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Boston mayoral rivals swing away in final debate

Martin Walsh and John Connolly debated for an hour.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff

Desperate for an edge in a tight race marked by few major policy differences, John Connolly and Martin Walsh ripped each other’s background.

Vertex will cut 370 jobs, repay tax credits from Mass.

The Cambridge biotech acknowledged it misjudged the market for its lead drug, a hepatitis C pill called Incivek.

Besieged President Obama heads to Boston

President Obama on his planned visit to Boston Wednesday will highlight the Bay State’s success at expanding insurance coverage as he seeks to stem the political damage caused by the rocky rollout of his national plan.

Koji Uehara is blogging about “The battle against St. Louis” in his native Japanese.


Translating Red Sox closer Koji Uehara’s blog

Red Sox fans in New England aren’t familiar with closer Koji Uehara’s candid assessment of himself, his teammates, and his opponents during this postseason run unless they read his Japanese blog. The Globe enlisted Yohei Oka to translate the closer’s blog posts, and the results are illuminating.

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Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, posts on Twitter about Syria and the Sox.

Far-flung Red Sox fans connect on social media

Facebook and Twitter create a sense of connection, of being part of a bigger group, many say, even when they are alone on the couch.

Edye Baker welcomes hundreds of trick-or-treaters to her Swampscott home each year and snaps photos of them in costume.

Halloween visitors take places in couple’s gallery

Bob and Edye Baker welcome hundreds of trick-or-treaters to their Swampscott home each year and snap photos of them in costume.

The Nation

NSA leaders defend their data-gathering tactics

Protesters sat behind General Keith Alexander as he testified Tuesday about the NSA’s intelligence-gathering practices.

By Mark Landler and Michael S. Schmidt

Intelligence chief James Clapper Jr. appeared to rebut assertions that President Obama was kept in the dark on some spying practices.

Senators bicker over ‘stand your ground’ law

By Laurie Kellman

Trayvon Martin’s mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state ‘‘stand your ground’’ self-defense laws do not work and must be amended.

One year after Sandy: reflection and rebuilding

Staten Island residents along the borough’s south shore  commemorated Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary.

By Meghan Barr

For some taking part in rebuilding efforts, the anniversary was just another day to keep working in hopes of getting people’s lives back in order.

The World

Polio outbreak in Syria raises fears in region

By Loveday Morris

A cluster of 10 young Syrian children has been infected with polio, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Judges quit trial of Muslim Brotherhood leader, aides

Setohy Abdel Rahman held a portrait of his son Ahmed, killed during clashes, at a trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

By Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi

The Egyptian judges stepped down after security agencies refused to let the defendants attend the courtroom sessions, judicial officials said.

UN atomic agency and Iran call meeting productive

Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Taro Tapio Varjoranta of the agency met the media following the talks in Vienna.

By Rick Gladstone

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency reported a productive two days of talks on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Editorial & Opinion

farah stockman

Where was Mr. Nice Guy?

Martin Walsh and John Connolly met in a debate one week before the mayoral election.

By Farah Stockman

Martin Walsh’s words and demeanor in Tuesday’s debate show that the gloves are off in the mayoral race.

lawrence harmon

John Connolly makes a better case

By Lawrence Harmon

Connolly came across in Tuesday’s debate as a decent guy who was ready to confront the need for systemic changes in Boston’s schools, police department, and other agencies.


Keeping the mayor’s race in perspective

By Scot Lehigh

Here’s one thing you can say with certainty: Both candidates are good and decent individuals.


World Series, President Obama visit pose challenge

Mayor Thomas M. Menino discussed security precautions with city officials Tuesday. Their efforts have become more complicated with a visit by President Obama to Boston.

By Maria Cramer

Mayor Menino met with his Cabinet heads to put the final touches on a safety plan that will include the closures of dozens of city streets.

New mayor may lead to new role for City Council

By Meghan E. Irons

The council’s role has surfaced as a campaign issue as Boston prepares for a dramatic political leadership change in City Hall.

Adrian Walker

In mayoral candidates, distinct paths

By Adrian Walker

The debate Tuesday night between John Connolly and Martin Walsh offered a clear look at the two men who want to run Boston.

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Ex-Chelsea housing chief faces new charges

By Sean P. Murphyand Andrea Estes

South Kingstown, R.I.

URI offering minisemester in January

Dry weather blamed as brush fires plague parts of Mass.

By Jasper Craven and Nicholas Jacques


Both mayoral candidates focus on the negative

By Jim O’Sullivan


Workers near Fenway Park get extra hours, pay

Eastern Standard servers listened to executive chef Patrick Campbell review the menu before Game 1 of the World Series. Bar manager Kevin Martin said the staff’s spirits are flying high.

By Megan Woolhouse

Each World Series game is expected to bring in about $6 million in additional revenue from visitors to Boston.

Developer Ted Raymond files for bankruptcy

By Casey Ross

Creditors are pursuing developer Neil St. John “Ted” Raymond for debts relating to his failed effort to develop an Ipswich golf community.

Shirley Leung

Everyone wants a piece of the casinos

Marlene Zizza has benefited from Wynn.

By Shirley Leung

As communities across Mass. decide on casinos, businesses from restaurants to florists are lining up for a piece of the action.


Mary Baker, 73; with wit, she made theology vital

Mary Baker taught at Fontbonne for 25 years.

By Melissa Hanson

Ms. Baker taught at Fontbonne Academy in Milton for 25 years.

Hans Ephraimson-Abt, 91, advocate for aviation victims

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Ephraimson-Abt was in the vanguard of establishing a unified movement to aid air-crash victims’ families.


John Lackey can cap redemptive Red Sox season

Clay Buchholz (left) and John Lackey, Wednesday night’s Game 6 starter, look on during batting practice Tuesday.

By Peter Abraham

Starting a potential World Series clincher is not new ground for Lackey, who won Game 7 for the Angels in the 2002 Fall Classic.

Dan Shaughnessy

In Game 6, Red Sox have had ups and downs

In 1975, Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run allowed the Red Sox to force a seventh game of the World Series against Cincinnati.

By Dan Shaughnessy

From Carlton Fisk’s home run in 1975 to Bill Buckner’s error in 1986, Red Sox fans have seen heaven and hell in Game 6.

David Ortiz’s pep talk may be Series’ seminal moment

David Ortiz’s unscripted team meeting in the dugout during Game 4 could be a defining moment if the Red Sox wind up winning the title.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Red Sox slugger’s unscripted team meeting in the dugout during Game 4 could be a defining moment if Boston winds up winning the title.

G: Food

9th annual Plonkapalooza

Value wines offer some surprises

Top: A flight for the four tasters is poured from a bottle of white wine. Above: Josh Cole, beverage director at Puritan & Co., the restaurant in Cambridge, tests a white wine. The bottles are wrapped to disguise their labels, and numbered, and tasters’ notes refer to those ID numbers.

By Ellen Bhang

Three experts sample 25 whites and 25 reds under $15, and give their list of favorites.

Plonkapalooza: 50 wine contenders

Notes on wines that received at least one vote are from tasters Jason Bond, Josh Cole, Felisha “Flea” Foster, and Ellen Bhang.


Shanghai Social Club: A toast to American Chinese restaurants

XO scallops at Shanghai Social Club in Allston.

By Devra First

The Allston restaurant is the latest spot in town to repurpose Chinese history and culture, but it is more about a fun night out.

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Book Review

‘Provence, 1970’ by Luke Barr

By Devra First

sunday supper

French classics: beef Burgundy, then eggs in red wine sauce

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

A Tank Away

Stepping back in time in Wethersfield, Conn.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Lions and pirates and Patriots, oh my

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Bruins bring Halloween to Children’s Hospital

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Actress Meryl Streep to speak in Lowell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ian Somerhalder brings environmentalism to Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein