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No time for Halloween prep? Now that’s truly scary

With pressure mounting to produce a social-media worthy display, Halloween whisperers are earning big bucks.

Deetje Patty (left) is in danger of deportation. With her is her daughter Windi Tavares, who is a citizen.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Indonesians threatened with deportation after years living in New Hampshire

“Please, President Trump, please. . . Don’t send me home. I have family here.”

THOMAS FARRAGHER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/farragher_20140719.jpg From humble beginnings to the chef Hall of Fame

Like many Hall of Famers, Denise Graffeo’s younger days were full of the indignities that come with life in the bush leagues.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AP_8610220264.jpg Compared to 1986, partisanship will test today’s GOP on tax cuts

Today’s Republican leaders are pursuing a very different strategy to try to pass their yet-unseen tax overhaul legislation.

In this Oct. 26, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came out recently with statements on opioids and humanitarian aid that appear big, bold and immediate. An AP Fact Check finds there’s less than meets the eye to them. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Trump tries to shift focus as charges loom in Russia case

The president reopened a litany of accusations against his 2016 campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

The Nation

Compared to 1986, partisanship will test today’s GOP on tax cuts

Democratic and Republican lawmakers joined President Reagan when he signed tax overhaul legislation in 1986.

By Victoria McGrane

Today’s Republican leaders are pursuing a very different strategy to try to pass their yet-unseen tax overhaul legislation.

Trump tries to shift focus as charges loom in Russia case

In this Oct. 26, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came out recently with statements on opioids and humanitarian aid that appear big, bold and immediate. An AP Fact Check finds there’s less than meets the eye to them. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The president reopened a litany of accusations against his 2016 campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

Puerto Rico scraps $300m contract to restore power grid

A Whitefish Energy crew restored power lines in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The company is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s home state.

By Frances Robles and Christina Caron

The move comes amid increased scrutiny of a tiny, politically connected Montana company’s role.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

An overdue effort on Internet ads

FILE Ñ Hillary Clinton campaigns in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Oct. 28, 2016. Under growing pressure to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Sept. 21, 2017 that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads, some of which attacked Hillary Clinton, to the Senate and House intelligence committees. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

As Americans have learned since the last election, Internet ads can race halfway around the world before truth-squadders are even aware of their presence.

Opinion | Bill McKibben

Could Trump break up the United States?

By Bill McKibben

Scenes like the ones from the recent secession referendum in Catalonia might lie in our future too.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

Xi whiz

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Qilai Shen.

By Niall Ferguson

Let’s get three things straight about events in Beijing last week.

Metro

Indonesians threatened with deportation after years living in New Hampshire

Deetje Patty (left) is in danger of deportation. With her is her daughter Windi Tavares, who is a citizen.

By Brian MacQuarrie

“Please, President Trump, please. . . Don’t send me home. I have family here.”

THOMAS FARRAGHER

From humble beginnings to the chef Hall of Fame

Denise Graffeo, making eggplant Parmesan with her husband, Tony, at their Saugus home, earned Hall of Fame honors.

By Thomas Farragher

Like many Hall of Famers, Denise Graffeo’s younger days were full of the indignities that come with life in the bush leagues.

Salem marching band re-enacts the terror of the witch trials

Christa Stewart played Abigail Dane Faulkner, who was accused of being a witch, in a performance by the Salem Witches Marching Band.

By John Hilliard

The band’s director, who is related to one of the accused witches, said it was challenging to convert the trials into a performance for a marching band.

Business & Tech

STAT

CRISPR gene editing gets new tools, and acronyms

Two new genetic tools, REPAIR and ABE, were unveiled last week.

By Sharon Begley

Recent discoveries show promise, as well as how far the revolutionary technology still has to go.

Hopper’s retooling of an old idea takes flight

Hopper founder Frederic Lalonde.

By Andy Rosen

Hopper executives never forgot their original idea for suggesting vacation ideas to customers.

Santander announcing $11 billion program

By Jon Chesto

The bank’s new “Inclusive Communities” plan will represent about a 50 percent increase in annual community reinvestment spending from 2015 levels.

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Obituaries

Francis W. Gens, 100, official who worked to make Boston safer

Mr. Gens served under six mayors during a 48-year career with the city.

By Bryan Marquard

During a 48-year career with the city, Mr. Gens played a decisive role in numerous matters major and minor.

Paul Weitz, 85, first space shuttle Challenger commander

Mr. Weitz, who also served on the first crew of the orbiting space laboratory Skylab, logged 793 hours in space.

By Bob Christie

Mr. Weitz also served as command module pilot on the first crew of an orbiting space laboratory during a 28-day mission in 1973.

Sports

Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 inn.)

Astros win Game 5 of World Series in epic fashion

Astros teammates mobbed Alex Bregman after his game-winning hit.

By Ben Walker

Alex Bregman was the hero for Houston, which can clinch its first world title on Tuesday.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Patriots continue to benefit from opponents’ mistakes

Foxborough, MA: 10-29-17: The Chargers had no timeouts left, and as they hurried to get the snap off on the next to last play of the game, Patriots DL Trey Flowers (98) found himself on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage, so in order not be called for an offisdes penalty, he hurdled the Chargers offensive line as a surprised quarterback Philip Rivers watched while waiting for the snap. The New England Patriots hosted the Los Angeles Chargers in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Christopher L. Gasper

No matter where they call home the Bolts still play like Dolts sometimes.

PATRIOTS 21, CHARGERS 13

Patriots, a bit off against feisty Chargers, now hit bye week

Patriots running back Dion Lewis runs for a big gain during 3rd quarter action against the L.A. Chargers at Gillette Stadium. Jim Davis/Globe staff

By Jim McBride

The Patriots stretched their winning streak to four games, and brace for the Broncos Nov. 12.

Healthy Life

Names

‘Globe Live’ brings storytelling from the page to the stage

Matthew Gilbert describes doing an interview with singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

By Eryn Carlson

Boston Globe journalists told stories about the people and places they cover — and about themselves — on Friday and Saturday nights at the Paramount Center.

TV Critic’s Corner

An after-show for ‘Stranger Things’ fans

Millie Bobby Brown is among those to appear on “Beyond Stranger Things.”

By Matthew Gilbert

All seven episodes of “Beyond Stranger Things” are available now on Netflix.

Ask Amy

‘Toxic drunk’ pauses in the beer aisle

By Amy Dickinson

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

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Opera review

A rare bel canto treat from Odyssey Opera

By Zoë Madonna