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Lagging schools in Mass. take on partners

Boston and three other cities, in an attempt to stave off a state takeover, are turning to nonprofit partners to jump-start flagging overhaul efforts.

US District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor is still hearing cases, but has reduced his workload.

System feels strain as a US judgeship sits empty

No judge has been appointed to the seat in Springfield since Judge Michael A. Ponsor stepped down in 2011.

Antonio Stroud posed for promotional photos for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

Boston man’s life righted by Shakespeare

In Shakespeare and through “Othello,” Antonio Stroud found an answer to the pressures young men like him face.

Elizabeth Grow of Amherst said she was threatened with the loss of her cafeteria job if she stayed home when her daughter, Estella, was sick last year.

MATTHEW CAVANAUGH FOR THE GLOBE

Support grows for legislation requiring paid sick leave

A nearly decade-long effort to require Mass. employers to offer paid sick days is gaining momentum as lawmakers pass similar proposals across the US.

Greg Meyer, 1983 Boston Marathon champion, served pasta to Dave Lombardo of Eau Claire, Wis., at the prerace dinner at City Hall on Sunday. Organizers expected up to 15,000 people.

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Boston Marathon runners put carbs before the course

This year’s pasta dinner for registered runners of the 117th Boston Marathon at City Hall drew thousands.

The Nation

Kidney created in lab raises hopes for humans

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Researchers announced the bioengineering of a rat kidney, a step that could someday lead to reducing the shortage of donor organs for humans.

Obama budget plan may limit options

By Jim Kuhnhenn

The president’s budget overtures to Republicans may limit his bargaining power if the GOP ever returns to the negotiating table.

Former justice of the peace linked to case of slain Texas DA, wife

Kristi Ivie prayed with her son Lance, 6, on Sunday near the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman, Texas. Authorities have not named any suspects in the March 28 killings of Mike McLelland, a North Texas district attorney, and his wife.

Authorities appear to be focusing on a former justice of the peace who was arrested Saturday on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

The World

John Kerry says US would reward restraint by North Korea

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would reduce its defenses if the nuclear threat ended.

By Michael R. Gordon

The US is prepared to reach out to North Korea if Pyongyang moves to abandon its nuclear weapons program, the secretary of state said.

Brazen attack on Somali court complex leaves at least 7 civilians dead

Somalis fled the area around the Supreme Court complex in Mogadishu on Sunday after extremists launched an attack.

A barrage of bullets and two car bombings rattled Mogadishu when nine Al Shabab Islamic extremists stormed Somalia’s main court complex.

China’s bird flu death toll inches up to 13

Two more people in Shanghai have died from a new strain of bird flu, and 11 new cases were reported, according to state media.

Editorial & Opinion

JAMES CARROLL

Religious women press for change

By James Carroll

One can argue that the most direct route to the global empowerment of women runs through religion, because of its near universal reach and its hold on the human imagination.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Has Bitcoin made digital currency ‘real’?

By John E. Sununu

Unlike its counterparts around the globe, the Bitcoin supply is not subject to government interference, monetization of debt, or the inflationary pressure of devaluation.

Editorial

City Council should reject changes to school committee

The hallmarks of the appointed board include upgrades in standards and partnerships with business leaders while the elected board is littered with incidents of extortion and patronage.

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Letters | DUELING VISIONS FOR TAXES ON BEACON HILL

Why can’t leaders put egos aside?

Letters | DUELING VISIONS FOR TAXES ON BEACON HILL

Both plans would ruin taxpayers

Letters | DUELING VISIONS FOR TAXES ON BEACON HILL

House, Senate ignore pressing education and transit needs

Metro

Lagging schools in Mass. take on partners

By James Vaznis

Boston and three other cities, in an attempt to stave off a state takeover, are turning to nonprofit partners to jump-start flagging overhaul efforts.

System feels strain as a US judgeship sits empty

US District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor is still hearing cases, but has reduced his workload.

By Milton J. Valencia

No judge has been appointed to the seat in Springfield since Judge Michael A. Ponsor stepped down in 2011.

Boston man’s life righted by Shakespeare

Antonio Stroud posed for promotional photos for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

By Meghan E. Irons

In Shakespeare and through “Othello,” Antonio Stroud found an answer to the pressures young men like him face.

Business ǀ Science

Support grows for legislation requiring paid sick leave

Elizabeth Grow of Amherst said she was threatened with the loss of her cafeteria job if she stayed home when her daughter, Estella, was sick last year.

By Megan Woolhouse

A nearly decade-long effort to require Mass. employers to offer paid sick days is gaining momentum as lawmakers pass similar proposals across the US.

Thermo Fisher nears $12.8 billion deal

Thermo Fisher emerged as the leading bidder for Life Technologies, having won exclusive negotiating rights with a bid for more than $75 a share.

3-D print tech may lead to custom running shoes

At left, a 3-D-printed shoe sole; at right, a conventional shoe sole.

By Taryn Luna

If experiments at New Balance are borne out, within a few years customers may be able to go a store to have key portions of a shoe custom-made.

Obituaries

Pat Maxfield, prolific cataloger of music; at 57

Mr. Maxfield was a librarian and unofficial historian at New England Conservatory.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Maxfield was a librarian and unofficial historian at New England Conservatory.

Patricia McCormick, pioneering bullfighter who gained fame

Patricia McCormick, shown fighting a bull in Mexico in 1955, studied art and music at Texas Western College.

By Bryan Mealer

By all accounts, McCormick, who was 83 when she died, was the first woman in North America to become a professional bullfighter.

Robert Byrne, chess grandmaster and columnist; at 84

Mr. Byrne (left, playing Boris Spassky in Moscow in1971), was cagey andpatient at the table.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Byrne was known as a cagey, patient player who favored flank attacks and solid structural defense, avoided pawn weaknesses, and was especially strong in the endgame.

Sports

Red Sox 5, Rays 0

Clay Buchholz nearly no-hits Rays

Clay Buchholz pauses for a moment after a Kelly Johnson single broke up his no-hit bid.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox pitcher no-hit the Rays for seven innings in the 5-0 win at Fenway on Sunday.

77th MASTERS

Adam Scott 1st Australian to win Masters

Australian Adam Scott

By Michael Whitmer

Scott made a birdie putt to defeat Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole at Augusta, claiming his first major.

Greg Meyer, Joan Benoit Samuelson recall ’83 marathon

Greg Meyer and Joan Benoit Samuelson won the Boston Marathon in 1983.

By Shira Springer

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Boston Marathon victories, Meyer and Samuelson will be on the Hopkinton starting line for the 2013 race.

G: Health

Health

Mediterranean diet vs. low-fat Ornish plan

By Deborah Kotz

In trying to determine which type of eating plan is best for you, consider the following questions.

Boston Medical Mysteries

Why was marathoner out of breath?

By Dr. Sushrut Jangi

D isn’t running the Boston Marathon Monday; he’s still recuperating.

Book Reviews

Three new books look back at Boston Marathon

Bill Rodgers crosses the finish line in 1980 for his fourth Boston Marathon win.

By Bill Littlefield

The books take us up close and personal with some of our nation’s greatest runners and with the event itself.

More Stories

Music Review

Michael Nesmith returns with stories to tell

By Stuart Munro

Music Review

With Muse, spectacle doesn’t obscure the sound

By Scott McLennan

Music Review

Black Crowes get back to the basics

By Scott McLennan

Music Review

Fromm concert at Harvard looks back

By David Weininger

Daily Dose

Energy drinks: FDA warns against DMAA

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Bird flu in Boston: Do you need to worry?

By Deborah Kotz

In Practice

A doctor ponders her reaction to a cancer diagnosis

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Health Answers

Who should get prenatal genetic counseling?

By Courtney Humphries

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

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

Names

Matt Damon renews vows over the weekend

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Having a ball at the ‘Night Circus’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Save Venice parties at Boston Public Library

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Before the marathon: food and celebration

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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MassArt auction raises scholarship money

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted here and there around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein