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Crimea votes yes; push to join Russia spreads

Pro-Russian protesters chanted outside the Donetsk Prosecutors Building before storming the site Sunday.

As Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, ethnic-Russian protesters elsewhere in the country demanded a similar secession vote in their own region.

Signaling halted in Malaysian plane, but pilot gave no hint

A signaling system was disabled before a pilot spoke to air traffic control, reinforcing theories that one of the pilots may have been involved in diverting the plane.

Higher cost of keeping warm a drag on economy

Higher heating costs have reduced the amount of money that consumers can spend on clothes, electronics, or restaurant meals.

Your TV works fine, Linda Dorcena Forry said. “That’s right. I’m a woman!”

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

New host Dorcena Forry spices storied breakfast

Linda Dorcena Forry’s debut at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast is seen as a sign of Boston’s evolution to a multiracial city and shifting centers of power.

The Nation

General agrees to plea deal in sex assault case

By Richard A. Oppel Jr.

The new guilty pleas are expected to be entered by Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair as soon as Monday morning.

Fire officials scour site of massive NYC blast

Members of the destroyed Spanish Christian Church joined worshipers at the Church of God on Third Avenue Sunday.

By Leanne Italie

Workers cleared some of the last rubble from the site of a massive explosion in New York City on Sunday.

US censoring more files, analysis finds

By Ted Bridis

The Obama administration censored government files or denied access to them last year under the US Freedom of Information Act.

The World

Crimea votes yes; push to join Russia spreads

Pro-Russian protesters chanted outside the Donetsk Prosecutors Building before storming the site Sunday.

By David Filipov

As Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, ethnic-Russian protesters elsewhere in the country demanded a similar secession vote in their own region.

Signaling halted in Malaysian plane, but pilot gave no hint

A Malaysian soldier patrolled a viewing gallery at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday.

By Chris Buckley

A signaling system was disabled before a pilot spoke to air traffic control, reinforcing theories that one of the pilots may have been involved in diverting the plane.

Syrian army captures strategic border town

By Diaa Hadid

The town of Yabroud was a major smuggling hub for the rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial | pregnant inmates

State should stop shackling inmates in labor

Such barbaric measures are not only clearly dehumanizing; they have been proven to be unnecessary for public safety.

editorial

Patricia Campatelli should resign — or courts must remove her

Patricia Campatelli was sworn in as Register of Probate on Jan. 2, 2013.

At a bare minimum, the smooth functioning of the court system requires a register who isn’t actively disruptive.

editorial

Journals should learn a lesson from computer-science hoaxes

There should be deeper scrutiny of the numerous new journals that are popping up to feed researchers’ desire for published credentials.

Metro

As Menino faces cancer fight, support pours in

Thomas M. Menino sat with a group of children at a book signing at Dorchester Winter Farmers Market in Codman Square.

By Dan Adams, Gal Tziperman Lotan and Joshua Miller

In the hours after his disclosure he is battling an advanced form of cancer, former mayor Thomas Menino has received love from the people of Boston.

New host Dorcena Forry spices storied breakfast

Your TV works fine, Linda Dorcena Forry said. “That’s right. I’m a woman!”

By Michael Levenson

Linda Dorcena Forry’s debut at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast is seen as a sign of Boston’s evolution to a multiracial city and shifting centers of power.

Controversy fails to take fun out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

At the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston, marchers in the procession waved to onlookers decked out in green.

By Jeremy C. Fox

After weeks of tense negotiations between parade organizers and a gay rights group, the parade proceded with few hints of politics.

Business ǀ Science

Higher cost of keeping warm a drag on economy

By Erin Ailworth

Higher heating costs have reduced the amount of money that consumers can spend on clothes, electronics, or restaurant meals.

New Mass. tech chief Bill Oates will face long list of problems

Bill Oates, the state’s new head of technology, has pledged that his office will take a much more active role in overseeing the state’s big information technology contracts.

By Beth Healy

Oates, the state’s new head of technology, has pledged his office will take a more active role in overseeing the state’s big information technology contracts.

Warp Drive is on hunt for natural gen-based treatments

Gregory Verdine is founder and CEO of Warp Drive Bio.

By Kyle Alspach

Warp Drive Bio has a good chance of getting its first products into clinical trials by next year, according  to founder and CEO Gregory Verdine said.

Obituaries

Barbara Kaplan, indefatigable community activist; at 79

Ms. Kaplan

By Melissa Hanson

Ms. Kaplan was convincing and persuasive as a former executive director of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Mitch Leigh, ‘Man of La Mancha’ composer; at 86

Mr. Leigh’s famous work has become a staple of American regional theater.

By Anita Gates

Mr. Leigh, who had no theater experience, wrote the music for “Mancha,” which won five Tony awards, including best composer.

Glenn McDuffie, 86; famed as kissing sailor in photo

Mr. McDuffie’s claim that he was the man captured kissing a woman in a 1945 photo was backed up by a forensic artist.

By Ramit Plushnick-Masti

Mr. McDuffie gained fame after saying he was the sailor in a famous World War II-era photo taken in Times Square.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

NCAA top seeds dominated by experience

Florida's forward Will Yeguete (15) Patric Young (4) celebrate after the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in the Championship round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament, Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Florida won 61-60. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By Christopher L. Gasper

Let this be a lesson to the coaches who just want to assemble AAU all-star teams. Basketball is still a team game, not a collective NBA audition.

Catcher Dan Butler progressing nicely for the Red Sox

By Maureen Mullen

Butler is one of the five catchers on the 40-man roster. He is probably the one you’ve heard the least about.

Red Sox notebook

Will Middlebrooks downplays injury

By Maureen Mullen

Middlebrooks lasted just two innings in the Red Sox’ 8-4 loss to the Rays Sunday afternoon.

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rays 8, red sox 4

Allen Webster, Red Sox fall to David Price and Rays

By Maureen Mullen

Top seed Virginia should be class of the East Region

By Michael Whitmer and Joseph Sullivan

Florida’s win streak unlikely to end soon in South Region

By Michael Whitmer and Joseph Sullivan

Expect top seed Arizona to outlast the field in West Region

By Michael Whitmer and Joseph Sullivan

Wichita State takes unbeaten record into Midwest Region

By Michael Whitmer and Joseph Sullivan

notre dame 4, BC 2

Notre Dame stuns BC to win deciding game

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Umass-Lowell 2, Vermont 1

UMass-Lowell knocks off Vermont

By Barbara Matson

Division 2 state girls hockey final

Westwood rolls to championship

By Elizabeth Torres

Division 3 state boys hockey final

Dillon lifts Shrewsbury

By Eric Russo

Super 8 hockey championship

Malden Catholic beats Austin Prep for Super 8 title

By Andrew MacDougall

Division 1 state boys hockey final

Reading beats Braintree for first D1 title

By Craig Forde

Division 1 state girls hockey final

Duxbury wins title in first season in Division 1

By Jacob Feldman

Division 2 state boys hockey final

Beverly edges Medfield

By Tim Healey

pelicans 121, celtics 120 | OT

Anthony Davis, Pelicans outlast Celtics

By Baxter Holmes

Celtics notebook

Brad Stevens has fond memories of Selection Sunday

By Baxter Holmes

unh 5, northeastern 4

Kevin Goumas’s hat trick helps UNH hold off Northeastern

By Anthony Gulizia

G: Health

The future of face and hand transplants

Double hand transplant recipient Richard Mangino, with Dr. Bohdan Pomahac in 2011.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Transplant leaders are tackling ethically challenging questions such as which disfigured patients across the country should get priority.

In practice

Message from a dying patient

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

My patient, Janis, is dying. She wants you to know what you can do to help yourself when your turn comes. Because it will.

Daily Dose

Blood test for Alzheimer’s disease still years away

By Deborah Kotz

A simple blood test to detect the disease before symptoms occur could take another five or ten years to become available.