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Talks on hospital merger break down

Negotiations to forge an alliance between Beth Israel, Lahey Health, and Atrius Health stumbled over merge issues.

Mayor taps pair to lead antiviolence initiative

A Suffolk County prosecutor and former probation officer will lead the Mayor’s Safety Initiative, aimed at curbing violence.

Communities taking frank approach after teen suicides

More schools are confronting the issue explicitly, guided by specialists who say an open discussion can help support troubled students.

Lily Jones, nearly 2, was captivated at Candlewick Press, the children’s book publisher that’s won critical acclaim.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Somerville publisher finds big success

Candlewick Press is enjoying a string of critical successes when most other publishing houses have fled Boston.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrived for the Super Bowl earlier this month.

No, no, not again, Mitt Romney says

Romney denies running for president a third time, but some supporters keep chatter of a 2016 campaign alive.

The Nation

No, no, not again, Mitt Romney says

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrived for the Super Bowl earlier this month.

By Matt Viser

Romney denies running for president a third time, but some supporters keep chatter of a 2016 campaign alive.

Obama says US must rethink its use of water

By Darlene Superville

President Obama drew a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change.

Va. gay marriage supporters celebrate

Gay and lesbian couples in Virginia will not be able to get marriage licenses immediately.

By Erik Eckholm

The ruling was the first to overturn one of the state amendments banning same-sex marriage that prevail in the South.

The World

Geneva talks on Syria are at an impasse

By Zeina Karam and John Heilprin

Senior US and Russian officials traded accusations over who was to blame for the stalemate.

C. African Republic refugees are turned back

Thousands of Muslims fled in a convoy that tried to move through the capital, the second such mass exodus in a week.

By Jerome Delay and Krista Larson

The convoy was turned back as France announced it would send 400 more soldiers to its former colony.

Car bomb at mosque in Syria kills dozens

By Diaa Hadid and Bassem Mroue

The attack killed dozens of people and filled clinics and hospitals with the wounded, antigovernment activists said.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Teen suicide’s tragic lure

Lila McCain and Brian Douglas, parents of suicide victim Karen Douglas, attended Tuesday’s community meeting at Newton South High School about teen suicide.

By Lawrence Harmon

Many experts reject the notion of “suicide contagion,” but startling statistics could be explained by such a phenomenon.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Eric Holder’s civil rights resurgence

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The US attorney general has spent the past several months restoring compassion and sanity to criminal justice.

RENÉE LOTH

Urban beach maintenance at an ebb

By Renée Loth

State support has been slipping since the financial collapse of 2008, and is now below the level of 2006, according to the Metropolitan Beaches Commission.

Metro

Communities taking frank approach after teen suicides

Lila McCain, mother of Karen Douglas, with Mayor Setti Warren (center) and schools chief David Fleishman of Newton.

By Peter Schworm and Ellen Ishkanian

More schools are confronting the issue explicitly, guided by specialists who say an open discussion can help support troubled students.

Mayor taps pair to lead antiviolence initiative

By Meghan E. Irons

A Suffolk County prosecutor and former probation officer will lead the Mayor’s Safety Initiative, aimed at curbing violence.

Toddler’s death heartbreaking for 2 guardians

Lucas with his sister and their guardians, Elizabeth Cavallini (left) and Sheryl Erb. The cause of his death is still under investigation. Erb is a cousin of the children’s mother.

By Jenna Russell and Patricia Wen

The death of the child, who was found unresponsive in his crib Thursday morning, remains under investigation.

More Stories

Voting history of Juliette Kayyem has some misses

By Jim O’Sullivan and Todd Wallack

Suffolk official pays fine over campaign violations

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy

Two cows struck and killed on Cape

By Jacqueline Tempera

BELMONT

Child rape suspect captured in Colombia

By Jennifer Smith

Business

Talks on hospital merger break down

A nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

By Robert Weisman

Negotiations to forge an alliance between Beth Israel, Lahey Health, and Atrius Health stumbled over merge issues.

Storm weather leads to surge in flight cancellations

More than 4,700 flights, or nearly 7 percent of those scheduled, have been canceled at Logan, from December to February 2014.

By Erin Ailworth

The number of flights canceled at Logan has nearly doubled since Dec. 1 compared to approximately the same period a year ago.

US offers banks rules on marijuana

US guidelines have been crafted so banks can serve legal marijuana dispensaries.

By Pete Yost

The guidance was intended to make banks feel more comfortable working with legal marijuana businesses that are licensed.

Obituaries

Robert E. Cooke, 93; helped create Head Start

Dr. Cooke called Head Start “probably the most successful social experiment of the 20th century.’’

By Bruce Weber

Dr. Cooke was a pediatrician who helped Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson create initiatives to benefit children.

Jim Fregosi, 71, All-Star shortstop, gregarious manager

Mr. Fregosi (right) had a fiery style. After an 18-year playing career, he managed parts of 15 seasons in the majors.

By David O’Brien

Mr. Fregosi had an 18-year playing career that included six All-Star seasons with the Angels. He managed parts of 15 seasons in the majors.

Paul Ash, at 84; grew family’s music store into chain

The are 46 Sam Ash stores in the United States. Above, an Ash store in New York.

By Douglas Martin

Today, 46 Sam Ash music stores are scattered across the US, selling instruments, recording equipment, and much more.

Sports

dan shaughnessy

Reporting will certainly warm us this year

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Mass Pike looks like the halfpipe run in Sochi. Have we ever been more ready for spring training?

red sox notebook

Jake Peavy sustains injury to pitching hand

Red Sox righthander Jake Peavy leaves for the day with his pitching hand bandaged.

By Peter Abraham

Manager John Farrell said Peavy was accidentally struck by a ball during the informal workout, calling it “nothing serious.”

Noelle Pikus-Pace wins US silver in skeleton

Silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace was all smiles in Sochi. ULIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

By Tim Reynolds

Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold won the gold, finishing nearly a full second faster than Pikus-Pace.

G: Family

Dispute rages over unexcused school absences for travel

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

With winter break upon us, teachers, parents, and experts disagree over the wisdom of pulling kids out for school for longer trips.

Somerville publisher finds big success

Lily Jones, nearly 2, was captivated at Candlewick Press, the children’s book publisher that’s won critical acclaim.

By Matthew Gilbert

Candlewick Press is enjoying a string of critical successes when most other publishing houses have fled Boston.

From the Archives

Boston Flower & Garden Show

By Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite

If you’re craving a little taste of spring and those bulbs you bought off the Internet aren’t quite doing it for you, hold out just a little longer for this year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show.