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State faults pharmacy on sterility, testing

The Framingham pharmacy at the center of a meningitis outbreak did not follow proper sterility procedures and shipped drugs before safety tests were completed, an inspection found.

Even as A123 grew and expanded, the company’s revenues failed to keep up with costs.

Cash-fueled climb led to fall of A123 Systems

A flood of government money would sow the seeds of the Waltham battery maker’s fall, enticing it to ramp up commercial production too quickly.

Concussions bring more scrutiny in youth football

Coaches and parents said they were aghast to hear about a Pop Warner game in central Mass. where five players sustained concussions.

Globe Staff

Winner of popular vote may be denied presidency

The close race between President Obama and Mitt Romney has once again raised the possibility of a candidate losing through the Electoral College result.

For one sweater shoot, Scott Brown stared at breaking surf on a Fire Island beach with model Julianne Phillips.

Modeling years gave Scott Brown an early boost

The senator’s several-year stint as a model not only paid for his law school education, but for a brief time hoisted him to a certain kind of celebrity.

The Nation

Winner of popular vote may be denied presidency

By Glen Johnson

The close race between President Obama and Mitt Romney has once again raised the possibility of a candidate losing through the Electoral College result.

Court bars Ind. defunding of Planned Parenthood

Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director, and Betty Cockrum of Planned Parenthood hailed the ruling.

By Charles Wilson

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that Indiana violated federal regulations by denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood for general health services.

Ohio calls obesity no bar to execution

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

The warden of the prison where Ohio puts inmates to death says the state’s execution table can easily hold a condemned inmate who has argued he is so big it might collapse.

The World

At least 20 killed in attack on bakery in Syrian city

Nearly 360,000 Syrians, like this woman shown in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, have fled the country, according to the United Nations.

By Rick Gladstone

Syrian artillery gunners shelled a bread bakery full of workers and customers in an insurgent-held neighborhood of Aleppo.

Japanese minister resigns over past ties to organized crime

By Hiroko Tabuchi

Japan’s justice minister resigned after an uproar over his past ties to organized crime, putting further pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to call national elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu avows Jerusalem agenda

By Ian Deitch

Israel’s prime minister vowed to continue building in a contested Jerusalem district, just days after European Union criticism of Jewish housing there.

Editorial & Opinion

jeff jacoby

The real George McGovern

By Jeff Jacoby

While McGovern’s politics were decidedly left of center, his personal values reflected classic heartland conservatism.

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Romney’s hindsight foreign policy

By Scot Lehigh

Mitt Romney says he would have done better than President Obama on foreign policy issues already past, although there’s no good reason to think so.

Roland Merullo

Choosing what to do with anger

By Roland Merullo

Sometimes the line between righteous anger and self-indulgent victimhood can be difficult to find.

Metro

State faults pharmacy on sterility, testing

Bureau of Health Care Safety chief Madeleine Biondolillo spoke to reporters Tuesday.

By Kay Lazar, Liz Kowalczyk and Chelsea Conaboy

The Framingham pharmacy at the center of a meningitis outbreak did not follow proper sterility procedures and shipped drugs before safety tests were completed, an inspection found.

Concussions bring more scrutiny in youth football

Chauntae Robinson worries about her son, 9-year-old Andre Landrum, who plays Pop Warner and had a mild concussion last month. Andre was not able to play for a couple of weeks until his symptoms subsided and he was cleared by a doctor.

By Peter Schworm

Coaches and parents said they were aghast to hear about a Pop Warner game in central Mass. where five players sustained concussions.

Modeling years gave Scott Brown an early boost

For one sweater shoot, Scott Brown stared at breaking surf on a Fire Island beach with model Julianne Phillips.

By Sally Jacobs

The senator’s several-year stint as a model not only paid for his law school education, but for a brief time hoisted him to a certain kind of celebrity.

Business

Cash-fueled climb led to fall of A123 Systems

Even as A123 grew and expanded, the company’s revenues failed to keep up with costs.

By Erin Ailworth

A flood of government money would sow the seeds of the Waltham battery maker’s fall, enticing it to ramp up commercial production too quickly.

Zynga shutters office in Cambridge

Zynga is best known for its Facebook game Farmville. The stock price has fallen 76 percent this year.

By Michael B. Farrell and Scott Kirsner

The troubled game-maker continues to struggle with the decline of game playing on Facebook and increasing competition.

38 Studios items on the auction block

Bidders sought computers and more unusual items, like a giant hammer made of foam.

By Michael B. Farrell

The auction to sell off contents from 38 Studios, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company, drew hundreds of people.

Obituaries

William Walker, 99, World War II pilot, poet

William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, died in London.

Liberal US appeals judge Betty Fletcher dies at 89

By Gene Johnson

Judge Fletcher was a liberal stalwart of the Ninth Circuit known for rulings upholding ­affirmative action, overturning death penalty cases, and protecting endangered whales.

Allen Graubard; professor’s students reexamined beliefs

Allen Graubard.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Graubard was an advocate for the alternative education movement who tried to instill his curiosity in students at high schools and colleges from Massachusetts to California. He was 74.

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Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Why you should watch this World Series

Detroit starter Justin Verlander warms up in practice as the rested and ready Tigers prepare to face San Francisco.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The World Series may not sound exciting in Boston this year, but here are some reasons why the Giants-Tigers matchup is attractive.

John Farrell’s personal qualities intrigued Red Sox

The Red Sox handed the managerial reins to John Farrell, who was the club’s pitching coach from 2007-10.

By Michael Vega

Farrell’s “character and integrity” as well as his baseball skills helped him stand out, said assistant GM Mike Hazen, his longtime friend.

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox making progress with David Ortiz

By Peter Abraham

There is every expectation that Ortiz, who can become a free agent after the World Series, will remain with the Red Sox.

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Christopher L. Gasper

Now Ben Cherington must prove himself

By Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots Notebook

Stephen Gostkowski reflects on clutch kicks

By Michael Whitmer and Fluto Shinzawa

On baseball

Pitching favors Tigers, but Giants on a roll

By Nick Cafardo

On Football | Midweek Report

Patriots pass rush needs to be fixed in a hurry

By Greg A. Bedard

Patriots’ next opponent

Rebuilding Rams won’t be a pushover

By Greg A. Bedard

WORLD SERIES NOTEBOOK

Notes: Red Sox’ 2011 collapse haunts Marco Scutaro

By Nick Cafardo

SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Roundup: Needham clinches cross-country title

By Andrew MacDougall

G: Food

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Hockey lockout heaven

Fluto Shinzawa, who might otherwise have been on the road covering the Boston Bruins, instead makes pizza in Roslindale with his children, Wright, 3, and Hana, 6.

By Fluto Shinzawa

As the NHL lockout continues, the Globe’s Bruins reporter has kept himself busy in the kitchen.

Recipe for Mushroom pizza with mozzarella and fontina

Recipe for Mushroom pizza with mozzarella and fontina

Recipe for Green ravioli with ricotta filling

Recipe for Green ravioli with ricotta filling

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A Tank Away

Old Lyme, Conn., boasts quaint inns, arts variety

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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For Leonard A. Lauder, postcards and pink pride

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Top Chef’ judge gets a taste of Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Sharing ‘Blue Ivy’ with Beyoncé and Jay-Z

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Charity film premiere to feature James Bond

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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A birthday surprise for ‘Modern Family’ star

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Twilight’ werewolf in town for film festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Argo’ and Ben Affleck pick up Ensemble Acting Award

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Neil Diamond and George Clooney: so good, so good

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein