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JFK: 50 years later

Kennedy murder a breakpoint in time

Paul Giamatti played Abraham Zapruder — who captured the assassination on film — in “Parkland,” one of the films released this year centering on Kennedy’s death.

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That awful day in Dallas retains enormous symbolic importance as a touchstone: marking a boundary between a pre-assassination then and a post-assassination now.

The Body Worlds Vital exhibit features more than 200 chemically preserved body parts and 15 whole cadavers.

Body Worlds set to open at Quincy Market

Just up the stairs from vendors selling Christmas ornaments, visitors will soon come across an exhibit of human bodies and body parts.

Land deal for Everett casino plan under scrutiny

Officials are investigating whether a businessman with a criminal record has a hidden ownership in the property where Steve Wynn wants to build a gaming resort.

Working against Baker is the fact that both independent candidates are social and fiscal moderates with experience in business, making their profiles strikingly similar to that of Baker.

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Independents may complicate Baker’s bid

Even if independent gubernatorial candidates only capture a small percentage of the electorate, they could draw key votes from Charles Baker.

Ratings range high, low for Boston teachers

While some schools were quite generous in rating their teachers “exemplary,” several schools did not give any teachers the highest rating.

The Nation

Nuts linked to ‘substantial’ mortality drop

Nutritionists who were not involved in the study expressed enthusiasm about the strong results and the careful study design, but they questioned the researchers’ decision to get partial funding from a foundation that represents tree nut suppliers.

By Deborah Kotz

New Harvard research provides the strongest evidence to date that eating nuts can reduce the risk of dying from cancer and a number of other causes.

Search for answers in attack on Va. senator

By STEVE SZKOTAK

A state official said Wednesday an investigation was opened into Gus Deeds’ mental health treatment.

Fla. lawmaker to take leave over cocaine

By Michael S. Schmidt

Henry Radel said Wednesday he was taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty.

The World

US reaches security deal with Afghans

By Thom Shanker and Rod Nordland

The US and Afghanistan have finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting US troop presence through 2024, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Afghan officials in Pakistan to meet Taliban

By KATHY GANNON and MUNIR AHMED

Members of an Afghan delegation tasked with holding peace talks with the Taliban are in Pakistan to meet with the group’s former deputy leader.

Notorious African rebel reportedly ill

Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army is accused of war crimes.

By EDITH M. LEDERER

The African Union envoy in charge of pursuing a rebel group in central Africa said many reports indicate its notorious leader Joseph Kony is seriously ill and on the run.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Elizabeth Warren: The contender

By Joan Vennochi

Senator Warren isn’t running for president, but she should.

Alex Beam

How about AmeriCanada?

By Alex Beam

A professor at a university in Toronto argues that there are good reasons why the US and Canada should merge.

NICHOLAS BURNS

Three lessons from the Kennedy presidency

By Nicholas Burns

JFK was an advocate for public service, a practitioner of restraint, and he urged Americans to avoid demonizing enemies and instead commit to peace.

Metro

Ratings range high, low for Boston teachers

By James Vaznis

While some schools were quite generous in rating their teachers “exemplary,” several schools did not give any teachers the highest rating.

Land deal for Everett casino plan under scrutiny

Despite Charles Lightbody’s claim that he had no stake in the Everett casino plan, several people, including a state investigator and an Everett businessman, say he has boasted that he stands to make millions if the state approves Wynn’s casino license and he buys the land.

By Andrea Estes, Shelley Murphy and Mark Arsenault

Officials are investigating whether a businessman with a criminal record has a hidden ownership in the property where Steve Wynn wants to build a gaming resort.

JFK: 50 years later

Kennedy murder a breakpoint in time

Paul Giamatti played Abraham Zapruder — who captured the assassination on film — in “Parkland,” one of the films released this year centering on Kennedy’s death.

By Mark Feeney

That awful day in Dallas retains enormous symbolic importance as a touchstone: marking a boundary between a pre-assassination then and a post-assassination now.

More Stories

Burnt remains identified as those of Haverhill man

By Maria Cramer, Billy Baker and John R. Ellement

Yvonne Abraham

Unseen peril in Arlington

By Yvonne Abraham

Business

Body Worlds set to open at Quincy Market

The Body Worlds Vital exhibit features more than 200 chemically preserved body parts and 15 whole cadavers.

By Taryn Luna

Just up the stairs from vendors selling Christmas ornaments, visitors will soon come across an exhibit of human bodies and body parts.

Partners-South Shore merger review grows

By Robert Weisman

A commission is expected to review the Partners HealthCare proposed takeover of South Shore Hospital by the end of the year.

Tech lab

TVs get smarter, but not smart enough

By Hiawatha Bray

Smart TVs share similar features and flaws: clumsy controls, spotty voice recognition, erratic performance, and limited apps.

Obituaries

Faith Barcus, 86; helped Japanese students acclimate

Faith Barcus, a Tokyo native, was dean of student life at Showa Boston.

By Kathleen McKenna

Students at Showa Boston often turned to Mrs. Barcus, a native of Tokyo, when they faced homesickness or difficulty adjusting to American culture.

Frederick Sanger, 95; two-time Nobel-winning scientist

Frederick Sanger is one of four scientists to win the Nobel Prize twice.

By Denise Gellene

The British biochemist’s discoveries about the chemistry of life led to the decoding of the human genome and to the development of new drugs.

Louis Rubin Jr., Southern author; at 89

By Hillel Italie

The curmudgeonly patron of contemporary Southern writing helped establish and advance the careers of John Barth, Annie Dillard and dozens of others.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Recalling NFL’s decision to play after Kennedy’s death

The flag in Minnesota was lowered, and the visiting Lions honored a slain leader.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The day before the president was buried, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle didn’t cancel any games. The decision haunted him.

MLB notebook

Notes: Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Rangers

The Tigers would get the second baseman they need in Ian Kinsler (left), while the Rangers would receive one of the biggest bats in the game in Prince Fielder.

The teams agreed to a deal to send Fielder to Texans in return for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Shane Vereen eager to do more

Running back Shane Vereen hadn’t played a snap since Week 1, then returned to lead the Patriots in receptions and yards Monday night.

By Shalise Manza Young

Vereen’s return gives the Patriots a versatile offensive weapon that they badly missed after his Week 1 injury.

G: Style

Peabody Essex reveals Japanese fashion’s avant-garde beauty

Koji Tatsuno’s nylon net dress.

By Christopher Muther

“Future Beauty” at the Peabody Essex Museum is nothing short of enthralling as it shows how Japan’s top names twist Western sartorial perspectives.

Book REview

‘Dogfight’ by Fred Vogelstein

Wired editor Fred Vogelstein (below) describes in detail the worldwide battles between Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (above left) and Apple in the years since Schmidt helped then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs  introduce the iPhone.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Wired editor’s engaging and informative new book describes the worldwide battles between Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Apple.

BSO announces 2014 Tanglewood season

Andris Nelsons (pictured) will lead four programs, one featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter.

By Jeremy Eichler

American music, the 20th anniversary of Ozawa Hall, and the introduction of Andris Nelsons as music director designate will be the running themes at Tanglewood next summer.