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School workers in Mass. get new scrutiny

Districts have started fingerprinting employees and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks.

Jailed immigrants face long stays in federal cells

Hundreds awaiting deportation have been kept for months or years, often on what critics say are shaky legal grounds.

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III has taken a distinctly more deliberate path in his first term than his father did.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE GLOBE

A year in, Rep. Kennedy charts his own course

Representative Joseph Kennedy III is a man playing the long game, still figuring out his mission.

After 17 years of training together, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing Monday.

IVAN SEKRETAREV/ASSOCIATED PRESS

ON THE OLYMPICS

Meryl Davis, Charlie White win ice dancing gold

Davis and White became the first US duo to win the Olympic gold medal since the discipline was added to the program in 1976.

Pentagon considers using electricity to stimulate troops’ brains

The Pentagon is exploring a novel way to extend troops’ attention spans: stimulate the brain with low levels of electricity.

The Internet radio station J4Traffic brings traffic reports straight from the commuters. Drivers call from Route 128, for example, to describe accidents that are slowing down traffic or other causes. There have been safety concerns over listeners who are recording audio reports and uploading them via a smartphone app, potentially in violation of the state law against texting while driving.

Traffic radio station prefers humans to high tech

The Internet radio station J4Traffic brings traffic reports straight from the commuters.

The Nation

Pentagon considers using electricity to stimulate troops’ brains

By Bryan Bender

The Pentagon is exploring a novel way to extend troops’ attention spans: stimulate the brain with low levels of electricity.

A year in, Rep. Kennedy charts his own course

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III has taken a distinctly more deliberate path in his first term than his father did.

By Noah Bierman

Representative Joseph Kennedy III is a man playing the long game, still figuring out his mission.

W. Virginia still wary a month after chemical spill

Al Jones, of the West Virginia Department of General Services, tested water on the first floor of the state Capitol.

By Jonathan Mattise and Alex Sanz

State officials have said the running water is suitable for all daily needs, but many residents are not convinced.

The World

UN panel gives scalding report on abuse in N. Korea

Addressing Kim Jong Un, the panel said that it would recommend the situation in North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court.

By Nick Cumming-Bruce

Kim Jong Un may be held liable for crimes against humanity committed by state institutions and officials under his control.

Pope set to open meetings on Vatican finances, family

Pope Francis sent bishops a questionnaire for Catholics to fill out about views on church teaching on family issues.

By Nicole Winfield

Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church.

Syrian rebels name new military chief

Syrian men helped a survivor out of a destroyed building following an attack by Syrian warplanes in the Masaken Hanano neighborhood in Aleppo.

By Zeina Karam

The rebel movement is replacing its military chief with an experienced, moderate field commander from the south.

Editorial & Opinion

TOM KEANE

Is college worth it?

By Tom Keane

Jobs of the future will require greater skills, but not necessarily a degree.

Farah Stockman

Funding the fight against Medicare fraud

By Farah Stockman

Estimates of money squandered on fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and federal children’s health insurance range up to $102 billion annually.

PAUL MCMORROW

No more Fannie, Freddie sequels, please

By Paul McMorrow

A lawsuit seeks to recreate the conditions in which the two companies collapsed, resulting in a $187 billion taxpayer-funded bailout.

Metro

School workers in Mass. get new scrutiny

By James Vaznis

Districts have started fingerprinting employees and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks.

Jailed immigrants face long stays in federal cells

Scott Vitkovic held up a sign to protesters outside the Suffolk County House of Correction at a vigil last year.

By Maria Sacchetti

Hundreds awaiting deportation have been kept for months or years, often on what critics say are shaky legal grounds.

Overdose surge has Taunton reeling

By Zachary T. Sampson and Derek J. Anderson

In the last month and a half, 64 people overdosed in Taunton, five fatally, and the community sees no end to the problem.

Business

Traffic radio station prefers humans to high tech

The Internet radio station J4Traffic brings traffic reports straight from the commuters. Drivers call from Route 128, for example, to describe accidents that are slowing down traffic or other causes. There have been safety concerns over listeners who are recording audio reports and uploading them via a smartphone app, potentially in violation of the state law against texting while driving.

By Callum Borchers

The Internet radio station J4Traffic brings traffic reports straight from the commuters.

Novartis AG buying Cambridge cancer drug firm

By Robert Weisman

Two-year-old CoStim Pharmaceuticals is developing a pipeline of drugs that stimulate a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer.

Boston Capital

Mayor Walsh looks to woo N.Y. financial firms

By Steven Syre

New York’s liberal new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is scaring Wall Street, and some political leaders see this as an opportunity.

Obituaries

Joel A. Kozol, 83; Boston lawyer was first call for clients

Mr. Kozol was skilled at negotiating settlements without going to trial.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Kozol was skilled at negotiating settlements without going to trial.

John Henson, 48; puppeteer who followed father’s path

John Henson with Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit at the Disney/MGM studios in Florida.

The son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson died Friday in New York.

Mary Grace Canfield, 89; played ‘Green Acres’ handywoman

Ms. Canfield appeared on several TV shows during a four-decade career.

Ms. Canfield appeared on several TV shows during a four-decade career.

Sports

Dan shaughnessy

One aborted trade changed Jon Lester’s future

It’s Jon Lester’s turn during fielding practice, as (left to right) John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Jake Peavy await theirs.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Red Sox ace, then only two years out of high school, was included in a deal that would have sent A-Rod to Boston for Manny Ramirez.

Brandon Workman is valued highly by Red Sox

The Red Sox are content with Brandon Workman’s path coming through the bullpen.

By Peter Abraham

With Ryan Dempster out this season, Workman is the first pitcher the Red Sox will look to if a need arises in the rotation.

ON THE OLYMPICS

Meryl Davis, Charlie White win ice dancing gold

After 17 years of training together, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing Monday.

By John Powers

Davis and White became the first US duo to win the Olympic gold medal since the discipline was added to the program in 1976.

G: Living

Transgender student takes national stage

Zach Kerr in his dorm room at Wheelock College.

By Bella English

Zach Kerr, 20, of Methuen, was born a girl, but knew from early on that was wrong. With his family’s support, he’s finding himself – and inspiring others.

Frame by Frame

Finding eternal love at the MFA

By Sebastian Smee

This ancient Etruscan sarcophagus happens to be one of the prize objects in the Museum of Fine Arts.

ALBUM REVIEW | INDIE ROCK

Angel Olsen, ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’

By James Reed

The Chicago-based songwriter and singer of extraordinary range cracks her music wide open here.

More Stories

ALBUM REVIEW | Electronic

Phantogram, ‘Voices’

By Luke O'Neil

ALBUM REVIEW | ALTERNATIVE FOLK

Suzanne Vega, ‘Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’

By Steve Morse

ALBUM REVIEW | INDIE EUROPOP

Sabina, ‘Toujours’

By Rebecca Ostriker

ALBUM REVIEW | R&B

Liv Warfield, ‘The Unexpected’

By Ken Capobianco

Stage Review

World of celebration from Disney on Ice

By Terry Byrne

Music Review

Peering outward, through the notes of a song

By Jeremy Eichler

Movie Stars

Movie Stars

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Will he ever propose?

Names

Meet Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Plenty of love found around Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Charlie Rose will lead Pops by the Sea

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Olympia Dukakis in a New Rep production

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Wright family at Disney on Ice’s ‘Let’s Celebrate!’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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