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OPUS: New Rep presents a drama with strings attached -- The New York Times gave Michael Hollinger’s most recent play, “Opus,” the kind of review that could go to his head. They called it “an absorbing new play” that “generates plenty of subtle heat." Kate Warner, artistic director of the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, agrees. By Alexander Stevens of The Patriot Ledger.

DIE FLEDERMAUS: Comical operetta in flight at Concord art center -- Life may not always be a ball, but a ball can add some fun to life. For the member organizations of the 51 Walden St. Center for the Arts in Concord, it is also a way to raise funds for the historical building they call home, and where they will stage the comical operetta, “Die Fledermaus.” By Margaret Smith.

MUSIC SCENE: Milo Z brings the funk to Boston again -- Milo Z decided the best way to move forward musically was to take a half-step back. His new album “Throwback” is one of the year’s most invigorating blasts of pure energy. By Jay N. Miller of The Patriot Ledger.

IRISH MUSIC: Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, begins solo tour -- Grammy-winning singer and harpist Moya Brennan is known as the voice of Clannad, credited with helping to spark new interest in traditional Irish music and language. Brennan is about to begin a U.S. tour, with her first stop at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Sunday. By Margaret Smith.

ELVIS: Q&A with an Elvis impersonator -- In the cottage industry that is Elvis Presley impersonators, only a few are good enough to be hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate entity that owns all things Elvis. One of them, Donny Edwards, visits Quincy on Friday night for a benefit show at the Boston Marriott Quincy. By Peggy Mullen of The Patriot Ledger.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SHOW: Dorchester native finds her voice in one-woman show -- On a nearly empty stage, actress and comedian Sue Costello is a teenager dreaming of a different life as she postures in front of a full-length mirror. “One of these days, I’m going to be somebody,” she fantasizes in her one-woman show, “Minus 32 Million Words.” “I’m going to be pretty and rich and famous.” By Jody Feinberg of The Patriot Ledger.

VIRTUOSO ILLUSTION: MIT exhibit explores cross-dressing as metaphoric lens -- A provocative and insightful exhibit, "Virtuoso Illusion" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center explores how a new generation of photographers and videographers are using cross-dressing as a metaphoric lens to subvert familiar ideas about personality, gender roles and social norms. By Chris Bergeron of The MetroWest Daily News.


TOBACCO SURVEY: Teen survey: Smokeless tobacco more popular than cigarettes -- A new report, conducted by the state health and education departments and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, found that 16 percent of high school students said they had used cigarettes in the past 30 days, whereas 17.6 percent said they had used other kinds of tobacco products. By Laura Krantz of The MetroWest Daily News.

JOAN ENDYKE: Studies link iron levels in children to ADHD -- A study conducted in France and published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found the majority of 4- to 14-year-old children (84 percent) with childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder had abnormally low ferritin levels. Ferritin is a type of protein that stores iron and is concentrated in the brain. The lower the iron, the more severe the symptoms.

DR. PETER MARCELLO: Lower your risk for colorectal cancer -- March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer of the colon and rectum is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.


PETER COPPOLA: Helping beginner gardeners -- Master gardener Peter Coppola offers plant advice for beginners, and answers a composting question.


REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Struggling with scriptures -- For many people, the Bible is a source of discomfort, even pain. After reading the book of Genesis, the stories of trickery, divine temper tantrums resulting in floods, stories of abandonment and incest, the members of my class asked, “What is there here of value to us? Who would want this sort of God?”


GRANLUND CARTOON: Civility and politics

GRANLUND CARTOON: The unrecognizable Republican Party

LLOYD GARVER: Tweaking the health care plan -- We all know that getting the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives was not easy. However, it was a good civics lesson for children. They learned that if the minority is unhappy with what the majority decides, those who support the minority call the people in the majority offensive names and spit at them. Some make threatening phone calls.


MAPLE SYRUP: Warm weather saps maple sugar season -- Residents thankful for a mild winter might soon discover a downside to recent balmy temperatures: A smaller supply of their favorite all-natural waffle and pancake topping, sold at a slightly higher price. By Michael Morton of The MetroWest Daily News.

STATE FORECLOSURES: Massachusetts’ foreclosure problem stabilizing -- The number of new petitions to foreclose has remained relatively stable for several months, providing a hopeful sign that the worst of the state’s foreclosure problem could be in the past. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.


NEW ER: Brockton’s Good Samaritan hospital to get new ER under new owner -- Good Samaritan Medical Center plans to open a new $30.1 million emergency wing by next summer under new ownership by an investment firm, hospital officials said. Doctors, staff and executives at Good Samaritan cheered the proposed sale of the six-hospital Caritas Christi chain on Thursday, saying the deal would modernize the hospital and improve patient care. By Kyle Alspach of The Enterprise.

FLOOD DAMAGE: Governor’s disaster-area request paints statewide picture of flood damage -- Gov. Deval Patrick has asked President Obama to declare the state a disaster area in the wake of last week’s flooding. The president’s decision will determine whether millions of federal dollars flow into the state to reimburse homeowners for uninsured damage. By Jack Encarnacao of The Patriot Ledger.

RAIN AND POOLS: Heavy rainfall causes concern for swimming pool owners -- The swimming pool was one of the main reasons Joe Fraioli and his wife bought their first home on Rockland’s East Water Street nine years ago. But all the heavy rainfall in recent weeks has caused problems with his and many in-ground pools. From The Enterprise.

ELECTION COSTS: House OKs special-election reimbursement -- Towns and cities across the state are one step closer to getting repaid for the special elections that sent Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate. By Amanda Fakhreddine.

PLANE CRASH: Report: Pilot error caused 2008 Easton plane crash that killed three -- After more than 19 months of review, federal officials have determined pilot error caused the August 2008 plane crash at the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot, killing all three aboard. The small Beech G35 Bonanza was on its way to Boston from Long Island, N.Y., on an “angel” flight, providing free transportation to a married couple for cancer treatment at a Boston hospital. By Erik Potter of The Enterprise.


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