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Single-mother families struggling in Mass.

No vacations: Anne Desjardins (left) and son Messiah Ambrose. Relying on aid: Keri-Ann Aubin (right) and son Kevin Ranney.

Left: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff; Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe

An estimated three out of four female-headed households in the state don’t earn enough to pay bills and raise their children, according to a report.

Gloria Steinem spoke at Simmons’ commencement.

Gloria Steinem’s message about gender, then and now

Forty years after delivering the commencement address at Simmons College, the political activist returns to speak about feminism.

Boston Police officers surrounded a car that was reported to have been stolen on Eustis Street in Roxbury, in a 1996 photo.

Stolen car rate plummets in Massachusetts

Auto thefts in the state have plunged 88 percent in the past four decades, a technology-aided decline that shows little sign of abating.

Charles Woodson’s hit on Tom Brady in this 2002 playoff game prompted the use of the tuck rule that helped the Patriots propel their run to the Super Bowl.

Dan Shaughnessy

What if the ‘Tuck Rule’ never was?

The bogus rule that the NFL finally eliminated on Wednesday was actually the trigger for the start of the Patriots’ run of three Super Bowls wins in four years.

Former medical board head’s e-mails missing

Members of the board that regulates doctors asked state health officials and the attorney general to determine whether its former executive director may have violated public records law, after they discovered that e-mails he wrote and received over several years were missing.

The Nation

Colorado governor signs sweeping new firearms law

By Ivan Moreno

The governor of Colorado signed bills that put sweeping new restrictions on sales of firearms and ammunition in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.

Amazon CEO’s team recovers Apollo engines

The recovery of the Apollo engines is a historic achievement, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement.

Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon were fished out of the Atlantic, Jeff Bezos and NASA said.

Kerry expected to play pivotal role in any Mideast talks

Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli officials before a news conference held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama in Jerusalem.

By Bryan Bender

The ability of the US to play an effective mediating role in the Arab-Israeli conflict will rest squarely with the new top American diplomat.

The World

Obama strives to reassure wary Israelis

President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres greeted children on their arrival at Peres’s residence Wednesday.

By Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren

President Obama traveled to Israel bearing a message of solidarity and a promise to defend that country from threats near and far.

US envoy presses China over hacking, North Korea

The White House has called for Beijing to take action to stop computer attacks aimed at stealing company secrets.

The people’s pope presents a challenge for security team

Pope Francis shook hands and mingled with the masses at the Vatican gate after his first Mass as pontiff.

By Victor L. Simpson

Pope Francis has shown a desire to mingle with the public, raising concerns for his safety among his security officials.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Bill Weld’s lesson for GOP — learn to dance with Democrats

By Joan Vennochi

Weld’s bipartisanship is a lesson lost on Republicans, who are shunning Gabriel Gomez after his overture to Democrats.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Fascism’s nascent comeback in Europe

By Juliette Kayyem

Neo-Nazi elements have made inroads into soccer teams throughout the continent: Fascism appeals to the competitive nature in too many athletes.

Edward L. Glaeser

An ice place to live

By Edward L. Glaeser

Much economic activity in Boston comes from people who move here, despite the challenging weather, making such things as tax and immigration policy all the more important.

Metro

Yvonne Abraham

A line in the sand on Plum Island

Homes along the coast on Plum Island on March 9, 2013.

By Yvonne Abraham

Those beach houses are doomed. They shouldn’t be there in the first place. And we should be planning for a future when they won’t be.

John R. Connolly launches bid for Boston mayor


Councilor John R. Connolly complimented the mayor, but was critical of the public schools in Boston.

By Andrew Ryan

The city councilor packed a hotel ballroom Wednesday for the kickoff of his bid to replace 20-year ­incumbent Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Former medical board head’s e-mails missing

Dr. Stancel M. Riley

By Chelsea Conaboy

Members of the board that regulates doctors asked state officials to determine whether its former executive director violated public records law.

Business

Not paying by smartphone? You soon will, many bet

Participants in a two-day conference at Harvard aim to hash out the future of buying and selling via smartphones and other mobile devices. Pictured: Gary Flood, president of global products and services for MasterCard.

By Michael B. Farrell

Even though most consumers don’t use their smartphones to pay for anything, businesses hope to capitalize on the so-called mobile wallet.

Tech Lab

New Wi-Fi delivers more data faster, but at a cost

By Hiawatha Bray

The latest routers deliver a massive speed boost to computers, phones, game consoles, and other devices that connect wirelessly to the Internet.

Many in Mass. stick with paper tax returns to avoid fees

Screening clerks in the state Revenue Department’s Data Integration Bureau sorted through 2012 paper tax returns.

By Todd Wallack

Electronic filing fees are creating a roadblock in states’ efforts to move the income tax filing system entirely online.

Obituaries

Kathy Norton, sales coordinator, community fund-raiser

Kathy Norton joined a group of parents to rebuild a Braintree playground.

By Lauren Dezenski

Mrs. Norton, 49, was an advertising operations manager for the Globe and was a member of a group that raised thousands of dollars for a new playground in Braintree.

Harry Reems, 65; porn star became real estate agent

After “Deep Throat’’ and other porn movies, Harry Reems made his off-Broadway debut in “The Office Murders.’’

By Michelle L. Price

Mr. Reems was the male star of the 1972 cultural phenomenon ‘‘Deep Throat,’’ which brought pornography to mainstream audiences.

Erwin Harris; seized assets from Castro to repay debts

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Harris, 91, played a remarkable if little-remembered role in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in the early 1960s.

Sports

hornets 87, celtics 86

Celtics lose to Hornets in final second

Paul Pierce and the Celtics came up short in New Orleans on Wednesday.

By Gary Washburn

Anthony Davis’s tip-in with 0.3 seconds left stunned the Celtics, who blew a 13-point lead en route to their 4th loss in 6 games.

Wesley Saunders blossoms for Harvard

Harvard guard Wesley Saunders led the team in scoring this season at 16.5 points per game, after averaging  3.3 as a freshman.

By Michael Vega

The sophomore has averaged 16.5 points per game this season to lead Harvard into the NCAA tournament.

Missing persons on Opening Day

By Nick Cafardo

When the Red Sox play the Yankees in their season opener at Yankee Stadium April 1, it could be that two of the main players — David Ortiz and Derek Jeter — will be out of the lineup. Ortiz is suffering from inflammation of both heels, while Jeter received an anti-inflammatory injection to his surgically repaired left ankle Wednesday. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t rule out the disabled list for Jeter — nor would he rule out Jeter playing. He remarked that Jeter is liable to surprise people with what he can do. Ortiz has been taking batting practice in the cages at Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Fla., and did so for the second straight day Wednesday, but there was no word when he would resume his running program or whether he will start the season on the DL, which seems a given at this point.

G: Style

StyleWeek NorthEast arrives in Boston

Boston Common magazine presented Fashion Forward, a runway show of Fall 2012 collections by the world's leading designers.

By Christopher Muther

Boston Fashion Week’s hold on the city’s style scene finally faces competition. On Thursday night, StyleWeek NorthEast will debut at the W Hotel.

The costly departure of Patriots receiver Wes Welker

With Welker jerseys now filling the clearance racks, perhaps the safest jersey is one with your own name on it.

By Beth Teitell

The value of a sports jersey is subject to the whims of people (they’re called team owners) who rule even more absolutely than Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Clarks looks to modernize its line

“What we tried to do is take everything that the company is known for, and filter it through a younger . . . point of view,” said Michael Pao (right, with Tarek Hassan) of Clarks’ new shoes.

By Christopher Muther

The 200-year-old English shoe company, which has its US headquarters in Newton Upper Falls, just introduced a line with revamped materials and designs.

More Stories

Book Review

‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

By Jenifer B. McKim

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

The week ahead: Music

By James Reed

Boston-area events

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Boston’s Tom Scholz in legal dispute over copyrights

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jennifer Lawrence arrives in Boston for filming

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Jason Varitek, Zoltan Mesko model for Big Sister Association

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ken Casey of Dropkicks sets skinhead straight

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Casey Affleck, Lake Bell coming to Independent Film Festival Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Boston Vintage Factory offers lessons in pinup lifestyle

By Christina Jedra

The Boston Vintage Factory in Somerville kicked off their third round of 8-week burlesque classes taught by a self-proclaimed “burlesque impersonator.”

Winchester

CVS war called a defining moment

Bright red signs opposing CVS’s plans for a 12,000-square-foot store have sprouted in many Winchester yards.

By Brenda J. Buote

Winchester has growing pains, torn between the desire to preserve its small-town charm and the need to expand its tax base.

andover

Police may shift hiring system

By Brenda J. Buote

Andover is considering withdrawing its police from the civil service system, which would let officials hire and promote officers based on their own criteria.

More Stories

Foes seek to stop Fells roadwork

By Steven A. Rosenberg

High School Hockey

Owens guides Wilmington to title

By Pat Bradley

Road to the top

Three game-changing high school hockey plays

By Jason Mastrodonato

Suburban Diary

Father finds if it’s broke, fix it

By Rob Azevedo

Billerica

High school welcomes new principal

By Brenda J. Buote

Burlington

Children can go to the polls too

By John Laidler

Lynnfield

Selectmen to close meeting warrant

By David Rattigan

Somerville

Schools seek renovation funding

By Jarret Bencks

Salisbury

Candidates vie for selectmen seats

By David Rattigan

Swampscott

Four seek two selectmen seats

By David Rattigan

Tyngsborough

Man is charged with assault

By Karen Sackowitz

Westford

Town meeting set for Saturday

By Brenda J. Buote

Globe South

Pembroke

Local Quaker group revives tradition

South Shore Preparative Meeting members worship at Bethel Chapel, an 1851 building restored by the Pembroke Historical Commission.

By John Laidler

In 1706, a local Quaker group constructed a meetinghouse on a hill. The building still stands today, and the three-century-old tradition is being revived.

Norton

Housing proposal piques interest

By Jennette Barnes

A call for change to the state’s affordable-housing law has sparked interest among other communities, but passing the proposal could be difficult.

Plymouth

High school loses three teens

By Katheleen Conti

The death of Cameron Groezinger-Fitzpatrick from a severe allergic reaction marked the third death of a student or recent graduate of Plymouth North since August.

Globe West

Competing aims in gun-control debate

Cars pass a sign directing them to parking for the West Springfield Gun and Knife Show earlier this month.

By Calvin Hennick

Three local men with different ideas on how firearms should be regulated are making their voices heard in the roiling gun-control debate.

Bow hunting to be decided by Weston voters

By Jose Martinez

Voters could ban hunting on town lands even as the Conservation Commission recommends continuing a deer management program.

Local teens climb fencing’s ladder with Olympics in mind

Sherborn’s Eli Dershwitz (right) and Westwood’s Andrew Mackiewicz practice at the Zeta Fencing Club in Natick.

By Paul Lazdowski

Three local teens took a huge step toward their dream of a Summer Olympics berth when they were named to the US National Junior Fencing Team.