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Citations drop for child work violations in Mass.

Enforcement citations appear to have dropped off dramatically in recent years, according to a Globe analysis.

College for America student Ashley Collins (left) danced with Rachel Marshall and Shane Shaw at one of her three jobs.

Traditional ways upended in college of competence

Instead of requiring a graduate to complete a set number of courses, the College for America asks students to master — at any pace — 120 “competencies.”

US Senate candidates pin hope on the faithful

As voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday, the candidates are scrambling to motivate the core party activists they believe will turn out in a low-profile election.

Mike Jefferson (left) who ran the Marathon, with Paul Norden at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Patricia Wen/Globe Staff

Terror at the Marathon

Friends wounded at Marathon will recover together

Paul and J.P. Norden, Jarrod Clowery, and their tight band of buddies from Stoneham cemented their friendship on fishing trips and work sites, during poker games and by just being together — as they were two weeks ago on Boylston Street, where five of the friends were badly injured. Three had legs amputated. Now they have been drawn closer by the shared agony of Marathon Day.

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// Potential psychological explanations behind bombings

Psychologists say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could have fallen under the malicious influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who he may have seen as a father figure.

The Nation

Some states may turn to ballot for gun control

US Senator Joe Manchin

By Mike Baker

Proponents of expanded gun checks are considering ballot initiatives after failing to win passage in Congress.

Fatal stabbing of girl, 8, prompts Calif. search

Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told to report anyone considered suspicious as authorities searched for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.

N.Y. inquiry turns to 30-round clips

William Spengler killed two firefighters, police say.

Agents are trying to determine the source of magazines used by a felon accused of killing two New York firefighters after luring them to his house by setting it ablaze.

The World

Collapsed building’s owner caught in Bangladesh

Relatives of workers missing since last Wednesday’s disaster held pictures of their family members Sunday in Savar.

By Julhas Alam and Chris Blake

Bangladesh authorities captured the fleeing owner of the collapsed building where at least 377 people died last week.

As politicians sworn in, police shot in Rome

Police officers arrested Luigi Preiti following a shooting outside Palazzo Chigi in Rome.

In the very moments Italy’s new coalition government was being sworn in, an unemployed bricklayer opened fire outside the prime minister’s office.

Taliban attack secular candidates

Taliban bombs targeting politicians in northwestern Pakistan killed 11 people, the latest in a series of attacks meant to disrupt next month’s election, police said.

Editorial & Opinion


Diluting the terror watch lists

By Juliette Kayyem

The term “state sponsor of terrorism” means nothing if Cuba is on the list: It simply says we kind of don’t like you and will find any reason to make it hurt.


A determined Max Baucus, now unleashed

Montana’s Max Baucus is retiring after 36 years in the Senate.

By John E. Sununu

Montana Democrat Max Baucus’s decision to cast off the chains of a reelection struggle just might provide him with the advantage needed to achieve a budget deal that includes a tax reform target.


All eyes on Boston

A Marathon runner on his way home was surrounded by television reporters at the Atlanta airport on April 16.

By James Carroll

The Marathon bombings brought focus to a disjointed nation.


State Senate rivals are focusing on Dorchester

By Wesley Lowery

The more than 100,000 voters who make up Dorchester will likely decide the First Suffolk state senate special election primary.

Senate hopefuls work to get primary vote out

By Joshua Miller

The five US Senate hopefuls crisscrossed the state, encouraging voters — if not pleading with them — to vote on Tuesday.

Adrian Walker

Mass. voters sick and tired of politics

By Adrian Walker

Even in an area that so loves politics, we are suffering from just a bit of campaign fatigue.

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Two Back Bay churches begin road to recovery

By Wesley Lowery and Gal Tziperman Lotan

One dead, 15 injured in Allston house fire

By Derek J. Anderson and Zachary T. Sampson

US Senate candidates pin hope on the faithful

By Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson

Terror at the Marathon

Friends wounded at Marathon will recover together

By Sarah Schweitzer and Patricia Wen


Two people seriously wounded in shootings

By Matt Rocheleau

Science in Mind

Looking to ‘living fossil’ for clues to human evolution

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Science in Mind

Patents on genes could hinder research

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Business ǀ Science

Partnership could be worth $1b to Forma

By Robert Weisman

Forma Therapeutics, a Watertown biotechnology company, is teaming up with Celgene Corp. on drugs for cancers and neurodegenerative disorders.

Facial-recognition software precision may be years away

Tamerlan (left) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shown in security camera images on Boylston Street.

By Hiawatha Bray

It took eyeballs, not microchips, to identify Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two Marathon bombing suspects.

Wealth gap between whites, minorities widening

By Annie Lowrey

The last half-decade has proved far worse for black and Hispanic families than for white families, according to a study from the Urban Institute.

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Innovation Economy

Can he engineer stardom on reality TV?

By Scott Kirsner

Citations drop for child work violations in Mass.

By Jenn Abelson and Gail Waterhouse

In Silicon Valley, investors turn to food start-ups

By Jenna Wortham and Claire Cain Miller


Anthony Palmer, 81; composer helped chart course for 21st century teaching

Dr. Palmer taught for about a decade at Boston University. Earlier, he taught in California, Tennessee, and Hawaii.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Palmer inspired all he encountered with his belief that music helps everyone transcend the challenges of each day.

Mary Thom; editor shaped writing of feminists; at 68

Ms. Thom joined Ms. Magazine in 1972 and rose to executive editor in 1990.

By Javier C. Hernandez

Ms. Thom, a chronicler of the feminist movement who shaped the writing of many of its luminaries, including Gloria Steinem, died in a motorcycle accident in Yonkers, N.Y.

Alan Wood, 90; provided US flag raised on Iwo Jima

US forces raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, Japan, on Feb. 23, 1945.

The World War II veteran was a 22-year-old Navy officer on a landing ship on Iwo Jima’s shores when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag he could find.


celtics 97, knicks 90 (OT)

Celtics stay alive with OT win in Game 4

Jason Terry, who tallied the Celtics’ last 9 points in overtime, does his “Jet” routine after scoring the final basket of Boston’s Game 4 victory.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics blew a 20-point lead and missed a chance to win at the buzzer in regulation, but avoided elimination with a win in OT.

Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics still unlikely to topple Knicks

Kevin Garnett and the Celtics head to New York down 3-1 in the series.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Celtics’ veteran guile was on display in their Game 4 win, but to come back and win the series is still a very long shot.

red sox 6, astros 1

Red Sox claim fifth straight win

The Red Sox celebrated after notching their fifth straight win.

By Peter Abraham

After sweeping the lowly Astros, the Red Sox’ 18-7 record left them with the best mark in all of baseball.

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Red Sox Notebook

Daniel Bard sent back to Portland

By Peter Abraham

On Baseball

John Lackey’s win an encouraging sign

By Nick Cafardo

Senators 4, Bruins 2

Bruins lose, will face Maple Leafs in playoffs

By Fluto Shinzawa

Bruins notebooK

Bruins’ Milan Lucic finally finding his stride

By Fluto Shinzawa

Bruins say they are ready for the playoffs

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

celtics notebook

Celtics’ Rajon Rondo right on schedule with rehab

By Baxter Holmes and Gary Washburn

On basketball

Jason Terry finally shows up for the Celtics

By Gary Washburn

knicks notebook

Raymond Felton was a boost for the Knicks

By Amalie Benjamin

Athletics 9, Orioles 8

Athletics rally to top Orioles in the 10th

By Michael Wagaman

High school softball notebook

Home-schooler Emma Kraus a spark for Wakefield

By Colleen Casey


Newton North girls win fourth straight track title

By Sarah Moomaw

High school girls’ lacrrose notebook

Watertown girls’ lacrosse off to a great start

By Cat Calsolaro

MSTCA Division 4 relays

Weston goes wild, wins boys’, girls’ titles

By Greg Joyce

High school volleyball notebook

Lawrence volleyball hitting its stride

By Liz Torres

G: Health

Health and wellness

Medication side effects can cause a range of problems

By Karen Weintraub

Although anyone can react badly to a medication, older people are more likely to experience problems.

Opera Review

BLO’s ‘Dutchman’ brings Wagner back to Boston

Alfred Walker (left) is the Dutchman and Gregory Frank, the sea captain Donald.

By Jeremy Eichler

In the composer’s bicentenary year, Boston Lyric Opera has brought “The Flying Dutchman” back into local port.

Music Review

Thomas Hampson, Jupiter quartet make ‘Aristotle’ sing

Baritone Thomas Hampson performed with the Jupiter String Quartet at Jordan Hall Friday.

By Jeffrey Gantz

A work based on US poet laureate Billy Collins’s “Aristotle” was the centerpiece of the program presented at Jordan Hall Friday.

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Book Review

‘Letters to a Young Scientist’ by Edward O. Wilson

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Daily Dose

Drugs increase autism risk

By Deborah Kotz

Nutrition and you!

Some clever ways to reduce salt — while shopping

By Joan Salge Blake

Q & A

How children cope with parent’s cancer

By Karen Weintraub


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Conan O’Brien, President Obama get laughs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Glenn Close rallies for the mentally ill

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Best Kept Secret’ draws a crowd at IFFB

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Theater company’s gala goes Vegas

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Some recent openings around Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


First pitch at Fenway Park has some pop

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein