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Review websites try to thwart false customer ratings

Researchers estimate that up to one-third of online reviews are phony — many on small sites without robust fraud detection.

Anthony Martignetti and son Anthony, where the original ad was filmed.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

New ad not big hit with the original Anthony

Anthony Martignetti wasn’t in a remake of the iconic “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti day” TV ad, which was made for Prince’s 100th anniversary.

President Obama outlined a revamped Mideast policy in a UN address Tuesday.

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Obama asserts role of the US in Mideast

President Obama laid down a retooled blueprint for America’s role in the strife-torn Middle East in a UN address Tuesday.

The Nation

Republicans back off as Cruz persists with stall tactic

“Everyone in America knows Obamacare is destroying the economy,” said Senator Ted Cruz, as he started speaking in an effort to delay a Senate vote.

By Jonathan Weisman

Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Tuesday and declared he would speak “until I cannot stand” to rally voters against the new health care law.

With time short, Congress tries to craft new farm bill

House Speaker John A. Boehner signaled this week that he expects to appoint conferees to work out a compromise.

By Ron Nixon

The House had pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program.

After the floods, Colorado begins to take stock

A stuffed teddy bear chair was left beside a toppled home in a flooded section of Evans, Colo.  Hundreds of miles of roads were washed out in the state.

By Dan Elliott

The final six people who were unaccounted for after massive flooding in Colorado have been found safe and well, authorities said.

The World

Before Kenya attack, rehearsals and planted guns

Kenya’s defense forces responded to the attack at the shopping mall, which left more than 60 civilians dead.

By Nicholas Kulish, Jeffrey Gettleman and Eric Schmitt

The plot was hatched weeks or months ago on Somali soil, by Al Shabab’s “external operations arm,” officials say.

Relief agency warns of mass starvation in Syria

A Free Syrian Army rebel fighter manned his post Monday in Aleppo’s historic Old City. Opposition groups say the government’s tactics are leaving Syrians starving .

By Bassem Mroue

Syrian opposition groups and international relief organizations are warning of the risk of mass starvation across the country.

Japan slow in responding to crisis, ex-US official says

“My biggest surprise is to some extent how it’s been allowed to deteriorate, a little bit, and how it’s almost become a surprise again,” said Gregory Jaczko, the former US nuclear regulatory chief.

By Mari Yamaguchi

A former US nuclear regulatory chief said that leaks of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima plant had been known since early in the crisis.

Editorial & Opinion


Face of change looks familiar

Martin Walsh, left, and John Connolly shook hands following a forum in June.

By Joan Vennochi

A younger generation prevailed in Tuesday’s preliminary election, but it will be up to Martin Walsh and John Connolly to prove they stand for something new and different.


Voters will expect a contest of ideas

By Scot Lehigh

The mayoral election won’t be an old-fashioned Boston neighborhood race but instead will be a campaign of ideas, causes, and constituencies spread across the city.


Losers could still be winners for Boston

By Lawrence Harmon

Some of the candidates who didn’t win in the preliminary election would make good Cabinet members for the new mayor.


Top tier emerges in at-large council race

Campaign workers showed their support outside the Curley School in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday.

By Mark Arsenault

Two incumbents, Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Murphy, led an enormous field of 19 candidates seeking four citywide seats on the Boston City Council.

Leominster voters approve slot parlor project

Casino supporters in Leominster celebrated Tuesday night after voters approved a plan to build a $200 million gambling, dining, and entertainment hall in the city.

By Mark Arsenault

Voters approved a plan to build a $200 million gambling, dining, and entertainment hall in the city.

Adrian Walker

A fond farewell to Boston’s mayoral field

Because John Connolly (left) and  Martin Walsh come from the same ethnic tribe, they must also jockey to appeal to voters of color.

By Adrian Walker

All 12 brave and ambitious people contributed their hearts, souls, and ideas about the future of Boston in their bids to succeed Tom Menino.

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Obama nominates 3 lawyers to federal judgeships in Mass.

By Milton J. Valencia and Matt Viser

The race for mayor

Martin Walsh, John Connolly surge into mayoral final

By Andrew Ryan

The race for mayor | Analysis

Next, Walsh and Connolly must broaden their bases

By Jim O’Sullivan


Police seek man who stabbed seat on bus

By Melissa Hanson

From Labor to Politics

Path carries Martin Walsh closer to his dream

By Andrew Ryan

Political upbringing

First to get into race, John Connolly stresses education

By Wesley Lowery

The challengers

All not lost as mayoral losers ponder next step

By Stephanie Ebbert

Polling Stations

Voters confront a rush of candidates, bask in history

By Michael Levenson


Harvard endowment up 11.3% in year

By Beth Healy

Harvard University’s gains beat the endowment’s internal target, but slightly underperformed its rival Yale University.

Shirley Leung

Could Charlie Baker be the tech governor?

By Shirley Leung

The Republican candidate has an opportunity to be the tech governor that Governor Deval Patrick wishes he could have been.

Education firm celebrates headquarters with Ferris wheel

The Ferris wheel will operate free for the public on Wednesday and Thursday before being dismantled.

By Casey Ross

EF Education First has erected the country’s second-largest portable Ferris wheel in Cambridge and is inviting the public to ride it for free.


David H. Hubel, 87, Nobel winning Harvard professor

David Hubel (left), with his colleague Torsten Wiesel, worked to determine how nerve cells turned visual stimuli into images in the brain.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Hubel worked to determine how nerve cells turned visual stimuli into images in the brain.

Robert McCabe, 88, specialist in transplants

Dr. Robert McCabe was a leader in devising ways to preserve donated organs.

By William Yardley

Dr. McCabe was a leader in devising ways to preserve donated organs.

Memorial service for Sarah Pillsbury Harkness

A memorial service to celebrate the life and work of Mrs. Harkness will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Follen Church in Lexington.


Rockies 8, Red Sox 3

John Lackey, Red Sox crushed by Rockies

John Lackey isn’t pleased after giving up a homer to Corey Dickerson to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

By Peter Abraham

The Rockies belted three homers off Lackey then piled on against the Red Sox bullpen.

On Football | Midweek Report

Tom Brady carried Patriots in win over Buccaneers

An interception in the end zone threw Tom Brady for a loop, but he was the difference in the Patriots’ victory.

By Ben Volin

Last Sunday’s game was yet another reminder of how lucky the Patriots are to have Brady at quarterback.

Rajon Rondo unlikely to return for Celtics’ opener

Danny Ainge said he would be “shocked” if Rajon Rondo (above) plays in the regular-season opener Oct. 30.

By Baxter Holmes

Rondo, who is recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, may be sidelined until December.

G: Food

College students on the challenge of preparing healthy meals

Nicole Banks, a Suffolk University sophomore, and her roommates keep a list on the fridge of groceries they need.

By Steph Hiltz

On the cusp of independence, students find food, get take out, tolerate the dining hall — and much less frequently shop for groceries and make meals.

Dining Out

A new Nebo beyond the North End

Misto fritto at Nebo is an impressive platter of shrimp, calamari, and smelts, all perfectly fried, accompanied by lemon and aioli.

By Devra First

It hasn’t moved far geographically, but spiritually its orientation is very different.

Q & A

On One Hundred Tables, you have to be popular already

By Glenn Yoder

Tony Akston’s dining site does the work for the consumer, displaying a sleek map of 100 restaurants in a given city.

More Stories

Cheap Eats | Allston

Mom and son Korean restaurant Bibim does it right

By Sheryl Julian

Sunday Supper

Not the last-of-the-season kebabs, then Greek salad

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick


Images that echo through time and spaces

By Cate McQuaid

Book REview

‘A Schoolboy’s Diary’ by Robert Walser

By Eric Liebetrau


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff


Jon Hamm will have throat surgery in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho honored

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Tom Brady visits Robert Kraft to praise late wife

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Justin Timberlake adds a Boston tour date

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel filming in Atlanta

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


James Levine to make return to Metropolitan Opera

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein