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Mass. defends scrutiny of marijuana bids

The Patrick administration didn’t explain its failure to verify applicants’ information until after approving 20 dispensaries for provisional licenses.

Naomi Johnston of the Animal Rescue League of Boston played on Monday with three of the dogs taken from a single-family house in Lynnfield in what authorities called one of the largest cases of animal hoarding in recent memory.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

199 animals removed from Lynnfield home

Police responding to a medical emergency found one of the largest cases of animal hoarding to hit the area in recent memory.

BetaBoston

Blade’s roster gets more experience

The team has been expanding over at Blade, the startup factory in Fort Point Channel founded by Paul English of Kayak.com fame and two other colleagues.

Scientists split on own stem cell finding

A coauthor of two papers that described a controversial technique for creating stem cells has called for the studies to be withdrawn.

Kurt Schwartz (second right), head of the Mass. Emergency Management Agency, addressed law enforcement officials.

Police will double their presence for Marathon

Police are discouraging spectators from wearing backpacks, hauling coolers, or carrying containers that hold more than a liter of liquid.

Brothers Shawn (right) and Mark O’Hagan (center) sat in court in St. Johnsbury, Vt., before the arraignment of Richard Fletcher and Keith Baird Monday. Shawn called it “the final chapter of this process.”

Years later, a hope for justice in Vermont slaying

New details about the slaying of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan emerged, as two of the three men accused in the killing stood before a judge.

The Nation

US to monitor its workers with secret clearance

The system will extend across the government, said James Clapper, intelligence official.

By Stephen Braun

Intelligence officials plan to use massive databases to scan the behavior of federal employees who have security clearances.

Military sex assault bill OK’d by Senate

Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, helped craft the bill, which passed with a rare unanimous vote.

By Donna Cassata

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault.

Judge says Army may have swayed general’s sex assault case

Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair had sought to plead guilty to several charges, but the Army declined.

By Alan Binder

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair had sought to plead guilty to several charges, but the Army declined.

The World

Debris, oil slicks were not from missing Malaysia jet

An Indonesian Navy crew member scanned the ocean. About 40 ships and 34 aircraft have joined the search efforts.

By Simon Denyer

Frustration mounted Monday over what has become one of the most perplexing aviation disasters in history.

Russia ignores US proposal to end Ukraine standoff

Soldiers believed to be Russian rode on armored personnel carriers near Sevastopol in the Crimea Monday.

By Steven Erlanger

Russia said Monday it was preparing diplomatic counterproposals to serve “the interests of all Ukrainians.”

Soviet-style propaganda in media fueling crisis

By Celestine Bohlen

The scale of Russia’s propaganda effort in the current Ukraine crisis has been breathtaking, even by Soviet standards.

Editorial & Opinion

TOM KEANE

Is libertarianism taking hold of GOP?

Senator Rand Paul addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday in Maryland.

By Tom Keane

One take-away from this year’s CPAC is that the right is in trouble, at risk of a schism between social conservatives and small-government libertarians.

PAUL MCMORROW

Putting cars in their place

By Paul McMorrow

Boston has made huge steps in recent years in reforming its relationship with the automobile. Can the suburbs?

DERRICK Z. jackson

Not so fast on e-cigarettes

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Electronic cigarette use is exploding among adolescents, and the latest evidence indicates this is not good.

Metro

Mass. defends scrutiny of marijuana bids

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

The Patrick administration didn’t explain its failure to verify applicants’ information until after approving 20 dispensaries for provisional licenses.

Scientists split on own stem cell finding

“I don’t have any information that would make me change my opinion” regarding the study, said Dr. Charles Vacanti.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

A coauthor of two papers that described a controversial technique for creating stem cells has called for the studies to be withdrawn.

Police will double their presence for Marathon

Kurt Schwartz (second right), head of the Mass. Emergency Management Agency, addressed law enforcement officials.

By Maria Cramer

Police are discouraging spectators from wearing backpacks, hauling coolers, or carrying containers that hold more than a liter of liquid.

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Green Line train derails, injuring 7

By Jacqueline Tempera and Martine Powers

27 months for drug conviction

By Travis Andersen

Business

Startup Cerulean Pharma seeking $75m in IPO

By Robert Weisman

The Cambridge company’s regulatory filing followed a choppy week in biotech stock trading.

Ad attacks ‘radical’ backers of minimum-pay hike

Wellesley College’s Julie Matthaei was among 600 academic economists who signed a petition supporting a minimum-wage increase, a position attacked in a full-page NewYork Times ad.

By Megan Woolhouse

Wellesley College’s Julie Matthaei was among 600 academic economists who support a minimum-wage hike that were targeted by pro-business group’s ad.

Emirates Airlines launches first Logan flight

Workers gathered to watch as the first Emirates flight landed at Logan International Airport.

By Frank Olito

Governor Patrick welcomed Emirates to Logan Monday as the carrier inaugurated daily nonstop service to its hub in Dubai.

Obituaries

Joe McGinniss, author who made his presence felt; at 71

In his most well-known works, Mr. McGinniss skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of a convicted killer.

By Hillel Italie

Mr. McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges, and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative.

Jack Belliveau, 55; researcher explored human brain in action

By Benedict Carey

Dr. Belliveau was a 30-year-old graduate student when he hatched a scheme to “see” the neural trace of brain activity.

Melba Hernandez, 92; helped Castro start Cuban revolution

Ms. Hernandez stood alongside Fidel Castro at the burial of her husband, fellow revolutionary Jesus Montane, in 1999.

By Andrea Rodriguez

Ms. Hernandez was one of two women who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Jon Lester already in midseason form

In his first spring start, Jon Lester threw three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four.

By Christopher L. Gasper

It’s hard to imagine the Red Sox rotation without Lester, who picked up in spring where he left off in October.

Brother’s drive inspires Red Sox’ Bryce Brentz

Jared Brentz (left) is a golfing star despite prosthetic lower legs, and he has a big fan in brother Bryce (right).

By Peter Abraham

Jared Brentz is a golfing star despite prosthetic lower legs, and he has a big fan in his twin brother Bryce.

On football

Where are Patriots headed in free agency?

Julian Edelman might cost the Patriots only $3 million-$4 million per season.

By Ben Volin

New England has holes to fill at defensive line, cornerback, receiver, tight end, and interior offensive line as free agency opens Tuesday.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox finally have their rotation set up

By Peter Abraham

Patriots notebook

Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson out 2-3 months

By Ben Volin

Celtics notebook

Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk solid off the bench

By Baxter Holmes

Division 1 Boys’ Basketball State Semifinals: Central Cath. 79, CM 66

Central races past Catholic Memorial

By Jake Fischer

Division 1 Girls’ Basketball State Semifinals: Braintree 59, Lynn English 41

Braintree breaks through at Garden

By Michelle Fenelon

Division 4 Boys’ Basketball state semifinals: St. Clement 56, Bp. Connolly 44

Williams does the job for St. Clement

By Jake Fischer

Division 4 Girls’ basketball state semifinals: New Mission 72, Gr. New Bedford 62

New Mission freshman Drayton leads way

By Emily McCarthy

Division 1 North Boys’ Hockey Final: Reading 4, Wilmington 3

Reading’s Michael Thomson scores 11th-round KO

By Andrew MacDougall

Division 2 North Boys’ Hockey Final: Beverly 9, Tewksbury 1

Beverly lined up for state final

By Eric Russo

G: Living

For food blogger, devastating diagnosis revealed undying love

Carolyn Grantham and her husband, Diego Garcia, in their Medford apartment. “I know if it was me going through this, she’d take care of me. I’m really proud of her. She’s really, really tough,” says Garcia.

By Bella English

When an aggressive cancer took Carolyn Grantham’s ability to eat away, she kept her food blog going, just as her husband has helped keep her going.

Book REview

‘Pete Rose: An American Dilemma’ by Kostya Kennedy

In his new book, Sports Illustrated’s Kostya Kennedy brings Pete Rose’s story up to date, laying out the case for and against him gaining induction into the Hall of Fame.

By Allen Barra

Kennedy wastes no time in getting to the point: Does Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?

ALBUM REVIEW | Country

Sara Evans, ‘Slow Me Down’

By Sarah Rodman

There is a brightness to “Slow Me Down,” Sara Evans’s seventh album, that makes this a stronger outing then her 2011 set.

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ALBUM REVIEW | R&B

Ledisi, ‘The Truth’

By Ken Capobianco

ALBUM REVIEW | Dream Pop

Dean Wareham, ‘Dean Wareham’

ALBUM REVIEW | Indie Rock

Elbow, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’

By Luke O'Neil

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

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Young revelers party for early education

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Stepping up for Marathon fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mindy Kaling is ‘queen of comedy’ at SXSW

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mark Wahlberg to be honored by MTV

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Actor Forest Whitaker spotted in Saugus

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein