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Stubbornly unconvinced could swing the election

Undecided voters may have an outsize impact on the outcome in the critical swing state of New Hampshire.

Grant Bennett said Mitt Romney takes his church responsibilities seriously.

Belmont at home with Romneys

The quiet community where Mitt Romney has lived since 1971 has gotten used to the commotion of his celebrity, and many people in town have a Romney story.

A heated debate on ballot question on assisted suicide

The controversial ballot referendum on physician-assisted suicide has prompted a flurry of late-breaking, heart-wrenching TV ads and fierce opposition.

Compounding pharmacies fill important medical niche

Hundreds of US hospitals bought medications from the lightly regulated Framingham pharmacy that was implicated in a national meningitis outbreak.

A sign at a job fair in Colonie, N.Y., last month. Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously, data show.

Mike Groll/Associated Press

Whiff of optimism draws out job seekers

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are again looking for work as they perceive improving job prospects.

The Nation

Stubbornly unconvinced could swing the election

By Brian MacQuarrie

Undecided voters may have an outsize impact on the outcome in the critical swing state of New Hampshire.

New Yorkers impatient with pace of recovery

People lined up behind a fence for distribution of food, water, and other supplies in Manhattan on Friday.

By Christine Hauser and Kate Zernike

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg decided Friday afternoon to cancel the New York City Marathon, as patience wore thin over gas shortages, power failures, and long lines.

Accused requested prayers for victim

A Michigan pastor accused of beating and strangling his fiancee’s daughter to fulfill a sexual fantasy had asked church members to pray for the young woman.

The World

Video appears to show Syrian rebel brutality

By Karin Laub and Zeina Karam

A gruesome video appears to show a unit of Syrian rebels executing soldiers, raising concerns about rebel brutality.

US airman allegedly hit Japanese boy

Japanese leaders reacted angrily Friday after the police on Okinawa said a US Air Force serviceman was suspected of breaking into an apartment while drunk and punching a schoolboy.

Cuba denounces US diplomatic mission

Cuba denounced the American diplomatic mission on the island on Friday for what it called subversive activities.

Editorial & Opinion

Robert L. Turner

The hidden winners and losers in the election

 Bill Clinton’s inspired convention speech was a tough act to follow.

By Robert L. Turner

Their names are not on any ballot, but they will wake up Wednesday morning to find out they are among the election’s hidden winners and losers.

LAWRENCE HARMON

Boston’s dispensable teenagers

By Lawrence Harmon

In good neighborhoods, it would be odd to see young people in their early teens consorting with older teens. But in dangerous neighborhoods of Boston, the situation is common.

DERRICK Z. JACKSON

Helping voters one door at a time in Wisconsin

By Derrick Z. Jackson

In this battleground state, efforts to persuade individual residents to vote could be decisive in whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House.

Metro

Belmont at home with Romneys

Grant Bennett said Mitt Romney takes his church responsibilities seriously.

By Evan Allen

The quiet community where Mitt Romney has lived since 1971 has gotten used to the commotion of his celebrity, and many people in town have a Romney story.

A heated debate on ballot question on assisted suicide

By Stephanie Ebbert

The controversial ballot referendum on physician-assisted suicide has prompted a flurry of late-breaking, heart-wrenching TV ads and fierce opposition.

Compounding pharmacies fill important medical niche

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Hundreds of US hospitals bought medications from the lightly regulated Framingham pharmacy that was implicated in a national meningitis outbreak.

Business

Whiff of optimism draws out job seekers

A sign at a job fair in Colonie, N.Y., last month. Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously, data show.

By Megan Woolhouse and Katie Johnston

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are again looking for work as they perceive improving job prospects.

Shaw’s says it’s laying off 700

Parent company Supervalu’s retail food business revenues declined over 7 percent and posted a loss of $83 million in the last quarter.

By Hiawatha Bray

Shaw’s Supermarkets, citing a weak economy and tough competition, will cut jobs at each of the 169 stores in New England.

Harvard, large union at odds over health care

By Beth Healy

Harvard University’s largest union reacted angrily Friday to assertions by the school that health care costs for employees are growing at unsustainable rates.

Obituaries

Robert Sides; directed admissions at Phillips Academy

Even when Mr. Sides was in his 70s and 80s, he hoisted his boat to the water without help.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Sides, 96, was as respected for his prowess on the water and on the tennis court as he was on the campus of Phillips Academy, where he also taught and coached.

Letitia Baldrige, chief of staff for Jacqueline Kennedy

Letitia Baldrige held a press conference after she was named White House social secretary.

By Anita Gates

Ms. Baldrige, 86, was an imposing author, etiquette adviser, and executive who became a household name as Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House chief of staff.

John Cooper Fitch, racer; invented highway barrier

Mr. Fitch set a speed record going backward at Lime Rock.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Fitch, 95, set a speed record — for driving backward — reaching 60 miles per hour at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

Sports

bucks 99, celtics 88

Celtics lose home opener to Bucks

Larry Sanders and the Bucks had a lot of easy looks against the Celtics, who suffered their second double-digit beating.

By Frank Dell’Apa

A 99-88 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night was the Celtics’ second successive double-figure defeat.

David Ortiz, Red Sox reach deal

David Ortiz, who turns 37 on Nov. 18, has been with the Red Sox since 2003.

By Peter Abraham

The designated hitter agreed on Friday night to a two-year contract worth $26 million. Incentives could bring the total value to $30 million.

Ex-rugby player Ebner fitting in with Patriots

Nate Ebner (left) had a nose for the ball on both the rugby and football fields while at Ohio State.

By John Powers

Nate Ebner, who never played high school football, parlayed his special teams skills at Ohio State and his rugby background into an NFL job.

More Stories

Celtics notebook

Kevin Garnett: Celtics are a ‘work in progress’

By Frank Dell’Apa

Burlington 48, Stoneham 28

Burlington rolls over Stoneham to clinch playoff spot

By Andy Deossa

Dighton-Rehoboth 21, Wareham 8

Dighton-Rehoboth, Kowalski thump Wareham

By Patrick McHugh

Lincoln-Sudbury 21, Acton-Boxboro 3

Lincoln-Sudbury earns third straight DCL Large crown

By Juan Rivera

Barnstable 27, Bridgewater-Raynham 25

No. 1 Barnstable holds clinches Old Colony League

By Jason Mastrodonato

Dorchester 12, Burke 0

Dorchester is Super Bowl-bound with win over Burke

By Lorenzo Recupero

High School Football Roundup

Football roundup: Pembroke foils Scituate again

By Zac Vierra

Barnstable 27, Bridgewater-Raynham 25

No. 1 Barnstable clinched Old Colony League

By Jason Mastrodonato

G: Family

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Local man has small but pivotal role in ‘Argo’

Brandon Tabassi in Los Angeles.

By Bella English

North Andover’s Brandon Tabassi landed a spot in Ben Affleck’s spy thriller, and hopes to one day play a part in Massachusetts politics.

Stage Review

‘Chicago,’ Christie Brinkley running low on electricity

Christie Brinkley stars as Roxie Hart in the touring production of “Chicago.”

By Don Aucoin

The former supermodel plays Roxie in the touring production of “Chicago’’ that is showing through Nov. 4 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.

Stage Review

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Saltimbanco’ bids adieu

Chinese Poles Act

By Jeffrey Gantz

Cirque du Soleil’s longest-running touring show is making its farewell tour, after which it is to be retired.