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Brian McGrory

For Menino, it’s been a journey like no other

After 20 years and a record-setting five mayoral terms, Mayor Menino will stand at a podium in Faneuil Hall Thursday and announce he will not run again.

Report details pattern of lapses by Roxbury Community College administrators

Roxbury Community College released a troubling report today chronicling systemic lapses that caused the school to violate federal campus safety laws.

Child care centers will be checked for sex offenders

The state’s move comes after an audit showed 119 matches between the address of sex offenders and child care centers.

The Biogen Idec manufacturing plant in Cambridge.

FDA approves new Biogen MS drug

The twice-a-day capsules, called Tecfidera, offer a new option for treating multiple sclerosis. Biogen Idec already markets two MS treatments.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino atop the Macallen Building in South Boston in 2009.

Mayor Menino won’t seek sixth term

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will announce at a Faneuil Hall event Thursday afternoon that he will not seek a sixth term in office, according to officials familiar with his decision.

Edith Windsor, a New York widow challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, was mobbed by supporters Wednesday.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Most justices voice skepticism on marriage act

A majority of Supreme Court justices conveyed a sense that they would declare the law unconstitutional.

The Nation

Most justices voice skepticism on marriage act

Edith Windsor, a New York widow challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, was mobbed by supporters Wednesday.

By Tracy Jan

A majority of Supreme Court justices conveyed a sense that they would declare the law unconstitutional.

Study doubles genetic factors linked to cancers

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

A large study has increased the number of genetic regions known to be associated with breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

Ex-Florida GOP chair sentenced for theft

Jim Greer pleaded guilty to stealing $125,000 in funds.

The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida was sentenced Wednesday to one-and-a-half years in prison for stealing $125,000 in party funds.

The World

Assad appeals to emerging powers for help

A Syrian opposition fighter ran for cover from army snipers in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday.

By Rick Gladstone

The Syrian president’s move came a day after the Arab League filled his government’s seat with the opposition coalition that has sworn to topple him.

Two Serbs convicted of war crimes

By Mike Corder

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of key roles in a campaign of murder, torture, and persecution against Muslims and Croats.

Vote numbers were changed, Kenyan court told

By Jason Straziuso

Vote totals for Kenya’s president-elect mysteriously increased between the time the ballot numbers were announced at some remote polling centers and when they reached the national tallying center in the capital, a lawyer for a civil society group told the country’s Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial

In quest for revenues, state can improve on Patrick plan

A simple mix of tax reforms, with a smaller hike in the income tax, a modest increase in the gas tax, and no change to the sales tax, would meet the state’s needs.

editorial

Sending a useful signal

Dropkick Murphys Al Barr, Ken Casey, and James Lynch performed during the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert rehearsal July 3, 2012.

Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys was wrong to punch a fan but right to call him out.

JOAN VENNOCHI

The FBI’s lost trust

An empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

By Joan Vennochi

After the Whitey Bulger debacle, doubts rise about the Gardner case.

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JULIETTE KAYYEM

The gay rights cases, in perspective

By Juliette Kayyem

JAMES CARROLL

Anthony Lewis’s party of hope

By James Carroll

letters | a kindergartner is suspended

Parents should have had a handle on kid’s toy gun

letters | a kindergartner is suspended

Excluding children from school should be last resort

letters | looking for some imagination in our politics

A theory emerges on the November election

letters | looking for some imagination in our politics

Gratitude for one’s good fortune can spark open mind

letters | looking for some imagination in our politics

If only more empathy extended to the unborn

Metro

Menino won’t run for sixth term

Mayor Thomas M. Menino atop the Macallen Building in South Boston in 2009.

By Andrew Ryan

The 70-year-old mayor, who has been in office for nearly two decades, arrived at his decision late last week and reconsidered it for several days.

Brian McGrory

For Menino, it’s been a journey like no other

By Brian McGrory

After 20 years and a record-setting five mayoral terms, Mayor Menino will stand at a podium in Faneuil Hall Thursday and announce he will not run again.

Report details pattern of lapses by Roxbury Community College administrators

By Mary Carmichael

Roxbury Community College released a troubling report today chronicling systemic lapses that caused the school to violate federal campus safety laws.

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yvonne abraham

Will justices see the change?

By Yvonne Abraham

GORHAM, Maine

One of Bay State’s most wanted fugitives arrested in Maine

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

BOSTON

Boy allegedly throws can at Green Line driver

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Fire rips through 3 Dorchester three-deckers

By Derek J. Anderson and Meghan E. Irons

Business

FDA approves new Biogen MS drug

The Biogen Idec manufacturing plant in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

The twice-a-day capsules, called Tecfidera, offer a new option for treating multiple sclerosis. Biogen Idec already markets two MS treatments.

Fort Point a draw for restaurateurs

Tavern Road opened on Congress Street recently.

By Alison Arnett

There’s a building boom going on in the Fort Point area, much of it driven by restaurants and food-related businesses.

tech lab

Unclutter your cache in the cloud

By Hiawatha Bray

Cloud managers are valuable tools for anybody who uses multiple online services to stash their stuff but need help remembering where everything is.

Obituaries

Jason Molina, 39; wrote stark, bleak songs of Midwest

Jason Molina led the alternative rock bands Songs: Ohia and Ma gnolia Electric Co.

By William Yardley

Mr. Molina was an influential singer-songwriter who led the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.

Deke Richards, 68, leader of Motown team of writers

Mr. Richards was a Motown songwriter-producer who was involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits.

Jane Koomar, a leader in sensory disorder

Jane Koomar founded a sensory treatment center.

By Laurie D. Willis

A leader in the field of treating sensory processing disorder, Ms. Koomar, 58, cofounded one of the disorder’s largest treatment centers.

Sports

dan shaughnessy

Jon Lester has earned Opening Day honor

Jon Lester threw four scoreless innings on Wednesday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Reigniting Lester’s dominance was a goal for John Farrell this spring, and the lefthander has not disappointed.

Patriots free-agent season checkup

The Patriots have done well re-signing several of their own free agents, including Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer.

By Shalise Manza Young

How has the team fared thus far in reshuffling its roster? Let’s assess what they gave done to this point.

Christopher L. Gasper

Once again, Canadiens are villains in Boston

The Canadiens had the last laugh against the Bruins on Wednesday night.

By Christopher L. Gasper

As they have done too often in the history of the rivalry, the Canadiens ended up spoiling the Bruins’ party on Wednesday.

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on hockey

Another Bruins loss: Jarome Iginla to Penguins

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Canadiens 6, Bruins 5 (SO)

Bruins fall to Canadiens in ugly fashion

By Fluto Shinzawa

Bruins notebook

Bruins claims Kaspars Daugavins

By Fluto Shinzawa

celtics 93, cavaliers 92

Celtics claim win at the buzzer

By Baxter Holmes

Celtics notebook

Avery Bradley seeks confidence boost

By Baxter Holmes

Red sox Notebook

Red Sox being cautious with Jacoby Ellsbury

By Dan Shaughnessy

men’s college basketball

Notes: Miami’s Jim Larranaga back as dark horse

By Julian Benbow

march madness

Home burned, Syracuse star moves on in NCAAs

By Julian Benbow

Teeing Off

Tiger Woods earns player of the week honors

By Michael Whitmer

on golf

Golf season can’t begin soon enough

By Michael Whitmer

golf notes

Notes: Masters build-up makes two stops in Texas

By Michael Whitmer

Golf Tip of the Week

Golf tip: Want better bunker shots? Believe it

By Michael Whitmer

Bulls 101, Heat 97

Bulls end Heat win streak at 27 games

By Andrew Seligman

G: Style

Events to check out, no check-in required

By Kathleen Pierce

A smattering of events at Boston hotels.

Hotels seek an edge with customers who may never check in

A Zara and Salon Acote fashion show at Bond restaurant and Lounge at the Langham hotel.

By Kathleen Pierce

From fashion shows to networking events to buzzy restaurants, more hoteliers are catering to locals and those looking for meeting points.

Going to the gym? Dress like you mean it.

By Emily Wright

Is it really worth it to pay the extra money for work-out wear -- whether it’s Lululemon or any other high-end brand?

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Critic’s Notebook

Lululemon yoga pants recall reveals Lulu rage

By Beth Teitell

Instagram Fashion

Aspiring entertainer Thamara Jean-Simon

By Christopher Muther

Movie Review

Grim ‘War Witch’ foresees some hope

By Ty Burr

Bargain Bin

Spring deals have sprung

By Ami Albernaz

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Handyman on Call

Why hot water in kitchen but not bath?

By Peter Hotton

Globe North

Chef Jason Santos cooks for firefighters in Medford

Clockwise from top left at the Medford Main Street station, chef Jason Santos prepares a shrimp and pasta dish for firefighters. Crew members line up to taste Santos’s fare. Santos (right) speaks with firefighters Steve Doherty (left) and Chad White.

By Christina Jedra

Jason Santos, a former “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant, jumped at the opportunity to live out his childhood attraction to firefighting.

North reading

Voters approve $15.5m more for schools

By Brenda J. Buote

A new secondary school campus will move forward after voters at a special town election last Friday approved an additional $15.5 million for the project.

Schools study more secure building designs

By Deirdre Fernandes

From the new Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers to schools in Newton, security concerns have become an integral part of the design.

Globe South

Teens speak about diversity in Sharon

Sharon High School students Julia Siegal and Brian Mukasa make up a handshake during a Teen Speak-Out gathering on March 15. The program reaches all 1,195 students at some point in their high school careers, unless they decline to participate. Three times a year, a group of about 100 students is chosen for one of the day-long exercises, and most show up.

By Jennette Barnes

Some 100 Sharon High School students, selected as a demographic cross-section of the school, gathered to speak about social divisions.

Diversity in Sharon, by the numbers

Diversity in Sharon: By the numbers

Teen Speak-Out’s curriculum

Teen Speak-Out: curriculum in brief

Globe West

School designs focus on security

A makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn., approximately three weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Massachusetts communities are starting to rethink how they build schools since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

A green slant on the spring house tour

Brian Foulds stands outside his family’s Concord home, equipped with many energy-efficient features that will be on display April 6.

By Nancy Shohet West

A home tour in Concord and Carlisle will focus on innovations in energy efficiency, “green” construction, and accessibility in house design.

House tours in the area

Scenes from garden tours last spring in Concord.

By Nancy Shohet West

Several options for more traditional house-and-garden tours this spring.