Meehan pledges to raise UMass system’s stature

Martin Meehan stepped down as president of UMass Lowell to take the university’s top job.

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Man seriously injured in N.C. shark attack

The 68-year-old man is the seventh person attacked along the North Carolina coast in three weeks.

// Chang enthusiastic as he takes over as schools chief

“I’m no longer superintendent in waiting. I’m done waiting,” Tommy Chang told a meeting of student leaders Wednesday.

R.I. officials say dating apps partly to blame for STD spike

With rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia at a 10-year high, state officials are looking at the new technologies.

Biogen plans manufacturing plant in Switzerland

The $1 billion investment would triple the company’s global capacity to produce large protein-based drugs known as biologics.

// Tornado warning in Essex County canceled

A tornado warning that was issued for Essex County has been canceled, the National Weather Service said.

// 2 Boston men indicted in boat accident in which woman lost arm

Benjamin Urbelis and Alexander Williams were indicted on charges related to a boating accident in which a young woman’s arm was cut off.

// Obama heralds US embassy in Cuba as ‘new chapter’

President Obama announced that the US and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington.

// US investigates possible collusion among airlines over fares

The investigation appears to focus on whether airlines signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes, and seats.

// Celtics agree to deals with Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko

The 6-9 Johnson, who spent the last six seasons in Toronto, got a two-year, $24 million deal.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Six takeaways from the Hillary Clinton e-mails

The presidential candidate’s fax skills and White House angst were on display in e-mails from 2009 that were made public Tuesday.

A piece of American history was returned to its home in the 1717 Meetinghouse in Barnstable.

Paul Revere bell returned to meetinghouse in Barnstable

A piece of American history returned to the 1717 Meetinghouse after a monthslong refurbishment in Ohio.

Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 2

// Blue Jays rout Rick Porcello and Red Sox

Porcello lasted only two innings, allowing three homers and seven runs to drop his seventh straight decision.

Laser light can prove a dangerous distraction for pilots.

Mass. pilots’ reports of lasers pointed at cockpits increased 175 percent

FAA records indicate that these beams are hitting aircrafts at increased rates in recent years.

James Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule.


Boston group awards $6m to jump-start artificial intelligence research

The grants are part of an initiative funded by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

// Jim Carrey calls Calif. governor ‘corporate fascist’ in vaccine law rant

The actor and comedian denounced a new law requiring most children be vaccinated on Twitter.

Your guide to the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Keith Lockhart will celebrate his 20th year as conductor of the Pops at the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4.

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A butcher’s grilling advice

Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats gives some advice for Fourth of July revelers looking to light up the grill.

// Brandon Spikes pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash

The former Patriots linebacker was sentenced to a year of probation and will lose his right to drive for one year.

The Big Picture

Tourists snorkel near a turtle as it looks for food amongst the coral in the lagoon at Lady Elliot Island north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9.

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The Big Picture

Great Barrier Reef at risk

Some coral has been badly damaged and animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened.