What the challengers would say to Mayor Walsh if they had a debate

With no debate planned, I offered all three challengers a chance to take Walsh to task on issues where they think he’s failing the people of Boston.

“Oh, little Orion. People can’t understand where all that came from,” said Felicia Dunson (pictured), a resident who baby-sat Krause.

Quiet Maine island left searching for answers after Groton slayings

Memories of Orion Krause remain vivid on Monhegan Island, but now the suspected murderer’s name evokes darker thoughts.

Walnut Street Synagogue Rabbi Lila Kagedan says people want to connect and want something ‘more meaningful.’

As building booms in Chelsea area, rabbis hope for Jewish renaissance

Decades after Jews moved out of the Chelsea area in large numbers, the Jewish community is experiencing a renaissance.

Alex Place of Milton and Kristine Acevedo of Dorchester staged a sit-in inside the lobby of the mayor’s office suite in City Hall Friday to press the mayor to debate his challengers.

Walsh declines to debate before Sept. 26 preliminary election

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh had said he would debate his opponents before the preliminary vote. Now he’s saying he won’t.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in South End

The male victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, said David Estrada, a Boston police spokesman.


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‘Suspicious death’ under investigation in Billerica

A body was found near the intersection of Concord Road and Technology Park Drive in Billerica Wednesday morning.

House explosion that killed NH worker caused by propane, investigators say

Federal authorities are also investigating an explosion at a work site in New Boston, N.H., that killed a 46-year-old painter Tuesday.

Tewksbury police looking for truck driver who hit school bus

The truck is described as a white tractor-trailer with two blue stripes, according to police.

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Orange Line service restored after trees removed from track

Trees fell between the Oak Grove and Wellington stations, halting traffic and forcing travelers to use shuttle buses Wednesday night, the MBTA said.

School official hit over donations to charter school advocacy group

The chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is again facing calls for his ouster from teachers’ unions and other education advocates.

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A celebration of artists in recovery

The state’s 27th annual Recovery Day at Faneuil Hall drew artists from recovery centers around Greater Boston.

Powerful surf hit Nauset Beach as high tide approached Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Jose batters Cape and Islands with strong winds, rip tides

Eastern Massachusetts residents should brace for a stormy end to the week.

Wareham crash injures state trooper and New Bedford woman

Both were taken to Tobey Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, State Police said.

Amazon's Seattle, Washington, campus.

If Boston gets the next Amazon headquarters, will it get free bananas too?

The ripe idea hasn’t always been a bunch of fun for fruitsellers.

Maine woman: I’d rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

Susan Reitman told NECN: ‘‘If I have to sit in jail for the rest of eternity, that’s my choice.’’

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears in Portland, Ore., to discuss sanctuary city policies with city and regional law enforcement officials on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian via AP)

Jeff Sessions to speak in Boston Thursday

Sessions is scheduled to speak to federal law enforcement officials at the Moakley Federal Courthouse.

Researchers analyzed the federal voting patterns of nearly 10 million college students on more than 1,000 campuses.

Voter turnout among college students rose in 2016 election, Tufts study says

A researcher for the study said the results showed that the widespread fear that young people wouldn’t vote was misguided.

Lynn drug dealer convicted of manslaughter for selling fentanyl that caused man’s fatal overdose

An Essex Superior Court jury on Wednesday convicted a Lynn drug dealer of involuntary manslaughter for selling fentanyl to a 37-year-old man who later suffered a fatal overdose when he took the powerful painkiller, prosecutors said.

A rendering of 2017's HUBweek.

Domes to dot City Hall Plaza for innovation-themed festival

The third edition of HUBweek will feature talks by entrepreneurs, scientists, and journalists.

Overdose deaths from any kind of drug, including opioids, slashed about 3.4 months off overall life expectancy in the United States between 2000 and 2015, a new study suggests.

Opioid deaths cut US life expectancy by 2.5 months, study suggests

It’s the latest grim statistic to illustrate just how devastating the opioid crisis has been.

Rescue efforts continued Wednesday after Tuesday’s deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck near the Mexican capital.

‘All my family is there’: Boston restaurateur relieved after Mexico quake

For Julie King, a Mexico City native who owns a downtown Boston restaurant, news of Tuesday’s earthquake was nerve-wracking.

Booking photos of Max Kennedy and Caroline R. Kennedy.

Cape DA defends handling of charges stemming from Kennedy party

Prosecutors dropped a disorderly conduct charge as long as Max Kennedy accepted responsibility for a noise violation and agreed to pay a fine.

SJC changes rules on charging suspects with first-degree murder

A defendant can no longer be convicted of first-degree murder if he or she is not directly involved in the victim’s death, the court ruled.

An MIT professor says increasing carbon levels in the oceans could lead to the world’s sixth mass extinction event.

A sixth mass extinction could be in the cards, according to MIT professor

Daniel Rothman predicted that the world’s oceans could hold enough carbon by 2100 to trigger a sixth mass extinction in them.

“Praying for my home country,” the former Red Sox slugger said on Twitter. “Portions of my Dominican pride shirts go straight to hurricane relief.”

David Ortiz aiding Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Dominican Republic

Another iconic Boston athlete, Pats receiver Julian Edelman, tweeted out a message of solidarity with residents of Mexico City.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2017. There are 101 days left in the year.

Sonja Farak (left) stood during her arraignment in 2013.

Court petition asks for dismissal of all cases touched by former drug lab chemist

Sonja Farak confessed in 2014 that she had been stealing from drug samples to support her own addiction.

A turkey crossed a streeet  in Cambridge.

Turkeys are ‘strategizing’ in Cambridge and officials want to do something about it

The City Council wants residents to get guidance on how to deal with the truculent birds.

Kayaker Craig Dustin Sr. was shown near a kayak in photo provided by the US Coast Guard.

Missing Saugus River kayaker’s body found

Authorities recovered what they believe is the body of Craig Dustin, the 72-year-old man who went missing Tuesday morning while paddling his kayak.

Offensive language found written in Westfield State University dorm

Discriminatory language was posted on a message board in a residence hall at Westfield State University.

Tito Jackson said he was thrilled to be on a list of “vibrant and transformational” people.


Tito Jackson included on list of 100 influential black Americans

Jackson, who grew up in Grove Hall and is running for mayor, was No. 84 on The Root 100.

Terror suspect was overweight, bored, and not serious about ISIS, defense says

David Douad Wright’s terrorism trial began Wednesday in US District Court in Boston.

Littleton firefighter recovering from serious on-the-job neck injury after fall

A 13-year-veteran of the Littleton Fire Department is recovering at a Worcester hospital from a serious neck injury that he suffered after a fall over the weekend while on the job, officials said.

Barnstable police use heat-sensitive drone to catch suspect who fled traffic stop, hid in pond

A man who fled a traffic stop in Barnstable and dove into a pond to hide from police Monday evening was caught using a drone equipped with an infrared camera, Barnstable police said.

The Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in May.

Prudential Center shows security robot the door

After months of patrolling the mall at 2 miles per hour, the machine is off to “explore another galaxy” — presumably pretty slowly.

A new report has found that suburban sprawl and other development consumes about 65 acres a day of woodlands from Connecticut to Maine.

Region losing 65 acres of forests a day, report finds

Massachusetts alone is losing 7,000 acres of forestland a year to development, the report said.

Firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out at a home at 5 Arrowhead Lane around 5:33 a.m. Wednesday in Beverly.

Firefighters knock down ‘heavy fire’ that engulfed Beverly home

The two-alarm fire consumed most of the right side of the residence and burned through three cars parked in the driveway.

In this Sept. 12, 2012, photo Elie Wiesel is photographed in his office in New York.

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Elie Wiesel’s son hopes to spread his father’s message

Elie Wiesel’s son hoped to reaffirm his father’s messages of hope, acceptance, and kindness, and spread that message to the greater Boston community and beyond.

Should I drink 25 glasses of water like Tom Brady? Experts say no

This writer was going to try it, but the experts warned he’d better not.

Rocky Marciano retired in 1955 with a record of 49-0.

Rocky Marciano’s son debuts wine named for dad

It’s named for the legendary Brockton boxer, but cheap boxed wine this is not.

A couple walked along the Sandwich Boardwalk where the water level is quite high near high tide.

Dave Epstein

Jose continues to cloud New England’s forecast

The storm’s persistent, easterly flow has kept the area’s warm air at bay. So when can we expect to see the sun again?

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2017. There are 102 days left in the year.

4 New Hamsphire residents die in NC wreck

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the wreck happened around 3 p.m. Monday in Waxhaw, about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte.

Feeney, Ventura win state Senate primaries

A Foxborough Democrat and an Attleboro Republican emerged victorious from their respective primaries Tuesday in the race to fill a Bristol and Norfolk state Senate seat, according to unofficial results.

Coast Guardsmen searched for the missing kayaker Tuesday.

Search postponed for kayaker reported missing in Saugus

Craig Dustin Sr., 72, of Saugus, left his truck parked behind a bait shop on Ballard Street, according to state police.

Woman charged with stealing fentanyl at N.H. elder care facility

Prosecutors say Stephanie McMahon, 39, of Salem, N.H., stole three fentanyl patches from a resident's medication storage box.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

New England news in brief: Sept. 19

A look at news from around the region.

N.H. community colleges defend themselves after audit

State lawmakers said they're troubled by the conclusions of the recent review.