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About 2,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to unite with clergy and political leaders and remember the victim’s of Monday’s bombings. Many of the attendees said the service provided both solace and solidarity and left them inspired.

David L. Ryan/ Globe Staff

Obama pledges Boston ‘will finish the race’

The president promised the perpetrators of the Marathon bombings would be brought to justice and that the community’s resilience would carry it forward.

Thousands turn out for Marathon interfaith memorial service

Thousands came to the South End to attend a memorial service commemorating those killed and wounded in the finish line explosion at the Boston Marathon.

FBI unit zeroing in on design of devices

WASHINGTON — FBI technicians poring over hundreds of scraps of metal, nails, and other debris collected from the Boston Marathon bombings — including shrapnel surgically removed from the victims — were closing in Wednesday on the make-up and design of the explosive devices to trace the source of the components, according to knowledgeable officials and forensics experts who have worked at the highly-secure facility. The explosive unit at the agency’s state-of-the-art crime laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, located in a trio of large office buildings topped with what look like smokestacks, was also comparing the bombing materials collected from sidewalks, rooftops, gutters, overhangs, even the soles of victims’ shoes.

The Nation

Search continues for survivors of Texas explosion

Firefighters carefully searched Thursday for survivors in an apartment building destroyed by a fertilizer plant explosion.

By Nomaan Merchant and John L. Mone

Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a farm town for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion, checking smashed houses and apartments.

Bridge bolt trouble noted years ago

By Jason Dearen

Officials in charge of building a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge questioned the work of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts.

Grandmother sentenced in teen’s death

Sandra Layne was led out of court after being sentenced to at least 22 years in prison Thursday.

By Ed White

A 75-year-old Detroit-area woman who killed her grandson was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison, capping a wrenching case.

The World

Police arrest Musharraf, haul ex­-leader to court

Commandos escorted a vehicle carrying former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf as he left the court on Thursday.

Police arrested former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power, authorities said.

Italians fail to choose president

By Frances D’Emilio

Italian lawmakers failed to elect the nation’s president during an initial two rounds of voting, the latest worrisome evidence of the political discord.

Suicide bomber kills 26 ahead of Iraq elections

Iraqi Army soldiers patrolled in Baghdad’s Adhamiya district Thursday. Violence has been on the rise ahead of provincial elections to be held on Saturday.

By Sameer N. Yacoub

A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a crowded cafe, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens ahead of provincial elections scheduled for the weekend.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

Tough on violence?

President Obama listened to remarks from Mark Barden, left, whose child was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, alongside other victims of gun violence, following a Senate vote on background checks for firearm sales Wednesday.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

As Democrats and Republicans praised the courage of first responders and citizens who comforted victims in Boston, a bipartisan Senate gun-control compromise was killed in the Senate.

Opinion | Marcela García

Boston’s growing Latino bloc

By Marcela García

The local Latino political presence is still in its adolescence, and it’s an open question whether its various elements can unite to flex some collective muscle.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Words in a time of trauma

By Joan Wickersham

Sometimes a single word, in its use or omission, acquires so much meaning that entire views of the world, and possible courses of action, are embedded in it.

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Letters | Terror at the Marathon

Condolences from Baghdad

Letters | Terror at the Marathon

When the runners hit the wall

Letters | Learning from medical errors

Insurers need to view interpreters as medical necessity

Letters | Learning from medical errors

Fear of lawsuits is a toxic result of malpractice system

Letters | Learning from medical errors

Fellow caregivers need to heal too

Metro

Menino takes a stand after Boston attack

Rising from his wheelchair, Mayor Thomas Menino seemed to embody the fortitude of his city, knocked down but fighting to stand.

By Andrew Ryan

Rising from his wheelchair, Mayor Thomas Menino seemed to embody the fortitude of his city, knocked down but fighting to stand.

Obama pledges Boston ‘will finish the race’

About 2,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to unite with clergy and political leaders and remember the victim’s of Monday’s bombings. Many of the attendees said the service provided both solace and solidarity and left them inspired.

By Lisa Wangsness

The president promised the perpetrators of the Marathon bombings would be brought to justice and that the community’s resilience would carry it forward.

Kevin Cullen

Coming face to face with them

By Kevin Cullen

Upon seeing photos of the Marathon bombing suspects, Bostonians thought of the victims, not vengeance. That’s how we honor Martin and Krystle and Lingzi.

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Massachusetts expands casino options

By Mark Arsenault and Todd Wallack

Manhunt launched for Boston Marathon bombing suspects

By Mark Arsenault, Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

Marathon Bombings

Bombing suspect in custody after standoff in Watertown

By Shelley Murphy, Milton J. Valencia, Wesley Lowery, Akilah Johnson, Eric Moskowitz, Lisa Wangsness, Meghan E. Irons, Brian MacQuarrie, Maria Cramer, Martine Powers, Meghan Irons, John R. Ellement, Martin Finucane and Matt Rocheleau

Run to Remember

Record numbers sign up for Boston’s next road race

By Peter DeMarco

On the air

Across Boston, thousands riveted to broadcast of interfaith service

By Wesley Lowery, Eric Moskowitz and Evan Allen

Detectives scour video, photos for data

By Todd Wallack and Maria Cramer

Business

Students seek connection with robots

The Moody School in Haverhill is using robots to work with students, including Tobi Adebayo.

By Sarah Shemkus

Two robots — “Chip” and “Connor” — were donated to the Moody School in Haverhill as a way to teach social skills to autistic preschoolers.

Mass. jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent

By Megan Woolhouse

Even though the state lost 5,500 jobs, the unemployment rate went down mostly due to workers giving up job searches and dropping out of the labor force.

Investment in start-ups drops off in first quarter

By Michael B. Farrell

Venture capital funding of New England start-ups fell 10 percent as investment firms are putting less money into fewer young companies.

Obituaries

Carl ‘The Truth’ Williams, 53, top-rated heavyweight

“He made a believer out of me,’’ champion Larry Holmes (right) said of Carl Williams.

By Vincent M. Mallozzi

Mr. Williams — a former heavyweight champion who built a reputation for climbing into the ring with the best fighters of his era — died April 7.

Francis Lawrence, 75; raised profile of Rutgers as president

Francis Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence died Tuesday at his home in Mount Laurel, the university said.

Catherine Coburn; led Cambridge group, advocated for poor

Catherine Crone Coburn

By Kathleen McKenna

Ms. Coburn, 64, worked with the Cambridge-based nonprofit Management Sciences for Health for more than two decades.

Sports

Defense has long been a trademark of Avery Bradley

Guard Avery Bradley has led the charge for the Celtics with his tireless work on defense.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics player is a rare weapon in the playoffs, a tireless guard who bodies up to his adversary from tipoff to the final buzzer.

Christopher L. Gasper

Danny Ainge not sure what to expect from Celtics

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Celtics president knows the team can’t just hop on the aging backs of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the playoffs.

Red Sox 6, Indians 3

Red Sox complete sweep of Indians

Jon Lester turned in another strong performance, allowing just two earned runs and fanning five in seven innings.

By Peter Abraham

Jon Lester and the Red Sox beat Terry Francona’s Indians, 6-3, for their sixth straight win.

G: Arts & Movies

Show stoppers: Boston art schools showcase graduate thesis exhibits

By Cate McQuaid

Cate McQuaid’s list of the top grads from Boston’s art schools.

Unum Babar, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

A work from Unum Babar’s series “Thin Cities,” small works made of plaster.

By Cate McQuaid

The art grad student came from Lahore, Pakistan, as a video artist, but then she put her camera down and made low-relief drawings.

Jessica Borusky, School of Museum of Fine Arts

An image from “The Posture Grid!” by Borusky.

By Cate McQuaid

Comedy, pathos, social history, art theory, and a fierce critique of marketing come together in Borusky’s seven-hour performance video “The Posture Grid!”

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MOVIE REVIEW

Cruise-ing into ‘Oblivion’

By Mark Feeney

MOVIE REVIEW

Zombies tackle witches in ‘Salem’

By Tom Russo

Stage REview

‘Beowulf’ is more cute than clever at Oberon

By Jeffrey Gantz

Classical Notes

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich concerto to get local premiere

By David Weininger

Television REview

Melodrama and malaria plague ‘Mary and Martha’

By Matthew Gilbert

Scene & Heard

Local producer Durkin lets the beat take over

By Luke O’Neil

Noisy Neighbors

Cry Guy, ‘Tears of Whatever’

By Luke O’Neil

HIGH FIVE

Phil Wilcox at Tres Gatos

By James Reed

Night Watch

J Dilla Tribute at Milky Way

By Peter Cocchia

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Dear Margo

Dear Margo column

Names

Scholz sues ex-Boston guitarist Goudreau

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Couple honored at Welcome Home! fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Bradley Cooper attends Marathon service

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Bruins, Tyler Seguin thank first responders

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein