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Grisly new details released in murder of Danvers teacher

Philip Chism allegedly became upset at Danvers High teacher Colleen Ritzer when she started talking about Tennessee, according to a police affidavit.

Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in drug lab scandal

The former state chemist, whose mishandling of evidence threw the state’s justice system into turmoil, will serve three to five years in prison.

Organizers say they are confident President Obama will prove to be a strong draw for campaign dollars on his three-city tour of California and Washington, even though they have already lowered the ticket price for one San Francisco event to help ensure a packed hall.

Drew Angerer/Pool

Weakened Obama heads west to raise campaign cash

The president’s ability to help his party will face a big test next week as he seeks to help Democrats stock their campaign coffers.

The Nation

Weakened Obama heads west to raise campaign cash

Organizers say they are confident President Obama will prove to be a strong draw for campaign dollars on his three-city tour of California and Washington, even though they have already lowered the ticket price for one San Francisco event to help ensure a packed hall.

By Matt Viser

The president’s ability to help his party will face a big test next week as he seeks to help Democrats stock their campaign coffers.

White House offers upbeat forecast for health website

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

The Obama administration’s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected yearend crush of customers, officials said Friday.

Somber nation marks 50th anniversary of JFK death

Friday was the first time Dallas organized a large event for the assassination anniversary.

By Jamie Stengle and Nomaan Merchant

A half-century after rifle bullets cut through a presidential motorcade, the city that has long struggled with its own wounds from the JFK assassination paused to honor the fallen leader.

The World

Kerry to rejoin Iran nuclear program talks

Secretary of State John Kerry.

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva to give a boost to the talks, raising hopes that a historic deal could be reached over the weekend.

Afghanistan rebuffs US demands to sign pact

By Patrick Quinn

The US defense secretary warned that planning for a post-2014 military presence may be jeopardized if the deal isn’t finalized by the end of the year.

Pneumonia is new threat to storm-battered Philippines

A Typhoon Haiyan survivor comforted her child as she waited to board her evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, on Friday.

By Keith Bradsher

Acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia, were the biggest single public health problem to emerge since the typhoon, officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Wild and crazy mayors

New antics from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are in the news almost daily.

By Lawrence Harmon

There is no method to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s madness, unlike the seemingly bizarre actions of other municipal leaders.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Mass. leading a retreat from youth football

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The number of high school football players in the state dropped 11.3 percent since the 2006-07 season, one of the biggest percentage drops in the nation.

RENÉE LOTH

Fixing the fortress on Boylston Street

The Johnson wing of the Boston Public Library opened in 1972.

By Renée Loth

The Boston Public Library’s Johnson Wing, once heralded as a bold Modernist statement, has fallen in the public esteem.

Metro

Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in drug lab scandal

A tear ran down Annie Dookhan’s cheek during the court hearing.

By Milton J. Valencia and John R. Ellement

The former state chemist, whose mishandling of evidence threw the state’s justice system into turmoil, will serve three to five years in prison.

Grisly new details released in murder of Danvers teacher

Philip Chism was arraigned in October in the death of teacher Colleen Ritzer.

By Wesley Lowery

Philip Chism allegedly became upset at Danvers High teacher Colleen Ritzer when she started talking about Tennessee, according to a police affidavit.

Writers embrace challenge to complete novel in a month

Karla Hailer, wearing a tiara, took part in a National Novel Writing Month “write-in” at the Public Library of Brookline.

By Matthew Gilbert

National Novel Writing Month helps ambitious souls wage war against writer’s block and produce 50,000 words in 30 days.

Business

European regulators provide boost to Cambridge biotechs

The lobby of the new Biogen Idec headquarters in Cambridge.

By Robert Weisman

Officials cleared the way for Biogen to enjoy a decade of European patent protection and recommended continued use of Ariad’s leukemia drug.

Muddling through: State’s jobless rate little changed

By Megan Woolhouse

The state’s unemployment rate remained above 7 percent for the fourth consecutive month as the Massachusetts’ economic expansion continued its slow advance.

French bakery chain Paul will soon break bread in Boston

Mayor Thomas M. Menino received a gift of bread from chef Fabrice Ligouzat of Paul.

By Emily Overholt

Paul, which has nearly 600 locations in 29 countries, plans to open four shops in the area next year, including a location in Downtown Crossing.

Obituaries

Robert Bowie, 104; advised four presidents on foreign policy

Mr. Bowie, speaking to students in 1970, founded Harvard’s Center for International Affairs.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Bowie, a Harvard foreign policy specialist, served as an adviser on the Cold War, national security, and conflicts around the globe.

Vern Mikkelsen, led Minneapolis Lakers to 4 titles; at 85

Mr. Mikkelsen was selected as an NBA All-Star six times and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

By Jon Krawczynski

Mr. Mikkelsen, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, was known for his hard-nosed defense.

George M. Randall, 73; tried to stop riots at Ole Miss

Mr. Randall was a Rebels fullback from 1960 to 1963.

Mr. Randall was known as much for his football talents as he was for trying to intervene during integration-inspired riots at the university.

Sports

red Sox notebook

Red Sox acquire reliever Burke Badenhop

The Dodgers aren’t shopping Matt Kemp, but teams, such as the Red Sox, have inquired.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox see Badenhop, who held righthanded batters to a .229 average and .574 OPS last season, as an undervalued asset.

Baseball NOTEBOOK

MLB notes: Cardinals ship Freese to Angels

David Freese had a down season — and postseason.

The former World Series MVP was traded by his hometown club in a four-player deal that reunites Albert Pujols with a pair of ex-teammates.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Wes Welker ready for Broncos

Wes Welker is probable against the Patriots after sustaining a concussion on Sunday.

By Shalise Manza Young

The injury news is positive for the Broncos, though not so much for the Patriots.

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BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Adam McQuaid questionable against Hurricanes

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Pacers 97, Celtics 82

Celtics can’t keep up the pace

By Baxter Holmes

Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics lack another level against league’s elite

By Christopher L. Gasper

celtics notebook

Brad Stevens grew up rooting for Pacers

By Baxter Holmes

The Game: Harvard at Yale | Noon (NBCSN)

It’s finals time for Harvard’s veteran secondary

By Craig Larson

UMass 81, New Mexico 65

Minutemen land in Charleston Classic final

By Pete Iacobelli

Boston University 3, North Dakota 1

Terriers top No. 15 North Dakota

By Barbara Matson

Boston College 89, Washington 78

Rahon, BC rebound vs. Washington

By Michael Vega

Division 3 football: Plymouth South 14, Stoughton 12

Plymouth South defense super in win

By Stephen Sellner

Division 5 football: Bishop Fenwick 35, Abington 8

Rufus Rushins propels Crusaders to win in Division 5 final

By Greg Joyce

G: Family

From the Archives

From the Archives: Remembering John F. Kennedy

By Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Fifty years ago the nation was shocked and saddened by the assassination of President John. F Kennedy.

These days Joan Rivers can say anything, and does

“Who knows what can be considered dirty when there are no boundaries?” says Joan Rivers, who will perform at the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday.

By Eugenia Williamson

The 80-year-old comedian’s total Internet domination, while impressive, is merely her latest gambit in her lifelong quest to maintain relevance.

Stage Review

‘A Christmas Story, the Musical’ faithful to film’s spirit

From left: John Bolton, Jake Lucas, Noah Baird, and Erin Dilly star in the touring production of  “A Christmas Story, the Musical.”

By Don Aucoin

The creative team behind “A Christmas Story, the Musical’’ has taken pains to preserve the film’s cheerfully anarchic mood.