Study links youth football to greater risk of later health problems

Marshall Longhorns football players during a break from practice in Marshall, Texas, Oct. 20, 2016. Tackle football is making a comeback among Marshall youths, despite the well-known safety risks associated with playing at such a young age. (Brandon Thibodeaux/The New York Times)

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A Boston University study found greater risks of brain-related problems from playing tackle football before age 12.

// Key takeaways from BU’s study on youth football

A look at the findings and methodology of a new study linking youth football to a greater risk of future health problems.

// The most exciting new restaurants coming soon to the Boston area

They just keep opening! Here are some you should care about, and why.

// Five teams take on a touchy subject: racism

The project came together after Orioles player Adam Jones said fans shouted racial slurs at him at Fenway Park.

RED SOX 10, ORIOLES 8 (11 inn.)

// It’s the ‘most beautiful’ win of the year for Red Sox

That’s what Xander Bogaerts called it after the Red Sox rallied from a 5-0 deficit and won in 11 innings.


// Headset problems? Bill Belichick’s got something to say about that

Belichick spoke for 4 minutes straight Monday about headset problems and the NFL’s procedures for the wireless communication.

Stewart Woodworth at the helm of his boat as he looked for uncharted rocks on Winnipesaukee.

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A loud crash, then a map-making rivalry on Winnipesaukee

When his boat hit a rock that didn’t appear on the map he was using, Stewart Woodworth decided he could do better.

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★

// Struggle at heart of ‘Stronger,’ but some hands are overplayed

In the film, Jeff Bauman’s family becomes a group of two-dimensional beeah-swilling, Sawx-loving, F-bomb dropping “yo, bro” clichés.


Did Tom Brady date Ivanka Trump? Scaramucci seems to think so

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speculates to TMZ that “maybe there was a relationship” between Brady and Trump’s eldest daughter.

// Uncertainty surrounds future of protected N.E. monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke backs significant changes to Maine’s Katahdin and an area off Cape Cod.

// Cape Cod addiction conference tinged with sponsor’s controversy

A national conference for the addiction treatment industry was sponsored by Sovereign Health, a chain of treatment centers recently raided by federal agents.

// ‘Heinous’ cold-case murder solved, authorities say

The brutal abduction and murder of Lisa Ziegert ranked as “one of the most notorious unsolved cases in Western Massachusetts.”

The Trump presidency

Trump addresses the UN

President Trump is speaking to the UN in New York.

News Analysis

// Now that he needs UN, Trump wants to make it ‘great’

The international community is getting the Trump treatment this week.

// After his lock was picked, Paul Manafort told to expect an indictment

An early morning raid and the ominous warning are glimpses into the aggressive tactics used by Robert Mueller in his ongoing inquiry.

Hurricane Maria

MARIA SLIDER1 This handout picture obtained from a video released on September 19, 2017, on the Twitter account of Yves Thole shows a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre after the powerful winds and rain of hurricane Maria battered the French overseas Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Hurricane Maria strengthened into a


MARIA SLIDER1 A picture taken on September 19, 2017 shows the powerful winds and rains of hurricane Maria battering the city of Petit-Bourg on the French overseas Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Hurricane Maria strengthened into a


MARIA SLIDER1 CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 18: Brandie Cooksey and her family dog Bobzilla, a 140-pound Great Dane, prepare to take the Queen Elizabeth IV to St. Croix, on September 18, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Residents on the Leeward Islands are preparing for Hurricane Maria, less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma slammed into the region as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Chip Somodevilla

MARIA SLIDER1 TOPSHOT - People board up windows of a business in preparation for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 18, 2017. Hurricane Maria has grown into a maximum-strength Category Five storm, US forecasters said Monday, as it was bearing down on the Caribbean island of Dominica. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGORICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images


‘We shall survive by the grace of God’

“I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said of Maria, which could soon hit the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Dave Epstein

// Jose won’t batter New England, but look out for tropical-storm-force gusts

When the center of the storm passes well east of Nantucket, it will be windy on the island, but those winds won’t be very damaging.

// Map: Tracking the paths of Maria and Jose

Hurricane Maria has grown to a Category 5 storm as it moves through the Caribbean.

// Toys ‘R’ Us files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filing is the latest blow to brick-and-mortar retail.

Water shot skyward on Boston Common after a valve broke while workers were trying to perform leak detection on a pipe.

Boston’s very own geyser? Water bursts into the air above the Common

A large amount of water was seen bursting from the ground in the Boston Common on Monday morning.


// Panel begins examining problems at VA hospital in N.H.

The hearing came after a Spotlight Team report detailed complaints, which included a fly-infested operating room and non-sterilized surgical instruments.

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// This week in weed

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

Opinion & Ideas


// Sheriff Joe Arpaio tries to fight dirty

Arpaio’s lawyer has threatened action against a Harvard law professor in a clear effort to deter opponents.

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.

Confidential tips

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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.


// In excruciating pain, sickle cell patients are shunted aside

Because of racial bias and inadequate training, patients having painful sickle cell crises often get poor care in emergency rooms.


// Play the crossword

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You won't believe the apps used by distracted drivers

DAYTON, Ohio -- Google Maps is the top phone app used by drivers when driving, but others have been found to use Facebook, Twitter and Netflix while behind the wheel, according to TrueMotion, a Boston-based company that studies drivers habits.