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Russia invading, Ukraine says; Obama issues warning

Russian armored personnel carriers were parked along a road near the town of Bakhchisarai, Ukraine, on Friday.

Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

Ukraine’s fragile new government accused Russia of trying to provoke a military conflict by sending troops to the Crimea region.

Local Ukrainians seek stronger US response

Many said President Obama’s stern warning to Russia on Friday was inadequate.

Penn CEO Timothy Wilmott (left), Jack Shepardson of Plainville, and Penn’s Eric Schippers spoke about the slots deal.

Penn National vows to fight casino repeal efforts

Penn National, which received the state’s sole slots parlor license, has extensive experience dealing with ballot measures.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade made its way down East Broadway last year.

Gay group invited to march in Southie parade

MassEquality can march in the St. Patrick’s parade, provided it doesn’t have shirts or signs referring to sexual orientation.

Justina Pelletier (left) with her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier, at Boston Children's Hospital last year.

Mass. agency works to return teen to Connecticut

Lou Pelletier, father of Justina Pelletier, said the news was “a step in the right direction” but he needed to see concrete results.

“You talk about Groundhog Day. This is Groundhog Year. What are we doing here today? Nothing, nothing,” Senate majority leader Harry Reid said.

Congress back to business but it’s still not working

This week solidified the sense that the looming midterm elections make it almost impossible to achieve compromise.

The Nation

Congress back to business but it’s still not working

“You talk about Groundhog Day. This is Groundhog Year. What are we doing here today? Nothing, nothing,” Senate majority leader Harry Reid said.

By Noah Bierman and Kimberly Railey

This week solidified the sense that the looming midterm elections make it almost impossible to achieve compromise.

Documents detail Clintons’ policy concerns

Hillary Rodham Clinton had the president’s ear during a White House event on child care proposals back in 1998.

By Ken Thomas and Philip Elliott

Bill Clinton’s aides revealed concern early in his presidency about the health care overhaul effort led by his wife, according to the records.

Storm hits Calif., but drought unbroken

Assembly worker Terry Young of Rialto, Calif., navigated a flooded parking lot via a wooden pallet to get to a food truck during his break Friday in Anaheim amid a powerful Pacific storm.

By Justin Pritchard

Even with rainfall totals exceeding six inches in some places by midday, the powerful storm did not put a major dent in the drought.

The World

Russian opposition figure is given house arrest

Russian opposition activist and anticorruption crusader Alexei A. Navalny spoke in court.

By Andrew Roth

The stiff restrictions in what is widely seen as a politically charged prosecution will effectively muzzle President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic.

Beijing news service uses racial slur against US envoy

Gary Locke, outgoing US  envoy to China, has spent 2½ years in Beijing. He’s a third-generation Chinese-American.

By Didi Tang

The editorial, which brought widespread condemnation, reflected Chinese nationalists’ acute loathing toward the outgoing ambassador.

Jihadi fighters withdraw from parts of north Syria

A man walked through a hole in a wall that was damaged by what local media said was a rocket in Britel, Lebanon.

By Bassem Mroue

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant evacuated from several towns north of Aleppo, activists said.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

Tie US aid to repeal of antigay laws

Ugandans read a tabloid Tuesday that published a list of what it called the country’s “200 top homos,” one day after President Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh antigay law.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is illegal in 38 of Africa’s 54 nations.

RENÉE LOTH

At Walmart, higher wages lift all carts

By Renée Loth

Today, Walmart is paying its workers less than its founder did when he opened his first store in 1962.

opinion | Neal Gabler

A generation of wannabe celebrities

By Neal Gabler

There are now dozens of ways to reach the public — the lack of value in almost direct proportion to how many outlets there are.

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letters | an annual controversy: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Gays don’t need to wave flag to revel in Southie parade

letters | an annual controversy: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Irish Catholics, antigay bias do not go hand in hand

letters | an annual controversy: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For a way forward, look to the march that trails behind

Metro

Penn National vows to fight casino repeal efforts

Penn CEO Timothy Wilmott (left), Jack Shepardson of Plainville, and Penn’s Eric Schippers spoke about the slots deal.

By Mark Arsenault and Ellen Ishkanian

Penn National, which received the state’s sole slots parlor license, has extensive experience dealing with ballot measures.

Mass. agency works to return teen to Connecticut

Justina Pelletier (left) with her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier, at Boston Children's Hospital last year.

By Patricia Wen

Lou Pelletier, father of Justina Pelletier, said the news was “a step in the right direction” but he needed to see concrete results.

Gay group invited to march in Southie parade

The St. Patrick’s Day parade made its way down East Broadway last year.

By Andrew Ryan

MassEquality can march in the St. Patrick’s parade, provided it doesn’t have shirts or signs referring to sexual orientation.

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MBTA’s naming rights plan stalls

By Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Health insurers make less in 2013

By Robert Weisman

Compensation for top executives rose at two of the health insurance companies while declining at two others.

Uber gets some support from new mayor

Uber, which links customers and drivers via a smartphone app, has been available in Boston since 2011. Critics call for more oversight.

By Michael B. Farrell

Even though the city is at work on overhauling its transportation policies, it doesn’t appear the popular car service will see any roadblocks.

Ice melt hard to find as another storm arrives

Charles Street Supply on Beacon Hill was completely out of snow-melt products on Friday.

By Frank Olito

Many retailers say they are having trouble getting resupplied. BJ’s has even had to look for additional suppliers.

Obituaries

Peter Rona, 79; explored ‘last frontier’

Dr. Rona dived in miniature submarines many times.

By William J. Broad

Dr. Rona, an oceanographer, dived into the depths of the world’s seas and surprised his peers with his discoveries.

Huber Matos Benitez, 95; Castro backer turned foe

Mr. Matos said he joined the revolution hoping to restore democracy to his country.

By Laura Wides-Munoz

Mr. Matos was one of Fidel Castro’s key lieutenants during the Cuban Revolution before he was sent to prison.

Henry Casso, 82; founded Hispanic legal defense fund

Retired University of New Mexico professor Henry Casso said his religious training motivated his fight on poverty.

By Russell Contreras

Dr. Casso worked his way out of an orphanage to become a noted educational scholar.

Sports

Anthony Ranaudo makes good impression on mound

Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo made life easy for his fielders Friday. Over his two perfect innings, Ranaudo racked up four swinging strikeouts, and the two pitches the Twins put in play were weak grounders back to the mound.

By Peter Abraham

Making his Grapefruit League debut, the Red Sox prospect struck out four in two perfect innings against the Twins.

Patriots release safety Steve Gregory

Steve Gregory. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Shalise Manza Young

Cutting Gregory, an eight-year veteran, saves the Patriots $2.85 million in cap space as they get ready for free agency to start.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Jonny Gomes gets a look in leadoff spot

Mike Napoli is forced at second base by Brian Dozier of Twins in a double play. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

“It looks strange,” said Gomes. “But if you think about it, it makes sense. I usually have a good on-base percentage.”

G: Family

Cover Story

Throwing out is hard to do

By Beth Teitell

How do you get rid of gifts from beloved family and friends? The gift that keeps on giving — feelings of guilt, that is.

From the Archives

The Arnold Arboretum

By Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite

For those of us desperate for a tangible sign of spring, photos from the Arnold Arboretum might provide a reminder of the impending season.

Stages

Puppets in Shakespeare’s fairyland? Imagine that.

From left: Fionn Gill, Colin Michael Carmichael, Miltos Yerolemou, David Emmings, Jon Trenchard, and Saikat Ahamed in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

By Joel Brown

Bristol Old Vic theater created the show coming to the Cutler Majestic Theatre with South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

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Book REview

‘Wonderkid’ by Wesley Stace

By Clea Simon

99 Bottles

Downeast Cider growing in Charlestown

By Gary Dzen

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s Corner

Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Saturday

By Christopher Muther

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Dance Review

TAO, abstract in motion

By Karen Campbell

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