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Slot parlor OK’d for Plainville racetrack

The gambling commission Thursday made the milestone selection of Penn National Gaming to build Massachusetts’ first slot machine parlor.

Mass. may give up on still-failing health site

A consultant brought in to help fix issues said one option under consideration is starting fresh with a new website.

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry says she’s ready.

Dorcena Forry wants to uphold St. Patrick’s Day tradition

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry is taking her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast duties seriously, even taking Irish step dance lessons and trying jokes out on her staff.

A retirement date has not been set for the MFA’s Malcolm Rogers.

David L Ryan/Globe staff

MFA director Malcolm Rogers to retire

The director will end his 19-year tenure, which has been marked by massive growth, as soon as a successor is hired.

Foster child Alisia Laboa (left) has been missing since running away from a New Bedford home in December. Jeremiah Oliver (center), 5,  disappeared last year while on the state’s watch. Marlon Devine Santos (right) was 5 months old when he disappeared from his foster home in 1998 and has never been found.

Hundreds may be missing in child welfare system

Despite assurances from the head of the state family agency, hundreds of children in Massachusetts’ welfare system may be missing on any given day.

The Nation

Judge orders Ky. to recognize gay marriages

By Brett Barrouquere

The federal judge’s decision doesn’t affect a lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Chris Christie aides joked about traffic jam at rabbi’s home

By Serge F. Kovaleski and Matt Flegenheimer

The exchange was revealed in documents supplied by a Christie ally as part of an investigation by the New Jersey Legislature.

Obama announces plan to help keep young black men on track

Christian Champagne, 18, of Chicago, introduced President Obama at the White House Thursday at an event where the president introduced his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

By Michael D. Shear

President Obama sought to connect his personal narrative to that of a generation of young people of color in the US.

The World

Grab for power in Crimea raises threat of split

A pro-Russian crowd armed with clubs gathered outside the Crimea regional Parliament building on Thursday.

By Andrew Higgins and Steven Lee Myers

The strife threatens renewed civil conflict and a showdown between Ukraine’s fledgling government and the Kremlin.

US ambassador critical of China in parting speech

By William Wan

Outgoing US Ambassador Gary Locke spoke out for improvement in human rights conditions in the country.

Mexico investigates march for drug lord

The turnout may have to do with uncertainty over the future of the illegal drug business.

By Martin Duran

There are also rumors that protesters were paid and given food and drink, a common practice in the country.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Bridgewater Hospital death a disgrace

At 9:17 p.m. on May 4, 2009, guards at Bridgewater State Hospital begin to place Joshua Messier in four-point restraints. At 9:48, he was taken to Brockton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

By Lawrence Harmon

Joshua Messier’s 2009 death has the earmarks of a crime, and it should be investigated accordingly.

CARLO ROTELLA

The reality of ‘Breaking Boston’

Noelle Trudeau is one of the protagonists on the reality show “Breaking Boston.”

By Carlo Rotella

The A&E reality show is to the Boston movie boom as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is to “Hamlet.”

opinion | Peter Ubertaccio and Maurice T. Cunningham

15-percent rule at party caucuses contributes to democracy

By Peter Ubertaccio and Maurice T. Cunningham

The system of caucuses electing delegates to a party convention with real teeth helps achieve four important goals.

Metro

Slot parlor OK’d for Plainville racetrack

Penn National Gaming chief executive Jay Snowden was all smiles Thursday as the Gaming Commission headed to a vote.

By Mark Arsenault

The gambling commission Thursday made the milestone selection of Penn National Gaming to build Massachusetts’ first slot machine parlor.

Hundreds may be missing in child welfare system

Foster child Alisia Laboa (left) has been missing since running away from a New Bedford home in December. Jeremiah Oliver (center), 5,  disappeared last year while on the state’s watch. Marlon Devine Santos (right) was 5 months old when he disappeared from his foster home in 1998 and has never been found.

By Todd Wallack

Despite assurances from the head of the state family agency, hundreds of children in Massachusetts’ welfare system may be missing on any given day.

Dorcena Forry wants to uphold St. Patrick’s Day tradition

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry says she’s ready.

By Michael Levenson

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry is taking her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast duties seriously, even taking Irish step dance lessons and trying jokes out on her staff.

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GOP event with Christie, Romney raises $1m

By Jim O’Sullivan and Joshua Miller

Kevin Cullen

UMass and the biggest small man in the country

By Kevin Cullen

Business

Northeast Utilities’ Tom May earned $7.6m

Tom May.

By Erin Ailworth

CEO May last year received an increase in salary, stock awards, and cash incentives, but his overall compensation declined.

British coffee chain Caffè Nero coming to Boston

The Caffè Nero scheduled to open soon in Boston will resemble its other shops, such as one in Poland (left) and one in Cyprus (right).

By Taryn Luna

The London-based chain that operates more than 650 coffee shops, is slated to open in Downtown Crossing in April.

Sniffing out trouble at US nuclear plants

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station operators are required to have a sharp sense of smell to help them detect electrical problems.

By Erin Ailworth

Smell tests are an important safety precaution for nuclear plants, which regularly administers them to employees.

Obituaries

Lucien Robert, 87; chef, owner of Maison Robert

Lucien Robert’s restaurant was known for its Dover sole, rack of lamb, and soufflés, and for dishes rarely seen elsewhere.

By Alison Arnett

The landmark Boston restaurant, which operated for 33 years, offered a nightly course in fine dining and gracious service.

Jim Lange, ‘The Dating Game’ host; at 81

“The Dating Game,” with Jim Lange (left), featured a psychedelic set in the 1960s before computers were used.

By Channing Joseph

Though Mr. Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on the ABC show, on which he appeared for more than a decade.

Franny Beecher, 92; lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets

Members of the Comets, including Marshall Lytle (left) and Franny Beecher, performed at the Gibson Guitar Studio.

Mr. Beecher was a member of the band which helped kick off the rock ’n’ roll era with the hit ‘‘Rock Around the Clock.”

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

‘Exciting’ return for Grady Sizemore

Grady Sizemore comes out of the dugout for his first at-bat in Thursday’s game against Northeastern. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Dan Shaughnessy

Sizemore, sidelined for two seasons by injuries, played for the first time in 888 days. Now let’s see how his body responds.

Happier David Ortiz soaking up the spring

David Ortiz whiffs against Northeastern (in front of catcher Josh Treff) but the big DH was able to laugh it off. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

Ortiz, who missed all spring games last year, is so content this year he can even laugh about being struck out by college pitchers.

Notes: Zack Greinke leaves start with calf injury

Zack Greinke left his first start of the spring with a calf strain, an injury he said was minor.

The Dodgers righthander left his start against the Diamondbacks because of a mild right calf strain, having thrown just four pitches.

G: Arts & Movies

MFA director Malcolm Rogers to retire

A retirement date has not been set for the MFA’s Malcolm Rogers.

By Geoff Edgers

The director will end his 19-year tenure, which has been marked by massive growth, as soon as a successor is hired.

photography review

City of Light, illuminated at Boston College

Brassaï’s “Avenue de l’Observa-toire.”

By Mark Feeney

Think of “Paris Night & Day: Photography between the Wars,” the current exhibition at the McMullen Museum, at Boston College, as “A Photographable Feast.”

stage review

Baryshnikov adds grace to ‘Man in a Case’

Timberly Canale and Mikhail Baryshnikov take a tumble together in ArtsEmerson’s “Man in a Case.”

By Don Aucoin

Adapted from a pair of stories by Anton Chekhov, the mixed-media theater piece is a somber and visually striking 75 minutes.

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Classical notes

Quatuor Ébène likes taking a nonclassical approach

By David Weininger

Book REview

‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’ by Armistead Maupin

By Laura Collins-Hughes

Movie Review

The spirit is weak in ‘Son of God’

By Peter Keough

Noisy Neighbors

Seth Meicht, ‘Live in Philadelphia’

By Jon Garelick

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Susan Wornick prepares to say good-bye

By Joseph P. Kahn

Names

Men suit up for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Mikhail Baryshnikov celebrates at the Cutler Majestic

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

VP Joe Biden parties with Rasky Baerlein

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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