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Walsh vows off-campus student housing crackdown

In the wake of a Spotlight Team investigation, Mayor Walsh is promising more inspections and daily fines on scofflaw landlords.

Defense faces tight time limit in Probation Dept. trial

Lawyers for the three defendants will get 15 minutes each for opening statements.

Mass. child welfare agency hamstrung by old technology

While Mass. is stuck in the fax age, other states are slowly experimenting with modern electronic systems.

Hillary Cayetano  (center), headed to Assumption College, Caitlin Soplata (right), headed to UMass Boston, were among the seniors announcing their college choices at Cristo Rey’s annual signing day.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

Students at Dorchester school are all college bound

For the fifth straight year, the entire senior class at the Cristo Rey school is expected to attend a four-year college in the fall.

Scott Brown, in his campaign to represent New Hampshire in the Senate, says that the state’s health care plan can be similar to Obama’s plan, including expanding Medicaid.

Brown hints at provisions he favors in health care law

Scott Brown is showing an openness to keeping some benefits of Obama’s health care plan, even as he capitalizes on N.H.’s messy rollout.

The Nation

No gains for 12th graders on national exam

By Kimberly Hefling

The Nation’s Report Card says America’s high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.

House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt

Lois Lerner refused to testify at two committee hearings about her role in the IRS’s Tea Party controversy.

By Stephen Ohlemacher

The House also passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS.

Egyptian cleric denies terror support at NY trial

By Larry Neumeister

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa countered three weeks of government evidence with answers to rapid-fire questions posed by his lawyer.

The World

Putin softens tone on Ukraine

By Neil MacFarquhar

Vladimir Putin, faced with rising violence in southeastern Ukraine, pressed pause on what had started to look like a march toward war.

Islamist militant attack in Nigeria kills hundreds

In Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Nigerians protested  the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

By Michelle Faul

Militants who have triggered international outrage over the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls opened fire on a marketplace.

Court orders Thai leader to quit office

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greeted supporters in Bangkok on Wednesday. Thailand’s high court ordered her to step down immediately, along with Cabinet members.

By Thomas Fuller

A Thai court on Wednesday ordered the prime minister removed from office, a highly divisive move and a victory for a powerful opposition movement.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Crosby’s big gamble

State gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby attended opening day at Suffolk Downs.

By Joan Vennochi

The key to public confidence means having a board chair who is above reproach.

NICHOLAS BURNS

Where’s the US on Ukraine?

By Nicholas Burns

President Obama is confronted with the most serious international crisis of his presidency, and the US response appears tepid and uncertain.

ALEX BEAM

How lucky do you feel?

By Alex Beam

Can a Bourgeois White Man manage luck?

Metro

Globe Spotlight

Walsh vows off-campus student housing crackdown

Landlord Anwar Faisal has been the focus of Boston inspectors.

By Jonathan Saltzman and Jenn Abelson

In the wake of a Spotlight Team investigation, Mayor Walsh is promising more inspections and daily fines on scofflaw landlords.

Students at Dorchester school are all college bound

Hillary Cayetano  (center), headed to Assumption College, Caitlin Soplata (right), headed to UMass Boston, were among the seniors announcing their college choices at Cristo Rey’s annual signing day.

By James Sullivan

For the fifth straight year, the entire senior class at the Cristo Rey school is expected to attend a four-year college in the fall.

Brown hints at provisions he favors in health care law

Scott Brown, in his campaign to represent New Hampshire in the Senate, says that the state’s health care plan can be similar to Obama’s plan, including expanding Medicaid.

By Noah Bierman and Joshua Miller

Scott Brown is showing an openness to keeping some benefits of Obama’s health care plan, even as he capitalizes on N.H.’s messy rollout.

More Stories

Mass. school chief wants Boston superintendent job

By James Vaznis and Todd Wallack

YVONNE ABRAHAM

Boston must act for students to end housing mess

By Yvonne Abraham

BOSTON

Dorchester man arrested on gun charges

By Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Mass. child welfare agency hamstrung by old technology

By Michael B. Farrell and Eric Moskowitz

While Mass. is stuck in the fax age, other states are slowly experimenting with modern electronic systems.

TelexFree owner appears to have left US

Federal investigators raided TelexFree in Marlborough last month.

By Beth Healy

Lawyers said they believe one of TelexFree’s owners has departed for Brazil amid an investigation of the Marlborough company.

Robot may help fight malaria

Harvard’s Biorobotics Lab is working to invent a machine to mechanically harvest saliva from mosquitoes needed for a malaria vaccine.

By Callum Borchers

The Harvard Biorobotics lab is building a machine to harvest material from mosquitoes for a vaccine for malaria.

Obituaries

Luis Yglesias, 78; Brandeis professor knew power of storytelling

Dr. Luis Yglesias was an associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Brandeis.

By Laurie D. Willis

Mr. Yglesias taught for 42 years at Brandeis University, where he was an associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature.

X-15 rocket plane pilot Bill Dana dies at 83

Research pilot Bill Dana in front of the X-15 on a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base.

Dana was a famed research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft during the birth of the space age.

Roy Thompson Jr., real-life and movie hero, dies at 85

In “Cease Fire,” Mr. Thompson led a patrol unit behind enemy lines during the last day of the war.

By William Yardley

Mr. Thompson was a decorated officer during the Korean War who, while still on duty, starred as himself in a Hollywood movie that was shot entirely on location.

Sports

Dennis Seidenberg: ‘I could probably play right now’

Dennis Seidenberg has been working out with the Bruins during the playoffs, but hasn’t been cleared for game action yet.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins defenseman said he feels good in his recovery from knee surgery, but acknowledges he doesn’t know if his body is fully healed.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

P.K. Subban is killing the Bruins

P.K. Subban’s celebrations have been a recurring them for the Canadiens in their series against the Bruins.

By Dan Shaughnessy

It is hard to remember anyone who has made more news in the first three games of any playoff series.

ON FOOTBALL

Don’t expect Patriots to make a splash in draft

Coach Bill Belichick will preside over his 15th draft with the Patriots this weekend.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots have no pressing roster needs, and trading down to accumulate picks may be the way to go.

G: Style

Eastern Standard’s Naomi Levy has a recipe for success

Eastern Standard assistant bar manager Naomi Levy.

By Liza Weisstuch

The Eastern Standard assistant bar manager heads to Moscow to represent the US in an international cocktail competition.

Naomi Levy’s recipe for Guayaba Arabica

By Liza Weisstuch

The Eastern Standard bartender looked to her family history as well as Bacardi’s to dream up a classic cocktail influenced by both the Middle East and Cuba.

Television Review

‘Maron’ isn’t quite as engaging as Maron

Marc Maron (left) with Chris Hardwick on “Maron,” which begins its second season on IFC Thursday night.

By Matthew Gilbert

Based on a preview, the second season of Marc Maron’s playing-a-version-of-himself comedy series will be as laid-back and lighthearted as the first.

Globe North

Newburyport

Mayor seeking waterfront accord

By Brenda J. Buote

The fate of Newburyport’s central waterfront has been fiercely debated for nearly four decades.

Burlington

New amenities, expansion proposed to renew office park

By John Laidler

A year after purchasing the New England Executive Park, a developer is proposing an ambitious building plan.

If the Shnurble is back, it must be spring in Wakefield

When spring arrives in Wakefield and Fred’s Franks returns, customers start lining up.

By Don Lyman

The big red Fred’s Franks cart is once again parked along the shore of Lake Quannapowitt.

More Stories

People

Yard sale for adequate housing

By Wendy Killeen

Globe North Best Bets

By Milva DiDomizio

High School Lacrosse

Beverly duo to team up at UMass Lowell lacrosse

By Joseph Saade

Billerica

Fishing jamboree at Micozzi Beach

By Brenda J. Buote

Somerville

City seeks a new library director

By Cara Hogan

Boxford

Library fund-raising effort tops $750K

By David Rattigan

Rockport

World Series trophy coming to town

By David Rattigan

Tyngsborough

Town administrator may move on

By Karen Sackowitz

Globe South

Middleborough

Work on hospital site set to begin

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Work on the $12 million transformation of an abandoned hospital in the heart of Middleborough center should begin within days.

Abington

Pawn shop rules studied

Everett pawn shop owner Conrad K. Casarjian adjusts a display of jewelry at his Gold N Oldies establishment.

By Jean Lang

Abington Town Meeting voters will be asked in June to approve new regulations requiring that local pawn shops hold items for at least 60 days.

Dogs rescued from Puerto Rico find a temporary home in Dedham

Sato Project founder Christina Beckles comforts a dog that needs rescuing on the Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico in March.

By Dave Eisenstadter

The Sato Project, which says it has rescued 1,000 dogs from Peurto Rico since 2011, located the Dedham site thanks to the group’s founder.

Globe West

Dover father trying to KO cancer

Katie Sullivan of Dover holds the heavy bag for her husband, Dan, at Fitness Advantage in Medfield during a training session for his fund-raising bout next week.

By Lenny Megliola

For almost four months, Dan Sullivan has been training at the Fitness Advantage gym in Medfield for a “Haymakers for Hope Rock ’n’ Rumble’’ fight night.

Hudson girl, 9, follows tradition into ring

Hailey Cancel, 9, absorbs a lession from her father Carlos, a former amateur boxer, in Hudson.

By Lenny Megliola

Hailey Cancel trains in the stark underbelly of the Framingham Police Athletic League’s makeshift gym, where dreamers of winning a championship practiced.

Tragedy spurs plan for crosswalk on Route 9

By John Dyer

The state is considering adding a traffic light and crosswalk to Route 9 at Maynard Road in Framingham to accommodate college students.