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Meehan takes UMass reins, pledges to raise system’s stature

Martin Meehan stepped down as president of UMass Lowell to take the university’s top job.

Mass. pilots’ reports of lasers pointed at cockpits increased 175%

FAA records indicate that these beams are hitting aircrafts at increased rates in recent years.

R.I. officials say dating apps contributing to rise in STDs

With rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia at a 10-year high, state officials are looking at the new technologies.

Dorchester blaze may have been caused by lightning strike

The two-alarm fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a single family home.

Police seek man believed connected to Mission Hill break-ins

After two break-ins on Monday, Boston police are asking the public to help them identify a ”person of interest.”

Teenager in critical condition after being shot in Worcester

A 15-year-old boy who was shot in Worcester Tuesday night is in critical condition but is expected to survive, officials said.

Hernandez was properly convicted in 2013 slaying, judge rules

The judge rejected a defense request that she overturn Aaron Hernandez’s convictions in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

After tornado warning, storms move off Cape Cod

The National Weather Service called off a tornado warning in southwestern Barnstable County at 9:30 a.m.

‘Hands-free’ distracted driving law in effect in N.H.

New Hampshire is now the 15th state to bar drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving.

2 shot in Plymouth in first shooting incident of year

The two men were taken to area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds and both are in stable condition.

After 30 years, Danvers cancels fireworks over security costs

Heightened security following the Boston Marathon bombings had shaken the private event’s finances.

More than 200 people voice feelings on Olympics plan

The revamped bid to host the Olympic Games was met with skepticism in a series of public meetings in Jamaica Plain.

Bridge gone, but thanks to ferry, Camp Harbor View open

A ferry carried hundreds of Boston youths to Long Island on Tuesday for the 2015 opening of Camp Harbor View.

Lots of interest shown for new batch of marijuana licenses

In the past week, regulators have received over 50 applications from companies eager to open medical marijuana dispensaries here.

Thomas Kennedy, 63; state senator turned obstacle into opportunity

Mr. Kennedy, of Brockton, confined to a wheelchair after an accident, served on the Brockton City Council before going up to Beacon Hill.

South Boston residents object to latest condo proposal

The plan calls for a nine-unit complex on the site of a garden and shrine to the Virgin Mary.

Is The Country Club too exclusive even for Tom Brady?

Brady and Gisele Bundchen reportedly want to join the 133-year-old institution, which prizes privacy and discretion.

Small health insurers decry ‘risk adjustment’ payments

The program, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that takes affect this year, will redistribute $61 million among the state’s insurers.

Man stabbed multiple times in North Quincy T parking lot

A 37-year-old man was stabbed several times in the parking lot of the North Quincy MBTA station Tuesday evening, officials said.

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Teen accused in Danvers teacher’s murder wants trial moved

A “perfect storm” of factors has made it impossible to pick an impartial jury in Essex courts, an attorney for Philip Chism said.

Massachusetts Bay Community College president retiring

John O’Donnell said his decision to step down in August was both “professional and personal in nature.”

Arlington man robbed of cash, car by younger man he met online

The man, in his 70s, allowed the younger man to handcuff and blindfold him before the theft, police said.

Flavored tobacco could see massive tax hike in Mass.

The rate would rise to 210 percent, from 40 percent, under the state Senate’s budget proposal.

Tsarnaev capture was risky, Watertown chief says

“Everyone responded for the right reason . . . but they didn’t see the big picture of someone getting hurt down there,” Edward Deveau said.

New measures for Iranian students attending UMass

The university is trying to comply with federal sanctions against Iran while not discriminating against Iranian students.

Arlington man robbed of cash, car by younger man he met online

The Arlington man allowed the younger man to handcuff and blindfold him before the theft, police said.

Baker nominates Scott Kafker for appeals court chief justice

Kafker is currently an associate appeals court justice.

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Lost N.H. campers who walked off trail found at state park

Three campers said they accidentally walked off a trail at Bear Brook State Park and called 911.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 182d day of 2015. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day.

‘Win an Inn’ essay contest in Maine did not violate law, officials say

Maine State Police and the attorney general’s office said the innkeeper behind the contest didn’t violate the law.

R.I. crews begin repairs to closed Cranston bridge

The state Department of Transportation said the goal is to reopen the Park Avenue bridge in a month.

Former Deerfield Academy student alleges abuse on athletic trips

The man said he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s.

SJC throws out murder charge because prosecutors took too long

The state took seven years to file required paperwork in the case of a man accused of killing his brother.

Maine residents oppose national park plan in vote

East Millinocket, Maine, residents don’t want to see a national park created east of Baxter State Park.

Woman shot Vt. firearms teacher, police say

Veronica Lewis, 31, of Worcester, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder.

Baker suggests Olympics referendum in early 2016

Governor Baker floated the idea of having the vote early next year, rather than the November 2016 election.

Whitman man dies in bulldozer accident in Plymouth

A sand slope collapsed as Charles Pace, 65, was operating the machine, officials said.

Harborfest opening ceremony postponed due to weather

The opening ceremony of the 34th annual Boston Harborfest has been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to inclement weather expected in the region, a post on the Boston Harborfest Facebook page said.

Political Happy Hour: June 30, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Hmmm | Budget guessing game | 2024 | Nattering

Deer tranquilized, relocated from South Boston yard

A deer was tranquilized in South Boston on Tuesday morning after a reported sighting in a yard, and moved to a safe location, officials said.

Amid terror concerns, July 4 security to be tight

Among other measures, authorities have banned drones from the Esplanade for July 3 and July 4, saying they cause undue concern.

After 30 years, Danvers cancels fireworks over security costs

Heightened security following the Boston Marathon bombings had shaken the private event’s finances.

Southbridge teacher charged with attempting to create child porn

A Southbridge middle school teacher allegedly paid the operators of a live streaming Internet site in the Philippines.

Hazmat team shuts Chelsea Salvation Army store to seek cause of coughing fits

Employees and customers complained of coughing and irritated throats two days in a row, officials said.

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For Al Irish, 95, Cape Cod League is still his passion

There’s no place Irish, the heart and soul of Cape Cod baseball, would rather be than at a Falmouth Commodores game.

Regional planning agency assesses revised 2024 Olympics bid

Mass transit improvements outlined in the revised bid are crucial to regional growth whether or not the Games come to Boston, the group said.

Mass. Lottery sales near a record $5b

The Massachusetts Lottery is expected to break a sales record this year for the fourth year in a row, the lottery executive director said Tuesday.

Asylum granted to Afghan soldier who fled Cape training

Jan Arash is “almost speechless. He’s overjoyed,” said one of his immigration attorneys.

Roof of too-tall truck ripped off on Storrow Drive

No injuries were reported after the morning crash on Storrow Drive, Massachusetts State Police tweeted.

Role hole played in crashed plane’s engine remains unclear

The hole was in the crankcase of the Beechcraft A36 ’s engine, aviation officials said.

Cyclist apologizes for punching fellow rider in Fitchburg race

A video shows Jerome Townsend punching Dave Warner as he sat on the ground with his arms up to defend himself.

USOC hails new Boston plan, but wants to see more support

US Olympic officials insisted they are not considering dropping the bid or replacing Boston as the bid city.

Rainy days set stage for nice July 4th weekend

Thunderstorms will move in late Tuesday night and could bring heavy downpours through Wednesday afternoon.

Brockton man seriously injured in crash on I-93 in Wilmington

A 25-year-old Brockton man was seriously injured when his car rear-ended a tractor-trailer but the 7-month-old girl in his car was unhurt.

Olympics opposition groups have big social media presence

Tweet by tweet, post by post, opponents of the Boston 2024 bid are making their voices known.

First phase of R.I. nightclub memorial set to start

The memorial, on the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that claimed 100 lives, will be open by spring, according to the nonprofit group’s leader.

Upgrade begins for R.I. rail route

New platforms will be built at the Kingston station, and an additional section of track will be built to help Amtrak service pass regional trains.

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Lottery results from Monday drawings

Brockton man seriously injured in crash on I-93 in Wilmington

A 25-year-old Brockton man was seriously injured when his car rear-ended a tractor-trailer but the 7-month-old girl in his car was unhurt.

Raynham man sentenced for embezzling from R.I. Lottery

Paul Mahfouz, 47, will serve six months behind bars for embezzling more than $5,000 from the Rhode Island Lottery.

In Middle East, Lynch assesses US fight against ISIS

Representative Stephen Lynch is traveling through the Middle East with Representative Jim McGovern and other members of Congress.

Tammy Kraus is a crisis fixer at the State House

Kraus, superintendent of the landmark, makes sure a building that dates to the 18th century keeps functioning.

Weymouth mourns US Marine’s unexpected death

An investigation into the death of Private First Class Peter Handibode remains open, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

Boston issues subpoenas in lawsuit against gambling panel

The city is trying to block Steve Wynn’s casino project in neighboring Everett.

Boston 2024 touts Games’ impact on transportation

Organizers highlighted transportation improvements, but it’s unclear how many would result from hosting the Olympics.

Drivers arrested after Conn. road rage assaults

Last week’s incident with a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 in Orange, Conn.

Conn. officials praise changes on tribal recognition

Connecticut’s top elected leaders want to make sure that it does not become easier for local tribes to obtain federal recognition.

Maine officer shoots woman advancing with homemade weapon, police say

Sunday morning’s shooting sent the woman to the hospital and shut down a section of US Route 2 in Carmel, Maine.

Scuba diver dies off Thacher Island near Rockport

Rockport’s harbormaster said a scuba diver died off the town’s coast over the weekend.

Missing R.I. cat is found 35 miles away in Mass.

The cat had been missing from a Portsmouth, R.I., veterinary clinic since April.

MassDOT board OK’s new buses for MBTA

The new 40-foot, low-floor, hybrid and compressed natural gas buses will replace vehicles approaching the end of their 12-year expected service life.

New Bedford man to whom cocaine was mailed is sentenced

Emmanuel Hernandez was charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, according to a statement from the Bristol district attorney.

Conn. lottery ticket, mistakenly bought, is $30,000 winner

Bob Sabo, of Easton, Conn., said he meant to buy two $20 tickets, but said he did not have his glasses on and instead bought a $30 ticket.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, June 30, the 181st day of 2015. There are 184 days left in the year.

Boston 2024 proposal renderings

The proposal recasts the Olympics as a waypoint along an 18-year project that would help define the future of the city.

Opposition to Boston Olympics rallies behind #pullthebid

The hashtag has been used by Olympics opposition campaigns as Boston 2024 organizers unveiled new plan details.

Widett Circle watches warily as Olympic plans evolve

New proposals call for the busy industrial area to undergo a transformation surrounding a temporary Olympic stadium.

Arizona man arrested at Logan faces drug trafficking charges

Micah Gibson, 38, was arraigned on one count of trafficking more than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

Rebel flag hung on monument to protest use, organizer says

One of the people who hung the flag said it was not intended as a racist comment, but rather a statement in protest of the flag.