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When routine turned to crisis

Firefighters and dispatcher recordings provided insight into what occurred during a deadly blaze at 298 Beacon St. in Boston’s Back Bay on Wednesday.

Jessica RinaldiGlobe staff

There was nothing more than a thin haze of smoke drifting from the building when firefighters arrived at 298 Beacon Street.

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“Almost all of us believe it was wind-related,’’ a Fire Department spokesman said of Wednesday’s nine-alarm blaze that killed two firefighters.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Kevin_Cullen_150px-13069.jpg Their singular calling is ingrained for life

Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy ran into a burning building to save lives, knowing they could lose their own.

Marijuana licensees to face new scrutiny

Companies approved for provisional licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to undergo extensive additional background checks.

Governor Deval Patrick.

Governor declares an emergency on opiate abuse

“Heroin today is cheap and highly potent,” Governor Patrick said. “We have right now an opiate epidemic.”

Jerry Remy leaves Tuesday’s custody hearing for his granddaughter. Wendy Maeda Globe Staff.tz

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

As glare intensifies, Jerry Remy resolves to stay put

Remy has no plans to step down from NESN Red Sox broadcasts, despite backlash in the wake of recent revelations about his son Jared.

The Nation

Internal report clears N.J. governor

By Michael Barbaro

The Port Authority official said he had informed Gov. Chris Christie of lane closings at the George Washington Bridge while the closings were occurring.

House Democrats downplay findings in Marathon bombing report

Prior to the April 15 bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) had twice escaped scrutiny from customs officials while traveling.

By Matt Viser and Noah Bierman

Lawmakers gave vague answers as to why they declined to endorse the report, or, in some cases, even read it.

President seeks quick overhaul of NSA policy

By Eileen Sullivan

President Obama asked Congress to end the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

The World

Ex-Ukrainian leader to run for president

Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was the chief nemesis of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and spent most of his presidency incarcerated.

By Kathy Lally and Will Englund

Yulia Tymoshenko, who for a decade has made Ukrainian politics an impassioned melodrama, said Thursday that she would run for president.

Obama, Francis differ on nature of private session

By JULIE PACE

Face to face for the first time, President Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor.

Pilots’ own gear yields few clues

By Michael S. Schmidt and Thomas Fuller

The flight simulator and hard drives that the pilots of Flight 370 had at their homes appear to be a dead end.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Massachusetts as farm state

Laura Pratt fed two young cows milk in the barn of Hornstra’s Dairy Farm in Norwell.

By Scot Lehigh

The state’s pastoral sector has developed an idealistic energy all its own, one that seems to have real appeal to the young.

JOANNA WEISS

Age-based wages short teen workers

By Joanna Weiss

How do you separate the kids who need it from the ones who don’t — the worthy expenditures from the frivolous ones?

CARLO ROTELLA

Up to our teeth in litter

By Carlo Rotella

The field of everyday public ugliness may be crowded with intimidating competitors, but the floss pick is a rising star.

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Metro

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Their singular calling is ingrained for life

By Kevin Cullen

Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy ran into a burning building to save lives, knowing they could lose their own.

When routine turned to crisis

Firefighters and dispatcher recordings provided insight into what occurred during a deadly blaze at 298 Beacon St. in Boston’s Back Bay on Wednesday.

By Andrew Ryan, Evan Allen and Meghan E. Irons

There was nothing more than a thin haze of smoke drifting from the building when firefighters arrived at 298 Beacon Street.

Marijuana licensees to face new scrutiny

By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

Companies approved for provisional licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to undergo extensive additional background checks.

Business

Judge issues order preventing North Adams ER closure

By Robert Weisman

The temporary restraining order prevents North Adams Regional Hospital from closing its emergency department.

Shirley Leung

Note to BRA: Honeymoon is over

State Rep. Nick Collins, developer Joe Fallon, Mayor Martin Walsh, Cornerstone chief executive David Reilly, Fallon company executive vice president Richard Martini, and acting BRA director Brian Golden.

By Shirley Leung

Frustration is building as developers lose patience with waiting for basic guidance on how to proceed on projects.

Eclectic Martha’s Vineyard radio station hopes to regain an over-the-air signal

Mvyradio is based in small house in Vineyard Haven. The online station could be back on the airwaves in May.

By Sarah Shemkus

More than a year after former owner Aritaur Communications sold the station’s 3,000-watt signal, mvyradio is set to return.

Obituaries

Peggy Brown, 79; worked to improve health care in Roxbury

Dr. Brown’s varied career included lecturing at Northeastern and teaching at Boston College.

By Laurie D. Willis

Dr. Brown firmly believed all children could learn, and she feared that children of color were often forgotten or overlooked in public schools.

James Schlesinger, 85; caustic secretary of defense, energy

Dr. Schlesinger helped draft a far-reaching energy reform bill in 1978 that gave a tax incentive to install solar panels.

By Timothy R. Smith

Dr. Schlesinger was a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s.

Ralph Wilson, 95; Bills owner pushed for merger with NFL

Ralph Wilson, the only owner in the Buffalo Bills’ history, was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

By Richard Goldstein

When Mr. Wilson obtained an AFL franchise for $25,000 in 1960, he joined seven other founding AFL team owners in a daunting challenge to the long-established NFL.

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Sports

Vince Wilfork agrees to new deal with Patriots

Though he had asked for his release, Vince Wilfork will remain a Patriot.

By Ben Volin

A source confirmed that Wilfork has agreed to a restructured three-year contract, worth a reported $22.5 million overall.

Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0

Bruins stifle Blackhawks

Tuukka Rask was congratulated by Matt Bartkowski at the end of Thursday’s shutout game.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins beat the Blackhawks in their first Boston meeting since last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

BC’s Johnny Gaudreau has a vision on the ice

Boston College Eagle Johnny Gaudreau celebrated his goal against the Norte Dame Fighting Irish March 15, 2014.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Gaudreau grew up with a love for hockey that seems insatiable, as boundless as his prolific scoring touch.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

As glare intensifies, Jerry Remy resolves to stay put

By Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox Spring Training report | Red Sox 4, Twins 1

John Lackey dazzles downtrodden Twins

By Dan Shaughnessy

red sox notebook

Red Sox announce Jon Lester as Opening Day starter

By Dan Shaughnessy

SPORTS MEDIA

No reason to oust Jerry Remy

By Chad Finn

ncaa tournament | dayton 82, stanford 72

Dayton’s run stretches into Elite Eight

By Julian Benbow

on hockey

Bruins ready for Stanley Cup chase

By Fluto Shinzawa

Florida 79, UCLA 68

Top seed Florida runs win streak to 29 games

By Teresa M. Walker

Connor Hellebuyck backstopping UMass-Lowell

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

ncaa tournament | West Regional semifinals

Arizona rallies to beat San Diego State

ncaa notebook

Mark Schmidt interviews for BC basketball job

By Michael Vega

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

In ‘Noah,’ a hard rain

Russell Crowe in

By Ty Burr

Parts of the movie are ridiculous, but the parts that work almost sweep you away in the flood.

‘Becoming Cuba’ imagines a revolutionary reality

“I didn’t know the story before it wrote itself,’’ says Lopez of her play “Becoming Cuba.”

By Patti Hartigan

Melinda Lopez’s ancestral homeland was the inspiration for her play, which is receiving its New England premiere in a Huntington Theatre Company production.

Stewart brings humor, heartbreak to ‘Rich Girl’

Sasha Castroverde and Joe Short play Claudine and Henry, the rich girl and struggling artist of the play “Rich Girl.”

By Joel Brown

Lyric Stage Company of Boston is presenting Victoria Stewart’s funny and heartbreaking tale of financial and emotional savings and withholding.

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Book Review

‘A Crisis of Community’ by Mary Babson Fuhrer

By Megan Woolhouse

Classical Notes

No one sounds like Bernard Rands

By David Weininger

movie review

A poignant ‘Week-End’ in the city of love

By Peter Keough

movie review

More grapes than wrath in ‘Cesar Chavez’

By Peter Keough

Noisy Neighbors

Phil Grenadier, ‘Shimmer’

By Jon Garelick

Night Watch

Videodrome Discotheque presents Night Fever

By Alex Stills

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Love Letters

They’re still casual

Names

Amy Poehler tapped for World Book Night

By Joseph P. Kahn