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Patrick hopeful on transit funding

Governor Deval Patrick said Thursday he is open to the state Senate’s transportation financing plan, comments that could end a tense standoff between the governor and legislative leaders, who have not spoken in weeks.

// Council’s Ross joins Boston’s mayoral field

City Councilor Michael P. Ross’s candidacy had been anticipated and his formal announcement marked an early turning point as the field of candidates started to settle.

Senior Jonah Einson and his mother, Brenda Rich, are waiting for word from colleges.

Parents get competitive on college

If bragging has a season, this is it. With elite schools accepting record lows for applicants and “safety schools” no longer a safe bet, parents feel pressure.

A Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV aircraft landed in front of the air traffic control tower at Santa Monica airport in California.


Executive perks still alive and well

Private jets, chauffeurs, financial planning services, Red Sox tickets. Executive perquisites are still alive and well at many public companies, even after a decade of intense shareholder scrutiny.

“I don’t think there is anyone who would suggest that there is not some risk being a prosecutor,” said US Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan.

Sullivan accepted pay raise, special pension

Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan, a strong advocate for curbing fiscal excesses, has been collecting a state pension of $27,492 a year for the past three years.

Jeremy DeSilva’s research has raised new questions.

BU researcher’s finding alters view of walking’s evolution

A fossil study suggests that an early ancestor of humans was built to walk upright, but had a foot that allowed it to climb trees efficiently.

The Nation

Gun measures bypass threat of filibuster with GOP help

Erica Lafferty (left) and Jillian Soto, who both lost relatives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, attended a news briefing with Senators Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthalif Connecticut, and Charles Schumer of New York.

By Julia Edwards

Each New England Senator voted in favor of moving forward with the proposal, clearing the way for a vote on the package next week.

Senate panel strikes immigration deal

Angelica Medina, 17, joined the “Rally for Citizenship” in support of immigration reform this week in Washington.

By Erica Werner

Negotiators from both parties reached agreement the major elements of sweeping legislation and expect to unveil the bill next week, lawmakers said.

Boys adjusting after Fla. kidnapping

By Mike Schneider

Two young boys seem unaware their parents kidnapped them and believe their sailboat trip to Cuba was only a vacation, the children’s grandparents said.

The World

North Korea may be able to make nuclear missile

South Koreans protested North Korea’s recent actions, including the threat of nuclear war, on Thursday in Seoul.

By Thom Shanker, David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt

A new assessment has concluded for the first time that North Korea has learned how to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile.

More than 2,000 invited to Thatcher funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral with military honors will be at at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The ceremony’s scale — and the multimillion-pound cost — has drawn criticism.

Invitations to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral are going out to more than 2,000 celebrities, dignitaries, colleagues, and friends of the late British leader.

Syrian troops aim to reclaim southern sites lost to rebels

Syrian troops were briefed in the Liramoun area of Aleppo on Thursday ahead of an offensive against rebel forces.

By Alan Cowell and Rick Gladstone

Military forces have moved aggressively to retake territory lost to the insurgency over the past few days, anti-government activists reported Thursday.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Leon V. Sigal

Path to peace in Korea

South Korean marines man K-55 self-propelled howitzers on the western island of Ganghwa, near the disputed maritime frontier with North Korea last month.

By Leon V. Sigal

Despite all the talk of deterrence and sanctions, the only way to head off a looming security nightmare in Asia is to try to move toward peace in Korea and rapprochement with China.


Clearing the fog in Senate race

By Scot Lehigh

Take Stephen Lynch. He calls himself prolife, but he’s also said that he supports Roe v. Wade. Or Mike Sullivan, a traditionalist who would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.


Like other nonprofits, Longy should serve its community

Love and mastery of music start at a young age, and by eliminating the children’s division, Longy risks turning away young musicians who, as adults, may help support it.

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Rock and roll limbo

By Mary Wilson


Far-reaching taxi reform needed


No rules for drivers would harm riders


‘Screen zombie’ and other new words

By Carlo Rotella


Past job may be hurdle for mayoral candidate Walczak

Bill Walczak left his Carney Hospital post after 14 months.

By Chelsea Conaboy

Advisers and analysts say Bill Walczak will have to explain his brief tenure with Steward Health Care and why he left.

Kevin Cullen

TJ and Finbarr: a friendship made in the desert

By Kevin Cullen

With the help of photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly, Randolph’s TJ Brennan is in the middle of an extra­ordinary transition, from Marine to journalist.

Cat, woman reunited after fire, rescue, revival, and search

Modupe Oshikoya, a UMass Boston doctoral student, was reunited with her cat Rosie after putting up posters in Dorchester, where the cat went missing.

By Meghan E. Irons

Modupe Oshikoya’s cat, Rosie, went missing in Dorchester on March 27 when she escaped after firefighters saved her.

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campaign notebook

From PAC’s telethon for Sullivan, a sleight-of-hand

By Joshua Miller and Jim O’Sullivan


Bristol-Myers Squibb sets $250 million Devens expansion

By Erin Ailworth

The company plans to expand its biopharmaceutical manufacturing complex and add about 350 workers.

Upper Crust franchisees cutting ties

Al Carvelli at his restaurant, which he now calls Top Crust, in Plymouth. The bicycle used to sit in a window as an icon of the eatery when in was called Upper Crust. He removed it in honor of the restaurant’s new name.

By Jenn Abelson

After years of painful sales declines and bad publicity, former franchisees with the troubled pizza chain decided to go it alone.

Nurses walk out at Quincy Medical Center

Unionized nurses staged a one-day strike at Quincy Medical Center on Thursday. They were joined by nurses from other facilities.

By Robert Weisman and Jessica Bartlett

Hundreds of nurses struck for 24 hours to protest staffing levels at the hospital, while officials called the demands unrealistic.


Dave O’Hara, 86; AP sports editor exuded class

Dave O’Hara presented a traveling bag to Jim Lonborg after he was named American League pitcher of the previous season in 1968.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. O’Hara composed a day-by-day history of Boston sports in his longtime role as New England sports editor for the Associated Press.

Ed Fisher, 86, longtime New Yorker cartoonist

The drawings by Mr. Fisher were full and fleshed out in a 1950s style.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Fisher’s culturally savvy cartoons were featured in The New Yorker for nearly 50 years.

Bigas Luna, 67; directed fantastical Spanish films

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Luna was an iconoclastic film director who emerged after the Franco dictatorship to portray the new Spain as engagingly and perplexingly robust.


Orioles 3, Red Sox 2

Orioles strike late, take series from Red Sox

Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn’t like the third-strike call by plate umpire JimJoyce in the ninth inning.

By Julian Benbow

Alfredo Aceves worked five sound innings, but the bullpen faltered again and the Red Sox lost their second straight.

Yale 3, UMass-Lowell 2 (OT)

Yale boots UMass-Lowell from Frozen Four

Yale’s Andrew Miller slipped the puck past a sprawled Connor Hellebuyck in OT, with Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel too late to help.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Lowell’s dream of clinching its first-ever NCAA hockey title ended in a tough loss to upstart Yale.

Islanders 2, Bruins 1

Bruins run out of gas against Islanders

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and defenseman Andrew Ference are         feeling down after Josh Bailey’s second-period goal, the         eventual winner.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Without Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and playing their third game in four nights, the Bruins fell flat in the loss.

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Marathon preview section

Kenyan marathoners dominate Boston and the world

By John Powers

red sox notebook

Alfredo Aceves gave Red Sox important relief

By Julian Benbow

Frozen Four notebook

UMass-Lowell’s Cinderella year ends quickly

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

The Masters

Fred Couples, Tianlang Guan steal show at Masters

By Michael Whitmer

Masters notebook

Tiger Woods happy with ‘good start’ at Augusta

By Michael Whitmer

On Baseball

Why is Red Sox bullpen suddenly leaking?

By Nick Cafardo

Bruins notebook

Bruins’ Brad Marchand diagnosed with concussion

By Fluto Shinzawa

Quinnipiac 4, St. Cloud State 1

Quinnipiac moves on to Frozen Four title game

By Amalie Benjamin

Celtics notebook

Celtics’ game with Heat may lack sizzle

By Baxter Holmes

G: Arts & Movies

Stage review

‘The Book of Mormon’: a testament to song, dance, and lunacy

Mark Evans, as Elder Price, sings “I Believe’’ to a warlord played by Derrick Williams.

By Don Aucoin

The national touring production of “Mormon’’ has settled in at the Boston Opera House, presented by Broadway in Boston.

Art review

MFA’s ‘Samurai!’ captures the eternal warrior spirit

Samurai warriors on horses made of fiberglass and steel.

By Sebastian Smee

“Samurai!,” a splendid new show at the Museum of Fine Arts, has armor and weapons aplenty.

Movie Review

‘42’ does not go deep in telling Jackie Robinson’s story

Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson in “42.”

By Ty Burr

Writer-director Brian Helgeland’s ambitious new biopic about Jackie Robinson is well-acted, handsomely made, and as shallow as a kid’s True Heroes picture book.

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Television Review

In ‘Demons,’ da Vinci as a visionary hero

By Matthew Gilbert

Television REview

Following rehab, ‘Nurse Jackie’ faces her new life

By Matthew Gilbert

Book REview

‘Our Man in Iraq’ by Robert Perisic

By Saul Austerlitz

Movie Review

Lamenting the ‘Wonder’ of it all

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

Putting the trance back into Transcendentalist

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

‘Disconnect’ is a topical drama

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

So where exactly did he put that Goya?

By Ty Burr

Scene & Heard

Pilot Nation finds hip-hop’s common ground

By Martín Caballero

High Five

Lori McKenna is staying in Massachusetts

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Together Warm-Up @ Rise

By Katy Rushlau


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column


Tiffany Ortiz, Allison Achtmeyer attend annual breakfast

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ryan Landry and crew celebrate ‘M’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Celebrity news

Chaka Khan honored