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Venture capital is a crucial part of the technology and biotechnology fields, providing early fuel to companies trying to exploit undiscovered opportunities, but in both industries, diversity is a trouble spot.

Standard legal documents assume tech execs are men. That could soon change

A group of influential industry players said they will stop using legal language referring to “key men.”

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Stricter background checks could ensnare thousands of child care workers

The background checks, intended to improve safety in day care, could force out thousands who have a prior offense, even if they have worked without problems for years.

The Nation

‘A watershed moment’: Trump faces crossroads amid mounting threats on all sides

By Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey

When President Trump delivers his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, a Democrat will be seated at the rostrum over his shoulder for the first time.

Northam clings to office in Virginia, risking Democrats’ ambitions

By Alan Blinder

Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia had a fragile hold on power Sunday as he rebuffed demands for his resignation after the revelation of a racist photograph on his medical school yearbook page.

Many children are overdoing it on the toothpaste, CDC study says

By Julia Jacobs

A study says nearly 40 percent of children ages 3 to 6 used more toothpaste than recommended by dental professionals. Swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause discoloration of children’s teeth.

The World

Venezuelan opposition targeted by Internet censors

A supporter waved a national flag at a rally for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas on Saturday.

By Manuel Rueda

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Salvadorans head to polls, hoping for a solution to gang violence

By Anna-Catherine Brigida

Voters are most worried about a political force that won’t be on the ballot: the gangs blamed for horrific bloodshed in this Central American nation.

Pope Francis makes ‘historic’ Gulf tour amid Yemen crisis and Christian repression

By Jason Horowitz

The pope on Sunday became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, on a trip intended to improve relations with the Muslim world and bolster the Mideast’s persecuted Christian minority.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Housing hypocrisy is alive and well in South Boston

The level of housing hypocrisy here is mind boggling: a 15-acre development that would create 185 affordable housing units in South Boston is facing opposition from lawmakers. Go figure.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

From trade war to tech war

FILE -- President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China, participate in a bilateral meeting during the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 1, 2018. Technology experts worry that blocking the export of AI to other countries, or tying it up in red tape, will help AI industries flourish in those nations — China, in particular — and compete with American companies. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

By Niall Ferguson

Are the United States and China heading for a new Cold War? And if they are, what should we call it?

Opinion | Amar Diwakar

The coming AI Cold War

In this photo taken on November 7, 2018 a screen shows an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor introducing himself at the Light of Internet Expo during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in China's eastern Zhejiang province. - China's state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda, and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

By Amar Diwakar

President Trump’s myopic trade war fails to grasp the challenge of Chinese AI ascendency.

Metro

Adrian Walker

Bill Weld’s political wanderlust may strike again

Former governor William F. Weld is toying with a run for president in 2020.

By Adrian Walker

Will he be anything more than an afterthought if he runs for president?

Stricter background checks could ensnare thousands of child care workers

BROOKLINE, MA - 6/21/2016: A mother and her child at the exterior of Tiny World Child Care in Brookline where one case of TB was reported. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 22brooklinepic

By Kay Lazar

The background checks, intended to improve safety in day care, could force out thousands who have a prior offense, even if they have worked without problems for years.

NAMES

Hot Stove Cool Music benefit rocks the Paradise

While the attention in the sports world was turned to Atlanta this weekend, a dedicated crew of philanthropic baseball fans was once again turning it up to 11 at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club.

Business & Tech

Chesto Means Business

Wynn CEO reassures investors Everett casino will open on time

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox

By Jon Chesto

Regulators haven’t given Encore Boston Harbor the green light yet, but that isn’t stopping Wynn Resorts from boasting to investors that the casino is scheduled to open in June.

PEOPLE OF POT

State is ‘blazing new trails’ in marijuana equity, says pot company owner

Initially, Shanel Lindsay faced difficulty rounding up investors. Ultimately, she raised about $600,000, including $250,000 from Northbud Capital.

By John Hilliard

Shanel Lindsay became an adviser to state regulators and an entrepreneur in the expanding cannabis industry.

Standard legal documents assume tech execs are men. That could soon change

Venture capital is a crucial part of the technology and biotechnology fields, providing early fuel to companies trying to exploit undiscovered opportunities, but in both industries, diversity is a trouble spot.

By Andy Rosen

A group of influential industry players said they will stop using legal language referring to “key men.”

Obituaries

Sanford Sylvan, an internationally prominent baritone who nurtured his talent in Boston, dies at 65

Mr. Sylvan had performed extensively at Tanglewood and in Boston and taught at Boston Conservatory.

Mr. Sylvan had performed extensively at Tanglewood and in Boston and taught at Boston Conservatory.

Susan Hiller, maker of conceptual art, dies at 78

By Richard Sandomir

Ms. Hiller’s mysterious and dreamlike art played at the precipice between reality and the subconscious and often explored the paranormal.

Sports

Tara Sullivan

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman were caught in the moment

Atlanta, GA - 2-03-19 - Tom Brady and Julian Edelman embrace after the game. The New England Patriots play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

By Tara Sullivan

The Patriots quarterback connected with his favorite receiver, the Super Bowl MVP, 10 times for 141 yards.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Aron Baynes out of lineup with foot injury

By Adam Himmelsbach

Celtics center Aron Baynes missed Sunday’s game because of a left foot contusion and said he will be sidelined for a few weeks.

bruins notebook

In reaching milestone, Tuukka Rask denies Alex Ovechkin

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, stops the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Washington. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33 looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Matt Porter

While the Bruins goalie topped the team’s all-time wins list, the Capitals forward failed to become the NHL’s all-time scorer among Russian-born players.

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