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No accord yet on debt limit talks

President Obama declined to embrace a compromise plan from House Republicans to temporarily avoid the threat of a default.

Newly delivered cranberries floated in outdoor vats last week at Decas Cranberry Products in Carver .

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

More cranberries mean lower prices for growers

The abundance of berries, combined with increased production in Canada and leftover 2012 inventory, is driving down already-low prices.

A recent Akamai board meeting included, clockwise from left, Jill Greenthal, executive vice chairman Paul Sagan, Pamela Craig, CEO Tom Leighton, and Naomi O. Seligman.

Shirley Leung

It’s not hard to get women on the board

Twitter has 7 men, 0 women on its board. It’s not hard to figure out, in 140 characters or less, why that’s bad for business and shareholders.

SJC justices to weigh in on cellphone tracking data

The court will determine whether police can get a criminal suspect’s cellphone records without a search warrant.

Peter Mastrangelo, who has been dining at the Hilltop Steakhouse for 50 years, walked in front of the restaurant’s iconic cactus sign.

Hilltop’s closure is a steak in the heart

Diners at the fabled steakhouse had a lot to digest upon hearing that the Hilltop — a bastion of marbled beef and big appetites — will close its doors Oct. 20.

The Nation

US cities turn fiscal corner but not yet on solid ground

By Rick Lyman

Fiscal conditions are slowly improving for US cities, but rapidly rising pension and health costs for city workers continue to pose a potentially crippling threat.

Rabbi accused of torture, kidnaps to secure divorces

Agents took evidence from the Brooklyn residence of Rabbi Mendel Epstein on Thursday following a sting operation.

By Joseph Goldstein and Michael Schwirtz

For hefty fees, he orchestrated the kidnapping and torture of reluctant husbands, charging their wives as much as $10,000 for a decree permitting violence, authorities said.

Report questions Castro’s suicide

Prison guards reportedly didn’t do all required checks on Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro.

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro’s death by hanging in his prison cell may have been the result of autoerotic asphyxiation, authorities said.

The World

Chemical arms inspectors visit 3 Syrian sites

International inspectors were shown on Syrian television. The team has been charged with destroying chemical weapons.

By Diaa Hadid

A team of international inspectors is racing to destroy Syria’s stockpile and delivery systems amid a raging civil war.

Fear of Al Shabab squeezes African port town

By Abdi Guled

Barawe, a coastal town in Somalia where US Navy SEALs came ashore in a failed raid last weekend, is gripped by fear and tension as the insurgents ready for another attack.

Libyan prime minister set free by militia

Ali Zeidan, Libya’s prime minister, spoke to reporters after his captors freed him.

By Carlotta Gall

Ali Zeidan was hauled from his bed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday by a group of men who stormed into the luxury hotel where he lives in downtown Tripoli.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

How to fix the arbitration process

Mayoral candidates Marty Walsh, left, and John Connolly face an arbitration controversy.

By Scot Lehigh

It’s time for fiscally responsible policy makers, including would-be mayors, to acknowledge that all-too-obvious reality.

opinion | Charlie Baker

States get it; Washington doesn’t

By Charlie Baker

Elected officials have to recognize that they are part of a bigger picture, and that means finding common ground with your political adversaries as well as your friends.

CARLO ROTELLA

Pursuing the essence of dwelling and ‘the soul of shelter’

By Carlo Rotella

Howard Mansfield’s “Dwelling in Possibility” is part observation of the contemporary built environment, part cultural history, and part philosophical account.

Metro

Bus drivers’ union leader polarizing, popular

Stevan Kirschbaum, a school bus driver and a union leader, rallied co-workers on Tuesday outside the Readville bus yard. Mayor Thomas M. Menino has called Kirschbaum a “bully.”

By Brian MacQuarrie

Mayor Thomas Menino has called Stevan Kirschbaum a “bully,” but among a large faction of bus drivers, he is often seen as a guide through bureaucracy.

kevin cullen

A mother, a son, a love

By Kevin Cullen

Marge and Bill Wright had a special mother-son bond. They died four hours apart on Saturday. They will be buried together, Bill in an urn tucked into his mother’s casket.

John Connolly endorsed by onetime detractors

William Dickerson, pastor of the Greater Love Tabernacle Church (shown at right holding a tablet computer), led a gathering of black clergy members who endorsed John Connolly’s bid for mayor in Roxbury on Thursday.

By Wesley Lowery

The endorsements, spearheaded by the Rev. Miniard Culpepper and Pastor William E. Dickerson, provide Connolly with viable liaisons to the city’s minority communities.

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Time capsule found in Hibernian Hall

By Jasper Craven and Jeremy C. Fox

HINGHAM

Youths with airsoft gun cause lockdown

By Nicholas Jacques

Boston

Man sentenced in ’10 stabbing death

By Jeremy C. Fox

North Andover

Man hurt in Dow Chemical explosion dies

By Nicholas Jacques

State trooper pleads not guilty to drunken driving charge

By Brian MacQuarrie and George Rizer

No sanctions for concert venues over drug overdoses

By Peter Schworm and Travis Andersen

Business

October is prime tourist time in Boston

A jogger stretched while taking a break from running with her dog at Marine Park in 2010.

By Katie Johnston

Between leaf peepers, college visitors, rowing enthusiasts, and Red Sox fans, October is a good month for the city.

As budget standoff eases, Dow rises

By Nathaniel Popper

The Dow Jones rose more than 300 points after Republican leaders and President Obama finally seemed willing to end a 10-day budget standoff.

Staples will match Amazon prices

Staples said it would match the prices of Amazon.com Inc., its top Internet competitor, to boost holiday sales.

By Taryn Luna

The Framingham company is the second largest e-commerce site in the world behind Amazon.com, which can often deliver lower prices.

Obituaries

Michael Fiveash, 67; he made Latin come alive in Lexington

Dr. Fiveash was hired to fill in for a Latin teacher. He ended up staying at Lexington High 37 years.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Fiveash, known to many of his students as “Doc Five,” spent 37 years teaching at Lexington High School.

Phil Chevron, guitarist for The Pogues; at 56

Mr. Chevron wrote several Pogues songs, including ‘‘Thousands Are Sailing.’’

Mr. Chevron wrote several well-known Pogues songs, including the Irish emigration ballad ‘‘Thousands Are Sailing.’’

M. Scott Carpenter, 88; Mercury 7 astronaut orbited Earth

M. Scott Carpenter had his space suit adjusted by a technician at Cape Canaveral in 1962.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, was one of the last two surviving astronauts of America’s original space program.

Sports

David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia form center of Red Sox

David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia would seem to have nothing in common beyond the uniform they wear, but their strong bond helped serve as the foundation for the team’s success in 2013.

By Peter Abraham

In the eight seasons they’ve been teammates, Ortiz and Pedroia have formed a bond that goes far beyond the field.

Avalanche 2, Bruins 0

Avalanche hand Bruins first loss of season

Ryan O’Reilly (right) had control of the puck as the Bruins’ Milan Lucic put on the pressure during the first period.

By Amalie Benjamin

Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (39 saves) stifled the Bruins offense, with a first period power-play goal giving the Avs enough.

on hockey

Milan Lucic loses temper in Bruins’ 2-0 loss

Milan Lucic received a 10-minute misconduct penalty for this scuffle with Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche on Thursday.

By Fluto Shinzawa

Lucic’s 12-minute stint in the box after fighting Gabriel Landeskog didn’t help Boston’s power line, which lost a lot of muscle for most of the third period.

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Red Sox notebook

Red Sox ALCS rotation still up in the air

By Peter Abraham

Tigers 3, A’s 0

Justin Verlander leads Tigers into ALCS

By Gary Washburn

patriots notebook

Rob Gronkowski stays tight-lipped on status

By Shalise Manza Young

NLCS

Cardinals, Dodgers ready to get going

By R.B. Fallstrom

Bears 27, Giants 21

Giants’ loss to Bears drops them to 0-6

By Andrew Seligman

the bettor’s edge

Late-night Sunday game was a bonus for bettors

By Ed Ryan

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Every week counts in fantasy football

By Ed Ryan

BC at Clemson | Saturday

BC’s Steele Divitto has a special tie to Clemson

By Michael Vega

celtics notebook

Celtics face back-to-back preseason games

By Baxter Holmes

schools: football preview

Austin Prep hopes to slow down Fenwick’s Rufus Rushins

By Stephen Sellner

Michigan 3, Boston College 1

Michigan drops BC in college hockey opener

By Everett Cook

bruins notebook

Patrick Roy returns to Boston for first time as a coach

By Amalie Benjamin

Miami (Ohio) at UMass | 3:30 p.m.

Winless UMass still hunting for a victory

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

College hockey

Team-by-team look at ECAC hockey

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

ECAC Hockey PREVIEW

Jimmy Vesey making his mark on Harvard hockey

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Arts & Movies

Art Review

MFA hosts ravishing exhibit of Sargent watercolors

John Singer Sargent produced nearly 150 watercolors from Venice. Pictured: “Venice: Under the Rialto Bridge” (circa 1909).

By Sebastian Smee

Long overdue, “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” is beautifully installed and intensely satisfying.

Playwright Dietz peers behind veneer concealing our secrets

“Rancho Mirage” playwright Steven Dietz.

By Terry Byrne

The title of Steven Dietz’s “Rancho Mirage” offers a hint of the tension between the idealistic image people try to project and the reality that lies underneath.

Stage Review

Rock ’n’ roll with ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Tyler Hunter stars as Elvis Presley in the national touring production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

By Don Aucoin

Under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, the jukebox musical taps into the rude, raw energy of early rock ’n’ roll.

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Stage Review

A captivating night with ‘Baritones UnBound’

By Jeffrey Gantz

Movie Review

‘Muscle Shoals’ plays legendary sound

By Mark Feeney

MOVIE REVIEW

‘Linsanity,’ however briefly, superstar

By Mark Feeney

Classical Notes

‘Portals’ into music performance in the digital age

By David Weininger

Book Review

‘The King of Sports’ by Gregg Easterbrook

By Bill Littlefield

Noisy Neighbors

Termanology, ‘G.O.Y.A.’

By Martín Caballero

High Five

Carter Alan on his WBCN days

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Grab the Mic at The Patio

By Vanessa Fernandes

Scene & Heard

Natural has more on his mind than himself

By Martín Caballero

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

They never met

Names

Booksellers see surge in Alice Munro sales

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Mass Eye and Ear hosts a Sense-sational party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Opening of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is cause to party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Jonas Brothers cancel Orpheum gig

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo explains Taj Mahal incident

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

A ‘Forger’ club scene and a new movie in Norwell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein