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Mayor Walsh picks William Evans to lead Boston police

The acting police commissioner, who made his mark at the Marathon attacks, will be named to the permanent post Thursday.

State Highway Division administrator Frank DePaola said work on the Callahan Tunnel is on schedule.

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Moving ahead in the shut-down Callahan Tunnel

State Highway Division administrator Frank DePaola, during a tour of the construction site, said work on the Callahan is on schedule.

Proposed commuter rail contract to cost $325 million per year

State officials, preparing to announce their choice to operate the commuter rail system, revealed on Tuesday the price tag for the contract: $2.68 billion over eight years, with the possibility for two two-year extensions that could bring the total price to $4.3 billion.That would make the base deal, the largest operating contract in state history, about $335 million per year, higher than the $214 million a year initially paid to the current operator, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., when it was first awarded the contract a decade ago. Transit and financial specialists said the figures were on-par with previous estimates, but many details remain unknown until Wednesday, when the T is due to release specifics about the financial penalties and perks included in the contract that could balloon costs.

Martin J. Walsh’s first full day as mayor introduced him to the hectic pace he will face for the rest of his term.

Mayor Martin Walsh fills his first full day

On Tuesday, Walsh faced a whirlwind of disparate tasks, introducing him to the hectic pace he will deal with for the rest of his term.

Family agency faulted again for mismanagement

The Northbridge superintendent is assailing the Department of Children and Families for its handling of students’ cases.

Majority leader Harry Reid spoke with reporters after a measure to extend emergency unemployment benefits squeaked past a filibuster in the Senate. Prospects in the House are uncertain.

Lawmakers’ own expectations modest for 2014

Many in Congress expect even less work will get done in this year’s session, as the focus turns to midterm elections.

The Nation

Lawmakers’ own expectations modest for 2014

Majority leader Harry Reid spoke with reporters after a measure to extend emergency unemployment benefits squeaked past a filibuster in the Senate. Prospects in the House are uncertain.

By Noah Bierman

Many in Congress expect even less work will get done in this year’s session, as the focus turns to midterm elections.

Effort to extend jobless benefits makes progress

Of the measure, President Obama said, “We’ve got to get this across the finish line without obstruction or delay.”

By Jonathan Weisman

A Democratic push to extend unemployment benefits that have expired squeaked past a GOP filibuster in the Senate.

Deep freeze bedevils the Deep South

Armondo Hevia pushed his son, Emile, 7, at Loyola University in snow left over from a 12th Night snowball fight in New Orleans Tuesday. But below-freezing temperatures made life hard for some in the Big Easy.

By Ray Henry

The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday.

The World

Iraq forces kill 25 militants amid fierce fighting

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra

An Iraqi government airstrike killed 25 militants west of Baghdad as fighting with Al Qaeda-linked insurgents continued.

Palestinians chase, detain Israelis accused in attack

An Israeli settler was led away by Israeli troops and Palestinians Tuesday after the altercation between farmers and settlers.

By Nasser Ishtayeh

Palestinians chased and grabbed more than a dozen Israeli settlers who witnesses said had attacked Palestinian farmers.

Hundreds of police officers reassigned in Turkey

By Sebnem Arsu and Dan Bilefsky

About 350 police officers in the Turkish capital were removed from their posts, Turkish news outlets reported.

Editorial & Opinion

daniel benjamin

Motive of destruction

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in black and white caps, stand near the Marathon finish line about 10 to 20 minutes before the blasts.

By Daniel Benjamin

The Boston Marathon bombings could provide insight into other killings.

john wihbey

Aaron Swartz and the cause of openness

By John Wihbey

A year after Swartz’s death, two ideas that guided much of his work are worth considering: academic open access and open government.

editorial

As T considers new rail firm, sour grapes from current one

The current commuter rail operator has lashed out as it has become clear that it might lose the rail contract.

Metro

Moving ahead in the shut-down Callahan Tunnel

State Highway Division administrator Frank DePaola said work on the Callahan Tunnel is on schedule.

By Martine Powers

State Highway Division administrator Frank DePaola, during a tour of the construction site, said work on the Callahan is on schedule.

Proposed commuter rail contract to cost $325 million per year

By Martine Powers

State officials, preparing to announce their choice to operate the commuter rail system, revealed on Tuesday the price tag for the contract: $2.68 billion over eight years, with the possibility for two two-year extensions that could bring the total price to $4.3 billion.That would make the base deal, the largest operating contract in state history, about $335 million per year, higher than the $214 million a year initially paid to the current operator, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., when it was first awarded the contract a decade ago. Transit and financial specialists said the figures were on-par with previous estimates, but many details remain unknown until Wednesday, when the T is due to release specifics about the financial penalties and perks included in the contract that could balloon costs.

Mayor Walsh picks William Evans to lead Boston police

William Evans was interim commissioner since the fall.

By Travis Andersen

The acting police commissioner, who made his mark at the Marathon attacks, will be named to the permanent post Thursday.

Business

Economy still needs help, says Boston Fed chief

Eric S. Rosengren is president of the Boston Fed.

By Robert Gavin

Despite signs of improvement, Eric Rosengren said the situation remains precarious, if not dire, for too many Americans.

Mass. big data centralized on a new website

By Callum Borchers

The new site is the latest effort in Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Big Data Initiative.

JetBlue back in air, but some still waiting

JetBlue was fully operational by Tuesday afternoon, but some stranded passengers will be unable to get on a flight until next week.

By Katie Johnston

JetBlue resumed service at Logan and in New York after a 17-hour shutdown, but some passengers will remain stranded until next week.

Obituaries

Alfred Marshall, 94; built store chain that carries his name

Alfred Marshall began Marshalls department stores with an outlet in Beverly in 1956. The chain now has 904 stores.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Marshall began Marshalls department stores with an outlet in Beverly in 1956. The chain now has 904 stores.

Sports

Ducks 5, Bruins 2

Bruins jolted by Ducks in trip opener

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask blocks this shot from crease crasher Matt Beleskey.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins allowed three power-play goals and one shorthanded en route to a thumping start to their West Coast trip.

Christopher L. Gasper

Time running out for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick

 Time is of the essence for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles.

By Christopher L. Gasper

A loss to the Colts would be a waste of precious time for the Patriots, who only have so many years left with Brady and Belichick.

Nuggets 129, Celtics 98

Celtics routed again, this time by Nuggets

Jared Sullinger was ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second flagrant 1 foul of the game.

By Baxter Holmes

It was the Celtics’ worst loss of the season, and for the second straight game they allowed a season high in points.

G: Food

Whole grains for the halfhearted

Millet, the base of diets in Africa and Asia for centuries, can be served like fried rice with familiar tastes: scallions, peas, carrots, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds.

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

Staples from around the world can make familiar dishes more interesting — and healthful.

Recipe for Spanish smoked-paprika chickpeas with spinach

Spanish smoked-paprika chickpeas (the protein- and fiber-rich legume native to the Middle East) with spinach.

From the Verdant Hills of the Basque Country to the Coastal Waters of Andalucia,” spinach and stewed garbanzo beans, are popular tapas fare.

Recipe for brown rice with quinoa and sauteed mushrooms

Cook the brown rice and quinoa separately, then mix them with sauteed mushrooms.

Cook the brown rice and quinoa separately, then mix them with sauteed mushrooms.

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