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Supreme Court ends overall limits on political donations

The court ruled that it was unconstitutional for government to limit the amount of money an individual can give.

Thousands joined the funeral observance for Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.

Firefighters say goodbye to Lt. Edward Walsh

The body of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. was returned Wednesday to the brick church of his childhood, an intimate Gothic sanctuary where he had been baptized almost 43 years ago and where, on this day, he would be eulogized as a 6-foot-4 “gentle giant” whose life calling was to lead the charge into burning buildings.

When a selfie becomes an endorsement

It had all the appearances of a serendipitous selfie.But not long after the shot of Red Sox hitter David Ortiz and President Obama went viral on the Web, it was revealed to be a clever marketing ploy set in motion by the electronics giant Samsung.And it worked. The photo that Ortiz posted on Twitter was seen by hundreds of thousands of his biggest fans, and likely millions more people elsewhere on social media.But it also raises new questions of what is advertising on the Web and what isn’t. Is every celebrity tweet now suspect or paid for by corporations? Is every selfie an endorsement? It’s often hard to tell these days, especially as celebrities and sports stars are sending out countless tweets to legions of fans that follow their every post on the Web.

Army General Mark Milley, Fort Hood commanding general officer, spoke to the media late Wednesday at the entrance to Fort Hood, Texas.

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Soldier kills 3, wounds others before shooting self

The Ford Hood shooter had been under examination to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, an official said.

Biotech sector fears financial squeeze

Mass. biotechs and medical device makers worry that lower costs for consumers could be bad for business.

The Nation

Supreme Court ends overall limits on political donations

The US Supreme Court building.

By Matt Viser and Tracy Jan

The court ruled that it was unconstitutional for government to limit the amount of money an individual can give.

Soldier kills 3, wounds others before shooting self

Army General Mark Milley, Fort Hood commanding general officer, spoke to the media late Wednesday at the entrance to Fort Hood, Texas.

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Adam Goldman and Sari Horwitz

The Ford Hood shooter had been under examination to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, an official said.

Maine senators back interrogation report release

By Mark Mazzetti

Susan Collins and Angus King announced their support for declassifying parts of a long-delayed report on the CIA’s defunct program.

The World

Jockeying over blame begins at peace talks

By William Booth and Anne Gearan

A day after a major breach, it remained unclear how Secretary of State John Kerry would keep his signature diplomatic effort going.

Malaysian police: Jet mystery may never be solved

By Eileen Ng

A police investigation may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, and search planes scouring the Indian Ocean for any sign of its wreckage aren’t certain to find anything either, officials said Wednesday.

Deposed Ukrainian leader admits mistakes on Crimea

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gestured Wednesday during an interview with The Associated Press in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

By Caro Kriel and Vladimir Isachenkov

Defensive and at times tearful, Viktor Yanukovych vowed to try to negotiate with Vladimir Putin to get the coveted Black Sea peninsula back.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Domestic violence laws are not applied equally

Then-Representative Carlos Henriquez, right, arrived in handcuffs in January at the State House to appear before the House Committee on Ethics.

By Joan Vennochi

The Jared Remy and Carlos Henriquez cases show how domestic violence charges can be treated differently.

Alex Beam

The Mozart problem

By Alex Beam

Some people, like Mozart, are brilliant at what they do. The rest of us can only concede to that.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Fueling a heat and eat rebellion

By Derrick Z. Jackson

A GOP effort to tie heating assistance to food stamps has been met with resistance.

Metro

Firefighters say goodbye to Lt. Edward Walsh

Thousands joined the funeral observance for Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.

By Andrew Ryan

The fallen Boston firefighter was recalled as a “gentle giant” whose life calling was to lead the charge into burning buildings.

Firefighters, residents line streets of Watertown

Main Street was shut down to regular traffic and lined by a sea of firefighters in full dress uniform with white gloves.

By Evan Allen, Meghan E. Irons, Ellen Ishkanian, Catalina Gaitan, and Jacqueline Tempera

Main Street was shut down to regular traffic and featured a sea of firefighters in full dress to honor Edward Walsh Jr.

Harvard report praises response to Marathon bombings

By Peter Schworm and Maria Cramer

A fast, effective emergency response to the bombings was the product of years of security planning, according to the review.

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YVONNE ABRAHAM

In Middlesex DA Marian Ryan’s shoes

By Yvonne Abraham

METHUEN

Third man arrested in Methuen school stabbing

By Jacqueline Tempera

Names

Around town: Olivia Wilde spotted in Concord

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Business

Biotech sector fears financial squeeze

By Robert Weisman

Mass. biotechs and medical device makers worry that lower costs for consumers could be bad for business.

When a selfie becomes an endorsement

By Michael B. Farrell

It had all the appearances of a serendipitous selfie.But not long after the shot of Red Sox hitter David Ortiz and President Obama went viral on the Web, it was revealed to be a clever marketing ploy set in motion by the electronics giant Samsung.And it worked. The photo that Ortiz posted on Twitter was seen by hundreds of thousands of his biggest fans, and likely millions more people elsewhere on social media.But it also raises new questions of what is advertising on the Web and what isn’t. Is every celebrity tweet now suspect or paid for by corporations? Is every selfie an endorsement? It’s often hard to tell these days, especially as celebrities and sports stars are sending out countless tweets to legions of fans that follow their every post on the Web.

Marathon security will be tighter, but not ‘over the top’

Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial Services, which has sponsored the Boston Marathon for 29 years.

By Erin Ailworth

The president of John Hancock Financial Services, which sponsors the event, said runners and spectators won’t feel caged in.

Obituaries

Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

 In this May 1990 photo, savings and loan financier Charles H. Keating Jr., appears at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

By Bob Christie

Mr. Keating, the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died.

Donald Freeman Brown, 105; BU professor emeritus

Donald Freeman Brown earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Harvard.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Brown, of Stow, helped found the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and was one of Harvard University’s oldest living graduates.

Frankie Knuckles, house music legend; at 59

Chicago disc jockey Frankie Knuckles was known as the Godfather of House Music.

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey, worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Sports

red sox 6, orioles 2

Red Sox earn first win of season

David Ortiz, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia.

By Peter Abraham

David Ortiz and Mike Napoli homered as the Red Sox rebounded from an Opening Day defeat in Baltimore.

red wings 3, bruins 2

Bruins’ 9-game road winning streak ends

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winning goal against Tuukka Rask Wednesday.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Red Wings scored twice in the last 10 minutes to defeat the Bruins.

Why are Patriots scouting rookie QBs?

Johnny Manziel wasn’t tested physically during his visit to Foxborough but he may have taken a written quiz or two.

By Ben Volin

The most plausible explanation for hosting Johnny Manziel is that Bill Belichick simply wants to get a read on the next crop of young QBs.

G: Style

Local model Phil Sullivan aims for the big time

Phil Sullivan didn’t win “America’s Next Top Model.” But it did give him a chance to grow a big, bushy beard — a rarity in the fashion world.

By Christopher Muther

How the Berkshires native went from reality TV to the fashion runways.

Museums artfully embrace fashion exhibits

By Jill Radsken

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is poised to unveil its first-ever fashion exhibition, “Carla Fernández. The Barefoot Designer.”

Photography review

At Simmons, ‘Like Water’ for spirit

Mary Lang’s “Near the Pump House, Auburndale, MA.”

By Mark Feeney

Eighteen color images are displayed in “Like Water: Photographs by Mary Lang” running at Simmons College’s Trustman Gallery through April 17.

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