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Amid furor, gambling panel OK’s revised Everett land deal

The commission found “no evidence whatsoever’’ that Wynn Resorts officials knew about a convicted felon’s alleged hidden interest in the property.

Brian Glenney and Sara Hendren have begun a campaign to change the design of wheelchair signs.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

Wheelchair icon revamped by guerrilla art project

What began as a statement by a Cambridge artist and a Gordon College assistant professor has become a global movement.

Brandeis faculty urges renewal of ties with Palestinian school

Participants at a controversial Al-Quds University rally flashed Nazi-style salutes and reenacted the Israeli military’s killing of an Islamic Jihad member.

Boston Police halt license scanning program

Police inadvertently released the license plate numbers of more than 68,000 vehicles that tripped alarms on automated license plate readers over a six-month period.

Brian and Alma Hart of Bedford scouted memorial locations in August. Their son, Private First Class John D. Hart, died when his unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2003.

Brian Hart

Iraq, Afghan veterans seek memorial for war without end

The push for a memorial raises complicated questions about the duration of the “global war on terror’’ and how Americans view the unpopular conflicts.

The Nation

Iraq, Afghan veterans seek memorial for war without end

Brian and Alma Hart of Bedford scouted memorial locations in August. Their son, Private First Class John D. Hart, died when his unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2003.

By Bryan Bender

The push for a memorial raises complicated questions about the duration of the “global war on terror’’ and how Americans view the unpopular conflicts.

Pressure over CIA contractor

An FBI poster from 2012 shows images of retired FBI  agent Robert Levinson, including one from his abductors and one showing what he might look like now.

By Lara Jakes

The family of Robert Levinson, who disappeared nearly seven years ago during an unofficial spy mission, urged the government “to step up and take care of one of its own.”

Student wounds 1, kills himself in Colo. school shooting

Students met their families in a parking lot across the street from Arapahoe High School, the site of the shooting.

By Dan Elliott and Ivan Moreno

The gunman went to his suburban Denver high school armed with a shotgun was looking for a teacher before shooting a classmate and then killing himself, authorities said.

The World

Iran withdraws from talks with six nations

By Nasser Karimi

The pullout was in protest of the expansion of US sanctions, saying it violates the spirit of a groundbreaking agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Mandela interpreter’s criminal record includes murder charge

Pallbearers carried Nelson Mandela’s casket out of the Pretoria’s Union Building Friday.

By John Eligon and Alan Cowell

The South African government said it was looking into media reports that the man hired to provide deaf interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service had once been accused of murder.

John Kerry says Mideast peace deal still possible by deadline

By William Booth and Anne Gearan

The goal remains a complete deal this spring that settles borders of an independent Palestinian state and resolves other long-standing issues, the US secretary of state said.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Partners’ snub is Roxbury’s loss

Partners HealthCare plams to relocate 4,500 employees to the new Assembly Row development in Somerville.

By Lawrence Harmon

Partners HealthCare System had an opportunity to help Roxbury but slammed the door with its decision to move to Somerville.

opinion | h.d.s. greenway

Will Hamid Karzai overplay his hand?

Afghan President Hamid Karzai inspected a guard of honor in Kabul in 2011.

By H.D.S. Greenway

The Americans had their own reasons to go to Afghanistan, and Karzai is betting that he has room to be difficult.

opinion | jennifer graham

Trashing stuffed animals

By Jennifer Graham

Every child needs a stuffed animal to love, but unlike a good toy truck, or a wooden rocking horse, most stuffed animals have no future.

Metro

Amid furor, gambling panel OK’s revised Everett land deal

The site of the proposed Everett casino.

By Mark Arsenault

The commission found “no evidence whatsoever’’ that Wynn Resorts officials knew about a convicted felon’s alleged hidden interest in the property.

Boston Police halt license scanning program

By Shawn Musgrave

Police inadvertently released the license plate numbers of more than 68,000 vehicles that tripped alarms on automated license plate readers over a six-month period.

Brandeis faculty urges renewal of ties with Palestinian school

By Brian MacQuarrie

Participants at a controversial Al-Quds University rally flashed Nazi-style salutes and reenacted the Israeli military’s killing of an Islamic Jihad member.

Business

Genzyme drug wins approval in Canada

Genzyme's Kendall Square location.

By Robert Weisman

The Cambridge biotech’s experimental multiple sclerosis medicine is awaiting an upcoming US regulatory decision.

Partners deal faces state panel review

The deal calls for Partners HealthCare System to acquire Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (above) and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.

By Robert Weisman

The state’s new watchdog agency for health costs said that it will investigate the impact of Partners HealthCare System’s plan to acquire two north suburban hospitals.

Harvard resumes Allston development project

An architectural rendering of the Western Avenue complex.

By Casey Ross

The $150 million project at Barry’s Corner seeks to transform low-rise buildings and parking lots into a bustling development with modern glass and stone buildings.

Obituaries

Delbert Tibbs, 74; innocent man freed from Fla. death row

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Tibbs was convicted in 1974 of a Florida rape and a murder he had nothing to do with, and he spent nearly three years in prison before a court reversed his convictions.

Fred Waters, 86; photographer covered battles here, abroad

Mr. Waters joined the Associated Press in 1952.

Mr. Waters’s beat ranged from the Korean and Vietnam wars to construction of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Paul Aussaresses, French general who tortured Algerians; at 95

General Paul Aussaresses wrote a book about torture and atrocities in Algeria.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Aussaresses stunned France in 2000 when he said that he tortured and executed dozens during his country’s brutal colonial war in Algeria.

Sports

Celtics 90, Knicks 86

Late Celtic run sinks Knicks

Jared Sullinger, who had 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, was head and shoulders above the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire.

By Baxter Holmes

Earlier this week, the Celtics plunged a long blade deep into the heart of the Knicks. On Friday, Boston grabbed the handle and twisted it a little, just for fun.

On BASEBALL

New Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury has turned the page

Jacoby Ellsbury was all smiles with manager Joe Girardi.

By Nick Cafardo

Ellsbury spoke about the good memories in Boston, but he also said he looked forward to “the next chapter” of his career.

David Ortiz says agent talking to Red Sox about extension

David Ortiz held the World Series trophy aloft during the rally in November.

By Peter Abraham

The DH hopes to negotiate a one-year contract extension that would take him though the 2015 season and perhaps retirement.

G: Family

Parents face anxieties over holiday gifts for teachers

Nine-year-old Neely Harrington showed the item she made for her teacher.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Even for the craftiest parent, finding the perfect — or at least an appropriate — holiday gift for a child’s teachers can be a source of frustration.

What teachers really want

Across the board, the teachers we spoke with loved a simple (and inexpensive) note of thanks, handwritten and decorated by your child.

From the Archives

Documenting South Africa

By Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Globe staff photographer Joanne Rathe was sent to South Africa in 1986 and again in 1990. “It was an assignment of a lifetime,’’ Rathe said this week, as the world mourned Nelson Mandela.