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Costs climb in state drug lab scandal

The state’s judiciary said it needs $8.72 million to deal with as many as 136,000 cases in which evidence was allegedly mishandled.

‘High risk’ drug making is at center of meningitis inquiry

Investigators are trying to determine if a Framingham compounding pharmacy, whose contaminated steroids led to an outbreak, violated safety procedures.

Emma Joyce regularly chats with her grandparents, who live in Ohio.

Grandparents cover miles with video chat services

As video chat services like Skype and FaceTime grow more popular, many children think of Nana and Poppa as those people on the screen.

Hurricane Sandy roared through Cuba after taking four lives in Haiti and Jamaica on Thursday.

MIGUEL RUBIERA/REUTERS

Officials, residents gear up for Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy roared through the Caribbean Thursday, and meteorologists warned the storm hit New England by Monday.

Figures show limits to Tisei’s worth

US Representative John F. Tierney has been trying to portray Richard R. Tisei as a wealthy candidate living the high life while shirking his responsibility to pay his fair share of taxes.

“I think it’s easier to talk about Obama. By and large, the country really doesn’t want his brand of socialism.” - JERRY RUTLEDGE, owner of clothing business

Even unfriendly turf vital to Obama in Colo.

Every vote counts in Colorado, which is why President Obama is contesting even the areas he has no chance of winning.

The Nation

Even unfriendly turf vital to Obama in Colo.

“I think it’s easier to talk about Obama. By and large, the country really doesn’t want his brand of socialism.” - JERRY RUTLEDGE, owner of clothing business

By Brian MacQuarrie

Every vote counts in Colorado, which is why President Obama is contesting even the areas he has no chance of winning.

More young adults fleeing their parents’ homes

Broken down by age and metro area, the Washington, D.C., area ranked at the top of destinations for young adults in the 2009-2011 period.

By Hope Yen

Young adults are leaving college towns or parents’ homes and heading out of state at the highest rate since the housing boom.

NYC officer arrested in kidnap plot

A New York City police officer was charged Thursday with leading a ghoulish double life by using a law enforcement database and fetish chat rooms to dream up a plot to torture women and then cook and eat their body parts.

The World

Assad regime accepts pause in hostilities

Amember of the Free Syrian Army fired at a sniper while running for cover on Thursday in Harem, Syria.

By Ben Hubbard and Karin Laub

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad promised on Thursday to observe a UN-proposed truce during a four-day Muslim holiday, but prospects of the cease-fire taking hold are dim.

Tokyo governor quits post, would launch nationalist party

Shintaro Ishihara gave few details Thursday on how many candidates his party would field in the upcoming elections.

Shintaro Ishihara, the firebrand governor of Tokyo, declared Thursday that he was quitting local politics to start a national party.

Ethnic clashes in Myanmar leave 56 dead

At least 56 people were killed and nearly 2,000 homes destroyed in the latest outbreak of ethnic violence in western Myanmar, a government official said Thursday.

Editorial & Opinion

FARAH STOCKMAN

Iran’s crimes, real and hypothetical

By Farah Stockman

Calls by American political leaders to indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on genocide incitement are empty political posturing.

opinion | CARLO ROTELLA

The rise and fall of an idealist

Anh “Joseph” Cao, center, listens to President Obama speak before the signing the Dodd-Frank act in 2010.

By Carlo Rotella

How former US Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao ran afoul of the basic political facts of life.

SCOT LEHIGH

Campaign tips for Scott Brown

By Scot Lehigh

He is in imminent danger of becoming former Senator Scott Brown.

Metro

Costs climb in state drug lab scandal

Annie Dookhan (center) is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures, and mixing samples at a state police lab.

By John R. Ellement

The state’s judiciary said it needs $8.72 million to deal with as many as 136,000 cases in which evidence was allegedly mishandled.

‘High risk’ drug making is at center of meningitis inquiry

Federal officials are investigating practices at New England Compounding Center in Framingham, a compounding pharmacy that has been linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak has been blamed in 24 deaths.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Investigators are trying to determine if a Framingham compounding pharmacy, whose contaminated steroids led to an outbreak, violated safety procedures.

Brian McGrory

A bad sign on the horizon

By Brian McGrory

New outdoor advertising regulations, if approved, would open up highways to a potential onslaught of electronic billboards.

Business

Mass. home sales rise 8% in Sept.

By Jenifer B. McKim

Sales of single-family homes and condominiums rose in September compared with the same period a year ago.

Microsoft charts new course with Windows 8

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that “Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC is now.”

By Hiawatha Bray

The company has dramatically overhauled its operating system. But it is an open question whether consumers and businesses will follow.

Boston Capital

Internet-era boom icon’s quiet bust

By Steven Syre

There is nothing unusual about Sycamore Networks finally giving up. The crazy part was all the money that smart people threw at Sycamore early on.

Obituaries

Marisa Auerbach, 22; organ donor backer had new heart

MARISA AUERBACH

By Bryan Marquard

In 2002, Ms. Auerbach received a heart transplant and became an advocate for organ donation.

Emanuel Steward, at 68; star trainer for boxers Hearns, Holyfield, and De La Hoya

Emanuel Steward (left) and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns testified in 2004 on boxing reform.

By Larry Lage

Mr. Steward was the owner of the Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya.

Steve Paul; founded club that helped shape ’60s music

Steve Paul’s discotheque was located on West 46th Street.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Paul, 71, was 23 when he opened the Scene, which became famous for brilliant moments in the history of rock music.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox’ issues loom over World Series

By Dan Shaughnessy

From Gene Lamont to Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract status to Marco Scutaro’s hot streak, the Red Sox remain a hot topic at baseball’s showcase.

Patriots’ offense on the threshold of milestone

With Tom Brady, left,  at the controls, the Patriots have averaged 427.6 yards over the last 16 regular-season games.

By Michael Whitmer

On Sunday, the Patriots can set an NFL record if they collect 350 yards of offense for the 17th straight game.

David Stern era coming to an end

David Stern spoke Thursday as his replacement, Adam Silver, looked on.

By Gary Washburn

Stern, who turned the NBA into an immensely successful business over 30 years at its head, will leave in February 2014.

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world series | giants 2, tigers 0

Giants blank Tigers in Game 2

By Nick Cafardo

World Series notebook

Tom Werner eager to move on with Red Sox

By Nick Cafardo

Patriots notebook

Patriots face tough challenge in Rams’ Steven Jackson

By Michael Vega and Michael Whitmer

Tampa Bay 36, Minnesota 17

Doug Martin, Buccaneers run wild against Vikings

By Dave Campbell

college hockey notes

UNH men’s hockey off to promising start

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Downs & Distance

Duke football a surprise in first place

By Jim McBride

Boston College women fall short to UMD

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

SCHOOL Football PREVIEW

Hingham looks to end Duxbury’s winning streak

By Andy Deossa

G: Arts & Movies

Movie Review

‘The Sessions’ connects with honest approach

Helen Hunt plays a sex surrogate and John Hawkes the disabled man she helps in “The Sessions.”

By Ty Burr

It sounds like a bad joke: A man in an iron lung hires a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity. But this intensely moving drama clearly portrays a good soul in an inert body.

Stages

‘44 Plays for 44 Presidents’: American history recap

Morgan Bernhard and Brenna Fitzgerald in “44 Plays for 44 Presidents” at the Boston Center for the Arts.

By Joel Brown

Though we have less than two weeks to go before the election, you still have time to soak up the entirety of US presidential history in less than 2 hours.

Art Review

Artists experiment with science in the ‘Holocene’

Rashid Johnson’s “Electric Universe” of black soap, wax, vinyl, wood, book, brass, incense, shea butter, and space rocks.

By Sebastian Smee

The List Visual Arts Center at MIT is a great, and in some ways a provocative, place to show art that aspires to the status of science.

More Stories

Classical Notes

Charles Dutoit reflects on his legacy, role with BSO

By David Weininger

Critic’s Notebook

Ambitious ‘Blood Rose Rising’ canceled

By Jeffrey Gantz

Movie Review

‘Cloud Atlas’ is up in the air

By Ty Burr

Movie Review

‘Smashed’ a little too sure-footed

By Wesley Morris

fright Watch

Scary good Halloween parties in Boston this year

By Jessica Teich

Book Review

‘Light & Shade’ by Brad Tolinski

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Noisy Neighbors

Saul Conrad, ‘Poison Packets’

By James Reed

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Critic’s corner: Oct. 26

By Sarah Rodman

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Dear Margo

Dear Margo column

Music Review

BSO program a double treat

By Jeffrey Gantz

Names

Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy split?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘White Frog’ opens Boston film festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

NFL players rank Tom Brady among league’s Most Overrated

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston Children’s Museum benefits from store opening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon take a meeting

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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