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Prospects limited for new gun control laws

Last year’s mass shootings have brought renewed focus on gun violence. Though how to stem it remains a politically contentious issue on Capitol Hill, advocates say momentum for reform has reached levels not seen in nearly 20 years. The Senate Judiciary Committee will examine four separate proposals to curb gun violence at a markup Thursday. And House Speaker John Boehner has said that his chamber will consider any legislation that passes the Senate. The change in tone reflects a growing push by activist groups whose support has increased and war chests have swelled following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi with his wife, Debbie, in Boston.

Imprisoned DiMasi weak with cancer, wife says

In federal prison for corruption, former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, 68, has lost 50 pounds, has suffered bouts of pneumonia, and has a feeding tube attached to his stomach.

Northeast Utilities won’t reveal chief’s full pay

When NStar, one of the state’s biggest utilities, wanted to merge with Northeast Utilities in 2010, the two companies filed thousands of pages of documents with various government agencies detailing their makeup, their financials, and the expected consumer benefits of the consolidation.

Kayvan Khalatbari, who runs a dispensary, has branched out into medical marijuana business consulting.

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Medical marijuana businesses see opportunity in Mass.

Kayvan Khalatbari rings up more than $1 million in annual sales at Denver Relief, the medical marijuana dispensary he runs out of a downtown storefront, and business keeps getting better.

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Scientists’ study of immune cell function led to the unexpected finding on the effects of salt.

Salt linked to autoimmune diseases

The findings by New England researchers raise the possibility that cutting salt intake could protect against autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis.

The Nation

Prospects limited for new gun control laws

By David Uberti

There is a sense that advocates for stricter controls will have to settle for more modest gains than an assault weapons ban or sharp limits on magazine capacity.

GOP budget would keep Medicare cuts, tax increases

Republican Representative Paul Ryan and President Obama are expected to meet soon.

By Jonathan Weisman

The GOP budget would preserve Medicare cuts that their presidential nominee loudly denounced last year.

LA mayor’s race matches similar Democratic rivals


Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are rival Democrats headed for a May 21 runoff in the race to become mayor of Los Angeles.

The World

Chavez’s populist machine honors his legacy

The coffin of Hugo Chavez was driven through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday after leaving a military hospital.

By Emilia Diaz and Juan Forero

A day after Hugo Chavez’s death, the government built around his outsized persona began to pay homage.

Death casts a shadow of uncertainty over Cuba

By Victoria Burnett

The death of Hugo Chavez sent a ripple of sadness and uncertainty across the island nation as Cubans worried about the economic pain ahead.

Afghan insurgents kill 17 soldiers

Taliban insurgents killed as many as 17 Afghan National Army soldiers in a single incident in northern Badakhshan province.

Editorial & Opinion


Funds up in the air

Logan airport on Feb. 10, after the blizzard.

By Edward L. Glaeser

The sequester has shed a light on airport funding — and offers a look at a way passengers can improve that financing.


With Cahill, a good law and a weak case

By Joan Vennochi

Prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to win their case against Timothy Cahill. But corruption laws remain important tools in protecting the public interest.


Chavez death creates risk, opportunity

By Juliette Kayyem

The passing of the Venezuelan president is a chance for the US to make our relationships with Latin America less about leaders and more about common interests and sound policies.


DeLeo calls for scaled back transit plan

By Martine Powers

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo wants a far smaller financing plan for the state’s transportation system than the one sought by Governor Deval Patrick.

Coastal Mass. residents brace for stormy seas

Joe Norton dismantled a deck damaged from a previous storm in Scituate. Coastal residents have been advised to leave as a new storm nears.

By Sarah N. Mattero and Travis Anderson

The state girded for snow, rain, and winds, while the storm heading to the area knocked out power to 250,000 in the mid-Atlantic region.

Boston issued record number of shoveling tickets

By Matt Carroll

The city issued a record 2,400 tickets for not shoveling sidewalks or for dumping snow into the street, following the storm dropped about 2 feet of snow in February.

More Stories

Salt linked to autoimmune diseases

By Carolyn Y. Johnson


Cambridge man sentenced in 2010 home invasion, rape

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


Northeast Utilities won’t reveal chief’s full pay

Thomas J. May of Westwood, chief executive of Northeast Utilities.

By Erin Ailworth

Relying on a technicality, Northeast Utilities has not told shareholders or the public what top executives were paid for engineering a large merger with NStar.

Medical marijuana businesses see opportunity in Mass.

Kayvan Khalatbari, who runs a dispensary, has branched out into medical marijuana business consulting.

By Jenn Abelson

As the state’s medical marijuana program begins, businesses are ready to capitalize on the expected “green rush.”

Fidelity analysts court companies on ground floor

Christopher Bartel (left), Deena Friedman, Tobias Welo, and Edward Yoon are among the Fidelity analysts who research investment in private companies.

By Beth Healy

The Boston investment giant has analysts seek companies in the stages between start-up and public offering.


Henry Haviland, foreign policy expert at Fletcher School

Henry Haviland also taught at Haverford College.

By Lauren Dezenski

Dr. Haviland, 93, taught for 18 years at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Roy Brown, defiant designer of much-maligned Edsel

Roy Brown drove a Ford Edsel into his 90s. By then, they were valued by car enthusiasts.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Brown, 96, was the proud designer of the Ford Edsel, the big-grilled,chrome-encrusted set of wheels that went down as one of the worst flops in automotive history.

Tom Borland; pitched for Sox

Mr. Borland, 80, was the 1955 College World Series MVP who pitched for the Red Sox.


Celtics 83, Pacers 81

Celtics post thrilling comeback win vs. Pacers

Jeff Green celebrated scoring the game-winning basket against the Pacers.

By Gary Washburn

Jeff Green’s winning layup came with 0.5 seconds left as the Celtics ended the game on an 11-0 run.

Christopher L. Gasper

Now must be Clay Buchholz’s time to shine

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is seeking a return to his 2010 form — a 17-7 record and 2.33 ERA.

By Christopher L. Gasper

If the Red Sox are to become a contender again, they will need Buchholz to pitch like the ace he’s expected to become.

On Football

NFL misinformation about to go into overload

Will Wes Welker still be with the Patriots after his contract situation is settled?

By Greg A. Bedard

With free agency about to open, get ready for many confusing and hard-to-verify reports about free agents like Wes Welker.

G: Style

Designer Michael Bastian finds inspiration in Norman Rockwell

For fall/winter 2013 GANT by Michael Bastian takes inspiration from the iconic works of American art- ist and painter Norman Rockwell. The presention of his line of clothing called “Stockbridge.”

By Christopher Muther

Rockwell garbed his subjects in the utilitarian uniforms of working men and women of the mid-20th century. Now that clothing has inspired a new collection by Bastian.

Justin Bieber, please stop wearing terrible drop-crotch pants

No matter where he goes, Justin Bieber sports his drop-pants look: (from left) when meeting fans, performing, and on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

By Christopher Muther

For the past year, Bieber has been trying to make drop-crotch, droopy-drawer pants catch on. But no one is buying what he’s selling.

How did nail art become a fashion favorite?

Anne Hathaway arrived at the 2013 Oscars.

By Emily Wright

Gone are black-tinted polishes and square-tipped fingernails. In their place are almond-shaped stiletto nails accented with 3-D embellishments.