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For mayoral rivals, it all rests on turnout today

With candidates polling within points of one another, their respective get-out-the-vote efforts in Boston could prove decisive in the preliminary election.

David Cordish pitched his proposed slots parlor in Leominster to still-undecided resident Cheryl Morrill on Saturday.

Aram Boghosian for The Globe

Casino mogul makes his pitch to Leominster

LEOMINSTER — The richest guy Cheryl Morrill ever met showed up unannounced in the middle of her weekend yard work, eager to change her mind about the gambling industry.

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// New Harvard grad a victim in Kenyan mall attack

A recent Harvard graduate and her partner, who traveled together internationally doing humanitarian work, were among those killed.

“I hope this will be a new generation of assessments that will do a better job of signaling to students whether they will have success ...” said state education official Mitchell Chester.

Online exams may replace MCAS tests

The gold standard of measuring school success in Mass. is moving closer to extinction as schools prepare to try out a new testing system this year.

The antiwar, pro-warrior position seems quite natural to Bernie Sanders, who sees a moral obligation in providing the best possible health care.


Bernie Sanders an antiwar, pro-veteran senator

As chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Vermont senator is casting himself as a champion of those who fought in wars he battled to prevent.

The Nation

Number of illegal immigrants stays constant

By Julia Preston

About 11.7 million immigrants are in the US illegally, a population that has not varied over three years but showed signs recently of increasing.

GOP offers smaller budget cuts on debt measure

Speaker John Boehner insists any increase in borrowing be matched by cuts and other reforms to produce savings.

By Andrew Taylor

House Republicans are scaling back their demands for spending cuts to erase new debt because there are fewer politically palatable targets to seize upon.

Chemicals called threat to reproductive health

Most Americans have traces of BPA in their urine because the chemical has been widely used, including in hard-plastic bottles at one time.

By Lauran Neergaard

A new report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky.

The World

Americans among attackers, Kenyan official says

A cone of black smoke emerged from the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Monday. The Islamist militants who carried out the attack at the mall, which killed at least 62 people, were still inside the building, despite the effort by hundreds of Kenyan troops to remove them.

By Jeffrey Gettleman and Nicholas Kulish

The Kenyan foreign minister said that “two or three” Americans were among the gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall.

Egyptian court slaps ban on Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian soldiers guard a Cairo courthouse where the Muslim Brotherhood was banned Monday.

By Maggie Michael

An Egyptian court ordered a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood and confiscation of its assets, opening the door to a wider crackdown on the group’s network.

North Korea seen mastering nuclear arms

Satellite images (from left) on March 20, June 24, and Aug. 6 in 2012 show construction at Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center in North Korea. The United States and other nations worry that North Korea is closer to mastering all facets of nuclear production.

By Choe Sang-Hun

North Korean scientists have learned to produce crucial components of gas centrifuges inside their isolated country, according to an analysis.

Editorial & Opinion


The revolution will be printed

Dice printed from a 3D printer.

By Tom Keane

Three-dimensional printers will become cheaper, faster, and better, but may bring an economic and social disruption.


Boston City Hall should be torn down

Boston city hall.

By Paul McMorrow

The seat of city government is the worst building in the city, and it’s dragging down the downtown neighborhood surrounding it.

Nader Entessar and Kaveh Afrasiabi

Rebooting US-Iran relations

By Nader Entessar and Kaveh Afrasiabi

The stakes are too high and the pool of shared concerns between Tehran and Washington too big to ignore the need for direct dialogue.

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letters | who should vote on suffolk downs casino?

We’re one Boston; we all should get a vote on casino plan

letters | who should vote on suffolk downs casino?

Split referendum into two parts

letters | who should vote on suffolk downs casino?

Public polls show mixed opinions on East Boston casino

letters | who should vote on suffolk downs casino?

Suffolk Downs will yield big benefits for community


Boston’s crowded mayoral race makes choice hard

By Akilah Johnson

For many voters, parsing the chatter to determine who wins their vote has been a handwringing experience.

Police chase ends in suspect’s death

Investigators looked for evidence at the intersection of Summer and Thatcher streets in East Bridgewater.

By Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement

A suspect was fatally shot after an armed robbery and a chase in the Brockton area, authorities said.

In announcing resignation, Davis says ‘it is time to go’

At a press conference on Monday, Commissioner Edward F. Davis formally resigned as leader of the Boston police department after nearly seven years.

By Maria Cramer

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the department was in better shape than when he arrived from Lowell seven years ago.

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Kevin Cullen

Redeployed to fight stigma

By Kevin Cullen


Boston sports, health district set for along Pike

By Casey Ross

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. started construction of a world headquarters complex in Brighton with a hotel, stores, and a massive athletic facility.

Seaport concert venue in search of a name

The naming rights contract for the Bank of America Pavilion was $5 million for fifteen years. It expires this month.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Bank of America will soon drop its sponsorship of the performance pavilion on the Boston waterfront.

‘Pay for success’ program in Mass. gets boost

By Deirdre Fernandes

The state’s experiment in funding social programs based on their results received a boost from an $11.7 million federal grant.


Dr. Lewis Weintraub, 79; hematologist who put patients at ease

Dr. Weintraub won praise for his skills as a teacher and a doctor.

By Melissa Hanson

During nearly 50 years as a professor at two of Greater Boston’s medical schools, Dr. Weintraub established a reputation as a thorough teacher.

Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, Cuban dissident economist

Mr. Espinosa, a counselor to Fidel Castro in the 1960s, was imprisoned in 2003 during a crackdown on dissents.

By Andrea Rodriguez

Mr. Espinosa’s independent, critical voice touched a generation of Cuba scholars around the world, one colleague said.



Breaking down Red Sox’ potential ALDS opponents

Chances are, the Red Sox will either face (from left) Justin Masterson and the Indians, Evan Longoria and the Rays, Adrian Beltre and the Rangers, or Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers.

By Nick Cafardo

Chances are, the Red Sox will face one of four teams in the American League Division Series: the Indians, Rays, Rangers, or Tigers.

Persistence pays off for Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich

Over the past weekend, Rob Ninkovich signed a three-year extension to remain in New England through 2016.

By Shalise Manza Young

The defensive end, who arrived four years ago in New England thinking it was his last shot with a NFL team, signed a three-year, $15 million extension.

Christopher L. Gasper

Next Boston athlete to get a statue? Tom Brady

The statuesque Tom Brady should end up bronzed when his playing days are done.

By Christopher L. Gasper

A few random sports thoughts, including why the the Patriots QB will get the bronze treatment.

G: Living

Eat, drink, socialize — and read

Owners of the Book & Bar John Petrovato, David Lovelace, and Jon Strymish at the bar with beer and books.

By Eugenia Williamson

A bookstore in Portsmouth, N.H., is crafting a strategy that online sellers can’t touch with restaurant offerings and conversation.

Frame by Frame

Stopped short by a serene scene

By Sebastian Smee

“Bibliotheque,” by Gerald Murphy at the Yale University Art Gallery, is not a masterpiece but still has a magnetic quality.

Television Review

‘Trophy Wife’: Meet the exes

Bradley Whitford’s third wife (left), played by Malin Akerman, with Michaela Watkins, the other ex.

By Matthew Gilbert

“Trophy Wife” isn’t flat-out awful, which, in this network television fall season of mediocrity, is saying something.

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Television Review

Behind every superhero, a team of ‘Agents’?

By Sarah Rodman


Elton John, ‘The Diving Board’

By Sarah Rodman

Album review | Rock

Mazzy Star, ‘Seasons of Your Day’

By James Reed


Sting, ‘The Last Ship’

By Ken Capobianco


Kings of Leon, ‘Mechanical Bull’

By Franklin Soults


Cher, ‘Closer to the Truth’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Noisy Neighbors

CliffLight, ‘Tryst’

By Luke O’Neil


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Laugh Boston opens in the Seaport District

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Actor Charles Shaughnessy stars in ‘La Cage’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Not time yet for ‘Orange’ star Taylor Schilling

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Arts and hearts at TallBoy benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


City Year celebrates its 25th anniversary

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


With Cranston busy, McKean enjoys the Cape

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein