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Intel will close Mass. plant, cut 700 jobs

The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Mass., in one of the largest job cuts to hit the state in recent years.

Kerry demands fast accounting of Syrian arms

Secretary of State John Kerry’s demand came as he began talks with Russia’s foreign minister on a plan to secure and dispose of Syria’s poison gas.

Somerville to purge low teacher evaluations

School officials had imposed a harsh “needs improvement” rating on scores of teachers last year, but they are now apologizing.

Strategists find mayor’s race too hard to predict

Experts chalk it up, in part, to the time lapse since the last truly competitive mayoral election here, 20 years ago.

A 58-story tower was approved for the edge of the Christian Science Plaza.

The project is intended to forge a new connection between the plaza and Prudential Center.

By comparison, the Old State House is only 65 ft.

The building is crafted as an equilateral triangle with rounded corners.

The building is crafted as an equilateral triangle with rounded corners.

58-story Back Bay tower approved

The 691-foot tower will be the city’s tallest residential building.

Mayoral candidate John Connolly spoke with volunteer Brenda James in his Mattapan campaign office.

For John Connolly, campaign begins and ends with schools

Connolly’s ideas for shaking up the city’s schools are the reason his supporters love him and the reason his detractors despise him.

The Nation

Effects of child abuse can carry over, study finds

By Brigid Schulte

Researchers with the National Academy of Sciences reported that the damaging consequences of abuse can not only reshape a child’s brain, but can last a lifetime.

Massive fire hits Jersey shore already ravaged by hurricane

Onlookers watched as firefighters worked on a fire on  Seaside Heights, N.J., boardwalk.

By Wayne Parry and Bruce Shipkowski

No serious injuries were reported as a fire destroyed much of an iconic boardwalk that had just been rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy.

Syria on hold, lawmakers tackle budget standoff

By Jonathan Weisman

With Congress momentarily freed from the Syrian crisis, legislators plunged back into their fiscal standoff.

The World

Egypt extends emergency police powers

By Sarah el Deeb

Egypt’s interim president on Thursday extended a nationwide state of emergency for two more months, citing continued security concerns.

Jihadist from Ala. believed killed by his former allies

Hammami was raised in Daphne, Ala., where he was class president.

By Nicholas Kulish

The jihadist, Omar Hammami, was known for his rap-infused propaganda videos for al-Shabab, a brutal Islamist group in Somalia.

Team details plan to salvage cruise ship

Engineers say their attempt to right the Costa Concordia in Italy must happen before the autumn storm season.

By Frances D’Emilio

A team of experts has devised no ‘‘Plan B’’ if an attempt to right the grounded Costa Concordia goes wrong.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Rob Consalvo earns A+ in pandering to teachers union

By Scot Lehigh

It was a spectacle not to be missed: a mayoral campaign forum featuring candidates sharply divided about charter schools, held at the Boston Teachers Union Hall.

CARLO ROTELLA

Silent students shortchange themselves, and others

By Carlo Rotella

In this nose-to-screen age we may not give face-to-face community the attention it deserves, but it’s essential to learning, among other meaningful enterprises.

editorial

Obamacare: Affordable after all

A new study suggests that once federal tax subsidies are factored in, premiums will be well within reach for those with moderate incomes.

Metro

Trepidation remains over Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley could announce her intentions as early as Monday.

By Frank Phillips

Three years after her humiliating loss to Scott Brown, Coakley still faces resistance from Democratic leaders over running for governor.

Kevin Cullen

Calling on iPhone Curt

By Kevin Cullen

Curt Ingram makes his living fixing broken smartphones, and luckily for him, the geniuses in Cupertino haven’t figured out how to make an unbreakable, waterproof iPhone.

A feud of fur, fury, and foul fans

Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot, celebrated an extra-inning victory against the Minnesota Twins earlier this season.

By Billy Baker

The latest in the war between Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays’ blue doggish mascot, and Sox fans resulted in a Needham man’s arrest for disorderly intoxication.

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Patrick seeks answers on Westfield State spending

By Scott Allen and Andrea Estes

Business

DeLeo, Murray join Patrick to support tech tax repeal

Lawmakers Robert DeLeo and Therese Murray agree repeal needed.

By Michael Levenson and Michael B. Farrell

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray called for the repeal of the tax, delivering a victory to the technology communities.

Boston start-up’s pedigree attracts big venture firms

By Michael B. Farrell

Three from Endeca Technologies who founded a new startup have attracted two of the most successful venture firms in the Boston area.

Dunkin’ Donuts expanding into Britain again

Dunkin’ Donuts serves beef curry doughnuts in China, a saffron and pistachio flavor in India, and Dulce de Leche cream filling in Chile.

By Taryn Luna

After nearly two decades, Dunkin’ is returning to London, hoping an expanded menu, changing habits, and a better economy will spell success.

Obituaries

Charlie Gilbert, 101; born on the day Fenway Park opened

Family members surrounded Mr. Gilbert last year. Clockwise from left were Louise and Ari Curelop, Harvey Gilbert, and Mark, Ethel, Gary, Samantha, and Craig Curelop.

By Sarah N. Mattero

Mr. Gilbert, honored on the field at Fenway on his 100th birthday, died Aug. 3 at the VA Hospital in Brockton.

Frank Tripucka, 85; was Denver Broncos’ 1st quarterback

Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka rushed for a touchdown against the New York Titans.

By Pat Graham

Mr. Tripucka also played for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, and Dallas Texans.

Joseph Granville, his bearish calls moved stocks; at 90

Joseph Granville moved stock markets with bearish calls in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Mr. Granville correctly predicted market declines in the late 1970s and again in 2000.

Sports

Patriots 13, Jets 10

Patriots tough it out against Jets

Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson had a 39-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots walked off the rain-soaked field after a plodding, unattractive game that nonetheless left them 2-0.

Christopher L. Gasper

Get used to this struggling Patriots offense

Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson dropped a pass during the third quarter.

By Christopher L. Gasper

This must be what it’s like in other, more inept NFL locales. But not here. Yet struggling to score is the new reality for the Patriots.

dan shaughnessy

It’s Tom Brady ... and not much more

Tom Brady yelled in frustration after one of his passes fell incomplete.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Patriots are 2-0 because their superior QB can elevate his weak receiving options. But that may not work when tougher competition arrives.

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Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox fall to Rays to finish road trip

By Peter Abraham

red sox notebook

Mike Napoli meets all incentive requirements

By Peter Abraham

On Baseball

Time for John Farrell to earn his money

By Nick Cafardo

on football

Patriots’ defense can take a bow

By Ben Volin

patriots notebook

Report: Danny Amendola could miss up to six weeks

By Michael Whitmer

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Jordan Caron gets his shot with the Bruins — again

By Amalie Benjamin

UMass at Kansas State, 7 p.m.

UMass turns to QB A.J. Doyle looking for a spark

By Julian Benbow

Downs & Distance

Two thumbs down for Oklahoma State

By Jim McBride

school football roundup

No. 4 Natick marches by No. 17 Weymouth, 35-14

By Stephen Sellner

high school sports roundup

Wellesley boys take down Brookline

By Nick Ironside

G: Arts & Movies

Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

 A worker positioned near the roof of the new building, designed by Renzo Piano.

By Geoff Edgers

The Harvard Art Museums will not open to the public until late 2014, but a tour reveals that the dramatic renovation is becoming a reality.

Classical Notes

New Odyssey Opera company to present 5-hour Wagner’s ‘Rienzi’

Gil Rose conducts an Odyssey Opera rehearsal of Wagner’s “Rienzi.” the company’s debut production.

By David Weininger

Odyssey Opera, one of the newest additions to Boston’s inventive opera community, is preparing a concert version of “Rienzi,” as its inaugural production.

art review

Campos-Pons’s ambitious ‘My Mother Told Me’ wanders

From Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’s show at Tufts University Art Gallery: “Sugar/Bittersweet.”

By Sebastian Smee

The first room of the small survey of installation art and large scale photography by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons bristles with potential.

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Stage Review

A haunting ‘Elephant Man’ at New Rep

By Don Aucoin

MOVIE REVIEW

No introductions needed (excuses, yes)

By Tom Russo

Movie Review

How is it you say ‘typewriter’ in French?

By Peter Keough

Movie review

Finding poetry outside her marriage

By Peter Keough

Television Review

‘Raising McCain’ is a genre-buster

By Matthew Gilbert

Noisy Neighbors

Immigrants, ‘Black Dada’

By Martín Caballero

High Five

Zola Jesus

By James Reed

Night Watch

Crash Safely

By Vanessa Fernandes

Album Review

Box set clashes with punk heroes’ legacy

By Stuart Munro

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Too much, too soon?

Names

Neil Young makes surprise appearance at Johnny D’s

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

9/11 families thank Mayor Menino

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Sex Tape’ still in Newton, Cameron Diaz produces ‘Bad Teacher’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Chet Curtis honored by Mass. Broadcasters Hall of Fame

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein