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Walsh looks to Irish example on tourism, education

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Monday that he wanted to increase tourism in Boston by replicating Ireland’s commitment to its cultural heritage.

State Police search for driver in fatal I-495 hit-and-run

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run early this morning on Interstate 495, officials said.

A sunny, very dry week ahead

Not a drop of rain is in sight this week for most of the region, the National Weather Service said.

Woman hit by commuter train at Beverly station

The woman, who was conscious and alert after the accident, is expected to survive, MBTA police said.

Search continues for Afghan soldiers missing from Cape base

The men all had valid visas and passports and were free to come and go from a Cape Cod base, an official said.

Buildings evacuated at Harvard’s Longwood site due to nitrogen leak

Three buildings near the Harvard University Longwood Campus have been evacuated after a nitrogen leak, officials said.

Vehicles damaged in fire at car dealership in Sudbury

A large fire at a car dealership this morning destroyed 15 cars and left another five damaged.

Sudbury officials probe car dealership fire

The fire, outside Herb Chambers Land Rover, destroyed 15 cars and SUVs and damaged an additional five vehicles.

Woman killed by pickup on I-495 in North Andover

Investigators are looking for a later model black or dark-colored pickup with Mass. plates that will likely have front end damage.

Irish outpouring for Walsh underscores immigrants’ legacy

The Connemara region has long been defined by the people who have left — immigrants like Marty Walsh’s parents.

Government Center T station to feature glass entryway

The glass “head house” at Government Center is the most visible sign of progress at the underground transit hub.

Sturbridge police chief hurt in motorcycle accident

Thomas J. Ford III sustained a concussion after the motorcycle he was driving crashed Saturday in Dudley.

Department store reopens after old building sank

A department store that had to close because it was sinking into the ground is reopening in Biddeford, Maine.

Police looking for Curry College assault suspect

Campus police at Curry College in Milton are continuing to search for a man who reportedly assaulted a female student early Friday morning.

At record pace, fair-goers flocking to Big E

This year’s Eastern States Exposition fair is drawing record crowds.

Four hurt in multicar crash on Route 202 in New Salem

Four people were rushed to the hospital and Route 202 was shut down, after a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday, State Police said.

Weare’s police back in spotlight

The small town’s police chief was served with a domestic violence restraining order last week.

Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk draws thousands to fight cancer

“It’s like by walking, we haven’t lost the battle,” said one walker, whose husband recently died of lung cancer.

As Red Sox sputter to an end, fans take it in stride

Thanks to three recent World Series victories, even diehard fans seemed to shrug off this season’s struggles.

Emmanuel College has lofty mission at quiet Roxbury site

Students at Boston’s newest college campus must complete four hours of community service each week, in addition to their schoolwork.

Police union, Somerville at odds on Narcan

The drug is used to combat heroin overdoses and the police say it constitutes a new duty.

Adrian Walker

NFL can’t afford to fumble now

America’s favorite sport has turned into a nightmare, the action on the field overshadowed in recent weeks by terrible behavior off of it.

Vermont legislators question rate of child abuse intervention

Some have questioned the high percentage of abuse and neglect calls that are not accepted for intervention by the Department of Children and Families.

Charlotte Schell, 91; tackled radar clutter at Lincoln Laboratory, aiding detection systems

Mrs. Schell spent more than two decades at Lincoln Laboratory, where she was a computer programmer.

Sick leave measure divides workers, businesses

In November, Mass. voters will weigh in on a plan to let workers earn sick time.

3 Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod base

A National Guard spokesman said the men, who went missing from a training exercise, pose no immediate threat.

Seven hospitalized after Charlestown boat fire

Firefighters were quickly able to put out the blaze and prevent the boat from sinking, a spokesman said.

Coakley, Healey call for dating violence education for student-athletes

The letter follows reports of NFL players in trouble for domestic violence and heavy criticism of the league’s reaction.

Nantucket police search for sexual assault suspect

Police are looking for a man who reportedly entered a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her on Sunday morning.

Impromptu vigil honors Winchester crash victim Patrick Gill

What began as a somber gathering on Sunday night erupted into a celebration of Patrick Gill’s spirit.

Philippines president visits Boston College

Benigno S. Aquino III made a nostalgic return to the Hub for the first time in 31 years.

Gubernatorial hopefuls work Sunday crowds

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker used their campaign stops to underscore the long-standing pledges of their bids.

Man sought for cutting GPS monitoring bracelet

Gregory Lewis, 26, cut the GPS bracelet on Sept. 15 and is believed to have left the state, authorities said.

Two injured in Boston in separate incidents

One person was stabbed with life-threatening injuries, and one person was shot with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Person killed by Amtrak train in Maine

The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. when the train struck the person in North Berwick, Maine, officials said.

Yvonne Abraham

Don’t turn a blind eye to child abuse or neglect

How did Erika Murray’s oldest children go to school, have friends, and see relatives, yet nobody raised the alarm?

After casino license victory, Steve Wynn takes conciliatory tone

The billionaire said he is grateful to build in Everett, and eager to reboot a chilly relationship with Marty Walsh.

Rape suspect had been jailed before

The alleged attack shares similarities with encounters police say Daniel Ferreira had in October 2004.

Mass. students to join massive NYC climate change march

More than 100,000 are expected to take part in Sunday’s march, between 2,500 and 5,000 from Mass.

Ticks taking toll on moose; states limit hunting

Sportsmen are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England.

BIDDEFORD, Maine

Arson now murder case after death

Investigators say an apartment fire in Biddeford, Maine, is now being investigated as a homicide.

John M. Lynch Jr., 92, WWII pilot, Boston police superintendent

Mr. Lynch Jr. was honored as a pilot during World War II and then returned home to Dorchester, where he became a Boston police superintendent.

HARPSWELL, Maine

Bidding on Casco Bay lighthouse closes

A historic lighthouse in Casco Bay will likely have a new owner after the federal government closed out an auction on Saturday.

MONTPELIER, Vt.

Ban on hand-held phones starts Oct. 1

Ban on driving with hand-held cellphone takes effect Oct. 1 in Vermont, officials say.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

NEW HAVEN

Volunteers clean up beaches, waterways

Hundreds of volunteers spent part of the weekend cleaning up Connecticut beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup.

This Day in History

Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

Vermont reminds drivers of Oct. 1 cellphone ban

Drivers using phones and other electronic devices should be prepared to be stopped and fined starting Oct. 1.

In Maine, scientists see signs of climate change

Maine, the state with the highest percentage of forested land, is uniquely vulnerable to climate change, scientists say.

Kevin Cullen

You can’t go home when you’ve never left

There is nothing foreign about Marty Walsh’s first foreign trip as mayor.

Quartet plays at the intersection of medicine and music

Formed two years ago, the quartet uses music to explore mental illness from a different angle.

AUGUSTA, Maine

Anti-abuse groups get $1m in funding

Groups working to eliminate elder abuse and violence against children are getting more than $1 million.

East Boston fire displaces 22

The one-alarm fire, located mainly in the walls of a three-family home, caused $200,000 in damage.

Hundreds honor fallen law enforcement at State House

Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty were remembered at the Law Enforcement Memorial Saturday.

High school student killed in Winchester crash

Patrick Gill, a 17-year-old captain of the football team, died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday, authorities said.

Boston police seize gun, arrest teenager after foot chase

Livingston Walker, 19, was charged after police found a gun in a backpack he was carrying.

Former rivals join R.I. candidate on campaign trail

Gina Raimondo was joined by her two former rivals for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination at a campaign event designed to display party unity.

Manchester-by-the-Sea deals with its unique moniker

Many locals fear the name makes a town that already had a snobby reputation sound even snobbier.

Thomas Farragher

A wholesome family treat at the Big E

There are no one-arm bandits or pit bosses or scantily clad waitresses. What’s left instead is a piece of Americana.

Lawsuit over T escalator death settled

The family of a woman who was killed when she became trapped in an escalator has reached a $500,000 settlement.

Suffolk Downs could extend racing into October

The track, in what’s expected to be its final season, could hold thoroughbred races as late as Oct. 4.

Police say teens beat, robbed Stoughton nursery owner

The teenagers, ages 14 and 16, have been arrested, police said.

Artist’s ‘tattoo’ project will cover pier

Liz LaManche’s work on a long, narrow East Boston pier is part of the neighborhood’s annual HarborArts Festival.

Connecticut court rules on disputed eyewitness ID

The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld Friday the murder conviction of a New York man that was based in large part on the testimony of a witness who pointed to a legal intern when asked to pick out the shooter in court.

Connecticut ex-governor convicted of new crimes

Former Connecticut governor John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns.

Maine-built clipper that sank in 1863 found

A Maine-built clipper ship that sank in 1863 while transporting cargo from Boston to the West Coast has been discovered on the ocean floor off California.

More than 1,000 Vermonters head to climate march

More than 1,000 Vermonters are planning to attend the New York version of what is expected to be a series of worldwide marches calling for solutions to the threat of climate change, organizers said.

SOMERVILLE

Pedestrian hurt when struck by MBTA bus

An older male pedestrian was hospitalized with serious head injuries on Friday after an accident involving an MBTA bus in Somerville, officials said.

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine

Norridgewock landlord drops attempt to evict over service dog

A Norridgewock, Maine, landlord is dropping efforts to evict a tenant he said violated her lease by allowing her disabled daughter to stay in the home for five days with a service dog.

BOSTON

Merrimack College professor charged with possession of child pornography

A Merrimack College professor was charged today with possession of child pornography, officials said.

YORK, Maine

Judge rejects effort to get marijuana question on York ballot

A judge has rejected a request by promarijuana activists that would have forced the town of York to put a legalization question on the November ballot.

PROVIDENCE

Rifle bullet hits home near National Guard range in East Greenwich, R.I.

A range at a National Guard training center is closed while officials investigate how a bullet hit a nearby home.

PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island Hospital to study dating violence

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has announced $791,000 in federal funds for a study at Rhode Island Hospital to help combat teen dating violence.

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH

One person killed in North Attleborough fire

One person was killed late Thursday in a fast-moving blaze, North Attleborough officials said.

SPRINGFIELD

Agawam accountant, 86, gets 3 years of probation

An 86-year-old accountant from Agawam has been convicted of embezzling $400,000 from a company after being hired to prepare its tax returns.

BOSTON

Man seriously wounded in shooting in Roxbury

A man was shot and seriously wounded in Roxbury early Friday, police said. Boston police were called to the intersection of Montana and Cheney streets at 1:57 a.m. after a report of shots fired.

Martha Coakley criticized for ambiguous answers

Martha Coakley’s campaign defended her, casting the gubernatorial candidate as open to collaboration.

Merrimack College professor charged with possession of child pornography

Merrimack’s civil engineering department chair used his college computer to access child pornography, authorities said.

Boston Children’s Hospital sees uptick in respiratory illnesses

The hospital has admitted 90 such patients in the last week, and 12 samples are being tested for enterovirus D68.

John F. Kennedy’s WWII letters sold at auction

Letters that Kennedy sent to the family of a lost Navy crewmate sold in Boston for $200,000 Thursday.