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State halts 2 cannabis permits

It’s the latest detour for the state’s fraught effort to license medical marijuana shops.

Gordon Hamersley in the kitchen at Hamersley's Bistro in the South End.

Hamersley’s Bistro lovingly serves a farewell

Gordon and Fiona Hamersley said they will close the noted South End eatery after 27 years.

Mass. hospitals’ mistakes list widens

Hospitals in 2013 reported more errors, use of contaminated equipment, assaults, and other preventable hazards.

Enid Lugo, 52, on the bus this week to her fast-food job in Holyoke, says she gets no paid vacation time.

Zack Wittman for The Boston Globe

Nearly 1 in 4 US workers go without paid time off

Every summer, coworkers around the country ask each other the same exhilarating question: “Where are you going on vacation?”

Anwar N. Faisal appeared before the City Council on Wednesday.

Landlord rejects negligence claims

Anwar Faisal said he is improving how he maintains his apartments and handles tenants’ complaints.

The Nation

Warren plans Israel trip after midterm elections

Senator Elizabeth Warren.

By Matt Viser

Elizabeth Warren is one of just four current senators who has not taken an official overseas trip.

Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

By Michael Felberbaum

A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Why violence toward inmates at NYC’s Rikers Island jail grew

The current crisis at the New York City jail on Rikers Island stems in part from aggressive efforts to end the chaos and bloodshed that plagued the city’s jails in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, the average daily population was around 20,000, almost twice the current level.

By Michael Schwirtz

Escalating violence by guards and a reduction in jail staff under mayor Michael R. Bloomberg led to today’s conditions, some say.

The World

Siege in Iraq broken; many able to escape

Displaced families from the Yazidi community rested after crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border in northern Iraq. Several thousand Yazidis remain on the mountain that was blockaded by militants of the Islamic State group.

By Helene Cooper

Defense officials said late Wednesday that US airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the siege on Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape.

Confusion and alarm as Russian aid convoy heads to Ukraine

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine travels along a road south of the city of Voronezh on Wednesday.

By Neil MacFarquhar

The convoy apparently halted Wednesday at a military base in the southern Russian city of Voronezh.

Ukraine crisis hardens Germany against Russia, an old partner

By Alison Smale

Germany has been standing firm and imposing sanctions on Moscow even if it hurts German business.

Editorial & Opinion

NICHOLAS BURNS

Obama’s greatest foreign policy test

US Technical Sergeant Lynn Morelly watches bundles of meals for displaced Yazidis parachute to the ground during a humanitarian airdrop mission Saturday over Iraq.

By Nicholas Burns

President Obama faces in the Middle East and Russia the most dangerous international challenges of his Presidency.

Alex Beam

Move over Flipper, here comes Jumbo

This picture taken on August 12, shows orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage at the Nairobi National Park.

Elephants are becoming the new dolphins, with their language, perspective on other elephants — and the way people view them.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Walsh relishes payback in Beacon Hill dispute

By Joan Vennochi

The showdown on Beacon Hill over handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps carries with it a faint whiff of that old Boston political staple. Revenge.

Metro

Landlord rejects negligence claims

Anwar N. Faisal appeared before the City Council on Wednesday.

By Jonathan Saltzman

Anwar Faisal said he is improving how he maintains his apartments and handles tenants’ complaints.

Mass. hospitals’ mistakes list widens

By Liz Kowalczyk

Hospitals in 2013 reported more errors, use of contaminated equipment, assaults, and other preventable hazards.

State halts 2 cannabis permits

Kevin Fisher, CEO of New England Treatment Access

By Kay Lazar, Todd Wallack and Shelley Murphy

It’s the latest detour for the state’s fraught effort to license medical marijuana shops.

More Stories

Ferry returns to Boston after brief loss of power

By Todd Feathers and Rachel Riley

ANDOVER

Three arrested in heroin bust in Andover

By Kiera Blessing

East Hartford, Conn.

Baby found dead in trash can

Business

Nearly 1 in 4 US workers go without paid time off

Enid Lugo, 52, on the bus this week to her fast-food job in Holyoke, says she gets no paid vacation time.

By Katie Johnston

The United States is the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation, and one of only 13 countries not to.

Tax holiday set for this weekend

By Taryn Luna

Shoppers will get the opportunity to skirt the 6.25 percent state sales tax on purchases this Saturday and Sunday.

Patrick urges Market Basket workers to return to work

Market Basket workers Jessica Pierce, her daughter Holly, and Kevin Frazier picketed outside the Gloucester store. Lane Turner/Globe Staff

By Jack Newsham

Governor Patrick said he has talked to both sides in the dispute and believes they have agreed on, or are close to, a sale.

Obituaries

Albert Merck, 93, of Lexington; donated to help shape, improve education

Though he lived a simple life, Mr. Merck and his wife gave millions to Harvard and Bennington College.

By Kathleen McKenna

An heir to the Merck pharmaceuticals fortune, Mr. Merck donated generously to improve education through teacher training.

Dotty Lynch, political pollster and CBS News analyst, dies at 69

Ms. Lynch covered campaigns, conventions, presidential debates, and midterm elections.

By Adam Bernstein

Ms. Lynch became a leading authority in the 1970s and 1980s on the concerns and political attitudes of American women.

Sports

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Tom Werner said to impress MLB owners

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner is a finalist to become MLB commissioner.

By Nick Cafardo

The consensus: Werner, favorite Rob Manfred, and Tim Brosnan all did well in their presentations to be the next MLB commisioner.

RED SOX 5, REDS 4

Mike Napoli powers Red Sox past Reds

Mike Napoli (left) and Edward Mujica put the wraps on Wednesday’s win. AP Photo/David Kohl

By Peter Abraham

Napoli drove in three runs and Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second win of the season.

Brandon LaFell seems to be catching on with Patriots

At 6 feet 2 inches, Brandon LaFell is the Patriots’ tallest receiver.  AP Photo/Charles Krupa

By Shalise Manza Young

The free agent receiver looks and sounds like he’s establishing better chemistry with Tom Brady every day.

G: Style

Kids’ party gifts: dos and don’ts

By Kara Baskin

Gifting dos and don’ts from party planner Dustin Rennells.

What to do about kids’ birthday party gifts?

By Kara Baskin

Champagne, wine, spa gift cards, donations to a favorite charity. All sometimes children’s birthday party gifts — for parents, that is.

Run on air at a trampoline fitness class

Left to right: Erin Willis, Theresa Snow, and Rachel Reeds do high knee lifts at their SkyRobics class at Sky Zone in Everett. Below: instructor Amanda Jabir.

By Nicole Cammorata

At a SkyRobics class in Everett’s Sky Zone getting a full-body workout is a bonus of the fun.

More Stories

Movie REview

Panahi opens up with ‘Closed Curtain’

By Peter Keough

Book REview

‘Your Face in Mine’ By Jess Row

By Jan Stuart

Bargain Bin

Summer at Second Time Around

By Ami Albernaz

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Handyman on Call

How to stop wooden thresholds from swelling

By Peter Hotton

Names

Movie with local ties explains Franco’s blonde locks

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hillary Clinton draws a crowd on Martha’s Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Litographs hosts a bookish tattoo party in Inman Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘The Leftovers’ gets a second season

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Aerosmith drummer’s health issue forces band to cancel show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Mark Wahlberg shops by Fenway

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Finding Neverland’ is Broadway-bound

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Lively contest for state rep seat in Medford and Somerville

Barber

By John Laidler

For the first time in a decade, a new state representatives will be taking office in the 34th Middlesex District next January.

210-unit building is finally on rise in Salisbury

The Tidewater at Salisbury development will have 144 two-bedroom and 66 one-bedroom units. One-bedroom units will rent for roughly $1,700; larger units will start at $1,900.

By David Rattigan

Tidewater at Salisbury, a $40 million development, is rising on a Beach Road site most recently occupied by an abandoned go-kart ride and mini-golf course.

Bruins’ Charlie Jacobs, others team up to find homes for horses

Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs competes at last year’s Silver Oak tournament.

By Brion O’Connor

For every success story like Wicked Strong, there are thousands of thoroughbreds who are too slow to earn their keep.

Globe South

Restoring Ponkapoag Golf Course’s original glory

Milton resident Chris Marotta (top) lines up a putt, with work on the third hole of Ponkapoag’s Course No. 1 visible behind him. Drainage on the seventh (bottom left) and 12th holes will be improved, and greens and bunkers restored to their original shapes.

By Dave Eisenstadter

Though the course was lampooned in a 1988 Sports Illustrated article, local players have long considered it a mistreated gem.

Ponkapoag’s restoration honors Donald Ross

An archival view of architect Donald Ross.

By Dave Eisenstadter

Throughout the restoration of Ponkopoag Golf Course, the spirit of Donald Ross has been ever present. The project architect Brian Silva, a noted golf architect himself, paid special attention to returning the shapes of the greens and bunkers to their original design.

Weymouth

Micro-apartments get cold shoulder in Weymouth

A view of the sleeping, living, and kitchen areas of a model 300-square-foot micro-apartment exhibit displayed at the Boston Society of Architects.

By Johanna Seltz

One business owner said most people in the neighborhood viewed the proposal as a rooming house because of the small size of the apartments.

Globe West

Collaborative focuses on wellness

Seniors participate in a fitness class at Framingham’s MetroWest YMCA, which is a part of a regional effort to boost preventive health care.

By Hattie Bernstein

The is the “second phase” of Massachusetts health care reform and could become a national model.

Neighbors challenge Newton school project

By Ellen Ishkanian

Plans to build a new, and bigger Zervas Elementary School in Newton are moving forward despite a lobbying effort by a neighborhood group.

Hopkinton

Mobile food app wins local startup’s tech competition

By James H. Burnett III

When Chris Mutti started his engineering career more than 30 years ago, he never thought his life’s work could culminate with a mobile app that captures images of food.