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‘Ice queen’ is an icon from bygone days

Joelle Forte practiced Wednesday for the US Figure Skating Championships, being held at the TD Garden.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The US ladies figure skating champion once was as familiar to the public as a Hollywood star. But the sport’s popularity has been dwindling.

Cellphone giants cling to 2-year contracts

Despite the efforts of T-Mobile, which is offering to pay termination fees for those who switch, cellphone giants can’t afford to change the model.

A commuter rail train bound for Rockport pulled into the Montserrat station in Beverly on Friday.

French firm Keolis wins commuter rail contract

The company won the largest operating contract in state history, taking over the contract from an incumbent that has run the system since 2003.

Files show alleged link between South End killings and Aaron Hernandez

Police believe they have evidence that proves Hernandez was driving the vehicle from which a gunman allegedly fired.

Katherine M. Clark won a special election on Dec. 10.

Katherine Clark has hope despite gridlock

On her third day in her new Washington office, congresswoman Katherine Clark said she could deliver on the promises she made.

The Nation

Katherine Clark has hope despite gridlock

Katherine M. Clark won a special election on Dec. 10.

By Noah Bierman

On her third day in her new Washington office, congresswoman Katherine Clark said she could deliver on the promises she made.

US urges schools to use arrest as a last resort

By Motoko Rich

The Obama administration issued guidelines that recommended schools use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students.

E-mails, texts tie Christie aides to bridge traffic jam

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called the actions “completely inappropriate and unsanctioned.

By Kate Zernike

E-mails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the lane closings on the George Washington bridge to purposefully create traffic jams.

The World

7 nations gave up nuclear material, report says

By William J. Broad

The number of nations with fuel for atomic bombs dropped to 25 from 32, a report said.

Turkey broadens its purge of officials on police force

By Sebnem Arsu and Dan Bilefsky

The Turkish government removed police chiefs in 15 cities and the deputy head of the country’s police force, police said.

Fires still burning at site of freight train derailment

Canadian National Railway workers were on the scene Wednesday in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, where 17 cars of a train jumped the tracks. Officials said the fires were contained.

Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn, and about 150 residents were evacuated.

Editorial & Opinion

EDWARD L. GLAESER

New Urban Mechanics, keep tinkering

By Edward L. Glaeser

Boston’s municipal “mechanics” are seeking out concrete, attainable ways to make government function better.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Politics as usual? Not at MBTA

Beverly A. Scott, the general manager of the MBTA, backed an outside firm as the commuter rail operator.

By Joan Vennochi

The T’s decision to bring in a new operator for the commuter rail is a bold move for general manager Beverly Scott.

alex beam

My fake online friend-bots

By Alex Beam

Who needs real friends when you have the Internet and Twitter?

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letters | time for shakeup in the armed forces?

Devil in the details if we’re going to scrap Air Force

letters | time for shakeup in the armed forces?

A nonstarter in today’s political climate

letters | time for shakeup in the armed forces?

With battle lines drawn, little chance of reforming military

letters | time for shakeup in the armed forces?

We owe our way of life to a strong military

Metro

Files show alleged link between South End killings and Aaron Hernandez

A video appears to show Aaron Hernandez seemingly stalking victims of a Boston double murder, newly released documents allege.

By Wesley Lowery

Police believe they have evidence that proves Hernandez was driving the vehicle from which a gunman allegedly fired.

French firm Keolis wins commuter rail contract

A commuter rail train bound for Rockport pulled into the Montserrat station in Beverly on Friday.

By Martine Powers

The company won the largest operating contract in state history, taking over the contract from an incumbent that has run the system since 2003.

Mass. Health Connector fraught with uncertainty

Cherif Kamel said the uncertainty has been stressful for him and his wife Carol McCorkindale. “She’s in pain, so we need to do something,” he said.

By Chelsea Conaboy

The troubles go beyond a bad website, leaving some users uncertain about the status of their coverage.

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Yvonne Abraham

Still speaking up for his sister

By Yvonne Abraham

Walsh vows to tackle crime

By Meghan E. Irons

Brookline police search for missing 16-year-old

By John R. Ellement and Jennifer Smith

Super PAC takes aim at Brown

By Jim O’Sullivan

BRAINTREE

Malden couple’s lottery win comes with bonus

By Jacqueline Tempera

STOUGHTON

FBI asks public’s help finding Brim Beanie Bandit

By Jacqueline Tempera

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Changes at Gloucester Stage Co.

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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McCullough ‘special’ book set for April

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Business

Cellphone giants cling to 2-year contracts

John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile US, spoke at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

By Michael B. Farrell and Hiawatha Bray

Despite the efforts of T-Mobile, which is offering to pay termination fees for those who switch, cellphone giants can’t afford to change the model.

Boston Globe publisher Christopher Mayer to step down

By Beth Healy

Mayer said he plans to step down as part of a business transition under new owner John Henry.

For heart surgery, a glue replaces needle and thread

Glue and Light: Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and MIT have developed a new type of elastic glue that cures after being exposed to light for 5 seconds.

By Karen Weintraub

The Gecko glue developed by Boston researchers is already being hailed by others in the industry as a significant advance.

Obituaries

Carmen Zapata, 86; actress promoted Hispanic writers

Carmen Zapata, an Emmy-nominated actress, was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

By Sue Manning

The Emmy-nominated actress started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce for them.

Anna Crouse, at 97; actress led bid to cut ticket prices

By Bruce Weber

Ms. Crouse realized her fondest Broadway dream when she helped establish the TKTS booth in Duffy Square.

Harvey Littleton; helped start glasswork movement

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Littleton, 91, developed and taught techniques that made molten glass almost as easy to work with in the studio as wet clay.

Sports

‘Ice queen’ is an icon from bygone days

Joelle Forte practiced Wednesday for the US Figure Skating Championships, being held at the TD Garden.

By John Powers

The US ladies figure skating champion once was as familiar to the public as a Hollywood star. But the sport’s popularity has been dwindling.

Loui Eriksson cleared for contact

Loui Eriksson on the ice at a Bruins practice earlier this year.

By Amalie Benjamin

Eriksson didn’t play Thursday against the Kings, but coach Claude Julien thinks it won’t be “very long” before the forward returns.

bruins notebook

Milan Lucic shrugs off Team Canada miss

“Obviously it’s something that you were kind of looking forward to and wanted to be a part of,” Lucic said.

By Amalie Benjamin

The winger, who had been invited to take part in the Team Canada camp in August, will not be invited to the Olympics.

G: Style

How a dedicated shopper learned to let go

This simple black dress has been worn to many events.

By Emily Theis

A 22-year-old shopping obsessive decluttered her closet, and her life.

Blogs for minimalists in the making

By Emily Theis

Thinking about clearing out the clutter? Here are some sites to help you get started.

Television Review

‘Spoils’ goofs on campy ’70s miniseries

Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig star in the IFC miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon.”

By Christopher Muther

“The Spoils of Babylon,” a collaboration between IFC and the website Funny or Die, is an intentional mess.

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Book Review

‘The Scent of Pine’ by Lara Vapnyar

By Karen Campbell

Bargain Bin

Save at Ted Baker London

By Ami Albernaz

The week ahead: Nightlife

By Milva DiDomizio

The week ahead: Family events

By Milva DiDomizio

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Handyman on Call

Is there a way to avoid stains on honed countertops?

By Peter Hotton

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Baseball Project a sure hit at Hot Stove

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Herbie Hancock named Professor of Poetry

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Dennis Leary to shoot pilot for FX

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Madoff’ at New Rep

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Wahlburgers’ to premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Shields returns to WBZ-TV

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Another local ‘Paul Blart’?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Salisbury

Developer sought to fund new vision for Salisbury Beach

Wayne Capolupo, owner of the Blue Ocean Music Hall and other property in the area, is part of a group of businessmen seeking a developer buy into a new vision of Salisbury Beach.

By David Rattigan

A group of local businessmen are pursuing a plan to develop a new future for Salisbury Beach center.

Mentors reaching out to graduates of Andover law school

Massachu-setts School of Law career services director Victoria Dickinson (right) with student Dan Hutchinson, who is part of a new mentor program that matches law students and recent grads with alumni who are practicing attorneys.

By Bella Travaglini

A mentoring program matches law school students and recent graduates with alumni who are established in practicing law.

Danvers

New regional voke school construction on time, on budget

By Kathy McCabe

Construction of the $133 million Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School is entering its final phase.

Globe South

Seniors find catharsis in telling their stories

Lorraine Greenfield (right) addresses an audience with memoir writers (from left) Mimi Cerier, Nancy Parritz, Charles Hersch, Fay Bussgang, Dotty Tobin Sacks, and Irving Bachman.

By Steve Maas

More than 40 residents of the independent-living units at NewBridge contributed their stories to the memoir collection “Thoughts Along the Way.”

Owl prowlers take a walk in the dark

A screech owl (sitting in a tree cavity), the smallest of the most common owls, is most active at dawn and dusk.

By Robert Knox

This winter the South Shore chapter of Mass Audubon organized a series of “owl prowls” to introduce people to these unique hunters.

Rockland

Rockland in better financial straits today, town leaders say

By Cara Bayles

After years of belt tightening and reorganization, the town of Rockland has made significant strides in addressing its financial problems.

Globe West

Wellesley theater a testament to alumna’s generosity

“The Clearing” actors (from left) Elisabeth Yancey, Angela Bilkic, and Marge Dunn rehearse for Thursday night’s opening performance.

By Lenny Megliola

A production of “The Clearing” will open in the black box theater named after Nagel Jones, who gave an estimated $3 million to Wellesley’s theater program.

Acton

Fitchburg commuter line improvements to be finished by end of 2015

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

The massive state and federal project along the T’s Fitchburg/South Acton Line calls for new tracks, signals, stations, and bridges.

Framingham, Concord declared Green Communities

state Representative Cory Atkins.

By Rebecca Kagle

The designation makes the communities eligible for state grants to use toward energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.