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Investigators call MGM fit to operate Springfield casino

The decision caps a 10-month investigation into the background of the only remaining contender for the sole Western Mass. license.

Dan and Meghan Keith, shown with their daughter, Paige, used an unconventional blind mailing technique to find their Topsfield home.

Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe

Buying a home that wasn’t for sale

To overcome a crowded housing market, Dan and Meghan Keith sent a mass mailing asking homeowners if they could buy their houses.

Consulting giant becomes a State House fixture

Deloitte Consulting, which is under scrutiny due to problems with software it built for two state agencies, is now a virtual arm of Mass. government.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has gained national attention with his outspoken views on gay marriage and abortion.

GRETCHEN ERTL FOR THE GLOBE

Combative R.I. bishop counters Pope Francis’s message

With his outspoken views on gay marriage and abortion, Bishop Thomas Tobin has emerged as a vocal contrast to the pope’s more inclusive tone.

Images taken from the Curiosity rover show a series of sedimentary deposits in an area of the Gale Crater.

New sign that Mars may have held life

Scientists Monday published the strongest evidence yet of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that could have been home for life as we know it.

Protesters faced off against riot police in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.

Joe Biden, EU leaders try to defuse Ukraine crisis

Ominous new action by Ukraine’s security forces appeared to scuttle an opening for talks between the government and demonstrators.

The Nation

Congress OK’s renewed ban of plastic guns

US Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut

By Alan Fram

Congress voted to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines.

House, Senate negotiators reach accord on defense bill

The deal was a loss for champions of a more sweeping response to sexual assault in the military, a group led by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

By Jonathan Weisman

The final agreement strengthens protections for military victims of sexual assault and keeps the prison facility at Guantánamo Bay open.

San Diego’s ex-mayor gets probation in sex harassment case

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, right, sat Monday with Earll Pott, a member of his defense team.

By Elliot Spagat

Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation.

The World

Joe Biden, EU leaders try to defuse Ukraine crisis

Protesters faced off against riot police in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.

By David M. Herszenhorn

Ominous new action by Ukraine’s security forces appeared to scuttle an opening for talks between the government and demonstrators.

Nations’ leaders flock to Nelson Mandela service

A boy atop his father’s shoulders held a candle outside the home of the late Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. His memorial service will be held in the FNB Stadium.

By Nicholas Kulish

South African authorities scrambled to deal with the complexities of hosting scores of visiting dignitaries at Tuesday’s memorial service.

Putin pulls plug on official news agency

Dmitry K. Kiselyov, head of the new state media organization Russia Today, has made starkly homophobic remarks.

By Steven Lee Myers

President Vladimir Putin dissolved one of Russia’s official news agencies, RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah stockman

The pseudo-citizen

Signed cards formed an American flag at a Campaign for Citizenship event in Brockton in February.

By Farah Stockman

Are permanent guest workers really a compromise worth seeking for the United States?

TOM KEANE

Walsh is right about Secure Communities

By Tom Keane

In the program, local police departments identify illegal immigrants, something Mayor-elect Martin Walsh views with skepticism.

PAUL MCMORROW

The comeback of Worcester’s downtown

Pedestrians made their way across Main Street in downtown Worcester on Oct. 11, 2013.

By Paul McMorrow

Worcester’s CitySquare project is a downtown makeover, but the city has been remaking its core in other, equally significant ways.

Metro

Combative R.I. bishop counters Pope Francis’s message

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has gained national attention with his outspoken views on gay marriage and abortion.

By Mike Stanton

With his outspoken views on gay marriage and abortion, Bishop Thomas Tobin has emerged as a vocal contrast to the pope’s more inclusive tone.

New sign that Mars may have held life

Images taken from the Curiosity rover show a series of sedimentary deposits in an area of the Gale Crater.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Scientists Monday published the strongest evidence yet of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that could have been home for life as we know it.

Investigators call MGM fit to operate Springfield casino

“I would view my own actions as inferior to the standards I hold myself to,” MGM chief executive Jim Murren told the gambling commission.

By Mark Arsenault

The decision caps a 10-month investigation into the background of the only remaining contender for the sole Western Mass. license.

More Stories

Times columnist to join BU faculty

By Marcella Bombardieri

Globe Santa

Girl, 3, who lost mother, is on Globe Santa’s list

By Christopher Tangney

Worker dies when 12,000-pound beam falls on him, officials say

By Derek J. Anderson and Nicholas Jacques

Business

Consulting giant becomes a State House fixture

By Beth Healy and Megan Woolhouse

Deloitte Consulting, which is under scrutiny due to problems with software it built for two state agencies, is now a virtual arm of Mass. government.

Buying a home that wasn’t for sale

Dan and Meghan Keith, shown with their daughter, Paige, used an unconventional blind mailing technique to find their Topsfield home.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

To overcome a crowded housing market, Dan and Meghan Keith sent a mass mailing asking homeowners if they could buy their houses.

MIT’s Robert Langer has another startup

Robert Langer’s newest startup, Gecko Biomedical, joins an impressive list of accomplishments by the MIT scientist, who has cofounded 26 companies, has 1,024 patents granted and pending, and 220-plus awards.

By Michael B. Farrell

The latest company cofounded by the prolific MIT scientist has raised $11 million to advance work on a new kind of surgical adhesive technology.

Obituaries

Denise Bacon, 93; pianist, influential music teacher

Ms. Bacon taught the Kodaly method at the Dana Hall School of Music, which she founded.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Bacon was a piano soloist with the Boston Pops at 22 and head of the music program at the Dana Hall private girls’ school in Wellesley.

Eleanor Parker, 91; actress nominated for three Oscars

Eleanor Parker played the baroness who lost Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews in the “Sound of Music.”

By Jessica Herndon

Ms. Parker was known for her portrayals of strong-willed women, and played a scheming baroness in ‘‘The Sound of Music.’’

Sports

Patriots move on after losing Rob Gronkowski

By Shalise Manza Young

The news that the tight end was done for the season because of a right knee injury was difficult for Patriots players to deal with a day later.

Dan Shaughnessy

Imagine how Patriots might win Super Bowl now

Tom Brady, Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick, left to right, now have to move on without Rob Gronkowski.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Another improbable comeback has led columnist Dan Shaughnessy to lay out some far-fetched ways New England might lift the Lombardi Trophy.

On football

Can’t count out Patriots, even without Rob Gronkowski

Tom Brady, who has had his own major knee injury, has a pat for Rob Gronkowski as he’s carted off the field Sunday.

By Ben Volin

The coaching staff has a difficult problem trying to figure out how to make up for his production, but it has been up to the task so far this season.

G: Living

Woodworker-author cuts to what’s important in life

Peter Korn (on a stool he made 30 years ago) founded the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, in 1993.

By Eugenia Williamson

Peter Korn’s new book, “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters,” is a memoir as well as a philosophical treatise on the creative process.

Frame by Frame

Essence and passion of Hercules myth laid bare

By Sebastian Smee

Florentine Antonio Pollaiuolo pioneered depictions of the human nude in poses of vigorous action, as evident in “Hercules and Deianira.”

Q&A

Magical days of lights, snow, and train sets

In “A Child’s Christmas in New England,” Robert Sullivan recounts visits to the Enchanted Village at Jordan Marsh.

By Joseph P. Kahn

In his memoir “A Child’s Christmas in New England,” Robert Sullivan writes about growing up in the Chelmsford-Lowell area during the 1950s and ’60s.

More Stories

Bookish | Matthew Gilbert

Fan fiction: a world of what-ifs

By Matthew Gilbert

ALBUM REVIEW | ROCK

Throwing Muses, ‘Purgatory/Paradise’

By James Reed

ALBUM REVIEW | COUNTRY

Zac Brown Band, ‘The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1’

By Sarah Rodman

ALBUM REVIEW | HIP-HOP

Childish Gambino, ‘Because the Internet’

By Franklin Soults

ALBUM REVIEW | R&B

R. Kelly, ‘Black Panties’

By Ken Capobianco

ALBUM REVIEW | Power Pop

Jellyfish, ‘Radio Jellyfish’

By Marc Hirsh

Book Review

‘My Mistake’ by Daniel Menaker

By Eugenia Williamson

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Names

Rod Stewart checks out model train in Peabody

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Twelfth Night’ on Boston Common in 2014

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Pixies hire Paz Lenchantin to play bass

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Fighter’ sisters do the ‘American Hustle’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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30 years for Jewish Community Centers

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Goodwin gets shout-out in Burgundy memoir

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Mozart in the Jungle’ TV film in the works

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein