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Eight N.H. patients possibly exposed to fatal brain disease

Patients may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from contaminated surgery equipment, health officials said.

The Brown children — Adison, Cole, and Spencer — use so many devices their mother often forgoes policing.

Jackie Ricciardi for The Boston Globe

In digital world, kids gain the upper hand

In an age of screens everywhere, some exhausted parents have stopped policing. “It’s a constant struggle and I don’t always have the energy,” said mother Whitney Brown.

Baker enters governor’s race, Coakley weighs bid

Charles Baker announced his candidacy, Attorney General Martha Coakley is edging closer, and US Rep. Michael Capuano could jump in.

Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, and Edward Markey discussed Syria at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Markey votes ‘present’ on Syria resolution

Senator Edward Markey voted “present” on the resolution, a move that was “about my worry about a greater involvement in Syria,” he said.

Lawmakers on left, right unite to oppose Syria strikes

An unlikely coalition is forming to challenge President Obama’s push for military action.

John F. Barros joked with Ramikah Colimon at the Codman Square Farmers Market in Dorchester last week.

John Barros believes in pathways to empowerment

How the Roxbury native arrived at this moment, as one of 12 candidates for mayor, is, in many respects, the story of America.

The Nation

Chelsea Manning seeks presidential pardon

“When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others,” said Manning in her petition for pardon.

By David Dishneau

Manning is asking President Obama to pardon her after sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Little sympathy after Ariel Castro’s suicide

Ariel Castro, shown in May, was found hanging in his cell on Tuesday. In August, he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts.

By Thomas J. Sheeran and Andrew Welsh-Huggins

‘‘He took the coward’s way out,’’ said Elsie Cintron, who lived up the street from the former school bus driver.

Same-sex spouses to begin getting Veterans Affairs benefits

The Obama administration on Wednesday escalated its effort to dismantle federal barriers to same-sex marriages.

The World

Security advisers tell Obama to reduce US aid to Egypt

By Matthew Lee

President Obama’s top national security aides have recommended that the U.S. suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt.

Israeli proposal detailed in talks with Palestinians

By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Josef Federman

Israel has proposed leaving intact dozens of Jewish settlements and military bases in the West Bank as part of a package to establish a Palestinian state, a Palestinian official said.

Obama reassures Europeans over US surveillance

By Josh Lederman

President Obama said once-secret surveillance programs are meant to improve America’s understanding of what is happening around the world.

Editorial & Opinion

alex beam

John Kerry’s bad idea

Secretary of State John Kerry testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday.

By Alex Beam

The nation justifiably wonders about an attack on Syria: Will we get fooled again?

JOAN VENNOCHI

Unions bet heavy on a Walsh win

By Joan Vennochi

Martin Walsh is getting strong union support in his bid for mayor, raising the question: What would he owe organized labor if he wins?

EDWARD L. GLAESER

To fight crime in Boston, be prepared to spend more

By Edward L. Glaeser

A new wave of criminal justice policy would understand that we can have both safety and sensitivity — just not on the cheap.

Metro

Baker joins flock of candidates to launch bids online

Candidates who launch their campaigns with Web videos don’t have to worry about interviews and can control their messages.

By Michael Levenson

Charles Baker became the latest candidate to launch his campaign by releasing a carefully crafted Web video, with no public events or interviews with the media.

House of Blues defends response to overdoses

The exterior of the House of Blues, as seen on Aug. 29.

By Peter Schworm

House of Blues employees defended the club’s security policies during a Boston City Hall licensing hearing Wednesday.

N.H. patients possibly exposed to fatal brain disease

By Kay Lazar and Chelsea Conaboy

Eight patients at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester may have been exposed because of contaminated equipment, officials said Wednesday.

Business

Fines jump for labor law violations in Mass.

By Casey Ross

Investigators are reporting a sharp increase in fines and other penalties collected from businesses caught violating the state’s labor laws.

Tech Lab

Selling your phone has gotten easier

By Hiawatha Bray

There are lots of trade-in options: online, at brick-and-mortar retailers, or even at a kiosk that gobbles up gadgets and spits out cash.

Brokers to repay more in settlement

By Deirdre Fernandes

Five independent brokerage firms have agreed to pay an additional $10.7 million over their sales of risky real estate investment trusts.

Obituaries

Eugenie Beal, 92; ‘mother of green space’ in Boston

Eugenie Beal was the first chair of Boston’s Conservation Commission.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Beal spent more than four decades as one of the city’s prominent advocates for preserving open spaces.

Ronald H. Coase, Nobel-winning economist; at 102

Ronald H. Coase, a British native, taught for decades at the University of Chicago Law School.

By Patrick J. Lyons

Mr. Coase is best known for two papers that are counted among the most influential in the modern history of the science.

Sports

red sox 20, tigers 4

Red Sox blast eight home runs in rout of Tigers

A grand slame by Will Middlebrooks helped touch off a rout for the Red Sox.

By Julian Benbow

The Red Sox tied their club record for home runs in a game with a rout of a team many project as a potential playoff foe.

Christopher L. Gasper

This Red Sox team won’t collapse

Mike Napoli and the Red Sox left Fenway Park on Wednesday with a six-game lead in the AL East.

By Christopher L. Gasper

These Red Sox, mindful of the carnage that happened to their 2011 forebears, will not falter and miss out on a playoff spot this year.

Rob Gronkowski mum on when he’ll play

Tight end Rob Gronkowski: “When my number’s called, that’s when I’ll play.”

By Shalise Manza Young

The recovering Patriots tight end offered limited insight into his playing status.

G: Style

Thom Solo, the man behind the shoes

“I went to my first fashionable New York nightclub when I was 15,” says Thom Solo (seated).

By Cheryl Fenton

In the 23-year-old’s Newton studio, he handcrafts creations that reach skyward on 6- to 8-inch spikes, making other heels look strangely inferior.

At 100, Rose Cherubini finds the spotlight — again

At her Wareham home, Rose Cherubini displays a photo of one of the dresses she designed.

By Christopher Muther

The designer and former owner of a Newbury Street bridal boutique has recently gotten a second look with a retrospective at Samson Projects.

Jane Gershon Weitzman pens a book on art shoes

In her book “Art & Sole,” Jane Gershon Weitzman showcases some of the thousand-plus pieces of shoe art she commissioned or found for the windows of her luxury shoe designer husband’s Madison Avenue flagship store during the 1990s and 2000s.

By Christopher Muther

In “Art & Sole,” Weitzman showcases the pieces she commissioned for the windows of Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store.

Globe North

Teams north of Boston get ready for new playoff system

Lowell head football coach John Florence says the new playoff format means he has no idea who his team will play following the seventh week.

By Taylor C. Snow

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s complete overhaul of the playoff system will now give Lowell an opportunity to reach the postseason.

Salem High teacher has unique chemistry with students

Salem High teacher Ben Ruback.

By Terri Ogan

Despite his battle with a rare disease, Salem High’s Ben Ruback has managed to convert his medical struggles into a classroom lesson.

GlobeNorth: Targeting a playoff berth

With the introduction of a new state playoff system, a greater number of high school programs will kick off this season with renewed hope, with a legitimate shot at qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in memory.

Globe South

New state playoff format gives Quincy, others hope for postseason

Quincy High quarterback James Lam looks to make a pass during a scrimmage game against Scituate High school last week.

By Peter Cappiello

Quincy High will kick off the season with renewed hope of playing in the postseason with the introduction of the MIAA’s new playoff system.

Local women recall the changing landscape for female athletes

Westwood’s Maura Casey O’Brien said few coaches worked with female divers in the 1970s.

By Paul Lazdowski

Where options used to be limited, competition scarce and female coaching at a premium, there are now a bevy of outlets for girls looking to pursue sports.

Kingston

Three fired after state rental voucher probe

By Katheleen Conti

Three employees at a nonprofit housing agency were fired after investigators found they gave low-income rental vouchers to friends and relatives.

Globe West

Waltham football team has renewed in quest for a playoff berth

Players from both side shake hands at the end of the Waltham at Belmont scrimmage.

By Phil Perry

The state’s new playoff system for high school football rewards teams that start strong, and the Hawks hoped to be in midseason form before their opener.

Female athletes look back at 40 years of Title IX

Recent Lincoln-Sudbury grad Lauren Sutherland, a Globe All-Scholastic field hockey player, is now a freshman player at Holy Cross.

By Phil Perry

Though it took decades for women’s sports to achieve high-profile status, local athletes said they appreciated the opportunities they were given to compete.

Wellesley

Wellesley looks to make cycling safer

By Jaclyn Reiss

Officials hope to create a network of connecting bicycle lanes on town roads, install new signs, and ramp up safety communication and education efforts.