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Chess notes

Eight players will be chosen to play in a tournament next March to determine the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

Neighborhood activists unite to protest crisis in housing

Hundreds gathered in Dorchester as corporate landlords, they said, displace the poor and traditional communities of color.

Vt. politicians mull run for part-time job

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott’s decision to run for governor of Vermont has sparked interest from numerous potential candidates.

Before she was Baby Doe

Bella Bond was in many ways a typical toddler. But her young life was hanging by a thread.

Cambridge synagogue pledges to open arms to refugees

For members of Eitz Chayim Congregation, the scenes of refugees’ desperation struck a chord.

Genetic tests for psychiatric drugs spur hope, doubts

New tests that identify the best drugs based on a patient’s DNA have limited science behind them and many questions ahead.

Developer turns to Revere mayoral challenger

Charles Lightbody, a felon whose involvement in the Everett casino project triggered a criminal investigation, has turned on his friend, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo.

Sanders draws big crowds in Mass. campaign swing

Bernie Sanders addressed a near-capacity crowd of 20,000 in Boston, with a few thousand more in an overflow room.

Sunday’s child

Nick likes creative play, books

Nick is a smart, fun-loving, creative 10-year-old who loves to sing. He has a vivid imagination and likes to engage in role-playing games outside or inside with action figures.

Nine win Shattuck awards as Boston’s unsung heroes

The Shattuck awards are given to public service workers who demonstrate an outstanding dedication to keeping the city on its feet.

HUBweek presents its second day of offerings

The first-ever HUBweek, a weeklong event series dedicated to the intersection of art, science, and technology, launched Saturday and will last through Oct. 10.

Martha’s Vineyard casino proposal splits island

The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe says it needs the revenue from a casino on Martha’s Vineyard, but others say it would be out of place.


Trail officials visit over hiker problems

Officials with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service say they will work to address bad behavior by long distance hikers that have caused tensions at Maine’s Baxter State Park.

Controlled explosion sparked at waste dropoff event

The event at the UMass Boston resulted in a controlled explosion after a family brought dangerous “deteriorated chemicals.”

Santorum supports N.H.’s first-in-nation status in presidential primaries

Rick Santorum said if changes were considered that threatened the tradition, he would “fight that with every ounce of my being.”

Live video: Bernie Sanders rally in Boston

The Vermont senator is holding a rally in Boston as he campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president.

Live updates: Bernie Sanders holds Boston rally

Globe reporters are providing live updates as Bernie Sanders holds a rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.


Livery driver stabbed, tazed, robbed

A 61-year-old livery driver was injured but is in stable condition after two customers stabbed, tazed, and robbed him at 4:30 a.m. in Worcester.


Hanscom airmen killed in crash ID’d

Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Fla., Kcey E. Ruiz, 21 of McDonough, Ga., were two of eleven killed in the crash that occurred shortly after take-off at midnight

Woman on bicycle hit by truck, dies

Lorraine K. Hurley, of Brewster, was found unconscious by police around 7:22 p.m., according to a statement from Brewster police.

Starts & Stops

Hubway reaches into more areas

In addition to the 11 new locations, four new stations — in the South End, Seaport, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain — are in the works.

Flood advisory for eastern Mass. this afternoon

Vulnerable shore roads from Salisbury to Nantucket could flood for about an hour around the time of the afternoon high tide.

Walsh, Chang tout STEM expansion in Boston middle schools

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday an effort to expand hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math.Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday an effort to expand hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Domestic violence claimed hundreds in 10 years in Mass.

Domestic violence accounted for 14 percent of all homicide deaths in the state from 2003 to 2012.

The skies of October yield a bounty of riches

October has a lot going for starwatchers and other appreciators of nature at night.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, October 3, the 276th day of 2015. There are 89 days left in the year.

N.H. fugitive arrested on I-495 in Lowell

A “high priority” New Hampshire fugitive was arrested by deputy US Marshals in Lowell on Friday, officials said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Naked exercises were at center of Swampscott football investigation

Schools officials say they will force the team to forfeit its game this weekend as a result. Schools officials say they will force the team to forfeit its game this weekend as a result.

Male shot at Dorchester housing development

A male is in critical condition after he was shot outside a Dorchester housing development tonight.

The man who gives out the most parking tickets in Boston

No one issues as many tickets as Ildo Rosario, who handed out more than 96,000 over the last five years.

Six things you may not know — and should — about Boston parking rules

If you don’t know these tips, you could end up with an unwelcome present tucked under your windshield wiper.

Most-ticketed drivers in Boston pay thousands annually

Nearly 100 vehicles received more than 500 parking tickets over the last five years, a Globe review shows.

Conn. man wins giant pumpkin contest at Topsfield Fair

A Plainville, Conn. man took home the prize for his 1,992.5-pound pumpkin in the annual weigh-off on Friday.

Six indicted in Plymouth massage parlor sex trafficking case

Authorities say the businesses were “houses of ill fame,” accepting tips for employees in exchange for sex acts.

Police identify Hyde Park gunshot victim

Boston police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Hyde Park early Wednesday as Jeffrey Randall of Hyannis.

Obama’s pick to lead Education Department has close Boston ties

John B. King Jr. is a Harvard graduate who in 1999 co-founded Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Mission Hill.

Naked exercises at center of Swampscott football investigation

Schools officials say they will force the football team to forfeit its game this weekend as a result.

Lowell students suspended for racist texts about class president

Anye Nkimbeng’s election as class president drew a racist backlash that spilled onto Twitter and led to six students being suspended.

Prosecutors urge judge to reject Tsarnaev appeal of conviction

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that the local jury had been prejudiced by the overwhelming publicity in the case.

Political Happy Hour: October 2, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Martin J. Taciturn | ‘Alleluia chorus’ | Oppo on Santa

The ‘art and science’ of predicting hurricane paths

Using computer models, forecasters try to predict the future of the weather — with varying results.

Plan for White Mountains hut draws fire

The Appalachian Mountain Club says a ninth hut is needed, but critics say the organization is focusing on revenue over mission.

Walsh ‘concerned’ over Teamsters allegations

Walsh cited the ongoing criminal probe as he repeatedly said “no comment” to questions about the case.

Seaside communities advised of coastal flooding Friday

Officials said the flooding will only affect low lying areas that regularly flood during unusually high tides.

Read the ‘Shadow Campus’ Spotlight series

A Globe investigation finds students are easy targets for scofflaw landlords whom the city seems unable, or unwilling, to control.


A dangerous retreat on student safety

Seven years after the city embraced language designed to protect college students from predatory landlords, officialdom raised the white flag on that measure.

Woman hit by train in Wellesley is expected to recover

A 74-year-old woman was hit in the leg as she walked across commuter rail tracks just before noon Friday.

US attorney general pledges to help region fight opioid abuse

“It is an epidemic, it is a tragedy, and it is a public health crisis,” Lynch told a gathering at the Massachusetts Medical Society.

New initiative to expand STEM learning in Boston middle schools

BoSTEM is a partnership between the city, local corporations, and more than a dozen nonprofits.

Ex-priest jailed in abuse scandal has been set free

Former Catholic priest Ronald Paquin, who psychologists say admitted to molesting at least 14 boys, was released Friday from custody.

Brookline man convicted again in 2009 workplace slaying

After a retrial, Clyde Howard was sentenced to life for murdering Maurice Ricketts in a dispute at a Cambridge warehouse.

2 Providence men arrested on heroin charges in Fall River

The suspects’ SUV smashed into several vehicles and a Fall River detective was injured during the pursuit.

Green Line D branch service resumes after fallen tree

The tree, which was suspended on overhead wires, closed the trolley line for nearly two hours

Local artist turns heads with creative sandwich board signs

Tim Wells likes to think his combination of art and humor leads customers into 1369 Coffee House like moths to the flame.

Two airmen from Hanscom base killed in Afghanistan

The aircraft they were flying in crashed at the Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers in September.

Gusting winds, fall-like temperatures expected today

Rains are expected to be heavier in the south coast in the morning, but Boston should only see a “bit of light rain.”

Speaker DeLeo is in no hurry to leave

A slimmed-down, healthier-looking Speaker Robert DeLeo is clearly not in a rush to hand the gavel over to a successor any time soon, according to a consensus of his colleagues — some of whom seem miffed with his apparent decision to keep a tight grip on the House.

Good week, bad week

It’s Ann Romney’s turn to talk, meanwhile Kevin McCarthy is about to step into the toughest job in Washington.

Stonington, Conn.

High school bars ‘inappropriate dancing’

A Connecticut high school is cracking down on dirty dancing.

This day in history

Today is Friday, October 2, the 275th day of 2015. There are 90 days left in the year.

Massport won’t help pay for IndyCar race

The agency will not stand in the way of a planned Seaport District race, so long as it does not have to pay for the event.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Adrian Walker

Why it matters that Elizabeth Warren has embraced Black Lives Matter

The senator has become perhaps the most prominent politician to wholeheartedly embrace the activist group taking on racial injustice.

Interim Transit police chief gains support

Some are pushing for the MBTA to make Kenneth Green the permanent chief, pointing to a lack of diversity on the force.

Massachusetts gets last batch of fisheries disaster aid

Federal officials on Thursday released the last round of aid to fishermen totaling $6.9 million for Massachusetts.

Framingham woman accused of assaulting mother-in-law

A Framingham woman is accused of assaulting her 96-year-old mother-in-law, who has dementia.

Hampton, N.H.

New US fishing regulations postponed

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A federal agency said new fisherman costs have been pushed back a month.


Defense tries to toss slaying evidence

A lawyer for one of the men charged in the 2011 slaying of an Ipswich restaurant owner has urged a judge to toss as evidence a baseball cap found at the crime scene that contained a suspect’s DNA.

R.I. police recover body of missing Mass. man

Jamestown police said they recovered the body of a Massachusetts man who had been fishing and was reported missing.

Ex-UMass student arraigned for manslaughter

Jesse Carrillo allegedly supplied heroin to Eric Sinacori, who had been involved in a campus informant program.

Second person dies from West Nile virus in Mass.

A Suffolk County woman in her 90s, who disease trackers suspect contracted the virus in Greater Boston, has died.

Is it a whale? Is it a tuna? Nope, it’s another sunfish

Officials on Cape Cod had a lower-key encounter this week with the uniquely shaped sea creature.

Ex-prosecutor to investigate city’s involvement with Teamsters

Mayor Walsh hired Brian Kelly, who helped convict “Whitey” Bulger, to investigate City Hall’s role in a local union’s alleged extortion scheme.

Boston inspection official pushes for changes to student housing law

“The way the statute exists, we cannot enforce it,” the head of the city’s Inspectional Services Department testified at a City Council hearing.

Powerball game restructured to change odds of winning

The Powerball Lottery announced a structural change to its game on Thursday that will make it even less likely that players will win the jackpot, but increases the overall odds of winning a prize in the game.

Holbrook man charged in extortion case has criminal record

John Fidler, 51, has been convicted of stabbing several people in downtown Boston, and once admitted to selling cocaine.

Political Happy Hour: October 1, 2015

Political Happy Hour: DCF nightmare | Dunkin’ dip | Scott Brown channels Hemingway

Man, 32, charged in assault on woman in Newton

A 32-year-old man was charged with assaulting a woman last month near a bike path along the Charles River in Newton.