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Globe Spotlight Investigation | Part 2 of 3

Student tenants overcrowded and at risk

A Globe investigation found that the thousands of students who must scrounge for rental housing in Boston are easy targets for scofflaw landlords. By The Globe Spotlight Team

Emergency personnel attended to circus performers who were injured when a metal prop fell during a show.

Tara Griggs/AP

9 badly hurt in accident at Providence circus

Nine performers are in critical condition after a metal prop from which eight of them were hanging fell during a show.

Blood from young mice shown to reverse aging

In a trio of studies, scientists said they reversed aging in the muscles and brains of old mice by running the blood of young mice through their veins.

SJC will hear bid for ballot item to repeal casino law

If such a referendum were added to the November ballot and passed, it would roll back the casino industry in Massachusetts.

The Nation

Studies highlight teacher-student ‘diversity gap’

By Jesse J. Holland

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is not white.

Scholar questions authenticity of ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’

A new theory stirred questions about the papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.”

By Laurie Goodstein

New evidence discovered by a skeptical young scholar has raised fresh doubts about the authenticity of the scrap of papyrus.

Juvenile advocates question sex offender registration laws

By Maryclaire Dale

Advocates argue these pieces of legislation undermine the rehabilitative purpose of juvenile law.

The World

Mob frees pro-Russian militants held in Odessa

A pro-Russian supporter was greeted by supporters who were freed from detention at a police station in Odessa Sunday.

By Andrew E. Kramer

Ukraine’s prime minister cast aspersion on the police, suggesting that if they had done their jobs, “these terrorist organizations would have been foiled.”

S. Korea ferry routinely overloaded

The disaster has exposed enormous safety gaps in South Korea’s monitoring of domestic passenger ships.

By Youkyung Lee

The Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents.

Police release Gerry Adams without charges

“I am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill, or bury Mrs. McConville,” Gerry Adams said.

By Steven Erlanger

The Sinn Fein leader had been held since Wednesday for questioning in a 1972 IRA killing.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Andrew J. Bacevich

Peace between unequal parties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, President Shimon Peres, right, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon attended a ceremony last month in Jerusalem.

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Between Israelis and Palestinians, the disparity of power looms large and not by accident.

opinion | mike ross

A spin around the old vinyl

A woman browsed a collection of CDs at Full Moon Records on Record Store Day last month.

By Mike Ross

Perhaps the slow fade of physical mementos like photographs and pads of paper is what explains April’s Record Store Day.

opinion | Jennifer Graham

Martial Mother’s Day

By Jennifer Graham

The holiday is compulsory affection demanded by the long-dead Woodrow Wilson and by our desk calendars.


Overcrowded and at risk: A way of life and, sometimes, death for student tenants

By Globe Spotlight Team reporters Jonathan Saltzman, Jenn Abelson, Casey Ross, Todd Wallack, editor Thomas Farragher. It was written by Farragher and Ross.

Every year they come, thousands of students whose dreams help drive Boston, but who must increasingly scrounge for housing off campus. A Globe investigation finds they are easy targets for scofflaw landlords whom the city seems unable, or unwilling, to control.

Blood from young mice shown to reverse aging

Dr. Lee Rubin found that after parabiosis, the older mice had an increase in the branching network of blood vessels in the brain.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

In a trio of studies, scientists said they reversed aging in the muscles and brains of old mice by running the blood of young mice through their veins.

SJC will hear bid for ballot item to repeal casino law

By Mark Arsenault

If such a referendum were added to the November ballot and passed, it would roll back the casino industry in Massachusetts.

Business ǀ Science

MIT scholar fights malaria with magnets

By Hiawatha Bray

Testers do not needs specialized training when using MIT grad student John Lewandowski’s Rapid Assessment of Malaria device.

CEOs increasingly use corporate jets for leisure

By Thomas Black

While US boards have curtailed company-paid perks like hunting lodges and golf club memberships, chief executives are cranking up personal use of corporate jets.


BookBub aims to match readers, discounts

Aron Ain says Kronos may consider becoming a public company.

Cambridge-based online book deal service BookBub raised $3.8 million in Series A funding last week.


Ann Murray Paige, 48; journalist chronicled cancer battle

Mrs. Paige, a former Maine TV reporter, used the global reach of her documentary and writing to educate the rest of the world about the world of cancer patients.

By Bryan Marquard

Diagnosed with breast cancer a decade ago, Mrs. Paige used her skills as a TV reporter to create a documentary “The Breast Cancer Diaries.”

Gary Becker, 83; applied economics to human behavior

Dr. Becker became a Nobel laureate in 1992.

By Caryn Rousseau

Dr. Becker was cited for applying economic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interactions.

Elena Baltacha, at 30; British tennis player

Elena Baltacha was diagnosed with liver cancer two months after retiring from tennis.

Ms. Baltacha represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.


Andrej Meszaros steps up, contributes for Bruins

Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros stayed ready despite four games out of the lineup

By Amalie Benjamin

Meszaros had been out of the lineup, but he played instead of Matt Bartkowski in Game 2.

A’s 3, red sox 2 | 10 innings

Red Sox unable to sweep Athletics

John Lackey reacted at the end of the sixth inning after giving up a run.

By Julian Benbow

The Red Sox bullpen allowed the A’s to walk away with a 3-2 win.

On baseball

Red Sox so far lacking that certain something

Dustin Pedroia isn’t pleased after hitting into a double play to end Sunday’s game. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

By Nick Cafardo

As Sunday’s 3-2 loss in 10 innings showed, things aren’t going Boston’s way this season.

More Stories

NFL Draft | Defensive Backs

Darqueze Dennard looks like top of class

By Anthony Gulizia

Bruins notebook-

Season officially over for defenseman Adam McQuaid

By Amalie Benjamin

Red Sox notebook

John Farrell says Edward Mujica won’t need DL stint

By Julian Benbow

Rays 5, Yankees 1

Myers hits inside-the-park HR, Rays beat Yanks 5-1

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Kevin Paul Dupont

In Montreal, Bruins can’t play into Canadiens’ hands

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Boys’ lacrosse notebook

King Philip lacrosse putting losing ways in the rearview mirror

By Sebastian Lena

Girls’ lacrosse top 20

By Michelle Fenelon

Girls’ lacrosse notebook

St. Paul’s coach Heather Crutchfield kept young by her players

By Michelle Fenelon

Softball notebook

Schell’s skills catching up with leadership for Amesbury

By Patrick Bradley

Boys’ volleyball notebook

High stakes set for Xaverian boys’ volleyball

By Liz Torres

G: Health

Get ready for a bad allergy season

Sunny days often mean peak levels of pollen as the small, light grains spread through the air, covering the ground like fallen snow.

By Deborah Kotz

An onslaught of seasonal allergens could cause a quick, severe bout of sneezing, stuffed sinuses, runny nose, and watery eyes.

Television REview

‘Louie’: Finely tuned bleakness

Louie C.K. returns to FX for the fourth season of “Louie,” which airs two episodes on Monday night.

By Matthew Gilbert

The great FX series “Louie” – created, written, produced, and directed by its star, Louis C.K. – doesn’t easily fit into any single category or genre.

Television review

Jack is back on the clock in ‘24: Live Another Day’

Kiefer Sutherland with Mary Lynn Rajskub in the two-hour season premiere of “24: Live Another Day,”

By Sarah Rodman

There are promising signs of life in the first two hours of the new series.

More Stories

Album Review | ROCK

Ray LaMontagne, ‘Supernova’

By Stuart Munro

Album Review | AVANT-GARDE POP

tUnE-yArDs, ‘Nikki Nack’

By Marc Hirsh

Album Review | POP

Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | POP

Sarah McLachlan, ‘Shine On’

By Sarah Rodman

Cornelia and Ron Suskind

How magic of animation broke autism’s silence

By Karen Weintraub

Opera Review

Collaborative brings ‘Sumeida’s Song’ to life

By David Weininger

Daily Dose

How to be 10 percent happier

By Deborah Kotz

Health Answers

Health Answers: Where does blood go once it’s donated?

By Courtney Humphries


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Kris Humphries ‘creeping’ on Tom Brady at Derby

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Locals looking good at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Top Chef’ personality Fabio Viviani visits MayFair

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Fiddlehead Theatre celebrates ‘Aida’ in the Back Bay

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


DJs on South Street, writers and musicians at Acme

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein