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Dan Shaughnessy

Season, legacy on the line for Red Sox tonight

Marco Scutato, left, congratulated Jacoby Ellsburyafter the outfielder’s home run last night.

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Once hailed as the ‘‘Best Team Ever,’’ the $161 million payroll Red Sox will be playing for their playoff lives at Camden Yards tonight.

Mass. to seek ‘No Child’ waiver

Massachusetts is joining a growing number of states in seeking a waiver from an unpopular provision of the No Child Left Behind Act that has cast hundreds of schools in a harsh light.

Senate kills five-year ban on taking casino jobs

The ban on former lawmakers taking casino jobs triggered an uproar by Democratic senators, who weakened the measure to a one-year restriction.

Arts groups wage effort to ease impact of casinos

Despite the threat that casinos pose to their businesses, many arts leaders have focused on improving legislation, rather than opposing it.

Collapse has Sox fans feeling blue

During the Red Sox’s soul-crushing September swoon, fans have watched in horror as a team that looked like baseball’s best collapsed like a dying star.