Obama, Romney turn focus to women’s issues

Mitt Romney, left, stopped in Chesapeake, Va., and President Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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President Obama highlighted Mitt Romney’s plans to cut funds for Planned Parenthood Wednesday. Romney said women are focused on the economy and jobs.

Senator Scott Brown’s proposals focus on lowering the overall tax rate and closing loopholes, while his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has proposed raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year.

Brown, Warren show sharpest differences on taxes

Senator Scott Brown says Elizabeth Warren has an insatiable appetite for higher taxes and more debt. She says he is holding the middle class hostage to protect the rich.

Yvonne Abraham

Cambridge cheers up about Obama

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief in Central Square Wednesday morning. After Tuesday’s presidential debate, it looked like President Obama might be back.

Ethel Kennedy (right, with her daughter, Rory), the focus of a new HBO film, hasn’t slowed down much at age 84.

Ethel Kennedy, in twilight and limelight

Rory Kennedy’s documentary on HBO puts her mother, Ethel, in the spotlight. But frankly, she’s more at home on the golf course.

Merging of families fueled businesses linked to meningitis scare

The Massachusetts specialty pharmacy at the center of the deadly national outbreak might not have existed but for a relationship that started about three decades ago.

Construction may bring a new vitality to Columbia Point

A burst of activity promises to transform many of the Boston peninsula’s underused and vacant properties into housing, stores, restaurants, and academic and cultural buildings.

 Andrew Campbell got his family involved in his sport.

For these rowers, Head of Charles is family time

Four members of the Campbell family of New Canaan, Conn., will be on the river this weekend at the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox taking too long hiring a manager

Why is it taking so long for the Sox to hire a manager? If John Farrell is their guy, then make a deal with Toronto. If not, move on.

David Johnson and Kate Morkeski load a device that feeds fertilizer into the salt marsh on Plum Island.

Fertilizer harming Plum Island salt marsh, study finds

A nine-year study in the estuary is the first to show that marshes may be crumbling from the inside out from a massive overload of nutrients.

Globe Insiders

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Join Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, authors of “The Real Romney,” to discuss the Republican presidential candidate’s life and history.


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Tom Brady (right) and the Patriots face a team they know well on Sunday, the Jets.

Patriots’ losses a gain for rest of AFC East

All four AFC East teams have 3-3 records. Although New England has had a stranglehold on the division for more than a decade, the other clubs are optimistic.


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Police officers closed off part of Southampton Street in the South End after a man was shot and killed on Wednesday.

Three suspects held in South End slaying

A man in his 20s is dead ­after being shot on Southampton Street Wednesday, which led to a police chase on Interstate 93 and three suspects being taken into custody at gunpoint.


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Ruben Lozano-Aguilera (left) and Antonio Gomez-Lopez, both students at the MIT Sloan School of Management, are helping organize the Reaching Out conference, which starts Thursday.

LGBT workplace policies a draw for MBA students

The annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies.

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Opposition fighters guarded an area in Aleppo, Syria, that marks the front in the clash with progovernment forces

UN Syria envoy calls on government to start truce

The international envoy to the Syrian conflict called on President Bashar Assad’s regime to take the lead in implementing a cease-fire during a major Muslim holiday later this month.


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Stage Review

From left: Ken Cheeseman, Miranda Craigwell, Cliff Odle, and Patrick Shea comprise the four-person cast of “Race.”

‘Race’ looks back in anger at New Rep

This law-office drama puts more than racial prejudice on trial. It goes after sexism and legal ethics as well.