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Nov. 5

Researcher helps sow climate-change doubt

Willie Soon, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center astrophysicist, has established himself as a front-line combatant in the partisan crossfire over the climate.

Boston police planning to add to weapons arsenal

The department is quietly preparing to train 99 patrol officers to use military-style rifles, a dramatic boost in firepower that some officials say is excessive.

Gerry Elovitz, a.k.a. Jerry Ellis, brought his sense of humor to marketing Building #19, but the odds-and-ends inventory made it difficult to transition to the digital era.

The fun runs out at Building #19

The Hingham company, having fallen victim to e-commerce and tougher competition from national discount retailers, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

State Representative Martin J. Walsh (left) and Councilor at Large John R. Connolly both campaigned in Roxbury the day before Tuesday’s vote.


Decision day in historic Boston mayoral battle

It was just a ribbon-cutting for a playground, the kind of ceremony that happens so often under Mayor Thomas M. Menino that it usually passes without notice. But on Monday, the mayor choked back tears as he marked not only the beginning of a new public space, but the end of an era.

A driving instructor taught a class at Brockton High School. Tougher requirements passed in 2007 have discouraged teens from getting a license until they turn 18.

In Mass., fewer teen accidents and drivers

The number of accidents has dropped by half since the state raised the training requirements for young drivers and boosted penalties for teens.

The Nation

Supreme Court declines Okla. abortion case

By Adam Liptak

New abortion restrictions in other states, however, has increased the chances that the issue will come before the justices soon.

Across US, election battles offer little political insight

The reelection of Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey could boost pragmatists within the Republican Party.

By Steve Peoples

Voters across America will render judgment in a slew of political contests Tuesday, including elections for governor in New Jersey and Virginia.

Senate advances gay rights work bill

President Obama issued a plea on Monday for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

By Donna Cassata

The Senate pushed a major antibias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality.

The World

Morsi, other defendants disrupt, reject trial

A video image showed Egypt’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, in the court’s cagelike docket.

By Abigail Hauslohner and Erin Cunningham

An Egyptian judge postponed the trial of Mohammed Morsi after the ousted president and his codefendants defied and disrupted the proceedings.

Brazil acknowledges spying on US, Russian envoys

President Dilma Rousseff recently postponed a state visit to Washington after US spying revelations.

By Simon Romero

Brazilian authorities were in the uncomfortable position of defending their own surveillance practices after criticizing US spying operations.

Thousands rally against United States in Iran

Iranian school girls raised their palms with a slogan that reads, “death to America,” during a rally in Tehran.

By Ali Akbar Dareini

Hard-liners directed a major show of resolve against President Hassan Rouhani’s outreach to Washington.

Editorial & Opinion


Stores restored now charges sales tax in Massachusetts.

By Tom Keane must now charge sales tax in Mass., making the mall or the corner store look ever more attractive.


Next mayor should harness growth for more livable city

By Paul McMorrow

Whoever wins City Hall will have to overhaul Boston’s development bureaucracy to address transit and housing.

Farah Stockman

Lessons from the Menino era

By Farah Stockman

Mayor Thomas Menino was effective in part because of his reputation for vindictiveness if he was crossed.


Mayoral hopefuls confront racism in Boston

Mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh spoke at a debate hosted by the Urban League of Massachusetts in Roxbury. They have discussed race, a topic that had been considered too controversial for some time.

By Akilah Johnson

John Connolly and Martin Walsh have been open about discussing race, a topic that had been considered too controversial for some time.

Campaign seeks small steps for a greener Boston

Nathan Gottier and Jess Gillane prepared a meatless meal together last month in Boston.

By Beth Daley

Boston, using equal doses of data and behavioral science, is taking on the challenge to recast cultural norms and cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

Kevin Cullen

Laboring under a cloud in Boston

By Kevin Cullen

Columnist Kevin Cullen has no idea who will emerge the winner at the polls, but he’s quite certain who lost most in this mayoral race: union workers.

More Stories

Jailed detainee may get bond

By Milton J. Valencia

Prosecutors want Danvers records kept sealed

By Maria Sacchetti and Martin Finucane


Man arrested after dispute in Dorchester

By Melissa Hanson and Alyssa Creamer


Hiker discovers bones in woods in Brockton

By Jasper Craven and Melissa Hanson


SAC Capital agrees to plead guilty in insider trading case

Hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen could still face charges.

By Dina ElBoghdady

The hedge fund agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle charges accusing it of encouraging rampant insider trading for more than a decade.

Baupost Group raises stake in Idenix Pharmaceuticals

By Beth Healy

The Boston hedge fund has bought up more than one-quarter of the stock of the Cambridge biotech firm working on drugs to treat hepatitis C.

Utilities seek boost in region’s natural gas

A crew worked on a drilling rig at a well site for shale-based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa.

By Erin Ailworth

The state’s two largest utilities have signed preliminary agreements to transport additional supplies of natural gas on the principal interstate pipeline serving Boston.


Joseph Braunstein, 84; bankruptcy attorney, mentor for young lawyers

Mr. Braunstein received the Boston Bar Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

By Michele Richinick

During a law career that spanned more than 55 years, Mr. Braunstein became one of Boston’s top bankruptcy attorneys.

Frank Wess, 91; sax standout, flute pioneer with Count Basie

Mr. Wess (foreground, playing sax) was voted best jazz flutist for five years in a row in Down Beat magazine’s critics’ poll.

By William Yardley

Mr. Wess was not the first flutist in jazz, but his tonally rich and technically deft flute solos enjoyed an unusually prominent platform.

Leonard Leiman, at 82; led securities law firm

By Laurence Arnold

Mr. Leiman led the securities-law practice at Reavis & McGrath when it merged in 1988 with Fulbright & Jaworski.


Red Sox make qualifying offers to 3 players

After a job well done in 2013, John Farrell (left) and Ben Cherington are already thinking about what lies ahead in the 2014 season for the Red Sox.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox made qualifying offers of one year and $14.1 million to Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mike Napoli.

Grizzlies 95, Celtics 88

Struggling Celtics drop fourth in a row

Brandon Bass and the Celtics are 0-4 to start the season. The Celtics have not lost four consecutive games to start the regular season since 1969-70.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics made it interesting, especially after ending the third quarter on a 15-0 run, but they fell to the Grizzlies, 95-88.

Stars’ Tyler Seguin is all about moving forward

After just a few months, Tyler Seguin feels he has grown as a person and a player since being traded by the Bruins.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

He had ups and downs in Boston, and was traded at age 21, but Seguin had nothing harsh to say about the Bruins.

G: Living

Martha’s Vineyard a popular spot to tie the knot

A wedding at Allen Sheep Farm in Chilmark.

By Jan Brogan

The island has become one of the country’s top places for destination weddings, especially in fall and spring.

Book Review

‘Stitches ’ by Anne Lamott

In “Stitches,” Anne Lamott (above) writes six pieces that span 96 pages and which remind us that “hope is a conversation.”

By Kathleen Hirsch

In “Stitches: A Handbook of Meaning, Hope and Repair,’’ Lamott strikes a far more elegiac note than she has in her previous works.

Stage Review

Teamwork and timing are hallmarks of this ‘Godot’

Gary Lydon as Estragon (left) and Conor Lovett as Vladimir in “Waiting for Godot” at the Paramount Center Mainstage.

By Patti Hartigan

Director Judy Hegarty Lovett seems to suggest that the two famed characters might as well be men on the moon, playing an endless waiting game in an inescapable place.

More Stories

dance review

Stepping leaps forward in popularity

By Karen Campbell

Art Review

Series spotlights the furniture makers

By Cate McQuaid


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Movie Stars

Movie Stars


Gillette cleans up David Ortiz, Shane Victorino

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


A seal of approval for Stephen Drew

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress speaks at Emerson

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Filmmaker Spike Lee speaks at ABCD gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Millennium Campus Conference held at NU

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Michael Dukakis celebrates 80th with friends

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein