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Football Friday: Who's No. 1: Nashoba, Auburn, St. John's?

Who should be the top-ranked team in the Hometeam football media poll: No. 1 Nashoba, which scored two second-half TDs to pull away from Marlboro, 28-14; No. 2 Auburn, which dismantled No. 5 Shepherd Hill, 35-6; or No. 3 St. John's, which plays rival Shrewsbury today? Click on the links below for complete coverage of last night's games, including live updates, results, recaps and box scores, as well as today's schedule and live results.
HOMETEAM SECTION: Complete CMass high school sports coverage
FRIDAY SCOREBOARD: High school results, recaps and box scores
FOOTBALL VIDEO: Postgame interviews from the Auburn-Shepherd Hill game
SATURDAY SCOREBOARD: High school results, recaps and box scores
LIVE UPDATES: Follow all the action from today’s football games
FOOTBALL VIDEO: Jim Wilson breaks down the weekend’s games on Ch. 3
FOOTBALL PICKS: Jim Wilson predicts the scores of this weekend’s games
STANDINGS: Updated for football, soccer, field hockey, cross-country, volleyball
STATISTICS: Updated for football, soccer, field hockey

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St. Joseph Basilica to celebrate 125th

WEBSTER - The 125th anniversary celebration of St. Joseph Basilica Parish on Whitcomb Street will be held at 3:30 p.m. today.
Holiday frenzy causes 45-mile backup Friday evening on Mass Pike
Arc celebrates new space
Boston judge brings in Worcester County jury in murder trial
Auburn man faces weapons charges over Leicester barn break-in

Columbus Day Parade Oct. 7 on Shrewsbury Street

WORCESTER - This Sunday, everybody's Italian and invited to a festive afternoon at the annual Columbus Day Parade, with Grand Marshals Geraldine (Rossetti) Arakelian and Joseph Rossetti. The parade begins at Aitchison Street at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7, marches down Shrewsbury Street and ends at Washington Square. For more information, visit
Hudson River School art exhibit at Fitchburg Art Museum
Asa Waters to host children's Halloween tea Oct. 28
Shrewsbury cheer teams earn two first-place trophies
North Brookfield Savings supports Fall Harvest Food Drive

Gaels fall to Crusaders; Chieftains remain unbeaten

The Clinton High School football team failed to get much going on either side of the ball in a rare afternoon game, at Groton-Dunstable, on Friday.
Chieftains remain perfect with a win over Marlboro
Gaels are beaten by the Crusaders
Radio problems going to professionals
Deciding where to spend town’s money

Lions make it five wins in a row

BALDWINVILLE - The West Boylston/Tahanto Regional High School football team roared to its fifth consecutive victory on Friday afternoon, downing Narragansett Regional, 28-14, at Arthur L. Stuart Memorial Field in a Midland-Wachusett League D Division contest.
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Take the ‘2 Ways out’ Challenge
One year in West Boylston
Oct. 7 kicks off National Fire Prevention Week
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Crusaders win first game of season

WORCESTER - John Macomber kicked two field goals and Holy Cross’ defense held Bucknell to just 145 total yards as the Crusaders defeated the Bison, 13-6, today in a Patriot League matchup. Holy Cross (1-4, 1-0) snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated the Bison for the seventh time in its last eight meetings.
Patriots' Brandon Bolden moves forward
Red Sox searching for anti-Bobby Valentine
Ump's pop-fly call kills Atlanta Braves
Orioles dispatch Rangers, set for Yankees

Security is tight for writing jobs report

The unemployment rate’s sharp fall from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September, reported a month before the election, led some Republicans to question whether the numbers had been manipulated to benefit President Barack Obama.
Conspiracists flock to jobless rate
Gains from rate drop fade away
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For Sam James, 'The Voice' is a place to be heard

Not two years ago, local indie-rocker Sam James was singing “Imagine” at a tribute to John Lennon at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner. Fast forward to July of this year, and he was in New Jersey, singing the same song in front of music heavyweights Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera — the judges for NBC-TV's “The Voice.”
Stage couple trying to please parents pleases 'Beau Jest' audience
This day in history - Oct. 6
Latifah, Woodard lead new cast of ‘Steel Magnolias’
Study finds rise in gay characters on network TV

If your toes weren’t tapping yesterday and you didn’t have a certain Beatles tune dancing through your head, you must have missed a rock ’n’ roll love song milestone.

Anyone who drives along Worcester’s Salisbury Street during morning or evening rush hour knows that negotiating the intersection with Forest Street is no easy matter. The city’s $191,000 solution, which includes widening lanes and designating dedicated turn lanes, won’t solve the traffic problems, but it may achieve what officials hope — an improvement in the level of service, meaning lower speeds, shorter wait times, and greater clarity for motorists approaching from all directions.


No such thing as a free lunch

With all of the political howling, screeching and babbling leading up to next month’s election, there is really only one thing people should remember.
Extended family has party blues - ANNIE’S MAILBOX KATHY MITCHELL AND MARCY SUGAR

Cases of meningitis up to 47 in 7 states

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A week after her annual steroid shot for back pain, Janet Russell began getting unbearable headaches. A fever followed. Doctors admitted her to the hospital, but couldn’t say what was wrong.
Romney claims of bipartisan success in Mass. face challenge
As governor, Romney actually helped feather Big Bird's nest
Submerged Newport car: Women weren't from RI
New Mass. program to expand free legal services