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A divide of donors in Senate contest

The contrast of top backers is sharp, reflecting donors’ view of Senator Brown as an advocate for investment firms and Elizabeth Warren as a former cop on the Wall Street beat.

GOP faith unshaken in supply-side tax policies

The basic ingredients of Mitt Romney’s plan to slash tax rates are steeped in doctrine that has inspired conservatives for decades.

Mario Testino’s photos will be exhibited.

Mario Testino

MFA showcases a sure grasp of glamour

Fashion photographer Mario Testino’s first exhibition in the US, opening at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, is aptly titled “In Your Face.”

Austrian Felix Baumgartner on Sunday became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, plunging from a balloon capsule more than 24 miles above the New Mexico desert and landing on his feet 4 minutes and 20 seconds later.

Daredevil sky diver leaps into the record books

Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to fall faster than the speed of sound after successfully completing a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere.

Assisted death plan brings tug of feelings

Although the “Death with Dignity” ballot question has generated relatively little fanfare, the decision Mass. voters will confront has far-reaching repercussions.

Joanne Lee at work at Johnson Compounding.

A close look at compounding pharmacies

The widening outbreak of infections linked to a potentially tainted steroid has abruptly thrust a niche area of drug preparation into public view.

The Nation

GOP faith unshaken in supply-side tax policies

Ronald Reagan once said that after he made four movies in a year, he would “go to the country,’’ because tax rates for additional income were confiscatory and discouraged more effort.

By Christopher Rowland

The basic ingredients of Mitt Romney’s plan to slash tax rates are steeped in doctrine that has inspired conservatives for decades.

Daredevil sky diver leaps into the record books

Austrian Felix Baumgartner on Sunday became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, plunging from a balloon capsule more than 24 miles above the New Mexico desert and landing on his feet 4 minutes and 20 seconds later.

By John Tierney

Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to fall faster than the speed of sound after successfully completing a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere.

Endeavour’s last trip, to museum, is slowest, by far

Endeavour, viewed by flocks of spectators, inched along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Los Angeles Sunday at 2 miles per hour, on its way to the California Science Center.

The shuttle’s final mission turned out to be a logistical headache that delayed its arrival to its museum resting place by about 17 hours.

The World

Thousands rally to condemn attack on Pakistani girl

A Pakistani woman shouted slogans during a protest Sunday against the shooting of child activist Malala Yousufzai.

By Adil Jawad

The protest was for 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education and criticizing the militants.

Separatists surge in Belgium vote

Early results from Belgian municipal elections Sunday showed widespread gains for a separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy Dutch-speaking northern Flanders region.

Opposition may form Lithuania coalition

Opposition populists and leftists in crisis-worn Lithuania hinted they were prepared to form a government coalition after an exit poll Sunday indicated their parties would take first and second place in the country’s parliamentary elections.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Peering back into the bank abyss

By John E. Sununu

Remember Dodd-Frank, the financial reform to end all financial reform? It hasn’t worked out quite as planned.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Khadafy son should be tried by Libya

By Juliette Kayyem

Libya is involved in a senseless power struggle with the International Criminal Court over who has jurisdiction in the trial of Saif Khadafy, Moammar’s onetime heir-to-be.

JAMES CARROLL

Credible presidential power

 John F. Kennedy was confronted with the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years ago today. His handling of the situation rescued his reputation after he was thought to have bungled the Bay of Pigs the previous year.

By James Carroll

For newly elected US presidents, the temptation to talk tough has deadly consequences.

Metro

A close look at compounding pharmacies

Joanne Lee at work at Johnson Compounding.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Kay Lazar

The widening outbreak of infections linked to a potentially tainted steroid has abruptly thrust a niche area of drug preparation into public view.

Assisted death plan brings tug of feelings

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Although the “Death with Dignity” ballot question has generated relatively little fanfare, the decision Mass. voters will confront has far-reaching repercussions.

Fungal infection strikes 4 in New Hampshire

By Travis Andersen

Three N.H. patients have fungal meningitis and a fourth has a peripheral joint infection, officials said, linked to apparently tainted steroids produced by a Framingham facility.

Business ǀ Science

A divide of donors in Senate contest

Senator Brown’s support from the financial industry appears to reflect how much the sector does not want Elizabeth Warren in the Senate.

By Beth Healy

The contrast of top backers is sharp, reflecting donors’ view of Senator Brown as an advocate for investment firms and Elizabeth Warren as a former cop on the Wall Street beat.

Nuance taking aim at medical business

By Michael B. Farrell

Burlington’s Nuance Communications Inc. may be best known for its software that lets users control a computer simply by talking to it. But the firm’s play in health care is growing.

Wired tissue brings promise of smart cells

The nanoelectronic scaffold folded in three dimensions, with the circuits visible as loops.

By Karen Weintraub

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers has created the first three-dimensional piece of artificial tissue that’s wired with electronics.

Obituaries

Leonard Lerman, 87; lecturer at MIT, researched DNA

Leonard Lerman (right) with Ted Puck, chairman of the biophysics department at the University of Colorado, in the 1950s, an active time for DNA research.

By Emma Stickgold

Discoveries he made about what can unwind the strands of DNA, and other research throughout his career, helped Dr. Lerman become a key figure in the field of molecular biology.

John Hoffman, 62; devised the Energy Star program

JOHN HOFFMAN

By Megan McDonough

John Hoffman, a former federal environmental official whose innovations to identify and reward energy-efficient practices became the Energy Star program, died Sept. 24.

Arlen Specter, US senator, outspoken centrist; at 82

Mr. Specter, who began and ended his career as a Democrat, spent 44 years as a Republican.

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

The irascible senator from Pennsylvania was at the center of many of the Senate’s most divisive legal battles.

Sports

seahawks 24, patriots 23

Seahawks stun Patriots on late TD

Tom Brady (12) and Wes Welker have a lot to think about after the Patriots’ final offensive play in a tough loss in Seattle.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead as rookie quarterback Russell Wilson powered Seattle back for a 24-23 win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots embarrassed by Pete Carroll

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll patted quarterback Russell Wilson on the head before the game against the Patriots.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Pete was pumped and jacked on the Seattle sideline as the Seahawks stunned the Patriots for easily one of the worst losses of the Belichick-Kraft era.

ON FOOTBALL

Patriots secondary still a first-rate problem

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson nearly doubled his touchdown total — five coming in — in one game against the Patriots.

By Greg A. Bedard

The secondary let a plucky popgun rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson complete 16 of 27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns.

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Patriots Notebook

Wes Welker puts up big numbers in loss

By Michael Whitmer

Jets 35, Colts 9

Shonn Greene powers Jets to rout of Colts

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Ravens 31, Cowboys 29

Record return raises the Ravens’ game

By David Ginsburg

Giants 26, 49ers 3

Giants crush 49ers in NFC title game rematch

By Antonio Gonzalez

Tigers 3, Yankees 0

Tigers put Yankees in 2-0 hole

By Peter Abraham

ALCS NOTEBOOK

Notes: Yankees adjust to life without Derek Jeter

By Peter Abraham

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Streamlined Celtics a team built for speed

By Frank Dell'Apa

Cardinals 6, Giants 4

Cardinals top Giants in Game 1

By Nick Cafardo

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

Notes: Alabama, Florida top first BCS

Football Monday

Upper Cape football is off to a 5-0 start

By Andy Deossa

Boys’ soccer notebook

New Bedford boys’ soccer back on the rise

By Craig Forde

Packers 42, Texans 24

Packers give the Texans their first loss

By Kristie Rieken

G: Health

Music Review

Pete Townshend talks, plays to delight of Berklee crowd

Pete Townshend performing a short acoustic set following a talk at Berklee Performance Center on Friday.

By Marc Hirsh

It’s not every day that folks get to see the architect of the Who anywhere other than a cavernous arena.

Music Review

Ben Folds Five proves a happy, sound reunion

Ben Folds Five (here in New York in September) has reunited for a tour that stopped Saturday at the House of Blues.

By Marc Hirsh

A sense of interplay is vital to any successful reunion, and Ben Folds Five wasn’t faking it at the House of Blues.

Movie Review

The shrugging continues in ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II’

Samantha Mathis stars as Dagny Taggart in “Atlas Shrugged Part II.”

By Wesley Morris

Here’s the thing about filming a great big book of capitalist science-fiction. If you’re enslaved to its every idea, one movie will never do.

More Stories

Dance Review

Burundians dance to different drummers

By Karen Campbell

Book Review

‘Fever Season’ by Jeanette Keith

By Dennis Rosen

REFLECTIONS FROM RESIDENCY

Prescription: Streamline patient transfer process

By Dr. Kiran Gupta

In Practice

The time has come to scrub the SOAP note

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Health Answers

Symptoms and risk factors of miscarriage?

By Courtney Humphries

Daily Dose

Mercury levels and ADHD behaviors

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

How risky are compounding pharmacies?

By Deborah Kotz

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Names

Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ opens at No. 2

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Carly Simon takes stage on Martha’s Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Visiting nurses honor their ‘Heroes’ at gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Celebrity Series celebrates at the Ritz-Carlton

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Kevin Smith yuks it up at the Wilbur

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein