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Walsh pushes parade to end ban on gay groups

Mayor Martin Walsh said he has been trying to broker a deal that will allow gay groups to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston.

DeLeo wants marijuana licenses reviewed

House Speaker Robert DeLeo urged officials to do a thorough review to avoid having to restart the entire licensing process.

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems

New research paves the way for a new generation of prenatal genetic tests to be offered to all pregnant women.

Back Bay resident Debra Bulkeley asked about parking restrictions during a community meeting attended by Police Commissioner William Evans (right), Mayor Martin Walsh, and Marathon officials. The city will be closing parts of Newbury Street and Huntington Avenue to cars on Marathon Day.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

New Boston Marathon security rules issued

The Boston Athletic Association announced restrictions on strollers, backpacks, and runners’ costumes for the race.

tech lab

When our messages vanish, privacy gets a better chance

Apps like Wickr and Confide may be tapping into a growing desire for privacy. But are they as secure as they claim?

The Nation

US judge voids Texas same-sex marriage ban

Plaintiffs Cleopatra De Leon (left), Nicole Dimetman, Mark Phariss, and Victor Holmes discussed the ruling Wednesday.

By Manny Fernandez

A federal judge rules that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the US Constitution.

Arizona governor vetoes religious rights bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and harm its reputation.

By Fernanda Santos

Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays.

Study links age of father to child’s mental health

By Benedict Carey

Children born to middle-aged men are more likely than those born to younger fathers to develop any of a range of mental difficulties.

The World

Ukraine lawmakers name interim leaders

Tens of thousands gathered Wednesday in Kiev’s Independence Square as new government leaders were introduced.

By David M. Herszenhorn and Steven Lee Myers

There is a frenetic effort by establishment politicians to win the backing of the street protesters.

Syrian army kills 175 rebels in ambush

By ALBERT AJI

Syrian army troops on Wednesday killed 175 rebels in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces.

14 patients slain in S. Sudan

Doctors Without Borders returned to a hospital it had evacuated last month and found it had been destroyed.

By Ilya Gridneff

Patients in South Sudan have been shot to death in their hospital beds and medical facilities have been looted.

Editorial & Opinion

Alex Beam

Confessions of a weather geek

By Alex Beam

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Except check the forecasts. Lots of forecasts.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Baker walks bridge with Christie

Charlie Baker is attending a fund-raiser for the Republican Governors Association.

By Joan Vennochi

For Charlie Baker, associating too closely with Chris Christie is a bridge too far.

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Insurance, and a lesson in patience

By Elissa Ely

A phone conversation with an insurance representative proves to be no cup of tea.

Metro

New Boston Marathon security rules issued

Back Bay resident Debra Bulkeley asked about parking restrictions during a community meeting attended by Police Commissioner William Evans (right), Mayor Martin Walsh, and Marathon officials. The city will be closing parts of Newbury Street and Huntington Avenue to cars on Marathon Day.

By Maria Cramer

The Boston Athletic Association announced restrictions on strollers, backpacks, and runners’ costumes for the race.

Walsh pushes parade to end ban on gay groups

The 2013 edition of Boston’s St. Patrick's Day Parade.

By Andrew Ryan

Mayor Martin Walsh said he has been trying to broker a deal that will allow gay groups to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston.

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

New research paves the way for a new generation of prenatal genetic tests to be offered to all pregnant women.

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DeLeo wants marijuana licenses reviewed

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

Business

tech lab

When our messages vanish, privacy gets a better chance

By Hiawatha Bray

Apps like Wickr and Confide may be tapping into a growing desire for privacy. But are they as secure as they claim?

Cape Wind secures $600m loan, developer says

Wind turbines stand clustered offshore in Dronten, the Netherlands.

By Erin Ailworth and Laura Crimaldi

The loan by a Danish firm would partially finance the controversial $2.5 billion project.

Legislation raises question: What is clean energy?

By Erin Ailworth

Should hydroelectricity produced with massive dams be counted as clean energy?

Obituaries

Elaine O’Brien, 58; youthful flight instructor turned Conn. lawmaker

Jim Capillo (left) was taught to fly by Elaine O’Brien when she was barely 20. She had earned a pilot’s license at 17.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. O’Brien, originally from Somerville, secured her pilot’s license at 17, just a few months after learning to drive.

Paco de Lucia, 66; modernized flamenco

Paco de Lucia was best known for his flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music.

By Ciaran Giles

Mr. de Lucia dazzled audiences worldwide with his lightning-speed rhythms and finger work.

Roy Simmons, 57; came out as gay after leaving NFL

At the time of his announcement, Mr. Simmons was the second former NFL player to declare he was homosexual.

By William Yardley

Mr. Simmons played four years in the NFL, three for the Giants and one for the Redskins.

Sports

ON BASEBALL

Why have Red Sox had revolving door at shortstop?

Perhaps Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia will be together for a long time. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

By Nick Cafardo

Dustin Pedroia has played with 17 different shortstops since 2007. Will that trend finally end with Xander Bogaerts?

Dan Shaughnessy

In A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox have MLB’s ‘most hated’

A.J. Pierzynski is expected to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the new Red Sox everyday catcher.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The new Red Sox catcher can be hard-headed with teammates and grating on opponents. But the grizzled veteran just wants to win.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Pedro Martinez wants expanded role with pitchers

Pedro Martinez was back in camp and ready for some fun with ex-teammate David Ortiz.

By Nick Cafardo

The former ace, now a special assistant to the GM, wants to work more with players and do less in the way of “public appearances.”

G: Style

Lady Grey jewelry designers went from dentistry to celebrity

A multifinger ring designed by Lady Grey.

By Jill Radsken

How two MassArt grads — and former dental techs — sank their teeth into jewelry design.

For TAO Dance, there’s artistry in numbers

“All I do is just keep questioning and exploring my ideas, persistently and stubbornly.” says Tao Dance artistic director Tao Ye.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The Beijing-based troupe is presenting two works, “4” and “5,” at the Citi Shubert Theatre.

Movie REview

French documentary ‘Cousin Jules’ moves with rhythms of farm life

“Cousin Jules” follows the life of elderly farmer and blacksmith Jules Guiteaux. The film was shot over five years in a rural town in France’s Burgundy region.

By Ty Burr

Dominique Benicheti’s documentary about an elderly farmer won the top prize at the 1973 Locarno Film Festival and promptly dropped from sight.

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Television Review

Sundance’s ‘Red Road’ leads down dark path

By Sarah Rodman

Bargain Bin

Deals within reach

By Ami Albernaz

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Names

Ben Affleck discusses the Congo in D.C.

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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VIPs celebrate Tom McNaught at the JFK Library

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Motti Lerner in town for Israeli Stage’s ‘Hard Love’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen celebrate anniversary

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Palmer’s Noah Lis is team Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Janet Mock brings ‘Realness’ to Simmons

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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A ribbon cutting for the senses at Berklee

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Cancer survivors warn teens of dangers of tanning, sun exposure

Madison Firsch, a native of Swampscott and survivor of melanoma,  spoke  to students at North Quincy High about the dangers of tanning.

By Juliet Pennington

Some high school students are promising to steer clear of tanning salons after hearing stories from young women dealing with skin cancer.

Tanning bed statistics

Statistics on tanning beds

What does melanoma look like?

The Melanoma Foundation offers the following signs of melanoma, and advises anyone who notices such changes to be checked by a doctor.

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Burlington

Mall to host Diaper Derby

By John Laidler

Tyngsborough

Pieces of historic barn saved

By Karen Sackowitz

Westford

Voter registration deadline Friday

By Brenda J. Buote

Globe South

Paralyzed man determined to regain use of limbs

Nick competed at Boston University.

By Christie Coombs

Nick Malafronte, who become paralyzed in a fall while working at summer camp in Abington, told his mother “I will walk again” after the accident.

Steady rise in taxes for all, with spikes for some

By Dave Eisenstadter

Dedham’s average residential property tax bill rose 68 percent from fiscal 2004 to 2014, one of the highest rates of increase in the state.

Quincy

Quincy Center garage overhaul could get boost from state

By Jessica Bartlett

Legislation that has passed the House includes $10 million to begin design work for a revamped Quincy Center parking garage.

Globe West

Groups work to fill the space caused by parenting company’s closing

New moms (from left) Sarah Mwangi, Sarah Slagsvol and Martha Loring and babies at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center.

By Justin A. Rice

Several local organizations are filling the void left by Isis Parenting by continuing disrupted classes or expanding offerings for new and expecting parents.

Marlborough works to attract more business

CardioFocus group leader Sidney Kong works on high-tech devices.

By John Dyer

The experiences of two companies illustrate the challenges faced by cities and towns in Boston’s western suburbs that are seeking to attract businesses.

Hopkinton

Hotel proposed off West Main Street in Hopkinton

By Ellen Ishkanian

One of the developers of the expansive Legacy Farms project is proposing an eight-story hotel to anchor a housing, retail, and office complex.