Obama camp rallies base in red states

President Obama’s campaign is trying to build the party apparatus in states that have been traditionally Republican in an effort to make them eventually winnable for Democrats.

Mitt Romney’s leave from Bain Capital sparked a nasty political fight this month after President Obama's campaign blamed the Republican for outsourcing and layoffs at companies owned by Bain Capital a decade ago.

Few rules govern leaves like Mitt Romney’s

Romney, who left Bain Capital in 1999 to oversee the Winter Olympics, was not the first top executive to take a leave of absence and almost certainly won’t be the last.

Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, has been pointing to his homegrown fundraising to draw a contrast with ­Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat and a Harvard Law School professor.

Brown raises more large gifts from Mass. than Warren

In contrast to challenger Elizabeth Warren, Senator Scott Brown is collecting most of his high-dollar donations in Massachusetts, according to a Globe analysis.

Brian McGrory

There’s no way to avoid political ads on TV

From early September through the first week of November, ­Labor Day to Election Day, there will be an unprecedented onslaught of political advertising on Boston TV.

Nurse Nicole Akisanye (left) prepared to adminster a chemotherapy treatment to a breast cancer patient in the new cancer ward at the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda.


A boost from Boston in Rwanda’s cancer fight

Butaro Hospital, the first cancer ward in rural East Africa, opened last week with a big helping of Boston medical know-how.

Red Sox lefthander Jon Lester’s season-long struggles — he’s 5-7 — continued with a loss to the White Sox.

Dan Shaughnessy

No excuse for Jon Lester’s frustrating season

The Red Sox lefthander’s season-long struggles — he’s 5-7 — continued with a loss to the White Sox, where he was lit up for six runs in only four innings.

Chris Webster of Hookset, N.H., looked over a huge selection of Boston Red Sox shirts one day recently at the Yawkey Way Store.

As Red Sox struggle, restaurants thrive

While sales of Red Sox merchandise have declined, restaurants and bars say customers are spending less time in the park and more time inside their venues.

Marissa Mayer, who is pregnant with her first child, is the new head of Yahoo.

New Yahoo chief takes on position amid pregnancy

Marissa Mayer, 37, a highly respected former Google executive, is pregnant — and the Yahoo board knew all about it when it appointed her.

A flying leap from the dock at Castle Island was one way to contend with the humidity and 97-degree heat on Tuesday. Many others found respite in air-conditioning on what turned out to be the 110th anniversary of the cooling technology.

Amid blistering heat, quest for air conditioning

With the humidity and 97-degree heat on Tuesday, many found respite in air-conditioning on what turned out to be the 110th anniversary of the cooling technology.


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John O’Brien faces federal racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud charges that could result in up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fines for his role in allegedly administering a rigged hiring process.

Former aides get immunity in probation probe

Two aides to ex-probation chief John J. O’Brien have been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying against him, a state prosecutor disclosed in court.


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Scott Savitz is Data Point’s only general partner.

Shoebuy founder turns to investing

Scott Savitz, founder of Web retailer Shoebuy.com, has launched a new venture capital firm with a starting fund of $50 million and an advisory board of Internet veterans.


Political Notebook

“Politically, I think that would help him,” Ron Paul — technically still a Republican presidential candidate — told Politico. “In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want.”

Paul, Perry call on Romney to release more tax returns

Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry added their voices to the chorus of conservatives advising Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns.

Nation & World

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‘A Million Heavens’ by John Brandon

The story details interwoven tales of a bunch of “vigilers” keeping watch in the parking lot of a hospital where a young coma victim resides.