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Marijuana rules would let doctors determine patient use

Proposed rules for medical use of marijuana in Massachusetts largely sidestep the matter of who will qualify for treatment.

A scene from the national tour of “The Book of Mormon,” which begins a three-week run at the Boston Opera House on April 9.

Joan Marcus

‘Book of Mormon’ the hottest show in Boston

Competition for seats to the irreverent, Tony Award-winning show has made it the most expensive ticket since “The Lion King” revival in 2004.

Kate Scott says the only one she regularly e-mails is her mother.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

E-mail a thing of past for business, young

Dmitri Gunn works at MIT’s Media Lab, one of the most hyperconnected places on Earth. But when it comes to the one ubiquitous form of communication of the digital era, Gunn is unplugging.

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// How Mayor Menino decided it was time to go

After his own appraisal of his physical limitations, 70-year-old Thomas M. Menino decided two weeks ago he couldn’t continue to run Boston the way he wanted.

Compounder sold drugs illegally in seven states

A Woburn compounding pharmacy that recalled two dozen drugs this week has said it distributed directly to patients and doctors in up to 21 states, but a Globe review found the company lacked the required license to operate as a pharmacy in at least a third of those states.

The Nation

New gas rules would raise price at pump

The EPA stated that the proposal would “enable the greatest pollution reductions at the lowest cost.”

By Dina Cappiello

The Obama administration’s newest antipollution plan would ping drivers where they wince the most: at the gas pump.

Half of adults in study text and drive

By Hayley Tsukayama

A new survey from AT&T shows adults are more likely than teens to be driving distracted.

35 indicted in Atlanta schools cheating scandal

Former Atlanta school chief Beverly Hall and dozens of others were indicted.

By Robbie Brown

The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools was among the nearly three dozen educators and administrators indicted by a grand jury on racketeering charges.

The World

North Korea’s real threat might be electronic

A photo issued by North Korea showed Kim Jong Un presiding over Thursday over a meeting of his strategic rocket force.

By Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger

It is the abilities that Kim Jong Un is not showing off that have the Obama administration most worried.

Syrian rebels wage strategic battle for south, claim another key town

Syrians protested Friday against Bashar Assad at the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan.

By Zeina Karam

The rebels’ latest victory was full control of Dael, a key town along a main highway, after forces of President Bashar Assad’s regime all but withdrew from the area.

Utility company shoulders blame for Japan nuclear crisis

By Mari Yamaguchi

Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged it was not adequately prepared to deal with the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan in March 2011.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

The urban mechanic: What are the nuts and bolts of Menino’s legacy?

By Lawrence Harmon

Mayoral hopefuls would have to be asleep to miss Thomas Menino’s well-known formula for success, however other strategies aren’t so obvious.


The urban mechanic: The data suggests an extraordinarily capable leader

By Edward L. Glaeser

The numbers from Mayor Thomas Menino’s time in office include economic growth, decreases in violent crime, improving test scores, and more construction.


A good cry in digital isolation

By Carlo Rotella

The 24/7 regime of screens and headphones changes how we think and interact in ways that we’re just barely beginning to perceive, let alone understand.


18 years later, still no answers in Deanna Cremin’s death

“I’ve been looking at her letters, her e-mails, her messages. I’ve been looking at her pictures from her birth right up to her 17th birthday,’’ said Katherine Cremin, as she sat teary-eyed in her Stoneham apartment. “I can still see her funeral. I want answers. Who killed my daughter?”

By Meghan E. Irons

For 18 years, Katherine Cremin has pored over the pages of the photo album of her daughter Deanna’s life, searching for clues to her murder.

DA seeks a heavy sentence for rapist who fled Mass.

Convicted rapist Gary Irving stood Friday with his defense lawyer, Christopher Leddy, in Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, Maine.

By Evan Allen

The district attorney said he’ll seek a substantial sentence for Gary Irving, the Rockland rapist who was captured this week in Maine.

Police seek clues after Watertown church theft

Police have posted photos of the items stolen from the church.

By Brian Ballou

Four gold-plated Bibles and glittery chalices were stolen from a Greek Orthodox Church in this week.


WBUR’s ‘Here & Now’ getting big boost

WBUR reporter Robin Young hosts “Here & Now” in Bostony

By Callum Borchers

The program will expand to two hours and be broadcast nationally this summer in a first-of-its-kind partnership between a local station and NPR.

Office rents in Boston rising as recovery takes hold

The office space crunch in Boston has spurred construction of commercial buildings.

By Casey Ross

The market has almost fully recovered from the economic downturn, with companies filling up large chunks of space and driving a steady uptick in rents.

Biogen Idec sets price for new MS pill

The Biogen Idec manufacturing plant in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

Biogen Idec’s multiple sclerosis pill will cost $54,900 a year per patient.


Robert Bishop; professor led economics department at MIT

Dr. Bishop graduated from Harvard and spent 44 years at MIT. He retired in 1986.

By Todd Feathers

Dr. Bishop’s brilliance as an economist, colleagues said, crystallized in the quality of students who passed through MIT’s economics department. He was 96.

British actor Richard Griffiths, known for uncle roles

Mr. Griffiths (left) as Uncle Vernon in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007).

By Jill Lawless

Mr. Griffiths, 65, was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon.

Bob Teague, one of first black TV journalists in New York City

Robert Teague joined a picket line in Elizabeth, N.J., during part of an NBC special.

By Karen Matthews

Mr. Teague, 84, was a former news anchor, reporter, and producer and one of New York’s first black television journalists.


Celtics 118, Hawks 107

Paul Pierce leads Celtics past Hawks

Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave Paul Pierce a hand after his triple-double of 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

By Baxter Holmes

Pierce registered his third triple-double of the season (20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds) and the Celtics won, 118-107.

UMass-Lowell 6, Wisconsin 1

UMass-Lowell one win from Frozen Four

Shayne Thompson’s goal in the second period gave UMass-Lowell something to shout about en route to a 6-1 victory over Wisconsin.

By John Powers

UMass-Lowell raced past Wisconsin, 6-1, in the Northeast Regional on Friday. The River Hawks will play New Hampshire on Saturday.

Jackie Bradley Jr. remains in limbo for Red Sox

The Sox have decided on 24 of the 25 players they’ll start the season with. The final spot is being held for Jackie Bradley Jr., but it’s not quite his yet.

By Peter Abraham

The Sox have decided on 24 of the 25 players they’ll start the season with. The final spot is being held for Bradley, but it’s not quite his yet.

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on basketball

Williams, Randolph blending nicely with Celtics

By Gary Washburn

Twins 8, Red Sox 3

Sox lose to Twins as Opening Day looms ahead

By Peter Abraham

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox will stretch out Franklin Morales

By Peter Abraham

Celtics notebook

Danny Ainge’s criticism of LeBron James draws heat

By Baxter Holmes

UNH 5, Denver 2

UNH hockey beats Denver in NCAAs

By Michael Vega

Michigan 87, Kansas 85

Michigan KO’s No. 1 Kansas in overtime

By Schuyler Dixon

Florida 62, FGCU 50

Florida ends Florida Gulf Coast’s run

By Stephen Hawkins

patriots notebook

Patriots’ Devin McCourty had shoulder surgery

By Shalise Manza Young

G: Family

G Cover

From mighty elm to salad bowl

(Providence, Rhode Island) A nearly 100 year old elm tree on the property of the John Brown House Museum seen Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island, has Dutch elm disease and will be cut down toward the end of January. (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe)

By James H. Burnett III

A 108-year-old elm felled recently in Providence, planted in a Frederick Law Olmsted design, will be remade by local artists.

From the Archives

From Globe photo archives: Pushcart vendors

While some vendors brave the winter, it seems the profusion of pushcarts sprout with the spring flowers. Some, like long-time peanut vendor Peter Alex of Roxbury, were neighborhood institutions. Others pass through as quickly as their pedal-powered carts can carry them. With the surge in popularity of food trucks in recent years all over the city, we look back at push carts and small stands selling everything from pretzels to produce. In this photo from Oct. 20, 1940, Mrs. Edwin Benson of Arlington purchased a glass of homemade cider from Marion Thurston of the Paine-Elm Farm roadside stand in Concord.

Television REview

Piven not good as gold in ‘Mr. Selfridge’

Jeremy Piven stars as Harry Selfridge, an American retailer in early 1900s London, in the “Masterpiece Classic” miniseries.

By Matthew Gilbert

There are many good things in “Mr. Selfridge,” a new PBS miniseries. But the star of the whole enterprise, Jeremy Piven, is miscast.

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Book Review

‘Middle C’ by William H. Gass

By David Thoreen

99 Bottles

Review: Winter beer with a spring feel

By Gary Dzen

Love Letters

Waiting for a ring

Bring the Family

Cold comfort in hot chocolate tour

By Joanna Weiss


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Weekend television

Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Mary Kakas among honorees at Red Cross party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Yo-Yo Ma documentary in the works

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Rob Gronkowski gives a boost to St. Baldrick’s

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Caroline Kennedy reads from her new book

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


John Fish chairs Catholic Schools gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein