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Mayoral rivals clash on labor in second debate

John Connolly sought to use attacks against him from organized labor to frame the fundamental difference between him and Martin Walsh.

In one of Sophie Calle’s images for “Last Seen,” a man looks at the space where a Rembrandt once hung at the Gardner.

SOPHIE CALLE

Gardner exhibit adds perspective to 1990 thefts

“Sophie Calle: Last Seen” revisits the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft, which claimed 13 works worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Heather Abbot was one of many amputees who threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park.

SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

Red Sox and bombing-scarred Boston rise together

This year’s Red Sox have embodied the way sport can bring together a community sundered by disaster.

Singing

Opinion | Geoff Edgers

Please, banish ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Fenway Park

Singing the Neil Diamond song has been a tradition at Fenway for more than a decade. But the time has come to end it.

Efforts grow to unionize part-time faculty at colleges

Part-time faculty at several Boston-area colleges, frustrated by low pay and emboldened by their growing ranks, are taking steps to unionize.

The Nation

US defends drones, rejects findings of rights groups

By Kimberly Dozier

The US defended the legality of its drone strikes following reports by two human rights groups of heavy civilian casualties in Yemen and Pakistan.

More teens trying flavored cigars, study finds

Flavored cigars are legal except in Maine, New York City, and Providence, where they have been banned.

By Deborah Kotz

With federal laws imposing tight regulations on cigarettes, more teens have been getting hooked on tobacco by using trendy new products that skirt the rules.

Red flags were seen on federal health website

President Obama’s longtime adviser Jeffrey Zients will provide management advice to help fix the health insurance website.

By Jack Gillum and Julie Pace

Reviews showed the tangled health insurance website was put together by harried programmers without testing by experienced private developers.

The World

Syrian opposition undecided on talks, John Kerry says

John Kerry said he thinks “the opposition will decide that it is in their best interest” to meet.

By Michael R. Gordon and Alan Cowell

The United States and 10 other nations support convening a peace conference on the war in Syria next month.

Saudi clerics decry bid by female drivers

Saudi women boarded a taxi in Riyadh. A campaign calling on women to drive this  Saturday has gathered support online and reportedly has about 16,000 signatures.

By Abdullah al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy

A campaign calling on women to drive this Saturday has gathered support online and reportedly has about 16,000 signatures.

all things catholic | john l. allen jr.

Cardinal picks embody principles of ‘Pope of the Poor’

Cardinal Kelvin Edward Felix (left) of Saint Lucia was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis.

By John L. Allen Jr.

Pope Francis lifted up new cardinals from some of the world’s poorest nations in his first consistory.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

John Connolly’s night during debate

John Connolly and Martin Walsh appeared in their second debate of the general election.

By Joanna Weiss

Connolly scored a few points in Tuesday’s mayoral debate as he questioned Martin Walsh’s relationship with labor unions.

TOM KEANE

An enthusiastic showing

By Tom Keane

John Connolly came across as more enthusiastic than Martin Walsh about getting the job of mayor and then actually doing something with it.

SCOT LEHIGH

The Tea Party boomerangs on the GOP

By Scot Lehigh

Republican leaders are now having to deal with the Tea Party’s absolutism after being timid for too long.

Metro

After taunts and escapes, police nab motorcyclist

Daniel Rebello was arrested on several charges Tuesday.

By John R. Ellement

Police arrested a Somerset man who they say taunted officers and routinely drove 100 miles an hour on highways.

Diehard Red Sox supporters bond over their beards

Clockwise from top left, Tom Vasic of Adelaide, Australia; Peter Rice of Falls Church, Va.; Tom Good, a Maine native; and Brian Eschler of Colorado show off their Sox pride.

By Billy Baker

Many fans have made the commitment to put away their razors until this most-improbable season is over.

City Council candidates divided on police pay

By Meghan E. Irons

The contentious issue over whether Boston police should receive a hefty raise has opened a deep divide in the campaign for City Council.

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Adrian Walker

Suffolk Downs casino project has become a mess

By Adrian Walker

Tufts hopes more residents will attend

By Kathy McCabe and Brock Parker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

Pats and Jets fans charged in postgame fight

By Todd Feathers

Forum in Plainville backs slots

By Ellen Ishkanian

Business

Hiring stalled in Sept. ahead of shutdown

Luis Chiliquinga was laid off from his job at a McDonald’s restaurant inside the National Air & Space Museum in Washington during the government shutdown. The effects of the shutdown are expected to be seen in October reports.

By Catherine Rampell

The economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department reported in a discouraging economic snapshot.

Shirley Leung

Sheldon Adelson, we really need you now

After building a Vegas empire, Sheldon Adelson bet big on gambling in Asia, propelling him to number 11 on the Forbes list of the richest Americans.

By Shirley Leung

We could use the Midas touch of the multi-billionaire, who started as a scrappy kid from Dorchester, to save the Suffolk Downs casino venture.

Hotel prices skyrocket as World Series opens

At the Hotel Commonwealth, workers painted a wall at the front desk green to resemble Fenway Park’s Green Monster and baseballs took the place of flowers in the vases.

By Katie Johnston

Hotels in Boston are usually stretched to capacity in October. Add the Series, and you have a sold-out market.

Sports

David Ortiz relishes being center of Red Sox

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Irrepressible off the field and irreplaceable on it, the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox remains the team’s heart and soul.

Dan Shaughnessy

This World Series needs some villains

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, shared a laugh with Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez on Tuesday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Cardinals and Red Sox have too many nice things to say about each other. Doesn’t this series deserve some controversy?

Christopher L. Gasper

Xander Bogaerts settling in for a long stay

Xander Bogaerts is expected to start at third base for the Red Sox in the World Series.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The rookie, who added a jolt to the Red Sox in the ALCS, offers the Sox a chance to see their present and future combine in the World Series.

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Opinion | Geoff Edgers

Please, banish ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Fenway Park

By Geoff Edgers

Red Sox Notebook

Clay Buchholz injury status a cause for concern?

By Peter Abraham

Cardinals Notebook

Cardinals add Allen Craig to World Series roster

By Julian Benbow

Scouting Report

How the Red Sox, Cardinals match up

By Nick Cafardo

Patriots Notebook

Andre Carter said to be returning; Patriots mum

By Michael Whitmer

Patriots’ next opponent

Dolphins have reasons to be worried after fast start

By Ben Volin

Celtics Notebook

Celtics’ Gerald Wallace not easing up on team

By Baxter Holmes

G: Food

Dining out

Tim Maslow is on a creative binge at Ribelle in Brookline

Chef-owner Tim Maslow.

By Devra First

Critic Devra First gives four stars to Maslow and his staff of rebels inventing and reinventing dishes that taste immediately memorable.

Eating or grading their box lunch, kids can be cruel

Colleen Scanlan and her sons, David, 5, and Liam, 10, in their Jamaica Plain kitchen. Liam gives his lunches a C+.

By Jane Dornbusch

According to a recent survey conducted by Annie’s, Honest Tea, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley, 54 percent of the kids surveyed gave their lunch a grade of C or lower.

Recipe for mustard-potato salad

Texas barbecue isn’t complete without the standard side dish duo, potato salad and coleslaw.

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Book Review

‘The Pure Gold Baby’ by Margaret Drabble

By Carmela Ciuraru

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Music Review

John Legend wraps his audience in warm embrace

By Sarah Rodman

Names

BSO, ‘Ellen’ take part in the Red Sox mania

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Designs from Akris meet the Boston Ballet

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Bartenders mix it up for MMA charity

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein