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Nelson Mandela, a lasting force for freedom, dies

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

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“If this man wasn’t there,” said Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace laureate and retired Anglican archbishop, “the whole country would have gone up in flames.”

Want to see doctor at your home? There’s an app for that

Since October, American Well has been offering its virtual visits directly to consumers over their computer, smartphone or tablet, typically charging $49.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the commission would “advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse.”

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Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley unveils Vatican effort to prevent abuse

O’Malley said the commission would “advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse.”

The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places in the body where it’s hard to find, said the lead scientist, Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

HIV virus returns after cure hope rose

Boston researchers are reporting the return of the HIV virus in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants.

Partners said it expects to occupy up to 700,000 square feet at Assembly Row.

Menino irate over Partners move to Assembly Row

Mayor Menino expressed his displeasure with Partners, which he said had been considering a site in Roxbury.

The Nation

Bratton to lead NYC police for second time

New York City’s mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio (right), named Bill Bratton his choice for police commissioner on Thursday.

By J. David Goodman

William Bratton, who briefly served as police commissioner in Boston in the 1990s, said he wants “every New Yorker to talk about ‘their police,’ ‘my police.’ ”

A look at William Bratton

Here’s more information about William J. Bratton, who was named by New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio as his choice for police commissioner.

Congress appears near modest accord on budget

By Jonathan Weisman

Negotiators closed in on a budget deal Thursday that, while modest in scope, could break the cycle of fiscal crises and brinkmanship.

The World

Yemeni militants kill 52 in strike in capital

Smoke rose from Yemen’s Defense Ministry after a car bombing rocked the Sana complex.

By Ahmed Al-Haj and Hamza Hendawi

The brazen, Al Qaeda-style attack follows a rise in US drone strikes in this key American ally in the Middle East.

Central African Republic assaulted

The bodies of 48 of the victims in Thursday’s clashes were were laid out at a mosque in a northern suburb of Bangui.

By Krista Larson

Armed Christian fighters who support the country’s exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn Thursday, leaving nearly 100 people dead.

Biden criticizes China for media crackdown

By David Nakamura

Vice President Joe Biden forcefully complained to Chinese leaders about threats to expel US journalists, officials said.

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John Kerry offers security plan to Israel

By Michael R. Gordon and Isabel Kershner

US teacher killed by gunmen in Libya

By Suliman Ali Zway and Kareem Fahim

Editorial & Opinion

CARLO ROTELLA

The screen zombies

By Carlo Rotella

We’re living in the future that classic science fiction imagined, particularly how technology has dominated our lives.

SCOT LEHIGH

Economics 101 for the Republicans

By Scot Lehigh

The acid test of economic doctrine isn’t its theoretical appeal but rather how well it works in the real world.

opinion | PAUL MCMORROW

A game-changer for Somerville

Dawnielle Peck prepared doughnuts at Union Square Donuts in Somerville.

By Paul McMorrow

As it prepares to overhaul its Union Square neighborhood, Somerville is demonstrating what modern city-building looks like.

Metro

HIV virus returns after cure hope rose

The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places in the body where it’s hard to find, said the lead scientist, Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

By Kay Lazar

Boston researchers are reporting the return of the HIV virus in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley unveils Vatican effort to prevent abuse

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the commission would “advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse.”

By Lisa Wangsness

O’Malley said the commission would “advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse.”

Want to see doctor at your home? There’s an app for that

By Liz Kowalczyk

Since October, American Well has been offering its virtual visits directly to consumers over their computer, smartphone or tablet, typically charging $49.

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Conservatives may pull support from Baker’s campaign

By Frank Phillips and Jim O’Sullivan

Kevin Cullen

Broadway Bill Bratton is back on the beat

By Kevin Cullen

Judge dismisses kidnapping charges against Lynn man

By Maria Sacchetti and John R. Ellement

Mass. recalls Mandela, 1990 visit to Boston

By Jeremy C. Fox, Nicholas Jacques and Melissa Hanson

Television Review

NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ falls flat

By Don Aucoin

Music Review

At Orpheum, psychedelia lives on with MGMT

By Marc Hirsh

Business

Menino irate over Partners move to Assembly Row

Partners said it expects to occupy up to 700,000 square feet at Assembly Row.

By Robert Weisman

Mayor Menino expressed his displeasure with Partners, which he said had been considering a site in Roxbury.

Officials give green light to Boston’s first parking-free condo development

By Casey Ross

The 175-unit condominium building is slated to rise near TD Garden and North Station.

Latest in farm fresh products: We deliver

Julie Aitcheson, who drove from Vermont for Farmers to You, prepared a customer’s order to be picked up in Lexington recently.

By Sarah Shemkus

Farmers to You is one of several area companies expanding the local food movement.

Obituaries

André Schiffrin, 78; edited prestigious Pantheon Books

Mr. Schiffrin promoted works by Sartre, Chomsky, Günter Grass, Studs Terkel, and Simone de Beauvoir.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Schiffrin was a publishing force for 50 years whose passion for editorial independence produced shelves of serious books.

Michael Kammen, 77; Pulitzer-winning historian

Michael Kammen received a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his book “People of Paradox,” a study of American culture.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Kammen’s many books explored the Constitution, the concept of American identity, and sweeping views of cultural and social history.

Peter Graf, 75; tempestuous coach of tennis star daughter

Steffi Graf with her father in 1989 during the US Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. She defeated Martina Navratilova.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Graf acquired the nickname Papa Merciless for his stern control of almost every aspect of tennis legend Steffi Graf’s life.

Sports

Canadiens 2, Bruins 1

Bruins lose in Montreal after Johnny Boychuk injured

P.K. Subban and the Canadiens muscled past Loui Eriksson and the Bruins on Thursday.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Boychuk was taken to the hospital after a first-period hit, and the Bruins were unable to keep the Canadiens from overtaking them in the second.

Christopher L. Gasper

Where are the Tom Brady doubters now?

In his last five games, Tom Brady has averaged 311.8 passing yards and thrown 11 touchdowns with three interceptions.

By Christopher L. Gasper

While the Patriots offense struggled earlier this season, naysayers suggested Brady was in decline. But now he has the team position for another playoff run.

Red Sox add Edward Mujica for bullpen depth

Edward Mujica.

By Peter Abraham

Mujica, who saved 37 games for the Cardinals last season and made the All-Star team, figured to be a setup man to Koji Uehara.

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patriots notebook

Judge gives Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard more jail time

By Michael Whitmer

Jaguars 27, Texans 20

Surging Jacksonville beats lowly Houston

By Mark Long

THE BETTOR’S EDGE

For home teams, ’tis the season to give

By Ed Ryan

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Going for some payoffs in the playoffs

By Ed Ryan

Division 1: Central Catholic vs. Xaverian, 3:30 p.m.

Chinese student at Central Catholic tackles new game

By Anthony Gulizia

Division 4: Dennis-Yarmouth vs. Doherty, 11 a.m.

Doherty senior looks forward to playing at Boston College

By Andrew MacDougall

Division 6: Cohasset vs. Littleton, 9 A.m.

Sledgehammer is a tool of honor at Littleton

By Lorenzo Recupero

Division 5: Bishop Fenwick vs. Northbridge, 8 p.m.

Injured Bishop Fenwick player provides moral support

By Greg Joyce

Division 2: St. John’s (S) vs. Mansfield, 1:30 p.m.

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) has proven leader steering its ship

By Eric Russo

Division 3: Plymouth So. vs. Tewksbury, 6 p.m.

At Plymouth South, Harty family is all lined up

By Stephen Sellner

Bruins Notebook

Claude Julien not blaming Max Pacioretty

By Fluto Shinzawa

college hockey

Notes: Quinnipiac proves 2012-13 wasn’t a fluke

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Soccer

2014 World Cup draw set for Friday

By John Powers

G: Arts & Movies

MOVIE REVIEW

Gondry’s ‘Is The Man’ focuses on how, without asking why

By Ty Burr

“Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” consists of director Michel Gondry’s conversation with Noam Chomsky, the legendary linguist, political progressive, and public intellectual.

MOVIE REVIEW

Filmmaker, philosopher find common ground

Linguist, philosopher, and MIT professor Noam Chomsky.

By Noah Guiney

Director Michel Gondry’s whimsical filmmaking style draws from MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s academic gravitas to create “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?”

Stage REview

‘Becky’s New Car’ is a joy ride

From left: Will McGarrahan, Celeste Oliva, and Mike Dorval in Steven Dietz’s “Becky’s New Car.”

By Jeffrey Gantz

The set director Larry Coen and set designer Shelley Barish have devised for the rollicking 2008 comedy from Steven Dietz isn’t exactly simple, but it’s a hoot.

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Classical Notes

Marc-André Hamelin keeps the faith

By David Weininger

Television Review

‘Bonnie & Clyde’ strike again

By Sarah Rodman

Book Review

‘Autobiography’ by Morrissey

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Noisy Neighbors

Vikesh Kapoor, ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’

By James Reed

High Five

Collobrating with Max Bemis

By Steph Hiltz

Night Watch

ICA First Fridays Snow Ball

By Vanessa Fernandes

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Names

Kerry Washington appears (on screen) at conference

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Joey McIntyre lights it up on Boston Common

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston Conservatory dance student will compete for cash

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Christmas in the City auctions off celebrity-trimmed trees

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

HBO inks deal for Salem witch trials drama

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein