March 26, 2015 at 06:50AM

Mascots bring the spirit With the NCAA March Madness Tournament underway, the mascots are out in force to bring good luck to their teams. Here are some of them, and other mascots representing their team or organization. — By Lloyd Young
The mascot of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs 68-49 during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22. (Bob Leverone/Getty Images)
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March 24, 2015 at 03:41AM

Ceremony fit for a king Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, yesterday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. — By Lloyd Young
The King Ricard III statue stands in the gardens of Leicester Cathedral, in Leicester, central England on March 19. King Richard III, the medieval English monarch whose remains were found under a car park three years ago, will be reburied on March 26, some 530 years after he was slain in battle and dumped in an humble grave. (Darren Staples/Reuters)
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March 21, 2015 at 05:55AM

Spring scenes Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. The vernal equinox is anticipated by many looking forward to warmer temperatures and a welcoming rebirth. In some areas of the world, the signs are more apparent. This year, the first day of spring held the distinction of coinciding with a solar eclipse. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
Pedestrians walk past flowering trees in Piedmont Park, March 16, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
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March 19, 2015 at 04:57AM

Colors in the Sky With a severe solar storm raging, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, could be seen from the island of Nantucket this week. The phenomenon, usually visible only much farther north, takes place when gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere collide with charged particles released from the sun. — By Lloyd Young
The aurora borealis, or the northern lights, over Derwent water near Keswick, England, on March 18. The northern lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun. (Owen Humphreys/Associated Press)
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March 17, 2015 at 05:57AM

Seeing white: A historic winter With an impressive 108.6 inches of snow, Boston made history with its snowiest winter on record. Here is a look at how photographers captured the striking ways that this massive amount of snow changed the landscape in the region for months.
Piles of snow along the streets of Squantum frame the city of Boston across Dorchester Bay. ( Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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March 14, 2015 at 07:03AM

Children of war The United Nations children’s agency reported this week that 14 million children in Syria and Iraq are in crisis due to war. The number of children needing aid has greatly increased from the previous year and there are fears that living with the severe violence will permanently scar the young generation. Here is a look at recent photos depicting the lives of children during this conflict. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
Pupils attend the first day of school in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab on March 2. They returned to class after Kurdish and rebel forces expelled Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from the town following more than four months of fighting. (Michalis Karagiannis/AFP/Getty Images)
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March 12, 2015 at 05:10AM

Hitting the Slopes It seems, with the current snowpack in New England, skiers will be able to “Arc ‘em or park ‘em” until May this year. Here’s a look at some of those competing in or enjoying the winter sport since the beginning of the year. — By Lloyd Young
A skier heads down a slope on Seegrube mountain above the western Austrian city of Innsbruck on March 10. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)
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March 10, 2015 at 02:56AM

Journey to Selma A contingent from Boston, including students from the University of Massachusetts Boston, made their way to Selma, Ala., on a 25-hour bus ride to retrace the steps of those who marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago for civil rights with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi accompanied them on their journey to document their experience. — By Lloyd Young
Winston Pierre, 22, of Dorchester watched a film on the bus ride to Selma, Ala., on March 6. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
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March 07, 2015 at 04:25AM

Holi Celebrations 2015 Holi is a festival that marks events in Hindu mythology and provides photographers with a colorful visual feast. It celebrates the beginning of spring, and falls on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which was on March 6 this year. It is a joyous ritual when intense colors, light, emotion, and energy combine in a surreal vision of spirituality. — By Leanne Burden Seidel
Widows daubed in colors danced as they took part in the Holi celebrations organized by nongovernmental organization Sulabh International in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 6. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But widows at the shelter, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and colored powder. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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March 04, 2015 at 10:31PM

Globe photos of the month, February 2015
A screech owl was treated at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth for a wing fractured in Abington during a snowstorm. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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