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Funding uncertain in Milford casino bid

The news that the casino group is still missing a major piece of financing comes less than a week before voters decide a referendum on the project.

Pope Francis signaled a need for change.

Gregorio Borgia/AP

US bishops reflect the pope’s sensibility

The new pontiff’s humility and warmth signaled an intention to remake the church’s image — and, possibly, to transform it from within.

One man, in search of lost mojo

Forget skinny jeans. At 47, Ethan Gilsdorf just wants to feel a little less obsolete.

In a courtroom sketch, James Bulger refused to look at Steve Davis as he spoke about his sister.

Relatives of Bulger’s victims tell of anguish

James “Whitey” Bulger refused to look at the relatives of his victims as they told of the impact of the deaths of their loved ones.

A bill sponsored by Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, would allow health insurers to continue selling weak health insurance plans to consumers.

Obama’s health care law roils Democrats

House Democrats implored White House officials to devise a way to stop insurance policy cancellations.

Genzyme, which has its headquarters in Kendall Square (above), is awaiting FDA action on its MS drug Lemtrada. A recent FDA report raised doubts about the drug’s future.

Genzyme MS drug gets mixed review

An FDA advisory committee said the multiple sclerosis drug can be approved for sale to patients, although the clinical trials were flawed.

The Nation

Boehner rules out immigration action this year

By Donna Cassata

Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill.

Obama signs bill to help students with allergies

By Kimberly Hefling

The president signed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine.

Mo. man freed after murder conviction overturned

Ryan Ferguson held a sign saying “It is over” as he spoke to reporters Wednesday after his release from prison.

By David A. Lieb

‘‘To get arrested and to get charged for a crime you didn’t commit is incredibly easy,’’ said Ryan Ferguson after a decade in prison.

The World

Typhoon aid is gridlocked

Relief efforts in the devastated Philippines are being stymied by a lack of trucks, available fuel, and housing for workers.

By Keith Bradsher and Rick Gladstone

Typhoon relief gridlock threatened to paralyze rescue operations in the most devastated part of the Philippines on Wednesday.

Toronto mayor admits he bought illegal drugs

Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto said he was a “positive role model for kids” and vowed to stay in his job.

By Rob Gillies

Rob Ford admitted during a heated City Council debate Wednesday that he bought illegal drugs while in office, but refused to step down.

Soldier’s killing stirs outrage in Israel

By Isabel Kershner

A Palestinian teenager fatally stabbed a 19-year-old Israeli soldier on a bus in northern Israel on Wednesday, injecting another element of uncertainty into the peace process.

Editorial & Opinion

EDWARD L. GLAESER

Fix the Boston Redevelopment Authority, don’t break it

Construction at the Filene's block downtown.

By Edward L. Glaeser

The BRA has been beset by criticisms, but there are ways to improve its results.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Hotels no answer for homeless

By Joan Vennochi

More homeless people are living in hotels and motels in Mass., at an increasing cost to taxpayers.

alex beam

Crowdsourcing ‘Casablanca’

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in

Amazon.com has a plan to let its users and viewers help choose its new streaming series, a move that seems to downplay artistic creation.

Metro

Relatives of Bulger’s victims tell of anguish

In a courtroom sketch, James Bulger refused to look at Steve Davis as he spoke about his sister.

By Shelley Murphy and Milton J. Valencia

James “Whitey” Bulger refused to look at the relatives of his victims as they told of the impact of the deaths of their loved ones.

Researchers urge closer look at risks of opioids

By Chelsea Conaboy

More than half of people hospitalized for non-surgical treatment are given addictive painkillers, according to Boston researchers.

Yvonne Abraham

Hedging their bet at Suffolk Downs

Moving the whole Suffolk Downs casino project to its Revere property to get around East Boston’s opposition, shown by residents above, is legal. But that doesn’t make it right, writes Yvonne Abraham.

By Yvonne Abraham

Suffolk Downs’s idea for salvaging its casino proposal by moving the gaming operation to Revere may be legal, but it isn’t right.

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CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

Charles Baker takes governor’s race to a shoe shop

By Joshua Miller

Kevin Cullen

A man not worthy of our hate

By Kevin Cullen

Business

5.2% Mass. jobless rate forecast in 2017

By Emily Overholt

A new forecast estimates that employment in the state will increase at an average annual rate of 1.4 percent a year through 2017.

Tech Lab

Sharper options for phone photos

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom has software controls that are almost as advanced as those on a pro camera. You can fiddle with aperture, white balance, color temperature, and shutter speed.

By Hiawatha Bray

They might invent a phone that shoots professional-grade photos. Until then, we’ll have to make do with better software, bigger cameras — or more lousy pictures.

Genzyme MS drug gets mixed review

Genzyme, which has its headquarters in Kendall Square (above), is awaiting FDA action on its MS drug Lemtrada. A recent FDA report raised doubts about the drug’s future.

By Robert Weisman

An FDA advisory committee said the multiple sclerosis drug can be approved for sale to patients, although the clinical trials were flawed.

Obituaries

William Pollack, 87; helped develop Rh disease vaccine

By Paul Vitello

Erythroblastosis fetalis was once responsible for 10,000 infant deaths a year in the US prior to the creation of the vaccine.

Al Johnson, lead singer for the Unifics; at 65

Al Johnson had studied architecture in college.

By Terence McArdle

Mr. Johnson later produced and arranged recordings by such performers as Roberta Flack, the Whispers, and Jean Carne.

Sports

How Scott Boras influences all of baseball

“It’s a misconception that he tells a player what to do,” says Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley of Boras, who represents him.

By Peter Abraham

Boras, perhaps the most influential agent, represents free agents like Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew and likely will have a big impact on the free agent market.

bobcats 89, celtics 83

‘Cocky’ Celtics have 4-game win streak stopped

Kelly Olynyk of the Celtics bent over as he battled for position under the boards with Charlotte's Al Jefferson.

By Baxter Holmes

“This was a great learning lesson,” Gerald Wallace said after the Celtics were humbled at home by the Bobcats.

Kenbrell Thompkins staying optimistic

Kenbrell Thompkins provided the Patriots’ play of the year with his touchdown catch to beat the Saints.

By Michael Whitmer

The Patriots’ rookie wideout has seen a dip in his playing time recently, but he’s hopeful he’ll still be able to contribute this season.

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on baseball

Ben Cherington in position of strength

By Nick Cafardo

red sox notebook

‘Good news’ on Dustin Pedroia’s thumb surgery

By Peter Abraham

patriots notebook

Bill Belichick mum on Patriots’ interest in Ed Reed

By Michael Whitmer

bruins notebook

Bruins backup Chad Johnson awaits opportunity

By Fluto Shinzawa

Celtics notebook

Out-of-bounds plays are a Brad Stevens specialty

By Baxter Holmes

skiing notebook

Kris Freeman gets assist from Waterville Valley

By T.D. Thornton

college roundup

College roundup: BU a winner in men’s basketball

By Anthony Gulizia

G: Style

Book Review

‘Darling’ by Richard Rodriguez

By Siddhartha Mitter

The 10 essays examine major dimensions of American society in the first person with a deeply humanistic voice that is politically hard to place.

Bargain Bin

Stylish fall looks at Nanette Lepore

An outfit from Nanette Lepore, whose sale is expected to run through the holiday season.

By Amy Albernaz

Ami Albernaz’s weekly roundup of bargains includes Nanette Lepore’s fall items marked down 40 percent.

Ask Martha

Make turkey ‘statues’ for Thanksgiving

By Martha Stewart

For Thanksgiving, here is a method for casting turkey “statues” from PermaStone.

Globe North

Acupuncture offers holistic alternative to Botox

Beverly resident Lora Lipman is in the hands of  acupuncturist Stephanie Kula during a recent treatment.

By Taryn Plumb

Cosmetic acupuncture is among the growing natural alternatives to more traditional procedures such as face lifts, and Botox and collagen injections.

Lawrence

Nonprofits aim to increase board diversity

Martha Cruz, a project administrator at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center,  is being trained to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.

By Brenda J. Buote

The Cultural Inclusion pilot project seeks to increase diversity on the boards of agencies serving the City of Lawrence’s most vulnerable residents.

Ways to reduce stress, limit aging

You might try these other natural methods to reduce stress and slow the hands of time.

Globe South

Weymouth

Want to pump your own gas? You can’t do it in Weymouth

In Weymouth, says town official Jeffrey Richards, full-service gas is  “a quality-of-life issue.”

By Johanna Seltz

Weymouth is one of a handful of communities — including Milford, Upton, and Arlington — that outlaws self-service gasoline stations.

Don’t touch that pump in Weymouth

Weymouth outlawed self-service gas stations in 1977 and remains one of a handful of communities with the ban intact; Milton and Holbrook rescinded their bans in 2008.

Brockton

Mother of teen who went missing 24 years ago calls for help

Dottie McLean said she thinks some of her daughter’s friends know something about what happened the night Jennifer Lynn Fay disappeared.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Based on new information, McLean says she is ready to accept the inevitable: that the girl who vanished on Nov. 14, 1989, is never coming home.

Globe West

Team IMPACT unites local kids and colleges

Newton teen Marianne Mahoney has become a central figure in the Northeastern women’s ice hockey squad through Team IMPACT.

By Brion O’Connor

Team IMPACT is a Quincy-based nonprofit that connects children with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses with college athletes.

Concord

Thoreau’s birthplace launches bid to go solar

Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau.

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

A trust that oversees the birthplace of the renowned 19th-century writer and naturalist is looking to go off the grid.

Milford

Opponents’ engineers slam casino traffic plan

A rendering of the casino site.

By Ellen Ishkanian

A review financed by opponents slammed Foxwoods’ traffic plan while police and fire unions gave the gambling resort a resounding endorsement.