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Flood waters drop in Houston as Harvey takes a second swipe

Harvey’s flood waters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun came out Wednesday in a glimmer of hope for the stricken city.

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Subway and road tunnels submerged. The Charles River overflowing. Beacon Hill transformed into an island. But it’s highly unlikely here.

Ken Gooch, Forest Health Program Director with the DCR, shows damaged oak trees in the Wells State Park on Wednesday. Nearly a third of the state's forest canopy has been ravaged this year by gypsy moth caterpillars.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Caterpillars have defoliated nearly one-third of state’s forests, survey shows

Several years of drought conditions allowed gypsy moth caterpillars to thrive in Massachusetts, according to a survey.

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Undocumented immigrant college students in the Boston area know they could lose protections that have allowed them to more openly live, work and study in the US.

Aretha Maugé, back to camera, spoke at a press conference on Governor Baker’s public safety reform package. She was hugged by Monalisa Smith and received a pat from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Maugé lost her son, and Smith lost her nephew.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Baker proposes manslaughter charge for drug dealers

As the state deals with an opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker is proposing a bill that would allow drug dealers who cause a fatality to be charged with manslaughter.

The Nation

Flood waters drop in Houston as Harvey takes a second swipe

Friends reunite in the middle of a flooded intersection as water continues to rise in their neighborhood following Hurricane Harvey.

By Todd C. Frankel, Avi Selk and David A. Fahrenthold

Harvey’s flood waters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun came out Wednesday in a glimmer of hope for the stricken city.

Federal judge blocks Texas’ tough ‘sanctuary cities’ law

A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas’ tough new “sanctuary cities” law that would have allowed police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions.

Trump to Harvey victims: ‘All of America’ grieving with you

By Ken Thomas

President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying “all of America is grieving with you.”

The World

US test successfully intercepts ballistic missile

epa06171485 A handout photo made available by the US Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency on 30 August 2017 shows a medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) on 29 August 2017. The target was successfully intercepted by SM-6 missiles fired from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). EPA/Latonja Martin / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

By Eileen Sullivan

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been rising in recent months over Pyongyang’s development of its nuclear program, which have included several North Korean missile tests.

US Airstrikes block convoy transferring ISIS fighters

By Rod Nordland

BEIRUT — The U.S. military coalition on Wednesday strongly criticized a decision by the Lebanese army and its allies to allow Islamic State fighters safe passage across Syria and followed that up with airstrikes to prevent the convoy from continuing to its destination in the militant group’s territory, the coalition’s spokesman said.

Trump sows confusion by rejecting idea of North Korea talks

By Matthew Pennington

True to form, President Donald Trump sowed policy confusion with a tweet.

Editorial & Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

First the rain — then the armchair experts

A home in Houston is surrounded by floodwaters.

By Dante Ramos

Let’s end the blame game about Houston. We’re all at risk.

Opinion | Tim Cockey

Witty Brits baking it up as they go

photo by karoline boehm goodnick recipe by jean kressy recipe for nectarine cake slug for food: xxkressyrec

By Tim Cockey

It’s time for a shout-out to a sliver of goofy British charm and civility: “The Great British Bake Off.”

Letters

A penny savored

Alex Beam’s paean to the penny draws a few detractors.

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Opinion | Bradley Polumbo

Students pay the price for a culture of waste at UMass

By Bradley Polumbo

Opinion | Alan M. Dershowitz

Both the left and the right must guard against campus extremism

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Metro

Baker proposes manslaughter charge for drug dealers

Aretha Maugé, back to camera, spoke at a press conference on Governor Baker’s public safety reform package. She was hugged by Monalisa Smith and received a pat from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Maugé lost her son, and Smith lost her nephew.

By Jan Ransom

As the state deals with an opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker is proposing a bill that would allow drug dealers who cause a fatality to be charged with manslaughter.

Yvonne Abraham

I can’t stop thinking about Mavis Wanczyk. And that’s what the Lottery wants

Mavis L. Wanczyk, right

By Yvonne Abraham

The Mavis Wanczyks of the world are crucial. They keep us plonking down our cash, dreaming of what we’d do with the gazillions we’ll never see.

Afraid but calm, a 7-year-old girl figured out how to survive the unthinkable

Maeve Geary in her yard. The Interstate 290 bridge can be seen in the background.

By Maria Cramer

After a knock woke her up, Maeve Geary was stunned by what she saw — a small child in pajamas, soaking wet and shoeless at her doorstep.

Business & Tech

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

New malware turns smartphones into cyberattackers

A man holds the Nokia smartphone model 6 during a press conference of Finnish mobile phone maker HMD Global in Helsinki, on June 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Emmi Korhonen / Finland OUTEMMI KORHONEN/AFP/Getty Images

By Hiawatha Bray

Tens of thousands of Android phones were recently infected with WireX, which converts phones into computer-killing zombies.

Uber to pay Mass. drivers for improper toll charges

“This was our mistake, and we are making it right” by refunding drivers and ensuring it has properly paid all Massachusetts tolls, Uber said.

By Adam Vaccaro

The ride-hailing service is refunding 336 Massachusetts drivers more than $210,000.

Facebook to open new Kendall Square office, add hundreds of jobs

31facebook- Mock ups of the new Facebook offices at 100 Binney Street (Handout)

By Janelle Nanos

Facebook’s new office in Kendall Square will bring the number of Boston-based staff to 650.

Obituaries

Coach Rollie Massimino, 82, led Villanova to NCAA title

Northwood University head coach Rollie Massimino shouted instructions to his team during a 2012 exhibition game.

By Tim Reynolds

Mr. Massimino, who coached at Lexington High early in his career, also had stops at Stony Brook, UNLV, and Cleveland State.

obituary

Robert Haley, former Boston EMS special operations director, dies at 63

Captain Robert Haley.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Haley worked as an emergency responder in Boston for 35 years and coordinated the response to the Marathon bombings.

Sports

DELL TECHNOLOGIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Justin Thomas on a roll entering Dell tournament here

Justin Thomas celebrates after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By Barbara Matson

He has a PGA Championship in his pocket, joining his pal Jordan Spieth as a major winner.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

It’s the last chance for those on the Patriots roster bubble

Boston-8/03/17- The Patriots held their training camp at Gillette Stadium. David Harris catches a pass in practice. - John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Ben Volin

Few starters will play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Giants, but NFL jobs will be at stake.

RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 1

Red Sox complete sweep of Blue Jays

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez is congratulated at home plate by Chris Young after he hit a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Peter Abraham

Mitch Moreland snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning.

Thursday Scene

theater

In ‘Gypsy,’ Leigh Barrett relishes playing a Rose with thorns

Leigh Barrett as Mama Rose during a rehearsal of “Gypsy” at the Lyric Stage.

By Terry Byrne

At Lyric Stage, the award-winning actress returns to the role she first played a decade ago.

Names

Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ wins praise at Venice premiere

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig attended the 'Downsizing' screening and Opening Ceremony during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on Wednesday.

By Mark Shanahan

Damon plays an everyman character who does his part to address the problem of over-population by shrinking himself to 5 inches tall.

Three generations of Maine sailors tackle the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, a race for wooden boats

Members of the Conover family sail Sinbad during the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta off Brooklin, Maine.

By Bethany Ao

It’s technically a race but really more a gathering of devotees of a past era of sailing.