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State dismisses health site firm

Massachusetts is dropping the contractor that created the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance marketplace.

Andrei Mikhailev, 32, walks down his driveway, along the Russian-Ukrainian border. “I like where I am here,” he says.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

For some in Ukraine, Russia’s pull runs deep

Many of the people who make up the protesters in Ukraine think of “Western Europe” as a foreign place that looks down on Russians.

Likely Brown run in N.H. lifts GOP hopes for Senate

Scott Brown appears to be readying a Senate run, and analysts say Republican chances of taking over the Senate have risen.

Some slam ‘racist’ stereotypes in play at Newton North

A stage version of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is triggering a backlash from Asian-Americans who say the musical’s racist stereotypes are hurtful and unacceptable.

A team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that they have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation. Left to right, Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University, Clem Pryke of the University of Minnesota, Jamie Block of Caltech/JPL, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford/SLAC, John Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

A new look at the Big Bang, moments later

In a major discovery, a Harvard-led team detected a cosmic pattern that has been described as the “bang” of the Big Bang.

The Nation

Likely Brown run in N.H. lifts GOP hopes for Senate

Former Senator Scott Brown spoke with reporters after announcing that he will explore a run for the US Senate at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H. March 14, 2014.

By Noah Bierman and Matt Viser

Scott Brown appears to be readying a Senate run, and analysts say Republican chances of taking over the Senate have risen.

General in sex crime trial acknowledges mistreatment

Jeffrey Sinclair shook hands with defense attorney Ellen Brotman after pleading guilty to several lesser charges.

By Craig Whitlock

The Army dropped sexual-assault charges against Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, allowing him to plead to lesser counts.

Not all eyes were smiling at N.Y.’s St. Patrick’s parade

A bagpiper joined thousands of participants along Fifth Avenue in the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade.

By Meghan Barr

A weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated in New York.

The World

For some in Ukraine, Russia’s pull runs deep

Andrei Mikhailev, 32, walks down his driveway, along the Russian-Ukrainian border. “I like where I am here,” he says.

By David Filipov

Many of the people who make up the protesters in Ukraine think of “Western Europe” as a foreign place that looks down on Russians.

Defying sanctions, Putin declares Crimea independent

By Steven Lee Myers

President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed a decree formally recognizing Ukraine’s Crimea region as a “sovereign and independent state.”

US, EU impose sanctions on Russian officials

By Nedra Pickler

President Obama froze the US assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin.

Editorial & Opinion

George Levines

In Mass., public records can be hard to get

By George Levines

Every state has some form of open records law, but in Mass. that law needs work.

PAUL MCMORROW

Ask, then build in Cambridge

By Paul McMorrow

Cambridge is home to a fierce development battle but is also behind one of the most progressive development efforts around.

TOM KEANE

The symbols of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

By Tom Keane

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and even the parade were glimpses of a new city, yet vestiges of old Boston remain.

Metro

State dismisses health site firm

By Liz Kowalczyk

Massachusetts is dropping the contractor that created the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance marketplace.

A new look at the Big Bang, moments later

A team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that they have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation. Left to right, Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University, Clem Pryke of the University of Minnesota, Jamie Block of Caltech/JPL, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford/SLAC, John Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

In a major discovery, a Harvard-led team detected a cosmic pattern that has been described as the “bang” of the Big Bang.

Some slam ‘racist’ stereotypes in play at Newton North

A sign in Newton Centre advertised Newton North High School's production of

By Ellen Ishkanian

A stage version of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is triggering a backlash from Asian-Americans who say the musical’s racist stereotypes are hurtful and unacceptable.

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Kevin Cullen

Dropping in on Whitey Bulger

By Kevin Cullen

Business

State to distribute $20 million in heating aid

By Erin Ailworth

Massachusetts lawmakers approved the release of the money as the long, cold winter drags on.

Boston Scientific turns the corner

Mike Mahoney launched Boston Scientific’s strategic push at a gathering of stock analysts in New York early last year.

By Robert Weisman

With new CEO Mike Mahoney, medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. is focusing on faster-growing businesses.

Gloucester’s ‘Innovation House’ aims to book bold ideas in a tranquil setting

The Inn Magnolia is now the Innovation House, a meeting place for entrepreneurs.

By Sarah Shemkus

A renovated bed and breakfast in the Gloucester village of Magnolia is now a meeting place for entrepreneurs.

Obituaries

Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon dead at 103

Mrs. Mellon redesigned the White House Rose Garden at the request of her friend Jacqueline Kennedy.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mrs. Mellon died of natural causes at the Upperville, Va., estate that had been her principal residence for decades.

L’Wren Scott, Jagger’s designer girlfriend, found hanging

By Bruce Weber

Ms. Scott, a fashion designer and celebrity stylist who was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, was found dead in Manhattan on Monday.

Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at 64

By Mesfin Fekadu

Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he had ‘‘never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton.’’

Sports

Red Sox notebook

Three more prospects leave Red Sox camp

By Peter Abraham

Catcher Christian Vazquez and righthander Allen Webster were optioned to Triple A Pawtucket. Shortstop Deven Marrero was reassigned.

Tigers proceeding without Jose Iglesias

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias said he has stress fractures in both legs and isn’t sure when he'll be able to play again.

Sports Log

Penguins’ Kris Letang practices but return remains uncertain

Letang participated in his first workout alongside his teammates in nearly two months Monday.

G: Living

Kristen Merlin hits the big time on ‘The Voice’

Kristen Merlin performed with her band (guitarist Steve Ohlson is visible in plaid shirt) at the Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater this month.

By Christie Coombs

Local pub-goers have long known that Kristen Merlin can sing. With her success on TV, now the nation does.

Frame by Frame

Self-Portrait by Baccio Bandinelli

By Sebastian Smee

When Isabella Stewart Gardner purchased this self-portrait by Baccio Bandinelli, she did so in the belief that it was a portrait of Michelangelo.

Cromer, Martin to direct in Huntington Theatre’s 2014-15 season

Next year, the Huntington Theatre Company’s former artistic director Nicholas Martin (above) will be back to direct “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

By Don Aucoin

Huntington Theatre Company’s next season will feature celebrated “Our Town’’ director David Cromer and “Vanya” director Nicholas Martin.

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Foster the People, ‘Supermodel’

By James Reed

Album Review | Pop

Kylie Minogue, ‘Kiss Me Once’

By Marc Hirsh

Album Review | Indie Rock

The War on Drugs, ‘Lost in the Dream’

By James Reed

Album Review | Pop

Lea Michele, ‘Louder’

By Sarah Rodman

Album Review | POP

Enrique Iglesias, ‘Sex and Love’

By Ken Capobianco

Stage Review

Not enough lift for ‘Tongue of a Bird’

By Terry Byrne

Music REview

On the Old Post Road, from Moravia to America

By Jeremy Eichler

Music Review

Kissin delivers majesty and intimacy

By Seth Herbst

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Todd English’s NYC Olives taken over by the Gerber Group

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Davis speaks at Women’s Summit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Reunion weekend for Boston Ballet

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Baldwin will join Frank at Tribeca

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Sarah Silverman lends her voice to Keshet

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Table tennis pros in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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