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3 heart cases, deaths tied to Lyme disease

The federal study also suggests death from the deer tick-borne bacteria is more common than previously thought.

Caesars files suit against state gambling chief

Caesars Entertainment is accusing Stephen Crosby of manipulating a state investigation that ended its bid for the prized Eastern Massachusetts license.

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh responded to questions during a gathering of executives in Boston on Thursday.

Walsh eases talk of a BRA overhaul

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh is backpedaling from a prominent campaign promise, saying that he is in no hurry to restructure the powerful city agency.

On Wednesday, Katherine Rich and Ethan Mack received a skullcap from Pope Francis after they gave him one.

BC students trade skullcaps with Pope Francis

Two Boston College juniors walked away from the Vatican with a treasured memento after they interacted with the pontiff.

Steinert Hall, a state-of-the-art theater when it was constructed a century ago deep beneath Boylston Street, once attracted some of the world’s finest classical musicians.

Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

Steinert Hall, out of use and far from sight

For decades before closing its doors to the public 70 years ago, the subterranean theater was a crown jewel in Boston’s performing-arts firmament.

In the airline’s first month of Worcester service, JetBlue canceled 15 flights and diverted five planes to Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Cancellations due to fog plague Worcester airport

Despite millions spent on improvements, the fog remains the same, keeping a lot of planes on the ground.

The Nation

North Korean leader’s uncle put to death

Jang Song Thaek was tried before a North Korean military tribunal before his execution, reports say.

By Chico Harlan

North Korea announced that it had executed Jang Song Thaek, calling him a ‘‘traitor for all ages’’ who opposed Kim Jong Un’s rule and plotted his overthrow.

House overwhelmingly passes budget plan

By Jonathan Weisman and Jeremy W. Peters

The House sent a bipartisan budget deal to the Senate in a 332-to-94 vote but left unfinished a major piece of domestic policy — the farm bill.

US widens sanctions on Iranian companies

By David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon

Under pressure from Congress, the Obama administration announced an expanded list of Iranian companies and individuals that it said it would target.

The World

Interpreter at Nelson Mandela event says he was hallucinating

“I see angels come to the stadium . . . I start realizing that the problem is here,”  said Thamsanqa Jantjie.

By Alan Clendenning and Juergen Baetz

The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders at a memorial service said he saw angels entering the stadium.

Ukraine protesters wary of pledge to sign EU pact

By Will Englund

Demonstrators spent the day bolstering the five formidable snow and ice barricades that protect their long-running encampment.

John Kerry returns to Mideast to prod parties on peace talks

By Matthew Lee

The US secretary of state continued a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Indulging in America’s gun fantasies

By Joan Wickersham

When so many people are baffled by America’s gun culture, maybe we can learn something by looking at gun periodicals.

opinion | Mike Ross

Forget the brand: Sell Boston

What happens in Boston, not Vegas: tour guides dressed as British redcoats.

By Mike Ross

Taglines and smart monikers don’t matter; what does matter is the money and effort put behind the campaign.

opinion | Roland Merullo

A casino? Revere can handle it

By Roland Merullo

My feeling is the city won’t suddenly become a den of iniquity simply because a casino moves in on its southern edge.

Metro

Steinert Hall, out of use and far from sight

Steinert Hall, a state-of-the-art theater when it was constructed a century ago deep beneath Boylston Street, once attracted some of the world’s finest classical musicians.

By Joseph P. Kahn

For decades before closing its doors to the public 70 years ago, the subterranean theater was a crown jewel in Boston’s performing-arts firmament.

Caesars files suit against state gambling chief

Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachustts gambling commission.

By Mark Arsenault

Caesars Entertainment is accusing Stephen Crosby of manipulating a state investigation that ended its bid for the prized Eastern Massachusetts license.

3 heart cases, deaths tied to Lyme disease

A tick collected on field trip led by University of Rhode Island professor Thomas Mather, a tick-borne disease expert.

By Beth Daley

The federal study also suggests death from the deer tick-borne bacteria is more common than previously thought.

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BC students trade skullcaps with Pope Francis

By Wesley Lowery and Jeremy C. Fox

Kevin Cullen

The infallible Tom Tobin

By Kevin Cullen

US Marine from Fairhaven killed in Afghanistan

By Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement

BOSTON

Roxbury man acquitted in 2010 slaying

By Nicholas Jacques

Business

Cancellations due to fog plague Worcester airport

In the airline’s first month of Worcester service, JetBlue canceled 15 flights and diverted five planes to Boston’s Logan International Airport.

By Katie Johnston

Despite millions spent on improvements, the fog remains the same, keeping a lot of planes on the ground.

Walsh eases talk of a BRA overhaul

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh responded to questions during a gathering of executives in Boston on Thursday.

By Casey Ross and Taryn Luna

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh is backpedaling from a prominent campaign promise, saying that he is in no hurry to restructure the powerful city agency.

State to fix glitches in spending site

By Beth Healy

The state’s Open Checkbook system offers incomplete information on public contracts and doesn’t work at all if used with the wrong Internet browser.

Obituaries

Marvin Rabin, 97; conductor founded youth orchestras

Marvin Rabin conducted the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on the White House lawn in April 1962.

Mr. Rabin helped cement Boston’s reputation as a center of orchestral music for youths and worked to make music more accessible to children.

Jim Hall, 83; guitarist who touched 50 years of jazz

Jim Hall performed in 2007 at the Monterey Jazz Festival in California. His technique and sound influenced many.

By Peter Keepnews

Mr. Hall was admired by critics, aficionados, and his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing.

Edouard Molinaro, 85; director of ‘La Cage aux Folles’

Edouard Molinaro attended the 35th US Film Festival in Deauville, France, in 2009.

By Emma G. Fitzsimmons

Mr. Molinaro was a successful screenwriter and director but he is best known for “Cage,” which at the time was the highest-grossing foreign-language film ever in the US.

Sports

Bruins 4, Oilers 2

Bruins hold off Oilers

Dennis Seidenberg celebrated after scoring the first goal of the night.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins needed all of Chad Johnson’s 39 saves to win, only gaining breathing room with Jarome Iginla’s empty-netter with 44 seconds left.

christopher l. gasper

Red Sox doing too little this offseason

Ben Cherington, left, and John Farrell have not made many splashes in the free agent market.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Here’s hoping the 2013 champions don’t think they have it all figured out by avoiding long-term contracts and signing middle-class free agents.

Aqib Talib lacking confidence? Never

Patriot Aqib Talib has been a shut-down corner: this terrific pass break-up against the Falcons’ Roddy White saved the game in the final seconds.

By Michael Whitmer

Cocky or not, one thing is clear: Talib, who signed a one-year contract, loves the competitive arena of the NFL.

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

‘Hobbit’ saga takes shape with sequel

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

By Ty Burr

With “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the heroes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga find their footing, and so does Peter Jackson’s epic telling of their tale.

Art Review

Hicks sculpts animals in the great British tradition

Nicola Hicks’s “Who was I kidding?” is part of an exhibition of her work  at the Yale Center for British Art.

By Sebastian Smee

Nicola Hicks’s work, at the Yale Center for British Art, looks at the overlapping lives of animals and humans.

Classical notes

40 years on, Tallis Scholars still seek out new discoveries

Founder and director Peter Phillips with the Tallis Scholars last August in London.

By David Weininger

The ensemble has created and epitomized a style of Renaissance singing that has now become the norm.

More Stories

Book Review

‘Gold’ by Matthew Hart

By Eugenia Williamson

MOVIE REVIEW

‘Mars’ adventure spans familiar terrain

By Peter Keough

Television REview

It’s not the same old song on ‘Psych’

By Christopher Muther

Noisy Neighbors

Esoteric and Stu Bangas, ‘Machete Mode’

By Martín Caballero

Night Watch

A Very Fuzzy Xmas

By Vanessa Fernandes

album Review

42-disc set of Vladimir Horowitz recordings

By Seth Herbst

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

It’s business as usual at annual BSO fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Celtics get their Gucci on for fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Documentary ‘Mitt’ to air on Netflix

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Gardner painting ‘Europa’ to be featured on European banknote?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

At 22, Berklee student is TED senior fellow

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Whitey’ to screen at the Coolidge

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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