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State of the Commonwealth

Patrick prepares lengthy end-of-term agenda

Wages and unemployment insurance are two topics Governor Patrick is expected to focus on in his final State of the Commonwealth address.

State protections still awaited for long-term care

Mass. regulators have yet to adopt new rules that would help protect consumers against the rising cost of long-term care insurance.

Bill Belichick contends that Wes Welker deliberately took out Aqib Talib on this play.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick obviously hates Wes Welker

Belichick’s decision to let Welker go to Denver worked well until Sunday, when Tom Brady had no one to throw to in the Patriots’ loss.

John Myatt’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (top left) is a copy of Vermeer’s original (top right). Han van Meegeren’s “The Procuress” (above right) is a forgery of Dirck van Baburen’s 1622 painting (above left).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: WASHINGTON GREEN FINE ART & CASTLE GALLERIES; SCALA; THE SAMUEL COURTAULD TRUST; MFA BOSTON

Springfield exhibit explores deceit in art world

The unorthodox show that opens Tuesday at Springfield’s D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts embraces the imitations.

Cuts in state aid have Boston’s schools straining

The district is relying more on property taxes and other revenue from the city’s general fund to pay for new initiatives and overhauls.

The Nation

Obama’s surveillance reforms face big hurdles

Obama’s decision to ask Congress to authorize a panel of privacy advocates to weigh in at times during secret FISA court proceedings has triggered a roiling debate.

By Stephen Braun

Analysts pointed out the difficulty of finding an entity to store bulk phone records and the untested legality of a privacy panel.

US reflects upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Daniel Newell blew milkweed seeds — representing “seeds of change,” he said — into the air while visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on the national holiday Monday.

By Phillip Lucas

Leaders and everyday Americans talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more is to be done.

Supreme Court to consider rape victim restitution

By Mark Sherman

The woman behind the case wants to make it easier for victims of child porn to collect money from people who view the brutal images.

The World

UN withdraws invitation to Iran for talks on Syria

By Michael R. Gordon and Somini Sengupta

The United Nations invited Iran to the Syria peace conference and then withdrew the offer under pressure from the US.

Iran starts implementing nuclear deal

An International Atomic Energy Agency team checked the enrichment process inside a uranium plant in central Iran. The agreement places limits on Iran’s uranium program.

By Ali Akbar Dareini

Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday.

In Russia, Keating seeks help in Tsarnaev inquiry

Rep. William Keating, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, arrived in Moscow for a second time since the April attacks.

By Bryan Bender

Rep. William Keating pressed Russian officials to cooperate more fully with US agents.

Editorial & Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

Four hard truths about housing

By Paul McMorrow

A new report from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council puts fresh data on just how bad the state’s housing problem is.

Nickolas Roth

Out-of-control missile officers and other nuclear threats

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh, right, and Technical Sergeant Justin Richie, are shown in a training facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

By Nickolas Roth

News of transgressions by missile officers and guards highlights the question: How does the world reduce the risk of nuclear theft and sabotage?

TOM KEANE

Childless couples are happier? Not buying it

By Tom Keane

Parenting is filled with drudgery and rarely gets a thanks in return, and this parent wouldn’t change a thing.

Metro

Cuts in state aid have Boston’s schools straining

By James Vaznis

The district is relying more on property taxes and other revenue from the city’s general fund to pay for new initiatives and overhauls.

State of the Commonwealth

Patrick prepares lengthy end-of-term agenda

Wages and unemployment insurance are two topics Governor Deval Patrick is expected to focus on.

By Jim O’Sullivan

Wages and unemployment insurance are two topics Governor Patrick is expected to focus on in his final State of the Commonwealth address.

Callahan Tunnel’s closure opens possibilities

The tunnel project has prompted a detour in front of the Greater Boston Food Bank to the Haul Road. The Callahan is due to reopen March 12 after the major construction overhaul.

By Martine Powers

Drivers are learning enduring lessons about shortcuts and tucked-away roadways leading to Logan.

Business

State protections still awaited for long-term care

By Deirdre Fernandes

Mass. regulators have yet to adopt new rules that would help protect consumers against the rising cost of long-term care insurance.

Decision near on Brayton Point plant in Somerset

By Erin Ailworth

The power plant’s owner is considering delaying its closing after the region’s power grid operator designated Brayton Point a “must run” facility.

Boston Capital

John Fish a developer with a long vision

By Steven Syre

The head of Suffolk Construction looks like he’s in line to be the next chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Obituaries

Claudio Abbado, 80, versatile, influential conductor

Mr. Abbado was communicative at the podium and enjoyed working with young musicians.

By Allan Kozinn

Mr. Abbado was communicative at the podium and enjoyed working with young musicians.

Otis Pike, 92; N.Y. lawmaker took on Pentagon, CIA abuses

Mr. Pike, whose committee voted to hold Henry Kissinger in contempt of Congress, shook hands with Kissinger in 1975.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Pike led one of the first congressional investigations of abuses by US intelligence agencies.

Sports

BRUINS 3, KINGS 2

Bruins battle to a win over Kings

Brad Marchand was in the middle of things again for the Bruins. Here he stickhandles between Kings Jake Muzzin (left) and Anze Kopitar.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Brad Marchand had a pair of goals in a game that was car-crash hockey.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick obviously despises Wes Welker

Bill Belichick was back in Foxborough on Monday morning to discuss the end of the Patriots’ season.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Belichick’s decision to allow Welker go to Denver worked well until Sunday, when Tom Brady had no one to throw to in the Patriots’ loss.

Patriots facing key decisions for next season

Julian Edelman got tepid interest as a free agent last year, but that likely will change after his 105-catch, 1,056-yard season.

By Shalise Manza Young

The team has key players who could become free agents, including Julian Edelman, Aqib Talib and LeGarrette Blount.

G: Living

Springfield exhibit explores deceit in art world

John Myatt’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (top left) is a copy of Vermeer’s original (top right). Han van Meegeren’s “The Procuress” (above right) is a forgery of Dirck van Baburen’s 1622 painting (above left).

By Geoff Edgers

The unorthodox show that opens Tuesday at Springfield’s D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts embraces the imitations.

Falling in Love (Letters)

Love Letters commenters Alison Leed and Dave Dybes in Kendall Square, where they both work in the field of science.

By Meredith Goldstein

How two fans of the Globe’s Love Letters blog connected in the virtual world and fell in love in the real one.

Frame by Frame

Grand piano with a grander history at the MFA

By Sebastian Smee

Manuel de Godoy, an 18th century Spanish prime minister, commissioned this splendid grand piano from England’s preeminent maker of keyboards.

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‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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At Peabody Essex, it’s vive la France!

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JoJo, finally free, signs with Atlantic Records

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Plenty of fantasy fun at Arisia 2014

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Ben Cherington visits McKinley Middle School

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Chuck Lorre shares a Ben Affleck story

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