Sampson’s lawyers prep list to try to spare him

Jurors will hear how Gary Lee Sampson brutally killed two people in Mass. and strangled another more than a decade ago. They’ll also hear about his troubled life.

Republican vice presidential candidate Governor Mike Pence spoke Monday in Milford, N.H.

Tightening contest could thrust New Hampshire into pivotal role

Both campaigns increasingly view the state as vital in determining who wins Nov. 8.

A device designed to keep geese away was stationed along the Esplanade in Boston on Tuesday.

City Council’s next target? Canada geese

The omnipresent herbivores that populate many of Boston’s public spaces, have a new predator.

Nathan Carman was taken to Boston after his rescue by a freighter on Monday.

Man who survived boat sinking, but lost his mother, arrives in Boston

The 22-year-old man who survived a fishing disaster that apparently claimed his mother’s life was interviewed by officials while police searched his Vt. home.

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Police arrest 20-year-old man in Dorchester on gun, cocaine charges

Malik Hobson was arrested in Dorchester Tuesday afternoon for carrying an illegal firearm with an altered serial number and three bags of cocaine.

Jack Kirrane, captain of gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team in 1960, dies at 88

Jack Kirrane, 88, who died Sept. 25 and lived most of his life in Brookline, was captain of gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team in 1960.

New information in cold case slaying of Agawam teacher released

Lisa Ziegert was a middle school teacher who disappeared from her night job at an Agawam card store in 1992.

Former law student accused in various scams loses real estate license

David Scher faces forgery and perjury charges that cost him his state real estate license.

Carman thought boat ‘seaworthy’ before fatal sinking

A multistate investigation is underway after a 22-year-old man survived at sea while his mother apparently perished in a fishing disaster.

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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Girl, 7, runs over her toddler sister while starting family car

The Salem, N.H., 2-year-old was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital with injuries to her leg, chin, and scalp, as well as some bruising, police said.

Warren calls on CEO of Wells Fargo to resign

Burlington varsity football head coach Shawn Maguire during a practice session in 2012.

Burlington football coach on leave for inappropriate behavior

Shawn Maguire was placed on paid leave after allegations of verbal misconduct toward the players.

Warren grills Wells Fargo CEO about compensation, top executives

Read the search warrant for Carman’s home

Authorities wrote in court papers seeking the search warrant that repairs that Nathan Carman was making to the boat himself rendered the vessel unsafe.

Roaming R.I. coyote may end up in New Bedford zoo

The coyote was set to be killed after it appeared at a bus stop crowded with children, but police rescinded the kill order after a public outcry.

Former layman faces sexual abuse charges

The 79-year-old, who later became a Roman Catholic priest, is accused of assaulting a child while he served as a volunteer “altar boy coordinator.”

Satanic headquarters hopes for quiet opening in Salem

Brookline woman sues over E. coli infection

The 25-year-old spent four days in the hospital after eating contaminated beef .

Widow of Tsarnaev friend who faces charges plans to stay in Russia

The mother of a woman accused of lying to the FBI after the Marathon bombings says she has not intention of returning to the US.

3 people killed in head-on collision in Westport

The entire eastbound side of Interstate 195 and the left lane of the westbound side were closed as police investigated the accident.

Man suffers head injury after fight with staff at Revere strip club

A police officer found the man unconscious outside the club after he was kicked out for allegedly being intoxicated.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) consoles starting pitcher David Price after Price allowed a two-run home run to New York Yankees Tyler Austin during the seventh inning of a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Fast Forward: Red Sox streak is over, your comments on the debate

Back-to-back documentaries of David Ortiz, a looming government funding deadline, and more of the news you need.

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Charters haven’t been a drain on traditional schools, watchdog group finds

The study undercuts a central argument raised by teachers unions and other groups opposed to opening more charter schools.

Fewer travel lanes, more bike and pedestrian paths eyed for Morrissey Blvd.

The Dorchester road will lose travel lanes for cars but add bike and pedestrian paths under a proposed redesign.

Slow drive into Boston from north and south of the city

Drivers on the Southeast Expressway, Interstate 93 north of Boston, and on the Massachusetts Turnpike are all seeing delays.

Cool, cloudy, and drizzly Wednesday foreshadows the rest of the week

Temperatures will reach only into the 60s amid damp conditions.

1 dead in single-car Leominster crash

Details were not immediately clear, but State Police said the driver of an SUV was killed in the crash.

Driver killed in one-car crash in Leominster

The crash occurred at about 11 p.m. on Interstate 190 southbound in Leominster.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2016. There are 94 days left in the year.

Sturbridge Wal-mart fire was “intentionally set,” officials say

No one has been arrested or charged in the two-alarm fire, which was reported at around 5:25 p.m.

Hingham man is killed in fiery crash on I-93 in New Hampshire

Byran Martinez sped away from authorities at about 100 miles per hour when he lost control of his truck.

What’s happening at HUBweek on Wednesday?

Find out what’s happening on Wednesday to celebrate art, science, and technology.

A statewide ballot question would aid developers hoping to build a slots parlor near Suffolk Downs (above).

Maine councilor urges support for Revere slots parlor

The Bangor official urged state voters to keep an open mind on the ballot question.

A Saints fan holds a sign referencing the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which happened during the same time as this NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The Falcons won 45-32. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Which got more viewers — the debate or the 2015 Patriots Super Bowl?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton didn’t draw the kind of numbers that Tom Brady and Russell Wilson did. Not even close.

Mass. reexamining role of student test scores in teacher evaluations

Mass. education officials are considering whether to scrap a controversial student-impact rating in educator evaluations.

FALMOUTH , MA - 9/22/2016: The rescued male Manatee now sits in the rescue transportation vehicle. A crew from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a marine mammal rescue and research team set out Thursday from the Menauhant Yacht Club in East Falmouth to net a manatee thats been around since August off the Cape Cod coastline. With the fall season approach and the cooling waters thhe manatee needed to be returned hopefully to Florida. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

The Cape Cod manatee is pregnant

It tuns out that the manatee is a she, not a he as first thought.

Walsh, at business meeting, highlights quashing city’s racial inequality

The mayor, who is planning to launch the city’s first race dialogues this fall, has long advocated for the city to confront and address its turbulent racial past

Vulgar and rude? Yes. Criminal harassment? No, SJC says

A Rehoboth man who wrote insulting letters to a town selectman and wife should not have been convicted of criminal harassment, the Supreme Judicial Court decided.

Rod Matthews spoke March 29 at his hearing before the Massachusetts Parole Board. Matthews was denied parole for the third time and must remain behind bars for five years before again seeking parole.

Killer denied parole for third time in slaying of 14-year-old

Rod Matthews, then 14, beat a classmate to death with a baseball bat in 1986, and then brought friends to view the body.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 27, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Boston PDA | JKIII vs. Baker? | Gobble, gobble

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It’s official: Billerica’s the ‘Yankee Doodle Town’

According to the town manager, the “Yankee Doodle” song originated in 1775 when a Billerica man went to Boston to buy a gun.

Helicopter crashes in Andover, N.H.

A helicopter crashed on Tuesday in Andover, N.H.

Bella Bond’s mother plans to testify against boyfriend

The mother of the 2-year-old whose body was found in a trash bag on Deer Island plans to testify at her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke during the presidential debate Monday.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

Trump’s debate performance makes it clear: Be sure to vote

I defy you to read the transcript of Donald Trump’s answers. There’s nothing funny about any of this.

A Gemini handheld analyzer is seen during the demonstration. Employees from Thermo Scientific, who make the device, were on hand to answer questions.

Boston fire department hosts demo for radiation detection equipment

Area police and firefighters were shown how to use the latest equipment in radiation detection, officials said.

A day after debating Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton took to the stage at a campaign stop in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders to rally college students in N.H.

Clinton will appear at a University of New Hampshire rally alongside her former rival, speaking to students, supporters and voters about college affordability.

This shaggy canine had somehow traveled to Massachusetts from Jacksonville, Fla.

This Florida dog ended up in Swansea — and nobody knows how

The dog somehow traveled to Massachusetts from Jacksonville, Fla. — more than 1,000 miles away.

The slots parlor would be built on the edge of the Suffolk Downs property in Revere.

Watch live: Debate on Revere slots parlor question

The Globe is co-hosting a debate at 3 p.m. on Question 1, which would allow for a second slots parlor in the state, to be located near Suffolk Downs.

20 cats removed from Brockton home

Animal control received a complaint about the house at 22 Colgate Road and the owner gave possession of the cats to the MSPCA, officials said.

Jeb Bush, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination, will be a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this semester.

Jeb Bush heading to Harvard this fall

Bush will be a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this semester, the school announced Tuesday.

Globe investigations

The desperate and the dead

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Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.