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Marriott Copley Place project flouted pay law

An $18 million renovation of the Boston Marriott Copley Place that paid illegally low wages to men from a Philadelphia church was rife with violations of tax and labor laws, according to a state investigation that found improper activity by 15 construction companies. Investigators for a state task force found that the hotel’s contractors failed to report a total of $1.2 million in wages, deprived the state of nearly $86,000 in taxes, and illegally misclassified 63 employees to avoid paying required taxes, insurance and other benefits.

Points for both sides in who-built-it debate

For months, Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have argued over what builds a business. Is it sweat or help from the government? Brown, a Republican, has emphasized individual initiative and Warren, a Democrat, has highlighted government help. But there is more overlap on the issue — and more in common between the candidates — than partisans on either side of the hard-fought Senate race might acknowledge.

Octavie Nguimbi, Carine Ivinga, and Bimala Gurung attended a Lowell sewing class.

Sewing nonprofit teaches refugees self-sufficiency

The Stitching Studio in Lowell is a two-year-old program that teaches professional sewing skills to legal refugees and immigrants.

The Nation

Chicago parents worry teacher strike will hurt children

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago schools are in a contract standoff, and officials say more than 26,000 teachers and support staff are prepared to strike.

Suspect in Washington shooting found dead

A man suspected of opening fire on a SWAT team and police officers was found dead after a search in the woods north of Seattle. Officers were fired upon Sunday as they responded to reports of a shooting in a driveway. They found a man with an injury not life-threatening.

Marchers lament N.C. union stance but support Obama

Union activists voiced support for President Obama’s reelection bid but lamenting attitudes toward unions in North Carolina.

The World

Negotiations with rebels are over, Syria says

Civilians inspected a destroyed residential building after an airstrike by the Syrian army in Al-Bab Monday.

By Bassem Mroue

The vote at the United Nations was a symbolic effort meant to push the deadlocked Security Council into action on stopping the conflict.

Lawyers demand release of Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy

By Asif Shahzad

The girl, Rimsha Masih, has been held in jail for over two weeks. She will remain there until at least Friday after her bail hearing was postponed.

Italy hails Cardinal Martini, who wanted church to change

Priests filed past the coffin of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who warned in an interview published posthumously that the Catholic Church was “200 years behind the times,” and encouraged discussion of some controversial topics.

Some 150,000 people passed by Martini’s remains in Milan’s Cathedral to pay tribute to a man who stood out as a rare liberal voice among the church’s top men.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

Obesity: America’s deepest shame

Nike’s “Find Your Greatness” ad features an obese boy jogging down a country road.

By Jennifer Graham

The fatter we get, the more we fear and loathe fat people. Go, Nathan, go.

Paul McMorrow

GOP sops to the right feed darker forces

By Paul McMorrow

Men and women who should know better have fed the notion that this White House is un-American and illegitimate.

Sage Stossel

It’s been an unsettling summer. . .

By Sage Stossel

Sage Stossel is articles editor of The Atlantic Online and author of the children’s book “On the Loose in Boston.’’

Metro

Sewing nonprofit teaches refugees self-sufficiency

Octavie Nguimbi, Carine Ivinga, and Bimala Gurung attended a Lowell sewing class.

By Peggy Hernandez

The Stitching Studio in Lowell is a two-year-old program that teaches professional sewing skills to legal refugees and immigrants.

Warm reception for Warren at Labor Day feast

Elizabeth Warren said she cares less about the truck her Senate opponent Scott Brown drives than “about how he votes.”

By Bryan Marquard

From the moment Elizabeth Warren stepped into the Imperial Ballroom, she was the focus of the nearly 500 people at the annual Labor Day breakfast.

Thursday’s vote to set rivals in race to replace Frank

By Stephanie Ebbert

On each side, three candidates are vying for the right to represent their party in the November contest over the seat to be vacated by Rep. Barney Frank.

Business

Marriott Copley Place project flouted pay law

By Casey Ross

An $18 million renovation that paid low wages to men from a Philadelphia church was rife with violations of tax and labor laws, a state investigation found.

MassMutual accused of holding dividends

By Todd Wallack

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. is fighting several lawsuits accusing the insurer of shorting policyholders on dividends and preventing many of them from voting for directors.

Not much gold in region, but plenty of prospectors

Dave Maxfield (third from left) of Hardwick, Mass., panned for gold with family and friends in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H., in July. Amateur prospectors visit mountain streams in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire to try their luck.

By Todd Wallack

A growing number of amateur prospectors are flocking to the Northeast’s rivers and other remote spots across the country hoping to find gold.

Obituaries

Margery Battin, 85, trailblazer in politics

MARGERY MILNE BATTIN

By Gloria Negri

In Lexington, where Mrs. Battin was the first woman to serve as town moderator, citizens and political colleagues alike marveled at her knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

Michael Clarke Duncan, 54; actor lauded for performance in ‘Green Mile’

Michael Clarke Duncan portrayed a convicted murderer with a gentle demeanor in “The Green Mile,’’ opposite Tom Hanks (left) and David Morse, who played prison guards.

By Steve Loeper

Mr. Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in ‘‘The Green Mile,’’ died Monday at 54.

Henry Herx, 79, film critic for Catholic papers

By Dennis Hevesi

Mr. Herx, who over three decades wrote thousands of movie reviews for Roman Catholic publications, died on Aug. 15 at his home in Ramsey, N.J.

Sports

Deutsche Bank Championship

Rory McIlroy captures Deutsche Bank title

Rory McIlroy became the toast of the town — and had just the cup to prove it — after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke.

By Michael Whitmer

McIlroy validated his current standing in the golf world, shooting a final-round 67 and winning a star-studded Deutsche Bank Championship in comeback fashion.

Christopher L. Gasper

Disappointing finish for Louis Oosthuizen

By Christopher L. Gasper

The South African, who is still searching for his first PGA Tour win on American soil, is 0 for 43 after finishing second Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Phil Mickelson takes fourth with a 5-under

Phil Mickelson finished with a whopping 5-under 66, which was tied for the best round of the day.

By Amalie Benjamin

After a difficult last few months, Mickelson finally feels like his game is back - just in time for the final two tournaments of the FedEx Cup.