For-profit colleges get harsh grades

Many people who attend for-profit colleges and career schools end up with lofty debts, but no jobs and few prospects.

A still from an ad by Tom Cotton, a Republican challenging Senator Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Immigration ads may hurt GOP in 2016

Some worry the midterm rhetoric could complicate the party’s efforts to remold its image to Hispanic voters.

Hopkinton school bus driver arrested for OUI

An Ashland man was accused of drunkenly driving a school bus filled with high school students.

Keene State students help clean up after riot

The crew moved in hours after hordes of young people tore across campus in a wave of vandalism.

A man scratched a lottery ticket at Tan-Thang Market on Broadway in Chelsea.

Casino opponents’ lottery forecast based on faulty data

Those who say that opening casinos would doom the Mass. Lottery lack support for their prediction, a Globe analysis found.

Julia Lebedev nuzzled Old Man (left), who was found near her Canton home, while Mango sat on her other shoulder.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Desperately seeking lost pet cockatiels

As the weather begins to grow too cold for these birds from the other side of the world, owners’ efforts to find them are growing desperate.

The Jets having been subdued Thursday night, Bill Belichick and his Patriots face a tough six-game stretch. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Patriots face stretch of defining games

New England’s next six games will likely determine whether they’re a true challenger in the NFL or not.

In the Senate, Edward J. Markey has less seniority than all but two colleagues.

Edward Markey trying to climb ladder in the Senate

Though Markey is the most experienced US Representative to enter the Senate, he is now one of the lowest-ranking members.

Norway’s amazing new abstract currency

An aftereffect of the design is that it instantly makes the rest of the world’s money look old-fashioned.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

On the bright side, no negatives

On this leisurely October weekend I am going to give you nothing but positivity. No sarcasm. No cynicism. Promise.