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Martin Walsh basks in glow after election victory

A day after squeezing out a narrow victory over John R. Connolly, mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh held a news conference on Boston Common.

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A tired but triumphant Martin Walsh, fresh off his victorious campaign for mayor, was greeted with applause at stops across the city on Wednesday.

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// Eyes turn anew to Martin Walsh’s longtime partner

Lorrie Higgins, Walsh’s girlfriend for the past eight years, has been supportive of the mayor-elect’s political career.

// Vice President Biden congratulates the wrong Martin Walsh

Biden called the cellphone of a former aide to US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who happens to share the same name as the mayor-elect.

The Suffolk Downs casino proposal required votes in East Boston and Revere because about 52 acres of the property are in Revere. It is unclear if track officials could come up with a Revere-only plan in time to meet a Dec. 31 state deadline.

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Gaming panel chief skeptical of Revere plan

Building a casino on Suffolk Downs’s 52 acres in Revere would “be complicated, at best,” Stephen Crosby said, a day after East Boston voters shot down a casino proposal.

MassChallenge staffers showed up at Lunch Beat Boston in costume.

Tech sector throws lunchtime dance party

Lunch Beat Boston — a noontime rave franchise that started in Stockholm — turned District Hall in the Seaport into a club Wednesday.

The Nation

Sebelius rejects bipartisan calls for delay in health law

By Robert Pear

Kathleen Sebelius’s comments came just hours after the chief whose office supervised the creation of the troubled healthcare website said he was retiring.

TSA officer honored at LA airport

A bagpiper led a procession through LAX as the US Honor Flag arrived at a ceremony honoring Gerardo Hernandez.

Gerardo Hernandez, the officer killed by a rampaging gunman, was remembered by blue-shirted TSA colleagues who formed a procession.

Lawyers in custody case seek to recoup fees

Attorneys for the adoptive parents of a girl caught in a custody dispute have filed paperwork seeking $1 million in legal fees from the Cherokee Nation.

The World

Kerry persists as Mideast talks flounder

By Mark Landler

Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the Israeli government to limit its approval of new settlements that threaten to poison peace talks.

DNA from knife boosts Knox’s defense


US student Amanda Knox’s defense got a boost when a new DNA test on a kitchen knife failed to conclusively prove that it was the murder weapon used to kill her British roommate.

Carbon levels accelerate, UN says


World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012, the UN weather agency said Wednesday.

Editorial & Opinion


Mideast allies crave leadership from US

By Nicholas Burns

President Obama needs to reaffirm the commitment the US has made to its friends in the Middle East who believe that Washington is turning away from its leadership role.


Boston finally gets an open election

By Joan Vennochi

Massachusetts voters love incumbents, especially Democratic ones, so Boston’s mayoral election was a breath of fresh air.

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The same-name identity crisis

President Nixon, at a news conference on March 15, 1973.

By Alex Beam

What’s in a name? A lot, if your name is the same as someone else’s.


At Savin Hill cafe, mayor-elect finds home away from home

The support for Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh at McKenna’s Cafe is clear from the T-shirt worn by server Helena Kelly. Walsh is a longtime regular at the breakfast spot near his Savin Hill home.

By Peter Schworm

McKenna’s has been a refuge from the political grind for Martin Walsh, but the breakfast spot has also served as a political base.

Yvonne Abraham

Now to keep Boston voters’ faith

By Yvonne Abraham

What is most remarkable about what Marty Walsh pulled off Tuesday isn’t the fact that he won City Hall, but where he won it.

After the election, Boston City Council goes back to business as usual

Councilor Salvatore LaMattina (right), who was reelected to his District 1 seat Tuesday, greeted colleague John Connolly, who lost his bid for mayor in Tuesday’s election.

By Meghan E. Irons

John Connolly returned to work Wednesday, slipping quietly into the council chambers about 15 minutes late and leaving with a standing ovation.

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Suspect tasered in CVS incident in Carver

By Nicholas Jacques

Music Review

Benjamin Grosvenor’s gifts on display

By Jeffrey Gantz


Novartis to add 175 jobs in Cambridge, cut elsewhere

Inside Novartis AG’s global research headquarters in Cambridge. The company has been expanding its network of research labs.

By Robert Weisman

The jobs at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research will include some new hires along with moving some positions from England and Calif.

Tech lab

The e-book choice — rent, borrow, or buy?

OverDrive provides about 1.8 million downloadable e-books and audiobooks to about 90 percent of US public libraries, including Boston’s (above).

By Hiawatha Bray

E-books already hold 30 percent of the US book market. But they will do even better as companies give us more ways to read them.

Natick biotech Karyopharm raises $109m

By Robert Weisman

Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., which hopes to develop a pipeline of drugs to treat cancers, is the ninth Mass. biotech company to complete an IPO this year.


Nathan R. Miller, 93; developer earned, donated millions

Nathan Miller, who was 93, continued working at his Beacon Hill office until July.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Miller (right) grew up modestly in Beacon Hill and would eventually own many prominent office buildings near his childhood home.

Bobby Parker, influential blues singer, guitarist, showman; at 76

Passages from Bobby Parker’s “Watch Your Step’’ were covered by a wide variety of rock bands.

By Terence McArdle

Mr. Parker’s recordings inspired musicians across all genres, including John Lennon, Carlos Santana, and Led Zeppelin.



Is Dolphins’ Richie Incognito the scapegoat?

The two Miami Dolphins linemen at the center of the bullying controversy: Richie Incognito (left) and Jonathan Martin.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

By Ben Volin

Many Miami players think Jonathan Martin isn’t taking responsibility for his personal problems and is just trying to blame it all on Incognito.

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Celtics defeat Jazz for first win of season

Celtics forward Brandon Bass slammed home two points late in the game to help seal the win.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics moved to 1-4 on the young season and gave coach Brad Stevens his first win as an NBA head coach.

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Confusion reigns on Celtics early in Brad Stevens era

Celtics coach Brad Stevens is dealing with a team and players in transition.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics are trying to figure out their identity, and the rookie head coach is dealing with all that entails.

G: Style

Tiffany’s last stand: The Ayer Mansion gets a makeover

The staircase in the entry hall of the Ayer Mansion.

By Christopher Muther

The strange history of 395 Commonwealth Ave., the country’s sole surviving home designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the painstaking work to preserve a Back Bay “treasure.”

Movie Review

In ‘Thor,’ the swinging hammer misses

Chris Hemsworth as the Marvel superhero Thor in the sequel “The Dark World.”

By Ty Burr

The latest attempt by Marvel Comics and parent company Disney to colonize all of popular culture, “Thor: The Dark World” is a poorly plotted extravaganza.

Book Review

‘Playing House’ by Lauren Slater

Lauren Slater.

By Kate Tuttle

Throughout the 18 essays, most of which map the difficult territory of family, sex, and aging, Slater’s voice is aggressively, even unsettlingly, candid.

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Bar gear gets swanky

By Kim Cook


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Handyman on Call

How can they remove spilled glue from concrete?

By Peter Hotton


Red Sox players celebrate with Conan O’Brien

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Nia Vardalos speaks at Horizons for Homeless Children event

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Psy has another hit, this time at Brandeis

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ebony 100 listmakers have local ties

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Idol’ alum Constantine Maroulis at ‘We Will Rock You’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Carter Burwell will score local project ‘Olive Kitteridge’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ben Bradlee Jr. wins sports writing award

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein