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The Nation

As energy chief, Ernest Moniz is man in the middle

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will need his political savvy in advancing the president’s agenda.

By Matt Viser

The former MIT professor tries to balance environment and industry to cut carbon.

Railroads, US reach pact on crude oil safety

Emergency personnel examined overturned oil tank cars after a train derailment near Vandergrift, Pa., on Feb. 13.

By Matthew Brown and Joan Lowy

The new safety steps would begin going into effect in late March and be fully in place by July 1.

Detroit offers plan to escape bankruptcy

The city of Detroit told a bankruptcy judge it plans to spend $1.5 billion on improvements.

By Monica Davey and Mary Williams Walsh

The city proposes to give unsecured creditors “about 20 percent recovery on their claims” in the form of new securities.

The World

In Kiev, hard-fought accord shows signs of cracks

Protesters in Liberty Square still seethed.

By Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer

Angry protesters shouted down opposition members of the Ukrainian Parliament who negotiated a deal aimed at ending the violence.

8 guilty in protest tied to Vladimir Putin’s inauguration

Officers detained protesters on Friday in Moscow after the verdicts were handed down.

By Kathy Lally

The charges are widely viewed as putting the opposition on notice that dissent would not be tolerated.

Ukraine crisis adds strain to US-Russia relations

By Peter Baker

While the two sides were facing off over Ukraine’s future, the prospect of renewed summitry appeared problematic.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Simon Saradzhyan

Threat of a failed Ukraine

Protesters advanced toward new positions in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday.

By Simon Saradzhyan

More than 20 years since its independence, the country is still lacking cultural and political cohesion.

opinion | Lou Ureneck

Youth in search of economic justice

An antigovernment protester manned a barricade in Kiev Friday.

By Lou Ureneck

The protests are mostly the consequences of a nation beset by economic problems resulting in a chasm between the rich and poor.

LAWRENCE HARMON

At DCF, death’s sad calculation

By Lawrence Harmon

Firing Olga Roche won’t change the fact that children will die on the watch of even the most able public administrator.

Metro

With wintry weather, scourge of potholes plague region

Potholes, like the one above on East Broadway, can claim a hubcap, as one did on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. A cobblestone history is revealed on Berkeley Street.

By Martine Powers

Below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall have created the perfect storm of broken axles and gashed roads.

Opiates taking heavy toll on Cape

A sampling of the 18,000 prescription pills stolen from a Hyannis pharmacy last year.

By Brian MacQuarrie

The overdoses “have become almost an epidemic problem down here,” a Yarmouth official said.

Operators must now walk E. Boston drawbridge before raising it

Aura Garcia, a mother of two, was crushed to death on the Meridian Street Bridge in an accident Dec. 31.

By Meghan E. Irons

The rule change comes after a grisly Dec. 31 accident where an East Boston woman walking over the crossing was killed while it opened.

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A race from winters past

By Billy Baker

BURLINGTON

Burlington Mall reopens after sinkhole incident

By Jacqueline Tempera

BOSTON

Police investigate sexual incident in East Boston

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Business

Logan tests dogs in new bomb-detection role

A bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois at South Station in 2004.

By Katie Johnston

Dogs trained to screen passengers, not just baggage or cargo, are the latest addition to aviation security efforts.

Wayfair enlists banks to be IPO underwriters

By Callum Borchers

The Boston-based online homegoods retailer would be the second local tech firm to go public in 2014.

Fossil fuels remain at the forefront, energy expert says

“Renewables [energy sources] will grow a lot, but they still will be ... a relatively small part” of energy consumption, said Daniel Yergin, a global energy expert.

By Erin Ailworth

Daniel Yergin predicted use of renewable energy sources will increase significantly, but oil, coal, and gas will still dominate the energy mix.

Obituaries

Garrick Utley, 74; veteran TV journalist

An opera buff, Garrick Utley hosted ‘‘Live from the Met’’ for PBS.

By Frazier Moore

Mr. Utley’s far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries.

M. Elizabeth Tidball, 84; studied women’s-only colleges

By Emily Langer

Dr. Tidball was known as an advocate for women in academia generally and the sciences in particular.

Paul Colby, 96; owned renowned Greenwich Village club

Peter, Paul and Mary returned to the Bitter End to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Colby’s Bitter End showcased young performers such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Lady Gaga, among others.

Sports

Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in Olympic slalom

Bronze medallist s Kathrin Zettel of Austria, left, and silver medallist Marlies Schild celebrate with US gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin.

By Shira Springer

The 18-year-old’s victory at Sochi made her the first American to take slalom gold since Phil Mahre in 1984.

On hockey

US couldn’t get close to Canada

Jonathan Quick’s 36 saves couldn’t prevent the Americans’ 1-0 loss.

By John Powers

At least this loss wasn’t as wrenching as Vancouver, when Americans had to stand and listen to the roof blow off in tribute to the victors.

First-rate week for NBC’s viewership

Unlike US figure skater Gracie Gold, NBC’s TV ratings did not fall despite not having an American medalist in figure skating.(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

By Chad Finn

NBC Sports Network has seen increased viewership from all of the first 13 days of its coverage from London two years ago.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Bounce is back in Larry Lucchino’s step

By Dan Shaughnessy

red sox notebook

Red Sox expect Chris Capuano to flourish

By Peter Abraham

NFL COMBINE NOTEBOOK

Time for NFL to size up Johnny Manziel

By Ben Volin

Lakers 101, Celtics 92

Celtics fade away in fourth

By Baxter Holmes

bruins notebook

Chris Kelly playing more on wing

By Fluto Shinzawa

on basketball

Brad Stevens has fostered a positive culture

By Gary Washburn

BC 3, UMass-Lowell 0

No. 1 BC’s win ranks highly

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Harvard 83, Penn 63

Crimson feast on turnovers

By Julian Benbow

UMass 80, VCU 75

Chaz Williams, UMass bring down VCU

By Michael Whitmer

College football

Northwestern coach argues against union for players

By Michael Tarm

Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin is back to his winning ways

By Michael Vega

ON FIGURE SKATING

Olympic skating judges did not stack the deck

By John Powers

G: Family

Snowshoeing in the suburbs

Jay Atkinson and his nephews Shane and Owen Bower enjoy a day of snowshoeing at the Methuen town forest.

By Jay Atkinson

A low-cost, low impact, family activity, snowshoeing is the perfect antidote to the sort of cabin fever in mid-winter.

Cost of snowshoeing

Snow shoes

Snowshoes are available for purchase and rental at many sporting goods and outdoor activity stores.

Good spots for snowshoeing

Jay Atkinson’s recommendation on places to try for snowshoeing including Methuen Town Forest.

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Classical Notes

‘Bachpacking’ and the lure of the inventions

By David Weininger

Dance review

Mateo gems shine in new performances

By Karen Campbell

Book Review

‘Half World’ by Scott O’Connor

By Karen Campbell

Music Review

Cédric Tiberghien makes his mark at Longy

By Jeffrey Gantz

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Critic’s Corner

Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

By Christopher Muther

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase