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Presidential predictors puzzled by tossup states

Out of 538 Electoral College votes, prognosticators say, from 36 to 131 votes — up to 11 states — are too close to call.

Boy Scout files reveal legacy of abuse

Documents paint a devastating picture of thousands of episodes of abuse, dozens in Mass., from about 1965 to 1985.

Blue Cross speeds up its customer service for one week

Tasks that normally take 10 to 30 days were addressed the same day because the Boston-based insurer knew people who called its lines would be surveyed.

Little Joe Cook recalls high notes of doo-wop fame

The first thing you see when you turn into Little Joe Cook’s driveway is his white Cadillac Seville with the vanity plates, “Nut Man.” They refer to the 89-year-old singer’s one and only hit single, 1957’s “Peanuts,” which stayed on the Billboard charts for 15 weeks, making Cook’s high falsetto instantly recognizable. Fans and fellow performers pay tribute to Cook with an early birthday celebration on Saturday night at Ryles Jazz Club.


Little Joe Cook: Doo-wop legend

Little Joe Cook reflects on his music as he reaches 90.

Quinn Marcus conducted one of the impromptu street interviews that just might make her a widely known comedic celebrity.

Emerson student’s street interviews turn into a gig with MTV

“Quinnterviews” is what Quinn Marcus has coined her series of comedic shorts, which air on mtvU, a 24-hour branch of MTV.

The Nation

Presidential predictors puzzled by tossup states

President Obama addressed a crowd Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan shared a laugh at an airport in Daytona Beach, Fla.

By Matt Viser

Out of 538 Electoral College votes, prognosticators say, from 36 to 131 votes — up to 11 states — are too close to call.

Group urges caution on freezing of human eggs

By Lauran Neergaard

Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility — but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.

Waldorf Astoria collects hotel property

A soup tureen returned to the hotel.

An amnesty program at the Waldorf Astoria has sought the return of pilfered property, no questions asked.

The World

Beirut bomb kills top official

A rescue worker carried an injured boy at the scene of an explosion in the Beirut Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh.

By Anne Barnard

A large bomb exploded in the heart of Beirut’s Christian section, killing a top security official and at least seven others.

UN envoy calls for truce in Syria

Turkey and Germany on Friday threw their weight behind calls for a Syrian cease-fire during a Muslim holiday next week.

Twitter blocks anti-Semitic posts

Hours after Twitter blocked access to the account of an outlawed neo-Nazi group in Germany, the company agreed to remove anti-Semitic Twitter posts that were proliferating in France.

Editorial & Opinion

tom keane | opinion

Death on the highway

By Tom Keane

At the moment of imminent death, my life did not flash before my eyes. I was too busy trying to get out of the way.


Managing the fallout from freed felons

By Lawrence Harmon

Chemist Annie Dookhan has turned Massachusetts into a criminal justice laboratory by creating the perfect conditions for the premature return of hundreds of convicted felons to the streets.


Ringing the bell about NFL concussions

 The Green Bay Packers’ Dorsey Levens jumps during the 1998 NFC divisional playoff game.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Evidence has exploded in recent years of the long-term damage of repeated head blows to NFL players. But this season continues to raise questions on the league’s attention to brain injuries.


Boy Scout files reveal legacy of abuse

By Martine Powers, Liam F.O’Kennedy and Zachary T. Sampson

Documents paint a devastating picture of thousands of episodes of abuse, dozens in Mass., from about 1965 to 1985.

Bankruptcy expected for firm linked to outbreak

By Todd Wallack

New England Compounding Center, blamed in the meningitis outbreak, will probably file for bankruptcy protection in response to a growing number of lawsuits, attorneys said.

Prosecutors describe sex ring

By Peter Schworm and Matt Byrne

Suspected leaders of an alleged prostitution ring that stretched to four Boston suburbs coordinated a well-organized operation, prosecutors said.


Blue Cross speeds up its customer service for one week

By Robert Weisman

Tasks that normally take 10 to 30 days were addressed the same day because the Boston-based insurer knew people who called its lines would be surveyed.

Harvard offers more details on massive Allston expansion

A rendering of Residential Commons at Barry’s Corner looking from Western Avenue.

By Casey Ross

The plan is a broader proposal to transform North Allston itself, bringing new shops, restaurants, and residences.

Profit slowdown hits US markets

A trader reacted at the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange Friday. The Dow closed at 13,343.51, down 205.43.

By Nathaniel Popper

The growing list of downbeat financial announcements from companies generated the worst stock sell-off in nearly four months.


Leanne Gitell, 71, medical administrator was single mom


By Michele Richinick

With perseverance and determ­ination, Ms. Gitell raised two children after her divorce, while coping with heart disease for more than 25 years and return­ing to college in her 60s.

Gart Westerhout; scientist helped chart the Milky Way

By Emily Langer

Gart Westerhout, a Dutch-born astronomer who gained international renown in the early 1950s when he helped chart the Milky Way galaxy with unprecedented precision, died at age 85.

Joseph Rosenmiller; built radio empire, gave millions

Mr. Rosenmiller developed light-pop format “magic radio. “

By Leslie Kaufman

Mr. Rosenmiller, who earned a fortune building a chain of radio stations and then donated tens of millions to promote causes that he felt traditional philanthropies largely ignored, died Sunday at age 87.


Farrell talks continue between Sox, Jays

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox are continuing their efforts to land John Farrell as manager. The sides are discussing compensation.

Patriots backup Mallett would be ready in a snap

This is Ryan Mallett’s second season with the Patriots, and he’s still waiting for his first action in the regular season.

By Michael Whitmer

Ryan Mallett has done enough to convince the Patriots that he’s qualified to be Tom Brady’s backup.

Head of the Charles

Golden season continues for Olympic rower Helen Glover

Helen Glover (right) and Heather Stanning, Britain’s most famous rowing duo, won the country’s first gold medal in women’s rowing, at home, in the London Olympics.

By John Powers

The Olympic champion, who’d never touched an oar until four years ago, will make a triumphant appearance at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

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Blue Hills 36, Bp. Connolly 13

Vincent Burton powers Blue Hills

By Lorenzo Recupero

High School Football Roundup

Football roundup: Ian Maag leads Marblehead over Gloucester

By Patrick McHugh

Holliston 49, Hopkinton 14

Holliston has no trouble with Hopkinton

By Zac Vierra

Burlington 33, Wakefield 6

Burlington relies on backfield to pound Wakefield

By Andy Deossa

Walpole 31, Needham 0

Walpole shuts out Needham, 31-0

By Anthony Gulizia

Duxbury 37, Quincy 28

Duxbury survives Quincy’s upset bid

By Eric Russo

BC 5, UMass 4

Boston College hockey rallies to beat UMass

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Family

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Ten great places for outdoor family adventures

A reflection in The Harold Parker State Forest

By Kim Foley MacKinnon

These family-friendly destinations in Greater Boston offer novelty and a chance to find adventure outdoors.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, on Oct. 15, 1969, was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States. Boston had the largest turnout in the country, with an estimated 100,000 people assembled on Boston Common. This was believed to be the largest demonstration in the city’s history. Peace rallies put the antiwar movement in the national spotlight and in the thoughts of mainstream America. — Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Little Joe Cook recalls high notes of doo-wop fame

Little Joe Cook sang “Peanuts,” his 1957 hit single, in the basement studio of his Framingham home.

By James H. Burnett III

Admirers will salute the singer, known for his pioneering falsetto and his 1957 hit “Peanuts,” with a 90th birthday celebration Saturday.