Presidential predictors puzzled by tossup states

Out of 538 Electoral College votes, prognosticators say, from 36 to 131 votes — up to 11 states — are too close to call.

Boy Scouts files reveal legacy of abuse

Documents paint a devastating picture of thousands of episodes of abuse, dozens in Mass., from about 1965 to 1985.

Blue Cross speeds up its customer service for one week

Tasks that normally take 10 to 30 days were addressed the same day because the Boston-based insurer knew people who called its lines would be surveyed.

Bankruptcy expected for firm linked to meningitis

New England Compounding Center will probably file for bankruptcy protection to try to stem the growing number of lawsuits against the firm, attorneys said.

Little Joe Cook recalls high notes of doo-wop fame

Admirers will salute the singer, known for his pioneering falsetto and his 1957 hit “Peanuts,” with a 90th birthday celebration Saturday.


Little Joe Cook: Doo-wop legend

Little Joe Cook reflects on his music as he reaches 90.

Quinn Marcus conducted one of the impromptu street interviews that just might make her a widely known comedic celebrity.

Emerson student’s street interviews turn into a gig with MTV

“Quinnterviews” is what Quinn Marcus has coined her series of comedic shorts, which air on mtvU, a 24-hour branch of MTV.


Managing the fallout from freed felons

Chemist Annie Dookhan has turned Massachusetts into a criminal justice laboratory by creating the perfect conditions for the premature return of hundreds of convicted felons to the streets.

Helen Glover (right) and Heather Stanning, Britain’s most famous rowing duo, won the country’s first gold medal in women’s rowing, at home, in the London Olympics.

Head of the Charles

Golden season continues for Helen Glover

The Olympic champion, who’d never touched an oar until four years ago, will make a triumphant appearance at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

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// The 1969 peace rally

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969 was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States, with an estimated 100,000 people assembled at the Boston Common.


political notebook

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will hold their final debate on Monday night.

Candidates sidestep abortion; outside ads don’t

Though President Obama and Mitt Romney rarely tackle the topic of abortion head-on on the stump, the void is being filled by rival advocacy groups targeting swing states.

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A rescue worker carried an injured boy at the scene of an explosion in the Beirut Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh.

Beirut bomb kills top official

A large bomb exploded in the heart of Beirut’s Christian section, killing a top security official and at least seven others.


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 The Pacifica String Quartet will premiere “Return,” a new work by Keeril Makan (above), on Wednesday.

Keeril Makan’s ‘Return’ to premier Wednesday

The Pacifical String Quartet will perform composer Keeril Makan’s “Return,” a piece inspired by Makan’s feelings of dislocation.