Dobelle came to Westfield State with record of excess

University trustees face a nightmare jarringly similar to the one faced by University of Hawaii regents in 2004.

Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pictured) and four relievers almost achieved the first combined no-hitter in postseason history.

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Tigers 1, Red Sox 0

Red Sox shut out in ALCS opener

The Red Sox avoided historical ignominy when Daniel Nava ended a no-hit bid by the Tigers, but they lost Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

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Senate leads hunt for shutdown and debt limit deal

With House leaders sidelined, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell have taken the lead on discussions in the fiscal crisis.

Together, despite all

Through five games Tom Brady is producing some of the worst stats of his career, including career lows in completion percentage (56.6) and average per attempt (6.2 yards),

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Brady not solely to blame for Pats’ woes

Even without Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ passing game has produced some surprising numbers, and not the good kind.

// Well of support for Martin Walsh among those in recovery

Reformed alcoholics and drug addicts are devoted acolytes of Walsh, with some crediting their second chance directly to the mayoral candidate.

// A long obscured branch on John Kerry’s family tree

It is, according to those involved, a vivid reminder of how the Holocaust led to so many lost connections in the world.

When Tom Lyons bought the New England Mobile Book Fair, he found inventory was not automated.

Independent bookstore appeal grows

Owning an indie bookstore has become the modern retirement fantasy. It’s a bed-and-breakfast for people who want to discuss novels, not serve muffins.



// In mayor’s race, hope for school reform

The differences between John Connolly and Martin Walsh are relatively small: They both want dramatic reform.


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Raging winds, heavy rains, and flooding from Cyclone Phailin battered Orissa, India, Saturday.

800,000 in India flee huge cyclone

A massive cyclone hit the eastern coast Saturday night, leading authorities to move people inland in one of the largest such evacuations in India’s history.


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Santander US CEO Roman Blanco

Blanco spoke about the campaign to rebrand Sovereign Bank, the company’s goals, and upcoming challenges.