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DCF found to have missed many visits

Olga I. Roche, Department of Children and Families chief, was grilled for four hours.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

A report said the child welfare agency’s failure to regularly check on families may be widespread.

Jailed House rep. called before disciplinary panel

The extraordinary step comes as lawmakers try to force Representative Carlos Henriquez’s resignation.

Brandeis paid ex-president millions more

Jehuda Reinharz’s pay sparked controversy after the Globe reported he earned more than $600,000 in 2011 to serve part-time.

“Who wants to sit in Boston traffic in the winter?” asked Greg Ralich, who’d rather be pedaling.

Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff

Welcoming the winter cycle

While many riders hang up their bikes during the cold months, on any given winter day people are taking as many as 14,000 trips around Boston.

Chet Curtis on the set at NECN in 2011.

Chet Curtis, longtime Boston TV news anchor, dies at 74

Curtis gained fame coanchoring with then-wife Natalie Jacobson and was known for his professionalism and ability to ad lib.

The Nation

US accuses firm that vetted Snowden of fraud

Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden in a video released by WikiLeaks Oct. 11, 2013.

By Pete Yost

The company allegedly submitted at least 665,000 investigations that had not been properly completed.

Virginia’s attorney general to fight gay marriage ban

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring spoke at a news conference at his office, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va., where he said he now supports gay marriage.

By Steve Szkotak

Gay marriage moved closer to gaining its first foothold in the South.

Super PAC ramps up for Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December 2013.

By Nicholas Confessore

The largest liberal super political action committee in the country has begun raising money to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton president.

The World

Syrian official questions point of peace talks

‘‘The road to negotiations has begun,’’ opposition chief Ahmad al-Jarba told reporters on Thursday, even as he described President Bashar Assad as ‘‘part of the past.’’

By Zeina Karam

Syria’s foreign minister questioned both the point of the talks and the legitimacy of the Syrian National Coalition.

In Ukraine, calls to keep a shaky truce

Policeman blocked Bankova street on Jan. 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

By Yuras Karmanau and Maria Danilova

A top opposition leader urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed this week.

S. Sudan cease-fire signed

By Nicholas Kulish

Both sides promised to lay down their arms. But they have also said that a cessation of hostilities would be a temporary measure.

Editorial & Opinion

Joan wickersham

How to boil water — and heat a college campus

By Joan Wickersham

When discussing biomass as a heating method, consider not just what the principle or law or technology is, but how it is being applied.

SCOT LEHIGH

Patrick whiffs on anti-privatization law

Governor Deval Patrick outlines his budget.

By Scot Lehigh

It’s too bad Patrick doesn’t have more of a reform impulse concerning what is considered the strictest anti-privatization statute in the nation.

Cathy Young

Bias clouds campus assault solutions

By Cathy Young

Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s initiative to combat sexual assault and rape is likely to stigmatize men and infantilize women.

Metro

DCF found to have missed many visits

Olga I. Roche, Department of Children and Families chief, was grilled for four hours.

By Michael Levenson

A report said the child welfare agency’s failure to regularly check on families may be widespread.

Chet Curtis, longtime Boston TV news anchor, dies at 74

Chet Curtis on the set at NECN in 2011.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Curtis gained fame coanchoring with then-wife Natalie Jacobson and was known for his professionalism and ability to ad lib.

Jailed House rep. called before disciplinary panel

State Representative Carlos Henriquez was handcuffed after being sentenced.

By Jim O’Sullivan and Andrew Ryan

The extraordinary step comes as lawmakers try to force Representative Carlos Henriquez’s resignation.

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Kevin Cullen

Chet Curtis was an anchor of a golden era

By Kevin Cullen

HANOVER, N.H.

Dartmouth to join edX online collaborative

By Matt Rocheleau

Business

Welcoming the winter cycle

“Who wants to sit in Boston traffic in the winter?” asked Greg Ralich, who’d rather be pedaling.

By Callum Borchers

While many riders hang up their bikes during the cold months, on any given winter day people are taking as many as 14,000 trips around Boston.

Mass. job growth best since 2000

By Megan Woolhouse

The state economy added more than 10,000 jobs in December as it capped its best year for job growth since the dot-com era.

Boston public food market set for construction

By Casey Ross

The market will allow consumers to buy directly from local farmers, fishermen, ranchers, and winemakers.

Obituaries

John McGinty, 73; Medal of Honor recipient

Staff Sergeant McGinty was modest about his heroism.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. McGinty, a retired Marine Corps captain, received the honor for his efforts to lead, protect, and rally his outnumbered platoon during an assault in Vietnam.

Alexandros Petersen, Central Asia scholar; at 29

Alexandros Petersen sent home a photo of himself taken in western China near Tajikistan in April 2012.

By Carol Morello

Mr. Petersen was among 21 people, including three Americans, who were killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan attributed to the Taliban.

Sports

dan shaughnessy

Red Sox offseason has been quiet . . . too quiet?

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Sox can lose their starting center fielder, shortstop, and catcher and hear nothing but applause.

Amherst hockey player a voice for gay rights

On the ice, Amherst’s Avery Stone has boundless energy, and off it, she is a tireless campaigner against homophobic attitudes.

By Stan Grossfeld

Avery Stone is an outspoken voice against homophobia in athletics, including at her own school.

Jon Lester willing to take discount to stay with Red Sox

Red Sox ace Jon Lester (rear) hugs teammate Jonny Gomes during Thursday’s events at the Copley.

By Peter Abraham

Lester, who is signed through 2014, said he hopes to start negotiations with the Red Sox in spring training.

G: Arts & Movies

2014 Grammy Awards

Globe critics forecast the Grammy winners

 Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Macklemore, David Bowie.

By James Reed and Sarah Rodman

With no obvious front-runner, nearly every genre is contending for a sliver of the pie at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

2014 grammy awards

Singer Kacey Musgraves is on the rise

By James Reed

The country singer-songwriter’s four nominations for Grammy awards speak to just how broad her appeal is.

Penn & Teller’s popularity is no illusion

Penn Jillette (left) and Raymond Teller.

By Nick A. Zaino III

The magicians have performed on Broadway, spent the past 13 years headlining their own Las Vegas show, had their own movie, and published books.

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Classical Notes

Poga wrapping it up as BSO’s assistant conductor

By David Weininger

Photography Review

Making a case for color at the PRC

By Mark Feeney

Critic’s Notebook

Photography seen from outside and in

By Mark Feeney

Movie Review

‘Shelter’ values preaching over acting

By Peter Keough

Television Review

Up close and familial with ‘Mitt’

By Mark Feeney

Book Review

‘The Story of Music’ by Howard Goodall

By Jon Garelick

Scene & Heard

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz make a dynamic duo

By Jon Garelick

Noisy Neighbors

John Stein and the Mingotan Project, ‘Emotion’

By Jon Garelick

High Five

The fusion of Lotus

By Alex Stills

Album Review

The Beatles, served American style

By Colin Fleming

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Minding his manners

Names

Bruins play with students at Perkins

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Neil Patrick Harris is Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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B.J. Novak makes a book trailer

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Zut alors! Carla Bruni cancels Berklee gig

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Hotel Chocolat opens on Newbury Street

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Musician Steven Feifke brings his jazz back home

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein