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Barely supervised, some housing chiefs stray badly

A Globe review found that Mass. housing directors face little accountability in a system vulnerable to incompetence, indolence, and worse.

Elizabeth Warren is known for pushing students without being mean at Harvard Law School.

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At Harvard, Elizabeth Warren has warm reputation

The Senate candidate is widely admired by students and faculty at Harvard Law School, where she was known for being tough but fair.

Jessica Wood ties son Emmett’s shoes as her mother, Anne Low, looks on. Wood and her family live with her parents while they try to get out of debt. For now, buying even a used car (below) is a strain.

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A young couple caught up in the middle

Jessica and Randy Wood joined in the great credit run-up to the Great Recession, leaving them with a heap of debts that has devoured their paychecks and their future. Now they are living with her parents. It’s a striking juxtaposition: Two couples, both college-educated, both married, both rooted in the teaching profession. Only one followed this path when it led to the heart of the middle class. For the other, 30 years later, the path has produced only uncertainty.

Consumers are flocking to shorter loan terms

A growing number of homeowners in Massachusetts and the United States have decided to shorten their loan terms as part of a refinance — taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates to increase equity in their properties and cut short their loan burden. About 30 percent of mortgage borrowers chose to shorten their home loan terms in the second quarter of this year, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which holds about 22 percent of the country’s home loans.

In twist, evangelicals now backing Mitt Romney

It is one of more unlikely stories of this year’s presidential campaign: evangelicals, who played a key role in Romney’s defeat in 2008, and nearly upset his effort in 2012, are now a vital part of Romney’s hope to win in Virginia and several other evangelical-heavy swing states. “Romney is counting on evangelicals. The irony is that this is a shotgun marriage between two very different religions,” said Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

The Nation

In twist, evangelicals now backing Mitt Romney

“Mitt Romney is not someone I would have picked, that’s for sure,” says D.J. Moberley, a 30-year-old evangelical Christian who now spends hours chatting up Romney.

By Michael Kranish

Long wary of his Mormon faith, the religious right is now rallying to the GOP candidate’s cause in critical swing states.

Obama, Romney prepare for their second face-off

By Matt Viser

President Obama and Mitt Romney on Saturday turned their attention to preparing for the next big moment on the political calendar: a debate Tuesday in New York.

Presidential campaigns acquire personal data on voters

By Charles Duhigg

Strategists affiliated with the campaigns of Obama and Romney say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined.

The World

Car bomb kills 17 people in Pakistan

Pakistani children prayed for Malala Yousufzai, who moved her arms and legs Saturday.

By Riaz Khan

A car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office for anti-Taliban tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 17 people, officials said.

Iran says it’s willing to work with West

By Ali Akbar Dareini

Iran is ready to show flexibility at nuclear talks to ease Western concerns over its contentious nuclear program, its foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Libyan militias hold strong in country

A Libyan soldier checked a room stocked with weapons handed in by militia.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

A month after the killing of the US ambassador ignited a public outcry for civilian control of Libya’s militias, that hope has been all but lost.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Communism, in life and death

Nguyen Chi Thien, right, spent his life fighting communism. Eric Hobsbawm, left, spent his life as a communist supporter.

By Jeff Jacoby

While Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Chi Thien sacrificed his freedom defying communism, British historian Eric Hobsbawm defended and excused its crimes.

JOAN VENNOCHI

State’s in trouble; where’s Patrick?

By Joan Vennochi

Lately, Governor Deval Patrick seems more interested in reelecting President Obama than answering for troubling developments on his watch.

tom keane | opinion

The problem with bicycling in Boston

A bike is partly buried in snow while a cyclist shares the road with a bus on Commonwealth Ave.

By Tom Keane

Anything that discourages people from riding increases the risk to the rest who are — but that’s precisely the effect of fear-mongering and plans to toughen the rules on cyclists.

Metro

Barely supervised, some housing chiefs stray badly

Winchester Housing director Joseph Lally said he works more than 69 hours a week at two jobs.

By Sean P. Murphy and Scott Allen

A Globe review found that Mass. housing directors face little accountability in a system vulnerable to incompetence, indolence, and worse.

A young couple caught up in the middle

Jessica Wood ties son Emmett’s shoes as her mother, Anne Low, looks on. Wood and her family live with her parents while they try to get out of debt. For now, buying even a used car (below) is a strain.

By Sarah Schweitzer

Randy and Jessica Wood just wanted the old equation of hard work and opportunity to work for them as it had for generations. But, as for so many, the good life remains just out of reach.

At Harvard, Elizabeth Warren has warm reputation

Elizabeth Warren is known for pushing students without being mean at Harvard Law School.

By Eric Moskowitz

The Senate candidate is widely admired by students and faculty at Harvard Law School, where she was known for being tough but fair.

Money & Careers

Consumers are flocking to shorter loan terms

Andrea Winterer not only reduced the interest rate on her Natick mortgage but also cut the term and saves money.

By Jenifer B. McKim

More homeowners in Mass. and across the US are refinancing home loans to shorter terms, paying off their debts faster and saving thousands of dollars.

Boston Scientific venturing into new territory

Boston Scientific Corp.’s chief executive, Hank Kucheman, will be handing over the company’s reins on Nov. 1 to president Mike Mahoney under a transition plan outlined a year ago.

By Robert Weisman

The Natick company, which has struggled in recent years, is repositioning itself and its products in a shifting health care landscape.

INNOVATION ECONOMY

Michelle Dipp, 36, reflects biotech’s next generation

Michelle Dipp has OvaScience in line to join the Nasdaq stock exchange.

By Scott Kirsner

If Cambridge biotech company OvaScience lands on the Nasdaq stock exchange next year, Dipp would be among the youngest CEOs of a public company in Mass.

Sports

Sunday baseball notes

A few ideas to shore up the Red Sox

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wants more Cody Rosses and Vicente Padillas and fewer Carl Crawfords.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox have needs at several positions, but they also have options and opportunities.

Dan Shaughnessy

Seattle will be a racket for the Patriots

The Patriots will be hearing from the fans at CenturyLink Field — the NFL’s loudest.

By Dan Shaughnessy

CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seahawks, is renowned for its raucous fans, who can disrupt enemy offenses by limiting communication.

What They Were Thinking: The Human Fuse

Brian Miser, the Human Fuse, launched from a self made crossbow across the TD Garden floor while on fire at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

By Stan Grossfeld

Brian Miser, who is launched from a self-made crossbow at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, explains what it’s like flying through the flame.

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ON SECOND THOUGHT

Plenty of horse sense behind sale at Suffolk Downs

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Celtics Notebook

Jeff Green shows how he has come back strong

By Frank Dell'Apa

Patriots at Seahawks | 4 p.m. | cbs

Patriots’ Tavon Wilson used football as an escape

By Shalise Manza Young

Tigers 6, Yankees 4

Derek Jeter breaks ankle, Yankees lose Game 1

By Peter Abraham

ALCS NOTEBOOK

Derek Lowe revels return to the postseason

By Peter Abraham

Sunday Basketball Notes

David Stern has cooled on NBA’s European expansion

By Gary Washburn

Sunday Football Notes

Roger Goodell’s Saints bounty ruling still right call

By Greg A. Bedard

Patriots Notebook

Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard hungry for more

By Shalise Manza Young

Patriots at Seahawks, 4 p.m. Sunday

Patriots’ keys to a win in Seattle

By Jim McBride

NFL Week 6 preview

By Jim McBride

Sunday Hockey Notes

Fighting chance to curb fisticuffs in the OHL

By Fluto Shinzawa

Florida St. 51, BC 7

Florida State blows out Boston College

By Julian Benbow

Harvard 35, Bucknell 7

Harvard doesn’t slow down in rout

By Craig Larson

Everett 24, Xaverian 7

Everett takes away a victory from Xaverian

By Anthony Gulizia

Stoneham 46, Watertown 26

Perfect Stoneham stays grounded in win

By Andy Deossa

Shawsheen 34, North Shore 28

Shawsheen’s Paul DePlacido an overtime hero

By Juan Rivera

SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

Roundup: St. John’s Prep tops St. John’s of Shrewsbury

By Eric Russo

Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13

Notre Dame stops Stanford in overtime

By Ralph D. Russo

New England college football roundup

N.E. roundup: New Haven edges Bentley

northeastern 3, bc 1

Huskies show BC it’s a new year

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

College hockey roundup

UNH gets off on right foot with sweep

bu 4, providence 2

BU tries to turn page with win over Providence

By Michael Vega

Ideas

Ideas

The Carter Doctrine: A Middle East strategy past its prime

AMERICA’S ADOPTED NEIGHBORHOOD: A plane flies over the mountains south of the Strait of Hormuz.

By Thanassis Cambanis

Our creaky, 30-year-old vision of America’s role is ripe for an overhaul from the next president.

Ideas

The surprisingly old art of photo fakery

An unidentified artist’s trick photo of a man holding up 11 men in formation, circa 1930.

By Dushko Petrovich

A new exhibit and book remind us that photo fakery is nothing new — in fact, manipulation of photographic images goes back to the dawn of photography.

Q&A

When the classroom rang with poetry

A panel listened to a girl reciting at the Children’s Salon in London in May 1909.

By Ruth Graham

Catherine Robson traces what we lost — and gained — when kids stopped reciting out loud.

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Uncommon Knowledge

The US goes straight to your hips

By Kevin Lewis

Brainiac

Introducing the remote hug jacket

By Sarah Laskow

Books

book review

‘The Oath’ by Jeffrey Toobin and ‘America’s Unwritten Constitution’ by Akhil Reed Amar

By Mickey Edwards

Two books look at the Constitution and the different ways that scholars, lawyers, and courts interpret it.

Writer and Native American activist

Sherman Alexie: Writer and Native American activist

By Amy Sutherland

In his newest collection of stories, “Blasphemy,” Sherman Alexie continues his exploration of what it’s like to be a Native American now.

book review

‘Just Plain Dick’ by Kevin Mattson

Richard Nixon gives his famous “checkers speech” on TV.

By Jordan Michael Smith

In “Just Plain Dick,” the historian Kevin Mattson analyzes Richard Nixon’s famous 1952 “Checkers speech” and the presidential campaign of that year.

Obituaries

Gary Collins, 74, actor; hosted Miss America pageant

GARY COLLINS

Gary ­Collins, an actor, television show host, and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America pageant, died Saturday.

Ulrich Franzen, architect; used fortress mentality in designs

The architect at home in 1968 with a tractor-seat he made.

By Paul Vitello

A German-born architect whose fortresslike buildings seemed to buttress the psychological landscape of New York City during the shaky 1970s, Mr. Franzen died Oct. 6 at age 91.

Eric Lomax, war prisoner who forgave his torturer, 93

Eric Lomax’s memoir, “The Railway Man,” was a bestseller.

By William Yardley

Eric Lomax — a former British soldier who was tortured by the Japanese while he was a prisoner during World War II and half a century later forgave one of his tormentors — has died.

Arts & Movies

Are nonprofit theaters too closely tied to commercial producers?

“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” a collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and commercial producers, went from Cambridge to Broadway.

By Laura Collins-Hughes

A new report raises questions about the collaboration between regional theaters and commercial producers.

Art Review

Sol LeWitt’s salutes to J.S. Bach

Sol LeWitt’s “Run IV’’ (1962).

By Sebastian Smee

The show explores an artist’s obsession with the grid, and affinity with logic of music.

movies

‘Celebration Day’ for Led Zeppelin fans

Led Zeppelin

By Steve Morse

The new, long-delayed documentary recalls when Led Zeppelin reunited for its first headlining show in 27 years at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.

Travel

travel

Serendipity and surrender: 48 hours in New York City

The indie McNally Jackson Books in SoHo has a cafe, spaces for readings and workshops, printers to use for your book, and, yes, books to buy.

By Naomi Kooker

Friends, finds, sleep, eat, drink, drama — then depart. On this trip we relinquish whatever we know of the city for tips from strangers and acquaintances.

If you go to New York...

If you go to New York.

The Out NYC: a hip hideout in Hell’s Kitchen

One of The Out NYC’s courtyards.

By Kathleen Pierce

This sleek “urban resort,” located in Hell’s Kitchen, is filled with so many inducements, it’s hard to leave.

Magazine

Magazine

How grocery shopping got personal

By Francis Storrs

We hop from store to store, searching for the best deal and the best quality. How the business of selling groceries is changing—and improving—to suit us.

globe magazine

The hunt for Uncle Arthur, king of Boston bookies

By Jon Marcus

When Jon Marcus learned of a mysterious uncle of his whom the FBI had chased for 20 years because of his illegal gambling racket, he went on a hunt of his own to piece to together an amazing, untold chapter in Boston lore.

magazine

Brian McGrory on life with a dog and a rooster

By Brian McGrory

In his forthcoming memoir, the Globe columnist writes about a dog and a rooster who taught him lessons about life.

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Perspective

A climate change call to arms

By David Sleeper and Pamela H. Templer

Out and About

Seen around town

Style Watch

A dream internship with Zandra Rhodes

By Tina Sutton

Miss Conduct

Advice on getting out of a holiday trip

By Robin Abrahams

Cooking

Ming Tsai’s perfect appetizers

By Ming Tsai

A Restaurant’s Take

Bings at Blue Ginger

Connections

Three thousand lunches

By Geoff Kronik

Tales From the City

A not-so-bad germ

Globe North

New Hampshire student opposes high school dress code

Elizabeth Skerry, wearing a cap-sleeve dress, with a trifold poster she made for her presentation to the school board.

By Brenda J. Buote

Elizabeth Skerry launched an online campaign to amend her high school’s new dress code, which prohibits sleeveless tops.

Dress code dust-up inspires introspection

Students were required to wear color-coded uniforms in conjunction with the opening of the new Lawrence High School in 2007.

By Brenda J. Buote

As the media blitz staged by a 17-year-old Plaistow, N.H., student armed with a Twitter account and a Facebook campaign thrusts Timberlane Regional High School in the spotlight for banning sleeveless tops, local Bay State school districts are reflecting on their own policies.

What not to wear at Timberlane Regional High School

Under the policy “all students both males and females will be required to wear tops (shirts/blouses/dresses) that have sleeves, a modest neckline, i.e. no cleavage, and that are long enough to cover beyond their waist. The length of shorts, skirts, or dresses may be no shorter than mid-thigh, i.e., half way between the inseam and the knee cap.”

Globe South

Biologist keeps tabs on Massachusetts’ rarest salamander

Biologists Jake Kubel (left) and Tim Beaulieu search for marbled salamanders in dried vernal pools in the Blue Hills Reservation.

By Don Lyman

The conservation scientist has been crisscrossing the state since late August in search of the Commonwealth’s rarest salamander before it returns underground.

House foes have deep roots in area

Karen Barry

By Robert Preer

Democrat Josh Cutler and Republican Karen Barry compete in one of the most closely watched House races in Massachusetts.

Milton

Parents rally for French program

By Jennette Barnes

Milton parents are rallying ahead of meetings that could decide how many students can enroll in the popular French immersion program in the elementary schools.

Globe West

Black cats on display in Hudson

Brie, Terry, and Cassy Moran visit “Black Cats,” a collection by Barbara Bonazzoli on display at the Hudson Historical Society Museum.

By Taryn Plumb

Barbara Bonazzoli has spent decades collecting likenesses of black cats, and several of her antique figurines are on display at the Hudson Historical Society Museum.

Haunted happenings thrill visitors

Hanson’s Haunted Hayride at dusk turns even scarier after dark for Joel and 5-year-old Grady Idelson.

By Laura E. Franzini

From haunted hayrides to spooky storytelling, there’s something for every thrill-seeker this Halloween season at local farms, historic houses, and community centers.

Halloween Happenings

Plenty of spooky events west of Boston this Halloween season

Bruce Osborn guides Hanson’s Haunted Hayride through cornfields in Framingham on Friday and Saturday nights.

By Laura E. Franzini

From haunted hayrides to spooky storytelling, there’s something for every thrill-seeker this Halloween season. Local farms, historic houses, and community centers have transformed into ghoulish haunts — with an occasional candy reward for the bravest visitors.