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Investigators focus on propane gas in Franklin explosion

Rire officials said they believed the case, which claimed two lives, was likely “an isolated incident.”

Medford officer resigns after remarks during July traffic stop

A video showed Officer Stephen LeBert telling a driver during a traffic stop in July that he would “put a hole right in your head.”

Lancaster, N.H.

Crowd where tent fell was greater than thought

An investigation into a circus tent collapse in New Hampshire that killed two spectators has found that there were more people under the tent than were originally estimated, officials said.

Jay, Maine

Memorial to be held for El Faro crew member

A memorial service is being held for a Maine man who was a crew member on a cargo ship that sank in Hurricane Joaquin.

Swanzey, N.H.

Monadnock region gets new pumpkin festival

The Keene Pumpkin Festival has moved to Laconia, but another festival is planned in the region.

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Anne McGrail of Weymouth tried to capture the fall foliage from the Chickatawbut Outlook in the Blue Hills Reservation.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Leaf-peepers still waiting for fall’s colors to arrive

A warm, sunny summer — with less-than-average rainfall — is one factor for the late-changing leaves, a meteorologist says.

Kevin Cullen

// Mass., DraftKings, Fan Duel living in a fantasy world

The state should regulate the sports betting industry now calling itself sports fantasy, and tax the bejeebers out of it.

// Presidential candidates just don’t do bipartisan

Candidates from both parties appeared at a “problem solver” event in Manchester, N.H., but stayed mostly in campaign mode.

// Towns worry about local impact of EMC sale

Hopkinton, Franklin, and Bedford all host large EMC facilities, and officials are concerned about lost local jobs.

Yvonne Abraham


Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Kevin Cullen


Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

Thomas Farragher


Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adrian Walker


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

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder



The former Patriots tight end was convicted in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.