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Prospects slim to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans did little but blame each other Sunday as they dug in for an increasingly likely government shutdown set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who has called his Tea Party colleagues “wacko birds,’’ believes compromising to keep the government open is a prudent course for the GOP.

Shutdown fight reveals deeper splits within GOP

Top leaders are fighting amongst themselves over the pending double-barreled threats of a government shutdown and debt default.

Fidelis Chimomb of Zimbabwe spoke during a First Generation Project event at MIT.


Colleges try to meet needs of first-generation students

MIT’s First Generation Project is just one sign of a growing movement to carve out a recognizable identity for a largely invisible population.

Tom Brady, shown celebrating a fourth-quarter scoring play with Kenbrell Thompkins, passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Patriots 30, Falcons 23

Patriots hold on to beat Falcons, move to 4-0

ATLANTA — The Falcons made things highly interesting at the end, but the Patriots left the Georgia Dome late Sunday night with a 30-23 win thanks to a touchdown-preventing pass breakup from Aqib Talib.

“I am trying to get people to talk and ask me hard questions,” said Charlie Collier, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Patient starts conversation on Alzheimer’s

Charlie Collier will speak Sept. 30 at the Boston Public Library about his journey through academia into Alzheimer’s.

Bill de Blasio’s 1979 yearbook identified him as “future president of the U.S.A. — the Untied Sneakers Association.’’

NYC mayoral favorite Bill de Blasio has Mass. roots

Decades before his surprising political success, he was making his mark on a smaller stage, as a student activist in Cambridge.

The Nation

Officials launch review of debit cards at college

By Tracy Jan

The role of financial institutions in disbursing federal aid for education is being scrutinized amid concerns that college students are being saddled with fees.

Patience urged on health insurance exchanges

By Abby Goodnough

Across the US, officials are warning that, despite fevered efforts, their new insurance exchanges will not be fully operational for weeks or even months.

Girl Scouts launch drive to halt membership drop

Michelle Obama planted potatoes at the White House last year with Girl Scouts Gia Muto (left) and Emily Burnham.

With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week.

The World

Car bomb extends a deadly week in Pakistan

Pakistanis gathered at the site of the explosion, roughly 2 miles from the site of a double suicide bombing a week earlier.

By Ismail Khan and Salman Masood

A car bomb killed at least 40 people in northwestern Pakistan in the third major attack within a week.

Nigerian militants kill students as they sleep in dorms

By Adamu Adamu

Suspected Islamist extremists torched classrooms and gunned down about 50 students as they slept in dormitories, the school’s provost said.

Iran reassures hard-liners on overtures to US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to restart stalled talks with the United States over its nuclear program, with the goal of getting tough economic sanctions lifted.

By Nasser Karimi

The country said a single phone conversation between the American and Iranian presidents is not a sign that relations will be quickly restored.

Editorial & Opinion


Women are key to pope’s reforms

Roman Catholics celebrated the election of the new pope in Buenos Aires in March.

By James Carroll

The church of justice for the poor must be the church of equality for women — inside the church as well as out.


Why is the EPA trying to kill coal?

By John E. Sununu

We should set fair standards for pollution, but allowing regulators to establish policy based on hopes and dreams sets a dangerous precedent.


To crack down on abusers , two simple changes to law

Lawmakers should remove the option to reach an “accord and satisfaction” agreement in cases of domestic violence and increase the penalties for strangulation.


Medical marijuana Web services raising concerns

For now, as long as a Bay State doctor certifies the medical need, a patient may grow a small amount of marijuana .

By Kay Lazar

Internet companies are promising to match Mass. patients with doctors who will certify their need for medical marijuana.

Interest lags for southeast casino in Mass.

By Mark Arsenault

Only one developer has filed an application for the Southeastern Massachusetts casino license ahead of Monday’s deadline.

Ceremony honors cyclist who broke barriers

Lorenz Finison spoke Sunday near Kittie Knox’s new headstone at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

By Dan Adams

Kittie Knox, born in 1874 to a free black father and a white mother, became a prominent and accomplished cyclist by the 1890s in Boston.

Business ǀ Science

Blood tests in minutes, not days or weeks

By Michael B. Farrell

The Gene Radar device, created by Cambridge biotech firm Nanobiosym, could be a game changer, especially where labs are scarce.

Doctors foresee a Google Glass view of surgeries

“Glass will become the tool of choice to connect patients, physicians, and the electronic information that we have to deal with. Absolutely,” said Dr. Rafael Grossman, of Eastern Maine Medical Center.

By Murray Carpenter

Many medical professionals believe Google Glass will have far-reaching implications for the health care industry.

Lack of workers hinders textiles rebound

Bobby Waldrop oversees machinery for spinning yarn at the Parkdale textile plant in Gaffney, S.C.

By Stephanie Clifford

Manufacturers in the US are scrambling to find workers to fill specialized jobs that have not been taken over by machines.


L.C. Greenwood, 67; part of famed ‘Steel Curtain’

The ball came loose as Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach was tackled by L.C. Greenwood during a regular season game in Pittsburgh.

By Will Graves

A six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Greenwood helped the Steelers win an unprecedented four Super Bowls in a six-year span.

Marcella Hazan, famed Italian cookbook author, dies at 89

Marcella Hazan wrote six cookbooks in her native Italian language.  They were translated by her husband, Victor.

By Kim Severson

Dr. Hazan was a determined former biology scholar who moved to America and taught a nation to cook Italian food.

Thomas Damigella, at 97; Tupperware party pioneer

Thomas M. Damigella (right), striking up a conversation with his friend, John Rosato, in the North End.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Damigella’s business launched generations of salespeople and introduced homemakers to the wonders of a bowl with an airtight seal.


Patriots 30, Falcons 23

Patriots hold on to beat Falcons, move to 4-0

Tom Brady, shown celebrating a fourth-quarter scoring play with Kenbrell Thompkins, passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Falcons made things interesting, but a touchdown-preventing pass breakup from Aqib Talib helped the Patriots secure a 30-23 win.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots’ defense is the real thing

Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib makes a game-saving play by breaking up a Matt Ryan pass intended for Falcons wide receiver Roddy White late in the fourth quarter.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Falcons were able to move the ball against the Patriots, but the doubted defense clamped down like a vise in the red zone.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

Red Sox have decisions to make for postseason

Like the baseball, Felix Doubront’s postseason status is up in the air after a rough outing.

By Peter Abraham

Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Orioles gave GM Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell a chance to make some final evaluations.

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Red Sox Notebook

Felix Doubront likely off Red Sox playoff roster

By Peter Abraham

Marlins 1, Tigers 0

Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez no-hits Tigers

By Steven Wine

Patriots Notebook

Patriots’ Vince Wilfork leaves with ankle injury

By Michael Whitmer and Shalise Manza Young

Broncos 52, Eagles 20

More high marks for Peyton Manning, Broncos

By Arnie Stapleton

Browns 17, Bengals 6

Brian Hoyer guides Browns past Bengals

By Tom Withers

Chiefs 31, Giants 7

Chiefs remain unbeaten, drop the Giants

By Doug Tucker

Seahawks 23, Texans 20

Seahawks rally to beat Texans for first 4-0 start

By Kristie Rieken

Bruins Notebook

Last season was tough for Bruins’ Jordan Caron

By Anthony Gulizia

Boys’ soccer notebook

Dennis-Yarmouth soccer coach Altieri revitalizes program

By Nick Ironside

Football Monday

Methuen and Attleboro football stay unbeaten

By Stephen Sellner

G: Health


Trying to pause the biological clock

A laboratory manager at Fertility Centers of New England views an egg through a microscope.

By Dr. Daniela J. Lamas

Increasingly, women who aren’t ready for children are freezing their eggs for later use, though it’s not always an easy decision.

Stage Review

Yale Rep’s ‘Streetcar’ doesn’t quite deliver

Sarah Sokolovic as Stella and Joe Manganiello as Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Yale Repertory Theatre.

By Terry Byrne

The ultimate weakness in this production is director Mark Rucker’s mistrust of playwright Tennessee Williams’s glorious language to guide us along.

Photography review

Dreaming machine dreams at MIT Museum

“15-Foot Bubble Chamber, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois.”

By Mark Feeney

In “Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines,” the images capture science and technology as art.

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Book Review

‘An Appetite for Wonder’ by Richard Dawkins

By Eric Liebetrau

Daily Dose

Help finding a clinic to get a flu vaccine

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Can you tackle fears while you sleep?

By Deborah Kotz

MD Mama

Spreading the word on breastfeeding

By Dr. Claire McCarthy


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

The rundown on egg freezing for women

By Dr. Daniela J. Lamas

Music Review

Superchunk’s blast not strictly from the past

By Franklin Soults

Music Review

At Emmanuel, beyond Beethoven’s greatest hits

By Jeremy Eichler


Queen Noor gives speech at Museum of Fine Arts

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Stylish start for Boston Fashion Week

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


A Fenway surprise for bombings survivor

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo serves up new book

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein