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Obama, Romney exhort crowds in dashes to vital states

Mitt Romney was in four states Sunday, with Cleveland among his stops. President Obama was also in four states, opening in Concord, N.H.

AFP/GETTY IMAGES (left); Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The race remains extremely close, with both President Obama and Mitt Romney predicting victory but passionately urging their supporters to vote.

Kimberly Smith-Cofield abruptly resigned as executive director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville in June. She had held the post since 2009.

Audit details turmoil at Somerville nonprofit

The former director of the agency that provides Head Start for preschoolers in Somerville and Cambridge freely used the agency’s credit card for personal expenses.

Lawyers for both parties are descending on key swing states, anticipating legal challenges after what could become a razor-thin decision that rests on how, where, and which ballots are counted.

Lawyers for both parties ready to challenge results

Presidential elections are decided at the ballot box, but this one could get a little assistance from the courtroom.

Ballot questions intended to send leaders a message

In a pair of nonbinding ballot questions, some Mass. voters have the chance to tell the newly elected officials what they would like them to do when they get to Capitol Hill.

Bay State activists pour passions into New Hampshire

Dedicated followers of both candidates are taking their talents to places where the election will be decided, first and foremost just over the border in N.H.

The Nation

Obama, Romney exhort crowds in dashes to vital states

Mitt Romney was in four states Sunday, with Cleveland among his stops. President Obama was also in four states, opening in Concord, N.H.

By Brian MacQuarrie and Callum Borchers

The race remains extremely close, with both President Obama and Mitt Romney predicting victory but passionately urging their supporters to vote.

Lawyers for both parties ready to challenge results

Lawyers for both parties are descending on key swing states, anticipating legal challenges after what could become a razor-thin decision that rests on how, where, and which ballots are counted.

By Matt Viser

Presidential elections are decided at the ballot box, but this one could get a little assistance from the courtroom.

Cold threatens victims left homeless by Sandy

Garbage piled up on a street in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

By Michael Schwirtz

Cold weather added to the plight of victims of Hurricane Sandy, with as many as 40,000 people in New York in need of new housing.

The World

Palestinian head hints he would waive right of return

By Joel Greenberg

President Mahmoud Abbas ignited a controversy by suggesting that he is willing to waive the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes.

3 wounded as Libyan militias clash

Clashes erupted Sunday in Tripoli between two militias aligned with Libya’s security forces.

US presence on Okinawa protested

Protesters in Tokyo on Sunday rallied against US military bases on Okinawa and the use of Osprey aircraft.

Thousands rallied Sunday against American deployment of ­Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island.

Editorial & Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

Marathon misery

By Juliette Kayyem

Leeches and frostbite don’t compare to the horrible pain that is running the Boston Marathon.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

After Sandy, environmentalists, military find common cause

US Air Force crews in New York offload power grid repair equipment from Southern California Thursday. The Defense Department initiated the airlift operation.

By Juliette Kayyem

After the deadly storm Sandy, environmental activists have found an unexpected ally: the military, a group not usually known for its liberal leanings.

JAMES CARROLL

In New York’s catastrophe, a vision of the country’s predicament

By James Carroll

The largest unveiling, on election eve, is that it took a storm’s raw fury to transform the meaning of politics.

Metro

Ballot questions intended to send leaders a message

By Peter Schworm

In a pair of nonbinding ballot questions, some Mass. voters have the chance to tell the newly elected officials what they would like them to do when they get to Capitol Hill.

Bay State activists pour passions into New Hampshire

By David Filipov

Dedicated followers of both candidates are taking their talents to places where the election will be decided, first and foremost just over the border in N.H.

Audit details turmoil at Somerville nonprofit

Kimberly Smith-Cofield abruptly resigned as executive director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville in June. She had held the post since 2009.

By Matt Byrne

The former director of the agency that provides Head Start for preschoolers in Somerville and Cambridge freely used the agency’s credit card for personal expenses.

Business ǀ Science

Hub Spot raises $35m

Brian Halligan, HubSpot CEO

By Scott Kirsner

The Cambridge marketing firm, which helps businesses reach prospective customers using social media, is announcing Monday that it has raised an additional $35 million.

Harvard senior sets his record straight

Nathan Georgette, a senior at Harvard, aims to be a doctor who treats patients with tuberculosis and HIV infection.

By Allison Knothe

Nathan Georgette has been lauded for retracting a flawed scientific study he published at age 17.

Social media’s effect on voters hard to read

By Michael B. Farrell

Social media platforms have been influential sounding boards, but some say they are not reliable barometers of political opinion.

Obituaries

Izona Fripp, grandmother became lab supervisor at state agency

IZONA FRIPP

By Emma Stickgold

Mrs. Fripp, who worked for the state Department of Public Health for nearly three decades, died Oct. 7 at age 88.

Bill Dees, at 73; co-wrote hit song ‘Pretty Woman’

Mr. Dees, who died Oct. 24, had said that writing the song with Roy ­Orbison in 1964 changed his life.

Richard N. Current, 100, ‘dean of Lincoln scholars’

Dr. Current, who had lived in Natick since 1987, addressed seemingly contradictory elements of Abraham Lincoln’s life and thought, particularly about slavery and race.

By Matt Schudel

Dr. Current was a wide-ranging scholar of American history who came late to the study of Abraham Lincoln.

Sports

Patriots’ Donald Thomas happy in either guard spot

Donald Thomas (above, signing autographs for fans) played only right guard in college; as a pro he’s sometimes had to move to left guard and he’s learned to adapt to that.

By Shalise Manza Young

After years of feeling as though he didn’t like playing left guard, Thomas has been pushed into action at the position and is more than holding his own.

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots look primed for Super Bowl again

By Dan Shaughnessy

Among his picked-up pieces column, Dan Shaughnessy says he just doesn’t see much competition for the Patriots in the AFC.

ON BASKETBALL

Jared Sullinger making strong impression on Celtics

Young Celtic Jared Sullinger has kept his head despite being hit with the predictable rookie fouls.

By Gary Washburn

Rookies typically don’t earn much love from Kevin Garnett or Doc Rivers. But Sullinger is showing early signs he deserves some attention.

G: Health

G Cover

Hospitals look to lower readmission rates

Dr. Elizabeth Brem checks Roger Jensen at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Diagnosed with lung cancer while hospitalized for pneumonia, Jensen participates in a program offering close follow-up care to Medicare patients at risk for frequent hospitalizations.

By Chelsea Conaboy

In the face of new federal penalties, many hospitals are rolling out programs to cut readmission rates for seniors who are treated for pneumonia, heart failure, or heart attacks.

Q&A

Pediatrics leader talks about biggest issues facing kids

Dr. James M. Perrin, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

By Karen Weintraub

Last month, Dr. James M. Perrin became the president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional group of 60,000 doctors.

MD mama

Making sense of arsenic and rice concerns

By Dr. Claire McCarthy

After doing some research, Dr. Claire McCarthy thinks that we all need to eat less rice, especially babies and children.

More Stories

Health Answers

What can you do about excessive sweating?

By Courtney Humphries

Music Review

Former prodigy Midori, 30 years after her debut

By Jeremy Eichler

Book Review

‘Hallucinations’ by Oliver Sacks

By Suzanne Koven

Music Review

A galvanizing Gary Clark Jr. at Royale

By Scott McLennan

Names

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

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George Clooney set to play ex-Gardner director

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Doris Kearns Goodwin hosts ‘Lincoln’ screening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Matt Damon makes robocalls for Elizabeth Warren

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Museum of Fine Arts staff in China

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Julian Fellowes honored by The Mount

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Iris Apfel hard to miss at PEM party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Susan Wornick, Bob Lobel back together — briefly

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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ABCD draws a crowd for Natalie Cole

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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