Patriots defeat Texans with last-minute heroics

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 Patriots Danny Amendola (left) and James White (right) ran to teammate Brandin Cooks after Cooks made a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The England Patriots host the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Patriots rallied at Gillette Stadium in the final minute for the win.

// Players throughout the NFL defied Trump today

Player protests were widespread in the NFL’s early games.

// Patriots players kneel before game

More than a dozen Patriots players either kneeled or locked arms during the national anthem.

// Local football fans question games as venues for political protests

As controversies continued to swirl around the NFL on Sunday afternoon, football fans in Boston expressed strong opinions.

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// Pregame segments on anthem protests passionate, pointed

Every pregame studio time dedicated a significant amount of time to discussing President Trump’s comments about protesting the national anthem.

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The Broncos in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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The Buffalo Bills before their game against the Broncos.

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Members of the Miami Dolphins before their game against the Jets in New Jersey.

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The Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

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Bill Belichick, left, and Tom Brady with players.

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The Patriots took a knee.

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Robert Kraft on the sidelines before the game.

// Trump says locked arms during national anthem are ‘good’ but kneeling ‘is not acceptable’

President Trump sent a tweet Sunday afternoon after NFL players locked arms or kneeled during the anthem in early games.

// Steven Mnuchin says professional athletes ‘can do free speech on their own time’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thinks pro football players lose their right to free speech once they don pads and take the field.

Red sox 5, Reds 4

// Mookie Betts lifts Red Sox over Reds

His double in the eighth inning tied the game and he then scored on an infield hit.

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// Look closely: The data debunk the Taxachusetts myth

Taxes in Massachusetts aren’t high. Compared with the rest of the country, they’re pretty average.

// Susan Collins leaves GOP health care bill close to collapse

“I have a number of serious reservations about it,” the Senator from Maine said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Police taped lines the scene at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ after a deadly shooting at the church on Sunday.

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1 dead, 7 victims hurt in church shooting

A masked gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring seven others before apparently shooting himself.

// Merkel wins 4th term but nationalists surge in German vote

The anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party managed a triumphant entry into parliament, projections showed.

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Globe Spotlight

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.

// Student trapped in Indiana cave for 58 hours licked water off the walls

Lukas Cavar screamed for hours, hoping to get someone’s attention. Bats, salamanders, crayfish and beetles were his only company.

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?

Quick Bite

// Quick Bites: At Brookline’s Prairie Fire, unpretentious goodness

It’s from the team behind another inviting neighborhood retreat, Milton’s Steel & Rye.

// This is a Fluff story about Somerville

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

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.


// 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.


// This week in weed

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

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.

Opinion & Ideas


// The sheriff from Trumpachusetts

If you’re looking to challenge Massachusetts’ reputation as a bastion of liberalism, this jail is a good place to start.

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// 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

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