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Mayor Martin Walsh addressed real estate executives at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Lane Turner/Globe staff

Walsh vows ‘era of transparency’ in pursuing growth

Shortly after his remarks, the BRA approved its first massive development under Mayor Walsh, an expansion of the Landmark Center complex.

MIT neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai.

Finding a way to erase harmful memories

MIT researchers used a drug to help mice extinguish a fearful memory of a traumatic event that took place in the distant past.

Partners defends plan to expand

A merger with South Shore Hospital would save about $27 million a year in health care costs, Partners said.

At White House, college chiefs pledge more equitable access

More than 80 college presidents made promises about their plans to increase access for low-income and minority students.

Julian Edelman has emerged as a prime receiver for Tom Brady’s passes as well as one of the league’s most efficient punt returners.

Julian Edelman is the Patriots’ Mr. Persistence

The Patriots receiver has emerged from the fringe to become a key force for Sunday’s AFC title game.

The Nation

$1.1 trillion budget easily clears Senate

By Andrew Taylor

Congress sent President Obama a spending bill that eases the harshest effects of last year’s sequester.

Revamped health care site said to pass security test

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Cybersecurity concerns over HealthCare.gov have been cleared up, a government security professional assured lawmakers.

political notebook

N.J. legislative panel issues subpoenas in Christie case

Chris Christie made his first public appearance outside the State House in the eight days since lane scandal emerged.

Governor Chris Christie also announced the hiring of a legal team to help his administration deal with inquiries into the traffic scandal.

The World

UN grills Vatican on sex abuse scandal

A demonstrator protested outside the headquarters of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

By John Heilprin and Nicole Winfield

Before an obscure human rights committee, the Holy See was interrogated for eight hours about the scale of abuse.

Inaction on climate change costly, report warns

Rising carbon emissions in growing nations like China are offsetting the progress being made by the proliferation of technologies like solar and wind power.

By Justin Gillis

Nations have dragged their feet in battling climate change so much that the risk of severe economic disruption is rising.

Overwhelming OK for Egypt’s charter

By Erin Cunningham

The referendum was billed as a mandate for the interim government that replaced the ousted administration of Mohammed Morsi.

Editorial & Opinion

farah stockman

Sex and politics in a courtroom

State Representative Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester looked toward the jury Wednesday.

By Farah Stockman

State Representative Carlos Henriquez is clearly guilty: if not of assault, then of really poor judgment.

JOANNA WEISS

Isis Parenting, the antidote to isolation

The floor is littered with dolls, toys, and babies at a new mothers’ class at Isis.

By Joanna Weiss

The company provided Boston-area mothers a community of women who imparted advice, support, and companionship.

SCOT LEHIGH

The land of endless elections

By Scot Lehigh

It may be great for activists, interest groups, and ad men, but it’s not a system designed to serve voters well.

Metro

Finding a way to erase harmful memories

MIT neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

MIT researchers used a drug to help mice extinguish a fearful memory of a traumatic event that took place in the distant past.

Partners defends plan to expand

By Liz Kowalczyk

A merger with South Shore Hospital would save about $27 million a year in health care costs, Partners said.

Julian Edelman is the Patriots’ Mr. Persistence

Julian Edelman has emerged as a prime receiver for Tom Brady’s passes as well as one of the league’s most efficient punt returners.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Patriots receiver has emerged from the fringe to become a key force for Sunday’s AFC title game.

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At White House, college chiefs pledge more equitable access

By Marcella Bombardieri and Tracy Jan

Kevin Cullen

Gibberish, in any tongue

By Kevin Cullen

Business

Walsh vows ‘era of transparency’ in pursuing growth

Mayor Martin Walsh addressed real estate executives at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

By Casey Ross

Shortly after his remarks, the BRA approved its first massive development under Mayor Walsh, an expansion of the Landmark Center complex.

Workers sue TGI Fridays for wage violations

Pay practice violations are common in the restaurant industry, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the workers.

By Katie Johnston

Fridays employees who put in more than 40 hours in a week were also made to work additional hours off the clock, the suit alleges.

Biotechs buoy New England venture investments

By Michael B. Farrell

The biotech community received nearly $1 billion in venture capital funding in 2013 and had 10 companies go public during the year.

Obituaries

Russell Johnson, 89; professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Russell Johnson (right) and the cast of “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island” (1978), with Judith Baldwin, Jim Backus, Bob Denver, Natalie Schafer, Dawn Wells, and Alan Hale Jr.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy.

Dave Madden, 82; ‘Partridge Family’ actor

Dave Madden was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid.

By Frazier Moore

Mr. Madden, a comic actor, played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom.

Sports

After a fumble, Patriots’ run game really picked up

Stevan Ridley’s fumble problems may have been the key to the Patriots’ recent rushing resurgence.

By Michael Whitmer

Ironically, the spark for the Patriots’ resurgent rushing attack may have been a mistake by Stevan Ridley.

Aqib Talib has resurrected his career with the Patriots

Aqib Talib, who has stared down some of the best receivers in the league, also helped the Patriots land running back LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay.

By Shalise Manza Young

In 15 months in New England, the Pro Bowl cornerback has morphed from a malcontent into a beloved teammate.

Dan Shaughnessy

Peyton Manning can’t afford to wilt now

Peyton Manning is set to face off with Tom Brady for the AFC championship.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Manning is a superstar who’s about to win a record fifth MVP. But none of it means anything if he loses, again, to Tom Brady Sunday.

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patriots notebook

Back at practice, Tom Brady says he feels great

By Michael Whitmer

broncos notebook

Knowshon Moreno a Bronco who wouldn’t be busted

By Julian Benbow

on baseball

Jon Lester negotiations will be interesting

By Nick Cafardo

The bettor’s edge

Go with road teams getting points this weekend

By Ed Ryan

on basketball

This Lakers-Celtics meeting lacks the sizzle

By Gary Washburn

celtics notebook

Celtics expected to sign small forward Chris Johnson

By Baxter Holmes

Bruins 4, Stars 2

Bruins shoot past Stars

By Fluto Shinzawa

NFC Championship | Sunday, 6:30 p.m. (Fox)

Niners-Seahawks rivalry takes center stage

By Barry Wilner

bruins notebook

Zdeno Chara to carry Slovakian flag in Olympics

By Fluto Shinzawa

college hockey notebook

BC hockey hit big on scoring combination

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Arts & Movies

photography review

In striking photos, John Coplans shows his hand

“Interlocking Fingers No. 17,” part of John Coplans’s “Hands” exhibit at Miller Yezerski Gallery.

By Sebastian Smee

Boston’s Miller Yezerski Gallery has mounted a brilliant show focusing on Coplans’s photographs of one particular part of his body.

photography review

Time is of the essence at Griffin

David Prifti’s “Hand: Bones.”

By Mark Feeney

The past and present meet in four photography shows at Winchester’s Griffin Museum of Photography.

Stage Review

Nora’s ‘Insignificance’ is audacious but uneven

The Professor (played by Richard McElvain) and the Actress (Stacy Fischer) are two of four characters inspired by historical figures in Terry Johnson’s play.

By Don Aucoin

While it’s even mind-stretching in its conceptual audacity, Terry Johnson’s play comes across as underdeveloped.

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Classical Notes

Melnikov plays ‘not too badly’ at Gardner

By David Weininger

Movie Review

‘The Nut Job’ spins its wheels

By Tom Russo

Television Review

‘Looking’ for signs of modern gay life on HBO

By Christopher Muther

Television REview

‘Flowers’ lands somewhere between campy and creepy

By Meredith Goldstein

Television REview

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘HitRECord on TV’

By Christopher Muther

Noisy Neighbors

The Appreciation Post, ‘Slip Away’

By Luke O’Neil

Night Watch

The Drop! at Phoenix Landing

By Alex Stills

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Ask Amy

Loss of pet cat still causing pain

By Amy Dickinson

Names

Denver bar has some fun with the Patriots

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

UMass students meet Bar Refaeli

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Movie review

Russia watch out: ‘Jack Ryan’ rides again

By Mark Feeney