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$1m proposed for some victims of Boston bombings

Families of people who died in the Boston Marathon blasts and those who lost more than one limb could get “well over $1 million.”

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The surviving suspect told investigators he and his brother initially planned to detonate explosives during the July Fourth celebration, officials said.

Lise Iwon (right) and Julie Smith celebrated after the gay marriage bill won final approval.

Same-sex marriage approved in Rhode Island

The passage of the measure means gay marriage is now the law of the land throughout all of New England.

Sergeant Paolo Ficara greeted his daughter as some130 members of the 972d Military Police Company of the Massachusetts National Guard arrived at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading on Thursday.

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Sergeant Paolo Ficara greeted his daughter as some 130 members of the 972d Military Police Company of the Massachusetts National Guard arrived at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading on Thursday.

Specialist Tatiana Gomez received a warm welcome. The unit had been on a protection mission in Qatar, the third overseas deployment for the soldiers in a little more than a decade.

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Specialist Tatiana Gomez received a warm welcome. The unit had been on a protection mission in Qatar, the third overseas deployment for the soldiers in a little more than a decade.

Friends and family members cheered their arrival.

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Friends and family members cheered their arrival.

Beth VanEmburgh of Acton embraced her boyfriend, Staff Sergeant Paul Beach, upon his return.

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Beth VanEmburgh of Acton embraced her boyfriend, Staff Sergeant Paul Beach, upon his return.

Specialist Eric Moreau of Methuen was given a hearty welcome.

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Specialist Eric Moreau of Methuen was given a hearty welcome.

Judge rules Bulger cannot use immunity defense at trial

James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense cannot ask jurors to consider his contention that he had immunity for all of his crimes, including murder.

Aveo employees at work. The stock has lost over 81 percent of its value since last summer.

Regulatory, financial blows for cancer drug maker Aveo

A panel recommended the FDA reject a kidney cancer drug, cutting the Cambridge company’s stock price nearly in half.

The Nation

Rate of suicide jumps among baby boomers

By Tara Parker-Pope

More people now die of suicide than in car accidents, according to the CDC, and the surge in suicide rates among middle-aged Americans is surprising.

Final spire pieces raised at World Trade Center

Construction workers watched as the last pieces of a spire were raised to a platform atop the World Trade Center.

By Meghan Barr

Adorned with an American flag, the last pieces of a silver spire were hoisted to the top of the building as construction workers cheered .

Parents report more food, skin allergies in children

By Mike Stobbe

The government survey suggests that about 1 in 20 US children have food allergies and 1 in 8 have eczema and other skin allergies.

The World

US reconsiders ban on arming Syrian rebels

Residents of Raqqa Province in Syria inspected damage reportedly caused by shelling by forces loyal to President Assad.

By Thom Shanker

President Obama said his administration is proceeding cautiously as it looks at options, to ensure that what it does is helpful to the situation.

Retirement home complete, Benedict returns to Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI (left) received a warm welcome from Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday.

By Nicole Winfield

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Catholic Church.

British TV star admits abuse charges

Stuart Hall was charged in an investigation into allegations that go back as long as 50 years.

By Sarah Lyall

An elderly British television and radio personality pleaded guilty to 14 counts of sexually abusing girls age 9 to 17.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Gomez, forge your own path

By Scot Lehigh

To be or not to be Scott Brown, that is the question. And the answer should be clear. ’Tis best not to be him.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

The violence pitch

By Joan Wickersham

Apparently, we’ve gone beyond the action-movie truism of “mayhem sells” to the truly shocking belief that mayhem is an effective strategy for selling anything and everything.

Opinion | Simon Waxman

Obama’s power grab threatens FDA

By Simon Waxman

Congress intended that the FDA, not the White House, would determine which drugs are safe and effective and which may be sold without a prescription.

Metro

Family tells of agony of losing BU student

The owner of the burned home in Allston was cited by the city on Tuesday for running an illegal rooming house.

By Evan Allen

Authorities blamed careless disposal of smoking materials for the fire that took the life of Boston University senior Binland Lee.

Kevin Cullen

Heroes on our shores

“The problem in this city is anything that happens, they say, ‘It’s Muslims.’ I am a Muslim,” said Tarek Ahmed, who called 911 for a man fleeing the Marathon bombing suspects. “They could have killed me. After everything finished, no one protected me.”

A fine legacy to the attack on us by immigrants who spurned our generosity would be to make life better for the vast majority of immigrants who love the US.

Copley Square a place to mourn, heal after bombings

Brianna Flynn (left) stopped to reflect at the ever-expanding Marthon memorial at Copley Square.

By Evan Allen

The memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon attack has grown steadily and shows no signs of fading.

Business

Seaport Square project taking shape

An architect’s rendering shows the zoning footprint approved for buildings in the Seaport Square project.

By Casey Ross

A deal is emerging to build two 22-story towers in the long-planned complex on the South Boston Waterfront.

Cambridge robot maker aims to inspire kids

With 12-year-old Karina Heinold of Westford looking on, Joe Schlesinger enters a program for Sparki the robot. ArcBotics of Cambridge is using Kickstarter to raise money to fund production of the device.

By Michael B. Farrell

A tiny Cambridge start-up called ArcBotics has turned to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to finance their mechanical companion for kids.

Beth Israel Deaconess, Cambridge Health to partner

By Chelsea Conaboy

The partnership gives the Cambridge system more bargaining power with insurers while remaining financially independent.

Obituaries

Emil Frei; his research at Dana-Farber saved countless lives

Dr. Frei helped Edward Kennedy Jr. survive osteosarcoma.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Frei, 89, was physician-in-chief and director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which he led during a time of steady expansion.

Orville Slutzky; blazed trail for generation of ski resorts

‘The ski industry is about advertising, promotion, and constantly saying, ‘We’re the best,’ ” Orville Slutzky told Ski magazine. Mr. Slutzky and his brother grew up in the area.

By Paul Vitello

With his brother, Mr. Slutzky, 96, founded the Hunter Mountain ski resort in Upstate New York.

George Horse Capture, Native American activist, scholar; occupied Alcatraz; 75

Mr. Horse Capture was in the Gros Ventre tribe, or White Clay People. He taught at Montana State University.

Mr. Horse Capture was an author, archivist, and curator at the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Sports

Game 6 | Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m.

Sparks fly now in Celtics-Knicks series

Celtics center Kevin Garnett pounded his chest in the first half of Game 5 against the Knicks.

By Baxter Holmes

Bad blood is starting to run between the teams as the Celtics seek to become the first NBA team ever to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1

Red Sox beat up Blue Jays again

Will Middlebrooks earned kudos after scoring one of the Red Sox’ three runs.

By Peter Abraham

At 20-8, the Sox have the best record in baseball after taking another series from the preseason favorite Blue Jays.

On Baseball

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz accused of cheating

It looks suspicious when Clay Buchholz pours water over his head and touches his dripping hair before pitches. But is it?

By Nick Cafardo

Buchholz says he’s done nothing wrong. To some, it looks suspicious when he pours water over his head and touches his dripping hair before pitches.

G: Arts & Movies

The Breeders: Cover girls

Clockwise from left: Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Kim Deal, Jim Macpherson.

By  Michael Andor Brodeur

Perhaps nowhere is the Breeders’ singularly stilted sound more clearly distilled than in the multitude of cover version that dot their discography. Here are some favorites.

The Breeders dive back into ‘Last Splash’

Clockwise from top: Kim Deal, Jim MacPherson, Josephine Wiggs, Kelley Deal.

By James Reed

The Breeders are reuniting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough sophomore album, “Last Splash.”

Art Review

Artists in Foster offer different approaches

Katarina Burin’s work in the Foster Prize exhibit takes the form of a fake museum exhibit devoted to a fictitious architect.

By Sebastian Smee

Four artists have been selected as finalists in this year’s James and Audrey Foster Prize, which aims to promote Boston artists.

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Scene & Heard

Gozu lightens up the heavy

By Scott McLennan

Noisy Neighbors

Tallahassee, ‘Old Ways’

By Scott McLennan

Television Review

On ‘Maron,’ oversharing done right

By Matthew Gilbert

High Five

Colin Stetson on five saxophonists

By James Reed

Book REview

‘End of the Good Life’ by Riva Froymovich

By Robert Gavin

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Biggest names in Boston music to join The One Fund benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Nathaniel Philbrick talks ‘Bunker Hill’ book and movie

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘At Fenway’ singer Brian Evans now working on Red Sox book

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Top Chef Master’ Susur Lee at Empire

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

MUSIC REVIEW

Haitink closes BSO season with Brahms, Schubert

By Jeremy Eichler

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Crittenton Women’s Union hosts benefit at ICA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ellen DeGeneres can’t find ‘pahking’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein