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One man dies as fires, explosions rock Lawrence area

One man died Thursday as firefighters were called to dozens of addresses in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover for reports of fires, explosions, or gas odors. All residents of those areas who have Columbia Gas have been urged to evacuate.

Lawrence, MA--9/13/2018-- People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke from a fire on Bowdoin Street in Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

For residents, the day suddenly turned chaotic

The sudden eruptions shocked residents, who struggled to make sense of the ensuing chaos.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_stpaul1_met-12116.jpg Overseer to work with St. Paul’s after criminal investigation

The agreement requires St. Paul’s School to report alleged abuse of students to the overseer and the New Hampshire Department of Justice before launching an internal investigation.

Gardner, MA - 9/13/2018 -Construction on the GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner takes place on a cloudy Thursday afternoon on September 13, 2018. The GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner will become the first financial institution in Massachusetts to service recreational marijuana companies. The news comes as a relief to cannabis executives who feared they would have to have to operate all-cash businesses. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Mass. credit union will serve recreational marijuana companies

The decision by GFA Federal Credit Union means consumers should be able to pay for pot with plastic.

The Nation

Congress approves stopgap spending bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California (center) walked into the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday for vote on a stopgap spending bill.

By Matthew Daly

The compromise, if signed by President Trump, would fund the federal government through December.

Trump rebuked after questioning number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria

Utility poles and lines were toppled on a road after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last year.

By John Wagner and Joel Achenbach

‘‘What kind of mind twists that statistic into ‘Oh, fake news is trying to hurt my image,’ ’’ said Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen, a Florida Republican. ‘‘How can you be so self-centered and try to distort the truth so much? It’s mind boggling.’’

Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators

Senator Dianne Feinstein (right).

By Lisa Mascaro

The California Democrat said in a statement that she ‘‘received information from an individual concerning the nomination.”

The World

France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war

Anti-colonial activist and militant Maurice Audin went missing in 1957.

By James McAuley

France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

The long-term merits of Rachael Rollins’s plan for petty crimes

Boston MA 6/18/18 Rachael Rollins at a debate for the Suffolk County DA candidates moderated by New England Patriots players Devin and Jason McCourty and Matthew Slater at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 19schglax reporter:

Democratic nominee for Suffolk County district attorney Rachael Rollins has a plan to reform prosecution of petty crimes.

Editorial

Give Laura Perille a chance to prove herself

Boston, MA - 6/28/2018 - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh(L) and Boston School's interim superintendent Laura Perille talk to the Boston Globe editorial board in Boston, MA, June 28, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

The opposition to Laura Perille is premature. But the system’s superintendent search needs clearer focus and commitment.

RENÉE LOTH

Is Boston’s luxury condo market shortchanging affordable housing?

BOSTON, MA - 5/02/2018: Under construction a Seaport block: Pier 4 condos are reflected onto the Pier 4 office tower (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC

By Renée Loth

The luxury housing market is booming at the expense of affordable homes.

Metro

Five days, 37 cities and towns, and 89,000 ballots: The recount begins in Third District

By Joshua Miller

Officials are poised to tally by hand 89,000 ballots and determine the winner of last week’s Democratic primary.

Springfield’s new MGM casino shows a veteran card counter the door

SPRINGFIELD, MA - 08/24/2018 People rushed to the casino after MGM Springfield officially kicked off the grand opening day of with a procession of The Minuteman Marching Band, The Budweiser Clydesdales and a parade of hundreds of the resort's employees and construction workers. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe

By Mark Arsenault

In the 400-year history of Massachusetts, Tommy Hyland can claim a rare distinction: He’s among the very first to be thrown out of a state-licensed business for doing math in his head.

For residents, the day suddenly turned chaotic

Lawrence, MA--9/13/2018-- People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke from a fire on Bowdoin Street in Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

By Dugan Arnett, Jerome Campbell and Danny McDonald

The sudden eruptions shocked residents, who struggled to make sense of the ensuing chaos.

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Get Smart

What is vaping?

By Morgan Hughes

Music Review

A heady mix from Childish Gambino at TD Garden

By Franklin Soults

Business & Tech

You don’t have to carry a smartphone: Here’s how to switch back to a dumb one

You don’t have to be chained to your phone.

By Andy Rosen

It’s possible to return to the flip-phone era without leaving society. Really.

Mass. credit union will serve recreational marijuana companies

Gardner, MA - 9/13/2018 -Construction on the GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner takes place on a cloudy Thursday afternoon on September 13, 2018. The GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner will become the first financial institution in Massachusetts to service recreational marijuana companies. The news comes as a relief to cannabis executives who feared they would have to have to operate all-cash businesses. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

By Dan Adams

The decision by GFA Federal Credit Union means consumers should be able to pay for pot with plastic.

Hawaiian Airlines to offer nonstop flights from Logan Airport to Honolulu

Hawaiian Airlines says it aims to be competitive on prices.

By Jon Chesto

Hawaiian Airlines is about to make the difficult slog to Honolulu — often lasting 15 hours or more — much easier for New Englanders with new nonstop flights.

Obituaries

Andre Blay, who put movies on videotape, dies at 81

By Sam Roberts

Andre Blay’s innovative idea of marketing Hollywood movies on videocassettes sparked an entertainment industry bonanza and a revolution in television viewing.

Kenneth E. Sullivan, a fund-raiser and educator after an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, dies at 52

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By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Sullivan and his family have raised more than $100,000 for research, primarily through Sully’s Foot Patrol, which participates annually in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Diane Leather, first woman to run mile under 5 minutes, dies at 85

Former British athletes Sir Roger Bannister, center left, and Diane Charles, center right, pose with school children during the launch of the Westminster Mile run, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bannister's record of being the first man to run a sub-four minute mile and Diane Leather's (now Diane Charles) record of being the first woman to run a sub-five minute mile in May 1954, at Paddington Recreation Ground in London, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Westminster Mile run is to be held in May 2014 through the streets of London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

By Amisha Padnani

The goal of breaking five minutes became “something of a Holy Grail” for Ms. Leather, her husband once wrote.

Sports

TARA SULLIVAN

A new low in Larry Nassar fallout, if that’s even possible, and other thoughts

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Larry Nassar, former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts, appears in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich. Numerous people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor, Nassar, who is serving decades in prison for molesting athletes and for child pornography crimes. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

By Tara Sullivan

A lawsuit claims Michigan State knew one of its athletes had made a rape allegation against the then-student doctor in 1992.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL | WEEK 2

Some football players thrive juggling multiple sports

Foxborough-12/1/17- Division 3 superbowl- North Attleboough vs St. John's of Shrewsbury. North Attleborough's Brendan McHugh(left) is congratulated by Nicholas Raneri after McHugh's 2nd qtr touchdown. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Nate Weitzer

St. Mary’s Jalen Echevarria, known for his prowess as a point guard, has tranferred his talent from basketball court to gridiron.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

For Dustin Pedroia, David Wright’s decision to step away from baseball was sobering news

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks on from the dugout after it was announced earlier today that he will miss the rest of the season due to injury during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

By Peter Abraham

Wright announced he will soon step away from the game because of a long history of back injuries.

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Chad Finn | Sports Media

ESPN gives ‘Monday Night Football’ a reboot

By Chad Finn

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL NOTES

At Melrose and Hopkinton, volleyball success is programmed

By Dan McLoone

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

President’s words stoke the heartache that remains with Alex Cora

By Nick Cafardo

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Patrice Bergeron has ‘a little bit of a setback’

By Kevin Paul Dupont

WEEK 2 | HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICKS

10 questions for Week 2 of high school football

By Nate Weitzer

Weekend

Joan Baez on retiring from the road, hitting those high notes, and why she’s still protesting

“Whistle Down the Wind” is the 25th studio album by Joan Baez (pictured at her northern California home).

By James Sullivan

As she embarks on her farewell tour, the singer reflects on a career that began in Cambridge almost 60 years ago.

Movie Review

In ‘White Boy Rick,’ a real-life FBI informant at 14

Matthew McConaughey plays a Detroit gun dealer and Richie Merritt portrays his son, the youngest informant in FBI history, in “White Boy Rick.”

By Mark Feeney

Matthew McConaughey stars as the father of the title character in this based-on-fact story.

Stage Review

History and race as a battleground in ‘The Niceties’

Lisa Banes (left) and Jordan Boatman in “The Niceties.”

By Don Aucoin

The drama by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess is getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company.

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TV Critic’s Corner

Who’s going to die on ‘Modern Family’?

By Matthew Gilbert

Television review

In ‘The First,’ a tormented astronaut needs some space

By Matthew Gilbert

Album review

At 85, Wayne Shorter is still pursuing the unknown

By David Weininger

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

When video and painting converse

By Cate McQuaid

Love Letters

Dating my acquaintance’s ex

By Meredith Goldstein