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New rules for black sea bass fishery in Maine

Maine fishery officials have proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters.

Boy, 3, is struck and killed by car in Brockton

A 3-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car on Friday, a tragedy that unfolded on a Brockton street only two weeks after a 12-year-old boy celebrating his birthday was also fatally hit.

The Jobs of Summer

For blimp pilot, life is a breeze at 1,000 feet

It is probably fair to say Terry Dillard’s summer job is tops in Boston. At least in a literal sense.

In a flurry of shots, a young life cut short

Less than 24 hours after dancing at the West End House Boys and Girls Club, Dawnn Jaffier would lie bleeding to death on a Boston street.

Donald Berwick pushes single-payer health plan

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to shift from privately financed care to a system funded by the government.

UMass football players struggle academically

The Minutemen are barely above the threshold to avoid sanctions from college athletics’ governing body.

State auditor says employee was fired for at-work behavior

Suzanne Bump denied the employee’s claims that she conducted electioneering out of her office.

Lowell family pleads guilty in $25m IRS tax fraud scheme

The four family members ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, prosecutors said.

Former FBI director grateful for care after crash

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was injured this week in a Vermont car crash.

Conn. governor slams challenger on gun law

Governor Dannel Malloy says GOP candidate Tom Foley would repeal a gun control law passed in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

O’Neill Tunnel set to close for repairs Tuesday night

MassDOT is warning drivers of the upcoming closure on the southbound side of the tunnel.

Thomas Farragher

Easy bet for Conn. casinos

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun would love to see our state remain a casino-free zone.

Arlington

Man arraigned on child pornography charges

A man was arrested on child pornography possession charges Thursday at his Arlington home after authorities allegedly found photos on his cellphone of children being abused, officials said.

Boston

Tsarnaev attorneys seek delay in trial

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking a 10-month delay to his highly anticipated trial.

Concord, N.H.

Town pauses panhandling crackdown

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) —Officials in a New Hampshire town have agreed to suspend efforts to crack down on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending.

Brockton

Child struck, killed by vehicle in Brockton

Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was struck by a motor vehicle on Friday evening in Brockton, police said.

Lee

Ex-chief faces more federal fraud charges

The former police chief of the town of Lee was charged Friday with three counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and four counts of money laundering in a superseding indictment in federal court in Springfield, according to the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Providence

Mayoral candidate blames plagiarized letter on ex-adviser

Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza is blaming a former adviser for copying wording used by another politician and using it in a letter to city voters explaining Elorza’s shoplifting arrest when he was 18.

Augusta, Maine

Crossing guard reports to work — even after job is cut

Even though the Augusta, Maine, school board eliminated crossing guards this summer, one dedicated crossing guard is reporting for duty for anyway.

New Bedford

Teen robbed on way to school, police say

Police are investigating after a 15-year-old girl said she was robbed on her way to school.

Cambridge

2 escape safely after car plunges into Charles River

A vehicle traveling on Memorial Drive near Western Avenue in Cambridge went off the road and into the Charles River at 11:21 a.m., said State Police spokesman Dave Procopio.A vehicle traveling on Memorial Drive near Western Avenue in Cambridge went off the road and into the Charles River at 11:21 a.m., said State Police spokesman Dave Procopio.

Portland, Maine

Boston man guilty of transporting women for prostitution

A Boston man has been found guilty in a Maine court of transporting women for prostitution.

Springfield

Retired firefighter pleads not guilty to attack

A retired Springfield fire captain charged with attacking the city’s fire commissioner has been released on personal recognizance, angering the mayor.

Brockton

No one hurt in fire at Burger King

A fire broke out at a Burger King restaurant in Brockton on Friday afternoon, officials said. A fire broke out at a Burger King restaurant in Brockton on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Lynn public schools sever relationship with Gordon College

In ending the 11-year partnership, the school district cited the college’s opposition to federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians.

Tsarnaev attorneys seek trial delay

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking a 10-month delay to his trial.

Boy, 3, is struck and killed by car in Brockton

The boy was to be flown to a hospital, but died before he could be transported, authorities said.

Marathon bombing suspect files request to delay trial until 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys said in a court filing his Nov. 3 trial date would not provide sufficient time for preparation.

Conviction stands in woman’s 2006 killing

The court ruled that evidence connecting Rodrick Taylor to the killing justified the jury’s decision to convict him of second-degree murder.

Tierney raises more money than rivals in recent weeks

Campaign finance records show Rep. John Tierney has $1.3 million to pour into the upcoming elections.

Burger King in Brockton suffers damage in fire

A fire broke out at a Burger King on Belmont Street in Brockton on Friday afternoon.

Why are ocean sunfish causing beach closures?

This friendly plankton feeder has twice closed South Shore beaches after being confused for a shark.

July MBTA ridership grows despite fare hike

The MBTA saw its sixth consecutive month of increased ridership despite a fare hike that took effect to start the month, officials said.

Photo gallery

Globe photos of the week, Aug. 29, 2014

A man watched the sunset over a lake in Maine, mourners held a vigil for a Brighton woman, and more of the week’s best images.

New TV ad for Democrat Donald Berwick knocks rivals

The Democratic candidate for governor plans to launch his second ad of the primary season.

Dartmouth professors’ murderer to get new sentence

Robert Tulloch, who killed the Zantops in 2001, deserves a new sentence hearing because he was a juvenile, a court ruled.

Occupants escape after car plunges into Charles River

A vehicle traveling down Memorial Drive in Cambridge somehow went off the road and into the river at 11:21 a.m., police said.

Constitution takes one last spin before retrofit

The 216-year-old warship is preparing to undergo a three-year restoration period early next year.

Father, daughter allegedly killed by driver high on heroin

A father and daughter riding together on a motorcycle were struck by a car in Easthampton, officials said.

Evan Horowitz

With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

There’s evidence that the shrinking influence of unions is contributing to slow wage growth and a rise in inequality.

Yellow-orange lobster — rarer than the blue one — arrives at New England Aquarium

The region’s run of weird lobsters continues at the aquarium, which took in a yellow-orange arthropod.

Mass. pilot identified after death in Va. crash

Lieutenant Colonel Morris “Moose” Fontenot Jr. died when his jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia.

Sunny skies may give way to a rainy Labor Day

Sunny skies today will kick off the holiday weekend, but rain may mar Labor Day, the National Weather Service said.

Boston EMS workers OK pay raise

The employees will receive a pay raise of nearly 15 percent over six years under a newly settled contract.

Black infant death rates down, but gap persists

A report scheduled to be released Friday shows that infant mortality rates have reached a historic low for black children.

2 plead guilty to teen’s killing in Jamaica Plain

Jaewon Martin, 14, was an innocent victim of a gang feud when he was shot to death in 2010 on a basketball court.

Seat spat diverts Paris-bound flight to Logan Airport

The incident on Wednesday’s flight was the second of its kind in less than a week.

Jerry Healy, 66; wrote mystery series, mentored writers

Mr. Healy wrote the John Francis Cuddy 13-book series of mysteries.

Adrian Walker

Powerless to stop a nightmare

Charlie Sennott has had the week every editor prays never to have, spending it mourning colleague James Foley.

USDA to spend additional $45m to help clean up Lake Champlain

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Vermont on Thursday that his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain.

N.H. Supreme Court upholds education tax credit law

The state Supreme Court has left intact a New Hampshire law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools.

Construction in Taveras TV ad unrelated to project

A television ad for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras suggesting work is underway on a major redevelopment project at the South Street Power Station depicts completely unrelated construction, since the project has not yet begun.

Man arrested after friend’s Russian roulette death

A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week.

USDA launches new dairy insurance program

Dairy farmers squeezed in recent years by low milk prices and high feed costs can begin signing up next week for a new program replacing old subsidies that didn’t factor in the price of corn.

Duxbury

Shark report at Duxbury beach turns out to be a false alarm, officials say

Duxbury Beach was temporarily closed on Thursday after officials determined that a “shark” spotted by a lifeguard was actually a harmless sea creature, officials said. Duxbury Beach was temporarily closed on Thursday after officials determined that a “shark” spotted by a lifeguard was actually a harmless sea creature, officials said.

Franklin

Double rollover snarls traffic on I-495

Traffic was brought to a near standstill on Interstate 495 Thursday when a two-car rollover crash blocked all three northbound lanes, State Police said.Traffic was brought to a near standstill on Interstate 495 Thursday when a two-car rollover crash blocked all three northbound lanes, State Police said.

MILTON

Six injured in crash on Route 28

Six people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday night following a two-car crash on Route 28 in Milton, officials said.Six people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday night following a two-car crash on Route 28 in Milton, officials said.

Cranston, R.I.

Girl accidentally shot with crossbow

Police in Rhode Island said a man with a crossbow who was trying to shoot a pigeon outside his home accidentally struck a 9-year-old girl with an arrow. Police said she pulled out the arrow herself and was taken to a hospital, where tests showed no serious injuries and she was discharged.

Concord, N.H.

Authorities seek owner, pit bull involved in fatal dog attack

New Hampshire authorities are searching for the owner of a pit bull that attacked another dog, fatally injuring it, during a hike through Tuckerman Ravine in the White Mountain National Forest. New Hampshire authorities are searching for the owner of a pit bull that attacked another dog, fatally injuring it, during a hike through Tuckerman Ravine in the White Mountain National Forest.

Westerly, R.I.

Lifeguards rescue swimmers from rip currents

Officials at Misquamicut State Beach said lifeguards rescued numerous swimmers from dangerous rip currents brought on by Hurricane Cristobal far off the New England coast.

Providence

Algae bloom prompts advisory in Cranston reservoir

PROVIDENCE (AP) — .Rhode Island health officials said residents should avoid recreational activities at a reservoir where an algae bloom has formed.

MACHIAS, MAINE

Campus president to resign in December

University of Maine officials said the president of the system’s Machias campus will resign at the end of December.

CRANSTON, R.I.

Mayor announces new police chief

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has named the officer who is second in command of the Rhode Island State Police as his choice for police chief, to fill an opening created by the retirement of the former chief amid a ticket-writing scandal.

Capital Quiz: State House history edition

When state lawmakers voted last month to spend a combined $40 million to renovate the House and Senate chambers, one member defended the spending by describing the capitol building as a museum. Indeed, the State House is full of history. See how much you know:

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Nearly 1,000 gather to honor slain Brighton woman

Dawnn Jaffier, who was fatally shot Saturday, worked with inner-city children during her time with City Year.

Charlie Baker catches Martha Coakley, new poll shows

The Republican’s slim lead is a first in the possible matchup for governor.

Dorchester bank president chases down, fights robber

Boston police eventually took over the chase and arrested David Lydon, 28, of Chelsea, in connection with the case.

Suspect arrested after Dorchester bank robbery

When the Meetinghouse Bank was robbed in Dorchester early Thursday afternoon, its president said he chased the robber down the street and tangled with him before he lost sight of the suspect. At that point, Anthony Paciulli decided to leave the rest up to the police. Boston police took over, tracking down and arresting David Lydon, 28, of Chelsea, after he allegedly robbed the Meetinghouse Bank on Dorchester Avenue.

Ejection carries its own danger for pilots

It was not immediately clear whether the Mass. Air National Guard pilot who died in a jet crash in Virginia was able to eject.

Shark report in Duxbury most likely sunfish, officials say

The beach reopened after officials determined that a “shark” spotted by a lifeguard was most likely a sunfish.

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Lowell officer who shot suspect graduated from academy last year

The Lowell police officer who shot a man during a traffic stop in the city early Wednesday has been identified as Patrick F. Casey, an officer who graduated from the Lowell Police Academy last year.

Mass. businesses named ‘Isis’ debate changing names

With the rise of the Islamic militant group ISIS in the Middle East, the overtones of the name have changed.

Boat stranded during whale watch tour runs aground

The same Boston Harbor Cruises vessel that was stranded almost a month ago became stuck on a sandbar in Lynn Harbor last night, officials said.

Distracted, drunk drivers get police scrutiny

State Police said patrols will be increased and several sobriety checkpoints put in place over the holiday weekend.

6 people injured in crash on Route 28 in Milton

Six people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday night following a two-car crash on Route 28, officials said.

Forecasters warn of heavy surf, rip currents in region

Hurricane Cristobal is causing dangerous conditions today on some beaches, stirring up strong surf and treacherous rip currents.

Double rollover crash snarls traffic on I-495

A two-car rollover crash blocked all three northbound lanes, State Police said.

Gorham, N.H.

Owner, pit bull involved in fatal dog attack sought

The pit bull attacked another dog, fatally injuring it, during a hike through the famous Tuckerman Ravine.