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Social media ignites Spark Capital

An investment five years ago in Twitter, back when it had few users and many skeptics in the technology field, could net Spark Capital $640 million.

RED SOX 12, RAYS 2

Red Sox take advantage of outfield miscue

Stephen Drew (center) was pumped as the Red Sox welcomed him to the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning.

Friday’s 12-2 win was the first playoff victory for the Red Sox since Oct. 18, 2008 — in that year’s ALCS against the Rays.

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Aggressive tactics by conservative political groups are one reason Republicans have chosen a course of action that resulted in the government shutdown.

Caroline Kennedy spoke during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination.

Japan abuzz at prospect of Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Japan’s embrace of President John F. Kennedy’s only surviving child being nominated to the Tokyo post has bordered on glee.

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The plans come after Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle failed to meet the deadline for submitting a detailed defense of his spending habits.

“I don’t think we should just put it into cruise control,” said BRA director Peter Meade.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/File 2013

BRA speeds up proposal reviews

As Mayor Tom Menino’s term nears an end, the agency’s board has started meeting twice a month.

Mayoral candidate Martin Walsh talked with X-ray technician Schlander Campbell Thursday at Boston Medical Center.

Walsh’s push for binding arbitration draws criticism

Government watchdogs argue that Marty Walsh’s proposal would eliminate financial safeguards for cities and towns.

The Nation

No progress on shutdown

Federal workers demonstrated in front of the Capitol on the fourth day of the partial government shutdown.

By Tracy Jan and Mattias Gugel

Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans did not produce any new strategy to end the government shutdown that entered its fifth day Saturday.

Officials look for clues to Conn. woman’s fatal D.C. trip

Investigators are still unclear what prompted Miriam Carey to drive to Washington on Thursday.

By Marc Santora and Michael S. Schmidt

Investigators have found antipsychotic medications in the home of a woman who led police on a high-speed chase through the nation’s capital, authorities said.

Immigration activists plan reminder for overhaul

By Laura Wides-Munoz

In more than 150 cities, activists will gather to remind the nation that despite the feuds in Congress, they are still here and still demanding immigration changes.

The World

US close to suspending talks on Afghan future

If talks stop, officials say they will only resume after President Hamid Karzai leaves office.

By Matthew Rosenberg

The United States and Afghanistan have reached an impasse in their talks over the role that American forces will play beyond next year, officials say.

Despite Iranian overtures, anti-US chants continue

By Nasser Karimi

Iranians chanted ‘‘Death to America’’ and burned the US flag after weekly prayers in Tehran on Friday despite their new president’s outreach to the West.

Warring rebel factions vie for control on Syria-Turkey border

An interview on Turkish TV with Syrian President Bashar Assad was broadcast Thursday.

By Bassem Mroue

The violence is part of an outburst of infighting among the myriad rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad for control over prized border areas.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

The vanishing monarch butterfly

By Derrick Z. Jackson

From Mattapan to Minnesota and up through Maine and Canada, scientists and volunteers are recording low numbers.

opinion | Marcela García

Low turnout a lost opportunity for Latinos

By Marcela García

The Latino community’s clout may be growing in Boston, but the preliminary’s results clearly indicate it will take a more concerted effort to vault one of its own into a mayoral final.

opinion | Joyce London Ford and Kevin C. Peterson

Boston’s minorities must learn from vote results

By Joyce London Ford and Kevin C. Peterson

For many within the city’s communities of color, the mayoral preliminary serves as a graphic example of obvious leadership and institutional shortcomings.

Metro

Mixed opinion at Westfield State over president’s spending

By Brian MacQuarrie

Many students do not know what to make of an issue that seems disconnected from their day-to-day lives at the 5,400-student university.

Sox fans skip work, flock to Fenway Park

C.J. Olivolo, 9, of Hilton Head, S.C., chose a favorite player’s face to hold for a photographic “portrait.”

By David Abel

Sporadic rain and middle-of-the-day timing did not deter thousands of fans from descending on Fenway Park for the heavily anticipated playoff opener.

Aaron Hernandez associate arrested in Conn.

Alexander Bradley appeared in Hartford Superior Court with his lawyer on Friday.

By Wesley Lowery

Alexander Bradley has been ordered to appear before a Mass. grand jury in a 2012 double murder.

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State freezes university’s funding

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen

HAMPTON, N.H.

Man found dead from blunt impact injuries in Hampton, N.H., home

By Jasper Craven and Haven Orecchio Egresitz

NORTON

Motorcyclist is killed in Norton crash

By Nicholas Jacques

NEWTON

Man, 87, struck by hit-and-run driver in Newton

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

star watch

Andromeda galaxy climbs high on October nights

By Alan M. MacRobert

Business

State official to tour Canadian hydro plants

By Erin Ailworth

The trip comes a few months after several New England leaders unveiled a regional initiative to bring more hydropower into region.

Reebok embraces personal fitness trend

Sales associate Andre Wynter and Angelica Ochoa perused a schedule of classes in Braintree.

By Taryn Luna

Reebok’s Braintree store opens its “FitHub” on Saturday, part of a six-month rollout of the concept in East Coast stores.

You say Twitter, I say Tweeter: Investor mix-up?

After Twitter released its securities filing, 14.4 million Tweeter shares traded hands.

Investors confusing Twitter with the former Canton-based electronics retailer caused Tweeter shares to soar.

Obituaries

Vo Nguyen Giap, 102; was legendary Vietnam general

Former Defense secretary Robert McNamara greeted General Giap in Hanoi in 1995. Below, a 1950 photo with Ho Chi Minh (right), who became president of North Vietnam.

By Margie Mason and Chris Brummitt

General Giap, known as the Red Napoleon, led a ragtag army of guerrillas to victory in Vietnam over the French and the Americans.

Gary Brandner, 83, author of ‘Howling’

Gary Brandner’s first installment of ‘‘The Howling’’ arrived in 1977.

By Terence McArdle

Mr. Brandner’s series inspired the popular fright film series.

Arnold Burns, 83; quit Justice Department post in protest

Mr. Burns and William Weld appeared before a Senate panel after they abruptly resigned. The Justice Department’s work, Mr. Burns said, had become “impeded by a deep malaise.”

By William Yardley

Mr. Burns resigned in 1988 because of what he and others viewed as improper acts by Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Things went wrong in right

Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings watch David Ortiz’s fourth-inning fly bounce into the bullpen for a ground-rule double (above), paving the way for five Red Sox runs in the frame; Ortiz is congratulated in the dugout after he scored (below).

By Dan Shaughnessy

Wil Myers’s misplay in the fourth inning changed everything in Red Sox-Rays playoff opener.

Christopher L. Gasper

Jonny Gomes really got them going

By Christopher L. Gasper

Gomes, taking advantage of a miscue in the outfield, picked the perfect time to deliver his first career postseason hit.

on baseball

Jon Lester was on target from the first pitch

Jon Lester was brilliant, fanning seven as the Red Sox took Game 1 of the ALDS.

By Nick Cafardo

Lester, who last started Sept. 28, was brilliant in his return to the mound, giving up just three hits over 7 innings.

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RED SOX 12, RAYS 2

Red Sox take advantage of outfield miscue

By Peter Abraham

RED SOX notebook

John Lackey ready to keep it going

By Peter Abraham

RAYS NOTEBOOK

For Rays’ Matt Moore, things fell apart quickly

By Julian Benbow

NLDS: Pirates 7, Cardinals 1

Rookie Gerrit Cole helps Pittsburgh even up series

By R.B. Fallstrom

NLDS: Braves 4, Dodgers 3

Mike Minor leads Braves past Dodgers

By Paul Newberry

ALDS: Tigers 3, A’s 2

Max Scherzer pitches Tigers past A’s in opener

By Gary Washburn

Bruins notebook

Bruins brace for a visit by Red Wings

By Amalie Benjamin

PaTRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots’ Stevan Ridley (knee) out vs. Bengals

By Shalise Manza Young and Anthony Gulizia

Army at BC | 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

BC’s Andre Williams ready to pound away at Army

By Michael Vega

Local Colleges

Brian Harrington anchoring Stonehill’s defense

By Craig Larson

Oliver Ames 35, Stoughton 7

Under-the-radar Oliver Ames dominates Stoughton

By Eric Russo

Schools

Football: BC High edges out No. 9 Brockton

By Anthony Gulizia

Mansfield 49, Attleboro 42

No. 3 Mansfield escapes Attleboro with win in a shootout

By Stephen Sellner

Abington 28, Cohasset 12

Abington upends Cohasset

By Lorenzo Recupero

Duxbury 30, Hingham 26

No. 13 Duxbury overcomes mistakes

By Greg Joyce

Westwood 43, Holliston 41

Westwood wins see-saw battle

By Andrew MacDougall

G: Family

Learning from the homes of famous writers

The royalties from Edith Wharton’s novels paid for her Lenox home, The Mount, and its furnishings.

By Daniel Grant

New England is home to a number of houses where famous writers once lived and worked, and fall is a popular time to visit.

If you make a day trip of famous writers’ houses

Addresses and contact information for trips to famous writers’ houses

Mia Dyson enjoys a fresh start, as herself

Mia Dyson was asked to rebrand as an edgy, androgynous character named BOY.

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

Once asked to rebrand as an edgy, androgynous character named BOY, Dyson, as herself, plays the Lizard Lounge Thursday.