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Dismal jobless report alarms

Hiring slowed sharply in March, hundreds of thousands gave up job searches, and the percentage of Americans in the labor force fell to its lowest level since 1979.

Paul Bernon and Sam Slater’s indie comedy “Drinking Buddies” was just picked up for distribution.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Young Massachusetts film producers finding early success

Paul Bernon and Sam Slater’s indie comedy “Drinking Buddies,” starring Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick, was just picked up for distribution.

Keer Deng, 19, was blinded by a slave master, who rubbed chili peppers in his eyes and hung him upside down from a tree.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

From torment in Sudan to a life of hope, promise

Keer Deng, who lives at the Perkins School for the Blind, was enslaved, brutalized, and blinded as a boy, but has found kindness and hope.

Gridlock deepens on Mass. transportation bill

Legislative leaders signaled they won’t budge from their $500 million tax package, far shy of Governor Deval Patrick’s $1.9 billion proposal.

Plan B, the “morning after pill,” will be available to anyone.

Morning-after drug must be sold over counter to all, judge orders

Consumers may soon find Plan B emergency contraception on supermarket and drugstore shelves after a federal judge’s 59-page decision against the federal government.

The Nation

Colo. suspect’s doctor warned his university

James Holmes, the suspect in the July theater shooting, told a psychiatrist of homicidal thoughts, documents show.

By Dan Elliott and Nicholas Riccardi

Court documents revealed the psychiatrist who treated theater shooting suspect James Holmes told campus police Holmes had homicidal thoughts.

Illinois school bus crash kills 1

The wrecked school bus was examined in Wadsworth, about 45 miles from Chicago. Its driver might have run a red light.

All 35 people aboard the bus survived the crash, but dozens of elementary school children were taken to hospitals.

Suit dismissed in wrongful pet death

The Texas Supreme Court ruled bereaved dog owners can’t sue for emotional damages when someone else is to blame for the death of a pet.

The World

US pressuring China to rein in North Korea

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, is facing an early test regarding North Korea.

By Mark Landler

The Obama administration detects what it sees as a shift in decades of Chinese support for North Korea and is pressuring the new president.

Iran nuclear talks appear to stumble

Iran’s deputy negotiator Ali Baqeri’s proposal was vague, diplomats said.

By Joby Warrick

Talks with Iran began on a discordant note as Western officials criticized it for failing to respond substantively to demands to curb its nuclear program.

Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

By FRANCES D’Emilio

Pope Francis directed the Vatican to act decisively on clergy sex abuse cases and punish pedophile priests, saying the Catholic Church’s ‘‘credibility’’ was on the line.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

No salvation for anyone on the wrong side of Menino

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

By Lawrence Harmon

There is plenty of company in the Boston mayor’s boneyard: former political opponents, out-of-favor cops, recalcitrant developers, and Globe columnist Lawrence Harmon.

JOAN WICKERSHAM | The future of classical music

Discovery Ensemble keeps the music alive

Courtney Lewis, 28, is the music director and conductor.

By Joan Wickersham

Energy, charisma, talent, nuanced musical understanding, an exceptional conductor, and a sense of social responsibility — this group shows what the future of classical music will look like.

RENÉE LOTH | The future of classical music

The millennial generation, in A flat

Maria Rindenello plays harp with Boston’s Discovery Ensemble.

By Renée Loth

Some say the entire classical music infrastructure needs retooling — or even dismantling ­— if it is to have a future with a generation raised on Spotify and K-pop.

Metro

Does Boston need a CEO as mayor?

By Andrew Ryan

Boston’s first open race for mayor in a generation has yet to attract a candidate from the business community.

N.H. voters OK with Brown, but perhaps not in Senate run

Tammie Lampes, 48, of Derry, said she thought New Hampshire would be open to a Scott Brown Senate candidacy.

By David Filipov and Stephanie Ebbert

Voters and pundits said former Mass. Senator Scott Brown’s moderate brand of Republicanism would work well in New Hampshire — if he were considered a local.

Company fires some in Attleboro school lunch incident

Holly Von Seggern apologized Friday for workers who denied lunch to 25 students at Coelho Middle School.

By Zachary T. Sampson

Several employees who refused to provide lunch to students at a middle school were fired after an investigation.

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Longtime Roxbury clinic is placed into receivership

By Peter Schworm and Adrian Walker

star watch

Looking through starry twilight back to Big Bang

By Alan M. MacRobert

Business

Nurses, Quincy hospital move to avert strike

By Jessica Bartlett

Nurses and officials at Quincy Medical Center will negotiate Monday in an attempt to avert a one-day strike.

Property developers Beal Cos. to partner with Related of N.Y.

Among notable Boston buildings redeveloped by the the Beal Cos. are the Custom House (left) and Grain Exchange (center).

By Casey Ross

One of Boston’s oldest and most prolific real estate firms is joining forces to create what promises to be a powerhouse of local property development.

Pushcarts can stay in Downtown Crossing through 2013

By Jenn Abelson

The 28 pushcart vendors who work out of Boston’s Downtown Crossing can stay through the end of this year.

Obituaries

Eleanor Garvey, 94; expert on books and art

Ms. Garvey had great knowledge of 18th-century Italian illustrated books.

By Kathleen McKenna

Ms. Garvey had a long career as a print curator, much of it at Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Jane Henson; partnered with husband to create Muppets

Jim and Jane Henson posed with the case of Sam and Friends in Washington in 1960.

By Paul Vitello

Mrs. Henson, 78, was the widow of and original collaborator with Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 85; novelist became key member of film team

Oscar-winning screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala with directors Ismail Merchant (left) and James Ivory.

By Matt Schudel

Mrs. Jhabvala was a German-born novelist who gained her greatest acclaim as a two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter.

Sports

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4

Red Sox defeat Blue Jays

Mike Napoli drives in the winning run in the eighth inning against the Blue Jays.

By Peter Abraham

Mike Napoli belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs, including the game-winning run.

Cavaliers 97, Celtics 91

Shorthanded Celtics stumble against Cavaliers

Jeff Green was up in arms after he was called for a foul in the third quarter. Green had team-highs of 23 points and nine rebounds.

By Baxter Holmes

Jeff Green scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Celtics lost, 97-91.

Final Four

Rick Pitino’s legacy in Boston still muddled

Rick Pitino has taken Kentucky, Louisville and Providence to the Final Four, but memories of his days coaching the Celtics still provoke bitterness.

By Amalie Benjamin

Pitino has a championship legacy in the NCAA, but memories of his days coaching the Celtics still provoke bitterness.

G: Family

Summer jobs for teens expected to be hard to find

Sarah McGowen, 17, at work at Learning Express, a toy store in Needham.

By Katy Rushlau

Serving up soft serve at the local ice cream parlor used to be a rite of passage, but now teens are entering a labor market where nothing is guaranteed.

From the Archives

Opening Day at Fenway Park

No matter how the fans are feeling about the Red Sox, devotees fill Fenway excited to cheer on the home team for the first game of each year.

Television Review

Honoring the conductor who gave Terezin its Requiem

Conductor Murry Sidlin with a full chorus and orchestra at Terezin for a memorial performance of the Requiem in 2006.

By Jeremy Eichler

Conductor Rafael Schaechter’s remarkable story is at the center of “Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance,” a new film airing on PBS stations.

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Book REview

‘The Fun Parts’ by Sam Lipsyte

By Eugenia Williamson

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Music Review

Handel and Haydn shines on gems from Baroque past

By Jeremy Eichler

Dance Review

Otherworldy but missing a spark

By Thea Singer

Names

Filming of David O. Russell movie continues at the Wang

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen house hunting - again

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Will & Grace’ creator talks about ... failure

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jonathan Knight walks off stage at New Kids show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks talks to students at Emerson

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mass General Hospital for Children autism benefit raises big bucks

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Carol Leifer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies event

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein