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Billionaire buying into Harvard Square

Over the course of 18 months, Gerald Chan spent about $120 million to amass an impressive portfolio.

“There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the US can spend if the parties themselves are unable to take constructive steps,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Morocco.

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John Kerry losing patience on Mideast peace talks

The secretary of state took an unusually pessimistic tone as he indicated the US may pull back from the effort.

Ricky Prezioso, 41, of Swampscott, was lead by a court officer into Charlestown Municipal Court for his arraignment.

Bike activists push for harsher penalties after cyclist’s death

Increasing penalties, activists say, could lead drivers to be more vigilant in looking for bike riders and walkers.

Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson, flanked by Police Commissioner William Evans (left) and Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin spoke to reporters.

Wendy Maeda/Globe staff

Welders working nearby blamed for Back Bay fire

The welders were working in the rear of the building next door to where the deadly fire broke out, officials said.

Ethan Crespo, 5, held a hedgehog at Crespo’s Crazy Critters in Gardner.

Hedgehogs increasingly popular as pets

Local breeders estimate they’ve sold about 2,000 hedgehogs — or “hedgies,” as enthusiasts call them — over the past two years.

The Nation

Argument came before shooting at Fort Hood

The post commander said Ivan Lopez’s “underlying medical conditions” were not a direct factor in the shootings.

By Manny Fernandez

The Army specialist who killed three had a dispute over a leave request shortly before the rampage, a law enforcement official said.

George W. Bush displays portraits of world leaders

The exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum runs through June 3.

By Peter Baker

The official debut of the artist known as W. peels back the curtain on a hobby that has consumed him during the last couple of years.

Army bans natural hairstyles worn by black women

This image shows hairstyles that the Army has deemed inappropriate for maintaining uniformity in its ranks.

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Bethonie Butler

The new regulation has sparked some backlash, with many arguing that the rule has a racial and cultural component.

The World

John Kerry losing patience on Mideast peace talks

“There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the US can spend if the parties themselves are unable to take constructive steps,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Morocco.

By Bryan Bender

The secretary of state took an unusually pessimistic tone as he indicated the US may pull back from the effort.

AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

Anja Niedringhaus on the job covering the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

By Kim Gamel

An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on the two journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

Afghans see hope in chance to choose new leader

An Afghan man tried Friday to control his donkey loaded with ballot boxes ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. They were delivering the supplies to remote villages.

By Kim Gamel

If voters turn out in large numbers and the Afghans are able to hold a successful election, that could undermine the Taliban’s appeal.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

A hospital’s daily marathon

Boston Medical Center personnel waited outside the emergency room for more Marathon bombing victims to arrive.

By Joanna Weiss

Major tragedies get attention, but lives are saved every day without fanfare.

opinion | Anita F. Hill

Toxic legacy of sexual misconduct

Anita Hill testified she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 11, 1991.

By Anita F. Hill

A broad spectrum of sexual misconduct persists in our schools, workplaces, and the military.

RENÉE LOTH

A complex and dispiriting loss of smell

By Renée Loth

Anosmia may sound like a flower, but it’s really about learning to smell the roses.

Metro

Welders working nearby blamed for Back Bay fire

Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson, flanked by Police Commissioner William Evans (left) and Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin spoke to reporters.

By Maria Cramer

The welders were working in the rear of the building next door to where the deadly fire broke out, officials said.

Bike activists push for harsher penalties after cyclist’s death

Ricky Prezioso, 41, of Swampscott, was lead by a court officer into Charlestown Municipal Court for his arraignment.

By Martine Powers

Increasing penalties, activists say, could lead drivers to be more vigilant in looking for bike riders and walkers.

Hedgehogs increasingly popular as pets

Ethan Crespo, 5, held a hedgehog at Crespo’s Crazy Critters in Gardner.

By James H. Burnett III

Local breeders estimate they’ve sold about 2,000 hedgehogs — or “hedgies,” as enthusiasts call them — over the past two years.

More Stories

Men accused of sending nuclear supplies to Iran

By Travis Andersen and Jennifer Smith

Dorchester teens arrested after shooting, chase in Roxbury

By Catalina Gaitan and Melissa Hanson

Business

Billionaire buying into Harvard Square

Gerald L. Chan has amassed a portfolio of properties that includes the Hotel Veritas on Massachusetts Avenue.

By Edward Mason

Over the course of 18 months, Gerald Chan spent about $120 million to amass an impressive portfolio.

Museum of Science to debut 4-D theater in August

By Taryn Luna

The new $2.5 million theater will synchronize physical effects with a 3-D film.

FDA chief urges ‘new era of partnership’

FDA chief Margaret Hamburg spoke to 300 pharmaceutical executives in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

Margaret Hamburg wants to work with the biopharmaceutical industry in bringing new treatments to patients.

Obituaries

Don Reitz, 84; ceramicist who stretched boundaries

Mr. Reitz pushed, pulled, prodded, punched, pinched, and poked mountains of clay into vast abstract forms.

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Reitz was one of a small cadre of midcentury artisans who expanded the medium to include immense, intellectually provocative works of abstract art.

Thomas Polgar, 91; CIA official during fall of Saigon

Mr. Polgar often rode to work on his bicycle before meeting with the president.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Polgar helped direct the frantic airborne evacuation of US citizens and Vietnamese leaders during the final days of the war in 1975.

Sandy Grossman, 78; acclaimed TV sports director

Mr. Grossman won eight Emmys from inside the TV truck.

By Rachel Cohen

Mr. Grossman directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts and spent more than two decades working with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Sports

BREWERS 6, RED SOX 2

Red Sox drop home opener

Grady Sizemore is out trying to score on a fly ball in the third inning. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy makes the tag. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

By Peter Abraham

The Brewers put up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to spoil what was otherwise a festive day at Fenway Park.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Despite loss, Red Sox host a glorious day for Boston

The Red Sox unfurled the 2013 World Series banner during the pregame ceremony.

By Dan Shaughnessy

A gathering of Boston institutions on the great green lawn reminded us why this is the greatest city in America — even when the Red Sox lose.

76ers 111, Celtics 102

Celtics feeling mighty low after falling to Sixers

Brandon Bass put defensive pressure on Henry Sims in the second period.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics were worse than the lowly 76ers and fell, 111-102, in their seventh straight defeat.

G: Family

19 places to get a taste of summer in April

Emily Anthony takes the sun with her lunch break at Cold Spring Park in Newton.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

After this year’s never-ending dark and cold winter, here is a list of places to put you in a summer state of mind.

After finding footing, Skaters are on a roll

Skaters have been busy with the release of their debut album, “Manhattan,” and a hectic touring schedule.

By Sarah Tomlinson

The New York City-based quartet will perform at Brighton Music Hall on Saturday.

Television Review

Nothing revolutionary about AMC’s ‘Turn’

Jamie Bell with Samuel Roukin in AMC’s “Turn.”

By Matthew Gilbert

The 1778-set Revolutionary War drama is strewn with enough red coats, white wigs, and puffy shirts to make you feel as if you’re looking at a John Trumbull painting.