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Groveland teen charged with threat against high school

The arrest came hours before most Pentucket Regional High School students returned from summer break.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2016. There are 122 days left in the year.

Officers act as ‘guardians’ on the city’s streets

A newly created police unit in Mattapan seeks out Boston’s most vulnerable citizens. The mission: to help, not to arrest.

Salem nursing home resident kills self, officials say

Law enforcement and health authorities are investigating the shooting at the nursing home, which is owned by Synergy Health Centers.

DA rules Tyngsborough police justified in shooting suspect who drove at Chelmsford officer

Police shot and wounded Michael Clark on July 16 in Chelmsford.

Former child patient alleges molestation in lawsuit against doctor and Tufts Medical Center

The alleged assault happened in the 1980s. The hospital says the allegations were investigated then and “were not substantiated,’’ although it would not provide details.

Paul LePage’s chaotic week

The governor of Maine threatened a lawmaker, made racially charged comments and mused publicly about stepping down.

Six MS-13 gang members charged with murder in Lawrence killing

New charges add to a sweeping indictment made public in January that targeted 60 reputed members of the gang.

Boston takes the bronze among runner-friendly cities

For those who like to hoof it, Runner’s World says Boston is among the best cities in the country.

Prep school finds five cases of sexual misconduct

An investigation at Phillips Academy in Andover identified three former teachers who allegedly harmed students in the 1970s and 1980s.

18-year-old man stabbed in the neck with golf club in Wakefield

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after he was stabbed in the neck with a golf club shaft at Breakheart Reservation.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

She survived the Haiti earthquake. Now, she’s a college freshman.

Evaudie Paul dreams of returning to Haiti one day, where she can imagine her life as Dr. Paul, the country’s newest minister of health.

Your guide to move-in week in Boston

From parking restrictions to “Allston Christmas,” here are some tips to help you get into the city and settled in your new place.

Rockingham Park to close its doors for a final time Wednesday

The racetrack, open for 110 years, is being sold to a real estate developer.

That snake skin in Maine? It’s from an anaconda

A snake skin found in Westbrook is “100 percent” an anaconda, but whether the skin actually belongs to the legendary “Wessie” is unclear.

Dudley won’t try to buy land proposed for cemetery

The proposal to turn 55 acres of former farmland into a Muslim cemetery still must clear other bureaucratic steps.

N.H. supermarket donates lottery commission to charity

The supermarket that sold the winning Powerball ticket in July is donating its commission, plus $25,000, to six charities.

David Ortiz on hand for unveiling of corn maze

David Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling in Sterling: ‘‘I love corn.’’

Political Happy Hour: August 30, 2016

Political Happy Hour: LePage Backtracks | New JFK Library Foundation Chief | City Councilors Jab Baker

State Police remind students to be careful with tall trucks when moving

A state trooper didn’t know whether the truck was driven by a student. But police decided to issue a warning to students, anyway.

4 accused of beating, robbing autistic man in Weymouth

The group allegedly beat a 21-year-old autistic man, kicking him in the face and hitting him with a bottle before robbing him, police said.

Some Mainers think it’s time for LePage to go

The Maine governor’s latest controversy, a profane message left on the voicemail of a Democratic legislator, is the last straw, they said.

Woman has a seizure while swimming in the Flaherty Pool

The lifeguards pulled her out of the pool at around 8 a.m. and administered CPR before the woman was taken to the hospital, officials said.

Buses replacing trains from Coolidge Corner to Cleveland Circle Tuesday

A piece of equipment at the former Circle Cinema Theatre brought down an overhead wire, forcing the shuttle replacement, officials said.

North Shore Community College partners with Uber

The college has promised to subsidize the first $10 of an Uber ride between the Danvers campus and two public transportation stations.

Boy dies after being pulled from Lowell pool

The 3-year-old boy was pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool in Lowell during a party on Aug. 20.

Former Sharon rabbi admits role in embezzling scheme

Barry Starr used Temple Israel funds to pay a man who threatened to expose Starr’s relationships with men.

Maps: Where the moving trucks will be in Boston as students invade

Roughly two-thirds of leases for the more than 165,000 apartments in Boston expire as August transitions to September, officials estimate.

Anti-Hillary sign slashed in front of Chestnut Hill home

This is the second time signs in front of the Heath Street home have been vandalized.

New chief named for JFK Library foundation

Steven Rothstein, a longtime Kennedy family ally with an extensive non-profit background, will be executive director of the entity that guides the museum.

Everett mayor calls for tighter screening of Uber drivers

The move comes after a driver for the ride-hailing service was accused of a sexual crime in the city, the second such incident this summer.

Great white shark swims by boat off Provincetown

The predator swam right up to a boat off Provincetown and the encounter was captured on video.

‘Pop-up plaza’ transforms Downtown Crossing — for now

The experiment is a prelude to what the city wants there eventually: a permanent plaza that would invite more people to sit down near Millennium Tower.

MBTA’s expanded student program launches Thursday

Starting Sept. 1, middle and high school students will be able to ride the T at less than half-price.

Could you eat this burger in 40 seconds?

Wayback Burgers is looking for a “Chompion.”

Fire breaks out in vacant paper mill in Pittsfield

Firefighters are still on the scene working to extinguish the blaze.

New, upbeat ad sings the praises of charter schools for Nov. vote

The 30-second spot is part of the multimillion-dollar campaign from the group backing a referendum to expand charter schools in Mass.

Beachgoers should beware rough surf, higher risk of rip currents

Hurricane Gaston is to blame for the more turbulent waters.

‘I don’t want anyone else to be alone,’ Owen Labrie’s victim says

“I want other people to feel. . . strong enough to say ‘I have the right to my body. I have the right to say no,’” Chessy Prout said.

Fast Forward: St. Paul’s victim goes public, Paul LePage faces blowback

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Amtrak announces new generation of Acela trains

The trains, with more amenities and higher speeds, are expected to begin service in 2021.

Top Mass. judge says controversial sex assault sentence was lawful

Judge Paul Dawley has denied a request to review a sexual assault case that has drawn national attention for a sentence that some feel was lenient.

Expect a sunny and comfortable Tuesday in Greater Boston

Today will see low humidity accompanied by a gentle breeze and temperatures in the 80s.

Slow ride on the Southeast Expressway

Speeds on the Expressway and on Route 3 from the South Shore dropped below 20 miles an hour between Braintree and Dorchester.

Bicyclist killed by commuter train identified as Cambridge resident

Jean Leonard, 31, was crossing the tracks Sunday when he was struck by the train.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2016. There are 123 days left in the year.

Three sent to hospital after Dorchester rollover crash

Authorities are investigating the crash, which badly damaged a four-door vehicle.

Man drowns while trying to save four children in N.H.

A 39-year-old man drowned, but all four children survived, although one was revived after CPR.

Adams woman dies in Ashfield crash Monday afternoon

The woman, who was from Adams, died from injuries.

Boston boosts diversity in preparing for exam school tests

Boston’s school system this year made an effort to recruit black and Latino students to the Exam School Initiative.

Together in Boston, Charlie Baker and Paul LePage are worlds apart

Baker and LePage shared a stage in Boston, but there may not be two governors from the same party more dissimilar.

UMass Amherst, Wellesley, and Bentley get top marks from annual survey

The University of Massachusetts received accolades from The Princeton Review — but not for the reason you might expect.

City confident pop-up plaza on Franklin Street will sit well

From 8 to 11 a.m., the City of Boston will close one of three westbound lanes on Franklin Street between Devonshire and Arch streets.

Injured hiker on Mount Washington is rescued by National Guard

A New Hampshire man was rescued after he fell and was injured while hiking in the White Mountains on Sunday.

Man is arraigned in Lunenburg crash that killed friend

Joseph Kapp, 19, is charged with motor vehicle homicide by driving under the influence of liquor.Joseph Kapp, 19, was in court Monday to answer charges related to the crash that killed friend Austin “AJ” Robbins, 18.

Duck boat driver issued $100 ticket after Storrow Drive crash

The driver who crashed into an overpass was diverted from his route because union janitors were protesting MBTA job cuts.

Quincy police lieutenant allegedly filed for fraudulent pay

Thomas Corliss is accused of defrauding the Quincy Police Department of more than $10,000.

Political Happy Hour: August 29, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Weiner | Black Republicans Cringe at Trump | Why Aren’t ‘Conscience’ Dems Turning on Clinton?

Feds have reservations about Green Line, but encourage state to move forward

The Federal Transit Administration said it needs a “good deal of clarifying information” before providing nearly $1 billion in funding.

Crane truck tips over on Sakonnet River Bridge, traps two workers inside

The two workers were eventually transferred to the bucket of another vehicle and returned safely to the bridge.

McDonald’s worker in Needham retires after 32 years at the french fry station

Freia David’s smile, enthusiasm, and her daily hugs made the McDonald’s in Needham more than just a restaurant.

In Trump, black Republicans see plenty to lose

Donald Trump has begun to make a pitch to African-American voters, but his approach has not been warmly received.

Uber driver held without bail for allegedly exposing himself

A Malden man was ordered held without bail Monday after allegedly exposing himself to girls in the Everett area.

Holliston man allegedly threatened to kill Obama, burn mosque

The allegations against Joseph Gargiulo were made public when he appeared in federal court to face a single charge of possessing ammunition.

Owen Labrie’s victim expected to appear on ‘Today’ show

The victim in the St. Paul School’s sexual assault case will speak out publicly for the first time Tuesday morning.

Divers recover body of 31-year-old man in Dennis

The Boston man’s drowning is considered accidental.

Malden cuts school buses in effort to save money

The decision, which affects about 120 of Malden’s 6,500 students, sent parents scrambling to make other arrangements.

Strange visitor from the South (a manatee) is spotted off Cape Cod

At least a half-dozen sightings have been reported since mid-August of a manatee that probably ambled up the East Coast from Florida.

No connection seen between two Southbridge fires

A six-alarm blaze tore through a section of downtown, and another fire broke out a half-mile away.

Man held without bail in fatal Dorchester shooting

Last weekend’s shooting left a man dead and a woman paralyzed.

Map: Where the bedbugs are in Boston

Thinking of picking up some furniture off the street in Allston? You might want to think again.

Teen charged with possession of loaded revolver near Caribbean Festival

The 14-year-old had hidden the gun under a bucket near Supple Street on Saturday and tried to run away when police found it.

This month likely the hottest August ever recorded in Boston

The average daily temperature here was 76.6 degrees through Sunday.

Shark spotted catching a meal near Provincetown

Two beaches in Truro were temporarily closed Monday morning after two great white sharks were sighted.

Fast Forward: Move-in week begins, Beyoncé slays

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Taking a ‘whole person’ approach to helping at-risk students

For 20 years, Summer Search Boston has aimed to provide mentoring to students through high school and beyond.

Morning commute gets off to decent start

Few atypical delays were reported on area roads.

Little chance of rain expected during the coming week

The forecast doesn’t give much hope to those seeking relief from the drought.

INTERACTIVE

Boston’s college students are returning

Some schools already have welcomed their charges; others will in the coming days. Here’s your guide to who’s moving in, and when.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2016. There are 124 days left in the year.

Two children seriously injured in Pike crash in Natick

The girls, aged 6 years and 11 months, were airlifted to Boston for medical care.

Opinions still split on tourism in Katahdin woods region

Some in the area, declared a national monument last week, say the move is just another power grab by politicians in Washington.

Wellesley shows solidarity with family subjected to abuse

About 300 people attended the event in support of the residents, who say they were recently targeted in racist Facebook messages.

In this Boston court, chains are a familiar sound

Advocates for immigrants say the pervasive use of shackles is demeaning to detainees who face charges of civil infractions, not crimes.

Family of murdered teen fights to keep her history private

The case is drawing national attention for the questions it poses about how to balance a set of powerful rights.

Chess notes

The weekly game

SENSE OF SUMMER

In late August, tomatoes shoot to the fore

The jewel-bright August tomatoes command the senses.

Duck boat strikes overpass on Storrow Drive, damaging roof

A duck boat struck an overpass on Storrow Drive after it was diverted off a standard route last night.

Friends, colleagues remember slain nuns

One of two Mississippi was born in and still had family in Stoneham, Mass.

Mass. budget gap has no easy fixes

Why does Mass. constantly careen from one state budget gap to another?

Divorcees named as those killed in Ashby murder-suicide

Rebecca and John Griffin had split more than 20 years ago, officials say, but Rebecca often helped her ex-husband with chores.

Teen allegedly tried to stash gun under bucket

The 14-year-old was allegedly in Dorchester at about 5 p.m. Saturday with a “group of known gang members.”

Mass. wants its neighbors to move faster to cut emissions

The commonwealth is pressing its counterparts in the region’s cap-and-trade program.

Historic home burns in Northborough, displaces firefighter’s family

A three-alarm fire displaced the family of a local firefighter living there on Sunday.

Police find missing Waltham woman

The 79-year-old woman had been missing since Saturday, when she was last seen driving.

Lunenburg crash kills 18-year-old football player

Friends and family mourned Sunday after a fatal car crash forever altered the lives of three best friends.

Adrian Walker

Meet New England’s George Wallace: Paul LePage

If you think any of his behavior suggests the Maine governor is a racist, you’d better be prepared for serious blowback.

Salem gathers in solidarity after attack on LGBT newspaper box

More than 100 enthusiastic supporters cheered as a new box was unveiled.

Six-alarm fire burns in downtown Southbridge

Several people were rescued by ladder, fire dispatch said, though no serious injuries were reported.

Man dies after being pulled from Martha’s Vineyard pond

The victim, Clinton Griesser, was pulled from Edgartown Great Pond on Saturday.

Body found in Manchester, N.H., park

Investigators described the incident early Sunday as a suspicious death.

Man on bike killed by commuter rail train in Somerville

The crossing gates were fully functioning and had been dropped in preparation for the train’s approach, police said.

Woonsocket teen shot by police after foot chase

The 19-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries after being shot by a Woonsocket, R.I., officer following a foot chase.

Warm, comfortable Sunday, followed by possible rainy Monday morning

A pitch-perfect summer weekend continues, as forecasters predict mostly sunny skies for a warm and comfortable Sunday around Boston.

Salem to celebrate new Rainbow Times news box

A ceremony to unveil the new box, which replaces one blown up last week, is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m.

Tufts student awakes to intruder in bedroom

The man, who appeared to be of college age, fled through the front door and into a dark-colored sedan, police said.

Lunenburg teen killed in alleged OUI crash

A Gardner teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly crashing his car while driving drunk, killing a passenger.

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

The broken covenant

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

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

Timeline of a broken system

Many hands have shaped Massachusetts’ mental health care system, from crusading activists and judges to groundbreaking filmmakers and political leaders of all stripes.

Lottery

Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Man arrested in Atlanta faces charges in Roxbury killing

Dartanyan Pledger, 24, who was taken into custody by US Marshals, is accused of killing Allex Bryant in March.

5-alarm fire destroys Plum Island home, damages others

Several cars were also destroyed in the Saturday afternoon fire.

Drought’s effects mount as dry weather continues

The results of the drought are being felt throughout the region, including by wildlife and plants.

Libertarian candidates make their case to Boston crowd

Former governor William Weld was critical of both major parties, but focused his most stinging barbs on Donald Trump.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2016. There are 125 days left in the year.

Wellesley father says racist posts shook family

A family’s photo was defaced with jokes about lynching and shared on Facebook, leaving residents to grapple with racism.

sunday’s child

Shey, 13, is kind and supportive

Shey loves to keep active with sports, especially volleyball, and has expressed an interest in trying out gymnastics this year.

Man arrested on gun, drug charges in South End

The 25-year-old man was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, and a gun with a scratched off serial number.

Yvonne Abraham

Our drought plan is all wet

The state’s drought plan is inadequate and slow, and it will only be more so as climate change makes summers more severe.

Police arrest Hyde Park man in last weekend’s fatal shooting

Police say the man who was arrested shot and killed a man and wounded a woman last week in Dorchester.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Aubudon Society

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Lanes reopen on Mass Pike after truck fire causes backup

A truck fire near Charlton caused severe delays that lasted for several hours on westbound Interstate 90.

Arrest made in slaying of nun who grew up in Mass.

Rodney Earl Sanders is accused of killing Sister Paula Merrill on Thursday in her Durant, Miss., home.

Man is charged in Hingham cafe crash that injured 3

Two people in a Hingham cafe were seriously injured when a truck smashed through the front window.

Boston ambulance is stolen, then quickly recovered in Everett

The vehicle was taken around 5:25 a.m. and then recovered about 25 minutes later.

J’ouvert and the carnival parade resound with revelry

Boston’s Caribbean carnival began with a parade and continued during the day in Dorchester, accompanied by pounding drums.

Two dead, two injured in overnight Boston shootings

Three of the four shootings appeared to be connected to late-night parties ahead of the city’s Caribbean festival, police said.

Truck crashes into Square Cafe in Hingham

Police reported injuries, but did not say how many, or how serious the injuries were.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2016. There are 126 days left in the year.

Three arrested after BB gunfire shatters car windows

Gunfire from a white sports utility vehicle shattered windows of parked cars in Dorchester.

Long journey home, by motorcycle, for Maine Civil War vet

Private Jewett Williams’ ashes were discovered in an Oregon insane asylum.

Lottery

Lottery results from Friday drawings

Officials ask students and families to pay attention to road restrictions on move-in day

Travelers looking for additional information about parking bans and road closures may sign up for alerts from the state’s DCR.

Filmmaker focuses on Vineyard’s big ‘starter castles’

Thomas Bena wants to curb the size of new construction and preserve the pastoral quality of Martha’s Vineyard.

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Ashby

The adult man and woman were found outside a home Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Boston police union challenges body camera program

Boston’s largest police union renewed its fight against body cameras Friday.

Students of all abilities take to the waves in adaptive sailing event

The sailing event is hosted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to allow people of all abilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

Boston Police commissioner pleads for peace at weekend Carnival Day festivities

Evans said some people party overnight in anticipation of the morning celebration.

Political Happy Hour: Friday, August 26, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Zen master Paul LePage strikes again | Bill Weld, eternal optimist | Amber-colored liquid

Alleged drug dealer leads police on foot chase through Boston Common

An officer eventually caught up to the 18-year-old from Dorchester and a struggle ensued.

Apple pickers, rejoice: The drought has little impact on orchards

Apple trees are equipped to weather dry conditions because they have deep roots and are often irrigated.

Private First Class James Mansfield is coming home — 73 years later

The remains of the Plymouth native, killed in action on a Japanese battlefield during World War II, were discovered last year.

Brazilian consulates, including Boston’s, on partial strike

Workers launched a partial strike this week saying they are paid far less than other federal workers in similar jobs back home.

24-year-old Salem, N.H., man killed in Sumner Tunnel crash

Dillon Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, State Police said in a statement.

23,000-plus sign petition for judge to lose job over ‘light’ sentence in sex assault case

The judge sentenced David Becker, 18, to probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

Nashua karate instructor accused of sexual assault

Police say Daniel Rogers bit a young girl and touched her sexually.

Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

Amtrak and the MBTA are embroiled in a legal dispute over the cost of track maintenance.

David Ortiz’s image carved in to Sterling corn maze

Davis Mega Maze is honoring the retiring Red Sox legend as the theme of this year’s puzzle.

Worker on East Boston roof suffers electric shock

The man was doing work on the roof of an East Boston home when he received an electric shock at about 10 a.m.

Bernie Sanders to return to N.H.

The senator from Vermont will campaign for his former primary rival Hillary Clinton and other local Democrats on Sept. 5.

From the archives: Harvard Square newsstand sold the magazine that started a revolution

“I can still remember grabbing the Popular Electronics as if it was yesterday,” Paul Allen, who made the fateful purchase, said.

Reward offered in Salem LGBT newspaper box explosion

Investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information that will help solve the case, which police are calling a possible hate crime.

Rockport police arrest Gloucester man in attack on woman

A disabled woman was attacked near the Rockport T station late Wednesday night, police said.

Two men arrested after police find thousands of grams of cocaine, heroin

Police found 3,971 grams of cocaine, 439 grams of heroin, and over $10,000 of cash from a Deering Road home in Mattapan.

Don’t be alarmed by the cloud of steam over the Longfellow Bridge

A “steam blow” is taking place this weekend to remove dirt and debris.

Elevator owners may have to report mechanical failures within 24 hours

Under proposed changes by the state’s Board of Elevator Regulations, temporary elevators at work sites would also have new safety requirements.

Does your town have a water ban in effect?

As Mass. endures its worst drought in more than a decade, many of the state’s cities and towns have issued outdoor water restrictions.

Fast Forward: A break on the campaign trail, National Dog Day

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Nation’s first ‘microcollege’ opens in Holyoke

A novel approach is focused on helping young, low-income mothers earn college degrees.

Pack an umbrella Friday, then plan for a sunny weekend

Consider it a trade-off: Bring your umbrella for a partly wet and possibly stormy Friday, followed by sunny skies for the weekend.

Cancellations on MBTA’s Newburyport/Rockport line

Two trains on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line were canceled.

One dead in Sumner Tunnel ramp crash

One person was killed and two more were hospitalized following a crash on the Sumner Tunnel ramp to Interstate 93 northbound.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2016. There are 127 days left in the year.

Fall River man sentenced for attack on pregnant girlfriend

Mario Ramos recieved 10 to 12 years for home invasion, strangulation, assault and battery, and other charges.

Pod of killer whales spotted off Cape Cod

A group of friends witnessed a rare event — an apparent pod of killer whales swimming nearby as their boat cut through the Cape Cod waters.

Harvard, Bloomberg unite for $32 million initiative for mayors

The “curriculum” will consist of training and research programs, mentorship, and best-practice sharing among participants, though specifics are yet to be determined.

Rockport police seek A & B suspect

Police responded to the area of Pooles Lane at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a woman screaming.

How did R.I. win acceptance of HPV vaccine?

A school-entry requirement is thought to be only one piece of the puzzle.

Nun killed in Mississippi came from close Stoneham family

Paula Merrill, 68, was born in Stoneham and developed her affinity to the Catholic Church in Massachusetts.

Woman, dog injured in Dorchester shooting

The woman, who was 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the dog was taken in the back of a police cruiser to an animal hospital.

Despite restrictions, lawn lovers water on

As the state faces an unprecedented drought, some suburbanites refuse to retire their sprinklers.

ADRIAN WALKER

Boston activists win important round in battle with United Nations

The UN has acknowledged that its peacekeepers were responsible for infecting Haiti with cholera. Credit is due a lawsuit by Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

Waltham man will serve life sentence for 2014 New Year’s Eve murder

Resto killed his 42-year-old wife after an argument over a Christmas present.

MBTA janitors protest impending layoffs

During a sit-in at the governor’s office, they warned that staff cuts would mean unclean train stations.

Elizabeth Warren shrugs at Curt Schilling’s aspirations

The former Red Sox pitcher said he would “like to be one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics.”

Libertarian candidates rally in N.H.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld had sharp criticism for the major party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

St. Paul’s parents helped fund Owen Labrie’s defense

A prominent parent led an effort that raised over $100,000 to fund a high-powered legal team, documents show.

Political Happy Hour: August 25, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Guess who Paul LePage called a ‘con artist’ | Mass. Dem drama | Playing with rocks

Man convicted in brutal 2013 attack on Brockton woman

Brian Vines could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted as a habitual offender.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Faced with a drought, why not charge more for water?

In greater Boston, water use was actually higher this July than it’s been in over a decade.

Child pulled from Chelmsford swimming pool

Bystanders pulled the boy out of the water, and he was “semi-conscious” and breathing when rescuers arrived, officials said.

Pedestrian killed in South End hit-and-run

The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being struck near 85 East Newton Street.

Police investigating anti-Semitic message at Marblehead High School

The incident happened around the same time that a rock was thrown through the window of the principal’s office.

Activists want independent probe of police shooting of terror suspect

The ACLU and other groups do not believe the public had “received sufficient answers” in last year’s shooting of Usaamah Rahim.

18-year-old woman shot in Dorchester

The woman was wounded on McLellan Street at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Photos: Finding ‘Wessie,’ the Presumpscot River snake

The mystery of Wessie has attracted all sorts of people.

Former N.H. state trooper pleads guilty in beating of suspect

Andrew Monaco agreed never to work in law enforcement again after he admitted Thursday to pummeling a suspect who was surrendering.

Drought zone increases slightly in state

The portion of the state suffering from an extreme drought remained at just under 17 percent and the severe drought expanded from 64 to 72 percent.

Woman dies from injuries sustained in school bus crash

A passenger in the car that collided with a school bus in Mendon Wednesday morning has died.

The legend of ‘Wessie’ the snake grows in Maine

It’s said to be 10 feet long with a noggin the size of a soccer ball, and a Maine community is rattled.

Woman found in connection to June slaying in E. Boston

Boston police said they had found a woman they sought to interview regarding a June homicide in East Boston.

Owl recovering after collision with Green Line train

This story is a hoot.

Hey, Boo-Boo, smile for the camera!

A bear in the Pioneer Valley had a close encounter of the selfie kind.

Trump says Clinton ‘trying to smear’ his supporters

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton’s speech, which tries to link him with hate, is aimed at distracting from questions about her foundation and e-mails.

Officers arrest alleged NYC heroin trafficker in Whately

The suspect was allegedly trying to smuggle about 112 grams of heroin.

2 arrested in connection with fatal stabbing of 15-year-old

Wednesday’s stabbing killed a 15-year-old boy and left two other people wounded.

Fast Forward: David Ortiz makes history, National Park Service turns 100

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

3 firefighters injured after flames engulf Lawrence home

About 29 people were displaced after a fire at an unoccupied home damaged five other surrounding buildings.

Crash reported on I-95 in North Attleborough

At least one northbound lane was blocked after a crash near Exit 4.

Summer weather continues Thursday morning

It’s going to be yet another gorgeous day for Boston.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2016. There are 128 days left in the year.

RI man drowns in Pawtuxet River

First responders were told that Alexander Higham of West Warwick, RI, was swimming in the Pawtuxet River with friends when he began to show distress.

New Bedford teen is killed, two others injured in stabbing

A 15-year-old boy was killed and two other male teens were injured in a stabbing in New Bedford on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Helicopters over Boston are part of military exercise

The public has no reason to worry, police said.

Woman shot in Lawrence

A woman was shot Wednesday night in Lawrence and rushed to a Boston hospital, police said.

Salem police investigate explosion in LGBT newspaper box

Salem Police have not yet determined if the incident is a hate crime.

What Boston could learn from Methuen over body cameras

With little fuss, Methuen Police became the first major law enforcement agency in Mass. to start using body cameras in May.

Baker signs bill giving leeway to free trapped animals

Massachusetts is the latest in a string of states creating laws to protect passersby who break windows to free locked pets.

Joyce defends home renovations

The state senator denounced a Boston Globe story last week raising questions about whether the work was reflected in the home’s assessed tax value.

Writing the story of his life — all 5 years of it

Five-year-old Ashton Antoine has published a book, “5 My Magic Number.”

Police investigate stabbing in theater district

Boston police are investigating a stabbing in downtown Boston on Wednesday evening.

Advocates call for more oversight of medical examiners

Top child-advocacy and pediatricians’ groups say medical examiners have too much power to issue or revise homicide rulings.

Yvonne Abraham

State trooper’s trial promises to be ugly for many

Did troopers ignore a domestic violence victim’s suffering, a victim who was one of their own?

State lawmaker wants to go after conservative Dems

Senator Jamie Eldridge wants to unseat sitting legislators, a break in State House decorum that deepens the rift in the party.

No City Council support for Allston marijuana dispensary

Legislators did approve a letter of non-opposition for a different medical marijuana dispensary in East Boston.

Temporary FEMA housing units expected to return to Louisiana

Thousands of Louisiana residents remain stuck in shelters, living in hotels, or staying with family and friends after the flooding.

Two prep school teachers ousted over misconduct

Concord Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill each ousted a teacher after they acknowledged sexual misconduct with students dating back decades.

Ultralight aircraft crashes in Ashland Reservoir

The pilot was not injured when the small aircraft crashed into the Ashland Reservoir at about 4:30 p.m.

Bridge connecting N.H. and Maine will remain in upright position

Fixing the bridge, which was already scheduled for closure this fall, would cost more than $1 million and take at least six weeks.

Political Happy Hour: August 24, 2016

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Judo center welcomes home Olympic medalists

Kayla Harrison and Travis Stevens returned to Logan Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Boston City Council approves restaurant grade plan

Restaurants will receive either an A, B, or C grade that will be calculated based on the number and severity of violations found.

No charges in shooting of terror suspect in Roslindale

Rahim, 26, was killed by Boston police and FBI agents on June 2, 2015, during a confrontation in Roslindale.

Stolen Super Bowl helmet may have been returned to bar

Employees at Skipjack’s near Gillette Stadium called police to investigate a helmet-sized package that arrived.

Mass. students top nation on ACT scores

The high school graduating class of 2016 had an average composite score of 24.8, out of a possible 36.

US on pace for deadliest driving year in decade

Motor vehicle crashes killed about 19,100 people nationwide during the first six months of this year.

Maine land from the founder of Burt’s Bees is now a national monument

President Barack Obama declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees.

Bank robbery suspect arrested after Southie standoff

Police believed Stephen Gingras was armed and dangerous because he was carrying an “AK-47 style assault rifle” during the New Hampshire robbery.

Needham to host rally to celebrate Aly Raisman

The Olympic medalst will be greeted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Town Common by Needham residents.

City Councilors plan a jam session

Bill Linehan is planning a music session at City Hall this afternoon, with a little help from his council friends.

Medical helicopter called to Mendon after school bus crash

The driver of the sedan that collided with a bus was hospitalized with major trauma. The children are safe.

No known environmental threats after Quabbin plane landing

The fixed-engine plane remains on the sandbar after the pilot made an emergency landing yesterday afternoon.

$500,000 bail for rapist accused in South End assault

The 31-year-old allegedly attacked a woman months after he had been released from prison on a similar 2007 assault.

Fast Forward: Earthquake in Italy, body cameras for Boston police

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

In anniversary editions, almanacs share warning on winter weather

Special anniversary editions of The Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are both predicting a more seasonably chilly winter.

New state law is intended to prevent animal suffering

Bystanders can now enter other people’s cars to rescue trapped, overheated animals, if the owners cannot be found.

State will expand discounts for Mass. E-ZPass users

Drivers using an E-ZPass transponder issued by an out-of-state agency will pay more in tolls.

Sunshine here to stay for much of the work week

Expect sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s today and tomorrow.

Delays expected after truck overturns at Sullivan Square

The incident as well as a reported vehicle fire on the Mass. Pike mark an inauspicious start to Wednesday’s commute.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2016. There are 129 days left in the year.

Group files civil rights complaint with the MBTA alleging black teen was racially profiled

An advocacy group on Tuesday filed a civil rights complaint with the MBTA.

Medical errors persist, despite increased scrutiny

The 60 percent rise last year was partly attributed to problems detected in a single hospital’s dialysis unit.

Pedestrian struck, seriously injured in Bedford

The man was struck by the vehicle on Springs Road in the town.

Diverse group of Boston officers chosen to wear body cameras

Training for the department’s body camera trial run is set to begin Wednesday.

Beverly sloop stuck on sandbar at Gloucester beach

The boat won’t be able to move from the channel until high tide early Wednesday.

Petitioners say judge should lose job over sex assaulter’s probation

Judge Thomas Estes recently sentenced a teenager to probation for sexually assaulting two classmates in April.

Family of woman who fell from a party bus calls for answers

“We feel that there’s more to the story,” said a sister of victim Tracy Paniagua.

Housing authority seeks $4 million from city to fund public safety officers

The one-time payment would fund 17 unarmed officers who patrol buildings for the elderly and disabled residents.

Troubled Brockton nursing home allowed to accept patients again

Regulators stopped admissions at Braemoor Health Center following the deaths of two patients and the discovery of a litany of problems.

Worcester man charged with murder in ‘neighbor dispute’

The man was found face down on the pavement with his arms apart, “waiting for police to approach him.”

A second marijuana dispensary in Allston-Brighton?

The City Council is set to vote later today on the possibility of bringing a new, locally run medical marijuana dispensary to the neighborhood.

Man crashes into construction sign in Ted Williams Tunnel

The man was driving on Interstate 90 when he collided with an arrow board, which was in the center lane.

Man struck by tree branch on Commonwealth Avenue

A man was hit by a falling tree branch on Commonwealth Avenue Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Political Happy Hour: August 23, 2016

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Plane makes emergency landing at Quabbin Reservoir

The small plane experienced engine problems and came down on a sandbar in the reservoir.

There’s been another ‘Wessie’ the snake sighting in Maine

Earl White doesn’t care what people say, he knows what he saw — he even took a picture of it.

Worker seriously injured after falling three stories in Longwood

One woman said she heard the man falling, and that he was yelling as he hit scaffolding on the way down.

Photos: Neighbors stand with gay couple in Natick

After their home was vandalized, several neighbors of a gay couple in Natick flew rainbow flags in solidarity.

Puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine are starving with less food available

Atlantic puffin chicks on Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine have had the worst breeding season ever recorded.

Sleepy Hollow comes to Old Sturbridge Village

The event’s producer is hiring actors to play ghouls, but no zombies are needed for this “elevated production.”

Three charged with selling heroin out of convenience store

Investigators raided three Holyoke locations this weekend and seized 5,600 suspected bags of heroin and $19,000 in cash.

Yarmouth police searching for hit-and-run driver

At about 10 p.m. Monday night, a witness saw the car swerve in its lane, hit a pedestrian, and then speed away.

Recovery continues in Concord after tornado

The tornado downed power lines and damaged 39 buildings, but no deaths or injuries were reported.

‘Ghost bike’ taken down in Lincoln

The “ghost bike” was erected Sunday along a busy road in Lincoln, near where a cyclist was killed in a crash earlier this month.

Ex-N.H. trooper to plead guilty in chase beating

Andrew Monaco, fired on July 22, was seen beating a suspect on video captured by a TV helicopter.

Roxbury man arrested for theft, biking with loaded shotgun

A mishap on his bicycle allegedly caused the 47-year-old to drop a loaded shotgun to the ground as police investigated a reported theft.

Man steals autographed Super Bowl Pats helmet from Skipjack’s

Surveillance video shows the man using a Tom Brady jersey to hide the helmet.

Fast Forward: Obama in Louisiana, Red Sox are back in first

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Unusual campaign draws scrutiny from election officials

A disgraced former state representative is trying to get his old seat back, but are his tactics ethical or legal?

Expect a sunny and comfortable day

Weather conditions Tuesday will be nice, quiet, and comfortable.

Drivers on Southeast Expressway already seeing delays

The ride on the Expressway is swiftly becoming a slow one.

Convicted rapist arrested after woman in South End is assaulted

Eduardo Rodriguez, 31, was released recently from prison after serving time for a similar assault in 2007.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2016. There are 130 days left in the year.

Man dies in what police said may be a Worcester ‘neighbor dispute’

The victim unconscious on the front lawn of a city home around 6 p.m. Monday, police said.

Community alert issued after woman sexually assaulted in South End

The victim was allegedly confronted by the assailant around 1 a.m. Monday near Greenwich Park and Claremont Street.

Brazen Patriots fan allegedly steals 2014 team helmet from Foxborough restaurant

Surveillance video shows a man climbing over the bar, taking the helmet, and wrapping it in his shirt before leaving.

Bedford robber could be same man who stole from Salem, N.H., bank

The man allegedly demanded money and fled the Citizens Bank inside Stop & Shop with an unknown amount of cash.

Prosecutors want more restrictions on trooper charged with rape

Robert Sundberg’s actions since making bail in April cast doubt on whether he should remain free, prosecutors say.

A gay couple in Natick was targeted. Here’s how the neighborhood responded

What happened after the incident reminded Cari and Lauri Ryding why they loved Natick.

In Allston, a battle is brewing over a marijuana dispensary

Two dispensaries are trying to open in Allston, one with the backing of the community and one with the support of a city councilor.

Northern fur seal died at aquarium after swallowing toy

Commander, a rare northern fur seal that delighted visitors to the aquarium, swallowed a toy before his death.

How much will your new Mass. Pike toll be?

Starting Oct. 28, some drivers could pay more — while some could pay less — when all-electronic tolling is activated in Mass.

Cyclist killed in Lincoln Wednesday identified

Mark Himelfarb, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two children pulled from Lowell pool are hospitalized

A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after he and a 2-year-old girl were pulled from a pool during a birthday party.

Bridge that connects N.H. and Maine stuck in upright position

The Sarah Long Bridge has been in the upright position since 1 a.m. Monday, and officials don’t know when — or if — it will be fixed.

 Political Happy Hour: August 22, 2016

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Heavy traffic on 495 after accident closes lanes

State transportation officials are warning of heavy traffic on both sides of I-495 after an accident briefly closed I-495 northbound.

Libertarians plan rallies around New England

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the former Mass. governor, will hold rallies in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston.

Town again defers action on Muslim cemetery

The proposal has spurred lawsuits and an investigation by the US Attorney’s office.

Two passengers fell out of party bus window

Two people fell out of the emergency window early Sunday. The vehicle hit both of them, killing a woman.

Interim Boston Latin headmaster vows to build harmony

Michael Contompasis, also a former headmaster at Latin, said the school will take steps to heal the racial rift that erupted earlier this year.

Elderly woman dies after being hit by pickup at a Lowell school

The woman was killed in the parking lot of the Murkland School after a pickup truck hit her while backing out of a parking spot.

Somerville plastic bag ban begins next week

The rollout of the new policy will be staggered, with the city setting its sights on larger businesses in the area first.

Man held in Woburn sports bar stabbing

James Lyons, 36, was in court Monday on a charge of assault with intent to murder.

Man held without bail in fatal East Boston stabbing

Darius Barry, 18, was arraigned Monday in the Aug. 17 stabbing of Gage Smith.

How you can offer input on the Pike’s electronic toll rate proposal

MassDOT plans to hold seven public meetings on the issue next month.

Electronic toll collection to begin on Mass. Pike in Oct.

The total amount of tolls collected will stay the same, but some drivers might see their toll change.

Dog rescued after getting stuck in Mashpee drainage pipe overnight

The owner was hunting Sunday night when the dog went running into a horizontal drainage pipe.

Ten-foot-long snake skin is found by Maine river

The skin of an unidentified species of snake was found near the boat launch at Riverbank Park.

Gun rights group asking members to leave Confederate flags at home Sunday

The Gun Owners’ Action League will gather Sunday to protest Attorney General Maura Healey’s recent actions against assault weapons.

DCR ranger charged with secretly videotaping women

The ranger allegedly installed a pen camera inside a unisex employee bathroom at the Houghton’s Pond bathhouse.

‘It was ungodly’: Residents describe powerful storm system

No injuries were reported after a tornado struck Concord early Monday, but the storm system still meant business.

Somerville drops Wynn casino fight

“While we did not get everything we asked for, the appeal did yield significant and meaningful results,” said the city’s mayor.

Storm brings beautiful weather with it

Temperatures are expected to peak in the low 80s in Greater Boston with winds gusting up to 25 miles an hour throughout Monday.

2 women charged with stealing nun’s rosary

Police say the suspects tried to snatch the nun’s satchel before settling for the beads.

Photos: Cleanup in Concord after storms hit

A powerful weather system ripped through eastern Mass., spawning a tornado and leaving behind downed trees, power outages, and some flooding.

Fast Forward: Trump may change deportation plan, possible Calif. gold rush

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Leaked letters from Smith College faculty stir tempest on race

The e-mailed letters follow a year of slow-burning unrest at the Northampton college.

They’re not bad — for Muggles. Boston takes quidditch championship

Boston’s best quidditch players didn’t need flying broomsticks to become the best team in the country.

Southeast Expressway a slow ride into Boston

The work week is not starting out well for drivers.

‘No injuries. No deaths. Lots of cleanup’ after tornado hits Concord

The EF-1 tornado packed 100 m.p.h. winds as it downed trees and led to power outages.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Aug. 22, the 235th day of 2016. There are 131 days left in the year.

Photos from the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End

Sunday’s festivities capped the four-day celebration, one of the largest of the North End’s traditional Catholic feast observances.

Authorities probe death of elderly Winchester woman

The woman was found dead in a home Sunday afternoon, according to the Middlesex DA.

What to know about your privacy and the new tolling system in Massachusetts

Here are some key things to know about the new tolling system and the privacy debate.

Ping-Pong controversy opens racial wound in Malden

A simmering dispute revolves around the most seemingly innocuous of topics: a game played at the senior center.

New Mass. gantries can send authorities alerts

The state’s new all-electronic tolling system will include a “hot list” feature capable of sending law enforcement instant alerts.

2 victims stabbed in separate city incidents

Neither victim was publicly identified, and their conditions were not available late Sunday. No arrests were reported.

New students from 43 states, 30 countries check in at Brandeis

In a sign that summer’s end is near, more than 800 first-year students moved into their freshman dorms Sunday afternoon.

SAT subject tests lose favor for colleges

Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and Williams College have dropped the requirement in the past year.

96-year-old man dies in crash on Interstate 495

The driver crashed into the rock wall of the Exit 26 on-ramp in Berlin.

Lowell neighbors distraught after 2 children pulled from pool

The preschool-aged children were taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital on Saturday.

Teachers, city schools urged to overhaul policies

A watchdog group is urging changes to Boston’s school system.

6 rescued from leaking boat off Martha’s Vineyard

Water pumps prevented the situation from escalating, and the vessel was towed back to its homeport.

Faneuil Hall to celebrate 1976 reopening with disco dance party

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its reopening by throwing it back to the 1970s with a disco dance party.

Intense wildfires in Mass. limit ability to help out west

A crew of 20 local firefighters will join the effort to contain an 88,755-acre fire in Idaho.

Fisherman’s Feast celebrated in North End

The narrow streets filled with revelers Sunday, as locals and visitors marked the occasion.

Chess notes

The weekly game

SENSE OF SUMMER

Darkness delivers heaven’s pyrotechnics

For a Cape beachgoer, the skies offer a glittering display against the dark.

In casino battle, tribe’s sovereignty could be at risk

On Cape Cod, the hard-won status of lands designated as a Native American reservation is in jeopardy.

900 tips pour in on Princeton jogger’s killing

State Police still don’t know why Vanessa Marcotte, 27, of New York, was killed while visiting relatives in the small town.

Police identify man arrested in Saugus stabbing

John Sevier, 50, is accused in the Saturday incident.

Rain expected to move into Boston area Sunday night

It’s finally coming: rain. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into the Boston area Sunday night, capping a warm day in the 80s.

Party bus hits two people in East Boston, killing one

A rented party bus hit two people early Sunday on McClellan Highway in East Boston, killing one and injuring the other.

Passengers OK after tour boat takes on water off Gloucester

The Coast Guard lauded the efforts of a private fishing vessel, which quickly arrived on the scene.

4 injured during shooting at Dorchester barbecue

The incident took place late Saturday during a gathering to mark a woman’s 50th birthday.

Saugus stabbing victim seriously injured

Saugus police arrested a person in connection with the stabbing that seriously injured a person in a commercial area of Route 1.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 21, the 234th day of 2016. There are 132 days left in the year.

Mosquitoes in Watertown test positive for West Nile

Watertown is the 25th Middlesex community where traces of the virus have appeared, state data shows.

Two preschoolers pulled from pool in Lowell; airlifted to Boston hospital

Two Lowell children were rescued from a pool Saturday night and are in critical condition at a Boston hospital.

Teen, man arrested for Burlington housebreak

A 16-year-old from Braintree was one of two people arrested Saturday for allegedly breaking into a Burlington home.

Lottery

Lottery results from Saturday drawings

4-alarm brush fire burns in West Roxbury

There were no homes in the “immediate area,” according to a fire department spokesman.

High school soccer players plant the seeds of harmony

Amid the heated political rhetoric, the Africans who dominate Lewiston High’s squad are helping to build ties between newcomers and longtime residents.

Medical examiners here can be a jury of one

Forensic pathologists are given extraordinary freedom to make and and change their rulings, at times leaving trails of heartbreak and doubt.

Evans talks plans to build trust with residents

The police commissioner repeatedly emphasized his commitment to community policing and defended his department’s record on diversity.

Boston’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ gets a new director and new grants

Boston’s version of “My Brother’s Keeper” is entering its third year with a new director and $100,000 in grants.

Photos: Red Bull Flugtag in Boston

The Red Bull Flugtag challenges competitors to build and pilot home-made contraptions off a 28-foot high flight deck.

Coast Guard rescues 4 in boat fire off Martha’s Vineyard

Four people were rescued after their boat caught fire near Vineyard Sound early Saturday morning, the US Coast Guard said.

Mass. high school teacher arrested on charges of alleged sexual misconduct

A Narragansett Regional High School teacher was arrested Friday on charges of sexual misconduct with students.

Man arrested for alleged lewdness at MBTA station

Police said Taha Hamid, 28, of Dorchester, also urinated in a women’s bathroom sink.

Police collaborate to rescue man from Plymouth state forest

Authorities rescued a man who called 911 and threatened to commit suicide Friday.

Yvonne Abraham

Put a bloody sock in it, Curt Schilling

The Red Sox famously won the 2004 World Series, but it came with a price: Curt Schilling’s infuriating opinions.

Boston University hockey legend Jack Parker faces formidable fear

As the population ages, researchers are realizing they have long under-estimated the reach of hidden anxieties among older adults.

Kevin Cullen

Final days at NYPD keep Bill Bratton on his toes

The idea of coasting toward retirement is not an option for the Dorchester native.

Postcards from a journey of remembrance and hope

Twelve Boston rabbis visited Munich and Berlin last month at the invitation of the German government.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

sunday’s child

Marissa, 9, loves reading, dancing

Marissa is a happy 9-year-old girl with long brown hair. She greatly enjoys one-on-one attention and is very open about what she is feeling.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Inmate escapes New Hampshire halfway house

Andrew Shea, 37, disappeared from the Calumet Halfway House for Men in Manchester Friday.

Man killed, woman critically injured in Dorchester shooting

Police remained in Uphams Corner throughout the day Saturday after the early morning incident.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 20, the 233rd day of 2016. There are 133 days left in the year.

Donors behind charter push keep to the shadows

The cloak of secrecy surrounding the financing of this state ballot campaign has frustrated election officials.

Lottery

Lottery results from Friday drawings

Photos: The Obamas on Martha’s Vineyard

A look at the First Family’s Vineyard vacations.

Dead Woburn boy’s twin in DCF custody

The agency said Friday that it also took two additional children into custody but did not provide their ages.

Vineyard’s days as haven for Obamas near an end

President Obama’s Vineyard vacations have been so low-key over the years that they have been notable mostly for their interruptions.

Hyannis fugitive caught, despite wearing disguise

Shaun Miller, 31, was arrested after four months on the run at a residence in South Yarmouth.

Pilot uninjured after small plane crashes in Littleton

The plane lost power at about 2,000 feet in the air.

Fla. authorities release 911 calls from Framingham teen stabbing case

Gust Ramgren, 16, allegedly stabbed his mother and brother while vacationing in Florida, authorities said.

Walpole is tough when it comes to putting up a Trump sign

Now that a Walpole man’s Donald Trump sign has been stolen three times, he’s daring the thief to come back for a fourth.

New friend joins New Bedford ‘seagull’ sculpture

The new blue sculpture was quickly removed.

N.H. candidate’s antidrug plan: Post National Guard on Mass. border

Aiming to fight the scourge of opioid abuse and stanch the flow of heroin, a New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate has a novel tactic.

Political Happy Hour: August 19, 2016

Political Happy Hour: No problems in the Trump campaign. Nothing to see here. Just a TOTALLY on-track presidential effort. | Inside the group pushing the Mass. millionaires’ tax | Hunter Thompson’s return

THOMAS FARRAGHER

Taxi cab magnate may be out of luck

Boston’s taxi king, who pleaded guilty this week to federal tax and fraud offenses, may not be able to run his business from a prison cell after all.

Man allegedly crashed head-on into police cruiser while under the influence of drugs

The 31-year-old has been accused twice before of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

Arrest made in East Boston stabbing

A Dorchester man was arrested late Friday night and charged with the murder of Gage Smith.

Woman pleads not guilty in Freedom Trail car crash

Shanitqua Steele, 25, didn’t have a driver’s license and was using a relative’s rental car when she allegedly hit three pedestrians Thursday, pinning one underneath.

Prosecutors can examine Aaron Hernandez’s cellphone

Suffolk prosecutors want to use text messages and records in the former Patriots star’s upcoming double murder trial.

The story behind one of the iconic photos of Hurricane Bob

Do you recognize this guy? He became one of the icons of Hurricane Bob, which lashed the state 25 years ago today.

I took the Flugtag plunge — and lived to tell this tale

I voluntarily had a mouthful of Charles River water for breakfast, all in the name of journalism.

Fast Forward: Ryan Lochte’s Rio drama, Donald Trump heads to Louisiana

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Raise Up seeks more from millionaires

A coalition of community, faith, and organized labor groups is at the vanguard of the fight against economic inequality.

Nice end to the work week with sunny skies, low humidity

Temperatures will reach into the mid-80s in Greater Boston.

Severe delays on Red Line due to disabled train

An earlier disabled train at Porter Square Station led to delays Friday.

Man arrested for stabbing at Woburn sports bar

Officers found a 31-year-old man with serious injuries after he was stabbed near Jake n Joes Sports Grille.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2016. There are 134 days left in the year.

Bourne man sentenced for assaulting two girls at Kingston play area

Justin G. Kettell, 38, attempted to “tickle” two girls at Billy Beez, a play area in the Kingston Collection mall.

The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better

A new study identifies several challenges school districts must address in seeking to increase the ranks of minorities leading classrooms.

25 years ago, New England felt the fury of Bob

It was one of the worst storms ever to hit New England, and remains the last hurricane to make landfall in Massachusetts.

Plymouth DA waited on office harassment case

The DA could not explain why he waited so long to investigate allegations that his chief deputy groped a female employee.

Walsh preps for citywide race dialogue

Mayor Walsh is hosting small meetings to gather feedback from community members in preparation for citywide race dialogues.

New England news in brief

News from around New England.

Wait a second, you’re not the real Shawn McGovern!

Here are some examples of the weird e-mails Shawn McGovern sent after he was mistakenly included in a group e-mail for a planned bachelor party.

Woburn toddler dies while in the care of a family friend

The 15-month-old died at Boston Children’s Hospital three days after paramedics took him from a home.

They went online looking for their prince. Instead they found a frog.

Christopher Wehner seemed to have a type: young, hard-working women with tight-knit families looking for love online.

Jamaica Plain shooting injures two

Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot near the Forest Hills MBTA station.

Framingham teen allegedly stabbed mother, brother while vacationing in Florida

The 16-year-old allegedly left his younger brother with life-threatening injuries, and his mother in serious condition, police say.

Girls team with female police officers for hoops, life skills

A basketball nonprofit in Boston is collaborating with a group of female Boston police officers to give urban girls a chance to play.

Everett police officer accused of assaulting pregnant wife released

Michael Mori was released by a Superior Court judge Thursday after agreeing to certain conditions, including GPS monitoring and no face-to-face contact with his wife and children.

Nephew of rapper Benzino convicted of weapons charge in funeral procession shooting

A Randolph man was convicted Thursday of a weapons charge in the shooting of his uncle, the rapper and television star known as Benzino.

4-alarm house fire in Hyde Park displaces eight

The fire at 1044 River St. began shortly before 4 p.m.

Pence pledges to restore ‘law and order’ to cities

Mike Pence vouched for Trump in the same hotel ballroom where Donald Trump celebrated his first Republican primary night victory in February.

Uber driver charged with rape ordered held after dangerousness hearing

The 34-year-old driver, Darnell K. Booth, appeared in court for a dangerousness hearing Thursday.

‘Mural Crew’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The group has had its run-ins with vandals this summer, but it hasn’t stopped them from painting elaborate outdoor artwork on building walls.

Political Happy Hour: August 18, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Mass. political tug of war | Wynn Boston Harbor to open June 2019 | ‘For now, the foreign substance is politics’

No more benches on Atlantic Avenue near South Station? Blame drugs.

When officials targeted the area for drug enforcement in February for two weeks, they arrested eight people suspected of dealing.

Wynn tells state officials Everett casino will open in June 2019

Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, said scores of construction workers are at the waterfront site in Everett.

Archives: The Beatles at Suffolk Downs

Paul, John, George, and Ringo appeared in Boston 50 years ago this week.

He received an invite to a bachelor party meant for someone else. Then ran with it.

In April, the Wareham resident was accidentally included in an e-mail with a group of friends who were planning a memorable bachelor party.

Trump supporter loses sign, finds letter calling him ‘dimwitted’

The Walpole resident has now had three Donald Trump campaign signs taken from his yard.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Beatles gig at Suffolk Downs

On Aug. 18, 1966, a horde of 25,000 fans filled Suffolk Downs to watch the Fab Four perform.

Three injured after car barrels into Freedom Trail tour group

The car had been traveling down School Street when it collided with the tour group.

Remembering Hurricane Bob

Twenty-five years ago this week, Hurricane Bob swept through New England, leaving six dead in Conn. and causing $680 million in damage in Mass., Conn., and R.I.

Extreme drought extended across Northeastern Mass.

The extreme conditions have damaged the state’s agriculture and overall economy and require a broad, collective response, Governor Charlie Baker said.

US attorney’s office to investigate dispute over Islamic cemetery in Dudley

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office will investigate whether the town violated the rights of Muslims in blocking the Islamic cemetery.

Fast Forward: Surging Red Sox in Detroit, Brazil holds onto US swimmers

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Man allegedly exposes himself while wearing shirt like diaper

Chad Falcone has been arraigned 14 times on open and gross lewdness and similar charges, Norwood police said.

This summer will go down as one of the hottest, driest ever in Boston

Yes, it has been that hot and dry the past few months in Boston.

All lanes reopen after truck crash on Mass. Pike

One driver suffered serious injuries after two tractor-trailers crashed early Thursday in Auburn.

It’s going to be a nice weather day

Temperatures will be in the mid-80s, but with low humidity.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2016. There are 135 days left in the year.

Pedestrian is seriously injured in Raynham crash

A 41-year-old man was airlifted to a Rhode Island hospital after he was hit by a motor vehicle in Raynham Wednesday evening.

Dorchester teen arrested for sleeping with gun at school

Officials say a teenager was found sleeping with a loaded gun tucked under his arm in a Dorchester schoolyard early Wednesday morning.

Two-by-two-million, the ants are marching in

New England’s ongoing drought has driven ants to desperation — and into your sink.

Judge orders FBI to turn over terrorism task force documents

A federal judge has ordered the Boston office of the FBI to disclose information about its Joint Terrorism Task Force in Massachusetts.

Milton scrutinizing Joyce’s house, property tax bill

Town officials are investigating why the property tax bills appear to be only half what they should be.

Yvonne Abraham

Are Boston police as enlightened as we thought?

Recent developments with the Boston police raise questions about their stance toward community relations.

Westford bicyclist is killed in crash in Lincoln

A 59-year-old man died Wednesday after he was struck by a vehicle in Lincoln.

Longfellow Bridge rebuild costs still unclear

Officials involved with rebuilding the Longfellow Bridge say they don’t know how much more the effort will cost or who will pick up the bill.

Officials investigating death of 2-year-old in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s attorney general said authorities are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl in Somersworth.

Tepid registration to track prescription abuse prompts urgent call

Most state health care providers haven’t registered to use on online drug-tracking program aimed at curbing opioid abuse.

Keolis will use virtual reality goggles to speed up maintenance

The MBTA’s commuter rail operator will test out Google Glass-type technology that the company hopes will speed up maintenance.

Dighton man accused of driving 119 mph in N.H.

The 22-year-old man was traveling on Interstate 93 and faces charges of reckless driving and possession of a controlled drug.

Political Happy Hour: August 17, 2016

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SJC to ponder dismissal of Dookhan cases

The state’s highest court will hear arguments that more than 24,000 convictions tainted by disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan should be dismissed.

Bicyclist is seriously hurt when he is struck by truck in Waltham

The bicyclist suffered serious injuries to his legs and head when he was struck this morning, police said.

Defense says South Boston man denied fair trial in 1980 murder case

An attorney for Frederick Weichel says prosecutors failed to turn over a police report that would have left jurors with “an overwhelming case of reasonable doubt.”

Whitey Bulger asks US Supreme Court to hear his case

Bulger was convicted of participating in 11 murders, a verdict that was already upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Two men held on aggravated rape charges in Haverhill

The two men are being held without bail on allegations that they raped a woman after driving her to a park from a convenience store, officials said.

Water main break closes Route 145 in East Boston

Northbound lanes are closed due to the flooding near Suffolk Downs.

Man arrested trying to hide gun in gas grill, police say

Police arrested Keyron Baskin-Whitfield at about 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Ex-mob boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ joined Patriots fan club in witness protection

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme attended several Patriots Fan Club events while living in Georgia as part of the witness protection program.

Lifting charter school cap would burden city’s finances, Walsh says

The Boston mayor voiced his opposition once again to expanding charter schools.

Woman allegedly stashes 9 lobsters in baby carriage

The woman allegedly hid the live crustaceans in a compartment of the stroller.

Pilots steer clear: Obamas’ Vineyard stay means you can’t fly here

A plane was intercepted after flying into restricted airspace near Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama and his family are vacationing.

State Democratic Party opposes charter school expansion

At a committee meeting, the party voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that is harshly critical of the charter-school movement.

Man dies after being stabbed in E. Boston

The man, who was in his 20s, was involved in an altercation on Paris Street.

Controversial taxi tycoon pleads guilty

Edward Tutunjian signed a plea deal pledging to pay more than $2 million in fines and could face prison time.

Fast Forward: Donald Trump campaign changes, El Chapo’s son kidnapped

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City Hall is always above average — if you ask City Hall

CityScore’s creators say it is helping Boston become more efficient. But some residents and urban policy specialists have expressed skepticism about its utility and effectiveness.

Slow ride on Southeast Expressway as delays reported on commuter rail

The MBTA reported delays on the Haverhill and Fitchburg commuter rail lines.

Cloudy morning to give way to sunny, less-humid afternoon

Temperatures will be in the high 80s, but with much more comfortable conditions.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 17, the 230th day of 2016. There are 136 days left in the year.

Man, 21, struck by car in Quincy

Police said the man was taken to a local hospital after being hit around 9:29 p.m.

Dedham man dies in West Roxbury crash

The driver died and his passenger was hurt when their pickup truck hit a tree on Enneking Parkway.

Everett police officer allegedly assaults pregnant wife

Michael Mori of Salisbury has been placed on administrative leave without pay, the department said.

At last, Hubway arrives in some underserved communities

Hubway has opened the first of 20 new stations in Roxbury, Dorchester, and East Boston: what took it so long?

Three pedestrians are struck in Dorchester

Three people, including a 10-year-old girl and a man in a wheelchair, were struck by a vehicle in Dorchester on Tuesday night.

Hottest year on record an ‘unmistakable sign’ of human impact on environment

In the 136 years scientists have been tracking global temperatures, there has never been a warmer month than this July.

Man allegedly shot by Aaron Hernandez will be asked to testify

The man will be asked to identify Hernandez in court as responsible in the murder of two men outside a Boston nightclub.

In Twitter war with Warren, Trump tries a new tactic: Silence

Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump have been attacking each other for months, 140 characters at a time, but the GOP nominee is now taking a new approach.

As school year looms, some homeless families face uncertainty

The govenor has made it a priority to cut hotels and motels from the emergency shelter system.

Two drown in two days in Bridgewater

A 56-year-old man and a 73-year-old man both drowned in swimming pool incidents over the weekend.

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Teaching lessons until the very end

Kevin Gosnell, who died of ALS last week, was a loving father and husband who offered lessons to his family until the very end.

Northeastern, GE partner on accelerated manufacturing degree program

The partnership allows students earning degrees through hands-on training at companies to access federal aid.

A list of all of the Boston schools with recent lead concerns

Boston school buildings where at least one drinking fountain was found to have elevated lead levels this summer:

First West Nile virus infection this year is seen in Mass.

A woman from Middlesex County in her 70s is hospitalized with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

Firefighters battle three-alarm house fire in Amesbury

The fire has rendered the house on Congress Street uninhabitable.

Political Happy Hour: August 16, 2016

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N.H. company to develop new version of MCAS tests

Measured Progress will develop the revamped version of the MCAS tests that students will take mostly online.

Two convicted killers testify that dead man confessed to shooting

The two testified as part of a Frederick Weichel’s bid for freedom, buttressing his claim that he did not commit the Braintree murder 36 years ago.

If you call Martha’s Vineyard ‘The Martha’ ... you may not be from around here

A magazine writer used the phrase, writing that the island is “more commonly known” as “The Martha.”

100 Boston police officers to wear body cameras

After no officers volunteered for the program, Commissioner Evans said he intends to randomly assign the cameras.

Police search for man who fled after Gardner car chase

Brian Lafrennie was being chased by police when he crashed his car and then fled on foot.

Remains of Korean War POW returned to Cambridge

US Army Corporal Ronald M. Sparks died in May 1951 in a prisoner-of-war camp. His remains arrived at Logan Airport on Tuesday.

Plainridge Park Casino’s July revenue is the highest all year

The casino made above $13,877,522, the highest revenue since August of 2015.

Document: BPS superintendent’s letter on lead levels

Elevated lead levels have been found in the water at six more Boston school buildings as officials continue their monthslong battle to deal with the issue.

Fugitive accused of raping two boys held on $1m cash bail

The former Dorchester man was arrested in North Carolina after 23 years on the run.

Quincy police find drugs inside secret compartment of car

Police arrested the operator of the vehicle Monday night for allegedly dealing drugs.

Why is that object floating in the Fens?

There’s a post-apocalyptic-looking object in the Fens.

Broadway Station reopened after closure

The T says that regular train service is resuming in both directions.

Lead found in fountains at 6 more Boston schools

The water fountains have been shut off at the buildings, which house seven schools in total.

Woman allegedly pulls knife on commuter rail conductor

Emma Bloom was arrested at the Readville station after the altercation, which began when the conductor asked for her fare.

Hyannis man dies while swimming with his children

The man died after he had slipped under the water’s surface while swimming in Joshua Pond.

Fast Forward: Aly Raisman goes for another gold, progress against ISIS

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15-year-old boy shot, critically wounded in South Boston

The teen was shot late Monday on Gavin Way in the Mary Ellen McCormack state housing development.

Maps: How many drones are in your neighborhood?

Americans have registered nearly half a million drones with the federal government, including more than 9,000 in Mass.

Abuse alleged at school for special-needs students

The Chamberlain International School vigorously denies the allegations by the Disability Law Center, which follow a 15-month investigation.

Man allegedly shot by Aaron Hernandez will be asked to testify in double homicide case

Prosecutors said they would seek the testimony of Alexander Bradley at Hernandez’s trial, set for Feb. 13.

Funeral Mass celebrates life of jogger slain in Princeton

Services for Vanessa Marcotte, who was killed last week, were held in the same church where she was baptized 27 years earlier.

Regular service resumes on Red Line after minor delays

The MBTA said the delays were caused by a disabled train near South Station.

Severe weather moves into New England

Strong storms with heavy rain, lightning, and a chance of tornadoes were possible in Southern New England.

Man goes under in Barnstable pond as his children watch

The man was pulled from the water about 45 minutes later.

Dorchester foot chase ends in arrest

The arrest took place Sunday after a large house party spilled onto Whitfield Street.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 229th day of 2016. There are 137 days left in the year.

Boston’s emergency alerts can now warn you in 4 languages

Changes will also allow for the ability to send specific messages to affected areas and give users access on multiple digital platforms.

Dorchester teenager is accused of carrying replica firearm at festival

Officers responded to City Hall Plaza on Sunday after a teenager was spotted with a replica handgun at a Dominican festival.

Man who died in R.I. charity swim was Boston executive

Frank Wuest, 56, an accomplished competitive swimmer, died during an open water race in Rhode Island.