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As students move in, city vows vigilance on safety

Ed Coburn and Indira Alvarez of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department watched students in Allston.

A set of stiff realities has kicked in as thousands of students return to America’s college capital this week.

Security guards kept watch at the front doors as the Showboat casino in Atlantic City closed on Sunday.

Some see implications for Mass. in N.J. casino woes

Specialists see implications from casino closures in New Jersey for gambling in Mass.

Candidates try and make TV ads resonate

Candidates and super PACs hope they have the answer to creating ads that resonate.

Amid Senate gridlock, ambassador positions remain unfilled

One-fourth of all ambassador-ranked posts — 55 out of 226 positions — await confirmation.

A Market Basket store, returning to life

The unglamorous but satisfying routine of running a supermarket has returned in full.

The Nation

Amid Senate gridlock, ambassador positions remain unfilled

“I don’t think there’s a single senator sitting there trying to punish our diplomats, but that’s the impact. Countries wonder whether we mean what we say about the strength of the relationship when we don’t even send them an ambassador,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

By Noah Bierman

One-fourth of all ambassador-ranked posts — 55 out of 226 positions — await confirmation.

Obama gets bipartisan message on Islamic State

The Islamic State “is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous. And they’ll kill with abandon,” said Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

By Philip Elliott

Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees prodded President Obama to take decisive action against the group.

Campaign cash flowing freely for midterm elections

By Philip Elliott

Election Day is just two months off and the national tab for the 2014 campaign already stands at $1 billion.

The World

Backed by US, militias help break siege of Islamic State

By Tim Arango and Azam Ahmed

The fight appeared to be the first time US warplanes and militias backed by Iran had worked with a common purpose on a battlefield against the group.

Philippine forces escape siege in Golan Heights

UN vehicles drove in Syria near a fence bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Sunday. The head of the Fijian army said negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized on the Syrian side by an Al Qaeda-linked group were being pursued.

By Jim Gomez

The Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate, confirmed Sunday that it was still holding 44 Fijian troops.

China blocks open vote in Hong Kong

Members of the Occupy Central movement members rallied supporters in Hong Kong’s financial district on Sunday.

By Jack Chang

Beijing issued its firmest reminder yet that it is still in charge despite the substantial autonomy it promised the city after taking control from Britain in 1997.

Editorial & Opinion

James Carroll

Abolish Vatican statehood

St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City is filled during Pope John Paul II’s beatification in 2011.

By James Carroll

Politically empowered Catholicism yields now and then to the amoral pressures of realpolitik.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Cash for Clunkers: How bad public policy gets made

By John E. Sununu

The $3 billion program was a spectacular failure, at least according to two studies.

endorsement | Democratic primary

Maura Healey for attorney general

Maura Healey was an assistant attorney general.

The Globe’s editorial board says Healey has a clear focus on the core responsibilities of the office.

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Metro

Some see implications for Mass. in N.J. casino woes

Security guards kept watch at the front doors as the Showboat casino in Atlantic City closed on Sunday.

By Mark Arsenault

Specialists see implications from casino closures in New Jersey for gambling in Mass.

Candidates try and make TV ads resonate

Steve Grossman (left) has run mostly positive TV ads. One spot emphasizes his support for universal pre-kindergarten in the state. At right, a Don Berwick ad, which his campaign said is set to begin airing Tuesday, shows two children, dressed up as Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, who “play politics.”

By Joshua Miller

Candidates and super PACs hope they have the answer to creating ads that resonate.

As students move in, city vows vigilance on safety

Ed Coburn and Indira Alvarez of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department watched students in Allston.

By Matt Rocheleau

A set of stiff realities has kicked in as thousands of students return to America’s college capital this week.

Business ǀ Science

A Market Basket store, returning to life

Customers examined meat products at the Burlington Market Basket.

By Katie Johnston

The unglamorous but satisfying routine of running a supermarket has returned in full.

A growing group effort to help low-wage workers

By Katie Johnston

Unions, worker centers, and community groups are collaborating to help improve the lives of the working poor.

Technology tracks players’ speed on football field

When NFL players begin the new season on Thursday, most of them will wear two quarter-size sensors that will 
track their speed, distance, and other information during the course of a play. Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

By Callum Borchers

New technology being deployed by the NFL this season aims to answer questions about player performance with hard data on every move they make on the field.

Obituaries

Dr. Gene Stollerman, 93; pioneer in treatment of rheumatic fever

Dr. Stollerman taught at Boston University and did research in Bedford.

By Michele Richinick

Dr. Stollerman taught in the later part of his career at Boston University School of Medicine.

George Barrett, 86, lawyer who fought segregation

Mr. Barrett led a 38-year campaign to desegregate Tennessee universities.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Barrett led a 38-year campaign to desegregate Tennessee universities.

Lida Moser, perceptive modernist photographer of NYC; at 93

By Emily Langer

Ms. Moser trained her camera on faces and scenes that reflected life as it was experienced in New York and elsewhere.

Sports

Deutsche Bank Championship

Russell Henley grabs 1-shot lead at TPC Boston

Russell Henley.

By Michael Whitmer

Henley is the man to catch after shooting a 6-under-par 65 at TPC Boston to get to 12 under.

Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Texans

Signs have pointed for a while at QB Ryan Mallett ending up with the Texans, and he was traded to them Sunday. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

By Shalise Manza Young

Multiple reports said the Patriots received a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2016.

Ben Volin | On football

Patriots’ skimpy return for Ryan Mallett shows how teams view QB

Ryan Mallett didn’t complain about his Patriots backup QB role, but he didn’t excel in it, either.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots got the equivalent of a bag of footballs and 20 rolls of athletic tape from the Texans in the Ryan Mallett trade.

G: Health

When something medically goes wrong

By Liz Kowalczyk

Each year in Massachusetts hospitals, hundreds of patients are injured because of serious medical errors and other safety problems.

Television Review

‘Houdini’ shackled to a leaden script

Adrien Brody stars in the two-part miniseries “Houdini” as the famous magician.

By Matthew Gilbert

“Houdini,” a new two-part miniseries on History, is not exceptional. It’s a boilerplate biopic that fails to deliver any sense of intimacy with Harry Houdini.

concert review

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit home run at Fenway

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played at Fenway Park Saturday.

By Sarah Rodman

The band played for almost two hours to an appreciative audience that sang along.