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Casino firms to fight repeal effort in Mass.

Several casino operators competing for gambling licenses want to keep a proposed repeal of the state casino law off the November ballot.

Former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett received long, emotional welcomes in their first Boston appearances since being traded to the Nets.

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Celtics’ tributes produced cheers and tears

Former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett received emotional welcomes in their first Boston appearances since being traded.

The Rev. William Dickerson preached at an interfaith unity service at the Greater Love Tabernacle Church.

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Long a pillar, church appeals for its own support

Boston residents turned out in force for an interfaith service to help the Greater Love Tabernacle Church raise funds to pay off its debt.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Film puts Internet icon, mission in new focus

Aaron Swartz has come to life again at Sundance in the new documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy.”

Zdeno Chara will carry the flag for Slovakia in Sochi.

For Zdeno Chara, Olympic honor touches home

The Bruins captain, who grew up under Soviet Communist rule, will carry the Slovakian flag into the start of the Winter Games in Russia.

The Nation

Aides say Obama willing to bypass Congress

Obama is expected to call for a higher minimum wage and more infrastructure spending.

By Emmarie Huetteman

The president’s State of the Union address will include courses of action he can take without votes in Congress, aides said.

Brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman taken off life support

Erick Munoz said his wife, Marlise, would not have wanted to remain on life support in such a situation.

By Nomaan Merchant

The hospital keeping her on machines against her family’s wishes acceded to a judge’s ruling that it was misapplying state law.

Maryland mall gunman had no criminal past

The shooting has baffled law enforcement and acquaintances of Aguilar, a quiet teenager.

By Ben Nuckols

The 19-year-old mall gunman was a skateboarding enthusiast who took a taxi to the mall, carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.

The World

Egypt puts presidential vote 1st

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour.

By Sarah El Deeb

Egypt’s interim president promised that a rise in “dark terrorism” would not derail a transition to democracy.

Netanyahu offers twist in peace talks

By Aron Heller

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that all Jewish settlers be able to remain in their homes in a future Palestine.

Demonstrators in Thailand shut down polling stations

Antigovernment protesters listened to a speech by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban in Bangkok. He called on the military to provide protection to their movement.

By Thomas Fuller

Demonstrators are campaigning to suspend democracy and replace Parliament with an unelected “people’s council.”

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Mike Ross

Online retail, real-time jobs in Boston

Niraj Shah, left, and Steve Conine co-founded Wayfair.com in 2002.

By Mike Ross

E-commerce will be here for a long, long time. And in Massachusetts, that is a very good thing.

opinion | Martha Bayles

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: Martin Scorsese’s cynical global ploy

Director Martin Scorsese pauses on the set of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

By Martha Bayles

The company that funded this production is currently negotiating its release with governments that strictly censor films.

opinion | Jennifer Graham

Boston Marathon route needs more protection from cars

By Jennifer Graham

Each weekend that runners train on the course, passing cars are so close that their passengers could hand out bananas.

Metro

Casino firms to fight repeal effort in Mass.

By Mark Arsenault

Several casino operators competing for gambling licenses want to keep a proposed repeal of the state casino law off the November ballot.

Long a pillar, church appeals for its own support

The Rev. William Dickerson preached at an interfaith unity service at the Greater Love Tabernacle Church.

By Meghan E. Irons

Boston residents turned out in force for an interfaith service to help the Greater Love Tabernacle Church raise funds to pay off its debt.

Gubernatorial hopefuls woo Democratic activists

Party activists gathered at the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield Sunday to hear Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor make their pitches for party support. US Senator Edward J. Markey also addressed the crowd.

By Joshua Miller

The five Democrats running for governor made their cases to activists in Pittsfield Sunday.

Business ǀ Science

Scientists get ship backed by Google executive

The RV Falkor and the submersible Nereus.

By Naila Moreira

Wendy Schmidt and her husband, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, are backing the RV Falkor in Woods Hole.

As it shakes up the taxi business, Uber’s a target

Travis Kalanick (left) of Uber created an app so riders can summon a car by smartphone.

By David Streitfeld

The app-based service is being sued by its drivers, who say it is stealing their tips, and competitors are pressing it from all sides.

The Hive

Techstars enrolls a new class of startups

Techstars has unveiled another class of a dozen startups, its seventh in the Boston area and the first at its new location in the Leather District.

Obituaries

Alex Shear, 73, avid acquirer of American kitsch

Mr. Shear’s famous collection comprised some 100,000 items assembled over five decades of ardent accumulation.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Shear’s famous collection comprised some 100,000 items assembled over five decades of ardent accumulation.

Dave Strack, 90; hired first black basketball coach at major university

The former University of Arizona athletic director hired Fred Snowden as the first black basketball coach at an NCAA Division I school.

Sports

Nets 85, Celtics 79

Celtics gracious hosts as Nets claim victory

In the final seconds of Brooklyn’s victory, Kevin Garnett pats the head of former teammate Rajon Rondo. Another ex-Rondo teammate and current Net, Paul Pierce, is at left.

By Baxter Holmes

Sunday was the first game for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston since the Celtics icons were traded last summer.

For Zdeno Chara, Olympic honor touches home

Zdeno Chara will carry the flag for Slovakia in Sochi.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins captain, who grew up under Soviet Communist rule, will carry the Slovakian flag into the start of the Winter Games in Russia.

Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics were lucky to have Paul Pierce

Ex-Celtics great Paul Pierce, who had 6 points, drives on Rajon Rondo in the fourth quarter of his return game at TD Garden.

By Christopher L. Gasper

He’s not the most popular or the most likely to be bronzed Celtic of all-time. But he is one of the team’s all-time greats.

G: Health

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Film puts Internet icon, mission in new focus

“The Internet’s Own Boy” examines Aaron Swartz.

By Ty Burr

Aaron Swartz has come to life again at Sundance in the new documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy.”

Are no-calorie sweeteners safe to eat?

Many Americans have fed their sweet tooth with artificially sweetened diet drinks and snack foods.

By Deborah Kotz

Food and drink makers have increasingly turned to low-calorie sweeteners. But are they healthier than sugar? The answer may surprise you.

Daft Punk wins big at Grammy Awards

Daft Punk accepts the Grammy for record of the year.

By James Reed

At Sunday’s 56th edition of the Grammys, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Daft Punk was the night’s clear victor.

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