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A courtyard at the UMass honors college complex.

New complex elevates UMass honors program

The university hopes the new $192 million complex will lure some of the state’s top students.

Anne Morriss played with her son, Alec, 5, on Saturday in Cambridge.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

Company seeks to make sperm banks safer

GenePeeks is offering a test aimed at reducing the odds of having an unhealthy child when using a sperm donor.

Ross Levanto of Beacon Hill had volunteered for Mayor Menino’s political organizations starting in 2005. Now the 37-year-old is volunteering for John R. Connolly’s team.

After 20 years, Menino’s political operation scatters

Word filtered through Team Menino that the boss had given the sign that those who wanted to join the mayoral campaigns should follow their hearts.

As Senate seeks deal, partisan fights continue

Senate leaders on Sunday scrambled to reach a deal that both Congress and the White House could agree on to defuse the deepening crisis.

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner attempted to forge a comprehensive budget deal in 2011, a process that ended bitterly.

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Oct. 14

Obama’s vision of unity led only to a wider gap

Five years into the Obama presidency, the capital and country are far more divided.

The Nation

Social Security raise among smallest in history

By Stephen Ohlemacher

For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans, and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits.

NSA director stands by surveillance

NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency needs to explain programs better.

By David E. Sanger

General Keith Alexander said he saw no effective alternative to the agency’s bulk collection of phone and other electronic metadata from Americans.

Gabrielle Giffords pays visit to N.Y. gun show

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visited a gun show in New York on Sunday and then offered a plea for an end to firearms violence.

By Michael Hill

The former congresswoman toured rows of tables loaded with rifles and handguns Sunday in her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting.

The World

Warnings help India’s response to huge cyclone

A woman returned to Arjipalli village on Sunday on the Bay of Bengal coast after a cyclone struck India.

By Gardiner Harris

Reports from the region Sunday showed the success of one of the biggest and most rapid evacuations in the country’s history.

Resurgence of Al Qaeda leaves Iraq in tatters

By Adam Schreck

The terrorist group has come roaring back in Iraq since US troops left in late 2011 and now looks stronger than it has in years.

At least 109 pilgrims die in stampede in India

A woman cried next to the body of a victim. Many were believed to have drowned after jumping off a bridge into a river.

By Ellen Barry

Thousands of pilgrims in northern India panicked Sunday when they thought the narrow bridge they were crossing was collapsing, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Obamacare flunks first test

By John E. Sununu

The website disaster is a symptom of a deeply flawed law and the incompetence of the massive bureaucracy needed to carry it out.

JAMES CARROLL

‘B-Strong’ for democracy as well as security

David Ortiz addressed fans during an April pregame ceremony honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

By James Carroll

The fragile new world demands unprecedented security measures, but that doesn’t mean issues like Guantanamo or the NSA surveillance programs should be overlooked.

JOANNA WEISS

Talking points: The home version

From left: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama, and White House spokesman Jay Carney.

By Joanna Weiss

Trying out the Washington tactic at home means you don’t need to worry about logic or truth, and you never have to take the blame.

Metro

ER doctors join campaign to reduce wasteful care

Dr. Jeremiah Schuur has taken steps to cut down on unneeded medical care in the ER at Brigham and Women’s.

By Liz Kowalczyk

On Monday, the American College released its first list of five tests and procedures that patients often do not need — even though doctors routinely perform them.

Chelsea recalls 1973 blaze that destroyed 18 blocks

Mrs. William Meuse and her son Jim, who were burned out of their 125 Spruce St. home, with Mayor Philip Spelman.

By Melissa Hanson

It took days for firefighters to fully extinguish the smoldering remnants of the Great Chelsea Fire, which destroyed 300 buildings and homes, and displaced 1,000 people.

Workout booster contains banned stimulant, study finds

By Deborah Kotz

A popular sports supplement contains a banned substance derived from methamphetamine, according to tests conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers.

Business ǀ Science

Laser imaging device makes no-cut biopsies possible

Tara Brosnick, a medical student at Rutgers University, performs an optical biopsy on a patient’s face using the VivaScope 3000.

By Callum Borchers

Caliber Imaging and Diagnostics’s laser imaging devices enable doctors to determine immediately whether the patient has cancer.

From the Hive

How to be ready for buyout opportunities

Newburyport-based tech recruiter Tom Summit has a new job-search website.

Some entrepreneurs are determined to remain independent and grow their companies as big as they can possibly be, no matter what kinds of buyout opportunities come along.

Medical loans can add to the pain

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg

In dentists’ and doctors’ offices, hearing aid centers and pain clinics, US health care is forging a lucrative alliance with US finance.

Obituaries

Dr. Joseph F. Beck, 92; dentist with an inventive mind

Dr. Beck ran practices in Newton and Brookline for more than 35 years.

By Jasper Craven

Dr. Beck ran dental practices in Newton and Brookline for more than 35 years, and his gifted hands reached beyond dentistry.

Oscar Hijuelos, 62, first Latino to win Pulitzer Prize for fiction

Mr. Hijuelos (right) with actor Antonio Banderas at a Hispanic Heritage Awards reception.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Hijuelos wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.”

Stanley Kauffmann, 97, film critic at The New Republic

Mr. Kauffmann was an actor, stage manager, and novelist before he became a film critic.

By William Grimes

Mr. Kauffmann’s literate, tightly constructed movie reviews appeared in The New Republic for more than half a century.

Sports

Red Sox 6, Tigers 5

David Ortiz, Red Sox take dramatic win over Tigers

Torii Hunter

By Peter Abraham

Ortiz’s grand slam in the eighth rallied the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, which is now 1-1.

Dan Shaughnessy

Incredible sports day, from start to finish

By Dan Shaughnessy

Close your eyes and it’s 2004 again. Tom Brady is throwing last-second touchdowns, and David Ortiz is the greatest clutch hitter in baseball history.

Patriots 30, Saints 27

Patriots beat Saints after miracle finish

Kenbrell Thompkins held onto the ball, scoring the winning touchdown with five seconds remaining in the game.

By Shalise Manza Young

In a career full of he-did-it-again moments, Tom Brady’s late-game drive, capped off by a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins, may have been the best one.

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David Ortiz deserves this save

By Nick Cafardo

Red Sox notebook

John Farrell alters lineup for Game 2

By Peter Abraham

NLCS Notebook

Adam Wainwright poses tough test for LA

By Gary Washburn

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8 p.m. (TBS)

Dodgers hope for better fate on home turf

By Gary Washburn

Bengals 27, Bills 24

Bengals win game on Mike Nugent’s OT field goal

By John Wawrow

Chiefs 24, Raiders 7

Chiefs move to 6-0 by beating rival Raiders

By Dave Skretta

Steelers 19, Jets 6

Steelers surprise Jets for their first win of 2013

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Cowboys 31, Redskins 16

Returns right Cowboys in win over Redskins

By Schuyler Dixon

bruins notebook

Brad Marchand struggling at start

By Fluto Shinzawa

BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HALF MARATHON

Lelisa Desisa, Kim Smith win BAA Half Marathon titles

By Jeff Pini

Boys’ soccer notebook

Martha’s Vineyard boys’ soccer team still undefeated

By Nick Ironside

Girls’ soccer notebook

Undefeated Newburyport girls’ soccer continues winning tradition

By Cat Calsolaro

G: Health

Taking health care to the street

From left: Women of Means founder Dr. Roseanna Means, pilot program member Orga Soto, and Dr. Shaun Austin, at the Women’s Lunch Place shelter in Boston.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Women of Means — a nonprofit that provides medical care at a Boston shelter — aims to keep poor and homeless women healthier while streamlining medical treatment.

Photography Review

All the photographic way with JFK

Stanley Tretick’s photograph of John F. Kennedy brushing back Jacqueline Kennedy’s hair, from 1961.

By Mark Feeney

“Capturing Camelot” has its share of political and historical photographs, but it’s the personal photographs that stand out.

Book Review

‘Survival Lessons’ by Alice Hoffman

In her nonfiction debut, Alice Hoffman shares her strategies for coping with a breast cancer diagnosis.

By Kate Tuttle

When a lump in Alice Hoffman’s breast turned out to be malignant, the expert soother and hand-holder couldn’t find a guidebook for how people survive trauma.

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Music Review | POP

Paul McCartney, ‘New’

By Sarah Rodman

ALBUM REVIEW | Rock

Pearl Jam, ‘Lightning Bolt’

By Marc Hirsh

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Gavin DeGraw, ‘Make a Move’

By Ken Capobianco

ALBUM REVIEW | FOLK

Linda Thompson, ‘Won’t Be Long Now’

By Steve Morse

ALBUM REVIEW | Indie Pop

Cults, ‘Static’

By Luke O’Neil

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

In Practice

Climb two mountains and call me in the morning

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Health Answers

What causes TMJ and how is it treated?

By Courtney Humphries

Q&A with Daniel E. Lieberman

‘Human Body’ author talks ‘mismatch diseases’

By Deborah Kotz

Ask Amy

Ask Amy column

By Amy Dickinson

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews

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Steven Weber joins ‘Chasing Life’ crew in Boston

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Andy Garcia and a siren booked for Boston Film Festival

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Patriots at The Estate, Jason Segel is everywhere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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The Brady family enjoys the great outdoors

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Selena Gomez hangs with Bruins

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