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Navy Yard shooter had odd episode in R.I.

About a month before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis told police in Newport, R.I., that he heard voices speaking to him through walls and felt a machine sending vibrations into his body, according to authorities.

// Gun control advocates lament lack of progress

For those who advocate stricter gun laws, the Washington Navy Yard tragedy was another reminder that their efforts have not succeeded at the federal level.

Black voters split in Boston’s mayoral race

For the first time in Boston history, there will be more than one viable black candidate on the mayoral primary ballot.

“We never worry about it,” said Ashley Dowdy, who lives near Maine Yankee with her children.

Fred Field for the Boston Globe

Its nuclear plant shut, Maine town full of regret

WISCASSET, Maine — In a wooded area behind a camouflage-clad guard holding an assault rifle, dozens of hulking casks packed with radioactive waste rest on concrete pads — relics of the shuttered nuclear plant that once powered the region and made this fishing town feel rich.

Celestine Reid, associate minister at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church in Worcester, is assisted by a service dog due to her hearing impairment.

Service dogs barred, doubted, and deeply treasured

Many people rely on service dogs for less-than-obvious medical conditions, but problems can arise when restaurant owners or salespeople challenge the animal’s right to accompany its owner.

The Nation

Judge vacates verdicts in post-Katrina killings

The arrest of Lance Madison, the brother of a man slain in the Katrina aftermath, began a cover-up, witnesses said.

By Campbell Robertson

A federal judge threw out the convictions of five former officers for killing two citizens and engaging in a coverup in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Fall in incomes, rise in poverty rates level off

By Carol Morello

Three years into an economy recovery, falling household incomes and rising poverty rates have leveled.

Report warns of growing debt in the US

By Jackie Calmes

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned that deficits will begin climbing in 2016 as an aging population draws heavily from benefit programs.

The World

Russia opposes use of force in Syria resolution

“The report exposes the regime . . . . we consider that the report proves the responsibility of the regime for the chemical weapons attack of Aug. 21,” said Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister of France.

By Albert Ajiand and Bassem Mroue

Russia insisted that the Security Council not allow the use of force in a resolution governing Syria’s handling of its chemical weapons.

Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy

The Costa Concordia was turned upright in what officials called the biggest-ever salvage operation of a passenger ship.

By Frances D’Emilio and Nicole Winfield

The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride.

Homicide case sparks outrage in France

Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi (left), and Yan Turk, son of Stephan Turk, took part in a rally supporting Stephan Turk on Monday.

By Lori Hinnant

Outrage is growing over the decision to bring voluntary homicide charges against a jeweler who shot and killed an escaping robber.

Editorial & Opinion

elizabeth warren

Scaling back ‘too big’

A trader worked at the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 22, 2008, one of the largest single-day drops in NYSE history.

By Elizabeth Warren

We need to take more steps to eliminate the “too big to fail’’ problem posed by financial institutions that are so large that their failure would threaten the economy.


Martha Coakley’s campaign kick-off was short on content

By Scot Lehigh

As her dull and largely content-free campaign roll-out suggests, Coakley’s is a campaign about little beyond her notion that she should be the next governor.


Wellesley faculty defend a threatened Chinese scholar

By Jeff Jacoby

Faculty members at Wellesley College, which just began a partnership with Peking University, are backing a pro-democracy Chinese professor there.


BTU set to back Felix Arroyo, Rob Consalvo

Teachers Union leaders said momentum picked up considerably for Rob Consalvo (left) and Felix G. Arroyo after a union-sponsored mayoral forum last Wednesday where the two won over many teachers.

By James Vaznis

The dual endorsements from the Boston Teachers Union are expected to be finalized Wednesday during a general membership meeting.

US judge says no to release in drug case

By Milton J. Valencia

A federal judge agreed to reduce a prisoner’s sentence but rejected his argument that he should be freed because a separate state conviction was tainted by the drug lab scandal.

Gardner Museum unveils Monks Garden

The curving black brick pathway in the Monks Garden has the feel of the track in a labyrinth.

By Cate McQuaid

With the Monks Garden, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has kept more to Isabella Stewart Gardner’s spirit than to her vision.

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Test time for teachers union in mayor’s race

By Adrian Walker

Black voters split in Boston’s mayoral race

By Andrew Ryan and Akilah Johnson


Missing Maine toddler’s mother has a new strategy

By David Sharp

Worcester man ordered to prison for child porn

By David Abel and John R. Ellement


Genzyme’s new MS therapy OK’d by European officials

By Robert Weisman

The Cambridge biotech now has a second multiple sclerosis drug for the overseas market only weeks after its first won approval there.

Studies cite gains in Mass. renewable energy industry

A solar installation at the Drydock building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park.

By Erin Ailworth

According to two separate reports, more than 20,000 employees are working in renewable energy in the state and Boston is the most energy-efficient US city.

With new tools, Novartis targets brain disease

By Karen Weintraub

Novartis is returning to an area of medical research that has defeated drug companies time and again over the past decade.


Kenneth Stevens, 89; MIT professor studied mechanics of language

Dr. Stevens examined the basis for why languages choose sparingly from the many sounds humans can produce.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Stevens examined the basis for why languages choose sparingly from the many sounds humans can produce.

Reiko Douglas, 77; popular TV guest said little

By Margalit Fox

The Japanese-born entertainer became a popular guest on talk shows in the 1960s and ’70s though she appeared to speak little English.


Orioles 3, Red Sox 2

Koji Uehara loses streak as Red Sox falter in ninth

Koji Uehara, who had retired 37 straight, finally allowed a hit — and a run — as pinch-runner Alexi Casilla scores on a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

By Julian Benbow

The Red Sox closer, who had retired 37 straight, finally allowed a hit — and a run — as the Orioles beat the Red Sox.

On Football

Buccaneers have been their own worst enemies

Buccaneers linebackers Mason Foster and Lavonte David already have two sacks and an interception each this season.

By Ben Volin

Despite Tampa Bay’s dysfunction, it took an incredible string of bad plays and bad luck for the Patriots’ next opponent to get to 0-2.

Gary Washburn

Patriots should give Terrell Owens at least a look

The Patriots need help and Terrell Owens needs a job.

By Gary Washburn

The Patriots need receiving help and Owens, 39, who is training feverishly for a potential return, wants the job.

G: Food


Apples are fall’s gifts to cooks

By Sheryl Julian

Of all the beautiful fruits and vegetables grown in this region during the short farming season, nothing says New England fall better than a local apple.

Take these apples into the kitchen

Apples may taste good and bake bad, as in a watery pie or flesh that has fallen apart in a crisp. These apples are best for baking.

Recipe for apple-bacon tartines

Today’s tartines are open-faced sandwiches topped with something fanciful.

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Sunday Supper

Mini meatballs on top of spaghetti and in a hearty soup

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

sunday supper

Recipe for tomato sauce


Thompson’s paintings swirl off the wall

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘The African’ by J.M.G. Le Clézio

By Saul Austerlitz


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Review

‘The Wall’ a stunning tale of isolation

By Ethan Gilsdorf


Dan Kennedy taking a look at newspaper buyers

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Kennedy Library screens ‘Letters to Jackie’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jerod Mayo brings team to bowling benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Red Sox fan as New York City mayor?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Olivia Culpo helps Nick Jonas celebrate

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Jim Brett gets seat of his own at UMass Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Mockingjay’ will not be filming in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Doc Rivers sells his penthouse at Four Seasons

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ben Affleck not bothered by Batman blowback

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein