Ben Volin | On football

Patriots’ attack was a breath of fresh air

The Lions knew the Patriots would throw the ball Sunday, but they expected a lot more running.

Tom Brady celebrated a touchdown by LeGarrette Blount.


This is the team we’d hoped Patriots would be

The Patriots have passed the regular-season test and it looks like they are well on their way to the Super Bowl this season.

The Dodgers considered Hanley Ramirez a defensive liability, but his hitting ability is not in question. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Red Sox sign Hanley Ramirez reported that Ramirez will arrive in Boston Monday to finalize the deal.

The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain spoke to participants during a nonviolent civil disobedience training session Sunday in St. Louis, Mo.

Ahead of Ferguson decision, an education in nonviolence

As the nation awaits word on the fate of Darren Wilson, a Boston minister is teaching activists in Missouri nonviolent tactics.

 Cicely Tyson, 89, stars in “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Performers prove age to be irrelevant

A generation of older performers are thumbing their noses at cultural expectations that they will just disappear.

New video screens dominate the T’s updated operations control center near South Station.

Starts & Stops

Boston traffic website launches to help gridlock-weary commuters

A trio has teamed up to launch Traffic Hackers, aimed at helping Boston-area drivers find the best times to hit the road.

Charlie Baker taps Kristen Lepore for budget chief

Lepore, whose world spans both business and Beacon Hill, would be responsible for managing state coffers.

Kate Nelson of Beverly said she pieces together an income working as an adjunct instructor at a community college and a training consultant to nonprofits.

Many can’t get beyond part-time positions

Even though they want full-time jobs, 7 million Americans are working part-time — 3 million more than in 2007.

Tech companies see few big gains in Obama’s immigration plan

Boston companies said the president’s plan will not help a shortage of well-educated, technologically sophisticated workers.

Chelsea Housing Authority sues to recover lost cash

The agency has filed a lawsuit to force its former director and others to help make up for allegedly misappropriating funds.

A Wellesley College student read a controversial poster on a bulletin board at the school’s campus center.

Ousted Hillel staff upsets Wellesley students

Wellesley College has abruptly removed its Hillel director and Jewish chaplain in a restructuring, angering Jewish students.

13 New England students named Rhodes Scholars

Of the 32 American students named, at least 13 have New England ties, including two from Harvard and three from MIT.

Cleveland police officer kills boy who had fake gun

Police said the officer fired twice after the 12-year-old boy pulled the replica gun from his waistband at a park.