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UMass halts drug informant program

The school will complete a full review of the program after a disclosure that a student informant died of a heroin overdose.

The tentatively titled West Station is meant to help overhaul the huge swath of land near the Allston-Brighton tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

New transit station could transform Allston area

The $25 million project would allow Allston commuters to take the train to the Back Bay, South Station, and possibly Kendall Square.

A security gate at Camp Edwards, where the three Afghan Army officers had been taking part in a training exercise.

STEVEN SENNE/AP/FILE

Afghan soldiers who fled Cape feared death at home

The three Afghan soldiers explained for the first time why they disappeared from a training exercise at Camp Edwards.

High Island is a small, uninhabited island a mile off the coast of St. George, Maine

Fred Field for the Boston Globe

To preserve access to Maine island, they may have to buy it

A local campaign aims to prevent High Island from going the way of others that have been snapped up by wealthy buyers and closed to the public.

Candidate for governor Charlie Baker was seen during a debate focused on human services at Faneuil Hall.

Charlie Baker’s shifts give fodder to Democrats

The GOP gubernatorial candidate has worked to present a more liberal image on the campaign trail than in his 2010 bid.

Tom Brady, at 37, is looking to fight out of a slump that has him playing at his worst level in years.

Evan Horowitz

At what age do NFL QBs start to decline?

Tom Brady, at 37, is in the age range where other big-name quarterbacks have begun to decline. Can he reverse that trend?

The Nation

Lawmakers blast Secret Service director at hearing

Julia Pierson defended her agency Tuesday, but she repeatedly acknowledged that “mistakes were made.”

By Michael D. Shear

Members of Congress declared Tuesday that they had lost confidence in the Secret Service to protect President Obama.

Armed man with criminal record rode elevator with Obama in Atlanta

A member of the Secret Service stood by President Obama’s motorcade on Tuesday. The agency is investigating how a private contractor was not given a background check.

By Carol D. Leonnig

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama in Atlanta.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

The patient, who arrived in the United States on Sept. 20, was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday. Officials say no one on the patient’s flight is at risk.

By David Warren and Lauran Neergaard

Health authorities have begun tracking down family and friends who may have had close contact with the patient.

The World

Hong Kong protests leaderless but orderly

Tens of thousands of protesters blocked an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

By Chris Buckley

Prodemocracy protesters in Hong Kong appeared headed for a showdown with the authorities Wednesday.

Afghanistan and United States sign bilateral security agreement

US Ambassador James Cunningham (left) and Afghan security official Hanif Atmar sat for Tuesday’s ceremony in Kabul.

By Declan Walsh

Nearly a year after a deal to keep US troops in Afghanistan was suddenly derailed, Afghanistan and the US signed the pact.

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

Syrian Kurds waited in the town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after they crossed the border with Turkey.

By Bassem Mroue

US-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles, and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Jews know too well the fate of refugees, dispossessed migrants

Syrian Kurdish people arrive at the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit the southeastern town of Suruc Monday.

By Jeff Jacoby

The Jewish people know from long and painful experience that “who will rest and who will wander” can be as momentous a fate as life and death.

SCOT LEHIGH

UP academies raise the bar for urban schools

Jacob Hernandez (left) and De’Andre Lebron experimented with homemade boats filled with pennies during a science class at UP Academy Leonard Middle School in Lawrence.

By Scot Lehigh

Recent MCAS results were big for the UP Education Network, which now runs three schools in Boston and two in Lawrence.

opinion | Mike Ross

Harvard’s startup lab targets millennials

The Harvard Innovation Lab opened in November 2011.

By Mike Ross

If enough clicks add up, it will mean that Harvard has found another successful technology company.

Metro

New transit station could transform Allston area

The tentatively titled West Station is meant to help overhaul the huge swath of land near the Allston-Brighton tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

By Nicole Dungca

The $25 million project would allow Allston commuters to take the train to the Back Bay, South Station, and possibly Kendall Square.

Afghan soldiers who fled Cape feared death at home

A security gate at Camp Edwards, where the three Afghan Army officers had been taking part in a training exercise.

By Maria Sacchetti

The three Afghan soldiers explained for the first time why they disappeared from a training exercise at Camp Edwards.

Charlie Baker’s shifts give fodder to Democrats

Candidate for governor Charlie Baker was seen during a debate focused on human services at Faneuil Hall.

By Jim O’Sullivan

The GOP gubernatorial candidate has worked to present a more liberal image on the campaign trail than in his 2010 bid.

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UMass halts drug informant program

By Matt Rocheleau and Eric Bosco

Thomas Farragher

With casino vote, Springfield’s fortune at stake

By Thomas Farragher

Blowtorch likely cause of Quincy fire

By Evan Allen and Kiera Blessing

Hernandez’s lawyer, DA spar over cellphone evidence

By Martin Finucane and John R. Ellement

Business

To preserve access to Maine island, they may have to buy it

High Island is a small, uninhabited island a mile off the coast of St. George, Maine

By Megan Woolhouse

A local campaign aims to prevent High Island from going the way of others that have been snapped up by wealthy buyers and closed to the public.

Longtime Faneuil Hall merchants worry about future

The future of pushcarts at the marketplace is unclear under the current plans.

By Taryn Luna

The operator of the property intends to begin dramatically overhauling the marketplace by next summer.

Study finds women still lag in startup funding

By Callum Borchers

Startups with male executives get six times the amount of funding as those led by women, a new study found.

Obituaries

Betty Reid Mandell, at 89; longtime advocate for the poor

Ms. Mandell, a retired professor, was passionate about social justice.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Mandell taught social work and sociology at Bridgewater State University and other colleges.

Dan Goossen, at 64; boxing promoter behind world champs

Dan Goossen and Andre Ward celebrated a victory in 2012.

Mr. Goossen handled a number of world champions in a lengthy career.

Sports

Which free agents fit the Red Sox’ needs?

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left, and general manager Ben Cherington have big decisions to make about their roster.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox need at least two starting pitchers and, ideally, a third baseman and catcher who bat lefthanded.

AL wild-card | Royals 9, A’s 8 (12 innings)

Royals beat Jon Lester to advance to ALDS

The Royals chipped away at Oakland starter Jon Lester, who allowed six runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

By Dave Skretta

Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, giving the long-suffering Royals a 9-8 victory.

NL wild card: Giants at Pirates, 8 p.m., ESPN

Pirates’ Volquez hopes to cement improved image

Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws long toss in the outfield during a team workout at PNC Park Tuesday. Volquez will start against the Giants in Wednesday's NL wild-card game.

By Will Graves

Edinson Volquez hopes his transformation will boost the Pirates in the NL wild-card game Wednesday.

G: Food

Is 3-D food printing the next microwave?

01printer - 3D printed sugar designs made by The Sugar Lab, a Los Angeles company that's part of 3D Systems. (3D Systems)

By Jane Dornbusch

Scientists and engineers have developed 3-D printing to a point where the food version is taking shape.

dining out

Bastille Kitchen is not Julia Child’s French bistro

At Bastille Kitchen (clockwise, from top): egg and Gruyere-topped crouton on onion soup; pork chop au poivre; octopus with chile oil, burnt lime, and radish slaw.

By Devra First

Fort Point’s Bastille Kitchen serves modernized French fare, for better and worse.

Q & A

Jessica Merchant: Personal trainer to blogger to author

By Michael Floreak

Merchant created 150 new recipes for “Seriously Delish,” but her blog readers will find the style of cooking and tone familiar.

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Cookbook Review

The spice is right in Seattle authors’ recipes

By T. Susan Chang

food | travel

Cider to sunchokes at Portsmouth market

By Lisa Zwirn

seasonal recipe

Recipe for blueberry buckle

Book Review

‘Consumed’ by David Cronenberg

By Peter Keough

Television review

‘Stalker’: Creepy for all the wrong reasons

By Matthew Gilbert

A Tank Away

With crowds gone, it’s time to chill out in Ogunquit, Maine

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Boston- area to do list

By Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and Andrew Bourque

Names

Oprah among those honored with DuBois Medal

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Orange is the New Black’ author at UMass Lowell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Good Kids’ director Chris McCoy glad to be home

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Bundchen in Paris while Brady suffers defeat

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Michael Cuesta visits Emerson

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Poet Robert Pinsky launches ‘massive open online course’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Celebrity News

Michael Phelps apologizes

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