Strange visitor from the South (a manatee) is spotted off Cape Cod

At least a half-dozen sightings have been reported since mid-August of a manatee that probably ambled up the East Coast from Florida.

Governor Charlie Baker spoke with Premier Wade MacLauchlan of Prince Edward Island during a panel discussion Monday at the Hynes Convention Center.

Together in Boston, Charlie Baker and Paul LePage are worlds apart

Baker and LePage shared a stage in Boston, but there may not be two governors from the same party more dissimilar.

Mischa McLean sat in Shirley Jones-Luke's class in a program that helps fifth-graders prepare for the rigorous entrance exam to Boston’s three exam schools.

Boston boosts diversity in preparing for exam school tests

Boston’s school system this year made an effort to recruit black and Latino students to the Exam School Initiative.

In her 32 years at McDonald’s, Freia David had served close to 1 million pounds of its famed french fries.

McDonald’s worker in Needham retires after 32 years at the french fry station

Freia David’s smile, enthusiasm, and her daily hugs made the McDonald’s in Needham more than just a restaurant.

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‘Pop-up plaza’ transforms Downtown Crossing — for now

The experiment is a prelude to what the city wants there eventually: a permanent plaza that would invite more people to sit down near Millennium Tower.

MBTA’s expanded student program launches Thursday

Starting Sept. 1, middle and high school students will be able to ride the T at less than half-price.

Fire breaks out in vacant paper mill in Pittsfield

Firefighters are still on the scene working to extinguish the blaze.

Could you eat this burger in 40 seconds?

Wayback Burgers is looking for a “Chompion.”

New, upbeat ad sings the praises of charter schools for Nov. vote

The 30-second spot is part of the multimillion-dollar campaign from the group backing a referendum to expand charter schools in Mass.

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The National Weather Service’s surf zone forecast.

Beachgoers should beware rough surf, higher risk of rip currents

Hurricane Gaston is to blame for the more turbulent waters.

‘I don’t want anyone else to be alone,’ Owen Labrie’s victim says

“I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me,” Chessy Prout said in her first public discussion about her sexual assault.

FILE- In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage attends an opioid abuse conference in Boston. LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Fast Forward: St. Paul’s victim goes public, Paul LePage faces blowback

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Top Mass. judge says controversial sex assault sentence was lawful

Judge Paul Dawley has denied a request to review a sexual assault case that has drawn national attention for a sentence that some feel was lenient.

In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo, an Amtrak train passes over the Susquehanna River rail bridge between Perryville and Havre De Grace, Md. As state and federal officials look for an estimated $15 billion for a new train tunnel between New York and New Jersey, passengers up and down the rail line known as the Northeast Corridor contend with regular disruptions caused by track configurations and infrastructure dating to the time of the Model T, or earlier.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amtrak announces new generation of Acela trains

The trains, with more amenities and higher speeds, are expected to begin service in 2021.

Chestnut Hill, MA., Seven year old Charlotte, owner is Marilyn Rothberg enjoy the last rays of sumer by a fountain in Chestnut Hill. Warm and sunny weather is forecasted for the end of summer. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

Expect a sunny and comfortable Tuesday in Greater Boston

Today will see low humidity accompanied by a gentle breeze and temperatures in the 80s.

Slow ride on the Southeast Expressway

Speeds on the Expressway and on Route 3 from the South Shore dropped below 20 miles an hour between Braintree and Dorchester.

Bicyclist killed by commuter train identified as Cambridge resident

Jean Leonard, 31, was crossing the tracks Sunday when he was struck by the train.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2016. There are 123 days left in the year.

Three sent to hospital after Dorchester rollover crash

Authorities are investigating the crash, which badly damaged a four-door vehicle.

A man drowned near Profile Falls on Monday afternoon.

Man drowns while trying to save four children in N.H.

A 39-year-old man drowned, but all four children survived, although one was revived after CPR.

Adams woman dies in Ashfield crash Monday afternoon

The woman, who was from Adams, died from injuries.

A cafe at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.

UMass Amherst, Wellesley, and Bentley get top marks from annual survey

The University of Massachusetts received accolades from The Princeton Review — but not for the reason you might expect.

Boston, MA - 8/29/2016 - Pedestrians walk through the intersection of Arch and Franklin Streets in Boston, MA August 29, 2016. Boston Transportation Department is experimenting with widening sidewalks to create a plaza at the intersection and will temporarily install planters and fencing that will be filled with tables and chairs during the morning rush on Tuesday, August 30. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

City confident pop-up plaza on Franklin Street will sit well

From 8 to 11 a.m., the City of Boston will close one of three westbound lanes on Franklin Street between Devonshire and Arch streets.

Injured hiker on Mount Washington is rescued by National Guard

A New Hampshire man was rescued after he fell and was injured while hiking in the White Mountains on Sunday.

Mourners embraced Sunday at a memorial for Austin Robbins at the site where he was killed in a car crash in Lunenburg.

Man is arraigned in Lunenburg crash that killed friend

Joseph Kapp, 19, is charged with motor vehicle homicide by driving under the influence of liquor.Joseph Kapp, 19, was in court Monday to answer charges related to the crash that killed friend Austin “AJ” Robbins, 18.

McDonald's worker in Needham retires after 32 year at the French fry station

Duck boat driver issued $100 ticket after Storrow Drive crash

The driver who crashed into an overpass was diverted from his route because union janitors were protesting MBTA job cuts.

Quincy police lieutenant allegedly filed for fraudulent pay

Thomas Corliss is accused of defrauding the Quincy Police Department of more than $10,000.

Political Happy Hour: August 29, 2016

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A sign for the Green Line light rail extension project at Gilman Square in Somerville.

Feds have reservations about Green Line, but encourage state to move forward

The Federal Transit Administration said it needs a “good deal of clarifying information” before providing nearly $1 billion in funding.

A truck with a crane tipped over on Route 24, trapping two employees inside the crane’s bucket and halting traffic.

Crane truck tips over on Sakonnet River Bridge, traps two workers inside

The two workers were eventually transferred to the bucket of another vehicle and returned safely to the bridge.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to widen his appeal — using language as incendiary as the rest of his campaign.

In Trump, black Republicans see plenty to lose

Donald Trump has begun to make a pitch to African-American voters, but his approach has not been warmly received.

Uber driver held without bail for allegedly exposing himself

A Malden man was ordered held without bail Monday after allegedly exposing himself to girls in the Everett area.

Joseph Gargiulo.

Holliston man allegedly threatened to kill Obama, burn mosque

The allegations against Joseph Gargiulo were made public when he appeared in federal court to face a single charge of possessing ammunition.

Owen Labrie in court in 2015.

Owen Labrie’s victim expected to appear on ‘Today’ show

The victim in the St. Paul School’s sexual assault case will speak out publicly for the first time Tuesday morning.

Divers recover body of 31-year-old man in Dennis

The Boston man’s drowning is considered accidental.

Fern Remedi-Brown and her 11-year-old daughter, Maya, practiced taking public transportation to school after Malden eliminated bus service.

Malden cuts school buses in effort to save money

The decision, which affects about 120 of Malden’s 6,500 students, sent parents scrambling to make other arrangements.

No connection seen between two Southbridge fires

A six-alarm blaze tore through a section of downtown, and another fire broke out a half-mile away.

Man held without bail in fatal Dorchester shooting

Last weekend’s shooting left a man dead and a woman paralyzed.

Map: Where the bedbugs are in Boston

Thinking of picking up some furniture off the street in Allston? You might want to think again.

Teen charged with possession of loaded revolver near Caribbean Festival

The 14-year-old had hidden the gun under a bucket near Supple Street on Saturday and tried to run away when police found it.

NORWELL, MA - 8/10/2016: With todays rain maybe it can help somewhat with the drought and crops on the fields at the Hornstra Farm in Norwell (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

This month likely the hottest August ever recorded in Boston

The average daily temperature here was 76.6 degrees through Sunday.

Shark spotted catching a meal near Provincetown

Two beaches in Truro were temporarily closed Monday morning after two great white sharks were sighted.

Boston-08/29/15 -The annual college move-in week has started, especially at Boston University, where hundreds moved in to the West Campus dorms with the help of family members and BU volunteers. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

Fast Forward: Move-in week begins, Beyoncé slays

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

24summersearch - Edwin Galvez and Richard Melgar on a backpacking expedition in Wyoming with the National Outdoor Leadership School in 2014. (Credit: Summer Search)

Taking a ‘whole person’ approach to helping at-risk students

For 20 years, Summer Search Boston has aimed to provide mentoring to students through high school and beyond.

Morning commute gets off to decent start

Few atypical delays were reported on area roads.

Little chance of rain expected during the coming week

The forecast doesn’t give much hope to those seeking relief from the drought.


Boston’s college students are returning

Some schools already have welcomed their charges; others will in the coming days. Here’s your guide to who’s moving in, and when.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2016. There are 124 days left in the year.

Two children seriously injured in Pike crash in Natick

The girls, aged 6 years and 11 months, were airlifted to Boston for medical care.

Globe investigations

The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder



The former Patriots tight end was convicted in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.