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As region honors fallen firefighters, probe focuses on heating system

Students on a field trip to Boston dropped flowers Friday on the growing memorial at the Boylston Street fire station.

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While investigators continued the process of determining the cause of the Back Bay fire, a poignant City Hall ceremony spoke to its terrible cost.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/chaplain150-13298.jpg For longtime chaplain, a duty that never gets easier

The Rev. Daniel Mahoney, chaplain of the Boston Fire Department, has tended to 51 fallen firefighters.

Todashev reports leave Waltham wondering about 2011

Two separate reports confirmed that Ibragim Todashev confessed last May in Orlando that he was involved in the 2011 slayings of three men.

Al’s Shoe Store owner Henry Wein chatted with customer Noel Santiago of Revere. The East Boston store is closing.

JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

After 90 years, Al’s Shoe Store closing its doors

For owner Henry Wein, the decision to close up his shoe store in East Boston on Sunday is a heartbreaking one.

BetaBoston

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The approval gives the huge Cambridge biotech company entry into a market that could be worth billions of dollars.

The Nation

Public support for health law drops in poll

Obama, insurers, and most policy experts consider the so-called individual mandate essential to creating a big insurance pool that keeps premiums affordable.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Dennis Junius

Support for Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since its passage, according to a new poll.

Bill Clinton aides strove to build legacy in 2nd term

After Bill Clinton won a sweeping reelection against Republican Bob Dole, the White House started working on ways of cementing the president’s legacy.

By Ken Thomas

Clinton’s top aides began debating how to build a presidential legacy days after he won reelection, new documents show.

Marriage appears to be heart healthy, study shows

A major study found married people were less likely than those single, divorced, or widowed to have heart problems.

By Marilynn Marchione

A major study found married people were less likely than those single, divorced, or widowed to have heart problems.

The World

Putin calls Obama to discuss crisis in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin presided at a meeting of the Russian Security Council at the Kremlin on Friday.

By Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear

Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss a proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine crisis.

Search zone for Malaysian airliner shifts again

Relatives of missing Chinese passengers left a Beijing briefing Friday in protest.

By Rob Griffith and Gillian Wong

Eight planes were deployed Saturday to locate objects floating in a new search area for the wreckage.

US studies more aid for Syrian rebels

President Obama and King Abdullah met for more than two hours outside the capital city of Riyadh on Friday.

By Julie Pace

The United States is considering allowing shipments of portable air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a US official said.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Teacher, then arbitrator, overstep

By Lawrence Harmon

The bottom line is that any teacher who violates a school district’s sexual harassment policy — with a student no less — should expect to be shown the door.

alex beam

Let the early bird keep the worm

By Alex Beam

One message for young people: Everything that you have been told is untrue.

opinion | Prodita Sabarini

‘The Act of Killing’ doesn’t end

Safit Pardede (from left), Anwar Congo, Adi Zulkadry, and Joshua Oppenheimer behind the scenes in “The Act of Killing.”

By Prodita Sabarini

So far, neither Indonesia nor the United States has faced the truth in the massacre of nearly a million people.

Metro

As region honors fallen firefighters, probe focuses on heating system

Students on a field trip to Boston dropped flowers Friday on the growing memorial at the Boylston Street fire station.

By Peter Schworm and Maria Cramer

While investigators continued the process of determining the cause of the Back Bay fire, a poignant City Hall ceremony spoke to its terrible cost.

For longtime chaplain, a duty that never gets easier

The Rev. Daniel J. Mahoney, chaplain of the Boston Fire Department, has tended to 51 fallen firefighters.

By Brian MacQuarrie

The Rev. Daniel Mahoney, chaplain of the Boston Fire Department, has tended to 51 fallen firefighters.

Todashev reports leave Waltham wondering about 2011

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy says officials have not provided her with information on the investigation.

By Maria Sacchetti

Two separate reports confirmed that Ibragim Todashev confessed last May in Orlando that he was involved in the 2011 slayings of three men.

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None hurt as Cambridge office roof blaze is quelled

By John R. Ellement and Jacqueline Tempera

Business

North Adams hospital shuts emergency room

Registered nurse Linda Williams (left), a 30-year veteran of the North Adams Regional Hospital, got a hug from a supporter on Friday.

By Robert Weisman

The shutdown came amid growing disagreement and acrimony among hospital leaders, employees, and regulators.

Todd English shutters Beacon Hill cupcake bakery

Todd English’s Beacon Hill bakery, Isabelle’s Curly Cakes, had closed for renovations in January but has now permanently closed.

By Taryn Luna

The restaurateur has closed Isabelle’s Curly Cakes, the latest setback for his shrinking culinary empire.

Shirley Leung

Is Marty Walsh playing to win or bluffing?

If Martin Walsh’s goal is to cause a ruckus and buy more time, it’s working.

By Shirley Leung

Boston’s new mayor has turned the casino licensing process into the biggest poker game in town.

Obituaries

Jeremiah Denton, 89, Vietnam POW, senator

In 1980, with a war-hero image and running on a platform of strong defense, Mr. Denton was elected to the US Senate.

By Robert D. McFadden

In 1980, with a war-hero image and running on a platform of strong defense, Mr. Denton was elected to the US Senate.

Howard Callaway, 86, GOP strategist, Army secretary

Mr. Callaway helped create Callaway Gardens, a 6,500-acre resort. Initially built to preserve azalea species, it now has golf courses.

By William Yardley

Mr. Callaway played leading roles in the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Zbigniew Romaszewski, 74; physicist was Solidarity activist in Poland

Dr. Romaszewski and his wife started Radio Solidarity, a secret station sometimes on air for just a few minutes at a time.

By William Yardley

Dr. Romaszewski played an early role in a workers’ rights group founded in the 1970s, which helped set up the Solidarity movement.

Sports

Grady Sizemore named Red Sox center fielder

Grady Sizemore missed the last two seasons because of injuries.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Red Sox will go with the comebacking veteran to start the season, and Jackie Bradley Jr. is being sent down.

Raptors 105, Celtics 103

Celtics fall short as Raptors clinch playoff spot

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Celtics forward Kris Humphries scrambled for a loose ball during the first half.

By Gary Washburn

Amir Johnson’s putback of a Kyle Lowry missed layup with 7.1 seconds left completed a late Toronto rally.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots and Vince Wilfork met in the middle

Vince Wilfork will be staying alongside coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The fairest negotiations are ones in which neither side can claim absolute victory. That was the case with Wilfork and the Patriots.

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spring training report | Red Sox 4, Twins 0

Doubront, Napoli shine as Red Sox top Twins

By Dan Shaughnessy

Bentley 73, West Texas A&M 65

Bentley is perfect in winning national title

By Tom Reisenweber

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Will Middlebrooks has been locked in this spring

By wDan Shaughnessy

Bruins Notebook

Bruins working hard, staying focused in stretch run

By Barbara Matson

UConn 81, Iowa St. 76

UConn starts fast, holds off Iowa State

By Michael Vega

Mich. St. 61, Virginia 59

Michigan State survives late charge by Virginia

By Jim O’Connell

Celtics Notebook

Celtics starters need a lesson in chemistry

By Gary Washburn

BC hockey team ready, eager to face Denver

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

UConn women up next for giant killer BYU

By Eric Olson

Union 5, Vermont 2

Union’s power play too much for Vermont

By Anthony Gulizia

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

Providence rolls to regional hockey final

By Anthony Gulizia

G: Family

This year’s sugaring season off to a slow start

Bottles of dark amber syrup at Bascom Maple Farms in Acworth, N.H.

By Douglas Whynott

Long stretch of wintry days slows maple harvest and fuels climate change worries.

After 90 years, Al’s Shoe Store closing its doors

Al’s Shoe Store owner Henry Wein chatted with customer Noel Santiago of Revere. The East Boston store is closing.

By Linda Matchan

For owner Henry Wein, the decision to close up his shoe store in East Boston on Sunday is a heartbreaking one.

Q&A

Writer boils down maple sugaring industry

Douglas Whynott.

By Alex Stills

Douglas Whynott, fascinated with traditional New England industries, chronicles a sugaring season at Bascom’s Maple Farm in N.H.