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The road to the finish line

Along the way
Finish line

Texts and information by Jenna Russell, David Filipov, Steve Wilmsen, Patricia Wen, Geoff Edgers, David Abel, Michael Rezendes, Sarah Schweitzer, Steven A. Rosenberg

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Superficiality reigns in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s ‘Aida’

The show is an erratic production that does little to conceal the fundamental mediocrity of the musical.

Casinos no death knell for lotteries

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

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.

Midterm 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.

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.

What I learned at Food Boot Camp

Think adding something green to your turkey sandwich is good? Maybe not.

Grim realities for even the most dogged

Save the dogs, yes, but grief should be reserved for our own losses.

Hoping third time is the charm

Marie Deltufo racked up $26,000 in debt from two training programs and few good-paying employment prospects. She finds herself back in school, this time at a community college

A promise of Hollywood, a life of debt

A year enrolling at New England Institute of Art in 2006, Michael DiGiacomo was tens of thousands of dollars in debt, without a degree, and working a FedEx Kinko’s for $15 an hour.

$180,000 in debt, and hustling to survive

Will Puntarich came to Boston to get a college degree. He left owing more $180,000 in loans for his schooling, with little hope ever being able to repay them.

Still waiting for promises to materialize

Brittney Patient was persuaded that training as a medical administrative assistant would land her a good-paying job. But the promise haven’t materialized.

When birds in hand make for the bushes

Cockatiels make for imperfect pets. They screech and they bite and they poop on the furniture. And most confounding to those who love them, they are fundamentally built to disappear into the uncaged world. But beloved cats sometimes claw the couch, and the bladders and bowels of even the most obedient old dogs can’t be trusted. When they’re family, we forgive. And when they’re lost, we look for them.

Coakley, Baker rally supporters as election looms

With polls showing a neck-and-neck race, the gubernatorial candidates are marshaling their networks for Nov. 4.

Boston Fed considers ways to bridge income gaps

The Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge program could become a model for struggling cities across the country.

US delivers arms to Kurdish fighters near Turkey

Turkey views the main Syrian Kurdish group, the PYD, as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey.

Protective-gear protocol revised for handling Ebola patients

The Pentagon also announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the United States, if needed.

Somewhere between South Africa and hell

“Someone Else’s Country: Photographs by Jo Ractliffe,” at the Peabody Essex Museum, looks at post-war Angola.

Europe’s growing anti-Semitism

Recent acts have led to a growing feeling among Europe’s Jewish communities that it is not safe to live there.

Devices integrate MRIs into surgeries

A host of researchers are developing tools to let doctors work on their patients while inside the MRI cocoon.

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

Authorities interviewed residents and picked through leaves after finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Bob Seger, ‘Ride Out’

On his first album of new material in eight years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is in good form.

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