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Amy Bishop pleads guilty to Ala. killings

Bishop pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues and injuring three others in 2010, but the effect of the plea in the Mass. case against her for her brother’s death is uncertain.

The pressure on Elizabeth Warren to shift her media strategy comes as Democrats, including some in Washington, have become worried that her commercials give off an unappealing image.

Elizabeth Warren may retool TV ads

The Senate candidate is facing pressure to make a major shift in her advertising with commercials that soften her image and focus more on her GOP rival, Senator Scott Brown.

Paul Ryan is engaged in a national campaign as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but he is also spending $2m in ads to keep his Wisconsin congressional seat.

Paul Ryan campaigns for old job as he seeks bigger one

The Republican is engaged in a national campaign as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but he is also spending $2 million in ads to keep his Wisconsin congressional seat.

 Katie Pakenham (left) and Teresa Mathai, relatives of victims, comforted each other Tuesday in the Garden of Remembrance at the Boston Public Garden on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

9/11 families welcome more intimate rites

For families and friends of the 206 Massachusetts victims of 9/11, Tuesday’s memorial services were smaller and quieter than ever before.

2 grateful graduates give $60m to Northeastern

Two Northeastern dropouts who went on to earn their degrees after encouragement from a mentoring professor are teaming up to donate $60 million to the university.

Kyle Casey, Harvard’s leading scorer, is choosing to withdraw voluntarily, in an attempt to preserve his eligibility in the future.

Cheating case entangles athletes at Harvard

Basketball star Kyle Casey will withdraw from the school and fellow cocaptain Brandyn Curry is expected to follow after being implicated in a cheating scandal involving about 125 students.

The Nation

Paul Ryan campaigns for old job as he seeks bigger one

Paul Ryan is engaged in a national campaign as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but he is also spending $2m in ads to keep his Wisconsin congressional seat.

By Matt Viser

The Republican is engaged in a national campaign as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but he is also spending $2 million in ads to keep his Wisconsin congressional seat.

Top panel faults defenses against missile attacks

By William J. Broad

The US missile defense system has flaws that leave the nation vulnerable to certain types of long-range strikes, a research panel found.

4 former soldiers indicted in militia case

By Russ Bynum

Four former Army soldiers and a civilian have been charged in new indictments for connections to an antigovernment militia that authorities say was led by Fort Stewart troops.

The World

Two-thirds of Indonesian men smoke, tops in world

By Margie Mason

Indonesian men rank as the world’s top smokers, with two out of three of them lighting up in a country where cigarettes cost pennies and tobacco advertising is everywhere.

Tainted liquor kills 7 in Czech Republic

At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven.

Blazes at 2 factories in Pakistan kill 85

Pakistani rescuers tried to help a man injured in a fire that trapped dozens of workers, killing 25 in a shoe factory in Lahore Tuesday.

By Adil Jawad

The blazes included a fire at a garment factory in Karachi that killed at least 60 and at a shoe factory in Lahore that killed 25, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

Jeff Jacoby

The higher-ed bubble will inevitably burst

By Jeff Jacoby

Skyrocketing college costs and student debt are prompting Americans to no longer believe that a college degree is everything it has been cracked up to be.

scot lehigh

Romney’s bet-and-bluff campaign

By Scot Lehigh

Mitt Romney is hoping a lack of details about his proposals will lead to a Nov. 6 win, but as the campaign heads into fall, that is proving a risky strategy.

editorial | bruce bolling: 1945-2012

Reducing separation in a new Boston

New Boston City Council President Bruce Bolling was congratulated by his wife, Carole.

Bruce Bolling helped bridge divides in Boston as a member of the city council and spokesman for the city’s black community.

Metro

Amy Bishop pleads guilty to Ala. killings

Amy Bishop was led into the courthouse in Hunstville, Ala.

By Travis Andersen and Martin Finucane

Bishop pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues and injuring three others in 2010, but the effect of the plea in the Mass. case against her for her brother’s death is uncertain.

Cheating case entangles athletes at Harvard

Kyle Casey, Harvard’s leading scorer, is choosing to withdraw voluntarily, in an attempt to preserve his eligibility in the future.

By Mary Carmichael and Amalie Benjamin

Basketball star Kyle Casey will withdraw from the school and fellow cocaptain Brandyn Curry is expected to follow after being implicated in a cheating scandal involving about 125 students.

2 grateful graduates give $60m to Northeastern

By Johanna Kaiser

Two Northeastern dropouts who went on to earn their degrees after encouragement from a mentoring professor are teaming up to donate $60 million to the university.

Business

State aims to toughen labor wage, tax laws

By Casey Ross

Governor Patrick’s administration wants to strengthen enforcement against companies that use temporary agencies or outside contractors that flout tax and wage laws.

Neighbors see less harm from foreclosure

By Jenifer B. McKim

A report by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston researchers disputes a longheld belief that foreclosures significantly drag down the values of nearby properties.

HipHost tours connect visitors with locals

Whitney Sisto enjoyed a break in South Boston as HipHost’s Evmorphia Stratis (right) led Micky Robinson of London on a harbor tour.

By Katie Johnston

The Salem company sets up visitors with local guides in more than 100 cities around the world for quirky tours, from pub crawls to museum jaunts.

More Stories

Number of job openings falls in July

By Christopher S. Rugaber

Small business owners perk up

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Retail group says it opposes card fee settlement

By Anne D’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman

AROUND THE REGION

PreCheck expands at Logan Airport

By Katie Johnston

Obituaries

Albert Marre, 87; director won Tony Award for ‘Man of La Mancha’

Hollis Irving (left) and Luba Malina were directed by Mr. Marre (right) for “Kismet.”

By Dennis Hevesi

Albert Marre was the director of the original Broadway production of ‘‘Man of La Mancha’’ and as a student at Harvard Law School helped create what became the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

Verghese Kurien, led India’s dairy industry revolution

VERGHESE KURIEN

Verghese Kurien, an engineer known as ‘‘India’s milkman’’ who helped revolutionize the country’s dairy industry despite his own dislike for milk, has died at age 90.

Mario Armond Zamparelli, 91; Howard Hughes’s chief designer

By John Rogers

Mario Armond Zamparelli, an internationally renowned artist, created for nearly 20 years the distinctive, often colorful logos, images, and posters for Howard Hughes’s many companies.

Sports

Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

Jacoby Ellsbury lifts Red Sox in 9th

Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates his winning single in the ninth, which put some revelry in the rivalry as the Sox played spoiler against the Yankees.

By Peter Abraham

Ellsbury’s fourth hit of the night scored Pedro Ciriaco from second base and sent the Yankees back into a first-place with the Orioles.

on football | Weekly review

Patriots defensive line was nearly perfect

Rob Ninkovich (left) and Vince Wilfork helped the Patriots’ defensive line plug all the gaps against the Titans Sunday.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Patriots ask their linemen to perform a nearly impossible task, yet as Greg A. Bedard explains in his weekly grades they were up to the task against the Titans.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots see Steelers in Cardinals

Bill Belichick said Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best players in the NFL at his position.

By Michael Whitmer

The Patriots and Cardinals don’t play often. But Bill Belichick said he is wary of their talented players and roots in the Steelers’ system.