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Coakley makes weak early showing at caucuses

Attorney General Martha Coakley is markedly trailing Treasurer Steven Grossman at the Democratic caucuses.

Key figure in Brockton marijuana business faced lawsuits

Douglas Noble has been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts run up by health care facilities he co-owned.

Patrick says he will look into death at Bridgewater

Governor Deval Patrick also said the search for answers to the questions surrounding Joshua Messier’s death is continuing.

Nick Pretti and Davis Foster of Wellesley tried out the Liberty Teller ATM at South Station Wednesday.

Tech Lab

You can buy bitcoins at South Station

The world’s newest currency is now available in Boston. Geeks will be excited, but it’s merchants who will decide the fate of the virtual money.

Marathon bombing victim Gillian Reny and her mother, Audrey Epstein Reny, were back at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for another appointment on Tuesday.

Marathon bombing victim builds on her recovery

Doctors saved Gillian Reny’s mangled leg after the attack; now her family is raising funds for trauma research.

The Nation

New guidelines urge fewer caesarean births

By Deborah Kotz

Two prominent medical groups issued guidelines calling for doctors to let first-time mothers remain in labor longer.

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

Esther Miller, a clergy abuse victim, listened at a news conference Wednesday as a $13 million settlement with the archdiocese on behalf of 17 abuse survivors was disclosed.

By Gillian Flaccus

The detectives investigating allegations against Nicolas Aguilar Rivera got the names of the boys from parish families.

Parents who opposed medical care for child are sentenced

By Maryclaire Dale

Herbert and Catherine Schaible tried to pray over their 8-month-old son last year as he died of treatable pneumonia.

The World

4 killed in Beirut suicide blast

Firefighters in Lebanon worked at the site of an explosion near an Iranian cultural center.

By Diaa Hadid

The explosions have embittered and angered residents, who said they face an unknown enemy seeking to kill them because of their faith.

Thai court sets limits on crackdown

Antigovernment protesters called for the prime minister’s resignation during a rally near her office on Wednesday.

By Thomas Fuller

A Bangkok civil court Wednesday sharply curtailed the powers of the authorities and barred them from dispersing protesters.

Indian state to free 7 in assassin plot

By Neha Thirani Bagri

The seven men were convicted of plotting the 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of India.

Editorial & Opinion

EDWARD L. GLAESER

Don’t bank on USPS

By Edward L. Glaeser

The US Postal Service is offering to provide financial services, but the idea comes with potential problems.

JOAN VENNOCHI

A tragedy, and Patrick ducks again

By Joan Vennochi

Governor Patrick has had too little to say about the death of Joshua Messier at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Alex Beam

Serious drought? Not in L.A.

A visitor plays in a fountain in L.A.

By Alex Beam

Parts of California are seeing a severe drought, but not the cities that prepared for just such an occurrence.

Metro

Patrick says he will look into death at Bridgewater

By Michael Rezendes

Governor Deval Patrick also said the search for answers to the questions surrounding Joshua Messier’s death is continuing.

Key figure in Brockton marijuana business faced lawsuits

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

Douglas Noble has been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts run up by health care facilities he co-owned.

Coakley makes weak early showing at caucuses

In the monthlong caucus process, Attorney General Martha Coakley trails Treasurer Steven Grossman so far, but she leads by a wide margin in polls among the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Democratic voters.

By Jim O’Sullivan and Frank Phillips

Attorney General Martha Coakley is markedly trailing Treasurer Steven Grossman at the Democratic caucuses.

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Alumnus donates $150 million to Harvard

By Marcella Bombardieri

2 cows die after Framingham barn roof caves in

By Jaclyn Reiss, Joanne Rathe and Martin Finucane

Business

Tech Lab

You can buy bitcoins at South Station

Nick Pretti and Davis Foster of Wellesley tried out the Liberty Teller ATM at South Station Wednesday.

By Hiawatha Bray

The world’s newest currency is now available in Boston. Geeks will be excited, but it’s merchants who will decide the fate of the virtual money.

State board is against Partners takeover plan

By Robert Weisman

The Health Policy Commission is warning that the planned takeover of South Shore Hospital would drive up costs.

Ukraine’s president strains to keep grip

Antigovernment protesters used a compressed-air cannon to launch a Molotov cocktail toward police at Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday.

By Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer

After launching an offensive to take back Kiev, the Ukrainian authorities were clearly concerned about maintaining control.

Obituaries

Doug Mohns, 80; was Bruins All-Star

Playing for Boston from 1953 to 1964, Doug Mohns became the first defenseman to tally 20 goals for the Bruins.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Mohns, who played for the Bruins from 1953 to 1964, was the team’s first defenseman to score 20 goals in a season.

Eric Stork, 87; enforced exhaust rules at EPA

By Bart Barnes

Mr. Stork watched over automakers’ compliance with the EPA’s rules on exhaust emissions and was known as “Mr. Clean Air.”

Sports

On the olympics

Best team in the Olympics? It’s the US

Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Kesler (17), Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk (21) celebrate Kessel’s goal that gave the US a 5-1 lead over the Czech Republic. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

By John Powers

It will be no miracle this time if the United States wins the gold in hockey.

US vs. Canada | Noon, NBC

US, Canada meet for women’s hockey gold

Meghan Agosta scored for Canada in the first meeting.

By John Powers

The United States women’s team lost to Canada earlier in the tournament, but the US is ready for the rematch.

US women take silver and bronze in bobsled

The sledders in USA-1, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, cross the finish area to win the silver medal.. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

By Shira Springer

The Canadian team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse rallied for gold; Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator were 11th.

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US 5, Czech Republic 2

US men reach hockey semifinals

By John Powers

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox set for first full-squad workout

By Peter Abraham

Dan Shaughnessy

David Ortiz motivated by ‘haters’

By Dan Shaughnessy

bc 62, syracuse 59 (ot)

Emotional BC shocks No. 1 Syracuse

By Julian Benbow

city boys’ hockey championship

Latin Academy takes 7th straight city crown

By Craig Forde

Boston Universitty 71, American 62

Terriers capture key Patriot League showdown

By Anthony Gulizia

Suns 100, Celtics 94

Celtics lose to Suns

By Baxter Holmes

city boys’ basketball semifinals

East Boston, New Mission advance to title game

By Emily McCarthy

dispatches from sochi

Wild celebration minus suds

Finland 3, Russia 1

Russia eliminated by Tuukka Rask, Finland

By Greg Beachem

G: Style

Lindsay Degen, knitwear’s rising star

“All of the textiles come from just experimenting,” says designer Lindsay Degen (pictured in her studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.) about the different looks in her line of knitwear clothes.

By Rachel Raczka

The designer perfected her craft at RISD, and now her whimsical and eccentric designs helped kick off New York Fashion Week.

From dowdy to divine on ‘Downton’

Laura Carmichael steps out as the newly stylish Lady Edith on “Downton Abbey.’’

By Christopher Muther

Laura Carmichael steps out as the newly stylish Lady Edith on “Downton Abbey.’’

Want a ‘Downton’ wedding tiara? It will cost you.

Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) in her wedding outfit.

By Christopher Muther

You can have a wedding just like Lady Mary Crawley of “Downton Abbey” — if you have $200,000 to spare.

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Book REview

‘The Caregivers’ by Nell Lake

By Kate Tuttle

Ask Martha

Snow shovel — and shoveling — tips

By Martha Stewart

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

The week ahead: Nightlife

By Milva DiDomizio

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Handyman on Call

Cleaning antifreeze stains on driveway

By Peter Hotton

Bargain Bin

Sikara & Co. jewelry mark down

By Ami Albernaz

Names

Casting begins for local pilot

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

DeCordova celebrates Corporate Night in Kendall

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Jillian Jensen stays determined after ‘Idol’ loss

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Artist from Milton wins big makeup honor

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Snochi’ gets big in Central Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Eliza Dushku visits the MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

John Legend celebrates swimsuits with Chrissy Teigen

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Bangor’s casino experience may offer guidance to Revere

Table games and slot machines at the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway have brought an infusion of cash, but not the social costs predicted by opponents, according to officials in Bangor.

By Kathy McCabe

What’s happened in Bangor is of interest in Revere, where residents on Tuesday will vote on a proposal to allow a $1.3 billion resort casino.

Rockport

US is urged to redo new flood zone charts

Rockport public works boss Don Greel supervised repairs to Marmion Way after a February 2013 storm.  The town has successfully challenged new US flood zone maps.

By Christian M. Wade

A recent challenge by the town of Rockport has raised questions about the scientific methodology used to redraw the coastal high-hazard zones.

For Ipswich mechanic, rebuilding ’57 Chevy a labor of love

The 1957 Chevrolet pickup restored in Ipswich by Dick Theriault.

By Bill Griffith

Dick Theriault, who specializes in classic car repairs and restorations, recently finished rebuilding a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 half-ton pickup truck, piece by careful piece.

Globe South

Duxbury

Town keeping wary eye on lab property

The Battelle Institute is selling the 12-acre waterfront property adjacent to Snug Harbor.

By Jean Lang

Officials in Duxbury are watching what might take the place of the Battelle Memorial Institute on its 12-acre waterfront property.

Brockton

Police chief has big plans to make city safer

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Dozens of new faces will join the Brockton’s detective unit, part of a new specialized task force.

More public schools try out student uniforms

School uniforms have been the rule for four years at the Huntington School in Brockton, where officials say they have been well received. Above from left, fifth-graders Ricardo Rodrigues, Brian Brandao, Marcelino Veiga (seated), and Giovanni Matos (at rear).

By Emily Sweeney

Uniforms, which have long been a fact of life for students at private and parochial schools, are gradually making their way into more public schools across the country.

Globe West

HOPKINTON

Ice rink one step closer to reality

A rendering of the rink, which would involve nine acres at Legacy Farms.

By Justin A. Rice

Perhaps nobody feels the need for an indoor ice rink in Hopkinton more than Chris MacPherson every Tuesday morning during hockey season.

Acton church offers itself as place for face-to-face interactions

A flute concert by the Harmonie Transverse ensemble was this month’s Second Saturday activity at South Acton Congregational Church.

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

On the second Saturday of each month, the South Acton Congregational Church opens its doors to the community.

Family company widens options for people with genetic disorder

Cambrooke Therapeutics cofounder Lynn Paolella of Wayland.

By Kathleen Burge

When Lynn Paolella’s two youngest children were born with a rare metabolic disorder called PKU, the only treatment was a lifetime spent avoiding most foods.