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Just after 4:30, the Lawrence police radio sounded: ‘All right, get every civilian out of this area.’

It was a stunning response to the unimaginable series of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, events that unfolded with shocking speed and total lack of warning.

Deborah Lesco estimates she lost more than $20,000 in bank withdrawals and unauthorized credit card charges over a four-month period in 2016 after hiring a home health aide.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/File 2017

Stranger in the house

Most home health aides offer vital care to the frail and aged. But some have other designs, leaving too many clients vulnerable to theft and worse. It is a crisis largely unseen, one which state authorities have done little about.

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Arthur Medici, 26, died from his injuries at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, following the attack off Newcomb Hollow Beach around noon Saturday.

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About 1 million customers are without power as the storm moved inland at an ominously sluggish pace.

Metro

Just after 4:30, the Lawrence police radio sounded: ‘All right, get every civilian out of this area.’

Brenda Jones leaned against the wall outside her bedroom that was covered in debris after a fire in her Lawrence home.

By Jenna Russell, Dugan Arnett and Milton Valencia

It was a stunning response to the unimaginable series of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, events that unfolded with shocking speed and total lack of warning.

Stranger in the house

Deborah Lesco estimates she lost more than $20,000 in bank withdrawals and unauthorized credit card charges over a four-month period in 2016 after hiring a home health aide.

By Linda Matchan

Most home health aides offer vital care to the frail and aged. But some have other designs, leaving too many clients vulnerable to theft and worse. It is a crisis largely unseen, one which state authorities have done little about.

Ten essential tips when you’re hiring a home aide — from someone who learned the hard way

By Linda Matchan

Linda Matchan made plenty of mistakes when she was hiring home aides for her husband. Now she’ll help you to avoid them.

Sports

SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

Aidan Nistl shows off his speed

By Jake Caccavaro

The former cross-country runner led Hamilton-Wenham over North Reading.

HS FOOTBALL | BRAINTREE 47, BARNSTABLE 27

Billy Silvia (4 TDs) a showstopper for Braintree

By Jake Levin

Senior back rushed for 248 yards, registered a 37-yard pick-six, a sack, forced a fumble and kicked the extra points against Barnstable.

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

WNBA players want better working conditions, and they’re not afraid to speak up about it

Dallas Wings' Skylar Diggins-Smith during a preseason WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

By Shira Springer

Here’s a look at a few of the attention-getting stands taken by players and coaches this year.

Ideas

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

Can new faces change Washington’s bad habits?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned a sitting congressman with her primary victory this summer.

By Stephen Kinzer

Four young women of color are poised to challenge deep orthodoxies that shape Washington’s bipartisan militarist consensus.

Obituaries

Paul Lewis, 55, BU football star who went on to work with at-risk youths

Mr. Lewis, a former record-breaking football player for Boston University, knew firsthand what it was like to overcome adversity and make the most of life’s possibilities.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Lewis was president of Positive Approaches, which provided workshops for neighborhood and school-based groups in Boston and Providence.

Sunday Arts

Matthew Gilbert

Tonight’s Emmys: Who will win, who should win, and who got snubbed

Alex Borstein (left) and Rachel Brosnahan in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

By Matthew Gilbert

TV critic Matthew Gilbert offers his Emmy predictions and observations.

As Aaron Burr in ‘Hamilton,’ Winchester’s Nick Christopher gets his shot

Nicholas Christopher, who plays Aaron Burr in a touring production of “Hamilton.”

By Christopher Wallenberg

The actor from Winchester passed on a chance to understudy in the original production of “Hamilton,” but now he has no regrets.

Travel

Check In

It’s no dollar store, but there’s a lot to like at this Wolfeboro inn

The Pickering House Inn in Wolfboro, N.H.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

The 19th century Pickering homestead began as a handsome private home and over the years fell into disrepair before being restored.

Help Desk

How to get more out of your travels abroad

A plane heads to Logan.

By Abigail Freeman

Sticking to tourism could be limiting your experience.

The White Mountains, once threatened, now in peak form

The view from the ledges atop Mount Willard are among the finest in the White Mountains, with Mount Webster dominating one flank and Route 302 merely a ribbon bisecting the valley.

By Michael J. Bailey

The verdant White Mountains, a century ago scarred and shorn of much of its beauty, beckon the intrepid in spirit and on foot.

Magazine

Fall Travel | Magazine

From the desert to the Atlantic coast in Morocco

Camel rides on the beach in Essaouira.

By Alyssa Giacobbe

A five-day road trip in North Africa takes you from the Sahara through Berber villages and dazzling scenery to Marrakech and, finally, the beach.

Fall Travel | Magazine

Charleston: South Carolina’s culinary paradise is a cheap flight away

Husk in downtown Charleston.

By Daniel McGinn

Charleston’s rise as a top destination has been fueled by more than its charming historic district and warm weather: It’s also a food lover’s paradise.

Fall Travel | Magazine

Follow the Connecticut River for a perfect New England road trip in fall

The Cornish-Windsor covered bridge near Hanover, New Hampshire, is the longest in New England.

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Take four days to explore the region’s longest river and find extraordinary views, charming covered bridges, historic attractions, and more.

More Stories

Connections | Magazine

That time Nana drove from Texas to see my BU soccer game

By Rebecca Beyer