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Hints of more US help for Syrian rebels

Senator John McCain said he would back a limited strike if President Obama did more to arm the rebels and the attack weakened the Syrian military.

Civil rights lawsuit to allege drugs were planted in Lowell

The federal lawsuit is against the city of Lowell and a police officer who relied on two informants suspected of planting drugs on dozens of innocent victims.

American Diana Nyad walked to dry sand Monday after becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.

ANDREW INNERARITY/REUTERS

Sharks, current, jellyfish no match for Diana Nyad

The 64-year-old American became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.

Boston school officials are hoping more students will eat the school lunches now that cost is not a barrier.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE GLOBE

Without paperwork, school lunch free in Boston

Boston public schools will begin serving free lunches to all students this school year even if families have the financial means to pay.

Kenly Hiller worked along the shore at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth. Hiller is trying to raise $6,000 so she can design and study barriers that block nitrogen runoff from polluting coastal waters.

Scientists calling on the crowd for funding

Friends, family, and strangers are willing to chip in small and large sums to help fund scientists’ work.

Felix Arroyo greets Bunny Meyer of Jamaica Plain before a March on Washington commemoration.

Felix Arroyo banking on ground game in race

The candidate is on a difficult quest to prove that the route to the mayor’s office in Boston is paved not solely with money.

The Nation

New vaccines may offer broader shield against flu

By Lauran Neergaard

An unprecedented number of flu vaccine options will be available this year, including offerings that will guard against four strains rather than the usual three.

Sandy-like storm paths may be rarer

Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that shoved Hurricane Sandy into New Jersey, a new study says.

Father of slain NYC toddler was probable target, police say

By Jonathan Lemire

Police investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy shot in the head in his stroller said Monday they believe his father was the target.

The World

US accused of spying on Brazil, Mexico leaders

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo (left), and Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso called the alleged spying an unacceptable violation.

By Bradley Brooks and Marco Sibaja

Leaked documents showed the US spy program monitored Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto.

US base on Afghan supply route is hit

Afghan police officers watched the site of a militant attack near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as NATO supply trucks burned.

By Rahmat Gul

Militants attacked a US base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said.

Japan may dump Fukushima water into sea

By Jacob Adelman

The country’s government is preparing to present its plan for handling tainted water at the site that’s increasing by 400 tons a day.

Editorial & Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

Scared of heights

By Paul McMorrow

Boston has a reflexive antipathy toward tall buildings, whether in residential neighborhoods or the heart of the downtown.

TOM KEANE

Non-white mayoral candidates need white vote

By Tom Keane

To be successful, minority hopefuls must bring people together, not push them apart, which is why the forum set for Sept. 10 for non-white candidates only is a bad idea.

Nancy Gertner and Judith Resnik

Keep female prisoners close to family

By Nancy Gertner and Judith Resnik

The sole federal prison for women in the Northeast, in Danbury, Conn., will be converted into an institution for men, and many of the female prisoners will be transferred to rural Alabama.

Metro

Labor leaders, politicians champion workers

Senator Elizabeth Warren said years of stagnant wages and benefits had taken a toll on the working and middle class.

By Peter Schworm

The crowded mayoral race in Boston gave the annual Greater Boston Labor Day breakfast a campaign buzz.

Somerville teen never in trouble before, lawyer says

“He emphatically maintains his innocence, but he’s nervous to be 17 and charged with a slew of felonies,” said William Korman, the attorney for Galileo Mondol.

By Dan Adams

Galileo Mondol is one of three teens arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting underclassman members of Somerville High’s junior varsity boys’ soccer team.

Boston’s line for problems draws big following

Stephanie Prashard answered the phone at the  constituent service hot line at City Hall in Boston.

By Peter Schworm and Matt Carroll

The number of calls to Boston’s constituent service program has climbed by 35 percent since 2010, driven by a leap in reports via smartphone.

Business

Fall River pushes to lure life sciences, tech

“I keep waiting for someone to tell me this is a dumb idea, but I haven’t heard that from anyone,” says UMass’s Paul Vigeant.

By Casey Ross

The city is working with a real estate firm to market a planned 300-acre park off Route 24 to medical and technology-oriented companies.

Jerry Remy’s businesses apt to weather murder case

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill, on Boylston Street near Fenway Park, is a popular destination for Red Sox fans.  Remy’s son, Jared Remy, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel.

By Callum Borchers

The charge against Jared Remy, the son of the Red Sox broadcaster, is not likely to cripple his father’s business ventures, an industry specialist said.

Tech sector plans protest, by phone, of software tax

By Michael B. Farrell

Members of the Mass. technology sector hope to flood legislative offices Tuesday with hundreds of phone calls against the software services tax.

Obituaries

Marcus Bennett, 87; pastor at Bethel Pentecostal Church

Rev. Marcus Bennett was recognized by Boston for his community work.

By Laurie D. Willis

Rev. Bennett was recognized by Boston for his community work.

Tommy Morrison, 44, brash, brazen boxing champ

Tommy Morrison became heavyweight boxing champion when he defeated George Foreman in a unanimous decision in Las Vegas. He lost the crown four months later.

By Dave Skretta

The last 20 years of the boxer’s life would be defined by extensive legal troubles, erratic behavior, and mounting health problems.

Paul Poberezny, 91; helped start famed Oshkosh fly-in

By William Yardley

Mr. Poberezny founded what became one of the largest aviation organizations in the world.

Sports

TIGERS 3, RED SOX 0

Red Sox come up empty against Tigers

Red Sox starter John Lackey shows his frustration after Victor Martinez scores the game’s first run on a triple by Andy Dirks in the seventh.

By Peter Abraham

The Tigers hung another tough loss on John Lackey. The Red Sox have been shut out 11 times this season, six times with Lackey on the mound.

Henrik Stenson captures Deutsche Bank title

Henrik Stenson came from two down on the final day to finish two ahead, giving him claim to the Deutsche Bank title and the cup that comes with it.

By Michael Whitmer

Stenson shot a 5-under-par 66 at TPC Boston to turn a two-shot deficit at the start of the final round into a two-shot win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Henrik Stenson a worthy Deutsche Bank champion

Henrik Stenson and his son, Karl, know who’s No. 1 following his triumph at TPC Boston.

By Dan Shaughnessy

We got to know Stenson and his family a little bit over the swampy weekend, and it was hard not to root for him at our annual big-time golf event.

G: Living

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One house, two histories in Medford

The Royall House (above left) and Slave Quarters (rear) in Medford, was built by Isaac Royall, a trader in rum, sugar, and slaves.

By Linda Matchan

Years ago, a museum housed in a historic estate focused on its wealthy loyalist founder. Now it’s being recognized for bringing to life the history of slavery.

Television Review

Idris Elba still stands out in ‘Luther’

Idris Elba returns for a third season of BBC America’s “Luther.”

By Matthew Gilbert

The intense British crime series returns for a third season on BBC America.

Stage Review

Literary legends ramble on in ‘Scott and Hem’

Joey Collins (left) and Ted Koch in the Barrington Stage Company production of  “Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah.”

By Patti Hartigan

“Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah” explores the love-hate relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.