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TOP STORIES:

MIT-BIG DATA PRIVACY

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Government, business and academic leaders gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Monday to discuss whether new policies are needed to regulate the use of big data, the large and complex sets of electronic information being used by companies to market products, researchers to study health problems, and as a government surveillance tool. By Paige Sutherland. SENT: 380 words. With AP photos.

ST. PATRICK'S-BOSTON-GAYS

BOSTON — A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 550 words.

CHIEF JUSTICE RETIRING

BOSTON —The chief justice of the highest court in Massachusetts announced his retirement Monday after nearly 37 years as a judge. Chief Justice Roderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court said he will retire in July, several months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. SENT: 350 words. With AP Photos.

ALSO:

OBAMA-MASS — President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Boston to help raise money for the Democratic Party.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA — Gov. Deval Patrick says there is no need for the state to restart the selection process for medical marijuana dispensaries despite reports that some applicants may have provided false or misleading information.

PATRICK-HIGHER OFFICE — Gov. Deval Patrick downplayed talk of a future run for the White House, saying he's focused on his day job and plans to return to the private sector when he leaves office in January.

IN BRIEF:

BOSTON FIRE COMMISSIONER — Mayor Martin Walsh has announced the selection of a consulting firm to conduct a nationwide search for a new fire commissioner.

MASSACHUSETTS TORNADOES-SCHOOL — Federal and Springfield officials say an agreement has been reached to fund replacement of a parochial school badly damaged by a tornado more than two years ago.

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-FISHER — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Fisher is calling for a debate with fellow Republican candidate Charlie Baker prior to the GOP state convention.

DOG WALKER STRUCK — A 17-year-old has been identified as the driver who allegedly drove from the scene after his car struck a college student out walking the family dog in Worcester.

MARATHON HERO-PARADE — The man in the cowboy hat captured in a famous photo pushing a victim away from scene of the Boston Marathon bombing was named Grand Marshal of the city's alternate St. Patrick's Day parade.

GAS PRICES-MASS — The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has crept up another 2 cents.

KERRY KENNEDY — Days after her acquittal on drugged driving charges, Kerry Kennedy says she won her case because she was innocent, she had competent counsel and she was willing to go to trial.

CONVENIENCE STORE SHOOTING — Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting a clerk at an Everett convenience store last month.

STUDENT STABBED — Police are investigating after an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student was stabbed outside a campus apartment complex.

VAN IN POND — A 21-year-old Milford woman faces drunken driving charges for allegedly causing a crash that sent a minivan with four people into a freezing pond.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-PIRATES

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers off Brandon Workman, who started in place of injured Jake Peavy, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 Monday. SENT: 760 words.

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