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FDA widens meningitis infection warning

Federal drug regulators warned that more medications made at a troubled Framingham compounding pharmacy may be linked to fungal infections.

Presidential debate | 9 p.m.

Crucial debate in presidential race tonight

While President Obama needs to display the urgency he lacked in the first debate, Mitt Romney is hoping to build on his momentum of the past 10 days.

Jim Lehrer, Candy Crowley, and Bob Schieffer have drawn the moderator duties for this year’s presidential debates.

Debate moderators feel the heat

What was once perceived as an honorific job, or an invisible one like a baseball umpire, is now itself under debate this election season.

Ernest Watkins IV was seen in a doorway at Dorchester District Court Monday.

Boy, 14, charged in Dorchester killing

Ernest Watkins IV was charged with the stabbing death of a 39-year-old man who resisted when a group of teens tried to rob him in Dorchester.

The Senate candidates’ bank accounts are now hefty enough to fund a sophisticated start-up business, which is essentially what each campaign has done.

Record hauls by Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown

Elizabeth Warren received $12.12 million and Senator Brown collected $7.45 million over the last three months.

The Nation

Presidential debate | 9 p.m.

Crucial debate in presidential race tonight

Hofstra University students Josh Ettinger (left) and Tevon Hyman acted as stand-ins for Mitt Romney and President Obama during preparations for Tuesday’s debate.

By Matt Viser

While President Obama needs to display the urgency he lacked in the first debate, Mitt Romney is hoping to build on his momentum of the past 10 days.

High court to decide on voter proof of citizenship

The Arizona law will remain suspended until the Supreme Court hears arguments early next year.

By Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Arizona may require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections.

South Dakota executes prison guard’s killer

A South Dakota inmate has been put to death for killing a prison guard by beating him with a pipe and covering his head in plastic wrap during a failed escape attempt.

The World

White House faces dilemma in Libya attack response

In his debate with Rep. Paul Ryan, Vice President Joe Biden vowed the US would bring those responsible for consulate attack to justice.

By Kimberly Dozier

The Obama administration has special forces ready to strike those found responsible for the deadly attack but is weighing whether such action would harm relations in the region.

Asian powers double defense spending in a decade

Asia’s top powers have doubled defense spending in the past decade, spurred by the explosion in military expenditure by China, new research shows.

Scots move closer to vote on independence from UK

Scottish and British leaders signed a deal for a referendum on Scottish independence that would radically alter the shape of the United Kingdom.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | farah stockman

United States, incorporated

By Farah Stockman

How bad would America’s ledgers look if we really were a company? And what could a CEO do to turn it around?

paul mcmorrow

A dead end for the Mashpee casino

By Paul McMorrow

The gambling compact the state reached with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which the federal government rejected last week, is symptomatic of a greater blindness in Beacon Hill’s approach to casinos.

joanna weiss

In step with the Arnold apology tour

By Joanna Weiss

The saga of Arnold Schwarzenegger shows that what makes a man a great politician and a personal scumbag are often the very same qualities.

Metro

FDA widens meningitis infection warning

Meningitis outbreak

By Kay Lazar and Liz Kowalczyk

Federal drug regulators warned that more medications made at a troubled Framingham compounding pharmacy may be linked to fungal infections.

Boy, 14, charged in Dorchester killing

Ernest Watkins IV was seen in a doorway at Dorchester District Court Monday.

By Brian Ballou

Ernest Watkins IV was charged with the stabbing death of a 39-year-old man who resisted when a group of teens tried to rob him in Dorchester.

Record hauls by Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown

The Senate candidates’ bank accounts are now hefty enough to fund a sophisticated start-up business, which is essentially what each campaign has done.

By Noah Bierman and Erin Ailworth

Elizabeth Warren received $12.12 million and Senator Brown collected $7.45 million over the last three months.

Business

Economist from Harvard shares Nobel Prize

Alvin Roth spoke to reporters by phone in Menlo Park, Calif.

By Megan Woolhouse and D.C. Denison

Alvin Roth’s research on decision-making and choices has earned him a number of honors, including the Nobel Prize.

To avert foreclosure, firm turns homes into ad space

Sarah, Beth, and Scott Hostetler of Buena Park, Calif., were the first to try the program.

By Erin Ailworth

Brainiacs from Mars paints houses in bright colors then attaches removable ads. In return, the owner’s mortgage is paid by the company.

Daredevil’s jumpsuit marks a leap for local firm

Workers at the David Clark Co. in Worcester helped Felix Baumgartner test his pressurized suit in January 2009.

By Michael B. Farrell

Worcester’s David Clark Co. worked for four years to customize the high-tech suit for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking, 24-mile plummet to earth.

Obituaries

Eduard Y. Volodarsky, Russian screenwriter banned by the Soviets; at 71

By Andrew Roth

Mr. Volodarsky, whose films are recognized as classics today in Russia, although they presented a picture of war that led Soviet authorities to shelve many of his works for years, died Tuesday.

Meyer Hager; rabbi served ‘ground zero synagogue’

Rabbi Meyer Hager, who served at the synagogue next to Engine Six, which lost four firefighters at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, died Oct. 7.

Kyle Bennett, 33, champion of BMX cycling; in auto accident

Kyle Bennett, shown doing a bar twist in 2007, won an automatic spot on the first US BMX Olympic team in 2008.

Mr. Bennett, a three-time BMX world champion and Olympic competitor, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in eastern Texas early Sunday.

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Sports

Patriots hope to learn from Seahawks loss

Patriots coach Bill Belichick (right) and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t have enough answers in the fourth quarter Sunday, and it won’t get any easier against the Jets.

By Michael Whitmer

The defense, specifically the secondary and its inability to avoid big plays, might bear the bigger brunt of the criticism coming the Patriots’ way.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots’ red-zone offense subpar against Seahawks

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (center) was not happy with the team’s red-zone performance.

By Michael Vega

In Sunday’s loss to Seattle, the Patriots scored just one touchdown in six trips to the red zone.

Christopher l. Gasper

Tom Brady not to blame for Patriots’ struggles

Tom Brady’s play is not a problem, but the solution to almost all of the Patriots’ ones.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Patriots have 99 problems and Tom Brady ain’t one. Brady, even at age 35, is not one of the major Super Bowl-title barriers for New England.

G: Living

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Chatham Lighthouse hitting the big screen

Inside Chatham Lighthouse, an active Coast Guard station.

By Martha LaGuardia-Kotite

For 204 years, the lighthouse has figured prominently in Chatham’s history, including a daring sea rescue that has inspired Disney filmmakers.

A look at the lighthouse numbers in the US

By Martha LaGuardia-Kotite

As vital as Chatham Lighthouse is to sailors and seafarers, the structure is part of a dwindling collection in the United States.

Frame by Frame

Taking a look at Courbet, in a Whistler canvas

“Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville” by James McNeill Whistler.

By Sebastian Smee

In the beautiful “Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville,” James McNeill Whistler, a former protégé of Gustave Courbet, paints the paunchy figure of his master on the beach.

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Debate moderators feel the heat

By Matthew Gilbert

Stage Review

A darkly comic ‘Behanding in Spokane’

By Don Aucoin

Album Review | COUNTRY

A moving tribute to Hank Cochran

Album Review | R&B

Brandy, ‘Two Eleven’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | Country

Jason Aldean, ‘Night Train’

By Scott McLennan

Album Review | FOLK-POP

Martha Wainwright, ‘Come Home to Mama’

By Marc Hirsh

ELECTRONIC

Daphni, ‘JIAOLONG’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Book review

‘The Twelve’ by Justin Cronin

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Leventhals host Neighorhood House fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Joey McIntyre in town for Mass. Eye and Ear

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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WBUR celebrates Click and Clack at annual gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ray Allen’s Wellesley mansion on market

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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NBC pulls the plug on Dane Cook sitcom

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Designer Christian Louboutin visiting Saks Fifth Avenue

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Getting their fill at the Foodtruck Throwdown

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Growing Up Gronk’ coming to bookstores

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Graffiti artist Futura drops into Harvard Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy returns to Smith

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein