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Data-sharing troubles raise questions in Marathon case

A federal audit as recently as January warned there was a “high risk” that the government’s information-sharing system would not prevent a terror attack, raising questions about whether a communications breakdown allowed the Boston Marathon bomb plot to evolve undetected and its perpetrators to elude quick capture.

Beth Roche was seriously injured in the Marathon bombing but surgeons are working to repair her knee.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Long, uncertain road for limb patients

Ten days after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, surgeons are still working tirelessly to repair limbs of injured spectators.

Steps from bombing sites, churches offer serenity

On opposite edges of Copley Square on Wednesday, separated by the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, two darkened oases of calm lured hundreds of visitors from the newly reopened plaza.

Police from as far away as Ohio and Canada came to Cambridge for the memorial service for Sean Collier, allegedly killed by the bombing suspects.

Police throng to MIT to honor fallen officer

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology knew Sean A. Collier as their affable campus policeman with a warm smile, the guy who made polite conversation with strangers and reached out to the homeless.

Carol R. Johnson has spent over 40 years in education.

Boston schools chief Johnson to retire

Carol R. Johnson’s tenure was marked by highs on some standardized tests and graduation rates, but also notable missteps.

Former Massachusetts Probation Department head John J. O’Brien in Suffolk Superior Court on April 5.

17 bribery counts for ex-head of probation O’Brien

A new federal indictment charges John J. O’Brien with bribing top state legislators by giving jobs to their supporters.

The Nation

US schools still lagging other nations

By Philip Elliott

‘‘A Nation at Risk,’’ the report issued 30 years ago, was meant as a wake-up call. But its warnings still reverberate today.

Ricin probe shifts to first suspect’s foe

Authorities searched a former martial arts studio in tupelo, Miss., that was run by Everett Dutschke.

By Holbrook Mohr and Emily Wagster Pettus

Authorities must now figure out if an online feud between the original suspect and an enemy might have escalated into something more sinister.

Newtown rejects extra security plan

Residents rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December shootings.

The World

Building collapse kills more than 230 in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi firefighter rescued an injured garment worker Wednesday after a building collapsed in Savar.

By Julhas Alam and Al-Emrun Garjon

Deep cracks visible in the walls of a garment building had compelled police to order it evacuated a day before it collapsed, officials said.

Syria tailors propaganda for Western nations

The minaret of the Umayyad mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was toppled by explosives on Wednesday, with both sides trading blame.

By Anne Barnard

As Islamists fill the ranks of Syrian rebels, President Bashar Assad is waging a campaign to persuade the US that it is on the wrong side of the civil war.

Russia begins trial of anti-Putin blogger

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny walked past a guard as he attended a hearing the northern city of Kirov.

By Will Englund

Alexei Navalny, a leader of Russia’s protest movement, is accused of embezzling $500,000 worth of timber in 2009 when he was working as an adviser to the local governor.

Editorial & Opinion


The new normal?

Boston Police Officer Mike Duggan repositioned a barrier as the city conducted a cleanup of Boylston Street on Tuesday.

By Juliette Kayyem

Recovery from a terrorist attack can be orderly and efficient. Step by step, we are following an emerging pattern.


Markey’s security votes are fair game in Senate race

By Joan Vennochi

After the Marathon bombings, it’s not inappropriate to ask US Representative Edward J. Markey to explain his votes on national security legislation.


Challenges, both here and abroad

By Nicholas Burns

As we consider the lessons from the bombings, the wisest strategy will be to stay true to our greatest strength — our democratic principles.


Stephen Lynch’s campaign attacks take risks

By Michael Levenson

Lynch is on the offensive, lacing into Edward J. Markey on security-related issues in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings.

Yvonne Abraham

A loss of decency

Missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.

By Yvonne Abraham

Brown University student Sunil Tripathi is more than just the innocent, missing man ensnared by wild speculation after the marathon bombings.

At Copley Square, reopening and reflection

Reilly Siman, 19 months old, of Watertown, came with her family to put rose petals at the first bombing site.

By Martine Powers and Evan Allen

Nine days after the Marathon bombings, pedestrian traffic began to trickle onto the once-busy commercial thoroughfare.

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Police throng to MIT to honor fallen officer

By Brian Ballou and Peter Schworm

Boston schools chief Johnson to retire

By James Vaznis and Andrew Ryan


tech lab

HTC’s new phone, the One, is a winner

By Hiawatha Bray

It’s hard to be a critic when there’s so little to criticize. HTC Corp.’s new phone is simply called the One. And it is.

Customers lift Boylston Street

A Starbucks employee helped spruce up the Boylston Street business Wednesday. Owners of several restaurants reported being unusually busy.

By Casey Ross

Many patrons Wednesday wanted to be part of the street’s first day back in business.

‘Boston Strong’ T-shirts flying off the shelves

A T-shirt designed by a Boston firefighter was seen at Sunday’s service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

By Katie Johnston

Major retailers, Boston sports teams, and average citizens are selling a lot of Boston-related apparel to raise money for bombing victims.


Joseph Nolan; SJC justice known as social conservative

Joseph Nolan’s family joined him when he was sworn in as a Superior Court judge in 1978. At right, Justice Nolan listened to arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court on April 2, 1989.

By Bryan Marquard

Appointed by Governor Ed King in 1981, Justice Nolan, 87, was considered one of the more conservative members of the bench during his tenure.

Robert Edgar; lawmaker led Common Cause; at 69

Mr. Edgar, 69, represented Pennsylvania for six terms in the House of Representatives and advocated for open government.

Morris J. Kramer; helped set off a wave of mergers

By Peter Lattman

Mr. Kramer, 71, a longtime partner at a law firm, helped revolutionize the mergers and acquisitions business.


RED SOX 6, A’s 5

Red Sox hang on to beat A’s

Closer Andrew Bailey struck out the side in the ninth, locking up a 6-5 victory for starter Jon Lester, who improved to 4-0.

By Peter Abraham

Closer Andrew Bailey struck out the side in the ninth, locking up a victory for starter Jon Lester, who improved to 4-0.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots must teach young WRs, DBs better

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady expect a lot from young players the Patriots bring in.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The team’s failure to mine WR and DB prospects in the draft over the past decade also stems from its inability to help them develop.

On Football

Patriots should draft a wide receiver

Robert Woods of USC might offer the best chance at instant impact for the Patriots.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Patriots need instant impact at the position, and tonight they should find a viable receiver in the draft.

G: Style

When tragedy strikes, event planners are faced with a wrenching decision

Guests at the recent Huntington Theatre Company’s spring gala, which included a silent auction.

By Christopher Muther and Mark Shanahan

Across Boston, party planners are wrestling with the question of how to handle their lighthearted and celebratory affairs as memorial services take place.

Instagram Fashion: Lauren Pespisa

Lauren Pespisa.

By Christopher Muther

We cast a broad and stylish net across the Instagram universe this week, and we were fortunate enough to snag the 25-year-old digital activist.

To transform a space, try new paint or wallpaper

Bradbury & Bradbury offers historically accurate reproduction wallpaper, beginning with the Victorian era.

By Katherine Salant

If you want to make a major change without a major remodel, you’ll get the biggest splash for the least amount of money with a few gallons of paint.