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Obama’s grip on younger voters slips

Surveys show that the electorate’s newest generation is disappointed by government’s performance.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ shelter in Boston focuses on helping young adults such as Anthony Rodrigues, 20.

More young adults call streets of Boston home

The contrast is stark in a changing downtown booming with pricey condos, boutique hotels, and upscale eateries.

LeGarrette Blount scored three touchdowns in the first half of the game. With his fourth, he set a postseason team record.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots ride LeGarrette Blount to AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH — Some departed via free agency. Many were sidelined with gruesome, season-ending injuries. One of them left in handcuffs and leg irons.

// DCF chief tries to right agency as scrutiny grows

Advocates say the problems plaguing the Department of Children and Families may be too massive and longstanding for Olga Roche to fix.

The Nation

Obama’s grip on younger voters slips

Maria Carrasquillo, who was the UNH campus coordinator for the Obama campaign in 2012, said students are stepping back. “What we wanted to happen hasn’t happened.”

By Matt Viser

Surveys show that the electorate’s newest generation is disappointed by government’s performance.

Neiman Marcus latest chain to disclose credit card theft

Neiman executives said they do not yet know the scope of the theft of customers’ information.

By Anne D’Innocenzio

Neiman executives said they do not yet know the scope of the theft of customers’ information.

West Virginia water taps may be off for days

Residents of Putnam County, W.Va., filled containers with water at an emergency distribution center in Poca on Saturday. A chemical spill tainted the water supply.

By Pam Ramsey

Several hundred thousand people remained without clean tap water for a third day Saturday following a chemical spill.

The World

Death of Ariel Sharon elicits mourning, joy

Mourning Israelis gathered at the farm of Ariel Sharon on Saturday in Sderot.

By Rina Castelnuovo and Jodi Rudoren

The nation — and the world — grappled with the mixed legacy of one of Israel’s most influential leaders.

Palestinian leader ‘won’t kneel’ in peace talks, he says

By Dalia Nammari

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel’s leadership and US mediators Saturday.

Violence in Iraqi province kills at least 60 in 2 weeks

By Sameer N. Yacoub

Fighting between security forces and Al Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province has killed at least 60 people over the past two weeks.

Editorial & Opinion


Michelle Wu talks of change, votes otherwise

City councilors Ayanna Pressley, left, and Michelle Wu are sworn in Jan. 6.

By Joan Vennochi

Newly elected City Councilor Michelle Wu supported Bill Linehan for council president, and now has to live with the political consequences.


In child welfare agencies, small solutions work

By Joanna Weiss

The rush to turn bad news around -- or assuage the people with pitchforks -- can sometimes get in the way of finding the right solution.

Opinion | TOM KEANE

Short steps to a long run as mayor

Former Mayor Tom Menino, left, attends a tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Marty Walsh in December. At 46, Walsh is four years younger than Menino was when he took the office.

By Tom Keane

He’s been in office for almost a week, so the question has to be asked: Can Mayor Marty Walsh beat Tom Menino’s record of 20 years in office?


DCF chief tries to right agency as scrutiny grows

In October, Olga Roche became the permanent chief of DCF.

By Michael Levenson

Advocates say the problems plaguing the Department of Children and Families may be too massive and longstanding for Olga Roche to fix.

More young adults call streets of Boston home

Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ shelter in Boston focuses on helping young adults such as Anthony Rodrigues, 20.

By David Abel

The contrast is stark in a changing downtown booming with pricey condos, boutique hotels, and upscale eateries.

Foxborough teen who battled progeria dies

Sam Berns with his parents, Scott Berns and Leslie Gordon.

By James Sullivan

Sam Berns’s battle with progeria inspired a monumental effort to treat the rare “accelerated aging” disease.

Money & Careers

Should Boston have bailed out the Bay State Banner?

Melvin Miller and the Bay State Banner celebrated the paper’s 40th anniversary in 2005.

By Edward Mason

In 2009, the city made $200,000 in loans to save the troubled newspaper. Four years and only one payment later, was it the right thing to do?

Temp job and a friend’s help offer new hope

Aleta Moncecchi (right) kept in touch with Mindy Shoestock over the years. And when a position opened up at Berkshire Community Action Council, she persuaded her supervisor to hire Shoestock.

By Megan Woolhouse

Aleta Moncecchi saw beyond Mindy Shoestock’s missteps and poverty, helping her land a job at the Berkshire Community Action Council.

Consumer Alert

If manufacturer won’t help, go back to retailer

By Mitch Lipka

When a manufacturer is unsympathetic, a consumer’s best friend is often the retailer.

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On the Job

He works for wildlife’s well-being

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Etiquette at work

Making generational differences work

By Peter Post

Innovation Economy

Thermo Fisher looks to needs for sophisticated devices

By Scott Kirsner

handyman on call

Is it possible to take steps to deter mold?

By Peter Hotton

Boston real estate now | Scott Van Voorhis

A pricey entry for Chelsea’s rental market

By Scott Van Voorhis

Market Movers

Home goods chain cuts earnings forecast

By Anne D’Innocenzio

Mass. Movers

Aegerion subpoenaed for records on drug

By Meg Tirrell

Making sure you can pay the mortgage

By Michelle Singletary

HOme of the Week

Lots of light, and balconies, in Hyde Park

By John R. Ellement


Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots ride LeGarrette Blount to AFC title game

LeGarrette Blount scored three touchdowns in the first half of the game. With his fourth, he set a postseason team record.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Blount ran for four touchdowns against the Colts, including a fourth-quarter 73-yard burst up the gut that broke the game open.

Patriots 43, Colts 22

LeGarrette Blount powers Patriots past Colts

LeGarrette Blount’s four rushing touchdowns set a team record.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship game for the third straight season, and await the winner of Sunday’s Chargers-Broncos matchup.

On Football

Patriots relying heavily on balanced running attack

Stevan Ridley (above) is now in more of a supporting role thanks to a fumbling problem and the surprise emergence of LeGarrette Blount.

By Ben Volin

The strength of this team is the three-headed monster at running back of LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen.

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on second thought

Time for ballot to be turned over to baseball fans

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots forcing teams to beat themselves

By Christopher L. Gasper

Indianapolis perspective | Bob Kravitz

Colts close, but not there yet

By Bob Kravitz

Patriots Nation

Political party is fun-loving at Patriots game

By Anthony Gulizia

colts notebook

Exit dims Colts’ bright season

By Julian Benbow

Sunday Baseball Notes

Baseball Hall of Fame voting in need of change?

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Football Notes

Quarterbacks in NFL playoffs offer different styles

By Ben Volin

Sunday Hockey Notes

New GM Tim Murray can elevate the Sabres

By Fluto Shinzawa

Sunday Basketball Notes

Brian Shaw deals with growing pains of Nuggets

By Gary Washburn

celtics notebook

Rajon Rondo wants to help however he can

By Baxter Holmes

Trail Blazers 112, Celtics 104

Celtics fall short against Trail Blazers

By Baxter Holmes

US Figure Skating Championships

Gracie is Golden in women’s competition

By John Powers

On basketball

Kris Humphries states his case for bigger role

By Gary Washburn

49ers at Panthers | 1:05 p.m. (Fox)

Underdog Panthers look to upend 49ers again

By Steve Reed

Bruins 1, Sharks 0

Carl Soderberg lifts Bruins over Sharks

By Amalie Benjamin

bruins notebook

Loui Eriksson, Shawn Thornton return to lineup

By Amalie Benjamin

BC 62, Va. Tech 59

Lonnie Jackson answers the call for BC

By Clark Ruhland

UMass 73, St. Bonaventure 68

Big rally keeps UMass perfect at Mullins

By Jeff Wagenheim

Harvard 61, Dartmouth 45

Harvard cruises in Ivy League opener

By Michael Vega

Northeastern 4, UMass-Lowell 1

Northeastern leaves Frozen Fenway with a win

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

New England men’s roundup

Boston University gets past Lafayette, 89-78

Seahawks 23, Saints 15

Seahawks ride Marshawn Lynch past Saints

By Tim Booth

US Figure Skating Championships

Notes: Castelli-Shnapir win pairs again

By John Powers

US Figure Skating Championships

Alex Shaughnessy, Jimmy Morgan learn a lot

By Shira Springer

mstca division 2 relays

Woburn boys, Marshfield girls take team wins

By Jake Fischer

patriots notebook

Secondary does a first-rate job on Andrew Luck

By Michael Whitmer

San Diego at Denver | 4:40 p.m. (CBS)

No QB has Peyton Manning’s playoff experience, heartbreak

By Arnie Stapleton


Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?

By Ruth Graham

A new wave of thinkers says yes — and is looking to Scripture for support.

For Catholics, ‘natural law’ one path to accepting gays

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday.

By Ruth Graham

Outside the Protestant church, a separate debate.

The Internationalist

A revolutionary playwright for the Middle East

Steve Wakeem, as Sheikh Qassim, the Mufti, delivers a religious decree.

By Thanassis Cambanis

Why Saadallah Wannous’s rarely seen work still has the power to shock.

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America’s white-collar Congress

By Matthew Wolfson

Uncommon Knowledge

Too modest, ladies? You need this mysterious black box

By Kevin Lewis


A snowball’s the Arctic

By Kevin Hartnett


Ariel Sharon, 85; general, later prime minister of Israel

Ariel Sharon visited an Israeli Army position in the Jordan Valley in 2001.

By Ethan Bronner

Mr. Sharon, one of the most influential figures in Israel’s history, at the height of his power redrew the country’s map.

Bill Conlin, 79; sportswriter was accused of molestation

Mr. Conlin earned a place in Cooperstown’s media wing.

Mr. Conlin was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 but left his job months later amid a storm of publicity over the molestation accusations.

Judy Protas, 91, ad writer

Ms. Protas wrote well-known slogans for Cracker Jack and Levy’s Real Jewish Rye bread.

Sunday Arts

Art Review

Worcester’s ‘You Are Here’ captivates with contemporary art

Jim Lambie cut the shape of a hugely magnified eyelash out of aluminum for “Blue Monday.”

By Sebastian Smee

The group show of 13 international artists, eight of them women, is one of Worcester Art Museum curator’s best efforts.

Critic’s Notebook

Actor-playwrights are a force in local theater

John Kuntz in “The Salt Girl.”

By Don Aucoin

These multitasking hyphenates are an especially welcome presence in the theater just now.

Jack Ryan: when four stars play one character

Chris Pine in the upcoming film “Shadow Recruit.”

By Mark Feeney

Onscreen, Jack Ryan has suffered from split impersonality with four very different actors, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, portraying him.

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Jim Gaffigan is Everyman

By Nick A. Zaino III

critic’s notebook

The music of the Everly Brothers endures, thrives

By James Reed

top picks

The origins of Michael Mann

By Tom Russo


Bosaton-area arts letters

By June Wulff

book review

‘Little Failure’ By Gary Shteyngart

By John Freeman

book review

‘Leaving the Sea’ by Ben Marcus

By Matthew Gilbert

book review

‘Andrew’s Brain’ by E.L. Doctorow

By Jenny Hendrix

The story behind the book

Castellani’s families have been fact, fiction, and fulfillment

By Kate Tuttle

New England Literary news

‘Instant Connections’ by Jason Landry

By Jan Gardner

New England writers at work

How Geraldine Brooks’s characters emerge

By Eugenia Williamson

My Instagram: Christine Watson

By Christopher Muther

the one thing

Marvelous mosaics

By Marni Elyse Katz

Critic’s picks: Visual art

By Sebastian Smee

Critic’s picks: Dance

By Karen Campbell


Mike Tyson talks ‘Undisputed Truth’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Fresh approach to Tom Perrotta’s ‘Leftovers’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon wed

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Make way for Olympians on Boston Common

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Mike’s Pastry to sweeten up Harvard Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Book review

‘Duty’ by Robert M. Gates

By David M. Shribman

Local bestsellers

By Alex Stills



Sun Peaks Resort is a great place for family fun

The village architecture at Sun Peaks Ski Resort is in the style of the southern Alps.

By Kari Bodnarchuk

Sun Peaks ranks as British Columbia’s second-largest ski resort, based on terrain, with 124 runs served by 12 lifts.

A beach tour of Uruguay

Brava Beach gets its nickname “Beach of the Fingers” from the sculpture of cement fingers seeming to rise from under the sand.

By Claudia Capos

A flurry of resort and condo building reflects Punta del Este’s ambition to bolster its cachet as a vacation spot for jet-setters.



The revolt of the unpaid intern

By Melissa Schorr

Fed-up interns are suing their former employers for back pay. Will this bring fairness to job training — or doom a legion of unemployed college students?

The Olympians next door

Women’s Olympic team members (from left) Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne, Anne Schleper, and Hilary Knight. All chose to live with local families during their six months of training in the Boston area.

By Shira Springer

The country’s best female hockey players are blending into the local families that volunteered to host them as they train for the Winter Games in Sochi.


The breaking point for New Year’s resolutions

By Francis Storrs

Whether they’re trying to lose a few pounds or quit a bad habit, nearly two-thirds give up during the first month.

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12 tips for better dining in 2014

By Kara Baskin

First Person


Style Watch

Reviving a Colonial

By Jaci Conry

Miss Conduct

Christmas party postmortem

By Robin Abrahams


Sweet sensation

By Adam Ried

Dinner With Cupid

Trivia categories


The Sudanese hug

By Jack Cheng

Tales From the City

What to name the new dog

Globe North

As beloved retailer shuts, Malden seeks a spark

Amy Sparks stands with her father, Albert Sparks in the top floor of Sparks Department Store

By Kathy McCabe

Sparks, a distinctive Malden retailer for 94 years, is closing. A liquidation sale is underway and the doors to the Pleasant Street store should close by March.

Call firefighters complete academy training

Massachusetts Firefighting Academy graduates included Kara Percival  and Don Dupray.

By Wendy Killeen

For six months, call firefighters from 10 area communities gave up their evenings and Saturdays to complete an intensive training program.

Cemetery expansions face hurdles

Saugus is running out of space at Riverside Cemetery, but officials face opposition to a plan to acquire more space.

By Christian M. Wade

Cities and towns are spending millions of dollars to expand cemeteries at a time when final resting places for the dead are becoming increasingly few.

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Two new housing requests advance

By John Laidler

3 towns led pack as snow piled up

By Steven A. Rosenberg

High School Basketball

St. Mary’s trio is college-bound

By Joseph Saade

Dining Out

Eggrolls with international flair

By Tom Long


Local nonprofit receives state grant

By Jarret Bencks


Makeover planned for McNally Park

By Kathy McCabe


Demolition plans presented to Zoning Board

By Jarret Bencks


Preschool and kindergarten registration

By Brenda J. Buote


Town seeks committee volunteers

By Brenda J. Buote


New proposals welcomed for summer camp

By David Rattigan


Lighting upgrade to produce big savings

By David Rattigan


Replacement of culverts begins

By David Rattigan


Mayor relates to displaced tenants

By Karen Sackowitz


Flu clinic slated for Wednesday

By Steven A. Rosenberg


Five new members join City Council

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Health Department to sponsor blood drive

By Brenda J. Buote

Globe South

Cut and dried

Sherre Dobbyn saw the listing on Craigslist and has taken over for Romanowicz, who has been in business for 53 years.

By Jennette Barnes

When barber John Romanowicz decided to retire at the end of 2013, he pictured himself closing the doors on his 53-year-old business and walking away.

Search is on for school chiefs

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Some school districts in the south suburbs are already gearing up in the race to get new school superintendents in place before July 1.

Dining Out

Renewing family ties at Patriot Place

Michael Fradkin and his mother Sharon Fradkin dining out at Davio's.

By Sharon Fradkin

Patriot Place offers a great variety of restaurants: Italian, sushi, burgers, gourmet pizza, seafood, progressive American, hibachi, among others.

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Avon, holbrook

New school figures in regionalization

By Jennette Barnes

Suburban Diary

A street-smart native falls for parking scam

By Emily Sweeney


House fire kills at least 7 dogs

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Quincy’s Koch begins anew

By Jessica Bartlett

Beverly Beckham

Old or new? There’s room for both

By Beverly Beckham


Sally Hunsdorfer continues Himalayan work

By Paul E. Kandarian

High School Basketball

No desire to foul up second chance

By Jacob Feldman


Salt and sand for seniors

By Johanna Seltz


Gadget help from the library

By John Laidler


Cable TV studio relocates

By John Laidler


State officials to visit schools

By John Laidler


Volunteers sought for town boards

By Michele Morgan Bolton

West Bridgewater

Papers available for election

By Rich Fahey


School Board seat vacant

By Rich Fahey


Library space called inadequate

By Robert Knox


Liquor license transfer still in question

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Town strikes deal on slot parlor

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Focus on dyslexia

By Dave Eisenstadter


Milanoski comes on board

By Robert Knox


Scouting every selectman in history

By Dave Eisenstadter


New ways to pay the taxman

By Emily Sweeney


Town officials sworn in to office

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Electrical hazard closes bridge

By Jennette Barnes


Ground broken on new plant

By Paul Kandarian


Town to adopt state health insurance plan

By Michele Morgan Bolton


Music Hall needs repairs

By Paul Kandarian


Selectman pushes voter ID bill

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

East Bridgewater

Three-year police contract

By Rich Fahey


Slots issue goes to arbitration

By Jennette Barnes


Need for moratorium questioned

By Jean Lang


Cowan to speak at MLK breakfast

By Johanna Seltz


Golf contract up for renewal

By Jean Lang


Hanover Day set for June 21

By Cara Bayles


New logo for South Shore Conservatory

By Jessica Bartlett


Search for dune grass plants

By Johanna Seltz


Panel may review flood maps

By Jennette Barnes


Wine talk at library Sunday

By Jessica Bartlett


CPA funding requests due

By John Laidler


Parishes plan collaboration

By Jessica Bartlett


Town Council endorses school repairs

By Elaine Cushman Carroll


Town looks to sell energy

By Jessica Bartlett


Man accused of stealing drain covers

By Johanna Seltz


Town Council chooses new president

By Dan Adams


Library book sale Jan. 25

By Emily Sweeney


McFadden is new fire chief

By Jennette Barnes

Globe West

Saving this old house

Contractor Barbara Jones has big plans for a Victorian on Warren Street that she is restoring — instead of tearing down and replacing.

By Scott Van Voorhis

Teardowns are the rage in Needham. Susan and Edward Gagnon were loath to see the Victorian they had spent three decades fixing up meet the wrecking ball.


Mayor lobbies for state funding

Waltham High Principal Greg DeMeo: “I don’t know if we will lose . . . accreditation, but that’s always a possibility,”

By Jaclyn Reiss

Mayor Jeanette McCarthy met with the head of the state’s school construction funding agency after it turned down the city’s request for help paying for the work.

Babson’s life lessons in financial literacy

Framingham teens Erin Dowdy (left) and Daniella Araujo attend a recent MoneyThink class led by Babson College students; the mentors include Michael Kliska, working with (below, from left) Bailey Brady and Philippe Raphael.

By John Dyer

Framingham High School student Daniella Araujo, 14, has come to view her teenage dreams in terms of dollars and cents.

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Panel backs $2m boost to pool plan

By Emily Cataneo


Changes for K-5 schools at issue

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

High School Basketball

A motivating force on the hard court

By Phil Perry

High school track

Hot on heels of state 3k record

By Paul Lazdowski


Rescheduled concert at 4 p.m. Sunday

By Emily Cataneo


BU, digital arts center parting ways

By Jaclyn Reiss


Opening on Council on Aging board

By Andrew Clark


Mayor lauds new snowplowing system

By Jaclyn Reiss


Open house at Council on Aging

By Jaclyn Reiss


Foundation aids hometown program too

By Jaclyn Reiss


Learn about property deeds

By Jaclyn Reiss


Sign up for King community breakfast

By Emily Cataneo


‘Our Mockingbird’ tribute to MLK

By Emily Cataneo


Hearing on new parking fees Tuesday

By Jaclyn Reiss


Apply for assistance on taxes

By Jennifer Roach


Help prepare town’s 300th celebrations

By Nancy Shohet West


Special programs at Discovery Museums

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Nowak takes new look at evolution

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Foundation seeks help with wildlife census

By Jennifer Roach


Meeting on Lincoln Street School project

By Jennifer Roach


Health board sponsoring rabies clinic

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Explore bog by moonlight Sunday

By Nancy Shohet West


Take out papers for spring election

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Reiki sessions at the library

By Rachel Lebeaux


Talk to cover legal issues for seniors

By Nancy Shohet West


Local tax deadlines approaching

By Calvin Hennick


Details on affordable-housing lottery

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


2014 dog licenses available

By Davis Bushnell


Nomination papers available Feb. 3

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Winter market is open on Saturdays

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Fire chief offers winter safety tips

By Davis Bushnell


Mayor wants teens on Youth Commission

By Calvin Hennick


Help shape recreation offerings

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Sign up to block pesticide spraying

By Abby Jordan


Panel to hear requests for funding

By Calvin Hennick


Father-daughter dance on Feb. 7

By Rachel Lebeaux


Store offers tips on healthy eating

By Rachel Lebeaux


Jam sessions on Saturday afternoons

By Rachel Lebeaux


One Book launches new session

By Ellen Ishkanian


Guitarist to perform at library Sunday

By Abby Jordan


Talk on estate planning at senior center

By Rachel Lebeaux


Regional chorus seeks new members

By Ellen Ishkanian


Election panel has opening for Democrat

By Rachel Lebeaux


New tax rate carries slight increase

By Rachel Lebeaux


Library to host teen writers group

By Abby Jordan


Town announces preliminary budget

By Megan McKee


Boards, committees look to fill openings

By Ellen Ishkanian


Share thoughts on special education

By Megan McKee