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State Senate may add funds to transportation bill

The Senate is willing to dedicate more than the $500 million in new taxes approved by the House, but the bill would still fall short of Governor Patrick’s request.

Cambridge giving start-ups protection in Kendall Square

The city is poised to become the first community in the US to require developers to set aside lower-cost offices for start-ups.

Councilor at Large Felix G. Arroyo

Felix Arroyo launches bid to be next Boston mayor

The city councilor formally joined the growing field seeking to succeed Mayor Menino.

From left, Courtney Moller, Bridget Scullion, Dr. Kathy Selvaggi, who was involved in a flawed case, and Amy Fang.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Brigham and Women’s airing medical mistakes

Hospital leaders started an employee newsletter to encourage staff to talk openly about their mistakes and help make sure errors are not repeated.

Enforcement key to latest attempt at immigration bill

Supporters of an immigration overhaul say the only way to make enforcement of laws feasible is to offer a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants now in the US.

MGM woos Springfield voters

The attention that MGM has lavished on Springfield in support of its casino project is part of an unprecedented citywide campaign.

The Nation

Several in GOP won’t take part in filibuster of gun bill

“We’re moving forward on this bill. The American people deserve a vote on this legislation,” said Harry Reid.

By Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Steinhauer

A vote on a gun control bill appeared more likely as several Senate Republicans said they would not take part in a filibuster.

N.Y. state proposes letting jails shut law libraries

By Michael Virtanen

New York corrections officials have proposed letting local jails across the state close their law libraries used by inmates.

N.J. 6-year-old shot by 4-year-old

By Bruce Shipkowski

The 4-year-old brought a gun outside his home and seriously wounded a 6-year-old neighbor in the head when the weapon discharged as they played together.

The World

Taliban delegation in Qatar since 2010 sits idle

By Rod Nordland

Hope remains dim for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan years after the US began secret overtures.

Japan halts nuclear cleanup after leak at storage pool

By Hiroko Tabuchi

Workers stopped pumping radioactive water from a storage pool after discovering that a pool to which the water was being transferred was leaking.

Somalia admits soldiers’ roles in rapes

By Abdi Guled

Somalia’s government for the first time acknowledged that its security forces were involved in rape cases that drew an international outcry.

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Kenya celebrates new president

By Tom Odula and Jason Straziuso

5 UN troops, 7 others killed in South Sudan

By Charlton Doki and Nirmala George

Mass slaying in Serbia leaves police, residents baffled

By Jovana Gec and Dusan Stojanovic

Bomb in Afghanistan claims rising US diplomat

By Graham Bowley and Monica Davey

Iran unveils uranium sites, renews defiant tone

By David M. Herszenhorn and Rick Gladstone

John Kerry optimistic about Mideast peace talks

By Michael R. Gordon and Isabel Kershner

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Democracy’s champion

Margaret Thatcher spoke at the 1984 Economic Summit in London as, from left, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and President Ronald Reagan listened.

By Jeff Jacoby

Margaret Thatcher’s deep convictions pulled her country from the brink and restored it to greatness.

SCOT LEHIGH

Lesson for a lame duck

By Scot Lehigh

Governor Patrick overestimated his persuasiveness in his tax package and forgot about the wisdom of consultation and the politics of the possible.

martha coakley

Familiar warning signs in for-profit schools

By Martha Coakley

Problems at for-profit colleges and trade schools are a public concern because many student loans at these schools are tax-payer funded.

Metro

State Senate may add funds to transportation bill

Governor Deval Patrick, who is seeking $1.9 billion for transportation, has threatened to veto the House proposal.

By Jim O’Sullivan

The Senate is willing to dedicate more than the $500 million in new taxes approved by the House, but the bill would still fall short of Governor Patrick’s request.

Brigham and Women’s airing medical mistakes

From left, Courtney Moller, Bridget Scullion, Dr. Kathy Selvaggi, who was involved in a flawed case, and Amy Fang.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Hospital leaders started an employee newsletter to encourage staff to talk openly about their mistakes and help make sure errors are not repeated.

MGM woos Springfield voters

A model of MGM’s casino resort proposed for Springfield was on display at its city headquarters in December.

By Mark Arsenault

The attention that MGM has lavished on Springfield in support of its casino project is part of an unprecedented citywide campaign.

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Felix Arroyo launches bid to be next Boston mayor

By Andrew Ryan and Maria Sacchetti

Adrian Walker

We can’t let the gun lobby win

By Adrian Walker

CONCORD, N.H.

N.H. considers changes to state park fees

By Holly Ramer

Business

Cambridge giving start-ups protection in Kendall Square

MIT buildings in the Kendall Square area in 2006.

By Michael B. Farrell

The city is poised to become the first community in the US to require developers to set aside lower-cost offices for start-ups.

Mass. House looking at 3-cent hike in gas tax

By Erin Ailworth

The increase in the gasoline tax, which has not risen in more than 20 years, would put Mass. on par with the average state gas tax nationwide.

Job-training program helps homeless find work

Lorraine Carrington sews lampshades and pillows for the Cambridge home décor business 2b design, and will soon be hired.

By Katie Johnston

A collaboration that trains clients and finds them jobs is drawing praise from employers and the employed.

Obituaries

Michel Sasson, 77; BSO violinist cofounded Newton Symphony

Mr. Sasson was able to bring out the musical passions of mostly amateur performers in Newton.

By Jeremy Eichler

Mr. Sasson was able to bring out the musical passions of mostly amateur performers in Newton.

Harold Schmeck Jr., 89, New York Times science scribe

By William Yardley

Mr. Schmeck, a science writer for The New York Times for more than 30 years, died on April 1 in Hyannis, Mass.

Greg Willard, 54, longtime NBA referee

Former Nets coach Avery Johnson with Greg Willard.

By Tim Reynolds

Mr. Willard, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,600 games before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, has died.

Sports

UConn 93, Louisville 60

UConn women cruise to 8th NCAA title

UConn coach Geno Auriemma is carried off the court by players after they beat Louisville to win the national title.

By Doug Feinberg

Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half as Connecticut routed Louisville, 93-60.

Wade Boggs wants Red Sox to retire his number

Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, an assistant coach at Wharton High in Tampa, thinks there is a spot at Fenway Park for his No. 26.

By Stan Grossfeld

Boggs is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but remains left off the facade in Fenway Park’s right field. He believes he’s earned the right to be there.

77TH MASTERS

Tiger Woods now the favorite at the Masters

Tiger Woods knows the key to winning at Augusta National. “You have to make your putts,’’ he said.

By Michael Whitmer

Woods is the choice — at least by oddsmakers — to win the Masters again, which would end an eight-year drought between wins at Augusta.

G: Food

Food

Burger boom

A Shake Shack cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.

By Michael Andor Brodeur

The new Shake Shack, local Tasty Burger, and Five Guys all offer good patties. But whose are the best?

Readers’ favorite burgers

Last month, we asked Boston.com readers to vote for their favorite burger joints in the area.

These favorite burger spots are not here — yet

One of the signs that Umami Burger will be serving something outside the American routine.

A number of burger joints across the country are wildly popular.

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events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘Here I Am’ by Alan Huffman

By Eric Liebetrau

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Robert Downey Jr. to film in Boston?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Corinne Grousbeck hosts event for Perkins School

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Devin McCourty reads to kids in Rhode Island

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Museum of Fine Arts celebrates ‘Samurai!’ guy

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Worcester’s Denis Leary to play Browns coach

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities seen here and there around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein