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Outside groups fueling Boston’s mayoral race

Martin Walsh has benefited from three times more outside spending by independent political groups than John Connolly, according to records.

Boston Celtics Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was surrounded by former teammates and others Friday as his statue was unveiled on City Hall Plaza.


City Hall Plaza statue honors Celtics’ Bill Russell

The formal unveiling of the statute honoring Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell — originally set for 2 p.m. today — has been canceled because of high winds, the Menino administration said.

About 19,000 people registered for an online anthropology course taught by Wellesley College’s Adam Van Arsdale.

For online professors, a celebrity side effect

Massive open online courses are bringing questions about matters like wardrobe and social media buzz to the halls of academia.

Police stood near an unidentified weapon in Los Angeles International Airport Friday.


Gunman kills TSA officer, brings LA airport to halt

A 23-year-old man wielding an assault rifle and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition paralyzed one of the world’s busiest airports for hours.

An unusual structure on a barge in Portland Harbor has had people buzzing.

Google goes to sea, and the world wonders why

An unusual structure on a barge in the harbor of Portland, Maine, and a second barge under construction in San Francisco have had people buzzing.

The Nation

Documents show few health care plan enrollees

By Alex Wayne

The Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchanges enrolled just 248 people in their first two days, as website outages and software errors hindered sign-ups.

Abortion ruling leaves few options in Texas

By Christopher Sherman and Chris Tomlinson

A federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect during a legal challenge.

Political Notebook

Obama pledges to help end surge in Iraq violence

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit with President Obama was their first meeting since December 2011.

The president stopped short of announcing new commitments of assistance sought by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The World

US drone strike reportedly kills Pakistani Taliban leader

Hakimullah Mehsud was on the United States’ most-wanted terrorist list with a $5 million bounty.

By Declan Walsh, Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud and Ismail Khan

Hakimullah Mehsud was on the United States’ most wanted terrorist list with a $5 million bounty.

In Germany, a plan to keep messages away from NSA

Reports that the NSA monitored Angela Merkel’s cellphone tested an already strained alliance.

By Michael Birnbaum

German phone and Internet companies are proposing e-mail and Internet that would be transmitted within German borders only.

Germans may hear from Edward Snowden

NSA leaker Edward Snowden was seen on a boat trip in Moscow in a frame from a video reportedly shot in September.

By Michael Birnbaum

The former National Security Agency contractor is interested in testifying in a German inquiry into US spying.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | John T. Shaw

Lessons JFK could teach senators about running for president

John F. Kennedy was first elected to the US Senate in 1952, at age 35.

By John T. Shaw

There is a model of how to use the Senate to win the presidency that President Obama adopted in 2008 and that current aspirants would do well to follow.

opinion | Michael Contompasis

Reimagine, rather than patch, Boston schools

By Michael Contompasis

We should ask superintendent candidates to commit to strip down the district office and move responsibility for historically centralized functions closer to the schools.

opinion | Elissa Ely

The battle for that parking space

By Elissa Ely

This was war, undeclared but certain, fueled by the day’s slights as much as competitive spirit, and there was no reason to hide human nature.


Leave early to make it to Red Sox rally, MBTA says

Parade planners have altered the parade route slightly. Duck boats will spend less time in the water than during previous championship parades.

By Martine Powers and John R. Ellement

As Boston basks in the glow of a World Series win, transportation officials and police readied the rails and the roads for the parade festivities.

Duck boat driver looks forward to third Sox parade

Duck boat driver Colleen McKinnon with Johnny Damon at the 2004 rally.

By Peter Schworm

Colleen McKinnon worked the two previous Red Sox rolling rallies through Boston, and she is primed for another front-row seat to the celebration.

William Evans steps in as police commissioner

William Evans walked after a race in Boston on Oct. 13.

By Maria Cramer and Travis Andersen

The Boston police superintendent will serve as acting commissioner until a new mayor picks a permanent replacement.


Lucky Star bus line cleared by US to operate

Lucky Star said it could resume trips between Boston and New York within the the next few weeks.

By Katie Johnston

The company could resume trips between South Station and New York’s Chinatown within the next few weeks.

End of daylight saving time gives bars an extra hour

Meade Sparks made drinks on Halloween at Allston’s White Horse Tavern, which will be open for an extra hour Sunday morning.

By Emily Overholt

Closing time at many Boston bars Sunday morning — legally, 2 a.m. — will be pushed back.

RBS plans to sell Citizens Bank within three years

“We’re excited about moving forward into the next phase of our evolution as a company,” said Bruce Van Saun, chief executive of Citizens Bank.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The move would unshackle Citizens from its troubled parent company and potentially give it freedom to grow, analysts say.


Robinson Risner, 88; ace spent 7½ years in ‘Hanoi Hilton’

Mr. Risner had established himself as one of America’s top pilots. In Korea, he shot down eight Soviet fighters jets.

By Douglas Martin

Brigadier General Robinson Risner was one of the nation’s most decorated pilots in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

William Lowe, 72; oversaw the birth of IBM’s PC

Mr. Lowe became a lightning rod for criticism as IBM tried to fend off scores of competitors and develop software.

By William Yardley

Mr. Lowe became a lightning rod for criticism as IBM tried to fend off scores of competitors and develop software.

Robert Shogan, 83, esteemed political reporter, author

Mr. Shogan combined shoe-leather reporting with his long view of history. He covered the US Supreme Court for Newsweek.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Shogan was widely considered one of the most respected political reporters in Washington.

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Bucks 105, Celtics 98

Celtics give away home opener to Bucks

There were plenty of positives to build on, but Jeff Green and the Celtics were frustrated after watching a 22-point second-half lead evaporate.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics choked away a 22-point second-half lead to the Bucks at TD Garden. “We got selfish,” said swingman Gerald Wallace.

On Basketball

Celtics home opener lasted too long for Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens may have pushed the right buttons in the first half, but the Celtics failed to adjust late in the game.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics coach may have pushed the right buttons in the first half, but the team failed to adjust late in the game.

Red Sox exercise 2014 option on Jon Lester

Jon Lester won both games he started in the World Series, allowing one run over 15⅓
 innings while striking out 15 and surrendering one walk.

By Peter Abraham

Lester, who turns 30 in January, is 100-56 with a 3.76 ERA in 221 career regular-season appearances since 2006.

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Patriots Notebook

Patriots’ Tommy Kelly will not play Sunday

By Shalise Manza Young

Bruins Notebook

Bruins looking for quick end to slow starts

By Barbara Matson

Celtics Notebook

Brad Stevens appreciates Bill Russell’s words

By Baxter Holmes

Needham 42, Duxbury 28

Mike Elcock helps Needham recover for win

By Andrew MacDougall

Natick 39, King Philip 26

Natick breaks out in 2d half, beats King Philip

By Eric Russo

Arlington 14, Wayland 7

Arlington football gets past Wayland

By Stephen Sellner

Leominster 51, Westboro 13

Undefeated Leominster steamrolls Westboro

By Jay Gearon

BC High 28, Weymouth 0

Quarterback Sean Holleran paces BC High

By Anthony Gulizia

BU 4, Providence 3

Danny O’Regan strikes cap BU comeback

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Family

Nonprofit reaches out to bombing victims with an offer of service dogs

Jessica Kensky with Rescue, the black Lab service dog she was given by NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans.

By Sharron Kahn Luttrell

The flow of turmoil in the wake of the Marathon bombings was offset a bit when Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes gained something: a young Labrador retriever.

From the Archives

Salem, reconstructed

By Thea Breite

Though we now associate Salem with witch trials, Halloween, and the Peabody Essex Museum, these photographs depict life in a small city.


In hostage drama, characters forge a connection

From left: Gregg Balla, Sheldon Brown, and Jeff Mahoney in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.”

By Joel Brown

In “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” Irish playwright Frank McGuinness probes the hearts and minds of three hostages chained to a wall in a Beirut dungeon.