Mass. leads fight on right to marry

The state will become the first to go before a United States appeals court to challenge a federal law that defines marriage as a union only of a man and a woman.

Timothy Cahill indicted in corruption case

The indictment alleges that the former state treasurer used more than $1.6 million in state lottery funds to boost his floundering 2010 gubernatorial bid.

Acquaintances expressed surprise at the charges against former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, who did not respond to requests for comment.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

News Analysis

Corruption charges cap a sharp decline for Cahill

Timothy Cahill drew plaudits with his 2002 election as state treasurer, but his try for governor ended in chaos eight years later.

Survey says Mass. suburbs, islands home to healthiest

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket residents are among the healthiest, while those in Hampden and Suffolk counties, which includes the city of Boston, are the least fit.

After months of publicly excoriating the nation’s top securities regulator for ignoring his tips on Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, Harry Markopolos had recently changed his tune.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Whistle-blower still busy, but feeling less threatened

Harry Markopolos is still pursuing new abuses after sounding an alarm about Bernard Madoff, but says he no longer fears physical attack.

Robert and Stella Pierce of Beverly researched Robert’s family Monday at the National Archives site in Waltham.

1940 Census documents available online

In a massive undertaking, the National Archives posted 3.9 million pages of records, marking the first time original census forms have been released online.

Kevin Cullen

The pulse of Red Sox Nation

More than 80 percent of Massachusetts voters identify themselves as Red Sox fans, a figure that pollster Tom Jensen said is unique in the US.

BU paper’s ‘joke’ sparks real anger

Boston University’s student newspaper drew criticism for publishing an April Fools’ edition that made light of rape, less than two months after the campus was shaken by sexual assault cases.

Face transplant

Transplant patient’s new face has thrived

Since his transplant surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last March, Dallas Wiens has gained feeling and movement in his cheeks, mouth, nose, and forehead.


Tags in this section:

BU team cites clues humans used fire 1 million years ago

The evidence found by Boston University researchers is older than previous indications of fire use by early humans, and could illuminate human development.


Political Notebook

Obama expresses confidence health care law will remain

The president issued a rare, direct challenge Monday to the Supreme Court to uphold his health care overhaul, saying overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans.


Tags in this section:

G Force

Crunching feedback into data

Joe Delfino, 20, is an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-developer of the start-up software company Texifter.