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Boston told to release ratings of teachers

The secretary of state’s office has ruled that the Boston public schools wrongfully withheld overall ratings of teacher performance at individual schools.

Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers

The pending use of GPS tracking devices has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move.

Tom Clark of the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury inspected a branch. Hundreds of thousands of black oaks in Southeastern Massachusetts have shown signs of infestation by tiny gall wasps this year.


Wasps infesting, imperiling area’s black oaks

Hundreds of thousands of black oaks over more than 1,500 acres in Southeastern Mass. have shown signs of infestation this year by gall wasps. The origin, life cycle, and sudden surge in numbers remain a troubling mystery.

Typhoon survivors in an isolated village north of Tacloban rushed for water supplies delivered by a US military helicopter on Sunday.


Filipinos’ plight improving slowly, aid groups say

TACLOBAN, Philippines — International aid groups said Sunday that conditions in the typhoon disaster zone were gradually improving, as more international aid flowed into the country and Philippine community groups expanded their role in the relief effort.

Cut in food stamps brings wide worry

WASHINGTON — Unemployment remains stubbornly high, paychecks are stagnant, especially for minimum-wage workers. Yet even while the economic recovery proceeds slowly, hundreds of thousands of needy families in Massachusetts are getting bad news this month: They are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits. State officials, community food banks, and advocates for the poor are bracing for the full impact of a $95 million cut in nutrition assistance for the Bay State — part of a $5 billion, nationwide reduction caused by the scheduled end of a 2009 boost included in President Obama’s economic stimulus.

Land in Aquinnah on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard would host a year-round casino under a plan proposed by the Wampanoag tribe.

In casino, some see risks for Vineyarders

Mental health advocates fear a casino could increase the use of drugs and alcohol that year-round residents often turn to in the offseason.

The Nation

Tornadoes, storms rip across Midwest, killing 6

A man walked through a damaged home in Gifford, Ill., Sunday after thunderstorms and tornadoes battered the Midwest.

By Don Babwin and David Mercer

Illinois took the brunt of the fury as the string of unusually powerful late-season tornadoes tore across the state.

Two Civil War museums in Va. plan to merge

Christy Coleman (left), director of the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works, and Waite Rawls of the Museum of the Confederacy at the old Tredegar Iron Works.

The Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center are joining forces to build a $30 million museum.

Top 2012 donor fights to block online gambling

By Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger

Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is leveraging his status in an escalating feud with industry rivals over the future of gambling.

The World

Filipinos’ plight improving slowly, aid groups say

Typhoon survivors in an isolated village north of Tacloban rushed for water supplies delivered by a US military helicopter on Sunday.

By Austin Ramzy

More international aid was flowing into the Philippines, major roads were cleared, and fuel was becoming less scarce.

Russia plane crash leaves 50 dead

A woman read a list of the names of passengers aboard the airliner that crashed in Kazan, 450 miles east of Moscow.

By Jim Heintz

A passenger airliner crashed Sunday while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, officials said.

Pakistan expected to put Musharraf on trial for treason

By Zarar Khan

The government plans to put former president Pervez Musharraf on trial for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Nathaniel P. Morris

New operating system

By Nathaniel P. Morris

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, Wikipedia has become a central pillar of medical — and honestly most — education.


Pope’s call resonating with bishops

By James Carroll

Pope Francis is proving to be a savvy institutional leader as the American bishops have changed course from choosing culture warriors as their leaders.

opinion | Jennifer Graham

After Billy Graham, a spiritual void

Billy Graham

By Jennifer Graham

His crusades were television events that preempted regular programming, but it’s been years since the man dubbed “America’s pastor” has preached publicly.


Students learn challenges of ‘Gettysburg’

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns with competition winner Ethan Pond.

By Dan Adams

The Greenwood School, where students are required to memorize and perform the Gettysburg Address, caught the eye of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Boston medical teams aid typhoon victims

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan sat atop their newly rebuilt shanty on Sunday in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Some electricity is available to residents in small amounts through diesel generators. There is no running water, but people were receiving water supplied by tankers.

By Jeremy C. Fox

Doctors and nurses from Boston hospitals are rushing to typhoon-devastated sections of the Philippines to help survivors.

Hadassah’s Boston chapter marks 100th anniversary

Hadassah members recreated a 1955 photo of the dedication of Boston’s Hadassah Way.

By Joshua Miller

The Jewish women’s volunteer organization focuses on strengthening American ties to Israel and promoting health in the region.

Business ǀ Science

Stem cells may let transplant organs avoid rejection

Harvard Apparatus researcher Linghui Meng checked one step in the company’s process of creating artificial tracheas.

By Callum Borchers

A Holliston company is trying to lower the rate of rejection of transplanted organs by infusing the new tissue with a patient’s stem cells before surgery.

Fidelity chairman recovering after breaking his leg

By Beth Healy

Edward C. “Ned” Johnson III is recuperating in Boston after breaking his leg on a trip to Asia, a spokesman for the company confirmed Sunday.

New cholesterol calculator flawed, Harvard MDs say

By Gina Kolata

The problem with the new online tool could mistakenly push millions of people into taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.


Dr. Cesare T. Lombroso, 96, expanded understanding of epilepsy

Dr. Lombroso was head of the seizure unit at Children’s Hospital.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Lombroso was head of the seizure unit at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Doris Lessing, 94, unconventional novelist, woman

Ms. Lessing, a Nobel laureate, scrutinized relationships, inequities, and racial divisions.

By Helen T. Verongos

Ms. Lessing, a Nobel laureate, scrutinized relationships, inequities, and racial divisions.

Mavis Batey, 92; helped crack Axis code

Mrs. Batey’s work helped the Allies cripple the Italian navy and succeed on D-Day.

By Emily Langer

Mrs. Batey’s work helped the Allies cripple the Italian navy and succeed on D-Day.


Patriots dominate in the second half of seasons

Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have reason to smile: the Patriots are 24-1 in the second half of the season since 2010.

By Michael Whitmer

This time of year, for whatever reason, it seems the one constant for the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick is winning.

On Football

Stakes are high for Patriots set to hit free agency

Aqib Talib is in his athletic prime and is playing like one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks this year when healthy.

By Ben Volin

Nine notable Patriots are playing for contracts and their NFL futures this year, not counting street free agents such as Andre Carter.

Dustin Pedroia second to none as face of Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia was an All-Star and won the Gold Glove in 2013, leading the Red Sox to their eighth World Series championship, the second of his career.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox see Pedroia, who signed an eight-year, $110 million extension in July, as a conduit to the fans and an example to the younger players.

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Patriots notebook

Leon Washington downgraded to out against Panthers

By Shalise Manza Young

Gary Washburn

A disconnect in locker room language, behaviors

By Gary Washburn

Broncos 27, Chiefs 17

Peyton Manning, Broncos hand Chiefs their first loss

By Eddie Pells

Steelers 37, Lions 27

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers rally

By Will Graves

Bears 23, Ravens 20 | OT

Robbie Gould FG wins it for Chicago after long delay

By Andrew Seligman

Saints 23, 49ers 20

Garrett Hartley’s field goal on last play wins it

By Brett Martel

Eagles 24, Redskins 16

Surging Philadelphia takes NFC East lead

By Rob Maaddi

Giants 27, Packers 13

It’s four straight wins for Giants

By Tom Canavan

Seahawks 41, Vikings 20

Seahawks win 13th consecutive home game

By Tim Booth

Bills 37, Jets 14

Bills’ defense rattles Geno Smith

By John Wawrow

Raiders 28, Texans 23

Matt McGloin’s three TD passes lead Oakland

By Kristie Rieken

Buccaneers 41, Falcons 28

It was a Rainey day for Falcons’ defense in loss

By Fred Goodall

Cardinals 27, Jaguars 14

Carson Palmer’s big day leads Cardinals past Jaguars

By Doug Ferguson

Dolphins 20, Chargers 16

Embattled Miami ends week on high note

By Steven Wine

Football Monday

New direction for Northbridge’s Ken LaChapelle

By Greg Joyce

Division 2 girls state swimming championship

Bishop Feehan takes 3d swimming title

By Stephen Sellner


Bruins’ Loui Eriksson adjusting his game

By Fluto Shinzawa

Division 1 Girls’ Swimming championship

Chelmsford overtakes Andover for swimming title

By Andrew MacDougall

BU 4, UConn 1

BU hockey’s offense rebounds against UConn

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

UMass 85, Youngstown St. 69

UMass Minutemen rise to meet coach’s challenge

By Jeff Wagenheim

BC 82, Florida Atlantic 79

Boston College beats Florida Atlantic for first win

By Anthony Gulizia

Scouting report | Patriots at Panthers

Patriots’ keys to a victory over Panthers

By Jim McBride

G: Health


Cystic fibrosis patients losing a connection

Katie Lockwood (with her husband, Arden) has cystic fibrosis and always valued being part of the CF patient community which provided answers, guidance, and support.

By Dr. Daniela J. Lamas

With new guidelines urging them to stay apart, patients are forced to choose between community and isolation.

Television review

An overdue look at the comedy of Moms Mabley

Moms Mabley (above) circa 1970 and (below) with Merv Griffin in 1969.

By Christopher Muther

Whoopi Goldberg creates a compelling analysis of the barrier-busting Mabley in this HBO documentary.

‘In the Mood’ recreates iconic sounds of 1930s, ’40s

Nick Pankuch and Katrina Asmar dance to the “Bugle Call Rag”  in “In the Mood.”

By Terry Byrne

The musical revue has over 40 songs, performed by a 13-piece big band and six singer/dancers.

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Album Review | Cabaret art-pop/spoken word

The storyteller and the performer

By Marc Hirsh

Album Review | AMERICANA

The Devil Makes Three, ‘I’m A Stranger Here’

By James Reed

Album Review | ROCK

Daughtry, ‘Baptized’

By Ken Capobianco

Album Review | COUNTRY

Lydia Loveless, ‘Boy Crazy’

By Stuart Munro


Blanche Blanche Blanche, ‘Breaking Mirrors’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Daily Dose

Changing school policy on head lice

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Gun violence on the rise in PG-13 movies

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

New obesity treatment guideline released

By Deborah Kotz

Ultra sound pregnancy

Regaining body control after giving birth

By Lara Salahi

Health Answers

What determines the stage of a cancer?

By Courtney Humphries

Boston Medical Mysteries

The woman in the chair

By Dr. Sushrut Jangi


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase


Pigeons on the grass, ‘Saints’ in Jordan Hall

By Jeremy Eichler


Fun and games at Comics Come Home

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Malina key to Jewish Philanthropies gala

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Spreading some glee at Woodland Golf Club

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, other stars in town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein