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Secrets in the sky

With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.

Yvonne Abraham

// Football takes more hits

It has been a horrendous week for football. So what are parents, cheering on their helmeted kids on brisk autumn afternoons, to do?


// There’s still a lot we don’t know about CTE. Aaron Hernandez is the latest example

No straight-line correlation has been made between playing football and developing neurological issues.


// Tom Brady is proof that it’s not when you start playing football, but how you develop that matters

That’s right, Brady never played Pop Warner football.

Starts & Stops

// The fare police are in full swing on the commuter rail

The commuter-rail operator began running spot ticket checks this month on random trains.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Red Sox 5, Reds 0

Eduardo Rodriguez shines for Red Sox in Cincinnati

The lefty threw 7⅔ innings of three-hit ball as the Red Sox shut out their third foe in four games.

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// Sometimes it’s reel embarrassment when watching a movie with mom, dad, or the kids

Call it Cineshame — the trauma that happens when an inappropriate scene pops up in the movie you’re watching with a parent or child.

// On the Common, gathering together as a symbol for peace

People gathered on Boston Common to attempt to set a world record for the largest human peace symbol.

Bryce Vongsa celebrated at the 25th anniversary reunion at Kimball Farms for graduates of the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Once tiny babies, graduates of neonatal unit gather for reunion

The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday.

Pauline Katz filled a chair with Fluff for a game of musical chairs during the “What the Fluff?” Festival.

This is a Fluff story about Somerville

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the marshmallow treat Fluff’s invention.

Trump resumes attacks on the NFL

President Trump continued his tweeted attacks on athletes who refuse to stand for the national anthem Sunday morning.


// In Seattle, Amazon is blessing and burden

Some say suitors for Amazon’s second headquarters may not quite realize all that they’re signing up for.

Tito Jackson was sworn in as a city councilor in 2011. He has a reputation for calling out the powerful.

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Tito Jackson’s record steeped in advocacy

Council historians stressed there is nothing unusual about Jackson’s limited record: Most of the substantive legislation the council votes on originates with the mayor.

// NFL, players denounce Trump after his remarks on anthem protests

President Trump said players who kneel during the national anthem should be “fired,” prompting responses from the NFL and the players union.

// ‘U bum’: NBA and NFL players react to Trump on social media

LeBron James called the president a “bum” in his response, and Patriots safety Devin McCourty also added his thoughts.

// After Trump responds to Steph Curry, Warriors say they won’t visit the White House

The club announced the decision hours after the president tweeted he was withdrawing the invitation.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with a reporter as she arrives for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. Murkowski opposed the previous GOP health care attempt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump keeps up the pressure on GOP holdouts in health bill

President Trump on Saturday tried to sway two Republican holdouts on the party’s last-ditch health care hope.

// Family remembers N.H. woman killed in hospital shooting

Mourners gathered Saturday to celebrate what they call Pamela Ferriere’s kindness, devotion to faith, and radiant smile.

// Protesters on Boston Common call for end to humanitarian crisis in Myanmar

More than 100 people formed a circle around speakers and demanded action from elected officials before marching around the Common.

// After Maria, humanitarian crisis grows in Puerto Rico

An imperiled dam in northwest Puerto Rico was cracked but had not burst by Saturday.

// Danvers residents, stranded in Puerto Rico by Maria, still seeking flight home

A Danvers couple taken by surprise when Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico is still trying to get home.

Dorchester teen charged with five robberies, sexual assault

Jude Despage, 18, allegedly robbed five women, and sexually assaulted one of them, over a 36-hour period, Boston police said.

‘Suspicious death’ of Revere woman investigated

The woman’s body was found late Saturday afternoon at her home on Grand View Avenue, authorities said.


// This week in weed

Witness the birth of the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and catch up on national pot headlines every Saturday.

Opinion & Ideas


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A massive project demands basic transparency

The biggest utility companies in Massachusetts aren’t just part of the team judging the competition for a giant new state contract for renewable power — they’re also contestants.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Special reports


// Whistle-blowers at N.H. VA hospital are tip of iceberg

In 2016, VA employees filed nearly 2,000 complaints with the Office of Special Counsel — more than the next four most-complained-about departments combined.


// To advance precision medicine, NIH turns to long-mistreated communities

The agency hopes to recruit more than a half-million people from communities that are wary of clinical research.


// Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.


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The 2018 Nissan Leaf made its Boston debut

The 2018 Nissan Leaf followed up its worldwide Tokyo debut with appearances in eight U.S. cities, including a stop in Cambridge, Mass., at the 22 Annual Danehy Park Family Day where consumers got a first look at this all-new, plug-in electric vehicle. Although electric cars are more common than they were just a few years ago, […]