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One of the new Hyundai Rotem rail cars sat at South Station earlier this month.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

MBTA’s new rail cars heading for a retooling

The commuter rail cars are so plagued by problems that they have to be shipped to a facility in Rhode Island to be fitted with new parts.

Banks shun fledgling marijuana firms in Mass.

Local banks want little to do with a business that is still illegal under federal law.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/seeger150-9422.jpg Tributes worldwide follow death of Pete Seeger

Luminaries around the world paid tribute Tuesday to the folk-music legend, who died Monday night in New York at 94.

The Nation

State of the Union

Obama sets more measured goals

President Obama promised to try to provide more assistance to middle-class families and the unemployed.

By Matt Viser

The president’s State of the Union address amounted to a populist plea to a deeply divided Congress and a disenchanted nation.

States reconsider some old execution methods

The firing squad chamber at a Utah prison. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed making the firing squad an option.

By Jim Salter

Lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past.

Rare blast of winter cripples Atlanta

Vehicles were abandoned Tuesday evening on an off ramp in Dunwoody, Ga.

By Ray Henry and Russ Bynum

A winter storm that would probably be no big deal in the North all but paralyzed the Deep South on Tuesday.

The World

Rebels claim control over Syria’s oil, gas resources

By Ben Hubbard, Clifford Krauss and Eric Schmitt

Islamist rebels and extremist groups are using the proceeds to underwrite their fights against one another as well as President Bashar Assad.

Defiant Mohammed Morsi silenced in glass cage

When allowed to speak, Mohammed Morsi reportedly said, “I am the president of the republic and I’ve been here since 7 in the morning sitting in this dump.”

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh

The deposed Egyptian president appeared in public for the second time since his detention after the military takeover last July.

Despite violence, Thailand to hold vote this weekend

A man was carried away Tuesday after he was beaten by antigovernment protesters who said he fired on them.

By Thanyarat Doksone

Thailand’s government announced that it will go ahead with an election this weekend despite an opposition boycott.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

The bipartisan fix

By Scot Lehigh

Lawmakers are beginning to unite behind a national bank for roads and bridges.

PAUL MCMORROW

Forest Hill’s white elephant of a bus yard

By Paul McMorrow

A bus facility long planned in Jamaica Plain would gobble up land that would be better used for housing.

JEFF JACOBY

Income gap? Not many are worried

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks to Joe Wurzelbacher, later known as “Joe the Plumber,” in Ohio in 2008.

By Jeff Jacoby

The solution to income inequality is getting government out of the way so more of the poor can climb their way to success.

Metro

MBTA’s new rail cars heading for a retooling

One of the new Hyundai Rotem rail cars sat at South Station earlier this month.

By Martine Powers

The commuter rail cars are so plagued by problems that they have to be shipped to a facility in Rhode Island to be fitted with new parts.

Legality, quality of paving in Lawrence doubted

William Lantigua, the former mayor, is accused of hijacking Lawrence’s repaving process, riding the streets with contractors, and deciding what roads would be repaired.

By Wesley Lowery

Ex-mayor William Lantigua is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of no-bid work to his preferred contractor.

JFK Library Foundation selects first female chief

Heather Campion has been named the new CEO of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation.

By Sarah Schweitzer

Heather Campion will lead a digitization of historic materials and a redesign of aging exhibits.

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State of the Commonwealth

Governor Patrick looks back on his successes

By Michael Levenson and Joshua Miller

Fear gripping neighborhoods after fatal shootings

By Evan Allen and Travis Andersen

Adrian Walker

Sharp turn in Mayor Martin Walsh’s day

By Adrian Walker

HAVERHILL, N.H.

Small earthquake reported near Franconia Notch

By Jacqueline Tempera

AUGUSTA, Maine

Former senator says US taking proper course in Iran

By Alanna Durkin

Business

Banks shun fledgling marijuana firms in Mass.

Nate Johnson, managing owner of the Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, showed off a marijuana strain.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Local banks want little to do with a business that is still illegal under federal law.

Shirley Leung

In casino race, lawyers, lobbyists winning big

The biggest spender, by far, in the Massachusetts casino race has been Suffolk Downs.

By Shirley Leung

Tens of millions of dollars are flowing their way to grease the wheels of Mass. government and navigate the new rules.

Berklee launches entrepreneurship institute

Panos Panay will lead Berklee’s creative entrepreneur center.

By Callum Borchers

The new campus center will teach students how to manage their careers as artists or inspire new businesses that fuse music and technology.

Obituaries

Tributes worldwide follow death of Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was considered a giant in the folk world.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Luminaries around the world paid tribute Tuesday to the folk-music legend, who died Monday night in New York at 94.

Irving Milchberg, 86; fled Nazis, smuggled guns

By Joseph Berger

Mr. Milchberg sold cigarettes to Nazis in the heart of occupied Warsaw while smuggling guns and food to resistance fighters.

Harry Gamble, 83, Philadelphia Eagles president

Harry Gamble coached the Philadelphia Eagles before moving to the front office.

Mr. Gamble coached the Eagles as well as Lafayette, Pa., and New Jersey high school teams before retiring as the Eagles’ president.

Sports

bruins 6, panthers 2

Bruins crush Panthers, Tim Thomas

Bruins winger Milan Lucic slipped the puck past Panthers goalie Tim Thomas in the second period.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins, reaching six goals for the third straight game, shelled their former goalie in his first on-ice action back in Boston.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

David Ortiz’s contract talk is selfish, offensive

David Ortiz will be 39 at the end of his current contract.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Big Papi loves to complain about his contract. He’s never satisfied unless he has a multiyear contract. But it’s tone-deaf, selfish, and offensive.

Knicks 114, Celtics 88

Celtics are trounced by the Knicks

The Knicks had five players score in double figures, led by 24 points from Carmelo Anthony.

By Baxter Holmes

“A good old-fashioned butt-kicking, that’s what it was,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens after the 114-88 loss.

G: Food

Fried chicken is showing up on unexpected menus

Fried chicken served with chorizo gravy at Union Fish Seafood & Raw Bar in Hingham.

By Matthew Barber

Inventive fried chicken dishes have gone upscale at area restaurants.

Where to order chicken and waffles

Fried chicken and waffles at Myers + Chang.

Crisp fried chicken and golden waffles is about as classic a Southern dish as there is.

More places to find fried chicken

Fried chicken and waffles at M3 in Somerville.

Boston-area restaurants that have fried chicken on the menu.

More Stories

sunday supper

Meaty pork ribs one day, quesadillas the next

By Lisa Zwirn

food | travel

Garage on outskirts of Zagreb is worth train ride

By Molly Kravitz

Television Review

A not-close-enough view of ‘Hawking’

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Book REview

‘Careless People’ by Sarah Churchwell

By Julia M. Klein

A Tank Away

History, comfort, countryside meet in Chester, Vt.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

By Sarah Rodman and Christopher Muther

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UK magazine apologizes to Boston Magazine

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Flutie Bowl tries to strike out autism

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Stephen King’s out-of-print tales are wanted

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Chef rolls to victory in burrito competition

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Belmont’s Avery Griffin gets a Grammy

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Thomas Menino honored at CityFeast event

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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N.Y. baseball writers honor Boston detective

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein