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Tired of the excruciating debate in Washington over the nation’s budget, the debt ceiling, and the deficit? Get used to it.

Dobelle placed on paid leave; probe set

Westfield State University trustees unanimously voted to place president Evan Dobelle on leave with pay while his spending habits are investigated.

Child obesity rates drop in Mass.

Annual weight and height screenings show that the percentage of students who are overweight or obese dropped to 30.6 percent.

John Connolly taught for two years at a Jesuit-run school in Lower Manhattan after he graduated from college.

Connolly calls his 3 years as a teacher a vital qualification

Though there’s a grumbling backlash to mayoral candidate John Connolly leaning on his experience, he says it makes him unique.

“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” Speaker John Boehner said of one of his most humiliating defeats.

Kevin Lamarque /REUTERS

Deal ends shutdown, avoids default

Lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly avoided a default on the nation’s debts and halted a 16-day government shutdown that showcased congressional dysfunction.

Claire Weber, sister of the fallen Private First Class Norman P. Dufresne, spoke to the media Wednesday after his remains arrived at Logan Airport.  “They always say we leave no soldier behind. After all this time, it’s unbelievable. . . . I can’t describe this. I’m joyful, sad but glad,” she said.

Remains of Korean War casualty come home to Leominster

Private First Class Norman Dufresne returned home to a hero’s welcome Wednesday, 63 years after he left this working-class city and 11 siblings for South Korea.

The Nation

Shift may lead to challenge of NSA wiretaps

By Charlie Savage

The Justice Department is setting up a potential Supreme Court test of whether a sweeping warrantless surveillance program is constitutional.

Booker wins US Senate race in N.J.

Cory Booker was running to finish the term of  Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in June at 89. The term will run 15 months, with another election in 2014.

By Katie Zezima and Geoff Mulvihill

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the US Senate, giving the Democratic star a bigger political stage.

Judge puts Michigan’s course on same-sex marriage on hold

 Tracy Pennington (left) and Dana Bauer learned Wednesday that they would not be able to apply for a marriage license in Ann Arbor, Mich.

By Ed White

Stunning the courtroom, a federal judge said Wednesday he’ll hold a February trial before deciding whether to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The World

Iran talks called substantive, more scheduled

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued the joint statement after two days of talks.

By Michael R. Gordon

The account of the two days of talks in Geneva came in a rare joint statement from Iran’s foreign minister and the European Union’s foreign policy chief.

Suicide attack in Pakistan kills provincial official

By Ismail Khan and Declan Walsh

The law minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province was exchanging greetings with neighbors when the bomber struck, officials and police said.

Injured kangaroo finds treatment in airport pharmacy

Ella Rountree and Geoffrey Fuller captured the kangaroo, which had been reportedly hit by a vehicle.

By Gerry Mullany

Astonished travelers watched as the kangaroo stumbled around the aisles, only to be captured by two people in the pharmacy.

Editorial & Opinion

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The pope’s freedom

The pope drives this used, manual-shift, 1984 Renault 4 around the Vatican grounds.

By Alex Beam

Pope Francis is a Jesuit, an order that instills in its followers a kind of freedom, and some people hope that may inspire Francis to be an agent of change.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Why the union-bashing?

By Joan Vennochi

High-priced union contracts are easy to criticize, but tax breaks for businesses often don’t get much negative response.

EDWARD L. GLAESER

Too much hot air at town meetings

By Edward L. Glaeser

Town meetings can be very lengthy, curtailing the democracy they claim to uphold.

Metro

In second run for governor, Charlie Baker in touch with lighter side

Charlie Baker got a hug at the Big E fair in West Springfield.

By Jim O’Sullivan

The erstwhile whiz kid of Republican administrations is running for again governor, but nowhere near the way he ran in 2010.

Yvonne Abraham

Who is connecting the best in mayoral election?

By Yvonne Abraham

John Connolly has worked mightily to make inroads in communities of color, but will his grassroots support be enough?

Dobelle placed on paid leave; probe set

Almost two-thirds of the faculty and librarians at Westfield State voted no confidence in Evan Dobelle on Wednesday.

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen

Westfield State University trustees unanimously voted to place president Evan Dobelle on leave with pay while his spending habits are investigated.

Business

BRA poised to approve major new real estate developments

The Harvard University master plan is one of the several projects up for review on Thursday.

By Casey Ross

The projects would add to a burst of activity recently, with developers trying to lock down approvals before Mayor Menino leaves office.

Tech Lab

Time’s up for Samsung smartwatch

The new Galaxy Gear watch (left) won’t work without Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 phone.

By Hiawatha Bray

I stopped noticing the new Galaxy Gear almost as soon as I put it on; rarely have I tested a more forgettable piece of hardware.

Review of state IT deals sought

By Beth Healy

A special commission would investigate information technology contracts following a series of costly problems.

Obituaries

William MacCrellish Jr., 91, of Wellesley; attentive attorney

William MacCrellish Jr. was a Wellesley attorney for decades.

By Alli Knothe

Mr. MacCrellish continued working long past retirement age. Said one colleague: “He was always going to retire in another two years.”

Ralph Dungan, 90; was JFK aide, ambassador to Chile

Ralph Dungan also served as chancellor of higher education in New Jersey.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Dungan joined John F. Kennedy’s staff in 1957, when the future president was a Democratic senator from Massachusetts.

Sports

Tigers 7, Red Sox 3

Tigers roar past Red Sox to even ALCS

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz walks off the field after flying out to end the game.

By Peter Abraham

The Tigers battered Jake Peavy and then refused to allow the Red Sox back into the game, while knotting the ALCS at 2-2.

Dan Shaughnessy

Is Red Sox’ glass half-empty of half-full?

Red Sox infielders gathered during a pitching change in the fourth inning of Game 4.

By Dan Shaughnessy

You might say the Red Sox are still in good position to advance to the World Series ... or you could say it’s a miracle the Tigers didn’t sweep them.

Christopher L. Gasper

Jim Leyland’s lineup hunch paid off for Tigers

“You can say I’m nuts. You can say I’m dumb. You can say whatever you want,” Leyland said before his rejuggled lineup produced a 7-3 win.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Leyland shook up the Detroit lineup in a way he hadn’t all season, and his nontraditional maneuver helped lead to a win.

More Stories

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Jake Peavy failed when Red Sox needed him

By Nick Cafardo

Whitaker OK with No. 1

By Julian Benbow

red sox notebook

Jon Lester out to spark Red Sox again

By Peter Abraham

How will Patriots replace Jerod Mayo?

By Shalise Manza Young

patriots notebook

NFLPA out to recover Aaron Hernandez’s pay

By Ben Volin

celtics notebook

Bill Russell statue to be unveiled Nov. 1

By Baxter Holmes

Seattle at Arizona

By Jim McBride

bruins notebook

Reilly Smith makes smooth transition to second line

By Amalie Benjamin

Dan Shaughnessy

Close finishes added drama to ALCS

By Dan Shaughnessy

Holy Cross women’s basketball coach steps aside

By Scott J. Croteau and Jennifer Toland

Head of the Charles

Northeastern’s rowing alumni at head of line

By John Powers

NLCS: DODGERS 6, CARDINALS 4

Dodgers stay alive, send NLCS back to St. Louis

By Gary Washburn

G: Style

Artist Ifé Franklin honors those who lived and died enslaved

For her Indigo Project solo exhibition, textile artist Ifé Franklin (pictured) has created an 8-foot slave cabin in patchwork adire (“tie and dye”) at Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery in South Boston.

By Francie Latour

The textile artist’s The Indigo Project, now on view at the Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery, has transformed the gallery space into an indigo-drenched world.

Book Review

‘Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love’

“Our Boston” is at its best when the stories focus on the Marathon bombings instead of the nostalgia of the city.

By Clea Simon

This fat collection is at its best when the stories focus on the Marathon bombings instead of the nostalgia of the city.

Television Review

‘Reign’ gets the history — and a lot more — wrong

Toby Regbo (above) is Prince Francis and Adelaide Kane (below) is Mary, Queen of Scots in “Reign.”

By Sarah Rodman

There needs to be something more substantial behind the CW’s historical costume drama about Mary, Queen of Scots, to make it a guilty pleasure.

Globe North

Saugus

Closure of Hilltop Steak House presents development opportunity

Longtime Hilltop diners (from left) Tom Stillwell of Lynnfield, Joe Serra of Bedford, Klaus Lasch of Andover, Joe Norton of Ashland, Edward Jonson of Hudson, N.H., and Phil Mercurio of Hopkinton enjoy their steaks last week.

By Kathy McCabe

With good visibility, and a lot of frontage along the highway, the Hilltop site could fetch a lot of interest — if the property were to hit the market.

Saugus

Former Weylu’s sold for $4m; could spur Revere development

The interior of Weylu’s Restaurant in Saugus encompassed three stories, and was lavishly decorated in a motif intended to recall a Chinese palace.

By Kathy McCabe

The new owner of the old Weylu’s property on Route 1 in Saugus plans to link the 11-acre site to a nearby property, creating a gateway for business growth.

lynnfield

Lynnfield considers cell towers to plug gaps in coverage

By Christian M. Wade

Telecommunications carriers are seeking to fill holes in their coverage by building more cell towers, and some Bay State towns are eager for a slice of the revenue.

Globe South

For-profit fun run craze south of Boston attracts crowds, criticism

Above, runners tackled the Shape Diva Dash in Marshfield in September. Top, scenes from this month’s Electric Run at Gillette Stadium.

By Katheleen Conti

The Shape Diva Dash is among the rapidly growing number of 5K fun runs, obstacle races, and mud runs, mostly put on by for-profit, out-of-state companies.

Whitman

Whitman nuts over 75th anniversary of its Toll House Cookie

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical School instructor Bob Mello works with students (from left) Cal Hurley, Zach DeSouza , and Emma Sutcliffe on a 6-foot replica of the classic cookie treat.

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Saturday will be Toll House Cookie Day at the Whitman Public Library, and the town is getting in the swing of honoring the cookie and Whitman’s moment.

South Shore

SouthField developer seeks changes to master plan

By Emily Sweeney

SouthField’s developer plans to file legislation that would weaken the local board overseeing the redevelopment of the property.

Globe West

Brookline

Brookline High class of ’43 getting back together

Jeanne (Herwitz) Burmon (left) and Marilyn (Morrill) Kudisch discuss the upcoming Brookline High School class of 1943 reunion.

By Brock Parker

This month, 70 years after Jeanne Burmon and Marilyn Kudisch graduated from Brookline High, they will be hosting a reunion for the class of 1943.

Cyberbullying, sexting pose new challenges for schools

By Evan Allen

Recent incidents of cyberbullying and “sexting” involving Greater Boston students show how stubborn the problem is despite parents’ best efforts.

The Masons of Massachusetts are throwing open their doors

The Masons are a prestigious brotherhood, whose members have included 14 presidents, Benjamin Franklin and other leaders of the American Revolution, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and General Douglas MacArthur.

By Kathleen Burge

The group, whose numbers are dwindling, is hoping to make the organization more accessible in an era when people move around often.