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Unions collide in Lynch-Markey Senate contest

Ill will over the AFL-CIO’s decision not to endorse Stephen F. Lynch against Edward J. Markey has roiled unions.

Rabbi Keith Stern will patch in his children in Africa and California for the family’s seder.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Technology brings families together at Passover

Integrating modern technology into this family-oriented ritual is becoming more of a resource for families as they grow older and split apart.

Boston officials and representatives of three pavement material companies assembled on Bowdoin Avenue in Dorchester Thursday for a demonstration of products for fixing potholes.

City tests new weapons in fight against potholes

In the latest round of Boston versus potholes, the city is bringing in the big guns: a Silly Putty-like material encased in portable plastic bags invented by college students. Shape-shifting goo that hardens instantly under pressure.

Report urges genetic sequencers to search for a range of problems

Some patients may soon find out more about their genetic risks than they wanted to — such as whether they are at higher risk for breast cancer or a heart condition — if doctors heed the advice in a long-awaited report issued Thursday.

Many T riders favor late-night service

The MBTA wanted to know what its riders thought about starting late-night service and whether they would wait longer and shell out more cash for a postmidnight lift. They figured that maybe 500 would answer an online survey. Instead, nearly 26,000 did, ­almost all in favor of extended subway and bus hours.

State scours Twitter for sharing of MCAS test

Once, it was enough to warn students not to look at one another’s MCAS exams, or slip an answer to a friend. But now there is the Twitterverse, prompting education officials to launch a new kind of anticheating patrol.

The Nation

House passes 6-month plan for spending; few cuts shifted

Representative Paul Ryan’s budget proposal for next year clashes dramatically with one offered by Senator Patty Murray, the first annual budget advanced by Senate Democrats in three years.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Lisa Rein

The shortterm funding bill ends the possibility of a government shutdown next week, but a budget battle is brewing.

Colo. governor signs civil union bill

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino embraced Governor John Hickenlooper (right) after the bill was signed.

By Ivan Moreno

The Colorado governor’s signature punctuates a dramatic turnaround in a state where voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006.

Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1b deficit

By Sara Burnett and Jason Keyser

The Chicago school district’s chief executive and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the closures are necessary because too many school buildings are half-empty.

The World

Obama tells Israelis, Palestinians to negotiate

President Obama and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas criticized Israel for building settlements in the West Bank.

By Mark Landler

Obama offered a fervent case for why a peace agreement is morally just and in Israel’s self-interest.

Bomber kills top Sunni cleric, Assad ally in mosque

Syrian-run media broadcast images of the destruction in the Damascus mosque.

By Zeina Karam

A suicide bombing killed 42 people, including a longtime supporter of Syria’s president, removing one of the few remaining pillars of support for the Alawite leader.

US puts bounty on terror suspect

Omar Hammami (right) stars in several videos on YouTube. He once fought with the Somali militant group Al Shabab.

By Jason Straziuso

Will the allure of a $5 million reward be the downfall of a tweeting, rapping American jihadist?

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Representative Stephen F. Lynch

High noon? I won’t be shoved

By Stephen F. Lynch

Massachusetts residents are tired of out-of-state billionaires telling them how to vote, Representative Stephen F. Lynch writes.


Two days in court

By Joan Wickersham

More than 50 cases passed through Suffolk Superior Court over two days, yet, if the deck is stacked against these offenders, the reality is far worse for their victims.

Opinion | Mark Erlich

At Old Colony, unions prove their worth

The new Old Colony buildings are framed by an archway in the old buildings in 2012.

By Mark Erlich

The PLA at Old Colony is in keeping with the best traditions of the building trades — a pathway into the middle class.

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Some colleges call a timeout


Data push would move city forward


Menino’s proposal is step in right direction


Good works do not excuse detour from church doctrine


Can pope stand up to the moral ironies?


Drew Bledsoe goes on lobbying blitz for wine bill

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who owns a Washington winery, was on Beacon Hill to lobby for a bill that would allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to customers.

By Jim O'Sullivan

The former Patriots quarterback, who owns a winery, supports a bill that would allow out-of-state wineries to ship to Massachusetts customers.

Kevin Cullen

Philly connection to Gardner Museum heist

By Kevin Cullen

So, 23 years later, the feds think it was pulled off by a combination of wiseguys from Boston and Philadelphia. Makes sense.

City tests new weapons in fight against potholes

Boston officials and representatives of three pavement material companies assembled on Bowdoin Avenue in Dorchester Thursday for a demonstration of products for fixing potholes.

By Martine Powers

The eco-friendly pothole filling materials the city will test over the next six months could help repair the craters more quickly.

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A quarter century later, family confronts murder suspect

By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane


Mass. has regained jobs lost in last recession

By Megan Woolhouse

Employment in Massachusetts reached 3.3 million jobs, about 14,000 more than in April 2008, when employment peaked before the recession.

Figuring athletes’ taxes is, well, taxing

“In some states, like if we play in California four times in a certain season, it gets pretty complicated, from what I understand,” said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

By Callum Borchers

The complicating factor for pro athletes is where they earn their money. With few exceptions, athletes owe income taxes in every state they play.

Two Watertown biotechs raise $130m in IPOs

By Robert Weisman

A pair of start-ups together raised more than $130 million through initial public offerings this week, a sign that the long-sluggish IPO market may be rebounding.


Rev. M. Alicia Corea, 91, pioneering female minister

M. Alicia and Peter Corea, co-ministers in Quincy.

By Bryan Marquard

Rev. Corea was one of the first women ordained in Massachusetts.

Rise Stevens; singer won opera audiences in film, on stage

Ms. Stevens as Carmen. Her recording is a standard-setter.

By Emily Langer

Ms. Stevens, 99, defined the role of Carmen for a generation and brought opera to millions of Americans.

Francis Ruddle; his work led to Human Genome Project

Francis Ruddle led Yale’s biology department, coming to New Haven in 1961.

By Margalit Fox

Dr. Ruddle, 83, was a Yale University geneticist who plumbed the DNA of mice and men, and from whose laboratory sprang the first transgenic mammal.


No. 14 Harvard stuns New Mexico

Siyani Chambers (left) and Laurent Rivard celebrate Harvard’s first NCAA Tournament victory, a 68-62 decision over third-seeded NewMexico.

By Michael Vega

The Crimson earned the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history by defeating the third-seeded Lobos.

Bruins 2, Senators 1

Dennis Seidenberg gets Bruins back on track

It was a group hug for the Bruins after Dennis Seidenberg (far left) scored from the point with 1:04 left in the third.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Seidenberg’s goal with 64 seconds left lifted the Bruins past the Senators on Thursday night.

Upstarts, old foes to face off in Hockey East semifinals

BU coach Jack Parker is well aware that his career could end at the hands of rival BC.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

No. 1 UMass-Lowell will take on No. 4 Providence, and No. 2 Boston College will play archrival No. 3 Boston University Friday.

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Red Sox 6, Phillies 1

Sox score five runs with two outs in seventh inning

By Peter Abraham

On Basketball

Jason Terry won’t allow sting to linger

By Gary Washburn

Bruins notebook

David Krejci back in Bruins lineup

By Fluto Shinzawa

Gonzaga 64, Southern 58

Gonzaga dodges upset bid by Southern

By Eddie Pells

Red Sox notebook

Stephen Drew able to resume activity with Red Sox

By Peter Abraham

Sports media

Why the condescension from John Dennis?

By Chad Finn

Louisville 79, N.C. A&T 48

Russ Smith steals show in Louisville rout

By Nancy Armour

Marquette 59, Davidson 58

Late comeback leads Marquette past Davidson

By Gary Graves

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

‘Spring Breakers’ is mesmerizing

From left: Selena Gomez as Faith, Ashley Benson as Brit, Rachel Korine as Cotty, and Vanessa Hudgens as Candy in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.”

By Ty Burr

The film by director Harmony Korine is an outrageous provocation, shocking and exhilarating and tender in equal measure.

Classical Notes

Jonathan Biss explores Schumann at Jordan Hall

Pianist Jonathan Biss (with student Yoko Fukumura) teaches a visiting artist master class last week at New England Conservatory in Williams Hall.

By David Weininger

For the pianist and music writer, playing Schumann provides a guide to otherwise inaccessible realms of the soul.

Performance art is thriving in Boston

Artist Vela Phelan..

By Cate McQuaid

For years, artists have staged performances in Boston-area homes and alternatives spaces. Now, museums and commercial galleries are catching on.

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‘On the Road’ does right by Kerouac

By Ty Burr


‘Admission’ is a pleasant comedy

By Ty Burr

Television Review

‘Phil Spector’: Pacino in wigs

By Matthew Gilbert

Book REview

‘I Would Die 4 U’ by Touré

By Siddhartha Mitter

Scene & Heard

Ramble on

By James Reed

Noisy Neighbors

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys

By James Reed

High Five

Lisa Loeb, ‘No Fairy Tale’

By James Reed

Night Watch

Dance Jam pays tribute to the divas

By Peter Cocchia


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column


Movie capsules


Amy Adams, Christian Bale on film set in Natick

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Locals audition to sing anthem for New England Revolution

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


John Slattery returns with ‘Mad Men’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Bobby Brown in - and out - of jail

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Chefs offer up a Spoonful of Ginger at MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Music review

Gatti’s Wagner generates more light than heat

By Jeremy Eichler

Celebrity news

Songs added to registry