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Late-night T service set to begin March 28

A one-year pilot program will provide weekend service until 3 a.m. on subway lines and 15 bus routes.

Lorrie Higgins campaigned for Martin J. Walsh, but his win changed her life, too.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File

Boston’s ‘first girlfriend’ avoids the spotlight

“I’m really not that interesting,” said Lorrie Higgins, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s longtime partner.

Aryanna Lynch, 3, received a Safety Officer's Award for what Weymouth Police are calling her heroic actions.

David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Weymouth girl honored for aiding ill mother

Weymouth police and the mayor honored 3-year-old Aryanna Lynch for managing to alert a relative that her mother needed help.

FTC to probe Herbalife after request by Markey

Senator Edward Markey urged the FTC in January to investigate the controversial vitamin company.

Robin Helfand, the owner of Robin’s Candy on Newbury Street, said she has only recovered a fraction of the $100,000 in losses she claimed.

Owners, insurers tangle over Marathon losses

Nearly a year after the bombings, many of the businesses that reported financial losses are still struggling to get reimbursed.

The Nation

FTC to probe Herbalife after request by Markey

By Noah Bierman

Senator Edward Markey urged the FTC in January to investigate the controversial vitamin company.

Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 6 people dead

Firefighters spent most of the day dousing flames after an explosion flattened two East Harlem apartment buildings on Park Avenue on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By Marc Santora

The explosion also injured more than 60 people and left five missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about ‘‘unbearable’’ gas smells.

White House won’t extend deadline for health care insurance mandate

By Robert Pear

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, declined to say whether the administration was still committed to enrolling 7 million people by March 31.

The World

Obama says Putin should rethink Crimea referendum

President Obama met with Ukraine’s new prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Wednesday. He arrived in Washington seeking financial help to stabilize his fledgling government.

By Julie Pace

Obama said the US would ‘‘completely reject’’ a vote opening the door for the Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia.

Israel moves to limit exemptions to military service

By Isabel Kershner

Israel’s Parliament approved landmark legislation that will eliminate exemptions from compulsory military service for ultra-Orthodox students.

Militants in Gaza launch rocket attack against Israel

By Ian Deitch

The Israeli military says it’s the largest rocket barrage since 2012, when it launched an eight-day air campaign in Gaza.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Politics deep-sixes bombing hearing

Residents flee near Franklin Street in Watertown on April 19, 2013.

By Joan Vennochi

A hearing was set for Boston about the Marathon bombing until Mayor Walsh expressed concerns about it.

LAWRENCE HARMON

A strong pick to run schools

John McDonough

By Lawrence Harmon

John McDonough is introducing reforms into Boston schools, while serving as interim superintendent.

NICHOLAS BURNS

In Ukraine, the end of Act One

By Nicholas Burns

Plenty of parts of the Ukrainian drama haven’t fully played out, meaning the narrative isn’t completed.

Metro

Late-night T service set to begin March 28

By Martine Powers

A one-year pilot program will provide weekend service until 3 a.m. on subway lines and 15 bus routes.

Boston’s ‘first girlfriend’ avoids the spotlight

Lorrie Higgins campaigned for Martin J. Walsh, but his win changed her life, too.

By Sally Jacobs

“I’m really not that interesting,” said Lorrie Higgins, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s longtime partner.

Weymouth girl honored for aiding ill mother

Aryanna Lynch, 3, received a Safety Officer's Award for what Weymouth Police are calling her heroic actions.

By Evan Allen

Weymouth police and the mayor honored 3-year-old Aryanna Lynch for managing to alert a relative that her mother needed help.

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Gay veterans won’t march in S. Boston parade

By Meghan E. Irons and Andrew Ryan

YVONNE ABRAHAM

Frozen to the bone

By Yvonne Abraham

6 surrender to Transit Police in Red Line attack

By Jacqueline Tempera and Jeremy C. Fox

Business

Owners, insurers tangle over Marathon losses

Robin Helfand, the owner of Robin’s Candy on Newbury Street, said she has only recovered a fraction of the $100,000 in losses she claimed.

By Casey Ross and Taryn Luna

Nearly a year after the bombings, many of the businesses that reported financial losses are still struggling to get reimbursed.

Cambridge courthouse project under fire

A front-entrance view of the old Middlesex County courthouse, built in the 1970s. The building was purchased in 2012.

By Brock Parker

The old Middlesex County courthouse could be transformed, but it might do so at the expense of a modest residential neighborhood.

Blue Hills Bank to go public

By Deirdre Fernandes

Blue Hills expects to raise nearly $240 million in the public offering by selling its shares for $10 apiece.

Obituaries

Curtis D. Wells, 70, school director in Boston, Brockton

Curtis D. Wells visited a classroom at Brockton’s Champion Charter School in 2001.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Wells, who during nearly 40 years as an educator was a teacher and administrator at middle schools, high schools, and charter schools, died of a heart attack Feb. 5.

Czech filmmaker Vera Chytilova dies at 85

Ms. Chytilova had received Czech and French state decorations.

By Karel Janicek

Czech film director Vera Chytilova, one of the leading filmmakers of the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s.

Sports

Patriots make splash in adding Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis.

By Ben Volin

Cut by Tampa earlier Wednesday, Revis agreed to a deal that makes him a centerpiece of the Patriots defense.

dan shaughnessy

We never should have doubted the Patriots

Bill Belichick was patient when free agency opened, and then landed Darrelle Revis on his roster.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick is a genius again. The Krafts are right again. And fanboys will scold those who would ever question The Patriot Way.

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Bruins pound Canadiens

Milan Lucic celebrated his goal in the second period with David Krejci.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins had lost five straight to the Canadiens but scored three times in the second period on their way to the win.

G: Style

Diana Ortiz has spirit

Diana Ortiz and some of her teammates on the Saugus High School cheerleading squad watch a hockey game last month at Kasabuski Arena.

By Dina Kraft

Although there are a growing number of students with developmental disabilities participating in sports, there are not many real-life cheerleaders like Ortiz.

Television Review

Big moments in ‘Breaking Boston’ feel staged

The women trying to shake off a history of bad choices on “Breaking Boston” are (clockwise, from top left) Noelle, Valerie, Kristina, and Courtney (far left).

By Matthew Gilbert

The latest effort to parade the Boston accent in front of our nation follows four young working-class women who are trying hard to improve their lives.

Book Review

‘Now I Know Who My Comrades Are’ by Emily Parker

Emily Parker is a former reporter and State Department policy adviser.

By Colin Fleming

The former reporter and State Department policy adviser’s book is an account of “netizens,” bloggers turned social crusaders turned Internet rock stars.

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critic’s notebook

Sheryl Sandberg leans in on ‘bossy’

By Beth Teitell

essay

More snow, you say? Keep it coming.

By Nicole Cammorata

Bargain Bin

MIT Museum online store offers discounts

By Ami Albernaz

Ask Martha

Getting the coat closet organized for spring

By Martha Stewart

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

events

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Names

Enrique Iglesias performs at a private party at the Wang

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Celebrating Sondheim at the Boston Conservatory

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Theo James on Nantucket for GQ

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Melrose

After 25 years, Melrose co-op still plays well with families

Lucas Little tests the slide at Melrose Family Place, which retains a homey feel 25 years after its launch at Green Street Baptist Church.

By Kathy Shiels Tully

Since 1988, the volunteer parent-run, co-operative play space, has provided a safe gathering place and community for new, young families.

A family play space grows on Bridge Street in Beverly

Shannon Deforest and her daughter Allison play at the Children’s Piazza.

By Carissa Collins

Ever since trading her career in pediatrics for the full time job of parenting, D’Ambra had searched for a place where children could play in safety and warmth all year round. Her search came up empty — that is, until D’Ambra drove down Bridge Street and realized she could build it herself.

Wakefield

Parking garage plan up to voters

By John Laidler

A residents’ group seeking to overturn a Town Meeting approval successfully petitioned for the town to hold a referendum.

Globe South

Flyover planned to relieve rotary

For many years, traffic has backed up at this rotary in Middleborough where  several roads intersect.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

After decades of gridlock, a flyover is planned to open up growth in Middleborough and — ideally — boost the whole region’s economy.

Quincy

T says Quincy ferry service done

An MBTA commuter ferry leaves Quincy en route to Boston in 2008. The T says it is permanently canceling its Quincy ferry service and selling its terminal there.

By Johanna Seltz

The MBTA is permanently canceling Quincy ferry service and selling the ferry terminal and wharf on the Fore River.

Shop admirers recall 45 years of memories at water’s edge

The rear portion of the Quarterdeck sits on pilings jutting into the sea.

By Jessica Bartlett

The Quarterdeck gift shop, perched atop pilings on Scituate Harbor, will close this Saturday after 45 years in business.

Globe West

For Asians, local politics is slow to catch on

Saatvik Ahluwalia unwinds a few days after last week’s town election with his sister, Tara, and their mother, Poonam, at home in Lexington.

By Kathleen Burge

This winter Saatvik Ahluwalia became one of the few Indian-Americans ever to run for town-wide office in Lexington, a town that is 20 percent Asian.

Hotels brace for Boston Marathon influx

By Ellen Ishkanian

With a total of 36,000 athletes expected to officially participate in the Marathon next month, 9,000 more than last year.

Marlborough

Marlborough native competes in Sochi paralympic games

Marlborough’s David Palmer in action for Team USA.

By Justin Rice

Departing for his first Paralympic Games, 53-year-old David Palmer is representing the US Paralympic wheelchair curling team.