Dan Shaughnessy

Wild card tied, one game left for Sox

Manager Terry Francona celebrated last night’s victory with Ryan Lavarnway and David Ortiz.

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Once hailed as the ‘‘Best Team Ever,’’ the $161 million payroll Red Sox will be playing for their lives and their legacy at Camden Yards tonight.

Collapse has Sox fans feeling blue

During the Red Sox’s soul-crushing September swoon, fans have watched in horror as a team that looked like baseball’s best collapsed like a dying star.

Senate kills five-year ban on taking casino jobs

A state Senate proposal to impose a five-year ban on former lawmakers taking casino jobs triggered an uproar by Democratic senators, who weakend the measure to a one-year restriction.

Arts groups wage effort to ease impact of casinos

Despite the threat that casinos pose to their businesses, many arts leaders have focused on improving the legislation now before the state Senate, rather than opposing it.

Mass. will seek ‘No Child’ waiver

Massachusetts is joining a growing number of states in seeking a waiver from an unpopular provision of the No Child Left Behind Act that has cast hundreds of schools in a harsh light.

Baker, O’Toole to vie for District 3

Frank Baker and John K. O’Toole triumphed in a hard-fought preliminary election for an open City Council seat representing the heart of Dorchester, finishing first and second.


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Cash-strapped T warns of fare increases, service cuts by July

With the MBTA’s financial woes mounting, state transportation officials said that they expect to approve a fare increase in the spring that would take effect July 1.


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Sovereign changes its name to Santander

Boston-based Sovereign Bank, one of the country’s largest regional banks, is adopting the name of its owner Santander, the banking giant based in Spain.


A picture shows a new construction site in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Gilo on September 27, 2011 as the Israeli government approved a plan for 1,100 new homes in the settlement, in a move the Palestinian leadership said snubs a Quartet proposal for new peace talks. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel OK’s more building in East Jerusalem

Israel granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new Jewish housing units in east Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out any freeze in settlement construction.


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Red Sox 8, Orioles 7

Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway follows through on his first big league home run, a three-run blast that put Boston ahead, 5-1.

Sox still tied with one to play

Ryan Lavarnway hit his first two major league home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Sox to an 8-7 victory and keep them tied in the wild-card race with the Rays.

Food and dining


The message from celebrity chefs and others in this season’s volumes is unanimous: Stay home and cook.

Memo from celebrity chefs: Embrace your own kitchen

Fall cookbook roundup: By spreading the simple message of eating good food at home, the season’s newest cookbooks bring a bit of activism to the table.


“Could it be true, Pinker wondered, that humans had actually become less violent with time, as opposed to more? And if so, how had we done it?”

Leon Neyfakh,   on Steven Pinker’s new book about violence in history