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Oct. 21

Many tests to diagnose Lyme, but no proof they work

The announcement spread quickly through the web to Lyme disease patients across the United States. A small private lab had made an exciting breakthrough, the e-mail said, developing a sure-fire way to identify the debilitating disease in people.

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis cited the primacy of walking routes in making streets safe.

Boston officials fear end to crime-fighting effort

City officials say that if the City Council accepts an arbitrator’s award for the police, Safe Street teams, a community policing program, could cease to exist.

“I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” said Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

In GOP, view mixed on another shutdown

Republicans tried to ease concerns Sunday about the possibility of another government shutdown in just a few months.

Barbara Mattaliano and George Denny at the Goose Valley Natural Foods farm in Burney, Calif.


Nanny’s idea inspires a wild rice giant

When George Denny hired a 24-year-old nanny to care for his three children in 1996, the successful private equity investor counted on her to juggle after-school schedules, offer homework advice, and manage school-shopping expeditions.

Mayoral candidates John Connolly (left) and Martin Walsh brought along some of their endorsers for their first general election debate last week.

Mayoral endorsements coveted, but impact unclear

John Connolly and Martin Walsh have been on a tear, trying to secure endorsements from people with influence in communities of color.

The Nation

Fla. convicts pressed on who helped in escape

Charles Walker (left) and Joseph Jenkins used faked papers that ordered their release from life sentences.

By Brendan Farrington and Melissa Nelson

Two convicted killers who escaped using forged documents were being grilled Sunday by authorities who said they expect to make more arrests in the case.

Experts split on timetable to fix US health site

Federal contractors say the Obama administration was slow to order software repairs.

By Sharon LaFraniere, Ian Austen and Robert Pear

Some contractors worry that the online health insurance marketplace may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say.

US starts inquiry on transit deaths

A police officer looked along the outside of a San Francisco commuter train that struck and killed two workers who were inspecting tracks over the weekend in Walnut Creek, Calif.

By Lisa Leff

Two transit workers performing routine maintenance in the San Francisco Bay Area were struck and killed by an out-of-service commuter train.

The World

Suicide blast kills dozens at Syrian forces’ checkpoint

Nabil al-Araby of the Arab League suggested a conference for Nov. 23 and 24.

By Ben Hubbard

Another suicide blast tied to Al Qaeda killed more than 30 people in central Syria, most of them civilians.

Suicide bombing in Iraq leaves 35 dead

A woman grieved Saturday for her sister, who died in a bombing Friday. Violence in Iraq has escalated sharply since April.

By Sameer N. Yacoub

An explosive-laden car was slammed into a busy cafe in Baghdad Sunday night, part of a day of violence across the country that killed 45 people.

Police tear gas students in Cairo

Egyptian students threw stones at riot police near Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Sunday during an antimilitary protest.

By Maggie Michael

Riot police in Egypt fired tear gas at hundreds of supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi in the second day of unrest at a prominent Muslim university.

Editorial & Opinion


The deeper meaning of recycling

By James Carroll

The reduce-reuse-recycle movement has accomplished a worldwide social revolution in less than a generation, showing what is yet possible.

opinion | jennifer graham

Blasphemy is the new ‘wow’

By Jennifer Graham

The phrase “Oh my God” has become a casual exclamatory, choking out the last gasping shoots of reverence.

opinion | Nathaniel P. Morris

No specific cause of death

By Nathaniel P. Morris

Anatomy class is often seen as a rite of passage for medical students, but perhaps the most important lesson is that medicine cannot cure the body of time.

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letters | so much for visions of unity in Washington

Golf invitation or not, Obama’s foes poised to be teed off

letters | so much for visions of unity in Washington

President is a sore winner

letters | so much for visions of unity in Washington

When dealing with ideologues, what’s point of being a people person?

letters | votes of approval for town meeting

A time-honored tradition that works

letters | votes of approval for town meeting

No time to devote to governance? Put cellphone down


Casino foes rally against Suffolk Downs plan

Ezekiel Jaidan of Lynn held his daughter, Ezelyn, 3, at an anticasino rally Sunday outside Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston.

By Jeremy Fox

Opponents of a casino at Suffolk Downs rallied Sunday in East Boston, heartened by last week’s withdrawal of Caesars from the proposed project.

Honoring messages of love, grief after attack

David Scanlon, 27, of Andover, used a knitting needle to remove a flag left in memory of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

By Katheleen Conti

Volunteers gathered at the Arlington Street Church to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Marathon bombings and to take down a prayer-flag memorial.

Adrian Walker

Endorse an end to endorsing

By Adrian Walker

Ask political veterans how much voters care about endorsements, and the response you get is a resounding shrug.

Business ǀ Science

Twitter’s TV future started in Cambridge

Bluefin was founded in 2008 by MIT professor Deb Roy (right) and his former doctoral student Michael Fleischman.

By Michael B. Farrell

The company is making vital use of Bluefin Labs, a Cambridge start-up that it bought earlier this year, to help mine tweets for the data advertisers crave.

Food start-ups follow the tech firm recipe

Hampton Creek Foods founder and chief executive Josh Tetrick displayed French toast made with his firm’s plant-based imitation egg product.

By Nick Bilton

Innovative cuisine makers are borrowing methods from Silicon Valley to build businesses.

For some Sandy victims, insurance falls short

Lee Ann Newland and John Lambert sorted through items in their home in Neptune, N.J. ‘‘It was stupid things. . . . But it added up to be a huge amount of money,’’ Newland said.

By David B. Caruso

Many homeowners who got slammed by Superstorm Sandy are finding their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large enough to cover their repairs.


John M. Callahan, 94; FBI agent helped capture McLaughlin

Mr. Callahan became the first security chief of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Callahan was part of a team that apprehended notorious Charlestown gangster George McLaughlin.

Don James; coach resigned after helping Wash. football to share of national title

Mr. James remained on the scene in Seattle long after he resigned over penalties imposed on the Huskies’ program.

By Tim Booth

Mr. James, who died at 80, remained on the scene in Seattle long after he resigned over penalties imposed on the Huskies’ program.

Jovanka Broz, 86, wife of Yugoslavia’s dictator Tito

Jovanka Broz and John F. Kennedy listened to a speech given by Josip Broz Tito at the White House in 1963.

By Jovana Gec

Ms. Broz met her husband during her time as a fighter in the first female brigade of the Partisan communist resistance movement that battled the Nazis.


Jets 30, Patriots 27 | Overtime

Patriots penalty helps Jets claim OT victory

Jets kicker Nick Folk was pumped after putting the deciding 42-yarder through to end overtime.

By Shalise Manza Young

A penalty against defensive tackle Chris Jones under a new player-safety rule gave the Jets a second chance for a game-winning field goal.

On Football

Confusion reigns over rule that doomed Patriots

The Patriots’ Chris Jones (center) was flagged for a penalty that is new to this season and hadn’t yet been called in a game.

By Ben Volin

Defensive tackle Chris Jones said he didn’t realize he had committed a rule violation that ultimately cost the Patriots in the loss to the Jets.

on baseball

Red Sox, Cardinals match up well against each other

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller threw a simulated game Sunday in St. Louis.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox will be seeing a far superior all-around team in the World Series than what they faced with the Tigers in the ALCS.

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patriots notebook

Tom Brady blames himself for Patriots loss

By Michael Whitmer

Colts 39, Broncos 33

Colts hand the Broncos their first loss

By Michael Marot

Bills 23, Dolphins 21

Bills blow lead but rally to beat the Dolphins

By Steven Wine

Redskins 45, Bears 41

Redskins outlast the injury-depleted Bears

By Joseph White

Cowboys 17, Eagles 3

Banged-up Cowboys beat up the Eagles

By Rob Maaddi

Bruins Notebook

No goals, but Bruins’ Jarome Iginla contributing

By Amalie Benjamin

Girls’ soccer notebook

First-year coach finds success at Scituate

By Cat Calsolaro

Football Monday

St. Clement’s football pitch proves a hit

By Stephen Sellner

Volleyball notebook

Book inspires Cougars squad to be fearless

By Liz Torres

G: Health


When the ‘baby blues’ are something more

By Karen Weintraub

More than half of new mothers feel some sadness, but postpartum depression is a serious, and treatable, condition.

Album Review | Pop

Katy Perry shows many colors on ‘Prism’

Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, “Prism,” is filled with heart-on-sleeve ballads, bouncy party anthems, and brawny odes to respecting yourself. She even addresses her divorce from Russell Brand on one song.

By James Reed

Perry’s fourth studio album is Perry 101: heart-on-sleeve ballads, bouncy party anthems, and brawny odes to respecting yourself.

Album Review | Dance

Revisiting Donna Summer, the ‘Queen of Disco’

By Sarah Rodman

The focus of “Love to Love You Donna,” out Tuesday, is squarely on Summer’s triumphs under the glittering mirror ball.

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Album Review | World

Omar Souleyman, ‘Wenu Wenu’

By Siddhartha Mitter

Album Review | HIP-HOP

DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | POP

V V Brown, ‘Samson & Delilah’

By James Reed

Album Review | Experimental

James Ferraro, ‘NYC, HELL 3:00 AM’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Photography Review

Beyond the blur, through the smoke, out of the past

By Mark Feeney


Regular bedtime can help kids’ behavior

By Dr. Claire McCarthy

Health Answers

What is ‘vocal fry,’ and is it harmful to your voice?

By Courtney Humphries


A vacation gone wrong for a 7-year-old

By Dr. Sushrut Jangi


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


A-list celebrities spotted at the Red Sox game

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


A party of Storybook delights at the MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Lots of activities for readers at book festival

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Matt Damon honored at Warner Bros. Studios

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein