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Obama, Romney turn focus to women’s issues

Mitt Romney, left, stopped in Chesapeake, Va., and President Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Charles Dharapak/AP (left); Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Obama highlighted Mitt Romney’s plans to cut funds for Planned Parenthood Wednesday. Romney said women are focused on the economy and jobs.

Senator Scott Brown’s proposals focus on lowering the overall tax rate and closing loopholes, while his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has proposed raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year.

Brown, Warren show sharpest differences on taxes

Senator Scott Brown says Elizabeth Warren has an insatiable appetite for higher taxes. She says he is holding the middle class hostage.

Merging of families fueled businesses linked to meningitis outbreak

The Framingham pharmacy linked to the deadly national outbreak might not have existed but for a relationship that started three decades ago.

 Andrew Campbell got his family involved in his sport.

Brian Feulner for The Boston Globe

For these rowers, Head of Charles is family time

Four members of the Campbell family of New Canaan, Conn., will be on the river this weekend at the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

Construction may bring a new vitality to Columbia Point

A burst of activity may transform the numerous vacant properties into housing, stores, restaurants, and other attractions.

The Nation

Obama, Romney turn focus to women’s issues

Mitt Romney, left, stopped in Chesapeake, Va., and President Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

By Callum Borchers, Beth Healy and Bobby Caina Calvan

President Obama highlighted Mitt Romney’s plans to cut funds for Planned Parenthood Wednesday. Romney said women are focused on the economy and jobs.

Multivitamins can reduce cancer risk, Boston study suggests

Multivitamins lowered the risk of developing cancer in healthy males who took them daily for more than a decade.

By Deborah Kotz

A large clinical trial by Brigham and Women’s Hospital has shown that a daily multivitamin works to prevent cancer in older men.

Man pleads guilty in plot to kill Saudi ambassador

By Larry Neumeister

A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire a person he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant.

The World

Head of Islamist group is called leader of attack

By David D. Kirkpatrick

Libyan authorities said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of an Islamist group, was a commander in the attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya.

European experts say grape harvest is worst in half-century

By Raf Casert

Drought, frost, and hail have decimated the harvest in some wine-producing places, although the taste of the wines is not expected to decline.

9/11 defendant in camouflage in Guantanamo court

By Ben Fox

The self-styled terrorist mastermind of Sept. 11 wore a camouflage vest at a tribunal, a clothing choice previously denied because of fears it might disrupt the court.

Editorial & Opinion

Juliette Kayyem

Foreign policy and the parental perspective

President Obama and Mitt Romney at Tuesday’s debate in Hempstead, N.Y.

By Juliette Kayyem

When it comes to foreign policy, Mitt Romney takes a “tiger mom” approach, while President Obama is “French mom.”

joan vennochi

Obama needs to win the not-so-optimistic

By Joan Vennochi

Barack Obama won the hope vote in 2008. Now, to keep the White House, President Obama needs to win back the disappointed.

Edward L. Glaeser

Boston school-assignments: Listen to the Nobel committee

By Edward L. Glaeser

The work of two economists who won the Nobel prize, including a Harvard professor, illuminate the school-assignment problem.

Metro

Brown, Warren show sharpest differences on taxes

Senator Scott Brown’s proposals focus on lowering the overall tax rate and closing loopholes, while his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has proposed raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year.

By Michael Levenson

Senator Scott Brown says Elizabeth Warren has an insatiable appetite for higher taxes. She says he is holding the middle class hostage.

Prosecutor with ties to drug lab chemist resigns

By Scott Allen and Andrea Estes

The Norfolk County prosecutor who carried on a phone and e-mail correspondence with state chemist Annie Dookhan resigned, saying he did not want to be “a further distraction.”

Yvonne Abraham

Cambridge cheers up about Obama

By Yvonne Abraham

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief in Central Square Wednesday morning. After Tuesday’s presidential debate, it looked like President Obama might be back.

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Three suspects held in South End slaying

By Derek J. Anderson and Katheleen Conti

Braintree

Hyannis man, 22, wins $30.5m lottery jackpot

By Sarah N. Mattero and Derek J. Anderson

WESTON

Students pour cleaner in teacher’s drink

By Sarah N. Mattero

Business

Merging of families fueled businesses linked to meningitis outbreak

New England Compounding Center

By Todd Wallack and Patricia Wen

The Framingham pharmacy linked to the deadly national outbreak might not have existed but for a relationship that started three decades ago.

Construction may bring a new vitality to Columbia Point

The science complex under construction at UMass Boston is expected to be completed by 2014. The university also plans to add academic buildings and dorm rooms.

By Casey Ross

A burst of activity may transform the numerous vacant properties into housing, stores, restaurants, and other attractions.

LGBT workplace policies a draw for MBA students

Ruben Lozano-Aguilera (left) and Antonio Gomez-Lopez, both students at the MIT Sloan School of Management, are helping organize the Reaching Out conference, which starts Thursday.

By Katie Johnston

An annual conference aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students with the nation’s leading companies.

Obituaries

Mary Janney, 91; helped launch women’s career resources group

MARY D. JANNEY

By Matt Schudel

Ms. Janney, who was a founder of Wider Opportunities for Women, a career resource center in Washington, D.C., that has helped thousands of women find work, died Oct. 7.

Paul Blum, 65, scientist; joined Peace Corps

Dr. Blum had moved in July from Cambridge to Zambia.

By Bryan Marquard

Formerly a scientist for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, Dr. Blum helped companies pursuing clinical trials and approval of new drugs before moving from Cambridge to Zambia.

George Whitmore Jr., 68; coerced confession was key factor in Miranda ruling

George Whitmore, accused in ‘‘Career Girl Murders.’’

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Whitmore, who confessed in 1964 to three murders he did not commit, and whose case helped lead to the Supreme Court’s 1966 “Miranda’’ ruling, died Oct. 8 in a Wildwood, N.J.

Sports

As Patriots struggle, AFC East is wide open

Tom Brady (right) and the Patriots face a team they know well on Sunday, the Jets.

By Shalise Manza Young

All four AFC East teams have 3-3 records, giving other teams a chance at ending the Patriots’ hold on the division.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox taking too long hiring a manager

By Dan Shaughnessy

Why is it taking so long for the Sox to hire a manager? If John Farrell is their guy, then make a deal with Toronto. If not, move on.

For these rowers, Head of Charles is family time

 Andrew Campbell got his family involved in his sport.

By John Powers

Four members of the Campbell family of New Canaan, Conn., will be on the river this weekend at the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

G: Style

Ethel Kennedy, in twilight and limelight

Ethel Kennedy (right, with her daughter, Rory), the focus of a new HBO film, hasn’t slowed down much at age 84.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Rory Kennedy’s documentary on HBO puts her mother, Ethel, in the spotlight. But frankly, she’s more at home on the golf course.

TELEVISION Review

A Kennedy home movie: Ethel Kennedy and family remember

Ethel and Bobby Kennedy play with two of their 11 children in a scene from the HBO film “Ethel.”

By Mark Feeney

“Ethel” allows Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy to combine work and family.

style

Zandra Rhodes on the enduring punk aesthetic

“Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair With Textiles” features the designer’s favorite looks as well as sketches, inspirational photos, and fabrics.

By Jessica Teich

The legendary designer has gathered her favorite looks, spanning several decades, for a new retrospective at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Globe North

Cambodian kiln lights up tradition in Lowell

Yary Livan (right) brings wood for the new kiln. Kneeling, Kang Proeung, a fine arts teacher in Cambodia, helps start the kiln’s first fire.

By Joel Brown

A community effort in Lowell helps a Cambodian ceramicist fulfill his dream of a wood-fired kiln to preserve an ancient tradition.

Forever 128

Biotech lab space west of Boston surged 50% since 2007

Cells are prepared for microscopic evaluation at Cell Signaling Technology in Danvers one of a growing number of biotech companies along Route 128.

By Scott Van Voorhis

While much of the economy has been stuck in low gear since the Great Recession, the life sciences industry has kept on growing in Massachusetts.

Winchester parents on edge over school redistricting plans

By Brenda J. Buote

Parents in the community, where many children walk to and from school together, are anxiously waiting to see what kind of plan the five-member school board will embrace.

Globe South

Dull Men’s Club celebrates the ordinary in Pembroke

Members of the Pembroke Dull Men’s Club get down to business during a recent weekly Wednesday morning session at the town’s Senior Center.

By Emily Sweeney

A weekly gathering brings together retired men to trade jokes and gibes, and discuss the mundane, the ridiculous, or just plain ordinary.

Ordinary fellows at the Pembroke Dull Men’s Club

By Emily Sweeney

The Pembroke Dull Men’s Club is “dull but not boring,” according to its members.

Cohasset inn plans a major expansion

By Christine Legere

A proposal to add 40 suites at the popular Red Lion Inn Resort in Cohasset Village has created a stir in the picturesque neighborhood.

Globe West

Schools search for ways to expand ‘advanced’ MCAS ranks

Metco student Sarina Gaines has a question for teacher Hanna Bruno during a new study-skills class at Concord-Carlisle High School.

By Calvin Hennick

Local high schools in the Metco program are redoubling efforts to challenge and equip all students to achieve top MCAS scores.

Contrasting MCAS results for Metco students

A Globe review of school districts in communities west of Boston that participate in the Metco program found a large gap between the percentage of white and African-American 10th-graders who scored “advanced” on the spring 2012 MCAS exams.

Disparity in ‘advanced’ scores on MCAS tests

A Globe review of area school districts that participate in the Metco program found a large gap between the percentage of white and African-American 10th-graders who scored “advanced” on last spring’s MCAS exam.

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