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Steve Wynn spoke before the state gambling commission at the Boston Convention Center.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Wynn, Mohegan Sun joust for Boston casino license

Mohegan Sun delivered a polished argument Wednesday for its casino plan, while competitor Steve Wynn delivered, essentially, himself.

Alexis Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to lead the Harvard Lampoon, called the outpouring of support “very humbling.”

Leaders’ rise at Harvard Lampoon marks a serious milestone

How did Alexis Wilkinson become the first African-American woman to helm the humor magazine? “Physical threats,” she jokes. “And then, sexual favors.”

Doubts persist on Olympic security

Security guards checked visitors at the entrance to the Olympic park in Adler near Sochi last week. In light of recent threats, President Vladimir Putin has said Russian security officials are prepared for the start of the Games on Feb. 7.

Alexander Demianchuk/REUTERS

Despite assurances from Russia about the Sochi Olympics’s safety, concerns are being voiced by many, including US officials.

Valerie Perry of Dorchester, whose 92-year-old father, Frederick Alston, lives with her, says she has already spent $1,140 on heat this winter.

Thousands exhausting heating aid as temperatures plunge

About 50,000 Mass. heating oil customers have used up their fuel assistance for the season, and added funding is tied up in Washington.

The Nation

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

By Nedra Pickler

President Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy.

Brown gives record State of the State speech in Calif.

California Governor Jerry Brown spoke Wednesday during a University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco.

By Adam Nagourney

Jerry Brown delivered a speech that was the beginning of his expected campaign for a fourth term as governor after having served two terms in the 1970s.

Court weighs child porn restitution

By Mark Sherman

Supreme Court justices struggled with how much money should be paid to a woman raped as a child by one man convicted of possessing images of the abuse.

The World

Syria talks open with acrimony and testy exchanges

A member of Oxfam placed roses on symbolic gravestones at the opening of the Syria talks in Montreux.

By Michael R. Gordon

Friction happened almost immediately at a peace conference on Syria during an exchange between the Syrian foreign minister and the UN leader.

Israel says it prevented Al Qaeda attack on US Embassy

By Ian Deitch

Israel said it had foiled an ‘‘advanced’’ plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Two protesters shot to death in Ukraine

Protesters threw rocks at police on Wednesday during increasingly violent demonstrations in the Ukraine capital of Kiev.

By David M. Herszenhorn

The Ukrainian president met with opposition leaders as efforts to defuse the crisis took on new urgency after the deaths of two protesters.

Editorial & Opinion

EDWARD L. GLAESER

The secure card solution

By Edward L. Glaeser

Replacing the magnetic strip with a chip-and-PIN system will drastically reduce card fraud.

JOAN VENNOCHI

The gaming commission’s blind spots

By Joan Vennochi

Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the state gambling commission, has had dealings that put the panel under a small cloud of bias allegations.

Alex Beam

Governing in recovery

Then-Texas Governor George W. Bush speaks at a news conference in 1998.

By Alex Beam

Alcoholics in recovery deserve regard, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh merits better media treatment than that given to George W. Bush.

Metro

Leaders’ rise at Harvard Lampoon marks a serious milestone

Alexis Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to lead the Harvard Lampoon, called the outpouring of support “very humbling.”

By Joseph P. Kahn

How did Alexis Wilkinson become the first African-American woman to helm the humor magazine? “Physical threats,” she jokes. “And then, sexual favors.”

Wynn, Mohegan Sun joust for Boston casino license

Steve Wynn spoke before the state gambling commission at the Boston Convention Center.

By Mark Arsenault

Mohegan Sun delivered a polished argument Wednesday for its casino plan, while competitor Steve Wynn delivered, essentially, himself.

Doubts persist on Olympic security

Security guards checked visitors at the entrance to the Olympic park in Adler near Sochi last week. In light of recent threats, President Vladimir Putin has said Russian security officials are prepared for the start of the Games on Feb. 7.

By David Filipov

Despite assurances from Russia about the Sochi Olympics’s safety, concerns are being voiced by many, including US officials.

More Stories

Patrick’s $36.4b budget boosts DCF funding

By Michael Levenson and Jim O’Sullivan

Storm was hit and miss

By Travis Andersen, Andrew Ryan and John R. Ellement

YVONNE ABRAHAM

Boston’s Olympic aspirations

By Yvonne Abraham

Car rented by Angela Menino stolen

By John R. Ellement and Wesley Lowery

CAMBRIDGE

Harvard names new undergraduate dean

By Matt Rocheleau

BOSTON

Maine man arrested at South Station with stolen guns

By Catalina Gaitan and Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Thousands exhausting heating aid as temperatures plunge

Valerie Perry of Dorchester, whose 92-year-old father, Frederick Alston, lives with her, says she has already spent $1,140 on heat this winter.

By Erin Ailworth

About 50,000 Mass. heating oil customers have used up their fuel assistance for the season, and added funding is tied up in Washington.

Nonprofit points to benefits of preventing evictions

With help from HomeStart, Josephine Pizziferri was able to keep her family in their Jamaica Plain apartment.

By Megan Woolhouse

The state could reduce homelessness and save millions by finding ways to prevent evictions from public housing, a new report argues.

Boston startup Mendix raises $25 million

By Michael B. Farrell

The company, which relocated from the Netherlands two years ago, hopes to double its workforce in the next year.

Obituaries

Thomas Ferrick, 84; Harvard’s first humanist chaplain

Mr. Ferrick never stopped asking questions during his  time serving as a priest.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Ferrick was instrumental in building a foundation for locally-based humanist communities across the country, his successor at Harvard said.

Quail Dobbs, 72; best known as rodeo clown

In a photo provided by the clown, Quail Dobbs was lifted in 1970 by a bull during a rodeo in Hill City, Kansas.

Mr. Dobbs spent 35 years as a rodeo clown before becoming a judge in West Texas.

Sports

celtics 113, wizards 111 (OT)

Celtics break road losing streak with overtime win

Jeff Green was defended by Bradley Beal of the Wizards. Green had 39 points, a season high.

By Baxter Holmes

Jeff Green had 39 points and Phil Pressey added 20 as the Celtics ended a 10-game road losing streak.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots need more talent

Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s job will get easier if Patriots GM Bill Belichick secures better players, writes Christopher L. Gasper.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Bill Belichick should cut himself a break and build a team that doesn’t force him to use every ounce of his coaching acumen to make a title contender.

on football

An offseason plan for the Patriots

One move the Patriots could make: slap the franchise tag on cornerback Aqib Talib.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots’ roster needs some serious retooling, particularly on offense, where skill positions need an upgrade.

G: Style

Television Review

‘The Fighters’ comes out swinging

Peter Welch (left) talks between rounds with boxer Matt Phinney in the new Discovery show “The Fighters.”

By Julian Benbow

The Discovery Channel’s new South Boston-based reality show peels back the layers on the fighters, trainers, and promoters to turn the fight into a story.

Television Review

Law and disorder on ‘Rake’

Greg Kinnear plays lawyer Keegan Deane in “Rake.”

By Sarah Rodman

The degree to which viewers will enjoy the new series will depend on how high their threshold is for watching a talented person repeatedly sabotage themselves.

Greg Kinnear a likable mess in new role

Kinnear at the Television Critics Association press tour.

By Sarah Rodman

Kinnear returns on Fox as the narcissistic, self-destructive mess of a lawyer Keegan Deane in “Rake.”

Globe North

Woburn

Cap on livery drivers lifted

By Christian M. Wade

Two years after imposing a moratorium on taxi and livery licenses amid a glut of operators, the Woburn City Council is beginning to ease restrictions.

Salisbury

No new beach sand until spring

Salisbury Beach in January 2013.

By David Rattigan

Residents are fighting over sand in Salisbury that protects their homes from damaging winter waves.

Marblehead native uses soaps to better lives

Erin Zaikis with some of the girls of Seva Sadan Society in Mumbai, India, in 2009.

By Maureen Mullen

Erin Zaikis, 24, makes soaps by hand, with a portion of the proceeds going to child welfare organizations in Southern Ghana, Thailand, and India.

Globe South

A welcome flow of help keeping water at bay

The sea wall at Nantasket Beach was the beneficiary of a face lift in 2006, and now the  bar-rier protecting Hull’s Stoney Beach is in line for repairs with the help of a state grant.

By Johanna Seltz

Hull received $2.75 million to repair about 2,500 feet of the Stoney Beach sea wall. Marshfield, Canton and Plymouth are also getting state funds.

Milton, Canton reach deal on separating water systems

By Dave Eisenstadter

The new agreement for Canton and Milton to disconnect their water systems could force Milton to make as much as $6 million in upgrades.

New church for a growing community in Plymouth

Construction work continues on the new church in Manomet in preparation  for its consecration ceremony planned for this Sunday.

By Emily Sweeney

St. Bonaventure Parish is preparing to open a larger meeting place in Plymouth on Sunday, and excitement is building.

More Stories

Middleborough traffic plan OK’d

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Behind the scenes

Adams site offers restoration insights

By Robert Knox

Freetown

Santa court case rescheduled

By Juliet Pennington

Kingston

Town offices up for grabs

By Robert Knox

Middleborough

Celebrating the herring

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Marion

Group sponsors solar conference

By Paul Kandarian

Randolph

Community forum allows direct access to officials

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Globe West

Baseball complex coming to life in Northborough

A photo provided by New England Baseball Enterprises depicts the construction work already underway at the site of its developmental complex near routes 9 and 20 in Northborough.

By Scott Van Voorhis

A former Red Sox executive has found his field of dreams across the street from the local mall.

Milford

Tensions fading after casino vote

By Ellen Ishkanian

Voters overwhelmingly told Foxwoods that Milford would not welcome a casino, and things appear to be back to normal.

Adventures of a medieval manuscript expert

Lisa Fagin Davis studies Boston Public Library treasures.

By Kathleen Burge

Lisa Fagin Davis of Newton has located hand-written medieval manuscripts in university libraries as part of her virtual road trip around the country.