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Potential remake at South Boston convention center

The Mass. Convention Center Authority said the $1 billion project is necessary to make Boston a top US destination for meetings and trade shows.

Leo Finn with son Cash. Finn had a bone scan canceled at Dana-Farber.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

Shutdown delays experimental treatment for Cape patient

Patients and health officials fear the consequences of a long shutdown, which is already halting new clinical trials.

Citigroup to pay state $30m over analyst leak

Citigroup will settle charges a company analyst improperly shared research with large investors in advance.

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Oct. 3

Boehner pulled from two directions

House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to harness arch-conservatives is a central thread in the first shutdown in years.

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Despite President Obama’s warnings about the need to prevent a debt default, a meeting between top Democrats and Republicans offered little hope.

American Repertory Theater’s 1964-based “All the Way’’  is topical again.

Boston theater shines light on dramas of our times

As Boston’s fall theater season hits its stride, many productions are either ripped from the headlines or from recent history.

The Nation

States’ Medicaid decisions leave millions uninsured

By Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff

A national effort to extend health coverage will leave out many people that the program was intended to help.

NSA chief admits testing US cellphone tracking

By Kimberly Dozier

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans’ cellphone locations.

Officials try to address problems in exchanges amid high demand

Federal and state officials had run tests to ensure that the website would work properly from the start but users have encountered long waits and malfunctioning pages.

Federal and state officials moved to strengthen the new online health exchanges, which have proven inadequate to handle a flood of consumer inquiries.

The World

Berlusconi says he will support government

By Jim Yardley

The backing of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party allowed the prime minister, Enrico Letta, to win a confidence vote.

Police identity checks are upheld in France

By Elaine Ganley

A French court rejected claims that police identity checks on 13 people from minority groups were racist.

UN calls on Syria to allow urgent humanitarian aid

By Edith M. Lederer

The council addressed what it described as ‘‘the significant and rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria.”

Editorial & Opinion

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Alan Dershowitz takes the stand

Alan Dershowitz is a noted defense attorney and Harvard law professor.

By Alex Beam

Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor, has a new book out and isn’t one for false humility.

JOAN VENNOCHI

National GOP could be an albatross for Charlie Baker

By Joan Vennochi

The gubernatorial candidate faces a tough road as a Republican in a state dominated by Democrats.

EDWARD L. GLAESER

Thinking outside the city limits

By Edward L. Glaeser

The natural first step is for the next mayor to form a collaborative regional agency aimed at attracting businesses.

Metro

Mass. gaming panel drops investigator

By Mark Arsenault

A former Bally casino executive helping to investigate casino applicants for Massachusetts was himself investigated by New Jersey regulators.

Yvonne Abraham

Laboring over a political position

By Yvonne Abraham

Aw, come on, Marty Walsh. I just got done telling people there was more to you than the labor thing.

Government shutdown ill-timed in Salem

Julie Arrison (bending over table) and Joe Paluzzi volunteered to assist tourists in Salem on Wednesday.

By Peter Schworm

The standoff closed the visitor center during a month where more than 250,000 visit the historic city.

More Stories

State trooper charged in fatal crash suspended without pay

By Martin Finucane and John R. Ellement

MIDDLETON

Man kills himself in CVS parking lot in Middleton

By Derek J. Anderson

Man arraigned in NYC bike skirmish that injured Lawrence man

By Martin Finucane and Melissa Hanson

Business

Standoff in D.C. worries Boston Fed chief

Eric Rosengren said he voted in favor of continuing the Fed’s stimulus efforts las tmonth in part because of the impending political standoff.

By Megan Woolhouse

Eric Rosengren said he voted last month to continue stimulus efforts in part because of the impending political standoff.

Tech Lab

iMac — too good for its own good?

Today's iMacs range in price from $1,299 to $1,999, and come in  21.5 inches across or 27 inches. Its maximum resolution is actually higher than that of a standard 1080p high-definition television.

By Hiawatha Bray

The new iMac is great, but for most of us, an old PC works just fine.

Hospital mergers may drive up costs

By Robert Weisman

Industry leaders, health insurers, and regulators warned at a hearing that mergers increase prices and widen the payment gap between providers.

Obituaries

Tom Clancy, 66; books spawned a new genre

Tom Clancy mastered spy and defense technology but did not serve in military.

By Hillel Italie

Mr. Clancy’s attention to technical detail helped make him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time.

Dr. Sanford Cohen, 85; former BU psychiatry chairman

Sanford Cohen led the psychiatry department at the BU School of Medicine.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Cohen, who studied the impact of mental illness on physical maladies and vice versa, was a pioneer in his field.

Sports

John Farrell likely to stick to the plan

“I fully expect us to be as prepared, if not more, against our opponent in this series than we would have been in the regular season,” Farrell said.

By Peter Abraham

History suggests Farrell won’t be afraid to temporarily anger a player if he feels the team will benefit in the postseason.

Rays 4, Indians 0

Rays advance to face Red Sox in ALDS

Evan Longoria and his Rays teammates begin the celebration following the final out in their wild-card victory over the Indians.

By Nick Cafardo

Terry Francona’s Indians team won 92 games but couldn’t win one more to make a much-anticipated showdown take place.

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Bruins even stronger despite offseason movement

Boston-10/02/13 - The Boston Bruins practiced at the TD Garden in preparation for Thursday's season opener. Coach Claude Julien speaks to the players at the end of practice. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

By Fluto Shinzawa

A team that replaced three of its four right wings will hum along as if no roster churn happened.

G: Style

television review

‘Sean,’ ‘Millers’ come through loud, unclear

Sean Hayes and Samantha Isler in “Sean Saves the World.”

By Matthew Gilbert

Both CBS’s “The Millers” and NBC’s “Sean Saves the World” are blunt instruments that don’t mess around with the intricacies of wry humor or satire.

‘Mad Men’ to ‘Crazy’: It all ads up for James Wolk

James Wolk (right) with Robin Williams in “The Crazy Ones. He played Bob Benson on that other ad agency show, “Mad Men.”

By Sarah Rodman

The Michigan bred-actor last seen stirring things up in the ’60s as the mysterious Bob Benson on “Mad Men” has moved over to “The Crazy Ones.”

Book Review

‘Ebony & Ivy’ by Craig Steven Wilder

Craig Stevens Wilder.

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Wilder chronicles what he calls a “long sordid affair” that implicates many now revered colleges and universities in the oppression of Indians and African-Americans.

Globe North

Farmers leery of labor officials during harvests

 Oliver Anderson, a seasonal worker from Jamaica at Mann Orchards in Methuen, can earn overtime pay only in certain situations.

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

A Methuen farmer has started paying overtime to his Jamaican field hands this year, even though federal law exempts agricultural operations from most overtime requirements.

Salem woman gets reprieve from deportation

Mariola Perez and her son, Ernesto, 3, at a rally in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Burlington.

By John Laidler

The ICE decision was issued several days after about 60 of the woman’s supporters, including Noam Chomsky and his daughter, Aviva, rallied in front of a bureau office.

Topsfield

Security tightened at this year’s Topsfield Fair

From left: Topsfield Police Chief Evan Haglund, Fair GM Jim O’Brien, and Topsfield Fire Chief Ronald Giovannacci.

By David Rattigan

Patrons at this year’s Topsfield Fair can expect to have their bags searched at the gates, as well as all vehicles driving onto the property.

Globe South

Milton

Milton residents on edge over increased Logan noise

Paul Yovino watched from his front lawn as a jet began its descent into Logan Airport. Residents say the noise is near-constant some days.

By Dave Eisenstadter

Residents have endured jet noise for years, but a route implemented this past summer sending more flights over Milton was the final straw for many residents.

Quincy

Legislator wants more penalties for poor utility service

In Quincy this past February, a National Grid utility employee worked on a power line on Washington Steet.

By Cara Bayles

Small, localized power outages have been a frequent annoyance around the South Shore.

Sharon

Retiring town administrator oversaw big changes in Sharon

Benjamin Puritz of Sharon.

By Jennette Barnes

Benjamin Puritz, 63, plans to retire from his post in February, and says he does not intend to stop working but rather to “change tracks.”

Globe West

At Hebrew College, studying to be a rabbi a family mission

Shoshana Meira Friedman, center, her father Lev Friedman, left, and fiance Yotam Schachter.

By Steve Maas

A father, his daughter, and her fiance are studying to become rabbis at Hebrew College in Newton.

Abigail Ojemann earning her points as kicker at Concord-Carlisle

Concord-Carlisle kicker Abigail Ojemann.

By Phil Perry

Ojemann is the first female football player in Concord-Carlisle school history, and was the goalie on the girls’ soccer team last year.

More towns are fingerprinting vendors

By Evan Allen

Cities and towns west of Boston are requiring door-to-door salespeople, taxi drivers, and other vendors to be fingerprinted before allowing them to do business in town.