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A devastating mismatch: city vs. landlords

Some of the giants in the student rental trade also lead the pack in code offenses. Their victims are beleaguered tenants — and also a college town’s reputation. By The Globe Spotlight Team

Mass. scrapping flawed health insurance website

The state will replace its dysfunctional system with one used by several other states to enroll residents in plans.

Study calls wide Mass. coverage a lifesaver

In the first four years of the health care law, death rates among young and middle-aged adults dropped by almost 3 percent.

Circus replacing equipment after aerialists’ plunge

Two of the nine performers injured during the Providence show were in critical condition this morning.

Richard Cook has battled since 2011 to create an oyster harvesting site off Popponesset Island.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

New foes, never in view, for Cape fisherman

Lawmakers tucked an amendment into the state budget last week that would block a Mashpee fisherman’s oyster farm proposal.

The Nation

Supreme Court allows prayer to begin local public meetings

By Matt Viser

The 5-to-4 decision cuts to the heart of a centuries-long debate: Was the United States founded to be a Christian nation?

Government climate report presents dire picture

By Seth Borenstein

The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans’ daily lives and will worsen.

Oklahoma residents survey wildfire damage; 1 dead

Dustin Ellison attempted to beat down a roadside hot spot with a mat from his car on Monday in Guthrie, Okla.

Oklahoma residents returned to the ruins of their homes Monday as firefighters battled a stubborn blaze that swept through the parched countryside.

The World

Group’s leader threatens to sell abducted girls

Protesters in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday demanded the release of hundreds of abducted girls from the village of Chibok.

By Adam Nossiter

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls nearly three weeks ago.

Ukraine sends elite force to Odessa to halt unrest

Relatives mourned Monday in eastern Ukraine at a funeral for a nurse. Witnesses said Ukrainian troops shot her.

By Yuras Karmanau

Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to its southern port of Odessa, desperate to halt a spread of the fighting between government troops and a pro-Russia militia.

UN says spread of polio now a world health emergency

An Afghan refugee child, held by his brother, got a polio vaccine from a Pakistani health worker in February. The vast majority of new cases is in Pakistan, a country called ‘‘a powder keg that could ignite widespread polio transmission.’’

By Maria Cheng

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

Becoming white: Donald Sterling’s past offers clues to current outcry

Donald Sterling speaks with reporters after the announcement of his purchase of the then-San Diego Clippers basketball team for $13.5 million in 1981.

By Farah Stockman

The son of Jewish immigrants would not have been considered white when he was a child.

TOM KEANE

‘Local’ shouldn’t be the only relevant line on a resume

By Tom Keane

City councilors want to impose tough new residency requirements on those who would be cops or firefighters.

PAUL MCMORROW

A housing shift Mass. must adopt

By Paul McMorrow

Young people are waiting longer than ever to take on a mortgage in a change that has enormous consequences for the way cities and towns grow.

Metro

New foes, never in view, for Cape fisherman

Richard Cook has battled since 2011 to create an oyster harvesting site off Popponesset Island.

By Jim O’Sullivan

Lawmakers tucked an amendment into the state budget last week that would block a Mashpee fisherman’s oyster farm proposal.

Mass. scrapping flawed health insurance website

By Liz Kowalczyk and Michael Levenson

The state will replace its dysfunctional system with one used by several other states to enroll residents in plans.

Circus replacing equipment after aerialists’ plunge

Crew members loaded trucks in Providence the day after an equipment failure injured nine circus performers.

By Peter Schworm and Laura Crimaldi

Two of the nine performers injured during the Providence show were in critical condition this morning.

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Justina Pelletier to transfer to Conn. facility

By Patricia Wen, Michael Levenson and Joshua Miller

SJC questions whether casino repeal would cost Mass.

By Mark Arsenault and John R. Ellement

Street sweeper hits Hudson residence

By Catalina Gaitan and Pat Greenhouse

Two burned bodies found in tent in Brockton

By Travis Andersen and Jennifer Smith

A devastating mismatch: City vs. scofflaw landlords

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

Business

OneUnited Bank presses church on sale

The Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury.

By Beth Healy

As part of a long-running bankruptcy case, a lawyer for OneUnited Bank suggested that the Charles Street AME Church should sell its main sanctuary.

No easy route to Montreal for Bruins’ road warriors

Brad Marchand moved the puck past P.K. Subban in Montreal on Dec. 5.

By Katie Johnston

An inconvenient truth about a last-minute trip from Boston to Montreal is that travelers must pay up or endure a long drive.

Flex Ball is worthy rival to the straight-edge, but not cheap

Geoff Edgers tests “Gillette’s new Robocop of a razor” against the old straight-edge.

By Geoff Edgers

The test was simple. A straight-edge on the left side, and Gillette’s new Robocop of a razor, the ProGlide Flex Ball on the right.

Obituaries

Billy Frank Jr., at 83; tribal fishing activist

Mr. Frank looked at a photo that shows him, at left. fishing on the Nisqually River in Washington state in the 1960s.

By Gene Johnson and Phuong Le

Mr. Frank was the tribal fisherman who led the Northwest ‘‘fish wars’’ that helped restore fishing rights for Native Americans four decades ago.

Sports

Switch to center ignited Carl Soderberg

Carl Soderberg always considered center his natural position. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

By Amalie Benjamin

As soon as the Bruins moved Soderberg in late January, his play took off, and he has been a spark in the playoffs.

Mike Napoli’s transition to first a success story

After playing in 539 games as a catcher, Mike Napoli worked diligently to become a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman.

By Julian Benbow

Mike Napoli spent 539 games as a catcher, but he’s worked hard to become a defensive star at first base.

Patriots sign free agent defensive end Will Smith

Will Smith missed all of last season because of a knee injury. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

By Ben Volin

The veteran Smith, who turns 33 in July, was a key member of the Saints’ Super Bowl team in 2009.

G: Living

Megan Marshall’s biography of Margaret Fuller won the Pulitzer

 Megan Marshall, in her Belmont apartment. She won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Margaret Fuller.

By Bella English

Pulitzer-winning biographer Megan Marshall finds familiar terrain and inspiration in the challenges of ambitious 19th-century women.

Photography Review

At MIT, the presence of pastness

“Close-up of a Man With Piercing Eyes,” Geo. H. Dresser’s albumen print “Native American With Blonde Baby,” and the tintype “Sit!”

By Mark Feeney

“Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection” documents a democratization of culture.

Women in Comedy Festival an effort to showcase talent

Maria Bamford is one of the headliners of the sixth Women in Comedy Festival in Boston and Cambridge.

By David Brusie

The festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, has more than 200 performers at 33 shows and seven venues in Cambridge and Boston.

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Music Review

Handel and Haydn revives ‘Samson’

By Jeffrey Gantz

Music Review

Jumppanen deftly handles unlikely pairing

By Matthew Guerrieri

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

Book Review

‘Chestnut Street’ by Maeve Binchy

By Daneet Steffens

Critic’s Corner

By Sarah Rodman

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Was it her fault?

Names

Boston Calling launches weekly concert series

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen return to MET Gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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At deCordova benefit, drinks, dancing, and a trip with a chef

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Graphic novelists sign in Harvard Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Wes Welker — and big roll of $100 bills — at the Derby

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Tom Scholz story is ‘Secret Life’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celtics looking for anthem singers

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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