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Dobelle resigns from Westfield State presidency

Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle abruptly retired Friday afternoon, departing the school with nothing but his pension as investigators for the school and two state agencies pored over records of his questionable spending of university resources on international travel, five-star hotels, limousines, and high-priced restaurants.

Delia Binette, 6, looked at an X-ray of a sea turtle at New England Aquarium.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

At aquarium, kids trade hospital for private tour

As the day wound to a close at the New England Aquarium, legions of children headed home, bursting with stories about penguins, sea lions, and turtles.

Astrid Franco and Jessica Khokhlan attend UMass Boston.

‘Snowplow parents’ overly involved in college students’ lives

Some parents are so involved that they call college professors about their children’s grades, or complain to administrators about minor issues.

Strong US job gains despite government shutdown

The performance greatly exceeded most economists’ predictions, as many expected the 16-day shutdown to add further drag to an already sluggish recovery.

Marathon blasts triggered PTSD symptoms for veterans, BU study finds

Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed said they experienced emotional distress as a result of the bombings and the lockdown during the search for the suspects.

Genzyme’s Kendall Square location.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff/file 2010

Report slams Genzyme’s MS drug on eve of hearing

Regulators suggested that the drug could be too dangerous to approve because of what they believe are the treatment’s limited benefits.

The Nation

Few options for Obama on health care cancellations

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

President Obama says he’ll do everything he can to help people coping with insurance cancellations, but legally and practically his options appear limited.

Height of new World Trade Center debated in Chicago

A design change to antenna on 1 World Trade Center could affect its official height: 1,776 or 1,368 feet.

By Jason Keyser

A committee of architects will decide whether a design change disqualifies the skyscraper as the nation’s tallest building.

‘60 Minutes’ retracts Benghazi story

Lara Logan, who reported the story, said “the truth is we made a mistake.”

By Paul Farhi

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a report based on a supposed eyewitness to the terrorist attacks on the US diplomatic compound last year.

The World

Push for Iran nuclear pact focuses on reactor

John Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton headed to a meeting in Geneva on Friday.

By Michael R. Gordon and Mark Landler

With Secretary of State John Kerry and other ranking Western officials converging in Geneva, negotiators wrestled with the final hurdles to an agreement.

Typhoon kills over 100 in Philippines

Nearly 800,000 people in the Philippines were forced to flee their homes, and the damage was believed to be extensive.

By Oliver Teves and Teresa Cerojano

More than 100 people are dead and another 100 injured after the central Philippines was struck by Haiyan, which is now headed to Vietnam.

Syria’s main opposition refuses to attend meeting

By Anne Barnard

The refusal to meet in Moscow with Syrian government officials drew sharp criticism from Russia, which blames the opposition for paralyzing diplomatic efforts.

Editorial & Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Boston Irish Famine Memorial needs to be restored

The Boston Irish Famine Memorial is at the corner of Washington and School streets.

By Lawrence Harmon

The two statues and eight narrative plaques deserve better than their current fate as magnets for vagrants and pigeons.


Private gun sales, public tragedy

Mourners in Wisconsin hold a vigil in October marking the one-year anniversary of a shooting at a hair salon.

By Renée Loth

The rifle used to kill President Kennedy was purchased from a mail-order catalog, yet unregulated private sales of firearms continue today.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Can New Bedford lure a turbine plant?

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Bringing a global turbine maker to the oft-beleaguered city would be a boon as New Bedford has the state’s second-highest unemployment rate.


Mayor-elect meets with Boston business leaders

By Akilah Johnson

Martin Walsh and Mayor Thomas Menino met with about 30 business executives during a power lunch organized by Menino at the Parkman House.

Lantigua still behind in mayoral race after review

Clerk William Maloney of the Lawrence Board of Registrars reviewed a provisional ballot Friday at City Hall.

By Travis Andersen

Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua remained 57 votes behind in his reelection bid after a review of provisional ballots Friday night.

Governor Patrick to give office a $9 million upgrade

By Michael Levenson

Aides for Patrick say the work will largely benefit his successor.

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Dobelle resigns from Westfield State presidency

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen

Judge refuses to unseal documents in Danvers case

By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane


Takeout delivery company Dashed rolls out a rental car fleet for drivers

The SmartCars are tiny, two-door vehicles with just enough space on their hoods and doors to squeeze in advertisements from partner restaurants. Today, the company contracts with about 500 restaurants and 100 couriers in five East Coast cities.

By Callum Borchers

The new fleet, which will be complete when the final six vehicles hit the road this weekend, is an attempt to create a Zipcar-like business for takeout delivery drivers.

Harvard’s operating deficit rises to $34 million

Harvard faces broad fiscal hurdles, said Drew Gilpin Faust.

By Beth Healy

The gap will force the world’s richest school to trim near-term spending even as it proceeds with ambitious building plans and fund-raising.

Burlington Mall hosts Keurig’s first-ever retail outlet

Jennifer Dicicco of Waltham won a free coffee maker at the opening the Keurig store in the Burlington Mall.

By Taryn Luna

The first company store dedicated to the single-cup coffee makers opened Friday in a space that looks and feels like a finely appointed luxury kitchen.


John ‘Bud’ Hawk, 89; Army sergeant awarded Medal of Honor

Army Sergeant John ‘Bud’ Hawk received the Medal of Honor from President Truman in 1945 in Olympia, Wash.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Hawk received the military’s highest award for valor for his heroism during a battle of the Normandy campaign.

Editta Sherman, 101; celebrity photographer

Mrs. Sherman took advantage of lofty ceilings, a wall of windows, and a huge skylight.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mrs. Sherman lived for 61 years in a studio penthouse above Carnegie Hall until forced out in 2010 in an epic landlord-tenant struggle.

Manfred Rommel, son of Hitler’s ‘Desert Fox’; at 84

Manfred Rommel was haunted by the suicide of his father by cyanide.

By Angela Cullen

Mr. Rommel was the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart, where he stood up for fair treatment of immigrant workers.

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Barnstable 27, Natick 13

Barnstable shuts down Troy Flutie, Natick to advance

By Zac Vierra


Celtics 91, Magic 89

Celtics finish off Magic in fourth

Jordan Crawford made a shot as he got past Maurice Harkless in the first half.

By Baxter Holmes

It’s becoming custom for these Celtics to take games to the wire, but Boston ended the Magic’s three-game winning streak.


Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk earning education

Kelly Olynyk ran back on defense after scoring a basket Friday.

By Gary Washburn

No matter what happens with the Celtics this year, Olynyk is going to see a lot of playing time as the franchise looks to see if he can become one of its cornerstones.

Providence 82, Boston College 78 | OT

BC basketball gets lesson in opener

BC guard Olivier Hanlon (23 points) tries to get a shot off over Carson Desrosiers.

By Julian Benbow

The Eagles were spared a foul out, but after Lee Goldsbrough knocked down the two ensuing free throws, Providence never looked back.

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bruins notebook

Bruins prepare for rematch with Maple Leafs

By Amalie Benjamin

celtics notebook

Lineup switch has helped Avery Bradley

By Baxter Holmes

Latin Academy 20, O’Bryant 6

Dragons avenge only loss of season, down O’Bryant

By Lorenzo Recupero

Everett 21, Lowell 0

Everett forces four turnovers in fourth quarter

By Anthony Gulizia

Mansfield 42, Needham 35

Mansfield survives Needham’s frantic comeback bid

By Eric Russo

Holliston 35, Westwood 20

Matt Jeye, Holliston get redemption in playoff win

By Andrew MacDougall

Attleboro 40, Bridgewater-Raynham 14

Rushing attack powers Blue Bombardiers

By Stephen Sellner

College football

BC hoping to change its luck on the road

By Michael Vega

Boston College 5, Boston University 1

Eagles’ hockey homes in on rival Terriers

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

G: Family

Families with multiple children, sports wrestle logistical nightmares

By Joseph P. Kahn

In many families, juggling multiple kids playing multiple sports has become a rewarding, if complicated, way of life.


Pigeons in the city

By Leanne Burden

People and pigeons have long been interesting to photographers, especially years ago when the birds were more popular and were readily fed.

Stage Review

A stirring ‘Miss Saigon’ at North Shore Music Theatre

Francis Jue portrays the pimp-profiteer known as the Engineer in the North Shore Music Theatre production of “Miss Saigon.”

By Don Aucoin

Director Richard Stafford and his superlative cast beautifully capture the human drama, excruciating dilemmas, and quiet devastation at the heart of “Miss Saigon.”