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2 new names in Suffolk Downs casino picture

Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming are emerging as top prospects to join the venture, days after Caesars was jettisoned from the project.

Mayor Menino spoke at UMass Lowell Monday.

Menino weighs offers from academic world

Mayor Thomas Menino spoke publicly Monday for the first time about his plans after he leaves the job he has occupied for two decades.

Mike Napoli set a team record for strikeouts but he was a major part of the offense.

Despite strikeouts, Red Sox love working the count

The Red Sox, who led the majors in scoring this season, wore down pitchers with long, patient at-bats. Strikeouts were the cost of doing business.

MBCR officials blame the fall in ridership on factors such as a delay in delivery of a new fleet of train cars.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Operator bids for rail contract despite ridership fall

Massachusetts’ commuter rail system has succeeded in improving its service, but is wrestling with another persistent problem: a decline in ridership.

“The website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process,” President Obama said.

Obama admits frustration with snarled insurance site

The president acknowledged extensive technical failings of a new website through which millions are supposed to sign up for health insurance.

The Nation

Last barrier to N.J. same-sex weddings falls

Four couples hugged after they were declared married by Mayor Chuck Cahn in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Monday, the first day same-sex marriages were legal in the state.

By Marc Santora and Kate Zernike

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey announced Monday that he would drop his legal challenge to same-sex marriage.

Teacher killed, 2 boys hurt at Nev. school

Bianca Flores was comforted by her sisters following the shooting at Sparks Middle School on Monday.

By Scott Sonner

A student at a Nevada middle school used a semiautomatic handgun to wound two students and kill a math teacher before turning the weapon on himself, police said.

Ohio’s Republican governor expands Medicaid

By Amy Goldstein

Ohio agreed Monday to offer Medicaid to about 300,000 more low-income people.

The World

France calls report of US spying ‘unacceptable’

By Alissa J. Rubin

France admonished the United States following revelations of National Security Agency electronic surveillance in the country.

Syrians trapped in suburb plead for food

By Diaa Hadid

Residents of a besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus issued an urgent plea on Monday for the international community to save them.

Civilian deaths cited in report on Pakistan drone hits

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif is a critic of the drone campaign.

By Declan Walsh and Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud

Residents’ claims of distress are now being backed by a new Amnesty International investigation.

Editorial & Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

Worcester’s downtown vision

Worcester broke ground on the 20-acre, $565 milion CitySquare project in 2010.

By Paul McMorrow

The city is rebuilding a downtown that looks and functions like one, after an experiment in its center that failed.

Farah Stockman

A better way to tackle health law

By Farah Stockman

Just like the leaders of our recent partial government shutdown, Virginian politicians in 1958 magnified the greatest fears of their constituents and captured national attention.

h.d.s. greenway

Obama’s calculated ‘weakness’

By H.D.S. Greenway

President Obama’s perceived passiveness about Syria opened the door to a nonmilitary solution, and such deliberation has yielded results in other arenas as well.

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editorial

Aluminum foiled

letters | boston’s other fall classic

Don’t lecture minority voters

letters | boston’s other fall classic

Walsh’s labor ties a red flag on schools

letters | punishing a teen designated driver

Time to rethink ‘zero tolerance’

letters | punishing a teen designated driver

School owes student an apology

Metro

Student loan burden is rising for state graduates

By Brian MacQuarrie

The increase in debt imperils not only the borrowers but also the economy, the Mass. higher education commissioner warned lawmakers.

Kevin Cullen

Speaking for a dead sister

By Kevin Cullen

Every five years, three sisters drive out to a parole hearing in Natick and speak for the one sister who can’t speak for herself.

Push renewed for forced mental treatment

By Michael Rezendes

Massachusetts is one of only five states that have not approved a law requiring certain people with severe mental illnesses to take prescribed medications or face involuntary hospitalization.

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ABCD hopeful as annual gala nears

By Derek J. Anderson

NAHANT

Search suspended for possible missing kayaker off Nahant

By Martin Finucane and Jasper Craven

Providence

Cheaters adult club in Providence is shut down

By Melissa Hanson

CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

City Council rivals air views on pay hike, casino vote

By Meghan E. Irons

Business

Ariad puts hold on move to Kendall Square

Ariad signed a 15-year lease for the Kendall Square space.

By Robert Weisman

The pharmaceutical firm suffered a sharp drop in its market value over the past two weeks amid safety questions about its leukemia drug.

Long job search finally ends for one man

Roger Ahlfeld began his new position as vice president of human resources at Tedeschi Food Stores late last month.

By Megan Woolhouse

After enduring two trying years of unemployment, Roger Ahlfeld got the call — and a job — at last.

Electronic wheel’s brain boasts smartphone savvy

The brains of the sophisticated Copenhagen Wheel are inside a sleek red housing that encircles the hub of a rear bicycle wheel. The 9.5-pound wheel will sell for under $1,000.

By Michael B. Farrell

Superpedestrian Inc. has built a smartphone-connected bike wheel that can store energy during a ride and dole it out from an electronic motor.

Obituaries

Robert L. Farrelly, 82; physician had ‘palpable’ faith in family

Dr. Farrelly made cameos in the comedy movies made by his sons Peter and Bobby.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Farrelly did not exactly go looking for his calling. When he was a boy, his father offered only two choices: become an engineer or a physician.

Lawrence R. Klein, 93; economist who forecast global trends

Lawrence Klein was awarded the Nobel Prize in economic science in Stockholm in 1980.

By Glenn Rifkin

As World War II was ending, Mr. Klein, widely regarded as a brilliant theorist, disputed the conventional wisdom that the US economy would return to a depression.

Allan Stanley, 87; won four Stanley Cups after leaving Bruins

ALLAN STANLEY

The Bruins saw Mr. Stanley’s potential in the 194os, gave up on him in 1958, then watched him win four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s.

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Sports

on baseball

Bobby Valentine has praise for John Farrell’s Red Sox

The Red Sox dwelled in the bottom of the AL East in Bobby Valentine’s 2012 tenure.

By Nick Cafardo

Valentine doesn’t understand why the anger at him still seems to grow, but says Farrell has done a superb job as his replacement.

Jonny Gomes’s personality drives Red Sox

Outfielder Jonny Gomes has gotten some ink lately for his interesting personality and positive effect on the Red Sox.

By Julian Benbow

Gomes’s muscle-flexing, batting helmet-punting, American flag-shorts-wearing persona has been the intangible “it” for the World Series-bound Red Sox.

Bill Belichick takes the blame for pushing penalty

Bill Belichick didn’t agree with the ruling Sunday, referencing a “second level.’’ On Monday, he said, “It’s our job to understand the rules.’’

By Shalise Manza Young

In discussing the controversial OT call, the Patriots coach used a phrase he doesn’t utter often, particularly after a loss: “We are wrong.”

G: Living

Frame by Frame

An intimate scene from Tokyo not as idyllic as it appears

By Sebastian Smee

Lest we fall for the notion that Kawashima Shiganobu has depicted a lovely domestic idyll, it should be borne in mind that the woman is a courtesan and the man her client.

Photographer Barbara Bosworth is a trail gazer

Barbara Bosworth.

By Cate McQuaid

Bosworth’s pictures of the New England National Scenic Trail tell a story that’s beautiful and insightful.

Stage Review

Living the suburban dream in ‘Splendor’

Hannah Cranton as Colleen and Michael Knowlton as Mike in Company One’s production of “Splendor,” by Kirsten Greenidge, at the Boston Center for the Arts.

By Joel Brown

Company One offers another ambitious take on race, class and gender with the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s “Splendor.”

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