class

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Brookline

Ballot set for town election

By Brock Parker

Bedford

Grants available for home repairs

By Nancy Shohet West

Bolton

Nashoba board seeks budget increase

By Matt Gunderson

Brookline

Forum to explore state revenue proposals

By Brock Parker

Boxborough

Society holding potluck supper

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Brookline

Fund-raiser for Steps to Success

By Brock Parker

Watertown

Deal would protect historic Orchard House

By Jaclyn Reiss

Carlisle

Retiring superintendent to stay through summer

By Nancy Shohet West

Newton

Schools working to tighten security

By Deirdre Fernandes

Concord

Healthy Concord to host forum

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Concord

Museum offers new outreach program

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Westborough

Garden club offering scholarships

By Jennifer Roach

Littleton

Board to honor community volunteers

By Nancy Shohet West

Lincoln

Details on local scholarships

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Northborough

Deadline for nomination papers

By Jennifer Roach

Sudbury

Take a look at proposed police station

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Harvard

Lottery for Bare Hill Pond moorings

By Davis Bushnell

Wayland

Town Meeting set to begin April 4

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Concord

Share views on governor’s tax plan

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Hudson

Workshop on special education rights

By Calvin Hennick

Ayer

Share pothole tips with DPW

By Davis Bushnell

Bellingham

Library supporters to meet April 1

By Rachel Lebeaux

Medway

Share opinions on recreation facilities

By Rachel Lebeaux

Norfolk

Self-defense program for seniors

By Rachel Lebeaux

Wrentham

Shop for food, support school group

By Rachel Lebeaux

Natick

Visiting senator lauds Army base

By Jaclyn Reiss

Natick

Progress on plans for Sawin House

By Jaclyn Reiss