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Harvard Square gets its nightlife groove back

Mike Hastings recently performed in Harvard Square, which is seeing a new infusion of night life.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The perceptions that it was lacking night life options and that it had become dominated by chain stores and banks have been addressed.

A stern warning on global warming

The world’s top climate scientists established a target level at which humanity must stop spewing the gases into the atmosphere or face irreversible climatic changes.

Majority leader Harry Reid urged the House to accept that the health law is here to stay.

Senate lays down gauntlet on shutdown

House Republicans remained divided and defiant after the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to fund the federal government without gutting President Obama’s health care law.

Menino rages as arbitrator grants major raise to police

An arbitrator ruled Friday evening that Boston police patrolmen deserve a 25.4 percent raise over six years.

Richard North Patterson’s appreciation for Martha’s Vineyard and its rhythms is evident in his new book, “Loss of Innocence.”

Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe

Richard North Patterson aims for something else

“Loss of Innocence,” a family drama set on Martha’s Vineyard, is a departure for an author known for page-turners with plots that grapple with topics like presidential politics.

The Nation

AWOL soldiers, deserters were paid $16m

By Brett Barrouquere

Even as the Army faces shrinking budgets, an audit shows it paid out $16 million in paychecks over a 2½-year period to absentee soldiers and deserters.

Bay State braces for impact of funding interruption, cuts

By Bryan Bender

Law enforcement, military, and other essential services would continue through a shutdown but virtually all other government functions would cease.

Texas sued over abortion law

By Erik Eckholm

Women’s rights groups and abortion clinics filed suit in federal court in an attempt to block a new state law they say would have “dramatic and Draconian effects.”

The World

Obama converses with Iranian president

President Hasan Rouhani of Iran, who was in New York,  had a 15-minute call with President Obama. They agreed to accelerate talks on the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

By Peter Baker

President Obama and President Hasan Rouhani became the first leaders of their countries to speak to one another in more than 30 years.

Troops may have caused mall collapse

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya passed his nephew’s coffin at a service for several victims of the Nairobi mall attack.

By Tom Odula and Adam Schreck

Kenya’s military caused the collapse of three floors of the Westgate Mall in the deadly terrorist siege, a top-ranking official disclosed Friday.

UN ends stalemate, votes to rid Syria of chemical weapons

By Edith M. Lederer and Matthew Lee

In a landmark decision, the Security Council voted unanimously to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

Editorial & Opinion

RENÉE LOTH

Where are Boston’s kids?

By Renée Loth

There is something a bit bloodless about a city dominated by empty-nesters and young hipsters, a shell without a core.

LAWRENCE HARMON

Keep police commissioner search secret

By Lawrence Harmon

It’s important to create a private atmosphere where a search committee can evaluate a candidate’s crime reduction strategy and record of dealing with police unions.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Lady Luck calls on Suffolk Downs

A Suffolk Downs employee took a photo of a rendering of the proposed East Boston casino.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Projections of $1 billion at a proposed casino may not be realistic, analysts warn, and East Boston should think hard when it votes Nov. 5.

Metro

Volunteers gather to rebuild ‘Joey’s Park’

volunteers began work on a new Joey’s Park, an old-fashioned barn-raising that mirrors the community outpouring from a generation before.

By Peter Schworm

The community came together in Belmont to revamp a playground built in honor of Joey O’Donnell, who died of cystic fibrosis at age 12.

Malala Yousafzai addresses Harvard audience

It was nearly a year ago that the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, then 15, while she was riding her school bus in Pakistan.

By Brian MacQuarrie

The Pakistani teen who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban called for continued defiance of efforts to deny women education.

Aaron Hernandez fiancée, cousin indicted in Odin Lloyd case

By Wesley Lowery

Legal specialists say the new indictments probably signal that prosecutors have settled on the narrative of what they believe happened.

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Tsarnaev defense seeks more time

By Milton J. Valencia

Business

Jobless benefits system defended

By Beth Healy and Megan Woolhouse

The State Labor Department Secretary assured legislators that the new $46 million system is functioning, even as complaints continued.

Beer bistro owner plans unique brewing facility

Daniel Lanigan said his will be the first US brewery entirely devoted to contract brewing.

By James Sullivan

Daniel Lanigan is preparing to build what he says will be the country’s first brewery entirely devoted to contract brewing.

Patrick signs ‘tech tax’ repeal

Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill repealing the controversial tech tax.

By Michael B. Farrell

Governor Patrick signed a bill to repeal the controversial tax on software, ending a two-month political battle.

Obituaries

Alvaro Mutis, famed prolific Colombian author; at 90

Alvaro Mutis enjoyed a celebration for him in 2007 at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Mutis enjoyed wide popularity outside Colombia and was considered by critics as one of the most outstanding poets of his generation.

James van Sweden, 78, landscape architect

H.M. Cathey, director of the US National Arboretum in Washington, with James van Sweden in 1988.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. van Sweden who drew inspiration from the grand masters of painting to create vivid, naturalistic landscapes.

NFL roundup: Vikings call on QB Cassel

Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to their first win of the season — and maybe put himself in position for a more regular role.

Sports

Red Sox 12, Orioles 3

Red Sox close in on AL’s top seed

Daniel Nava (center) was greeted by David Ortiz (left) and Mike Napoli after his home run in the first inning.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox thumped the Orioles as Clay Buchholz went seven solid innings and David Ortiz belted his 30th home run.

Patriots have counted on versatile Hoomanawanui

Patriot Michael Hoomanawanui has been versatile and dependable.

By Michael Whitmer

Rob Gronkowski might be a game-time decision, but you can count on Michael Hoomanawanui being in uniform.

Amherst-Bowdoin clash a family affair for the O’Malleys

Amherst senior Jake O’Malley (left) now has brother Brian (right), a freshman, on his side. On Saturday, they face their other brother, Sean, a senior with Bowdoin.

By Craig Larson

Three brothers, separated by four years, will suit Saturday up for a game on the same field, for the first, and likely last time, in their lives.

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red sox notebook

Strong finish for Saltalamacchia

By Peter Abraham

patriots notebook

Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amedola may play Sunday

By Ben Volin

bruins notebook

Defenseman Kevan Miller to break camp with Bruins

By Amalie Benjamin

plymouth south 21, Plymouth north 14

Plymouth South football beats rival Plymouth North

By Gregory Joyce

concord-carlisle 8, bedford 7

Concord-Carlisle football converts big win over Bedford

By Andrew MacDougall

mansfield 35, north attleboro 14

No. 6 Mansfield football too much for No. 18 North Attleboro

By Stephen Sellner

central catholic 26, andover 7

Central Catholic defense stifles Andover

By Anthony Gulizia

college football notebook

EA Sports, CLC pay out $40 million

G: Family

Friends don’t let friends miss ‘Breaking Bad’

Some can’t wait for Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad” finale, and not because they’re devoted fans.

By Beth Teitell

We’ve become a nation of televangelists, relentlessly badgering loved ones to tune into the shows we love.

Stage Review

Supporting cast, indelible score buoy ‘La Cage aux Folles’

Charles Shaughnessy (left) and Jonathan Hammond in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “La Cage aux Folles.”

By Don Aucoin

The North Shore Music Theatre production of “La Cage aux Folles” manages to deliver a boisterous good time despite shortcomings in the two lead performances.

‘Donkey Show’ set tone for emerging artists

From left: Daniel Gold, Jessica Barstis, and Andrew Barrett Cox dance at “The Donkey Show” anniversary party last month.

By Joel Brown

Oberon has inspired collaborations and new productions from artists who are mostly in their 20s.