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New GM pledges openness at MBTA helm

Defending her record in Atlanta, Beverly Scott promised transparency about her past service and about her plans to help lift the beleaguered T to fiscal health.

Jenna Randall, 14, and Dylan Laleme, 12, wait for their race to begin at Riverside Speedway, a quarter-mile track in Groveton, N.H.

In N.H. town, kids grow up fast racing stock cars

At Riverside Speedway, a quarter-mile track in Groveton, N.H., anyone over 10 can start racing in the derbies.

Work is play for Melissa White (left), Matthew Zalkind, Juan Miguel Hernandez, and Ilmar Gavilán.

Despite woes, Harlem Quartet still plays on

The ensemble, which plays both classical music and jazz, was ready to take off, before it threatened to come apart.

Sheila Burgess crashed a state vehicle Aug. 24 at Blue Hills.

Safety chief has long list of driving violations

Sheila Burgess, the director of the Mass. Highway Safety Division, has 34 entries on her driving record, dating back to 1982.

The Nation

Susan Rice made Benghazi comments while filling in for Clinton

Since the Benghazi remarks, questions have arisen over whether Susan Rice is a good candidate for secretary of state.

By Mark Landler

Rice was standing in for Hillary Clinton when she appeared on all five Sunday news programs a few days after the attack in Libya.

Justice Samuel Alito takes on critics of Citizens United ruling

By Mark Sherman

Alito defended the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision that helped fuel millions from special-interest groups into campaigns.

Low water may block Mississippi barge traffic

By Jim Salter and Jim Suhr

The stubborn drought that has gripped the Midwest for much of the year has left the Mighty Mississippi critically low.

The World

The world today

10,000 rally over denied abortion in Ireland

About 10,000 people marched through Dublin on Saturday in memory of a woman denied an abortion.

Israeli assault hits Hamas government buildings

A police officer examined the area around the destroyed building that was headquarters of the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, after air strikes in Gaza City on Saturday.

By Isabel Kershner and Jodi Rudoren

Israel obliterated the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister with a barrage of five bombs.

With strategic goals, President Obama visits Asia

In Yangon, Myanmar, a sign pointed to a visit by President Obama, who will stop there during a Southeast Asian tour.

By Jane Perlez and Peter Baker

The contest with Mitt Romney is done, but the contest with China is only gathering steam.

Metro

New GM pledges openness at MBTA helm

Beverly Scott, selected to lead the MBTA as general manager, visited Boston on Saturday as she prepares for the position. She stopped to talk near the T’s Arlington Street Station.

By Eric Moskowitz

Defending her record in Atlanta, Beverly Scott promised transparency about her past service and about her plans to help lift the beleaguered T to fiscal health.

Yvonne Abraham

Boston schools asking parents for a leap of faith

By Yvonne Abraham

The city wants more parents to choose schools close to home. But many parents want those schools to improve first.

Kevin Cullen

No signs of tradition flagging at annual Harvard-Yale game

Paul Lee, Harvard class of ’46, (right) passed the modern Little Red Flag to Dick Bennink, class of ’38, at the Harvard-Yale football game on Saturday.

By Kevin Cullen

Some old-timers have reinstituted the tradition of having the Harvard man who has attended the most Harvard-Yale football games carry the Little Red Flag.

Money & Careers

Port cities hope to prosper off ocean again

Cape Wind has started survey work in Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. The project is expected to generate work in old port cities in the region.

By Erin Ailworth

New England communities built up around fishing and other seafaring industries are now reinventing themselves for the energy industry.

Uncertainty in Washington makes tax planning tricky

President Obama and congressional leaders are negotiating whether to extend some or all of the tax cuts; if they deadlock, everyone’s taxes will go up in 2013.

By Lynn Asinof

Many investors and taxpayers are trying to plot a post-election personal finance strategy as Washington debates the future of Bush-era tax cuts.

INNOVATION ECONOMY

Incubator grads take work, hopes into real world

Miguel Galvez (left), cofounder of NBD Nano, chatted with investor Phil Shevrin during a TechStars event in Boston.

By Scott Kirsner

A trio of so-called accelerator programs — designed to help entrepreneurs transform concepts into companies — held their equivalent of diploma ceremonies this month.

Living Longer

Real Estate

Empty nesters carve out ‘boomer caves’

Bill and Lisa Vanderweil converted a bedroom in their Back Bay condo into a cross between an entertainment room and a den where they can enjoy movies or sports.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Those people looking to get away without leaving home are creating rooms to watch movies, sip wine, or otherwise relax.

Real Estate

Retirement destinations require family considerations

Roger and Joanna Beam host their grandchildren Charlotte (left), 3, and Grace Beam, 6, for an overnight visit in their Exeter, N.H., home, where they moved to be close to the children.

By Lynn Asinof

Family typically trumps warm weather and low-cost living for people heading into retirement.

Lifestyle

Holiday gatherings for the family — away from home

The view of the Berkshires from the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, which has become a destination for extended families to spend holiday gatherings together.

By Sarah Shemkus

In a desire to join up with relatives on holidays without the burden of preparing a feast for a crowd, some are turning to inns and resorts that specialize in hosting such events.

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Travel

Food tours are enriching travel

By Kathleen Pierce

Finance

Retiring soon? Do the math

By Lynn Asinof

Finance

Boomers living in the wired home

By Jay Fitzgerald

Sports

Trail of trouble follows Patriots’ Aqib Talib

Talent alone would make new Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib stand out in a crowd, but his off-field history is something that can’t be ignored, either.

By Shira Springer

The talented cornerback hopes to successfully restart his career in New England and stay away from the problems that plagued him in Texas and Florida.

Christopher L. Gasper

The Game certainly lived up to its name

By Christopher L. Gasper

You might find better players, bigger stadiums, and higher stakes, but you won’t find a better rivalry game than Harvard and Yale.

Celtics 107, Raptors 89

Rajon Rondo propels Celtics past Raptors

When he wasn’t dishing out 20 assists, Rajon Rondo looked for his own offense.

By Frank Dell’Apa

Rondo choreographed the Celtics’ offense, recovering from a right ankle sprain to hand out 20 assists as the Celtics beat the Raptors, 107-89.

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Harvard 34, Yale 24

Harvard has edge over Yale again in The Game

By Craig Larson

HARVARD-YALE NOTEBOOK

Notes: Jake Lindsey tackles Harvard role with poise

By Craig Larson

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Rajon Rondo transforms Celtics when he is out there

By Frank Dell'Apa

Sunday Hockey Notes

Dwayne Roloson coaching to fill NHL lockout void

By Fluto Shinzawa

Sunday Basketball Notes

Confrontational style costs DeMarcus Cousins again

By Gary Washburn

ON SECOND THOUGHT

R.A. Dickey’s success makes an old knuckler smile

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sunday Football Notes

NFL’s approach still leads to some head shaking

By Greg A. Bedard

Sunday Baseball Notes

Miguel Cabrera the worthy MVP, despite complaints

By Nick Cafardo

Patriots Notebook

Patriots release Deion Branch, activate Aqib Talib

By Shalise Manza Young

Stanford 17, Oregon 14

Stanford stuns Oregon, shakes up national title chase

By Anne M. Peterson

Virginia Tech 30, BC 23

Virginia Tech trips up BC in overtime

By Julian Benbow

Colts at Patriots | 4:25 p.m. | cbs

Patriots’ keys to a win vs. Colts

By Jim McBride

NFL Week 11 preview

By Jim McBride

division 1-2 girls’ state cross-country

Bishop Feehan, Peabody run to cross-country titles

By Sarah Moomaw

division 3 girls’ state soccer championship

Weston girls defeat Sutton to win soccer championship

By Mary Pavlu

division 3 boys’ state soccer championship

Sutton wins second straight boys’ soccer title

By Nick French

division 1-2 boys’ state cross-country

Lowell boys cross-country team claims first state title

By Patrick McHugh

DIVision 2 FIELD HOCKEY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Watertown takes 4th straight field hockey title

By Colleen Casey

Suffield 34, Proctor 16

Suffield rolls over Proctor in Norm Walker Bowl

By Jason Mastrodonato

high school football roundup

Islanders go down to wire

By Tim Healey

St. Sebastian’s 40, King School 7

Perfect: St. Sebastian’s wins Prep crown

By Gerry deSimas Jr.

division 1 state field hockey CHAMPIONSHIP

A-B defeats Shrewsbury for field hockey crown

By Colleen Casey

Div. 2 GIRLS’ STATE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Medfield girls take Division 2 state soccer title

By Seth Lakso

Salisbury 29, Phillips Exeter 26

Salisbury beats Phillips Exeter to win title

By John McGuirk

division 2 boys’ state soccer championship

Groton-Dunstable wins second straight soccer title

By Craig Forde

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Roundup: BU basketball slumps to 0-3 start

NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

Framingham kicking itself after tough loss

Buffalo 29, UMass 19

UMass runs out of steam in second half

By Fluto Shinzawa

Ideas

ideas

In Cambodia, the power of imported justice

Khmer Rouge diplomat and propagandist Khieu Samphan (center) in the courtroom of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh in December 2008.

By Peter S. Canellos

A remarkable war tribunal could mark a new type of American diplomacy.

Vintage cookbooks reveal secrets of America’s past

From the cover of “Science in the Kitchen,” published in 1893.

By Ruth Graham

At Thanksgiving and all year, historians and cooks are finding new inspiration in records of yesterday’s kitchens.

How Boston changed Lincoln

The earliest-known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken at age 37.

By Christopher Klein

On a visit to this abolitionist hotbed, a young congressman had a revelation that would change history.

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Brainiac

Bacterial kings of the belly-button jungle

By Elizabeth Manus

Uncommon Knowledge

What dirty money does to us

By Kevin Lewis

Books

Book Review

‘The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill’ by William Manchester and Paul Reid

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965).

By David Shribman

A sweeping biography that’s befitting of Winston Churchill.

book review

‘Magnificence’ by Lydia Millet

By Jenny Hendrix

The final installment in Lydia Millet’s unnamed trilogy teems with turn-of-the-century emissaries from this vanishing world.

Poetry critic and fan of art history

Helen Vendler: Poetry critic and fan of art history

By Amy Sutherland

The Arion Press just published “Stone from Delphi”, an anthology of Seamus Heaney’s work selected by Vendler with an introduction by her.

Obituaries

Anthony di Bonaventura, pianist; taught at BU

Anthony di Bonaventura

By Jeremy Eichler

Mr. di Bonaventura, 83, was a professor for nearly four decades at Boston University and had lived in Newton.

Connie Wald, 96; hosted cozy dinner parties for stars

Connie Wald with Audrey Hepburn in Switzerland.

By William Wardley

Mrs. Wald was a Beverly Hills hostess whose dinner parties began during Hollywood’s Golden Age and became an enduring social institution.

Bal Thackeray, 86, Hindu extremist

By Rajesh Shah

Mr. Thackeray, 86, was a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India.

Arts & Movies

DVD gifts with nostalgia

“Lawrence of Arabia” gets a special 50th anniversary treatment.

By Tom Russo

If you’ve got a video buff on your list, you’ll find that many of this season’s DVD picks are about looking back, about holding onto yesterday, or yesteryear.

‘Silver Linings’: Oscar gold?

Author Matthew Quick at his home in Holden. His book, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” is now a movie.

By Meredith Goldstein

You wouldn’t know it, but Matthew Quick is a very big deal right now.

Despite woes, Harlem Quartet still plays on

Work is play for Melissa White (left), Matthew Zalkind, Juan Miguel Hernandez, and Ilmar Gavilán.

By Geoff Edgers

The ensemble, which plays both classical music and jazz, was ready to take off, before it threatened to come apart.

Travel

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES

Antiques & Collectibles

Pendant necklace set with a 47.14-carat fancy intense yellow diamond from the collection of the late Estee Lauder, founder of the cosmetics company, will be sold by Sotheby’s next month to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Founda-tion. The estimate is $1.5 million-$2 million. Expected to bring $4 million-$5 million, this 6.54-carat fancy intense pink diamond ring is from the collection of the late Evelyn H. Lauder, founder of the BCRF and a daughter-in-law of Estee Lauder. These two Cabinet Room chairs from the period of the Kennedy administration sold for $146,500 at Sotheby’s auction of “The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara.” The Presidential Medal of Freedom With Distinction presented to McNamara in recognition of his years as defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations sold for $34,375.

By Virginia Bohlin

Jewelry from the collections of the late Estee Lauder, founder of the cosmetics empire that bears her name, and of her late daughter-in-law Evelyn H. Lauder will be sold by Sotheby’s on
Dec. 5 with the proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Estee Lauder, who guarded her age, died in 2004 in her mid to late 90s, and Evelyn Lauder, who was the co-creator in 1992 of the pink ribbon symbol for cancer awareness, and who the following year founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, died last November at 75.

SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Maleki, 7

Maleki is Sunday’s Child, an affectionate, smiling 7-year-old with autism and intellectual disabilities. He is thriving in his foster home, where he has bonded well, and where he is showered with love and understanding, patience and positive attention.

Cookbooks to remind you of your travels

Come Early, Stay Late

By Necee Regis

What better way to remember a vacation than to re-create your favorite exotic dishes at home?

Magazine

Holiday Style

7 holiday styles that shine

This holiday season, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way.

Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Moth storySLAM.

Five things to do in and around Boston this week include an unsual drop-in by Santa and other holiday happenings

Perspective

How Superstorm Sandy changed my memories

Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel, the day after Sandy struck.

By Tara Lynn Jordan

A pledge to return to Coney Island and build lasting memories anew.

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Style Watch

3 retro party fashions

By Tina Sutton

Miss Conduct

Wedding woes

By Robin Abrahams

Connections

Tale of a Thanksgiving break-in

By Cathy Wolff

Tales From the City

When a day off isn’t a day off

Globe North

Elderly Swampscott woman falls prey to phone scam

Vivian Mandell of Swampscott was targeted in a scam that almost cost her $5,300.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Vivian Mandell didn’t realize she was about to become one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who fall victim to financial scams each year.

Scams cost Massachusetts residents $6m in 2011

Reported scam activity in 2011 for Massachusetts

Questions remain as a tax vote looms

By Deirdre Fernandes

Before they decide whether to ask voters for a tax increase, Newton aldermen still have plenty of questions about what should be on the ballot.

Globe South

A ‘town’ like no other

The SouthField development on the former South Weymoth Naval Air Station will eventually include 2,855 homes.

By Emily Sweeney

A prominent sign outside the handsome building at 223 Shea Memorial Drive says: “Town Hall.” But this is no ordinary town hall.

Little recourse for victims of scams

While doing research for this story, the Globe found little recourse for most victims of scams to get their money back.

Devens, SouthField face similar challenges

By Emily Sweeney

Fort Devens and the South Weymouth Naval Air Station were both closed within a year of each other, but redevelopment at Devens has outpaced that at SouthField.

Globe West

Wellesley’s oldest store never goes out of style

Generations have shopped at E.A. Davis in Wellesley, where Lily Magit, 2, tries out shoes and bags with her mother, Karen, and an old cash trolley runs along the ceiling, antiques are on display in the basement, and a 1912 brass cash register is kept on a counter.

By Evan Allen

Though E.A. Davis, the oldest store in town, may be a bit more colorful than it was when it opened as a dry-goods store in 1904, it still carries essentials popular for generations.

Brookline bans raise concerns

Dunkin’ Donuts has been trying to design a more eco-friendly coffee cup. Some shoppers find plastic bags easier to carry.

By Brock Parker

The ban of plastic bags and polystyrene food and beverage containers draws mixed reviews, but local businesses are looking into what they need to do to adapt.

Small stores fight Black Friday madness

Peter Reynolds is an author and co-owner of the Blue Bunny book and toy store in Dedham Square.

By Scott Van Voorhis

Irked by Black Friday madness at local malls, downtown retailers across the suburbs are kicking off the crucial holiday shopping season with a few gimmicks of their own.