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Mass. SJC Chief Roderick Ireland set to retire

Governor Patrick has an opportunity to name a new head of the state’s highest court before he leaves office.

The Ipswich animal control officer, Matt Antczak, sees dog waste everywhere, and is really tired of it.

In Ipswich, DNA testing sought to catch dog waste scofflaws

Animal control officer Matt Antczak wants a DNA database of the town’s 2,000 dogs so that stool samples can be tested and offenders fined.

Couple in Mass. marijuana firms lost Colo. license

A husband and wife forced to shut down their Colorado medical marijuana facility in 2012 would be involved in three Mass. dispensaries.

Ukraine’s acting president said there were threats against such ships as the Slavutich if sailors did not surrender.

ANDREW LUBIMOV/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ukraine says Russia gave ultimatum to country

The besieged new government said the Russians demanded that Ukrainian forces in Crimea surrender within hours or face armed assault.

Kevin Tabb, Beth Israel Deaconess’s chief executive, said the goal is to ensure patients be seen at their local doctor’s office.

Doctors group defects from rival, rejoins Beth Israel

A large doctors group in Newburyport went back to Beth Israel just two years after jumping to rival Steward Health Care.

The Nation

Justices question role of IQ in death penalty case

Freddie Hall, convicted of murder, scored slightly above 70 in an IQ test.

By Adam Liptak

Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical of how Florida decides who is eligible to be spared the death penalty.

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law faces judge

Former Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is accused of conspiring to kill Americans.

By Larry Neumeister

Former Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is accused of conspiring to kill Americans.

Defense of marriage ban in Michigan starts rocky

Advocates on both sides of the issue demonstrated outside the Detroit courthouse Monday.

By Ed White

The constitutional amendment, approved by voters in 2004, is being challenged by two Detroit-area nurses in a rare trial.

The World

Ukraine says Russia gave ultimatum to country

Ukraine’s acting president said there were threats against such ships as the Slavutich if sailors did not surrender.

By Steven Erlanger and Peter Baker

The besieged new government said the Russians demanded that Ukrainian forces in Crimea surrender within hours or face armed assault.

Germany could be crucial to ending crisis

Angela Merkel, a champion of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union, has shown a willingness to take a hard line with Vladimir Putin.

By Landon Thomas Jr.

Europe’s economic powerhouse, one of Russia’s primary trading partners, could be key to a lasting agreement.

European Union may halt talks, sanction Russia

President Vladimir Putin, with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and other officials, observed military exercises near St. Petersburg.

By Raf Casert

The EU is expected to suspend talks with Russia on economic cooperation and liberalized visa rules if Moscow hasn’t taken steps to calm the Ukrainian crisis.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

Solomon’s choice in Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers guard the gate of a Ukrainian infantry base in Perevalne Sunday. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded the military base Sunday, blocking its soldiers from leaving.

By Farah Stockman

If the United States and Russia tear Ukraine apart, everybody loses.

PAUL MCMORROW

Gentrification vs. growth in Union Square

Union Square in Somerville.

By Paul McMorrow

The Green Line is coming to Union Square, and with it development, but what shape will new construction take?

NICHOLAS BURNS

Putin’s clever game of chess

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks at Russian President Vladimir Putin before talks in Berlin in 2012.

By Nicholas Burns

Vladimir Putin has shown strategic thinking in his opening gambit in Ukraine, while the best response for the West remains unclear.

Metro

In Ipswich, DNA testing sought to catch dog waste scofflaws

The Ipswich animal control officer, Matt Antczak, sees dog waste everywhere, and is really tired of it.

By Billy Baker

Animal control officer Matt Antczak wants a DNA database of the town’s 2,000 dogs so that stool samples can be tested and offenders fined.

Mass. SJC Chief Roderick Ireland set to retire

Roderick L. Ireland was lauded for sharp intellect.

By Milton J. Valencia

Governor Patrick has an opportunity to name a new head of the state’s highest court before he leaves office.

Couple in Mass. marijuana firms lost Colo. license

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

A husband and wife forced to shut down their Colorado medical marijuana facility in 2012 would be involved in three Mass. dispensaries.

Business

Doctors group defects from rival, rejoins Beth Israel

Kevin Tabb, Beth Israel Deaconess’s chief executive, said the goal is to ensure patients be seen at their local doctor’s office.

By Steven Syre and Michael B. Farrell

A large doctors group in Newburyport went back to Beth Israel just two years after jumping to rival Steward Health Care.

Report cites benefits from Mass. green campaign

The Green Communities Act, pushed by Governor Deval Patrick, is designed to promote renewable energy.

By Jay Fitzgerald

The state is projected to get 16,000 new jobs and a net benefit of $1.2 billion over 15 years from its law to promote renewable energy.

Fort Point mega-bistro promises to be ‘very Parisian’

Bastille Kitchen will seat more than 300 diners. It is slated to open in early April.

By Taryn Luna

Bastille Kitchen restaurant, opening soon at 49 Melcher St., is housed in a former textile factory and will seat more than 300 guests.

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Boston Capital

Going bank card-free, for one day

By Steven Syre

Drug makers spending less on MD speakers

By Charles Ornstein, Eric Sagara and Ryann Grochowski Jones

Telecoms push back on proposed NSA plan

By Marcy Gordon and Martha Mendoza

After slump, March is crucial for carmakers

By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin

Apple racing to bring smartphone apps to cars

By Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher

Italian spyware company relies on US Internet servers

By Ellen Nakashima and Ashkan Soltani

Around the Region

Mass. to offer revitalization tax credits

By Deirdre Fernandes

Around the Region

Raytheon gets $655 million Kuwait deal

By Chris Reidy

Around the Region

Berkshire buys into a digital firm

By Chris Reidy

Warren Buffett sounds warning on pensions

By Noah Buhayar and Zachary Tracer

Obituaries

Justin Kaplan, renowned Twain biographer, dies at 88

Justin Kaplan (in 1981) was a Cambridge mainstay.

By Mark Feeney

Mr. Kaplan was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and mainstay of Cambridge and Truro literary life.

Lewis Yablonsky, 89; sociologist never forgot past as street hustler

By William Yardley

Mr. Yablonsky had a remarkable career hanging out with and writing about sociopaths — gangsters, drug dealers, murderers.

Sports

On hockey

Bruins’ Zdeno Chara needs rest before playoffs

The Bruins must distribute some of Zdeno Chara’s minutes before the playoffs begin.

By Fluto Shinzawa

It is imperative for the Bruins to acquire defensive reinforcements before Wednesday’s trade deadline.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

There are some things in sports you can’t quantify

This is why we love spring training.  Globe Staff Photo by Stan Grossfeld.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Columnist Dan Shaughnessy offers some random musings, including his take on the growth of analytics in sports.

ON FOOTBALL

Patriots didn’t see ‘value’ in using franchise tag

Using the franchise tag on Aqib Talib would have given him a 2014 salary of $11.8 million.

By Ben Volin

In the Patriots’ eyes, using the tag on Julian Edelman ($12.3 million salary) or Aqib Talib ($11.8 million) wasn’t worth the price.

G: Living

For group of women beer lovers, a new lease on craft night

Founder Kristen Sykes (top left) leads a meeting of the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society in Cambridge. Those attending include Amy Bourne and Brandi Groft (at left, from left) and Ann Speers (top right).

By Jordan Griffin

The women of the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society, known as BABES, meet up for an activity that’s traditionally associated with men: beer drinking.

Frame by Frame

Many techniques, much to ponder, in ‘Rest of Her Remains’

By Sebastian Smee

Artist Njideka Akunyili, 30, has already acquired a reputation as one of the most interesting artists of her generation.

ALBUM REVIEW | SOUL

Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’

By Sarah Rodman

The song “Happy” is a good ambassador for “G I R L,” Pharrell’s new album, out today, and his first solo effort in 8 years.

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ALBUM REVIEW | FOLK

Linda Perhacs, ‘The Soul of All Natural Things’

By James Reed

ALBUM REVIEW | HIP-HOP

Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’

By Ken Capobianco

Album review | COUNTRY

David Nail, ‘I’m a Fire’

By Stuart Munro

Album review | NOISE ROCK

Nothing, ‘Guilty of Everything’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Book Review

‘The Weirdness’ by Jeremy Bushnell

By Eugenia Williamson

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Busy day for John Kerry includes nice surprise

By James H. Burnett III

Names

Boston ad exec connects with Ben Affleck

By James H. Burnett III

Names

Zakim Fund Casino Night raises $200,000

By James H. Burnett III

Names

Lewis Wheeler out at Harbor Stage Company

By James H. Burnett III

Names

Celtics team up for Stay in School event

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein