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Obama argues for attack but says he will pursue deal

President Obama, in a nationally televised speech, cited “encouraging signs” for resolving the Syria crisis.

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President Obama, in a nationally televised speech, expressed hope that he could find a diplomatic solution to eliminating Syria’s chemical stockpile.

Disposal of Syria’s toxic weapons daunting

The task of securing Syria’s chemical weapons would present a host of obstacles, according to US and international specialists.

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John Kerry’s ultimatum, a seemingly offhand comment, reflected deeper discussions with Russia that took place over the past year.

Joseph Ligotti, left, and Robert Jubinville have had many dealings.

A court job offer brings a state veto

A clerk magistrate’s offer to hire his friend’s daughter is becoming a test for the Mass. court system, which is still recovering from the Probation Department hiring scandal.

Mayoral candidate Robert Consalvo keeps the focus on people and the things that concern them.

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Urban details leap out at Robert Consalvo

Consalvo says if he is elected mayor, he will embrace the “urban mechanic” ethos that has defined Mayor Thomas Menino’s tenure.

Governor Patrick calls for ending new tech tax

The governor abruptly changed course and said he no longer supports a controversial new tax on computer software services.

The Nation

Court rebuked NSA on its use of phone data

Documents released by Edward Snowden spurred the recent disclosures about the agency.

By Scott Shane

A judge faulted the NSA in 2009 for improper handling of data on US phone calls, newly released documents showed.

Newlywed faces charge in husband’s fatal fall

A flier posted in Kalispell, Mont., in July sought help finding Cody Lee Johnson.

By Matt Volz

A newlywed wife confessed that she pushed her husband face first off a cliff in Glacier National Park, then lied about his death, court documents said.

Bill de Blasio holds big lead in NYC mayor’s race

Bill de Blasio (above) was far ahead of his Democratic primary challengers.

By Jonathan Lemire

De Blasio capped a surge from seemingly nowhere in the mayoral primary by taking a commanding lead on his Democratic opponents.

The World

4 convicted in rape case that transfixed India

Demonstrators protested outside the Saket Court complex in New Delhi, calling for the hanging of the convicted rapists.

By Ellen Barry

Four men were convicted of all charges in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman who was attacked when she boarded a bus in New Delhi.

Pakistan agrees to free senior Taliban prisoner

By Declan Walsh and Rod Nordland

Pakistan is ready to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in a bid to bolster the faltering peace process in Afghanistan, officials said.

Egyptian forces kill nine militants

Muslim Brotherhood members lighted flares in a protest against Egypt’s military-backed leaders in Cairo on Tuesday.

By Ashraf Sweilam

Army troops attacked suspected hideouts of Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 9 and arresting 10, an official said.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

The handshake delusion

President Bill Clinton coaxes Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, left, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to shake hands at the White House Sept. 13, 1993, at the signing of their peace accord.

By Jeff Jacoby

Twenty years after the Oslo Peace Accord, the myth drags on that peace can come to the Mideast that easily.

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A neighborly knock on the loud, late student party

By Simon Waxman

A rapport among students, neighbors, universities, and police can help smooth the friction that can happen with the increase in student drinking each fall.

SCOT LEHIGH

A tale of two Charlies

Charlie Baker spoke to members of the media outside of his home in Swampscott last week.

By Scot Lehigh

When Charles Baker ran for governor in 2010, he was caustic and off-putting. In this campaign, he promises to show a different demeanor.

Metro

Marathon bombings change memorials for 9/11

Wednesday’s commemorations take on a new dimension for those such as Peter Guza of North Andover, who lost his father in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and was running in this year’s Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.

By David Abel

The pain evoked by the bombings has added a new depth of grief to the commemorations of the Sept. 11 attacks in Boston.

Suspect in Stephen Rakes killing allegedly admits guilt

William Camuti of Sudbury was in Concord District Court Tuesday for a dangerousness hearing. He pleaded not guilty in August to attempted murder in Stephen Rakes’s death.

By Peter Schworm

The man accused of killing Rakes by poisoning his iced coffee admitted to the crime in the hospital after he attempted suicide, the lead investigator said in court.

19 families seek voice at ‘Whitey’ Bulger sentencing

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By Shelley Murphy

Relatives of 19 homicide victims want to file impact statements for the sentencing of Bulger.

Business

Beth Israel closer to acquiring Jordan Hospital

The Health Policy Commission said that absorbing Jordan Hospital in Plymouth is not likely to drive up health costs.

By Robert Weisman

The Health Policy Commission said that absorbing the hospital in Plymouth is not likely to drive up health costs.

Shirley Leung

Can Marty Walsh be tough on unions?

By Shirley Leung

If there’s one mayoral candidate the Boston business community is most wary of, it’s Walsh.

Apple debuts a more affordable iPhone

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, spoke about the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif.

By Hiawatha Bray

Facing ferocious competition in the global smartphone market, Apple Inc. unveiled a less-expensive version of its popular iPhone.

Obituaries

Muriel Kasdon, 96, lifelong Kenmore Square activist

Muriel Kasdon worked on rent control and other issues with the city.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mrs. Kasdon worked on rent control and other issues with the city.

Sports

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Clay Buchholz lifts Red Sox in return

A welcome sight for Sox fans: Clay Buchholz delivers to the Rays in the first. He threw five scoreless frames, with increased velocity.

By Peter Abraham

Buchholz threw five strong innings as the Red Sox shut out the Rays and extended their AL East lead to 8½ games.

On Baseball

Clay Buchholz makes Red Sox even stronger

Clay Buchholz threw 74 pitches, 44 strikes, walked one, and struck out six, using his full repertoire of pitches.

By Nick Cafardo

Now 10-0, Buchholz has allowed the Red Sox to add an elite starting pitcher as they steam toward the playoffs.

ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Patriots had plenty to like in uneven win

Tom Brady finished with 288 passing yards in the win at Buffalo.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots had a surprising number of solid performances on both sides in Buffalo that should make fans a bit more optimistic.

G: Food

How a Middle Eastern cookbook became a craze

Gayle Squires is using a recipe from “Jerusalem” (and notating it) to make lunch in her Cambridge kitchen for a friend.

By Beth Teitell

“Jerusalem: A Cookbook” surprised the publishing industry by working its way up to the top slot nationwide for cookbooks earlier this summer.

In the kitchen, ‘Jerusalem: A Cookbook’ is a pleasure

From “Jerusalem,” chicken with caramelized onions and cardamom rice.

By Sheryl Julian

There are versions of these recipes in many kitchens all over Jerusalem, both Arab and Jewish.

Dining Out

Davio’s Cucina provides pasta and pizza before the movies

Chicken under a brick with celery root puree and Brussels sprouts.

By Devra First

The new Chestnut Hill restaurant is a little more relaxed than the original Davio’s, but the food doesn’t live up to that at its namesake eatery.

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Galleries

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