Romney strives to look presidential

He capped the Republicans’ big week with a message that carried an unlikely echo of the very president he is trying to unseat.

Clint Eastwood spoke to an empty chair while addressing delegates during the Republican National Convention.

Opinion | Peter S. Canellos

Eastwood’s speech backfires on the GOP

Eastwood’s ridiculing tone undercut Mitt Romney’s effort to appear more sad than angry at President Obama’s “failure.”

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Bernanke pushes for further Fed action on economy

Calling high unemployment a “grave concern,” Chairman Ben Bernanke made clear the Federal Reserve will consider further steps to boost the economy.

Ipswich police charge priest with raping boy in early ’80s

A former leader of the Saleisan Brothers of Don Bosco is facing charges that he repeatedly raped a boy at an Ipswich camp in 1981 and 1982.

Three dead in N.J. supermarket shooting

At least three people have died, including a person believed to be the shooter, in a New Jersey supermarket early Friday.

Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox were swept by the Angels in Anaheim this week.

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Dan Shaughnessy

For Red Sox, a year of living dreadfully

It’s been quite a fall from being the “Best Team Ever.” Exactly a year ago, the Sox were still good. Since then, it’s been chaos.

Jose Ortega’s Boston Broncos organization fielded teams for hundreds of boys ranging in age from 7 to 18.

Backers call Boston coach a mentor; police say he’s a predator

Jose Ortega, 41, was arrested in July on charges that he sent sexually suggestive Facebook messages to a 12-year-old on one of his teams.

Harvard accuses 125 of cheating

The undergraduates are accused of collaborating on a spring take-home final exam, in what could prove to be the largest Ivy League cheating scandal in recent memory.

Brian McGrory

Cape Cod rooster draws complaints

There’s a very fine line between sound and noise, and on the Cape, one neighborhood grapples with the question of whether a rooster high-steps over the boundary.

An excited Bob Young with Zeke the family turtle, who had moseyed away from home for 30 days.

Zeke, the missing turtle, reunited with Beverly family

After 30 days on the lam, the box turtle, who has lived with the Young family 31 years, was found by a neighbor just 1,000 feet from home.


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On Football

The spots of Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork are secure, but who else will be joining them on the Patriots’ 53-man roster?

Final projection: Patriots’ 53-man roster

On cutdown day, Greg A. Bedard offers his best guess at the players the Patriots will take into the regular season.

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After Isaac passed through Plaquemines Parish, people attempted to rescue cows from the flood waters.

Weakening Isaac hovers over water-logged Louisiana

Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day, forcing authorities to mount evacuation and rescue operations as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods.

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