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House passes compromise three-strikes bill

The measure would eliminate parole for habitual criminal offenders while reducing some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Richard Salus sat on one of the tree stumps left behind at his Sudbury home.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

As NStar clear-cuts trees near transmission lines, communities resist

Company officials say clear-cutting is the only way to guarantee reliable power, but the practice has outraged some homeowners.

 Keith Mills, an owner of Esprit du Vin, hired his daughter Chloe (background). “It’s a win-win situation,” he said.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

When teens can’t find jobs elsewhere, parents do the hiring

Summer jobs for teenagers have become a precious commodity, and some parents — desperate for their kids to have work — are stepping in.

Surgery offers no advantage for early prostate cancer, study finds

The study found that men in their 60s with early-stage prostate cancer who had surgery didn’t live significantly longer than those whose cancers were monitored.

Brenda Delgado (center) participated in a class at Urban College, which may have to cancel its fall courses.

College for working women faces closure over deficit of $250,000

The Urban College of Boston, a two-year school that educates 600 women from low-income and immigrant backgrounds, is on the ropes thanks to deep financial troubles.

The Nation

Pa. city workers will get full paychecks this week

The cash-strapped city of Scranton will be able to make its full payroll this week, one pay period after it slashed pay to the federal minimum wage level for hundreds of workers. Mayor Chris Doherty says workers will receive their full paychecks on Friday, totaling about $1 million.

New Orleans official pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

By Michael Kunzelman

A New Orleans city councilman has pleaded guilty to plotting to misuse thousands of dollars in federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and divert some of it to one of his political campaigns.

Metro

House passes compromise three-strikes bill

By Wesley Lowery

The measure would eliminate parole for habitual criminal offenders while reducing some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Gloucester hopes to lure tourists with high-tech harborwalk

Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk pointed to marine railways at a stop along the city’s new harborwalk.

By David Filipov

A 1.2-mile loop, which includes 42 markers and a virtual tour that can be downloaded onto a smartphone, brings to light previously hard-to-find historical and cultural lore.

Yvonne Abraham

Boston superintendent controversy not a race matter

By Yvonne Abraham

Carol Johnson made a grievous error in failing to discipline a headmaster charged with domestic assault. Casting her woes in racial terms is too easy. It’s also insulting.

Business

P&G board affirms support for CEO

Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday that its board supports CEO Robert McDonald, nearly a week after activist investor William Ackman took a stake in the company. The world’s largest consumer products maker said in a Securities and Exchange Filing that the statement is in response to erroneous media reports. P&G makes products ranging from Tide detergent to Gillette razors.

Bernanke says he’ll ‘take away the punch bowl’ when needed

Ben Bernanke said Fed could take away the “punch bowl’’ to back recovery.

By Jeff Kearns

Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke said US central bankers are capable of removing record stimulus from the financial system and raising interest rates when needed to avoid triggering inflation.

Dutch police taking lead in sandwich needle probe

Police at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport are leading the criminal investigation and cooperating with the FBI.

By Mike Corder

Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to US cities said Wednesday that the sandwiches and needles are being flown back to the Netherlands for tests.

Obituaries

Rev. Franklin A. Dorman, 85, Cambridge social activist

FRANKLIN DORMAN

By Emma Stickgold

Rev. Dorman organized antiwar efforts during the Vietnam era, marched in demonstrations, and was arrested for civil disobedience.

Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, 102, authority on Jewish law

RABBI ELYASHIV

By Ian Deitch

Rabbi Elyashiv was revered by Jews worldwide as the top rabbinic author­ity of this generation for his scholarship and rulings on complex elements of Jewish law.

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s 1st superstar

Actor Rajesh Khanna, shown last month with relatives in Mumbai, acted in 150 films over a career that spanned four decades. He started his long career with a film in 1966.

By Pratish Narayanan

Mr. Khanna, 69, acted in 150 films over a career that spanned four decades.

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