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New report slams Mass. on correction reform

Despite steeply declining violent crime rates, the percentage of residents behind bars has tripled since the early 1980s, according to a bipartisan study.

Friends of Mayor Thomas M. Menino say he’s undecided.

Mayoral run by Thomas Menino still uncertain

Staffers and friends say that he is struggling with the decision about whether to run for a sixth term.

Kerry Healey

Babson picks Kerry Healey as first female president

The former Massachusetts lieutenant governor was named the next president of Babson College on Sunday night.

“After a while, you start to think, ‘Am I ever going to work again?’ ” said John McLaughlin, who lost his job as manager of a Fidelity Investments call center two years ago.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Long-term joblessness hits older workers hard

The number of people 45 and older who have been jobless for more than a year has quadrupled since 2007.

People were lined up Sunday to attend the Supreme Court arguments.

Same-sex marriage debate goes to high court tomorrow

The legal battle, which began in Mass. more than a decade ago, arrives at the Supreme Court with two cases that could reshape the debate.

The Nation

NRA, Bloomberg clash on guns

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) formed a super PAC to push for tougher gun laws. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre (right) said gun owners would make a counterweight to that.

By Robert Pear

The NRA vowed to counter the $12 million advertising push by the New York mayor for stricter gun controls.

2 from Iceland die in Florida sky dive

Two Icelandic skydivers who died during weekend jumps at a popular southwest Florida camp did not deploy their main parachutes, the co-owner of the facility said.

Winter storm pounds Midwest with heavy snow

A man waited for help after becoming stuck in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday as a weekend storm battered the region.

Few signs of spring were found in parts of the Midwest over the weekend, as a snowstorm brought heavy snow and high winds to several states.

The World

John Kerry wants Iraq to block Iran arms aid to Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry left Baghdad on Sunday after a visit that emphasized US concern over the arms shipments.

By Michael R. Gordon and Tim Arango

The secretary of state prodded Baghdad to stop shipments of Iranian arms to Syria through Iraqi airspace.

Mohammed Morsi warns opponents after violence

The Egyptian president delivered a stern warning, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to ‘‘protect this nation.”

Gay-marriage opponents clash with Paris police

Riot police fired tear gas to try to stop protesters from advancing onto Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris during clashes over France’s push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto the Champs-Elysees as part of a protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

The power of pessimism

By Jennifer Graham

Forget positive thinking: At least two-thirds of Americans would benefit from a little less happiness, new data suggest.

JAMES CARROLL

B-52s should remain strategy relics

A US Air Force B-52 delivers a bomb load of more than 38,000 pounds in South Vietnam in March, 1966.

By James Carroll

Once the B-52 began to fly 60 years ago, it took decades for the United States to find the balance between military threat and diplomacy.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

America’s security, under the weather

By Juliette Kayyem

Protecting against climate change isn’t just a matter of preserving natural resources; it is about adapting everyday activities to the threat.

Metro

New report slams Mass. on correction reform

By Wesley Lowery

Despite steeply declining violent crime rates, the percentage of residents behind bars has tripled since the early 1980s, according to a bipartisan study.

Babson picks Kerry Healey as first female president

Kerry Healey

By Evan Allen

The former Massachusetts lieutenant governor was named the next president of Babson College on Sunday night.

Mayoral run by Thomas Menino still uncertain

Friends of Mayor Thomas M. Menino say he’s undecided.

By Andrew Ryan

Staffers and friends say that he is struggling with the decision about whether to run for a sixth term.

More Stories

A sense of urgency on Gardner Museum art recovery

By Milton J. Valencia, Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian

Adrian Walker

Roxbury health center closes its doors forever

By Adrian Walker

Man found dead at South End residence

By Sarah N. Mattero and Matt Rocheleau

Science in Mind

Assessing risks, and responsibilities, of predictions

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Business ǀ Science

Long-term joblessness hits older workers hard

“After a while, you start to think, ‘Am I ever going to work again?’ ” said John McLaughlin, who lost his job as manager of a Fidelity Investments call center two years ago.

By Megan Woolhouse

The number of people 45 and older who have been jobless for more than a year has quadrupled since 2007.

Space station to aid Bedford firm’s drug research

A NASA image shows the SpaceX capsule Dragon being snagged by an arm of the International Space Station this month.

By Hiawatha Bray

Emerald BioSystems is part of a team using the low-gravity atmosphere of the International Space Station to develop a better understanding of proteins.

Video gaming slowly becoming a pro sport

Fans of StarCraft II watched video of a battle between gamers.

By Hiawatha Bray

Backers believe competitive video gaming is about to go mainstream, alongside NASCAR and professional fishing.

More Stories

Innovation Economy

Boston Cab vs. Uber: an app contest

By Scott Kirsner

EU leaders approve Cyprus bailout deal

By James Kanter, Liz Alderman and Andrew Higgins

Justices review deals to keep cheaper drugs off market

By Jesse J. Holland and Linda A. Johnson

APP SMART

Many apps to help you find a new home

By Kit Eaton

Obituaries

Alba Thompson, 94; veteran who fought good fights in Plymouth

Mrs. Thompson grew up in Plymouth during the Great Depression, taught at Plymouth-Carver High School, and served as chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

By Alli Knothe

Mrs. Thompson grew up in Plymouth during the Great Depression and served as chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

Sports

On Baseball

Jackie Bradley Jr. shows he belongs with Red Sox

Will Middlebrooks and Jonny Gomes greeted Jackie Bradley Jr. after he hit a second-inning, three-run home run off of Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee.

By Nick Cafardo

It’s clear now that Bradley, with all the energy and production he brings, belongs on the team.

Red Sox Notebook

Jacoby Ellsbury’s ankle injury considered minor

Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference in the first inning, and then lunged back to the bag awkwardly on a pickoff throw.

By Nick Cafardo

Both Ellsbury and manager John Farrell believe that the outfielder should be back on the field by midweek.

Spring training report: Red Sox beat Phillies

By Nick Cafardo

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s homer in the second inning and four RBIs lead the Red Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Phillies.

G: Health

Health

Empathy gap in medical students

Boston University medical student Erica Perry checks on patient Alma Conroy at Boston Medical Center.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Stress can harden medical students’ attitudes toward patients, but schools are trying to change that.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ awakens the senses

Above (clockwise from left): Arthur Leeth (as the King), Elizabeth Olds (as the Queen) and Misa Kuranaga (as Princess Aurora) in Boston Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.”

By Thea Singer

The ballet walks a tightrope between the real and the visionary — in its themes, its history, and the very steps and notes that shape it.

Stage Review

Paul Giamatti plays Hamlet as antic Everyschlub

From left: Erik Lochtefeld, Michael Manuel, and Paul Giamatti in Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Hamlet.’’

By Don Aucoin

Giamatti’s portrayal in “Hamlet” reaches a white-hot intensity at times, but the Yale Repertory Theatre’s production just doesn’t hold together.

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Book Review

‘Hopper’ by Tom Folsom

By James Sullivan

Music Review

A retuned violin, holding a mirror to prayer

By Jeremy Eichler

Music Review

Jonathan Biss reveals Schumann’s influence

By Matthew Guerrieri

Daily Dose

Study suggests new risk factor for autism

By Deborah Kotz

Health Answers

How can lasers be used for different skin treatments?

By Courtney Humphries

in practice

Actors help doctors learn to convey empathy

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

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

Chris O’Donnell helps BC celebrate 150 years

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Is Paul McCartney coming to Fenway again?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Jennifer Lawrence’s hair gets big for local film

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Handel and Haydn Society has a ball at Mandarin

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Gloria Steinem speaks to crowd at Simmons

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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PAX East brings gamers, anime fans to Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Siobhan Magnus’s band reaches Kickstarter goal

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein