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First responders from across the country organized a convoy to wish seven-year-old Tyler Seddon a happy birthday.

R.I. boy battling cancer gets to be chief for the day

An estimated 1,000 first responders came from as far away as Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky to celebrate the 7-year-old’s birthday.

A woodcut showing heath hens, with two males in the foreground and a female in the background.

Long-extinct heath hen comes to life in archival film

A century-old film offers what may be the first public glimpse of the courtship antics of the extinct bird.

Lawmakers give fast OK to voyeurism bill

The measure was in response to a ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court that sparked public outrage.

Cleaning company ordered to pay $1m in back wages

A Peabody contractor went to great lengths to avoid paying its employees overtime, according to federal investigators.

Patricia Campatelli has been on leave since Jan. 14.

Suffolk official, deemed untruthful, to remain on leave

An outside investigator found Patricia Campatelli to be “not truthful” in recounting her conduct.

Players find tobacco habit hard to shake

While MLB is doing its best to ban smokeless tobacco from the game, Red Sox players admit they still use it — though many want to quit.

The Nation

Senate rejects military sexual assault bill

By Helene Cooper

The measure received five votes short of the threshold needed for advancement to a floor vote.

General pleads guilty, denies sex assault

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, with lawyers Richard Scheff and Ellen Brotman, pleaded guilty to adultery.

By Michael Biesecker and Allen G. Breed

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, once regarded as a rising star, still faces five other charges.

House votes to block limits on power plant emissions

By Matthew Daly

The bill is part of an election-year strategy to fight against what Republicans call a “war on coal” by the Obama administration.

The World

Crimea plans vote to secede

Residents of Simferopol, Ukraine, held Soviet flags as a Cossack militia guarded the Crimean Parliament on Thursday.

By David M. Herszenhorn and Michael R. Gordon

The United States and Ukraine denounced the plan as tensions continue to simmer.

Palestinian official fears extension of peace talks unlikely

By Karin Laub

An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sees wide gaps in meetings with Israelis.

NATO airstrike kills 5 Afghan soldiers

By Rahim Faiez and Kathy Gannon

The coalition said the attack was an accident, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai was unusually reticent.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Want a longer school day? Pay up

By Scot Lehigh

We haven’t had a frank discussion about how to expand the school day in a way that’s educationally effective and affordable.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Ugly mills, and the art they gave us

By Joan Wickersham

Unlike the great collections of Europe, American museums were born from the marriage of industry and art.

JOANNA WEISS

Seeking a new Carl Sagan

A photo of the Whirlpool Galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

By Joanna Weiss

Sagan knew how to talk about doom, but he knew how to wrap it in wonder.

Metro

Suffolk official, deemed untruthful, to remain on leave

Patricia Campatelli has been on leave since Jan. 14.

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy

An outside investigator found Patricia Campatelli to be “not truthful” in recounting her conduct.

Lawmakers give fast OK to voyeurism bill

By Joshua Miller

The measure was in response to a ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court that sparked public outrage.

Long-extinct heath hen comes to life in archival film

A woodcut showing heath hens, with two males in the foreground and a female in the background.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

A century-old film offers what may be the first public glimpse of the courtship antics of the extinct bird.

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Kevin Cullen

Conflicted interest

By Kevin Cullen

Father demands state return sick teen

By Travis Andersen and Jim O’Sullivan

Lawrence couple face drug charges

By Jacqueline Tempera

BOSTON

Expressway crash kills Braintree woman

By Catalina Gaitan

Business

Cleaning company ordered to pay $1m in back wages

By Katie Johnston

A Peabody contractor went to great lengths to avoid paying its employees overtime, according to federal investigators.

Staples to shutter up to 225 stores

Cuts are expected to lower the number of Staples stores in North America by about 12 percent, the company said.

By Taryn Luna

The Framingham company has already closed about 40 locations and shrunk the size of another 40 superstores in the past year.

2013 had strong job growth, data confirms

Mass. gained 55,000 jobs in 2013, the best job growth since the dot-com boom year of 2000, but unemployment was higher than estimated.

Obituaries

Jerry Brenner, 73, of Swampscott; legendary music promoter

Mr. Brenner with Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He worked in the music industry more than 40 years.

By Steve Morse

Mr. Brenner worked with such artists as U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Celine Dion, Prince, and Elton John.

Frank Jobe, 88; pioneered ‘Tommy John’ elbow surgery

Dr. Jobe’s Tommy John surgery was a landmark in sports medicine.

By Richard Goldstein

Dr. Jobe’s pioneering operation, transplanting an unneeded tendon from John’s right wrist into his left elbow, was a landmark in sports medicine.

Bill Adler, 84; writer, editor, compiler of books

As an agent, Bill Adler’s clients included the Reagans, Howard Cosell, and Ralph Nader.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Adler pursued his goal of being the P.T. Barnum of books by conceptualizing and hustling hundreds of them.

Sports

Players find tobacco habit hard to shake

Jake Peavy says he wants to quit using smokless tobacco because of his sons.

By Peter Abraham

While MLB is doing its best to ban smokeless tobacco from the game, Red Sox players admit they still use it — though many want to quit.

Bruins 3, Capitals 0

Energetic Bruins turn tables on Capitals

Tuukka Rask shoved Jay Beagle in the first period as the Capitals player skated by the net.

By Amalie Benjamin

Just five days after a lackluster defensive effort against the Capitals, Tuukka Rask sparked Boston to a shutout of the same team.

Peter Roby wants NCAA to remember its values

NU AD Peter Roby wants the NCAA to strive for competitive equity, as it used to, not competitive opportunity.

By Julian Benbow

The Northeastern AD is afraid the NCAA, amid talk of superconferences creating their own rules, is drifting away from its mission.

G: Arts & Movies

Tanya Donelly goes solo with a little help from friends

Tanya Donelly

By James Reed

Tanya Donelly returns with new music and two hometown shows with her old band, Throwing Muses.

Movie Review

‘Elaine Stritch’ looks at the Grand Old Broad of Broadway

Elaine Stritch in a scene from “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a documentary by first-time filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa.

By Ty Burr

The movie is a portrait of tough yet vulnerable woman fighting age with everything she’s got, giving in, getting scared, and fighting some more.

Elaine Stritch, slowed by age but still at liberty

“Unless you’re going to be a phenomenon and live forever, we’re all going to leave the building at 5:30, you know what I mean? So I refuse to get afraid of it,” Stritch says.

By Don Aucoin

Stritch’s larger-than-life personality and trademark bluntness come through as she talks about mortality, her late friend James Gandolfini, and more.

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Movie Review

Little innocence found in ‘Child’s Pose’

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

‘300’ takes a sidetrip, in 3-D

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

‘Bethlehem’: O little town of betrayal

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

Back in time with ‘Mr. Peabody’

By Tom Russo

Book REview

‘The $11 Billion Year’ by Anne Thompson

By Jesse Singal

Television Review

The dead return on ‘Resurrection’

By Christopher Muther

Television REview

Rebooted ‘Cosmos’ has universal appeal

By Matthew Gilbert

Berklee honors Harry Belafonte

By James Sullivan

Classical Notes

Fans of Bartok’s string quartets, this is your season

By David Weininger

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

High Five

George Clinton on P. Funk inspirations

By Alex Stills

Love Letters

He gave his ex flowers

Music Review

With Nelsons and BSO, ‘Salome’ at full blaze

By Jeremy Eichler

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Rialto Women's Luncheon focuses on women chefs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Magna Carta copy coming to Boston

By James H. Burnett III

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Tupac Shakur lookalike cheered at Celtics game

By James H. Burnett III

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Chris Evans talks about taking a break

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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An unpopular message from Tossers frontman

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jermaine Wiggins ‘flips’ out on A&E

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein