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Support, surprise greet report on John Kerry

By a number of traditional measures, John F. Kerry, a decorated veteran and long-serving senator, is qualified to be secretary of defense. But recent reports that President Obama is considering the Bay State’s senior senator to run the Pentagon during his second term puzzled many longtime defense watchers and political analysts who assumed Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was on a very short list to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Many potential candidates if Mass. gets new Senate race

The confetti has barely been swept off the floor, but Masssachusetts could be headed for yet another Senate race. Just days after the end of a grueling campaign, potential candidates are quietly scrambling to position themselves to run for Senator John F. Kerry’s seat if President Obama appoints Kerry to be his next secretary of state, or secretary of defense. A Senate vacancy would probably create a comeback scenario for Senator Scott Brown, the Republican who lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in last week’s election.

Globe editor Martin Baron told the staff Tuesday he is leaving for The Washington Post.

11-year Globe editor Martin Baron to depart

Baron, who led The Boston Globe as it won six Pulitzer Prizes over the past decade, will become executive editor of The Washington Post in January.

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and her Wisconsin counterpart, Tammy Baldwin, walked to a freshman luncheon in the Capitol on Tuesday.


A low-key return to D.C. for Elizabeth Warren

As Elizabeth Warren walked through the marble corridors of the United States Capitol on Tuesday, she tried to keep a low profile. Walking arm in arm with Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, they passed paintings of historic politicians, busts of former vice presidents, and the doors to the Senate floor they will enter once sworn in. A small gaggle of reporters awaited one of the rising stars in Washington, and Warren knew it. She leaned into Baldwin and was overheard saying, “Pretend you’re talking to me.” She answered no questions, and strolled into a luncheon as reporters from the biggest news organizations in the country scolded themselves for not getting more information.

State was lax on Framingham drug maker

State pharmacy regulators on at least two occasions in the past decade displayed indifference in their oversight of a troubled Framingham specialty pharmacy that has now been blamed for a national fungal meningitis outbreak, according to documents obtained by the Globe Tuesday. While state and federal regulators were investigating New England Compounding Center for problems with sterile drug preparation, the company’s lead pharmacist was chosen to serve on a state pharmacy board task force to write new rules for compounding pharmacies.

Ben Zander with his new youth orchestra during a rehersal.

After discord, harmonious encore for Benjamin Zander

One could find it hard to imagine that, less than a year after Zander’s four-plus decades at New England Conservatory came to an ugly end, he’s leading a new youth orchestra.

The Nation

Support, surprise greet report on John Kerry

Senator John F. Kerry visited Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2009.

By Bryan Bender

Reports that the senator is being considered for secretary of defense sparked a range of reactions from military experts and Beltway insiders.

Army seeks death penalty in Afghan massacre

None of the Afghan witnesses identified Robert Bales, but other evidence implicated him.

By Rachel La Corte

Prosecutors asked an investigative officer to recommend a death penalty court-martial for a staff sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers.

Ohio executes man still claiming innocence

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Ohio executed a condemned killer who calmly went to his death still claiming he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat, and cutting off her hands.

The World

Recognition from France boosts Syrian rebels

“As soon as it is a legitimate government of Syria, this question will be looked at by France,” President Francois Hollande said about helping arm the rebel group.

By Rick Gladstone and Steven Erlanger

France became the first European country to recognize the new Syrian rebel coalition and raised the possibility of arming the group.

American diamond official urged to resign

By Gillian Gotora

Gillian Milovanovic, the American chairwoman of the world diamond trade regulatory body, was criticized over US trade restrictions on Zimbabwe’s state-owned diamond mining companies.

Yellow fever kills 107 in Sudan

By Maggie Fick

An outbreak of yellow fever in Sudan’s Darfur region has killed 107 people in the last six weeks, the World Health Organization reported Tuesday.

Editorial & Opinion

Scot Lehigh

Kerry should stay put

Senator John Kerry

By Scot Lehigh

The nation remembers legendary senators, and if John Kerry stays in the Senate, he has an opportunity to join those ranks.

jeff jacoby

Gay marriage should be at the ballot box

By Jeff Jacoby

In a democratic republic, we can dispense with the claim that there is something unjust about deciding a question as momentous as marriage by referring it to the people.

Alex Beam

A big win for the Mormon church

By Alex Beam

Nov. 6, 2012, the day that Mitt Romney claimed 58 million votes in the presidential election, may qualify as the most important day in Mormon history.


Many potential candidates if Mass. gets new Senate race

Clockwise from top left, Senator John F. Kerry, Senator Scott Brown, US Representative Edward J. Markey, US Representative Michael E. Capuano, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, and  US Representative Stephen F. Lynch.

By Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson

Candidates are scrambling to position themselves if President Obama appoints Senator Kerry to be his next secretary of state, or secretary of defense.

State was lax on Framingham drug maker

Federal agents search New England Compounding Center in Framingham October 16. The pharmaceutical compounding company is a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, which is a drug linked to a rare form of meningitis that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 200 others, the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

By Kay Lazar and Liz Kowalczyk

Regulators displayed indifference in the oversight of a specialty pharmacy now blamed for a meningitis outbreak, according to documents obtained by the Globe.

Mayor Menino’s hospitalization prolonged

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will stay at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after he experienced back pain. He was admitted in October.

By Andrew Ryan

The mayor suffered another setback and will remain hospitalized indefinitely as doctors try to determine what caused a fresh surge of pain in his ailing back.


11-year Globe editor Martin Baron to depart

Globe editor Martin Baron told the staff Tuesday he is leaving for The Washington Post.

By Robert Weisman

Baron, who led The Boston Globe as it won six Pulitzer Prizes over the past decade, will become executive editor of The Washington Post in January.

Ailing Upper Crust closes most restaurants

Upper Crust owes workers about $850,000 in back wages and damages, according to court records.

By Jenn Abelson

The pizza chain has let go about 140 employees and will shut down permanently unless it can get a cash infusion in the next few days.

Monitor Group to lay off 235 as part of bankruptcy

By Beth Healy

The Cambridge consulting firm said it expects most to be rehired by Deloitte Consulting, which has agreed to acquire Monitor’s assets.


Farish Jenkins, paleontologist, Harvard teacher

Dr. Jenkins after describing a “missing link” fossil, a fish with legs called Tiktaalik roseae.

By Karen Weintraub

Dr. Jenkins, who was an inveterate explorer and one of the world’s leading paleontologists, died Sunday. He was 72.

Samuel Freedman, 85; Conn. judge and lawmaker

Mr. Freedman was a Connecticut judge and legislator who helped create the state’s public defender system.

Major Harris, singer, member of Delfonics

By Michael Felberbaum

Mr. Harris, a former member of the ‘‘Philadelphia sound’’ soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit ‘‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait,’’ has died. He was 65.


on football | Midweek Report

Poor preparation for Bills hurt Patriots’ defense

Alfonzo Dennard and his teammates on defense took a few smacks in the chops from Stevie Johnson and the Bills.

By Greg A. Bedard

A review of the coaches’ film shows that the Patriots were every bit as bad as their performance seemed to indicate (481 yards and 35 first downs allowed).

UMass 67, Harvard 64

UMass cuts it very close but slips past Harvard

Sampson Carter (right) touches off the celebration on the UMass bench as his last-second shot drops for a season-opening victory.

By Michael Vega

Forward Sampson Carter hit the winning 3-pointer with one second left to give the Minutemen a 67-64 win in the season opener.

Celtics reaping benefits of Rajon Rondo’s shooting

Celtic Rajon Rondo’s (9) shot selection and shooting percentage is on the rise this season.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics guard has canned 26 of his 53 jumpers this season, crumbling the perception that he had not worked on his outside shot or that he is tentative when open.

G: Food

10 ways to a better holiday

Day-after turkey vegetable soup.

By Sheryl Julian

Save yourself time and aggravation by simplifying and tweaking — just slightly — your Thanksgiving menu.

Rainbow vegetable hash

Rainbow vegetable has

Rainbow vegetable hash recipe

Sausage pan stuffing

Sausage pan stuffing

Pan sausage stuffing recipe

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