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Alleged assault, official silence at Roxbury college

Through dozens of interviews and a review of thousands of documents, the Globe has uncovered a culture of secrecy and recrimination at Roxbury Community College.

Woody Lancaster of Topsfield is ready for his return to the town fair.

MICHELE MCDONALD FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

N.E. growers ever closer to one-ton pumpkin

At the Topsfield Fair, considered by many to be the world’s premier giant pumpkin weigh-in, this could be the year that the elusive milestone is finally reached.

The Ravens’ Justin Tucker signaled triumphantly after making good on a 27-yard field goal attempt as time expired to foil the Patriots, 31-30, Sunday night in Baltimore.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Ravens 31, Patriots 30

Patriots lose heartbreaker to Ravens

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Patriots, 31-30, in Baltimore.

5 new plans to assign Boston students

Officials Monday night are expected to unveil five proposals for allowing students to attend schools closer to their homes, a move that potentially could end four decades of cross-city busing.

Partners’ South Shore Hospital bid draws scrutiny

Federal investigators have joined Massachusetts officials in closely scrutinizing a bid by Partners HealthCare System to acquire the hospital.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been practicing timed debates with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio (right), who stands in for President Obama.

First debate called critical for Mitt Romney

After a month of missteps and missed opportunities, the GOP presidential candidate faces three debates in the national spotlight that could bolster or bury his chances.

The Nation

Study of breast cancer stirs hope for new gains

By Gina Kolata

Researchers have identified four types of breast cancer and genetic changes, findings that are expected to lead to new treatments using existing drugs.

Voter ID laws may hinder Hispanic vote

Civil rights groups are warning that as many as 10 million Hispanics may be deterred from casting ballots because of changes to voting laws.

Floodwaters still pose threat in Alaska

Floodwaters have receded from much of the tourist town of Talkeetna, but officials warned that the danger hadn’t passed and advised that people boil their water.

The World

Attack dealt blow to CIA’s ability to keep tabs on Libya

By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper and Michael S. Schmidt

Among the more than two dozen US personnel evacuated from Benghazi after the assault on the American mission were about a dozen CIA operatives and contractors.

Five killed in separate Baghdad attacks

Iraqi soldiers guarded the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad Sunday, where three passengers on a minibus were killed.

Attacks killed five people in Iraq’s capital on Sunday, targeting security forces and Shi’ite Muslims in the small but steady stream of continuing violence across the country.

Indonesia accuses 10 of terror plan

An elite Indonesian antiterror squad has arrested 10 Islamic militants and seized a dozen homemade bombs from a group suspected of planning suicide attacks.

Editorial & Opinion

Juliette Kayyem

Panama’s magic number

Work continues on the third set of locks during the Panama Canal Expansion project Wednesday.

By Juliette Kayyem

A 50-feet deep canal is the only way to compete in global shipping.

opinion | Ethan Gilsdorf

Bilbo Baggins will save us all

By Ethan Gilsdorf

We would not have Dungeons & Dragons or video games or Hogwarts, had J.R.R. Tolkien not written his tale of reluctant hobbits and treasure-hoarding dragons.

opinion | JOHN E. SUNUNU

The ignored truth in Mitt Romney’s words

By John E. Sununu

Of course candidates should never stop trying to communicate with the opposition. Yet that doesn’t change the fact that the trends Romney spoke about are real.

Metro

5 new plans to assign Boston students

By James Vaznis

Officials Monday night are expected to unveil five proposals for allowing students to attend schools closer to their homes, a move that potentially could end four decades of cross-city busing.

Alleged assault, official silence at Roxbury college

Student center at Roxbury CC, whose failure to respond was not an isolated incident.

By Mary Carmichael

Through dozens of interviews and a review of thousands of documents, the Globe has uncovered a culture of secrecy and recrimination at Roxbury Community College.

N.E. growers ever closer to one-ton pumpkin

Woody Lancaster of Topsfield is ready for his return to the town fair.

By Billy Baker

At the Topsfield Fair, considered by many to be the world’s premier giant pumpkin weigh-in, this could be the year that the elusive milestone is finally reached.

More Stories

Jesus married? Local Catholics not swayed

By Travis Andersen and Katherine Landergan

Adrian Walker

Fresh outlook at Fresh Pond

By Adrian Walker

Cambridge

Harvard Corporation welcomes two new members

By Katherine Landergan

Salem

Arson is suspected in campus dorm fire

By Katherine Landergan

Lowell

Two struck, killed in separate accidents

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

Lynn priest accused of child sexual abuse

By Matt Rocheleau and Gal Tziperman Lotan

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BSO breaks fund-raising record with $2 million opening-night party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ben Affleck brings ‘Argo’ to a Spanish film festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Locals — including Steven Tyler — gather at iHeartRadio Festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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While the J. Geils Band rocks, Jay Geils hits up a classic car show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Boston Film Festival draws stars to the Revere Hotel

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Business ǀ Science

Partners’ South Shore Hospital bid draws scrutiny

South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

By Liz Kowalczyk and Robert Weisman

Federal investigators have joined Massachusetts officials in closely scrutinizing a bid by Partners HealthCare System to acquire the hospital.

SimpliVity raises another $25m in funding

Doron Kempel says his company’s OmniCube will radically simplify data storage.

By Jay Fitzgerald

The Westborough start-up, founded by a former EMC Corp. executive, will announce Monday that it has received another $25 million in funding.

MIT grad led team that built faster YouTube player

YouTube engineering manager Andy Berkheimer has figured out how to speed up the massive online video service.

By Michael B. Farrell

The work of Andy Berkheimer and his team reduced buffering by an average of 20 percent, and effectively sped up the launching of a video by a few seconds.

Obituaries

Ruth-Ann Mellish Harris, scholar of the Irish immigrant experience

Dr. Harris and her husband helped push to expand to Winchester a voluntary school desegregation program.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Harris was preparing a syllabus for a history course she planned to teach this fall at Boston College when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died Sept. 5. She was 76.

Donald Rothberg, AP’s ‘go-to-man’ in Washington

DONALD M. ROTHBERG

By Merrill Hartson

Donald M. Rothberg, a Dorchester native who had a 40-year career as a versatile and respected reporter with the Associated Press, died Friday at age 79.

Pavel Grachev; was Russian defense minister

Pavel Grachev (right) served under Boris Yeltsin (left) from 1992 until he was fired 1996.

Pavel Grachev, a former Russian defense minister who led troops into Chechnya in the 1990s, died on Sunday. He was 64.

Sports

Ravens 31, Patriots 30

Patriots lose heartbreaker to Ravens

The Ravens’ Justin Tucker signaled triumphantly after making good on a 27-yard field goal attempt as time expired to foil the Patriots, 31-30, Sunday night in Baltimore.

By Shalise Manza Young

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Patriots, 31-30, in Baltimore.

Dan Shaughnessy

Replacement refs a nightmare in Patriots loss

Bill Belichick screams at official Rodney Russell after a first-quarter call went against the Patriots.

By Dan Shaughnessy

After a night of incompetent officiating, the Patriots blew a 30-21 fourth-quarter lead to the Ravens on a buzzer-beating 27-yard field goal.

ON FOOTBALL

Josh McDaniels needs to let his players play

Tom Brady and the offense looked in the flow when Julian Edelman scored before the half.

By Greg A. Bedard

For the second straight week, the Patriots offensive coordinator got in his own way and helped contribute to a loss.