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Murray donors queried in probe

Two Chelsea Housing Authority employees were questioned this week about their connections to Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, part of an intensifying criminal investigation.

Lisa Baruzzi with golden retriever Richie at the Tufts obesity clinic for animals in North Grafton.

Fat dogs and cats are getting professional help

America’s pets are having their own obesity crisis, studies show, with at least 35 percent of household dogs and cats above their ideal weight.

Alexander Greene of Olympia Movers helped freshman Amanda Kozakiewicz at Northeastern University.

david l. ryan/globe staff

Movers help with the heavy lifting as Boston college students return

Local colleges are lending a hand — along with carts and dollies — so move-in day goes smoothly.

Mitt Romney talked with a man on the side of the road while touring a hurricane damaged neighorhood in Lafitte, La., Friday.

Romney tours storm-ravaged Louisiana, ahead of Obama

Republican nominee Mitt Romney toured damage from Hurricane Isaac three days before President Obama, who canceled a campaign event to make room for the trip.

Harvard students bridle over test cheating investigation

All of the students interviewed by the Globe said the ground rules for the take-home final exam were so unclear that they did not realize they were cheating.

The Nation

Romney tours storm-ravaged Louisiana, ahead of Obama

Mitt Romney talked with a man on the side of the road while touring a hurricane damaged neighorhood in Lafitte, La., Friday.

By Matt Viser

Republican nominee Mitt Romney toured damage from Hurricane Isaac three days before President Obama, who canceled a campaign event to make room for the trip.

Waters recede in Louisiana, leaving sopping mess

Houses were mostly submerged in Braithwaite, La., on Friday, after a levee breach in that area.

By Stacey Plaisance and Vicki Smith

Floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on and businesses opened in what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana.

USDA finds that sick cows weren’t slaughtered for food

By TRACIE CONE

Investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said there is no evidence that sick animals entered the food supply.

The World

Wildfire rages near resort in Spain; 1 dead, 2 injured

Firefighters tried to put out a blaze on the road between Marbella and Monda in Spain.

By Harold Heckle

A wildfire fanned by strong winds devoured hillsides around the wealthy Mediterranean resort city of Marbella in Spain on Friday.

Man lashed 100 times in Timbuktu rape case

By Baba Ahmed

A man accused of rape in the Malian city received 100 lashes Friday, according to witnesses.

German drug firm makes 1st apology for thalidomide

Thousands of babies were born with shortened or no arms or legs after their mothers took thalidomide.

By Frank Jordans

Five decades after its release, the manufacturer apologized for the notorious drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with shortened arms and legs, or no limbs at all.

Editorial & Opinion

Renée Loth

The value of public-sector jobs

By Renée Loth

If public employment had held steady during the recovery, it’s estimated today’s unemployment rate would be 7.8 percent instead of the current 8.3. But public-sector workers can’t get any respect.

Lawrence Harmon

Convention center needs to follow through on solar promise

Jim Rooney, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority stood atop the roof of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

By Lawrence Harmon

What happened to the plan to build a “huge solar array’’ at the Boston Convention & Exhibition center?

The Angle

Romney’s parade of platitudes

Paul Ryan’s speech appealed to the base.

And other excerpts from the Globe’s opinion and news analysis blog.

Metro

Murray donors queried in probe

Michael McLaughlin

By Scott Allen and Sean P. Murphy

Two Chelsea Housing Authority employees were questioned this week about their connections to Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, part of an intensifying criminal investigation.

Harvard students bridle over test cheating investigation

By Mary Carmichael

All of the students interviewed by the Globe said the ground rules for the take-home final exam were so unclear that they did not realize they were cheating.

Former official, dentist seek visibility in key House race

By Stephanie Ebbert

In the Fourth District’s Republican primary, Elizabeth Childs faces Sean Bielat and David L. Steinhof. The winner will face the victor in a Democratic field led by Joseph P. Kennedy III.

Business

Bernanke hints Fed could do more for recovery

By Megan Woolhouse

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke made the case Friday that Fed’s stimulus policies have helped, sending a strong signal that the central bank will take further action.

Neon sneakers make their mark at the Olympics

US swimmers stepped onto the podium in stylish shoes after winning the gold.

By Laura Finaldi

Experts say the intense exposure the sneakers received at the Olympics will lead to a bigger foothold in the industry.

Taco Bell mixes Mountain Dew and orange juice, calls it a breakfast drink

By Candice Choi

The fast food chain is adding Mtn Dew A.M. to its breakfast menu, which was rolled out earlier this year at select locations.

Obituaries

Jerry Nelson, 78; was count on ‘Sesame Street’

Jerry Nelson, who lived on Cape Cod, was the puppeteer and voice behind popular “Sesame Street” characters including Count von Count and Herry Monster.

By Lynn Elber

Mr. Nelson was the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of ­characters including Count von Count on ‘‘Sesame Street’’ and Gobo Fraggle on ‘‘Fraggle Rock.’’

David M. Lederman; designed implantable artificial heart; at 68

DAVID LEDERMAN

By Dennis Hevesi

Mr. Lederman, who led the team of scientists that developed the first fully implantable artificial heart, died Aug. 15 at his home in Marblehead.

Carlo Maria Martini, liberal cardinal considered for pope

By Nicole Winfield

Cardinal Martini, 85, was a rare liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy who was nevertheless considered a papal contender in the last conclave.

Sports

Tom Werner takes ownership for disappointing Red Sox

Despite the Red Sox’ dreadful season, and the public backlash, chairman Tom Werner (left) insists he and John Henry (right) have no plans to sell.

By Peter Abraham

In an exclusive interview, the Red Sox chairman opened up about this fractured season and his hopes for the future.

Athletics 20, Red Sox 2

Red Sox embarrassed by A’s

Pitching coach Randy Niemann couldn’t help Red Sox starter Aaron Cook, who allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

By Peter Abraham

Former Red Sox Josh Reddick, George Kottaras, and Brandon Moss were a combined 9 for 15 with four home runs, nine runs and 13 RBIs.

Red Sox notebook

Healthy again, Rich Hill set to make his return to Red Sox

By Peter Abraham

The lefthanded reliever from Milton will be activated for Saturday night’s game against Oakland.

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On Baseball

Red Sox have to develop younger talent

By Nick Cafardo

Deutsche Bank Championship

Seung-Yul Noh leads Deutsche Bank following sizzling 62

By Michael Whitmer

Christopher L. Gasper

Is Tiger Woods back?

By Christopher L. Gasper

Deutsche Bank Championship Notebook

TPC Boston’s 18th hole: New look, same low scores

By Michael Whitmer

Deutsche Bank Championship

After 64, Jeff Overton can’t help but look ahead

By Michael Vega

Patriots cut Branch, Koppen, Hoyer

By Shalise Manza Young

Patriots Notebook

Dane Fletcher’s mind at work while body rests

By John Powers

College football roundup

Michigan State runs past Boise State

NHL labor talks break off

By John Wawrow

Revolution desperate for win

By Fluto Shinzawa