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Suffolk register of probate allegedly hit employee after Christmas cheer turned sour

Suffolk official Patricia Campatelli was briefly placed on administrative leave after she was accused of punching an employee after a holiday party.

Wellesley designer Yumi Barnett-Nakamura has worked with Harvard student Christina Gao.

Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

US Figure Skating Championships

The ice rink becomes the runway for female figure skaters

Skaters at this weekend’s US Figure Skating Championships will take the ice in costumes inspired by red carpet couture.

Hiawatha Bray was enamored with the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles.

Hiawatha Bray

CES 2014 offers feast of consumer electronics

The International CES is the ultimate toyland, a once-a-year grab bag of the new things cooked up by the tech industry.

Justina Pelletier has been at Boston Children’s Hospital for almost a year.

Teen in custody battle to be moved from hospital

Justina Pelletier is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s to a residential facility after a judge moved to end the stalemate.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (left) posed next to his grandmother Mary Ann O’Malley. By the time she had reached her early 80s, O’Malley had forgotten much of what she once knew intimately.

Walsh family

Mayor Walsh takes steps to aid those hit by Alzheimer’s

Memories of his late grandmother have inspired Martin Walsh to make improved services among his earliest missions in office.

The Nation

Documents show effort to cover up N.J. traffic snarl

By Marc Santora and Kate Zernike

One official insisted in an e-mail that communications about the matter should not be conducted by e-mail or discussed publicly.

US ID’s 2 militant groups in Benghazi assault

By Deb Riechmann

One of the groups identified in the attack that left four Americans dead is led by a former Guantanamo detainee.

Against Utah’s stance, US will recognize gay marriages

Molly Ryan Butterworth and Davida Wegner attended a rally supporting same-sex marriage in Salt Lake City. Utah will not recognize such unions as it appeals a court ruling.

By Charlie Savage

The Obama administration said it would recognize as lawful the marriages of 1,300 same-sex couples, even though the state is refusing to do so.

The World

C. African Republic leader pushed out

Michel Djotodia’s chaotic nine-month rule in the impoverished country has been marked by abuses.

By Adam Nossiter

The president of the strife-torn country quit under pressure after regional leaders held him responsible for failing to halt the ongoing violence.

Iran says issues resolved on completing nuclear accord

By Rick Gladstone

State television quoted an Iranian official as saying the agreement would now need final approval from all the governments.

Israel unveils plan for 1,400 housing units in West Bank

By Jodi Rudoren

The chief Palestinian negotiator condemned the move as a “slap” to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s push for a peace deal.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

The ghosts of casinos past

The Saratoga Springs History Museum occupies an 1800s building once billed as the finest casino in the world.

By Joan Wickersham

A look at the history of Saratoga Springs might give Mass. residents pause about casinos as an economic engine.

opinion | William Keating

Flawed science behind flood maps

By William Keating

FEMA needs to delay implementation of their new maps until the appropriate methodology for our region is applied.

opinion | Jon Garelick

Background in art should be requirement for superintendent

Students from Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens school, which has dramatically improved since arts were reintroduced, painted portraits in memory of community activist and Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance employee Edna Viola Bynoe.

By Jon Garelick

Arts education, despite postrecession cutbacks nationwide, is not a luxury but a necessity, as important as reading and math.

Metro

Mayor Walsh takes steps to aid those hit by Alzheimer’s

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (left) posed next to his grandmother Mary Ann O’Malley. By the time she had reached her early 80s, O’Malley had forgotten much of what she once knew intimately.

By Kay Lazar

Memories of his late grandmother have inspired Martin Walsh to make improved services among his earliest missions in office.

Suffolk register of probate allegedly hit employee after Christmas cheer turned sour

Patricia Campatelli was sworn in as register of probate by Paula M. Carey on Jan. 2, 2013.

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy

Suffolk official Patricia Campatelli was briefly placed on administrative leave after she was accused of punching an employee after a holiday party.

Teen in custody battle to be moved from hospital

Justina Pelletier has been at Boston Children’s Hospital for almost a year.

By Patricia Wen and Neil Swidey

Justina Pelletier is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s to a residential facility after a judge moved to end the stalemate.

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Mattapan man arrested in first Boston homicide of 2014

By Wesley Lowery and John R. Ellement

Whitey Bulger is moved to federal prison in Tucson

By Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane

FITCHBURG

Amber Alert issued for Fitchburg girl, 6

By Jennifer Smith

Business

Hiawatha Bray

CES 2014 offers feast of consumer electronics

Hiawatha Bray was enamored with the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles.

By Hiawatha Bray

The International CES is the ultimate toyland, a once-a-year grab bag of the new things cooked up by the tech industry.

Cubist sees 2014 as pivotal in fight against ‘superbugs’

Above, a worker at Cubist’s Lexington facility. Regulators have accepted for review Cubist’s drug for treatment of infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (left).

By Robert Weisman

Regulators last month accepted for priority review Cubist’s application for tedizoid phosphate, an antibiotic for hard-to-treat infections, such as MRSA.

Information on 70 million taken in Target data breach

Last month, Target said up to 40 million customers’ credit and debit card information was stolen.

By Jia Lynn Yangand Amrita Jayakumar

Target says thieves also took customers’ names, addresses, and phone numbers, putting victims at greater risk for identity theft.

Obituaries

Larry Speakes, 74; was spokesman for President Reagan

President Reagan spoke to reporters with Deputy Press Secretary Larry Speakes on the White House lawn in 1984.

By Emily Wagster Pettus

Mr. Speakes became Reagan’s acting spokesman after Press Secretary James Brady was wounded during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981.

Civil rights sit-in pioneer Franklin McCain; at 73

In 1980, former North Carolina A&T students (from left) Joseph McNeil, David Richmond, Franklin McCain, and Jibreel Khazan sat at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro.

By Emery P. Dalesio

Mr. McCain helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests by occupying a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960.

‘Cazalet’ author Elizabeth Jane Howard; at 90

Novelist Kingsley Amis was one of Ms. Howard’s husbands.

By Raphael Satter

Ms. Howard’s saga of a wealthy English family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of ‘‘Downton Abbey.”

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

In postseason, Saturday traditionally is Patriots Day

On a snowy Saturday night in 2002 at Foxboro Stadium, Patriots fans learned all about the “Tuck Rule.”

By Dan Shaughnessy

The game against the Colts is the sixth time in the Belichick/Brady era that the Patriots have hosted a Saturday night playoff game. They’re 5-0 in those games.

Colts at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

Patriots’ team strength is resiliency

Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury was only the latest challenge for this Patriots team.

By Shalise Manza Young

Perhaps unlike other Patriot teams in recent years — the 2009 team comes to mind — this squad has mental toughness in spades.

patriots notebook

Aaron Dobson out, Kenbrell Thompkins questionable

Battling a foot injury, rookie receiver Aaron Dobson has appeared in just two games since late November.

By Shalise Manza Young

Dobson has been ruled out with a foot injury that he aggravated in the regular-season finale against the Bills.

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colts notebook

Adam Vinatieri knows what to expect in Foxborough

By Julian Benbow

Saints at Seahawks | 4:35 p.m. (Fox)

Saints, Seahawks have different looks since last meeting

By Tim Booth

US Figure Skating Championships

Notes: Multiple women’s contenders could pose a dilemma

By John Powers

Celtics notebook

Rajon Rondo plans return before All-Star break

By Baxter Holmes

bruins notebook

Loui Eriksson hopes to return vs. Sharks

By Amalie Benjamin

Warriors 99, Celtics 97

A golden chance slips away from Celtics

By Baxter Holmes

Boston College 5, Providence 2

No. 5 Eagles pull rank on No. 6 Friars

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

MSTCA division 5 relays

Newburyport boys, North Reading girls win

By Kelly Sweeney

US Figure Skating Championships

Jeremy Abbott in full control after short program

By John Powers

US Figure skating championships

Ice dancers Madison Chock, Evan Bates in second after short dance

By Shira Springer

G: Family

US Figure Skating Championships

The ice rink becomes the runway for female figure skaters

Wellesley designer Yumi Barnett-Nakamura has worked with Harvard student Christina Gao.

By Christopher Muther

Skaters at this weekend’s US Figure Skating Championships will take the ice in costumes inspired by red carpet couture.

Paralympic sled hockey player helping spread the sport’s appeal

The Northeast Passage Wildcats between periods of their sled hockey game against the New Jersey Freeze at the Newington (Conn.) Ice Arena.  The Wildcats won, 4-0.

By Joseph Kahn

New Hampshire’s Taylor Chace is one of the country’s top sled hockey players, a sport tailored to disabled athletes.

From the Archives

Patriots fans

By Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Archival photos of fans capture a range of emotions, from enthusiasm and devotion to signs of frustration during the early years of the team.