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Eroni Kumana found Lieutenant Kennedy and his crew six days after the wreck of PT-109.

Solomon Islander who helped JFK save PT-109 crew dies

John F. Kennedy’s heroics may have been for naught had it not been for Eroni Kumana and Biuku Gasa.

Work continues on the Plainridge racecourse slot parlor, as the steel frame of the prefab slots building is constructed.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Sides in fight over casino law ready to raise their voices

From an East Boston campaign office with creaky floors and hand-me-down furniture, leaders of the statewide effort to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law are ready to throw their first punch in the fight against the billion-dollar business.

Workers placed a body into a hearse after three men were found dead of apparent overdoses in Worcester on Monday.

Worcester officials issue advisory after drug deaths

Nine people have died of drug overdoses in the past six days, and police suspect heroin is the cause.

Hannaford parent company a rival bidder for Market Basket

Market Basket protesters made their feelings known as potential employees attended a job fair in Andover Wednesday.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Arthur T. Demoulas’s effort to take complete control of the grocery empire faces a new hurdle, according to sources.

Steward Health Care expanding psychiatric facilities

The health care system is spending millions to open psychiatric units in its Mass. hospitals, marking a reversal from recent years.

The Nation

Arguments heard on 4 states’ gay marriage bans

Gay couples kissed after they were united in a commitment ceremony Wednesday on Fountain Square in Cincinnati.

By Erik Eckholm

A federal appeals court judge expressed deep skepticism about whether courts are the ideal setting for such major societal change.

Presidents’ wives press for girls’ education

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush hosted a symposium for spouses of African leaders in Washington.

By Darlene Superville

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush spoke with one voice Wednesday on the importance of educating women and girls worldwide.

US high-speed rail plans face persistent hurdles

By Ron Nixon

The US still lags far behind Europe and China, where trains on average top 220 miles per hour.

The World

Negotiations to extend Gaza cease-fire begin

‘‘The two sides have reviewed what they consider issues of concern,’’ said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, shown while meeting with the Venezuelan foreign minister.

By Maggie Michael and Brian Rohan

Egyptian mediators have been shuttling between the delegations during indirect talks.

General’s killing underlines continuing Afghan tensions

Afghan soldiers guarded a highway near Kabul Wednesday amid tightened security after the US general’s killing.

By Pamela Constable

The Afghan who killed a US general and wounded 15 other people hid in a bathroom and opened fire when a group of officers passed by, an Afghan military official said.

Ukrainian forces advancing on key separatist-held city

In the eastern Ukraine rebel-held city of Donetsk, local officials said neighborhoods were hit by airstrikes overnight that left huge craters, but caused no civilian casualties.

By Yuras Karmanau

The Ukrainian army is setting its sights on the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman | fifth in a six-part series

The hustler who’s a mystery on the streets

By Farah Stockman

He was jailed for selling cocaine and now seems to be rootless, an emblem of the problems faced by many young black men.

Editorial

Market Basket’s only solution is to bring back Arthur T. Demoulas

Kevin Wong, a bagger in Tewksbury, and John Connor, a customer, attended a rally Tuesday.

If the board remains unwilling to make the move, other business leaders and Governor Patrick should step in to help negotiate.

editorial

With Gants appointment, Patrick adds to legacy of diversity on the bench

Ralph

Ralph Gants will be the first Jewish chief justice of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court in its 322-year history.

Metro

Sides in fight over casino law ready to raise their voices

Work continues on the Plainridge racecourse slot parlor, as the steel frame of the prefab slots building is constructed.

By Mark Arsenault

Those behind the repeal effort are preparing their first punch, while gambling firms are gearing up their own campaign.

Worcester officials issue advisory after drug deaths

Workers placed a body into a hearse after three men were found dead of apparent overdoses in Worcester on Monday.

By Zachary T. Sampson

Nine people have died of drug overdoses in the past six days, and police suspect heroin is the cause.

Yvonne Abraham

Shutting down bike park an Emerald pity

By Yvonne Abraham

The hidden haven for bike enthusiasts near Jamaica Pond put to use a piece of the Emerald Necklace that had been neglected.

More Stories

Monhegan Island, Maine, turns 400

By Brian MacQuarrie

Fire in Waltham leaves 20 homeless

By Claire McNeill and Kiera Blessing

Strong rip currents lash coast

By Trisha Thadani and Martin Finucane

Business

Hannaford parent company a rival bidder for Market Basket

Market Basket protesters made their feelings known as potential employees attended a job fair in Andover Wednesday.

By Casey Ross and Callum Borchers

Arthur T. Demoulas’s effort to take complete control of the grocery empire faces a new hurdle, according to sources.

Temp workers, advocates lobby for better safeguards

Flor Rivillas recently testified about temp agencies that violated state laws.

By Megan Woolhouse

The state labor department is writing and updating regulations to clarify and eliminate ambiguities in laws related to temporary employment agencies.

Part-time Market Basket workers have hours cut

There has been a sharp drop off in business at Market Basket stores.

By Jack Newsham

The employees’ hours were cut by half or more this week in response to the drop-off in business, according to top store managers.

Obituaries

Luciano Rebay, 86; scholar of modern Italian literature

Luciano Rebay taught at Columbia University for more than 45 years.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Rebay, who split his time between New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, taught for more than 45 years at Columbia University.

Jesse Steinfeld, 87; ex-surgeon general

Dr. Steinfeld promoted bans on an artificial sweetener and the pesticide DDT.

By Krysta Fauria

Dr. Steinfeld became the first surgeon general forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against smoking during the Nixon era.

Harun Farocki, filmmaker of modern life; at 70

Mr. Farocki with his 12-screen installation, “Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades.”

By Margalit Fox

The avant-garde German filmmaker and video artist’s work examined the ways images are used to inform, instruct, persuade, and propagandize.

Sports

Red Sox 2, Cardinals 1

Red Sox edge Cardinals

David Ortiz congratulates Yoenis Cespedes after the outfielder scored what turned into the game-winning run.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to get back into the win column in Joe Kelly’s first start.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Can Tom Werner really snag commissioner’s job?

The candidacy of Tom Werner (above) to be commissioner is no joke, but MLB COO Rob Manfred is the favorite. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

By Dan Shaughnessy

Werner’s candidacy is no joke, but it’s unlikely that he can overcome the voting bloc dedicated to favorite Rob Manfred.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Can Ben Cherington rebuild Red Sox quickly again?

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has a lot of young players to evaluate for 2015. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

By Nick Cafardo

Cherington rebuilt the awful 2012 Red Sox into a champion in 2013. It’s a lot to ask him to do the same for the 2015 team.

G: Style

Maury Povich launches clothing company in New Bedford

Maury Povich talks with employees at Mother Freedom’s headquarters and manufacturing plant in New Bedford.

By Jill Radsken

Povich’s latest project is called Mother Freedom, an outerwear company with the tagline “100% Made in America.”

Book Review

‘Michelangelo’ by Miles Unger

The Sistine Chapel is one of the six master-pieces on which the book focuses.

By Michael Washburn

Unger dramatizes how the artist rose from a family near poverty to become “the first truly modern artist.”

Fitness hangs in the balance in acrobatics class

Lindsay Culbert-Olds of Arlington and Kia-Melinda Eastman of Waltham on the trapeze.

By Nicole Cammorata

It’s the furthest thing you can get from a traditional fitness class and instead is an introduction to a beautiful, powerful art form.

Globe North

From dinosaur to cow, mini golf north of Boston remains an attraction

By Kathy McCabe

Caramel Cow is newest addition to a cast of colorful characters and whacky holes at miniature golf courses north of Boston.

A listing of places to play miniature golf on the North Shore.

Burlington Wegmans to open Oct. 26

This rendering shows the new store that supermarket chain Wegman’s plans to open in Burlington in October.

By John Laidler

The chain has nearly finished hiring 200 full-time workers and is now seeking applicants for 400 part-time positions.

Globe South

New Duxbury school ‘built for 21st century learning’

One of many hydration stations.

By Jean Lang

Workers are putting on the finishing touches on Duxbury’s $128 million middle and high school.

Letter on Duxbury school railings

Letter on July 17 article about railings at the new Duxbury school.

Shift on migrant children puts issue on simmer

By John Laidler

Across the region, Governor Deval Patrick’s plan is generating lively discussion and some sharply differing views among municipal leaders.

Globe West

Raising goats in suburbia for sustainable foods

Halé and Melissa Hoffer go for a goat walk together to The Great Meadows in Concord. Hoffer's herd began from Hale's goats.

By Emily Cataneo

When Halé Sofia Schatz takes her pets for a walk, she elicits a slightly unusual reaction. That’s because Schatz’s pets are not dogs, but a herd of friendly Nigerian goats.

WALTHAM

Bill allows Waltham to buy Fernald site for $3.7m

By Jaclyn Reiss

State legislators approved a bill last week allowing Waltham to buy the 200-acre state property off Trapelo Road for $3.7 million.

Playwright who grew up in Wayland work-shopping at Vokes

Judith Pratt, who grew up in Wayland, will see her new play in a reading on the Vokes Theatre stage.

By Lenny Megliola

Judith Pratt, who now lives in Ithaca, N.Y., said her 95-year-old mother suggested the location.