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Inquiry, cautions follow 2 deaths in Franklin

The two children who suffocated in a sealed hope chest died of a “tragic accident,’’ preliminary autopsy results showed.

Boston Fed will channel $1.8m to 6 Mass. cities

If the initiative is successful, Boston Fed officials hope to expand the competitive grant program throughout New England.

This zebra finch and 69 others produce unpredictable surges of sound by pecking and stepping on an array of amplified guitars.

DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Peabody Essex Museum hosts musical flight of fancy

An installation at the museum features 70 finches producing unpredictable sounds by pecking and stepping on an array of amplified guitars.

Students at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls headed for their buses after school.

MATTHEW CAVANAUGH FOR THE GLOBE

Busing costs high, school district considers four-day week

In Western Mass., the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is exploring the approach as a way to save money.

Startups flock to Biogen Idec hoping to do business

Eager entrepreneurs are courting the Cambridge-based drug maker, one of the hottest biotech firms on the planet.

John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart, Pietro Parolin, Tuesday, becoming the first secretary of state in nearly nine years to visit the Vatican.

In sign of a stronger bond, Kerry visits Vatican

John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart, Pietro Parolin, becoming the first secretary of state in nearly nine years to visit the Vatican.

The Nation

In sign of a stronger bond, Kerry visits Vatican

John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart, Pietro Parolin, Tuesday, becoming the first secretary of state in nearly nine years to visit the Vatican.

By Matt Viser

John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart, Pietro Parolin, becoming the first secretary of state in nearly nine years to visit the Vatican.

Mass. fishermen among winners in budget deal

“This is much needed relief for fishermen in Massachusetts,” Senator Edward Markey said.

By Kimberly Railey

All sides praised a $1 trillion spending deal that is expected to clear Congress this week.

President Obama to issue surveillance guidelines

The decisions will be President Obama’s highest-profile response to the disclosures about the NSA by Edward J. Snowden.

By Peter Baker and Charlie Savage

The decisions will be Obama’s highest-profile response to the disclosures about the NSA by Edward Snowden.

The World

Hundreds drown while fleeing battle in South Sudan

People displaced by fighting in South Sudan have sought safety by piling onto boats like this one on Jan. 9. Over the weekend, an overloaded ferry sank.

By Nicholas Kulish

As many as 300 civilians were packed on the overloaded boat that sank.

11 killed in clashes on first day of Egypt vote

An explosion at a Cairo courthouse caused damage but no casualties in the Imbaba area.

By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael

A referendum on a new constitution laid bare the divisions in Egypt six months after the military removed the elected Islamist president.

US presses Syrian opposition to attend peace talks

Soldiers loyal to Syria’s president walked through Naqaren Tuesday after claiming to have regained control of the town.

By Michael R. Gordon

Secretary of State John Kerry said support for the opposition could be reduced if it doesn’t attend the upcoming peace talks.

Editorial & Opinion

Padraic Kenney

The heroes of 1989

East German demonstrators raise their hands in a victory sign during a demonstration in Leipzig, East Germany, Sept. 4, 1989.

By Padraic Kenney

It’s the “microleaders,” those everyday people who have the courage to step forward for change, who were the heroes of 1989 — and of any democratic movement.

SCOT LEHIGH

Filibusters: Stand up for reform

By Scot Lehigh

Reforms proposed in the Senate would return the filibuster to what it historically has been: a rarely used tool.

editorial

Boston should have say over casino plans on its borders

A casino in Revere or Everett would have a major impact on Boston, and Martin Walsh is correct to fight for influence over the plans.

Metro

Inquiry, cautions follow 2 deaths in Franklin

Lexi and Sean Munroe might have been playing hide-and-seek when they died in the hope chest.

By Peter Schworm and David Abel

The two children who suffocated in a sealed hope chest died of a “tragic accident,’’ preliminary autopsy results showed.

Busing costs high, school district considers four-day week

Students at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls headed for their buses after school.

By James Vaznis

In Western Mass., the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is exploring the approach as a way to save money.

Diversity hailed in Boston police shake-up

Boston’s new police commissioner, William Evans (left), with the city’s new mayor, Martin Walsh.

By Maria Cramer

Commissioner William Evans promoted six members of minority groups to the post of deputy superintendent.

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Adrian Walker

Finding a role for John Connolly

By Adrian Walker

CARVER

Two people die in Carver heroin overdoses

By Catalina Gaitan

Business

Boston Fed will channel $1.8m to 6 Mass. cities

“Our desire is to have a more direct impact, real impact on these cities,” said Eric S. Rosengren, president of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank.

By Deirdre Fernandes

If the initiative is successful, Boston Fed officials hope to expand the competitive grant program throughout New England.

Startups flock to Biogen Idec hoping to do business

By Robert Weisman

Eager entrepreneurs are courting the Cambridge-based drug maker, one of the hottest biotech firms on the planet.

In Boston, event planners hear cities pitch venues

Jessica Hiemenz of Boston (right) and Amber Peloso of Ottawa visited a Toronto exhibit.

By Katie Johnston

Hospitality representatives from around the US are in Boston in hopes of winning favor at the annual meeting of convention planners.

Obituaries

Vugar Gashimov, 27; chess grandmaster took risks

By Dylan Loeb McClain

Mr. Gashimov was a chess grandmaster from Azerbaijan who was one of the world’s top players for a decade.

Burton Lifland, 84; presided in Madoff bankruptcy case

The New York federal bankruptcy judge presided over the Bernard Madoff bankruptcy case for the past five years.

Arnold Pinkney, 84; managed Jackson’s bid for president

Former Browns chief executive Carmen Policy and Arnold Pinkney (right) attended Marion Motley’s funeral in 1999.

The political strategist and civil rights activist managed Jesse Jackson’s unsuccessful 1984 presidential campaign.

Sports

Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3

Scuffling Bruins fall flat to Maple Leafs

Tuukka Rask had a clear view of Jake Gardiner’s shot — it sneaked in anyway.

By Amalie Benjamin

Boston has allowed six power-play goals in its last four games, including two to doom them in a 4-3 loss to Toronto.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Sorry, the Patriots are going to lose

Broncos coach John Fox won’t be blinded by the sight of the Patriots — not at Mile High.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The 2013 Patriots were 4-4 on the road and the team has not played a road playoff game in seven years. Their season ends in Denver.

Patriots-Broncos rematch has a lot to live up to

In an epic clash in November, the Patriots overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit by pouncing on two second-half Denver turnovers.

By Michael Whitmer

What happened on that Sunday night when the Patriots rallied from a 24-0 deficit seems relevant now, only because of what’s happened since.

G: Food

Sriracha apocalypse

Trina’s Starlite Longe chef Suzi Maitland’s stockpile of sriracha.

By Peggy Hernandez

A temporary hold on shipments of the most popular sriracha hot sauce has some restaurants considering other options — or making their own.

Dining Out

At Commonwealth, the food has nothing to hide

On the Commonwealth menu, a crab cake starter with microgreens, green goddess dressing and grapefruit.

By Devra First

The food is well prepared, but it is Commonwealth’s personality that will keep people coming back.

Q & A

Emily Wilson’s start-to-finish meal-planning app

By Glenn Yoder

Wilson is the executive culinary director of food-related app and website Cooking Planit, where you can follow step-by-step instructions to plan a complete menu.

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Cookbook Review

‘Midwestern Table’ gets an upgrade

By T. Susan Chang

sunday supper

Onions are sandwiched with steak, simmered in soup

By Tony Rosenfeld

food | travel

A former diplomat opens a pie bakery in Portland

By Elizabeth Bomze

Book REview

‘Company Man’ by John Rizzo

By Glenn C. Altschuler

A Tank Away

The calm before the crowds in Chatham

By Ellen Albanese

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Ask Amy

Ask Amy column

By Amy Dickinson

Names

Joe Namath backs Patriots QB Tom Brady

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Boston rolls out welcome mat for conventioneers

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Diahann Carroll is no fan of Cardinal Law

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Emerson set to open its Hollywood campus

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Newton’s own Louis C.K. writing FX pilot

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein