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Stanley Rosenberg and Brian A. Joyce (standing at left in first row) visited Randolph Engineering in Randolph to learn about their manufacturing process.

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State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

Aaron Hernandez (center) listened during his trial on Thursday.

Lawyers offer divergent portraits of Aaron Hernandez

In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

Attorney General Maura Healey has had a busy first week in office.

After early Partners victory, what lies ahead for Maura Healey?

Healey’s swearing-in as attorney general was just the start of a big week for the Next Big Thing in Mass. politics.

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

The Nation

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

President Obama.

By Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday.

Ex-head of Boston Police pushes for more domestic intelligence gathering

Edward Davis testified on Capitol Hill in 2013.

By Bryan Bender

Edward Davis is among a group calling for more intelligence gathering programs to detect “homegrown” extremists.

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Loretta Lynch testified during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By Erica Werner and Eric Tucker

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation.

The World

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital, at least 3 dead

Rescue workers were on the alert for survivors who might have been trapped in the rubble left by the huge explosion.

By Alberto Arce and Peter Orsi

Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday.

Families plead for lives of hostages as swap hopes fade

Relatives of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by Islamic State, hold pictures of him.

By Rod Nordland and Ranya Kadri

Jordan refused to release an imprisoned female militant Thursday to meet a deadline set by the Islamic State.

Pilots disabled critical computers moments before AirAsia crash

By Herdaru Purnomo and Kyunghee Park

The pilots had been attempting to deal with alerts about the flight augmentation computers.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Robert DeLeo, the indispensable man on Beacon Hill

Speaker Robert DeLeo.

By Scot Lehigh

When you find yourself in the position of undoing the very reform you once insisted was vital, you will grasp at any straw you can.

NICHOLAS BURNS

Greece’s gamble

Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras arrives at a polling station in Athens Sunday.

By Nicholas Burns

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the US.

JOANNA WEISS

Add a helmet to sledding gear

A hill on the campus of Tufts University became a sledder's paradise this week.

By Joanna Weiss

Organize hordes of helmeted kids to take over the slopes in order to encourage a safe habit.

Metro

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Charlie Baker.

By Frank Phillips

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Stanley Rosenberg and Brian A. Joyce (standing at left in first row) visited Randolph Engineering in Randolph to learn about their manufacturing process.

By Andrea Estes

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

Lawyers offer divergent portraits of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez (center) listened during his trial on Thursday.

By Maria Cramer and Travis Andersen

In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Adrian Walker

Teacher’s gift to school an ethical no-brainer

By Adrian Walker

Dorchester woman, 62, dies in 2-alarm house fire

By John R. Ellement and Evan Allen

BURLINGTON, VT.

State’s new Catholic bishop installed

By LISA RATHKE

Business

Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

The decision caps a long process that started three years ago when Partners started pursuing South Shore Hospital.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Robert Weisman

A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

SHIRLEY LEUNG

At what price will the Games be worth it to Boston?

By Shirley Leung

Any added expenses to the $8.1 billion organizers say it will cost to bring the Olympics to Boston may obscure its eventual worth.

Wind power auction draws limited interest

By Dan Adams

Are falling energy prices and the collapse of the Cape Wind project undermining other offshore wind projects?

Obituaries

Colleen McCullough, 77; wrote ‘The Thorn Birds’

Colleen McCullough in 1977, the year “The Thorn Birds” was published.

By Margalit Fox

Ms. McCullough’s fiction was prized by readers for its propulsive plots, sympathetic characters, and sheer escapist potential.

Rod McKuen, 81; Oscar-nominated poet, performer

Rod McKuen’s song for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, won an Oscar nomination.

By Hillel Italie

Mr. McKuen’s music, verse, and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s made him one of the best-selling poets in history.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Mysterious Ernie Adams is Patriots’ man behind the curtain

Ernie Adams (right is the Patriots’ director of football research and close confidant of Bill Belichick.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Is this little-known Bill Belichick confidant the secret to the Patriots’ success?

Joe Montana: Tom Brady had to order deflation of footballs

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 29: Honoree Terry Bradshaw (L) and former NFL player Joe Montana attend the Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Hall of Famer added, though, that the rules are too stringent and that Deflategate won’t hurt Brady’s legacy.

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK

Officials will have new signal for ineligible players

CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 29: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 29, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Nick Cafardo

Seattle coach Pete Carroll made an inquiry to the NFL to get clarification on the Patriots’ substitution procedures.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Joe Montana thinks Tom Brady responsible for Deflategate

By Christopher L. Gasper

celtics notebook

Brad Stevens has long been an Andre Dawkins fan

By Adam Himmelsbach

college basketball notebook

Rick Pitino lauds former recruit Jim Christian

By Michael Vega

gary washburn | on basketball

Celtics’ Brad Stevens stays on even keel

By Gary Washburn

BRUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2

Bruins beat Eastern Conference-leading Islanders

By Amalie Benjamin

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Johnny Boychuk has become a leader with Islanders

By Amalie Benjamin

FLUTO SHINZAWA I ON HOCKEY

Tuukka Rask’s Vezina caliber play has Bruins climbing standings

By Fluto Shinzawa

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Whittier becomes a true force in girls’ basketball

By Michelle Fenelon

COLLEGE HOCKEY NOTEBOOK

Notes: Providence College hockey growing into role of contender

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

UMass 66, Dayton 64

UMass men’s basketball stands tall over Dayton

By Jeff Wagenheim

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Andy Murray reaches final

By John Pye

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Devin McCourty says Patriots still think of Aaron Hernandez

By Michael Whitmer and Anothy Gulizia

Capital

If Boston gets Olympics, who lights the flame?

Larry Bird and Bill Russell — torchbearer candidates?

By Mark Arsenault

It has the potential to be the next great Boston sports argument, and nine years hardly seems like enough time.

Capital

Karyn Polito sees active role as lieutenant governor

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she will focus on homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women.

By Akilah Johnson

Until Polito was sworn in this month, Mass. had been without a second-in-command for nearly two years.

Ground game

For GOP candidates, a tricky balance on immigration

By James Pindell

In the past, it was ethanol subsidies that proved the most challenging issue for Republican candidates. These days, immigration is even trickier.

Weekend

Stage Review

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father’ is a timeless tale

Benton Greene and Jenny Jules  in “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3.”

By Jeffrey Gantz

Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” examines what it means to be free, and what it means to be true.

Ty Burr

Not bowled over by the Super Bowl

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick congratulate each other after the Patriots clinched another AFC East title last month.

By Ty Burr

Good luck to Tom Brody and Bill Beelzechick, but I think I’ll just settle for a cross-country ski down the Mass Turnpike. You’re welcome to come along.

Art Review

MFA, Worcester base pithy shows on a single work in context

Detail of “Adam and Eve” by Gustav Klimt.

By Sebastian Smee

Two exhibitions — Klimt at the MFA, Raphael at the Worcester Art Museum — are illuminating.

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Stage review

In ‘Motown,’ the hits just keep on coming

By Terry Byrne

Photography review

At the PRC, getting a head start behind the camera

By Mark Feeney

Book rEview

The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge

By Charles Euchner

Movie Review

Butterflies and 50 shades of ‘Burgundy’

By Peter Keough

Scene here | Loren King

Nate Lang’s master class

By Loren King

Noisy Neighbors

Aaron Goldberg, ‘The Now’

By Jon Garelick

NIGHT WATCH

The Welcoming Committee, Guerrilla Queer Bar

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden

laugh lines

A joke from Paula Poundstone

By Nick A. Zaino III

Behind the scene

Time traveling in ‘Saint Joan’

By Terry Byrne

Love Letters

Should she have been more supportive?

By Meredith Goldstein

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews