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Needham doctor will face lesser charges in patients’ deaths

Federal prosecutors scaled back charges against a popular Needham doctor after failing to meet standards set by the Supreme Court.

Scott Brown, who has faced off against Martha Coakley and Elizabeth Warren, may face Jeanne Shaheen next.

For Scott Brown, a possible third test against a woman

Political analysts struggled to name another candidate who has waged every major campaign of his career against a woman.

David Ortiz took the photo with President Obama when the Red Sox came to the White House on Tuesday to be honored for their 2013 World Series Championship.

White House objects to Ortiz-Obama selfie

Despite the uproar, officials have little recourse over use of the image.

The Nation

White House objects to Ortiz-Obama selfie

David Ortiz took the photo with President Obama when the Red Sox came to the White House on Tuesday to be honored for their 2013 World Series Championship.

By Matt Viser

Despite the uproar, officials have little recourse over use of the image.

In new Fort Hood attack, an echo of 2009 rampage

A man worked Thursday on a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood at Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas.

By Manny Fernandez and Serge F. Kovaleski

The replay of a mass shooting at the base raised questions about what lessons officials had learned from the previous attack.

US built ‘Cuban Twitter’ secretly to stir up dissent

By Desmond Butler and Jack Gillum

The Obama administration project sought to evade Cuba’s stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform.

The World

Israel cancels planned release of Palestinian prisoners

By Michael R. Gordon and Isabel Kershner

It’s an indication of the severity of the impasse between the sides despite pressure to keep peace talks alive.

Viktor Yanukovych ordered bloodbath, Ukraine says

Protesters reacted to sniper gunfire in Kiev’s Independence Square on Feb. 20. The identity of the snipers believed to be responsible is the subject of disagreement.

By Maria Danilova

The country’s interim authorities accused the fugitive ex-president of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters.

South Sudan needs $230m to stave off starvation, UN says

By Nick Cumming-Bruce

The country needs the aid in the next 60 days or it will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

A thorough investigation is crucial to firefighters’ safety

Members of the Boston Fire and Police departments talked in front of the building where a blaze killed two firefighters last week.

By Lawrence Harmon

More must be known about the decisions that led two firefighters into the basement of 298 Beacon St.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Boston’s second-stage responders

By Joan Wickersham

The Marathon bombings have afforded productive lessons in creating accessible housing.

SCOT LEHIGH

Fixing the nominating process

By Scot Lehigh

Both parties should give up their field-winnowing function and simply endorse a favorite for each office.

Metro

Thousands honor fallen firefighter at West Roxbury church

Firefighters from three continents stood outside Holy Name Church in West Roxbury during Michael Kennedy’s funeral.

By Eric Moskowitz

The salutes swept along Centre Street like a rolling wave ahead of the funeral procession for Michael R. Kennedy.

Needham doctor will face lesser charges in patients’ deaths

Dr. Joseph P. Zolot and his nurse practitioner will still face charges of conspiracy and drug dealing.

By Milton J. Valencia

Federal prosecutors scaled back charges against a popular Needham doctor after failing to meet standards set by the Supreme Court.

Firefighters from across US gather to pay respects

Michael Kennedy’s father, Paul, was given his son’s Medal of Valor, which he laid on the firefighter’s casket.

By Maria Cramer and Meghan Irons

A thick line of firefighters, at least 10 people deep, filled the street leading to Holy Name Church.

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Police find vehicle in fatal Charlestown bicycle crash

By Travis Andersen and Evan Allen

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Two people shot in Downtown Crossing, police say

By John R. Ellement

Norton

Warehouse evacuated after ammonia leak

By Catalina Gaitan

Names

Dropkick Murphys will help with Fenway Opening Day

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

MassArt hosts preview party for its annual auction

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Business

Bringing spring to Fenway Park a big task

David Mellor (right) and his crew always dig deep to keep the Fenway grass pristine. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

By Stan Grossfeld

Despite a challenging winter and chilly spring, the field will be in midseason form, thanks to head groundskeeper David Mellor.

Coakley sues for-profit college operator

By Megan Woolhouse

Mass. AG Martha Coakley alleges that the school used aggressive tactics to increase enrollments and boost profits.

Tufts Medical Center names Michael Wagner CEO

Michael Wagner.

By Chris Reidy

Wagner said Tufts will focus on care and services that take advantage of its network of community hospital partners.

Obituaries

Paul Sheehy, 79; promoted education in Lowell

Mr. Sheehy helped bring  Middlesex Community College to Lowell.

By J.M. Lawrence

The longtime politician worked to transform his native town from a beaten mill city into a regional center of higher education.

‘Hobie’ Alter, surfboard and sailboat innovator; at 80

In 2011, Mr. Alter was one of the first 15 inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Md.

By Dennis Hevesi

Mr. Alter was known as the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry for his manufacturing innovations.

Jack Ready, 86; Secret Service agent guarded JFK

Jack Ready (front) with the president in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Ready was a key member of the White House detail that guarded President Kennedy on the day he was assassinated.

Sports

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Red Sox claim series win vs. Orioles

Red Sox players celebrated after beating the Orioles on Thursday.

By Peter Abraham

Xander Bogaerts shined and Koji Uehara picked up his first save as the Red Sox left Baltimore with a 2-1 record.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Welcome home, Red Sox

Wally the Green Monster was on hand as a team of Fenway Park employees prepared for the home opener on Thursday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Before the Red Sox turn the page, it’s time to celebrate the 2013 World Series title one more time.

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Bruins fall to Maple Leafs

Nazem Kadri (background) celebrated after slipping the game-winning goal past Chad Johnson.

By Amalie Benjamin

Nazem Kadri’s power-play goal in overtime handed the Bruins their second straight loss.

G: Arts & Movies

movie review

Things get darker for ‘Captain America’

Chris Evans as Captain America.

By Ty Burr

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a hard-edged thrill ride that’s not for little kids.

Couple bend elements of theater, dance into ‘Shape’

Production co-creators Jonathan Bernstein and Susan Misner are writer-director and choreographer, respectively.

By Karen Campbell

The theatrical hybrid “The Shape She Makes” explores how childhood experiences and memories shape our adult lives.

Stage Review

Nalaga’at’s nutritious ‘Not by Bread Alone’

Members of the Nalaga’at Theater Ensemble, who are deaf and blind, communicate by touch and touch-sign language.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The troupe from Tel Aviv of deaf-blind performers puts on a funny, poignant, nourishing show at Emerson Paramount Center Mainstage.

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movie review

Real lemurs in ‘Island of Lemurs’

By Tom Russo

Television Review

Having fun with geek philosophy in ‘Silicon Valley’

By Matthew Gilbert

Critic’s Notebook

Abba’s groundbreaking pop still soars

By Christopher Muther

Critic’s Notebook

Before she was an icon, Cher was simply a soul singer

By James Reed

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

names

Brady cheers for Gisele in Brazil

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Breaking Bad’ creator stops at Harvard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Miley Cyrus visit didn’t include a stop at Harvard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Sophie Freud sees ‘Freud’s Women’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein