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Warren bolsters Democratic party’s funding

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ability to raise money for Democrats is giving her standing beyond her newcomer status.

Patriots fans celebrated a victory at snowy Gillette Stadium in 2003. Owner Robert Kraft will have a strong voice in efforts to bring the Super Bowl to town.

On Football

Boston’s turn to host Super Bowl is coming

Based on the success of last week in the New York area, you can bet that the cold-weather Super Bowl is about to become a “thing.”

Stock market plunges amid worries of sluggish growth

Signs of weakness in the US economy pushed Wall Street to its worst day in an already bad year.

Police patrolled the boardwalk on the Black Sea outside the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.

DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Olympic security in Sochi keeps it low-key

In a day of travel around Sochi, there were encounters that seemed to contradict Vladimir Putin’s vow of an impenetrable “ring of steel.”

Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, who each lost a child in the Newtown, Conn., shootings, spoke at a hearing on gun control  at the Massachusetts State House in September of last year.

Panel urges new controls on guns in Mass.

The panel made 44 recommendations while acknowledging that the state already has among the strictest gun laws in the US.

The Nation

Warren bolsters Democratic party’s funding

Senator Elizabeth Warren

By Noah Bierman

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ability to raise money for Democrats is giving her standing beyond her newcomer status.

Democrats in reelection fights face off with Obama

White House officials said they are aware of the election-year pressures driving some Democrats to oppose Obama on high-profile issues.

By Julie Pace

President Obama is trying to tamp down internal Democratic divisions on issues like trade and energy.

Ex-Chris Christie aide invokes Fifth Amendment

Lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down in September, causing days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.

By David W. Chen and William K. Rashbaum

A former top aide to the governor won’t turn over documents regarding lane closings at the George Washington Bridge.

The World

Al Qaeda cuts ties to group dividing Syria’s rebels

By Rick Gladstone

Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate has been widely blamed in recent months for stoking rebel infighting in Syria’s civil war.

US, Europe working on new finance aid for Ukraine

Riot police stood together facing a barricade of antigovernment protesters in Kiev.

By Alison Smale and Steven Erlanger

The US and Europe are working to salvage a failed effort to bring Ukraine closer to the EU, and to counter Russian pressure.

Man says he drifted 13 months at sea

Jose Salvador Alvarenga was helped off a boat in Majuro, Marshall  Islands, on Monday.

By Nick Perry

Some are skeptical of the validity of 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga’s Pacific Ocean ordeal.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

Ghosts of World War II

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo Dec. 26. The visit caused outrage in China.

By Farah Stockman

How long should it take a country to be forgiven for horrific crimes? Japan, and other nations, are grappling with that question.

TOM KEANE

Cigarette tax is a bad habit for Mass.

A man is silhouetted as he stepped outside of South Station to smoke a cigarette on Nov. 27, 2013.

By Tom Keane

The war on tobacco, including the state’s relatively high cigarette tax, is creating the incentives for a new kind of organized crime through smuggling and black-market sales.

PAUL MCMORROW

There’s no middle ground above the Pike

By Paul McMorrow

The proposed Fenway Center development is at a precipice, and hinges on a city property tax break, the developer says.

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letters | no clear verdict on capital punishment

Death penalty is a lawyers’ tool, and a blunt instrument at that

letters | no clear verdict on capital punishment

We need a real debate on whether death is right punishment

letters | no clear verdict on capital punishment

Case should not be tried by feds in the first place

letters | no clear verdict on capital punishment

Maximum penalty would send clear message

letters | no clear verdict on capital punishment

Life in prison would be best result

Metro

Panel urges new controls on guns in Mass.

Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, who each lost a child in the Newtown, Conn., shootings, spoke at a hearing on gun control  at the Massachusetts State House in September of last year.

By Michael Levenson

The panel made 44 recommendations while acknowledging that the state already has among the strictest gun laws in the US.

Acting Boston fire commissioner’s actions questioned

Acting Fire Commissioner John Hasson was a deputy chief.

By Meghan E. Irons

John Hasson has swiftly reorganized the department’s management and is helping to disband a team of civilians hired to push through changes.

Boston parents prepare to protest school budget cuts

By James Vaznis

The possible cuts, which vary from school to school, include classroom aides and other positions, supplies and materials, and specialized programs.

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Former Hernandez associate shot up Conn. club, police say

By Travis Andersen and Jeremy C. Fox

Kevin Cullen

New Bulger film good, with one large flaw

By Kevin Cullen

Letter carrier charged with stealing mail

By Catalina Gaitan and Jacqueline Tempera

CAMBRIDGE

MIT names new provost, chancellor

By Matt Rocheleau

Business

Cold, supply problems push up propane costs

By Erin Ailworth

More than a quarter-million households in New England that rely on propane gas for heating are facing higher bills.

New complex unites Vertex employees

Spaces for informal gatherings are dotted throughout Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ halls.

By Robert Weisman

The company’s $800 million South Boston waterfront headquarters brings together its 1,200 employees for the first time.

Stock market plunges amid worries of sluggish growth

About 9.5 billion shares were traded Monday, the most since Dec. 20.

By Nathaniel Popper

Signs of weakness in the US economy pushed Wall Street to its worst day in an already bad year.

Obituaries

Joan Mondale, 83; married politics with art

Joan Mondale and her husband, Walter, after he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for president in 1984.

By Brian Bakst

Mrs. Mondale, wife of vice president Walter Mondale, burnished a reputation as ‘‘Joan of Art’’ for her passionate advocacy.

Raymond Weil, 87; kept Swiss watch industry ticking

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Weil joined a watchmaking vanguard that saved Switzerland’s signature product by redefining it.

Sports

On Football

Boston’s turn to host Super Bowl is coming

Patriots fans celebrated a victory at snowy Gillette Stadium in 2003. Owner Robert Kraft will have a strong voice in efforts to bring the Super Bowl to town.

By Ben Volin

Based on the success of last week in the New York area, you can bet that the cold-weather Super Bowl is about to become a “thing.”

BC 3, BU 1

BC fights off BU to earn Beanpot title berth

After scoring an empty-net goal, Johnny Gaudreau (13) leads his teammates back to the BC bench while passing by a dejected BU bench.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

The Eagles had to get through a very determined group of Terriers before they could celebrate a victory.

NU 6, Harvard 0

Northeastern storms into Beanpot final

Harvard’s starting golie Raphael Girard could only watch after being pulled and Northeastern went on to add to its lead.

By Michael Vega

The Huskies earned their second consecutive berth — and third in the last four years — in the title game after blanking Harvard.

G: Living

Filling time after retirement: Advice for Menino

Thomas M. Menino left his post after 20 years as mayor of Boston.

By Eryn Carlson and Alex Stills

Presumably, former mayor Thomas Menino has a little more time on his hands; we were inspired to help him fill it.

Frame by Frame

‘Saturday Afternoon,’ when the children rule

By Sebastian Smee

American landscape painter Alvan Fisher’s picture evokes a wonderfully elastic, strangely boundless sense of time.

Art Review

Machine dreams at the Addison Gallery

“Ballardvale” by Charles Sheeler at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

By Mark Feeney

The US long viewed industry more with excitement than fear. Those responses, and others, are on display here.

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Book Review

‘Praying Drunk’ by Kyle Minor

By John Domini

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

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Peter DuBois remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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New screen role for Matt Damon at Harvard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Serious side to the Bruins’ Casino Night

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Olympic delegate Caitlin Cahow promotes diversity

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Beers and beards at Foundry on Elm

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Steven Tyler maximizes his Super Bowl fun

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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MFA hosts students from Perkins School

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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John Shea casts for a Nantucket film

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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