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Martin Walsh, John Connolly gird for final week

The mayoral campaign heads into its final week with both camps portraying the race as a dead heat, setting up a frenetic dash to the finish of Boston’s most competitive race for the chief executive in three decades.

Mayoral candidates offer two paths to overhaul schools

The way John Connolly and Martin Walsh would execute their overhauls distinguishes the two men, who otherwise agree on many other educational issues.

D.C. health care feud boils over in Mass. governor’s race

Michael Astrue and Donald Berwick are locked in a feud over the health care insurance marketplace with implications for the 2014 Mass. governor’s race.

Red Sox manager John Farrell congratulated his players on their pivotal 3-1 win in Game 5.


Dan Shaughnessy

Fenway-bound, Red Sox in the driver’s seat

ST. LOUIS — They are coming home to win the World Series at Fenway Park for the first time since young lefty Babe Ruth partied at the Hotel Buckminster after Carl Mays beat the Cubs Sept. 11, 1918.

Paul Ledbetter, an electrician at City Hall, cranked some coffee on his lunch break to keep him going till the next game.

Late-night thrillers have Red Sox fans forgoing sleep

Red Sox Nation has become Zombie Nation. Even Monday night’s welcome 11 p.m. finish won’t go far in erasing the collective fatigue.

The Nation

US judge blocks portion of Texas abortion law

Governor Rick Perry said the decision will not impede the drive to implement the law.

By Erik Eckholm

A federal judge barred an abortion restriction that required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Ohio to use untested drug mixture in execution

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Ohio will use two drugs never tried before in a US execution to put to death an inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Budget deal may not lower United States debt

By Heidi Przybyla

A new congressional committee most likely will turn to limited spending cuts and revenue increases while doing little to slow long-term growth of the nation’s debt.

The World

Obama appears ready to halt surveillance of allies’ leaders

The White House has faced growing outrage in Germany and among other European allies over its surveillance policies.

By Mark Landler and David E. Sanger

President Obama is poised to order the NSA to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, officials said .

British phone-hacking trial begins for Murdoch aides

Rebekah Brooks left the Central Criminal Court in London accompanied by her husband, Charles.

By Jill Lawless

The complex and high-profile case sparked by a tabloid phone-hacking scandal has shaken Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

In twist, 6 tell of defecting to North Korea

By Choe Sang-Hun

Six South Koreans repatriated from North Korea over the weekend said they had fled to the North to escape bankruptcies and family troubles.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah stockman

Red tape stifles neighborhood revitalization

By Farah Stockman

Restaurants can transform neighborhoods, but it takes a fortune, an eternity, and/or an act of God to open one in Boston.

opinion | TOM KEANE

Pulling all of Boston upward

Boston’s next mayor could have much influence on the city’s Opportunity Index ranking.

By Tom Keane

Local communities can exert much control in increasing the standard of living for residents, a notion that is relevant with a mayoral election approaching.


Use housing to heal scars from bulldozer era

By Paul McMorrow

Two developments in Boston’s Jackson Square show a path forward in a city struggling under the weight of housing woes.

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Man convicted in murder of group home worker

Deshawn James Chappel was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2011 killing of Stephanie Moulton inside a Revere group home.

By Akilah Johnson and John R. Ellement

Deshawn James Chappell was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2011 killing of Stephanie Moulton inside a Revere group home.

At funeral, Colleen Ritzer’s passion for teaching recalled

Students lined the streets outside St. Augustine Church following the funeral of teacher Colleen Ritzer on Monday.

By Peter Schworm

An estimated 1,000 people attended the service for the beloved Danvers High School math teacher who was allegedly murdered by one of her students.

$74m gift from Carlos Slim targets Latin Americans

Billionaire Carlos Slim Helú announced his donation Monday to the Broad Institute in Cambridge to aid biomedical research.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú’s gift to the Broad Institute will advance biomedical research that benefits people in Latin America.

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Charges dropped against Celtics’ Sullinger

By David Abel and John R. Ellement

Kevin Cullen

A Sox fan in a New York state of mind

By Kevin Cullen

Martin Walsh, John Connolly gird for final week

By Jim O’Sullivan and Andrew Ryan

Late-night thrillers have Red Sox fans forgoing sleep

By David Filipov and Michael Levenson


Man severely injured in Chelsea hit-and-run

By Nicholas Jacques

Brown launches PAC in N.H.

By Michael Levenson


None admit fault on troubled jobless benefits system

State labor Secretary Joanne Goldstein (right) admitted she would have liked some aspects of the online system’s launch to go better.

By Megan Woolhouse and Beth Healy

State labor officials testified that problems may not be fixed until February in the online system for filing unemployment benefits.

Amazon to begin collecting Mass. sales tax Friday

Retailers long complained that Amazon had an unfair advantage, tax-wise.

By Taryn Luna

Massachusetts shoppers will start paying the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on items they buy from Amazon on Nov. 1.

Boston Capital

Time to learn a lesson on IT contracts

By Steven Syre

For such a big customer, Massachusetts seems to come out on the short end of the stick a lot when it comes to information technology.


Robert Rheault, 87; colonel in Vietnam murder case started program to help veterans

Colonel Rheault walked with his wife, Caroline, and daughter Susanne after arriving at Logan Airport in 1969.

By Bryan Marquard

Cleared in the killing of an informant, Colonel Rheault later worked with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine.

Marcia Wallace, 70; played sarcastic receptionist, scoffing schoolteacher

Ms. Wallace also hd roles on “Full House’’ and “The Young and the Restless.”

Ms. Wallace was the voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and played wisecracking receptionist Carol on “The Bob Newhart Show.”

Ike Skelton, 81; served 17 terms in US House

Ike Skelton served as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Mr. Skelton built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the US House.


Red sox 3, Cardinals 1

Red Sox one win from World Series title

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara celebrated the win with catcher David Ross, who had the game-clinching hit.

By Peter Abraham

Fighting a sore back, Jon Lester collected his second win of the series, with catcher David Ross providing the game-clinching hit.

Christopher L. Gasper

Red Sox ace Jon Lester shows again he’s one of the best

Jon Lester’s work in Game 5 made him the 11th pitcher in Red Sox history to log at least 20 innings in World Series play. When it comes to ERA, the lefthander is atop the list.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The October ace held the Cardinals to one run and four hits in 7 inning to earn his second win of the Series.

On Baseball

Red Sox’ Game 5 hero David Ross savoring the moment

David Ross takes the low route and slams into Cardinals counterpart Yadier Molina, but he was tagged out at the plate trying to score from second base in the Red Sox’ two-run seventh.

By Nick Cafardo

The backup catcher had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run while orchestrating Jon Lester to a brilliant performance.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Fenway-bound, Red Sox in the driver’s seat

By Dan Shaughnessy

Web exclusive | Gary Washburn

John Lackey’s image rehab takes another step with Red Sox

By Gary Washburn

Red Sox Notebook

Shane Victorino may return for Game 6

By Peter Abraham


Lineup switch didn’t change Cardinals’ bad run

By Julian Benbow

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Red Sox’ Quintin Berry waiting for his chance

By Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots’ Sebastian Vollmer has leg surgery

By Shalise Manza Young and Ben Volin

Patriots Notebook

Tom Brady keeping hand issue under wraps

By Shalise Manza Young

Seahawks 14, Rams 9

Seahawks hold off gritty Rams

By Dave Skretta

Bruins Notebook

Bruins’ Brad Marchand trying to find his game

By Fluto Shinzawa

The making of a coach | Part 3

Brad Stevens remains driven by the competition

By Baxter Holmes

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Meet the 2013-14 Celtics

By Baxter Holmes

Celtics Notebook

Charges dismissed against Celtics’ Jared Sullinger

By Baxter Holmes

Division 1 boys’ golf

Needham’s Jake Shuman wins Div. 1 golf title

By Greg Joyce


Concord-Carlisle breezes to Div. 2 state golf title

By Stephen Sellner


Douglas High’s Curtis Bourque wins Div. 3 golf title

By Rick Eggleston

BC Notebook

BC coach Steve Addazio stands by Chase Rettig

By Michael Vega

G: Living

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The fine art of pumpkin carving

TJ Wright of Oxford gets into his pumpkin carving.

By Joseph P. Kahn

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, R.I., makes you want to get way more creative, or lay down your carving tools for feeling inadequate.

Movie Review

Cold reality for whistle-blower in ‘Diego Star’

Issaka Sawadogo plays a mechanic from the Ivory Coast whose ship is awaiting repairs in Canada in “Diego Star.’’

By Peter Keough

Quebec director Frédérick Pelletier’s impressive debut feature is a stark, touching tale about the common humanity that connects people and drives them apart.

Movie Review

The Vignellis say ‘If you don’t find it, design it’

Massimo and Lella Vignelli and their sleek, spare creations are presented in “Design is One.”

By Mark Feeney

You may not recognize the subjects of “Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli,” but you certainly recognize their designs.