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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s strong front-runner status has some Democrats worried that the party will be robbed of a robust primary debate that can help sharpen candidates.

Political passions stir as Hillary Clinton prepares book release

The launch could easily be viewed as the first political ad of the 2016 presidential campaign.

After leading 100 bar and bat mitzvah parties, Dave Heard still aims to dance on the theater stage.

Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe

Mitzvah dancer wins the crowd, aims for Broadway

After leading 100 bar and bat mitzvah parties, Dave Heard has decided he’s going to spend the next six months honing his skills.

Months after being given the green light to once again accept new patients, Arbour HRI had deficiencies with psychiatric evaluations and treatment plans, federal investigators found.

Regulators find Brookline psychiatric hospital deficient again

Three months after the state allowed Arbour HRI to once again accept new patients, federal investigators found issues.

The Nation

Political passions stir as Hillary Clinton prepares book release

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s strong front-runner status has some Democrats worried that the party will be robbed of a robust primary debate that can help sharpen candidates.

By Matt Viser

The launch could easily be viewed as the first political ad of the 2016 presidential campaign.

VA scandal forces Congress to study systemic change

By Jonathan Weisman

Lawmakers are confronting the broadening health scandal at the department in ways that will challenge both parties.

US officials, Snowden clash over e-mail records

By Ellen Nakashima

The Obama administration and former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden offered divergent accounts Thursday of his efforts to raise concerns about National Security Agency activity more than a year ago.

The World

Rebels shoot down Ukraine troop helicopter

Pro-Russia fighters of the Vostok battalion ripped apart a Ukrainian flag outside a regional state building in the eastern city of Donetsk on Thursday.

By Peter Leonard and Alexander Zemlianichenko

At least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training, were killed.

Top Palestinian official to form government with Hamas

By Isabel Kershner

The move could send Israeli-Palestinian relations into a tailspin and would disrupt any prospect of a resumption of US-brokered peace talks.

Sex-trafficking stories fabricated, report says

Activist Somaly Mam has told differing tales about her own abuse as a child.

By Gerry Mullany

A well-known Cambodian crusader against sex trafficking was confronted with allegations that she made up stories about her experiences.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion

Advice on the House

House Speaker John Boehner.

By Robert L. Turner

John Boehner can learn about leadership from US speakers from Mass.

Scot Lehigh

Patrick’s PAC: Praise, please

By Scot Lehigh

Governor Patrick’s federal Together PAC is prodding supporters to pen letters praising his tenure.

editorial

As wars end, so too must president’s wartime powers

Congress and the White House must work to determine what authorities the president will have to conduct counterterrorism operations.

Metro

Harvard report shines light on ex-researcher’s misconduct

Marc Hauser.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

An internal report suggests it was not mere negligence that led to problems in Marc Hauser’s lab.

History of lapses at child-care facility in Dorchester

Mourners and supporters left stuffed animals and candles at a growing memorial set up for Daylan Walker Thursday night in Dorchester.

By Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Catalina Gaitan

The day-care center where a 2-year-old fell to his death has surrendered its license.

Regulators find Brookline psychiatric hospital deficient again

Months after being given the green light to once again accept new patients, Arbour HRI had deficiencies with psychiatric evaluations and treatment plans, federal investigators found.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Three months after the state allowed Arbour HRI to once again accept new patients, federal investigators found issues.

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JFK museum getting major makeover

By Brian MacQuarrie

KEVIN CULLEN

Raising hope at Revere High

By Kevin Cullen

Connolly ‘pleased,’ ‘shocked’ by ruling, lawyer says

By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane

Business

Tactics put the spotlight on noncompete clauses

By Callum Borchers

The governor’s bill would ban the restrictive covenants, but has created a schism in the tech industry.

Patrick plan would spend $100m on struggling cities

New Bedford currently has a 10.4 percent unemployment rate.

By Casey Ross

The hope is to spur growth in cities that haven’t seen meaningful public or private investment in decades.

Providence sues Santander Bank over lending practices

People walked past a branch of the Spanish bank in Berlin.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The city alleges the bank violated fair lending laws by refusing to offer prime mortgages in minority neighborhoods.

Obituaries

Domenic J. F. Russo, 82; was first justice in East Boston court

With drug court defendants and juveniles, Judge Russo set a straight and often very narrow course to avoid jail.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Russo, of Winthrop, was instrumental in launching a drug court to handle petty crime offense.

Barbara Huberman, 72; sought to prevent teen pregnancies

Ms. Huberman encouraged open parent-child discussions on sexuality.

By Megan McDonough

Ms. Huberman, an adolescent sexuality educator, developed state and national prevention campaigns and programs.

Allan Folsom, 72; screenwriter and novelist

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Folsom’s first novel was by some accounts the highest-priced fiction debut in publishing history when its rights sold for $2 million.

Sports

Clippers reach $2b deal for sale to Steve Ballmer

By Tami Abdollah

The former Microsoft CEO reached an agreement with the estranged wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

RED SOX 4, BRAVES 3

Red Sox win fourth straight on walkoff

Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the winning run on a head-first dive after the Braves’ Chris Johnson threw the ball wildly to second base.

By Peter Abraham

Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a head-first dive that sent his teammates leaping out of the dugout.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox’ Manny Ramirez tribute was embarrassing

The Red Sox asked Manny Ramirez to throw out the first pitch as they honored the 2004 championship team on Wednesday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Pushing aside Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, and the brave Curt Schilling to make Ramirez the centerpiece of the tribute to the 2004 team was an outrage.

G: Arts & Movies

Zachariah Hickman finds his niche with Ray LaMontagne

Zachariah Hickman at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.

By James Reed

LaMontagne’s music director and bassist is a staple in the Boston roots community music as the consummate sideman.

Stages

MacDonald challenged by a tangled ‘Knot’

Director Karen MacDonald welcomes the challenge presented by Bridge Repertory Theater’s brutally topical ‘Gidion’s Knot.’

By Joel Brown

Director Karen MacDonald welcomes the challenge presented by Bridge Repertory Theater’s brutally topical “Gidion’s Knot.”

Book Review

‘The Painter’ by Peter Heller

Peter Heller’s second novel follows an artist on his fishing trips in the wild.

By Alan Cheuse

Heller has written a novel about a flawed main character whose faulty moral compass nearly wrecks the balance and appeal of the book itself.

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Classical Notes

Ludovic Morlot makes waves with the Seattle Symphony

By David Weininger

Television Review

The promise of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

By Matthew Gilbert

Eric Andersen returns to Cambridge

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Helen Molesworth to leave ICA

By Sebastian Smee

names

Jenny Dell makes it official, leaves NESN

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Crowded tent for Cirque du Soleil opening night

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Playing with Pops is teen’s wish come true

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Emily Rooney leaving ‘Greater Boston’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Robert Kraft and Patriots players get active

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein