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Brown, Warren hit hard on policy in third Senate debate

Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren focused on policy issues during their debate at Springfield Symphony Hall on Wednesday.

Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren sparred Wednesday over health care, taxes, and women’s rights.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will face off Thursday night.

Biden, Ryan face high stakes in vice presidential debate

Democrats are nervous, Republicans sense a surge, and Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan suddenly have a chance to influence the campaign Thursday.

Pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak broke rules, Patrick says

Governor Patrick accused the Framingham pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak of misleading regulators and operating outside its ­license.

About 1,800 people are expected to greet the Dalai Lama. He visited Medford in 2003.

Medford going all-out for visit by Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is coming to Magoun Avenue, and neighbors are thrilled.

$366m accord reached to clean up New Bedford Harbor

A long-departed manufacturing company will pay to clean the PCB-laden harbor in the largest cash settlement for a single site in the history of the federal Superfund program.

The Nation

Biden, Ryan face high stakes in vice presidential debate

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will face off Thursday night.

By Brian MacQuarrie

Democrats are nervous, Republicans sense a surge, and Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan suddenly have a chance to influence the campaign Thursday.

Justices debate race’s role in college admissions

Abigail Fisher, who sued the University of Texas, spoke outside court Wednesday.

By Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a major affirmative action case, with the justices debating the role of the courts in policing how much weight admissions officers may assign to race.

2 dead, 1 trapped in Fla. parking garage collapse

The parking garage was under construction at Miami-Dade College. Two people were initially trapped in the debris.

By Suzette Laboy

A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble.

The World

Turkey intercepts Syrian plane

By Suzan Fraser

Turkish jets on Wednesday forced a Syrian passenger plane to land at Ankara airport on suspicion that it might be carrying weapons or other military equipment.

French police find bomb material in terror probe

By Jamey Keaten

French police discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near Paris in a probe of a terrorist cell linked to an attack on a grocery, a prosecutor said.

Russian punk rocker freed; two others remain in prison

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is shown on a TV outside the courtroom where she sought her release. She was denied.

By Will Englund

One member of a punk group convicted of hooliganism unexpectedly won her freedom on appeal while two other members had their sentences upheld.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Dante Ramos

A national race writ small

By Dante Ramos

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren had opportunities to talk about local issues, but for the most part their debate featured a heavy emphasis on national themes.

Jeff Jacoby

Warren tries to have it both ways

By Jeff Jacoby

Elizabeth Warren said she supports defense cuts but also said she would protect Massachusetts bases from closure or budget reductions.

Joan Vennochi

Is he pro-life, pro-choice, or just pro-Mitt?

By Joan Vennochi

When it comes to abortion, Mitt Romney has been walking around in circles since he first ran for office in Massachusetts against Ted Kennedy.

Metro

Brown, Warren hit hard on policy in third Senate debate

Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren focused on policy issues during their debate at Springfield Symphony Hall on Wednesday.

By Michael Levenson

Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren sparred Wednesday over health care, taxes, and women’s rights.

Pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak broke rules, Patrick says

PUBLIC HEALTH WATCHDOG: Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo said new rules were issued out of “an abundance of caution.”

By Liz Kowalczyk, Kay Lazar and Chelsea Conaboy

Governor Patrick accused the Framingham pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak of misleading regulators and operating outside its ­license.

$366m accord reached to clean up New Bedford Harbor

By Beth Daley and Katheleen Conti

A long-departed manufacturing company will pay to clean the PCB-laden harbor in the largest cash settlement for a single site in the history of the federal Superfund program.

Business

Start-ups benefit from resurgence of angel investors

By Michael B. Farrell

Funding by angel investors reached $9.2 billion in the first half year of the year, climbing 3.1 percent compared with the same period in 2011.

Home heating costs expected to be higher

The combination of high prices — averaging $3.80 a gallon this season — and colder weather will drive fuel bills for heating oil consumers to around $2,500, on average, this winter.

By Erin Ailworth

The average bill for heating oil consumers is expected to be $400 more than last year, a federal forecast shows.

Tech Lab

Small Samsung camera shoots like a pro

By Hiawatha Bray

The new EX2F packs many of the advanced features you’ll find on a serious camera and throws in a remarkable set of wireless options.

Obituaries

Peter T. Demos; physicist helped bring accelerator to MIT

Dr. Demos (left) with a 17-million-electrons volt machine.

By Katherine Landergan

Dr. Demos, who helped bring one of the first linear ­accelerators to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Sept. 18 in his Belmont home of ischemic cardiomyopathy. He was 94.

Alex Karras, NFL star lineman who became TV, movie actor, 77

Alex Karras (left) defended as Tom Dempsey kicked his winning, record-setting 63-yard field goal with two seconds left.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Karras was a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions and an actor in movies and on television, including the sitcom ‘‘Webster.”

Sports

Patriots even more potent with new run game

By Shalise Manza Young

Once again, the Patriots have the NFL’s top-ranked offense. But this time, they’re doing it with a heavy dose of the ground game.

Christopher L. Gasper

In AFC East, there’s Tom Brady, then everyone else

The standings in the AFC East say there is only one game separating the 3-2 Patriots from the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins, all owners of 2-3 marks. The margin feels larger because of Tom Brady.

By Christopher L. Gasper

No division in football has as wide a chasm at quarterback than the AFC East, and it’s been this way almost all of Brady’s career.

College hockey preview

Ted Donato, Harvard hockey out to get untied

“Obviously, having the No. 1 power play in the country was a big positive,” said Ted Donato, Harvard hockey coach on his team’s ability to play in tight games.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

A team that set an NCAA record with 11 ties last season is looking for more clutch performances to add to the win column.

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Tony Massarotti

Manager is not the priority for Red Sox

By Tony Massarotti

Patriots notebook

Seahawks’ secondary a big challenge for Patriots

By Michael Vega

Cardinals 8, Nationals 0

Carpenter pitches Cardinals past Nationals

By Howard Fendrich

Giants 8, Reds 3

Giants even series with Reds

By Joe Kay

ECAC: What to expect this season

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Atlantic Hockey: What to expect this season

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

yankees 3, orioles 2

Raul Ibanez, Yankees stun Orioles in 12

By Howie Rumberg

Athletics 4, Tigers 3

Oakland stuns Detroit to stay alive in ALDS

By Josh Dubow

School roundup

Roundup: Taunton boys defeat Oliver Ames

By Ayoub Kourikchi

Northeastern 4, Merrimack 2

Northeastern wins opener

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Style

Tony Horton, the man behind Paul Ryan’s workout program

Fitness guru and P90X creator Tony Horton leads a fitness class in the courtyard of the Canadian Embassy.

By Christopher Muther

News that fitness buff and Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan swears by the P90X workout cemented Horton’s status as New England’s answer to Jack LaLanne.

Movie Review

Ben Affleck’s fully in charge in ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck (center) plays a CIA operative who leads a rescue mission in Tehran during the 1979-80 Iran hostage crisis.

By Wesley Morris

Affleck directed and stars in this highly entertaining if shallow film based on the actual story of six embassy employees led out of Iran by a CIA hostage specialist.

Painting your house? Color choices can overwhelm

By Doug Most

Of all the decisions homeowners often tackle in the first few years after buying a new house, is anything more difficult than choosing what color to paint the outside?

More Stories

Television Review

Avert your eyes from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By Matthew Gilbert

Movie Review

‘Alps’ full of darkening absurdism

By Wesley Morris

Book Review

‘The Voice Is All’ by Joyce Johnson

By Jay Atkinson

Bargain Bin

Savings on sweaters, dresses this weekend

By Ami Albernaz

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner: Oct. 11

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Handyman on Call

What’s the best way to hang pictures on a wall?

By Peter Hotton

Music Review

Heart lives up to its name at Orpheum

By Sarah Rodman

Names

A-list crowd comes out for Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Boom’ town brings out Hayek, Sandler

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hank Phillippi Ryan brings ‘The Other Woman’ to Newton

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Larry David brings all-star cast to North Shore

At the center of a crowd, Kate Hudson cheers while Larry David grimaces during filming of “Clear History” on Oct. 2 at the Topsfield Fair.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Larry David, of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame, chose areas north of Boston to replicate Martha’s Vineyard for an upcoming film.

Making ‘Clear History’ in the North region

Larry David filming at a construction site in North Andover last month.

Locations have ranged from North Andover to Beverly to Topsfield to Gloucester to Essex.

History comes alive in Ipswich at 16 Elm Street

Chris Doktor and Sarah Brown portray residents of a historic Ipswich home.

By David Rattigan

An educational theatrical production commemorates social history this weekend in Ipswich.

Globe South

Tiny Hanson airport reminds of an earlier aviation age

Visitors to Cranland Airport in Hanson viewed planes during the monthly Fly-In Breakfast on Sept. 16. The next is Oct. 21.

By Johanna Seltz

Cranland Airport is one of 11 provately owned airports in the state that are open to the flying public.

Middleborough group saves unwanted horses from slaughter

Derel Twombly, with Dusty, founded Amazing Grace Equine.

By Robert Knox

Amazing Grace Equine says it saves approximately one-third of the unwanted horses in Plymouth and Bristol counties

Globe West

Buying groceries by bike means healthier eating, more fun

As part of her pledge — on environmental and health grounds — to do all of her grocery shopping by bicycle last month, Carlisle resident Susan Bacher rolls across town to Hutchins Farm in Concord, where she loads her backpack and the bike’s panniers with fresh produce.

By Nancy Shohet West

When Susan Bacher of Carlisle decided to do all her grocery shopping by bike for a month, she was addressing three priorities: physical fitness, careful nutritional practices, and environmental sensibility

Changing habits

Here’s how Susan Bacher changed her habits after pledging to to do all her grocery shopping by bike for the month of September.

Towns grapple with larger solar projects 

By Dan O’Brien

More communities are trying to balance green energy projects against residents who don’t like looking at rows of large solar panels from their homes.