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Focus on Iran in presidential debate run-up

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns were cautious when discussing a report of possible talks between the US and Iran on nuclear development.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/CS.IA.NEWTON.AP003--90x90.jpg Deficit, green jobs divide an Iowa town

A wind-energy tax credit has proved to be a point of contention between President Obama and Mitt Romney as they compete for the votes of Iowans.

Two Boston police officers patrolled at 2:30 a.m. in the still-lively  North End this month.

North End beset by culture clash

Longtime residents are on edge over the noise of college students and young professionals enjoying the neighborhood’s burgeoning nightlife.

Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich was congratulated by teammate Nate Ebner after he recovered a fumble by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez that ended Sunday’s game, giving New England a 29-26 overtime win.

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Patriots 29, Jets 26 (OT)

After another blown lead, Patriots outlast Jets

After surrendering a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week, the Patriots rallied to beat the Jets behind a clutch field goal and a game-sealing sack.

George McGovern had affection for Massachusetts, the only state he carried in the 1972 presidential election.

George McGovern, liberal stalwart, dies

The three-term US senator from South Dakota was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972 but suffered a landslide defeat to Richard Nixon. He was 90.

The Nation

Presidential debate | 9 p.m.

Focus on Iran in presidential debate run-up

Lynn University students stand-in for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during testing for Monday's presidential debate.

By Callum Borchers

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns were cautious when discussing a report of possible talks between the US and Iran on nuclear development.

Deficit, green jobs divide an Iowa town

Gary Kaput thinks the wind-energy industry is too tenuous to make him confident about the economy in Newton, Iowa.

By Glen Johnson

A wind-energy tax credit has proved to be a point of contention between President Obama and Mitt Romney as they compete for the votes of Iowans.

Gunman kills 3, wounds 4 at Wisconsin spa

A mall, a country club next to the spa, a nearby hospital, and other buildings were locked down while police responded.

By Dinesh Ramde

The gunman was found dead after a six-hour search that locked down a shopping center, country club, and hospital.

The World

Libya confusion typical of field reports

By Eric Schmitt

Intelligence officials, alarmed that their work has turned into a political football, defend the approach.

Lebanese protesters repelled by soldiers

Lebanese protesters were hit with tear gas at a barbed-wire barrier outside the government palace Sunday in Beirut.

By Hwaida Saad and Robert F. Worth

Lebanese soldiers lobbed tear gas and fired bullets into the air on Sunday as protesters attempted to scale a fence protecting government offices in Beirut.

Jordan thwarts Al Qaeda-linked plot

Jordanian authorities have arrested 11 suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants for allegedly planning to attack shopping malls and Western diplomatic missions in the country.

Editorial & Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Is the foreign policy debate irrelevant?

By Juliette Kayyem

The foreign policy presidential debate has been fighting for relevance because of the gap between what is asked and what the winning candidate actually faces as president.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

New Hampshire is still a swing state after all

By John E. Sununu

Over the past 25 presidential elections, New Hampshire has gone for the Republican 15 times, and the Democrat 10 times.

JAMES CARROLL

History’s monsters — and ours

A period etching of King Henry VIII.

By James Carroll

Literature can illuminate history, and Hilary Mantel’s work brings hints at dangers that still lurk today.

Metro

North End beset by culture clash

Two Boston police officers patrolled at 2:30 a.m. in the still-lively  North End this month.

By Martine Powers

Longtime residents are on edge over the noise of college students and young professionals enjoying the neighborhood’s burgeoning nightlife.

Mass. Senate rivals use similar playbook

In new ads, Senator Scott Brown’s campaign highlighted his bipartisan appeal, while Elizabeth Warren’s said GOP control of the Senate could result in deep Medicare cuts.

By Stephanie Ebbert

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren warned voters about the high stakes in their Senate race, as each candidate portrayed the other as a standard-bearer for partisans.

Ripples of worry over Quincy School’s future

Parents took children to Josiah Quincy School, which is prized for its outstanding academics.

By Jeremy C. Fox

Some fear the educational opportunities and diversity of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School are at risk under the school-assignment proposals.

Business ǀ Science

Microsoft gambles on new Windows

Little about the new Windows operating system will look familiar to those who have used older versions.

By Nick Wingfield

Many of the familiar PC signposts are gone in Windows 8, like the Start button for getting to programs and the drop-down menus that list their functions.

Former workers rise up from 38 Studios’ ashes

Ben Coello (left) and Mike Machowski joined other unemployed co-workers in forming a start-up, Summer Camp Studios.

By Michael B. Farrell

Many of the designers, artists, producers, and computer engineers who worked for the failed company have rebounded, with some even starting new companies.

The Entrepreneurs Grill

Designing interactive entertainment for the car

From left, Jacob Silber of Brightdriver and Ric Fulop of North Bridge Venture Partners

Jacob Silber started BRIGHTdriver to bring interactive entertainment to the car, via the smartphone.

Obituaries

George McGovern, liberal stalwart, dies

George McGovern had affection for Massachusetts, the only state he carried in the 1972 presidential election.

By Mark Feeney

The three-term US senator from South Dakota was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972 but suffered a landslide defeat to Richard Nixon. He was 90.

Rev. Jack Mendelsohn, 94, tireless advocate for social justice

Within Unitarian Universalism, the Rev. Mendelsohn was renowned and controversial.

By Bryan Marquard

Years before busing or court-ordered school desegregation, Rev. Mendelsohn warned that stormy times lay ahead if Boston’s schools failed to address racial inequities.

E. Donnall Thomas; Nobel laureate advanced marrow transplantation

Dr. Thomas (left) accepted the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 1990.

By Denise Gellene

Dr. Thomas, who showed that it was possible to transplant bone marrow to save the lives of patients dying from blood cancer and other blood disorders, died Saturday at age 92.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Big questions remain after Patriots’ win

Tom Brady and the Patriots eked out a win vs. the Jets, but blew another fourth-quarter lead in the process.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Patriots are masking their problems with the scent of victory, instead of cleaning them up. This was a malodorous win if there ever was one.

ON FOOTBALL

Patriots offense just can’t finish

Tom Brady and the Patriots failed to close out the Jets when they had the chance in the fourth quarter.

By Greg A. Bedard

The unit has shown that it lacks the ability to finish off games, and if you’re going to keep leaving it to the defense, you’re playing Russian roulette.

Patriots 29, Jets 26 (OT)

After another blown lead, Patriots outlast Jets

Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich was congratulated by teammate Nate Ebner after he recovered a fumble by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez that ended Sunday’s game, giving New England a 29-26 overtime win.

By Shalise Manza Young

After surrendering a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week, the Patriots rallied to beat the Jets behind a clutch field goal and a game-sealing sack.

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PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Game of highs, lows for Devin McCourty

By Michael Whitmer

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Torey Lovullo may make a return to Red Sox

By Peter Abraham

Head of the Charles

Harvard loses Head of the Charles on violation

By John Powers

Dan Shaughnessy

With John Farrell, Red Sox take good first step

By Dan Shaughnessy

ON BASEBALL

Will Red Sox regret bypassing Brad Ausmus?

By Nick Cafardo

Giants 6, Cardinals 1

Giants force Game 7 in the NLCS

By Nick Cafardo

Saints 35, Buccaneers 28

Saints hang on to beat Buccaneers

By Fred Goodall

Packers 30, Rams 20

Aaron Rodgers, Packers use road-field advantage

By R.B. Fallstrom

Texans 43, Ravens 13

Texans put hurting on ailing Ravens

By Chris Duncan

Giants 27, Redskins 23

Eli Manning clicks with Victor Cruz in Giants win

By Tom Canavan

Celtics Notebook

Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa has work visa issue

By Gary Washburn

head of the charles notebook

Head of Charles officials to mull adding third day

By John Powers

G: Health

G cover

Do you really need a knee replacement?

Dr. John Richmond, chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital, says there is no current treatment to slow osteoarthritis. Some patients choose pain management — medication or a brace — which are short-term solutions to delay knee replacement surgery.

By Courtney Humphries

“Decision aids” help patients weigh the pros and cons.

Should you get knee replacement surgery?

Experts say there’s no objective right or wrong answer — only you can decide. Here are some questions to consider.

With her new album ‘Red,’ Taylor Swift grows up

“Red” is Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album and her most calculated move toward Top 40 radio domination.

By James Reed

It’s not Bob Dylan, but the songwriting is leagues ahead of where Swift was as recently as two years ago.

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Grand statements from Titus on ‘Local Business’

By Andrew Doerfler

Album Review | BLUES ROCK

Gary Clark Jr., ‘Blak and Blu’

By Scott McLennan

Album Review | HIP-HOP

Kendrick Lamar, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | COUNTRY

Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘Change My Mind’

By Stuart Munro

Album Review | POP

Bat for Lashes, ‘The Haunted Man’

By Marc Hirsh

Book Review

‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro

By Kathryn Lang

Music Review

Alan Jackson covers full range of country

By Scott McLennan

Opera Review

‘Partenope’ is musical, flirty fun

By Jeffrey Gantz

Daily Dose

What your eyes say about your health

By Deborah Kotz

In Practice

The difference between doctors and nurses

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Names

Megan Hilty a smash at Brigham and Women’s benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Rachel Dratch flexes her funny bone with ‘Recall’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Patriots owner Robert Kraft busy collecting awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Planning Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein