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T chief backs new commuter rail operator, sources say

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott personally took part in negotiations with Keolis executives in Boston earlier this week, one person said.

Saira Austin shoveled at her Gloucester home, digging out Friday from a big storm that hit the coast hard.

After storm, bitter chill is now a major concern

Governor Deval Patrick called the storm a “mixed blessing,” noting dangerously frigid temperatures expected to last into Saturday morning.

Governor Deval Patrick (center) sports a fleece vest during snowstorms. In the Blizzard of 1978, Governor Michael Dukakis’s sweater drew much attention. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s style was called “comfy confident.”

Politicians and snow wear: rugged, not rumpled

Who cares what a politician wears to tell us that half the state has lost power, Boston is under a parking ban, and coastal flooding is feared? We do, apparently.

A composite photo of  Joe Wheelwright’s proposed sculpture.

Sculptor wants to carve a new man in the mountain

Joe Wheelwright has always worked big, but the 65-year-old Dorchester artist’s latest plan is his most ambitious yet.

Slain Danvers teacher’s family slams ruling on juveniles

The family of Colleen Ritzer said they feel “a deep sense of betrayal and anguish” after a court decision struck down life sentences for juveniles.

As mayor, Thomas M. Menino has had a profound impact on downtown construction.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/file

Menino leaves behind legacy of development

As mayor, Thomas M. Menino played a central role in rebuilding a city that is now among the world’s top markets for real estate investment.

The Nation

Obama urges court to reject nuns’ health law challenge

By Robert Pear

The lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters, an order of Catholic nuns, is one of many challenging the contraceptive coverage requirement.

Marines delay fitness policy for women

The delay rekindled debate on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs as the services move to open combat jobs to them.

By Pauline Jelinek

More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was to take effect with the new year.

Florida set to surpass New York in population

By Mike Schneider

Florida will soon become the nation’s third-most populous state, and sun-seeking seniors are not driving the growth.

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Babies are new quirk for health care site

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

US spy court renews NSA program

By Stephen Braun and Kimberly Dozier

Supreme Court gets Utah marriage law

By Brady McCombs and Paul Foy

The World

Clashes shatter brief calm in Iraqi province

Gunmen walked in the streets of Fallujah on Friday. By nightfall, signs suggested militants, who blew up power stations in two cities, still had the advantage in the region.

By Yasir Ghazi and Tim Arango

Militants appeared at the close of Friday prayer and seized the stage, waving the Al Qaeda flag and daring authorities to evict them.

US embassy staffing in South Sudan is reduced further

By Sudarsan Raghavan

The State Department also urged all US citizens to leave the country, even as factions began talks in Ethiopia.

Pope warns about fallout from poorly trained priests

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis also warned against accepting men for the priesthood who may have been implicated in sexual abuse or other problems.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Define tutors as what they are: volunteers

The Match Charter Public High School on Commonwealth Avenue is one of Match’s three campuses.

By Lawrence Harmon

By “professionalizing” its tutors, Match is playing into the hands of wider efforts to undermine volunteer tutor programs in district schools.

opinion | Elissa Ely

Same illness, different name

By Elissa Ely

It’s as if words alone could magically lead to improvement — though, of course, they cannot.

editorial

Union’s secretive ad brings Citizens United to Boston

A group that nobody had ever heard of showed up at end of the mayoral campaign and dropped $480,000 on a TV ad for the candidate who eventually won.

Metro

Sculptor wants to carve a new man in the mountain

A composite photo of  Joe Wheelwright’s proposed sculpture.

By Geoff Edgers

Joe Wheelwright has always worked big, but the 65-year-old Dorchester artist’s latest plan is his most ambitious yet.

Slain Danvers teacher’s family slams ruling on juveniles

By Milton J. Valencia

The family of Colleen Ritzer said they feel “a deep sense of betrayal and anguish” after a court decision struck down life sentences for juveniles.

After storm, bitter chill is now a major concern

Saira Austin shoveled at her Gloucester home, digging out Friday from a big storm that hit the coast hard.

By Brian MacQuarrie

Governor Deval Patrick called the storm a “mixed blessing,” noting dangerously frigid temperatures expected to last into Saturday morning.

Business

Menino leaves behind legacy of development

As mayor, Thomas M. Menino has had a profound impact on downtown construction.

By Casey Ross

As mayor, Thomas M. Menino played a central role in rebuilding a city that is now among the world’s top markets for real estate investment.

AT&T offers $450 for T-Mobile users to switch

T-Mobile CEO John Legere, known for his tough talk, derided AT&T’s plan. “Customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for,” he said.

By Hiawatha Bray

The move is viewed by analysts as a preemptive strike against T-Mobile, which may be planning a similar deal.

Logan bounces back after snowstorm delays

A Logan Airport official said runways were back to bare pavement by Friday afternoon.

By Erin Ailworth

The Boston airport is expected to operate normally by Saturday, even as it handles an influx of previously stranded travelers.

Obituaries

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Don and Phil Everly performed in July 1964. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.

Mr. Everly, with his brother Don, helped draw the blueprint of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Don Moser, Smithsonian magazine editor; at 81

Don Moser edited Smithsonian from 1981 to 2001. He ordered stories about eclipses, old watches, and painting.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Moser, the magazine’s editor for 20 years, made it a canvas for colorful storytelling in both pictures and words.

Carter Camp, 72; American Indian activist

Mr. Camp spoke in 2006 to a group of American Indians and others protesting a proposed biker bar near Bear Butte (in background), near Sturgis, S.D.

By Kristi Eaton

Mr. Camp was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota.

Sports

Pelicans 95, Celtics 92

Celtics’ shooting turns frigid late

Jared Sullinger reached high as he tried to knock the ball free from Jrue Holiday’s grip in the first quarter.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics wasted a chance to rally with poor execution down the stretch in their 95-92 loss at TD Garden.

Patriots’ Nate Ebner making the most of his limited chances

Second-year player Nate Ebner has become a key special teamer.

By Michael Whitmer

Ebner’s two fumble recoveries have led to an improbable overtime win and a blooper-reel play that will live in Internet GIF infamy.

patriots notebook

Logan Mankins, Aqib Talib, Devin McCourty on All-Pro 2d team

Aqib Talib (left) was named to his first All-Pro team; Logan Mankins (right) made his fifth.

By Shalise Manza Young

It was the fifth selection for Mankins, second for McCourty, and first for Talib.

G: Family

High school students stand and deliver

Alex Donovan  and Emma Foley (front) are among students practicing in the  hallway before the competitions.

By James Sullivan

On a cold Saturday morning, high school students rolled out of bed and went to debate at the Holly Speech Festival, “the best thing you don’t know about.”

From the Archives

New England auctions

By Thea Breite

There’s nothing like the melodious song of a live auctioneer’s chant.

Barbara Meltz

Good parenting books for 2014

By Barbara Meltz

A few book suggestions from Barbara Meltz, the Boston.com parenting columnist.