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Brown opts not to run for Kerry’s seat, stuns his party

Scott Brown, who burst onto the national scene as a political celebrity with his upset victory in 2010, upended the special US Senate election with an announcement Friday that he will not run to replace John F. Kerry. Brown’s abrupt decision, while not surprising to some GOP insiders who knew he was wavering, stunned the rest of the political world and delivered a major blow to Republican Party leaders who saw in him their best chance to win the June 25 election. It came with little warning to either national or state leaders, who had been pleading with Brown to run, and caused a furor within state party ranks.

Zack Dillahunty, here in a Newbury Street meeting spot, uses an iPhone app called Grindrto instantly find potential dates in his area.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Instant gratification is making us perpetually impatient

We’ve come to expect things so quickly in every corner of our lives that experts caution it’s making us less patient.

Wilhemina Melrose, who is blind, says she’s been “cornered up in a house” since The Ride fares increased.

Use of The Ride plummets since fare increase

It’s exactly what many feared: Seven months after MBTA fare increases kicked in, ridership on The Ride has declined more drastically than the 10.3 percent drop-off T officials predicted last March. Between July and December of 2012, registered passengers made 934,985 trips on The Ride — a 16.2 percent decrease from that same six-months in 2011. Seniors and disabled individuals say the jump in one-way fares from $2 to $4 has forced them to cut back on their outings.

Harvard details suspensions in massive cheating scandal

More than half of the roughly 125 Harvard students investigated by the college’s disciplinary board in a high-profile cheating scandal last fall were ordered to temporarily withdraw from the school, Harvard College officials announced Friday. In an e-mail to the Harvard community, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced that the investigation, which concluded in December, required about half of the students implicated in the case to leave the college for “a period of time.”

Insurers push clinic sleep testing into homes

Massachusetts insurance companies looking to clamp down on the booming field of sleep medicine have restricted use of overnight sleep tests in clinics, which run about $650 to $1,000, in favor of home testing at about one-third the cost. Physicians say the shift is driving some clinics to close and could harm patients, but a report released last week estimates that shifting three-quarters of the tests to the home could save New England’s health care system about $35 million annually.

The Nation

LA church files show a slow abuse response

Victims and supporters held quilts with portraits of abused children outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

By Jennifer Medina and Laurie Goodstein

Over four decades, parishioners in the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese repeatedly tried to alert church authorities about abusive priests in their midst.

Lawyer wounded by gunman dies

By Walter Berry

A lawyer wounded by a gunman in a Phoenix office shooting this week has died, the second of three people hit by gunfire in the attack.

Agency seeks compassion for horses

By Matthew Daly and Scott Sonner

Th policy comes in response to a growing public outcry over alleged abuse during roundups of thousands of mustangs in recent years.

The World

Attack at US Embassy kills Turkish guard

Turkish officials said the bomber was a known member of an outlawed leftist radical group, but US authorities said the motive was under investigation.

By Tim Arango and Sebnem Arsu

The Obama administration called the attack an act of terror and warned American citizens to temporarily avoid its diplomatic missions in Turkey.

21 dead, 33 hurt in suicide bombing


The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack about 70 miles west of Peshawar in Hangu, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Malian soldiers accused of torture

By Rukmini Callimachi and Baba Ahmed

Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of Timbuktu said Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding.

Editorial & Opinion


Mass. Republicans should move to fill void left by Brown

It would be unfortunate if viable Republicans passed up the Senate race out of fear of losing.

Derrick Z. Jackson

A troop before its time

Cambridge Eagle Scout Tano Holmesson of Derrick Z. Jackson, raises the flag at a Boy Scouts event in 2006.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Maria Henley was ahead of her time in 1998 when she gave easy acceptance to the son of two gay women who walked up to her at a meeting of Boys Scouts of America.

Andrew J. Bacevich

Once a duty, military service recast as a right

By Andrew J. Bacevich

The Pentagon decision to allow women to serve in combat ratifies a decades-old process that has made military service an issue of personal preference.


Brown opts not to run for Kerry’s seat, stuns his party

Scott Brown said another Senate race was “not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.’’

By Frank Phillips, Noah Bierman and Stephanie Ebbert

Scott Brown’s decision not to seek John F. Kerry’s Senate seat delivered a major blow to Republican leaders who saw in him their best chance to win the June 25 election.

What does the groundhog have in store for us?

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, center, stands on the shoulder of one of his handlers John Griffiths while looking at other handler Ben Hughes in 2011.

Will the rodent prognosticators sentence us to spend six more weeks in winter’s frigid, snowy grip?

Use of The Ride plummets since fare increase

Wilhemina Melrose, who is blind, says she’s been “cornered up in a house” since The Ride fares increased.

By Martine Powers

Some senior and disabled patrons said the cost of The Ride has left them virtually house-bound.

More Stories

Harvard details suspensions in massive cheating scandal

By Martine Powers and Katherine Landergan

Boston schools chief in talks about time off

By James Vaznis and Andrea Estes

8 from Babson hurt in head-on crash

By Evan Allen and John R. Ellement

Finances may influence Scott Brown’s next move

By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson


Job growth fuels Wall Street rally

By Megan Woolhouse

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 14,000 for the first time in more than five years, propelled Friday by reports of a steadily improving job market.

Corn-wrapped success in Everett tortilla bakery

Tortilleria La Niña’s Tobe Armendariz is framed through a volcanic stone that he carved. The stone is used to grind corn into a paste.

By Alison Arnett

Jamie Mammano, inspired by a visit to a Tijuana tortilla bakery, founded Tortilleria La Niña, an Everett company that makes corn tortillas without preservatives.

Thermo Fisher chief sees hard work ahead

Marc Casper says he expects growth in 2013 to be slower than in 2012.

By Robert Weisman

While it posted sales of $12.5 billion last year, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. will have to work harder to continue increasing its profit and revenue.


Ed Koch, mayor, author, TV judge, and more

Mayor Koch celebrated another primary victory in 1985.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Koch, 88, parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York.

Stephen Simon, 75, conductor and expert on Handel

Mr. Simon started the Handel Festival Orchestra in 1976.

By Alex Kane Rudansky

Mr. Simon became a leading specialist in the compositions of George Frideric Handel and founded musical ensembles in Washington and New York.

Hiroshi Nakajima, 84; led WHO in controversial stint

Dr. Nakajima with a World Health Organization report. His term ended in 1998.

By Douglas Martin

As leader of the World Health Organization, Dr. Nakajima started campaigns to fight malaria and other infectious diseases but was marred by repeated accusations of mismanagement.


Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Parcells’ legacy with Patriots still strong

Bill Parcells left the Patriots after coaching them to a loss in Super Bowl XXXI.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Parcells, a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this season, helped save the Patriots franchise in the 1990s and is the godfather of the team’s success since 2001.

Celtics 97, Magic 84

Depleted Celtics patch together third straight win

Guard Courtney Lee, slamming home 2 of his 14 points, was one of six Celtics to score in double figures.

By Gary Washburn

Without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics went out and again took care of business, beating the Magic 97-84.

Gold medalist provides novice instruction in pole vaulting

Globe writer Shira Springer (left) learned the finer points of pole vaulting from Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr.

By Shira Springer

Globe reporter Shira Springer tries pole vaulting with help from Jenn Suhr, the world’s top-ranked female.

G: Family

Companies cultivating urban-farming initiatives

From left, Nataka Crayton-Walker, Greg Bodine, and Bobby Walker at a City Growers micro-farm in Dorchester.

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Though still in their infancy, urban farming firms hope their sustainable initiatives yield profits and public good.

Stage Review

In ‘Jersey Boys,’ the songs tell the story

From left: Miles Jacoby, John Gardiner, Nick Cosgrove, and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys.’’

By Terry Byrne

What makes this story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, now playing at the Colonial Theatre, rise above the others is the four men who made it.


‘Legally Dead’ finds life at Boston Playwrights’

Adrianne Krstansky (in black), Kippy Goldfarb, Christopher James Webb, and Jen Alison Lewis in Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s “Legally Dead.”

By Joel Brown

New playwright Dan Hunter thinks he may have gotten it right this time with “Legally Dead.”