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Big men with broken minds: The largely forgotten faces of the Patriots franchise

Donna Lenkaitis, widow of former Patriots player Bill Lenkaitis, held a game ball of her husband’s at Terri Johnson’s home in Canton.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

For almost every ailing player, there has been a family suffering in the shadows. Only in recent years have survivors come to understand why.

// Bounce houses are fun, but may not be as safe as you think

The estimated number of injuries on the inflatable attractions soared from 5,311 in 2003 to 17,377 in 2013.

A device called a “bump stock” was attached to a semiautomatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in Utah earlier this month.

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

As NRA slows momentum on bump stock ban, the once-obscure device flies off the shelves

A ban on the device widely blamed for the number of victims in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre has become mired in bureaucracy.

Billionaire Robert Mercer spoke on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change in March.

Oliver Contreras/Washington Post/File

The Mercers bring their politics, and millions, to Mass.

Robert Mercer, a New York billionaire, and his daughter have close ties to Stephen Bannon. And they’re trying to remake American politics, including in Massachusetts.

The Nation

The Mercers bring their politics, and millions, to Mass.

Billionaire Robert Mercer spoke on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change in March.

By Annie Linskey

Robert Mercer, a New York billionaire, and his daughter have close ties to Stephen Bannon. And they’re trying to remake American politics, including in Massachusetts.

As NRA slows momentum on bump stock ban, the once-obscure device flies off the shelves

A device called a “bump stock” was attached to a semiautomatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in Utah earlier this month.

By Julia Jacobs

A ban on the device widely blamed for the number of victims in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre has become mired in bureaucracy.

Trump confident ex-aides don’t have evidence against him, lawyer says

President Trump left the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

By Matt Apuzzo

The president is confident that neither Paul Manafort nor Michael Flynn has damaging information about him.

The World

23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu hotel blast

A Somali soldier walked near wreckage of a car bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday.

By Abdi Guled

Al Shabab, Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

North Korea rouses neighbors to reconsider nuclear weapons

North Korea’s testing of long-range missiles has stirred debate in Japan and South Korea.

By David E. Sanger

The nation’s rapidly advancing capabilities have scrambled military calculations across the region.

Catalonia’s ousted leader calls for peaceful defiance

People waved Spanish flags during a demonstration calling for unity in Barcelona on Saturday, a day after direct control was imposed on Catalonia over a bid to break away from Spain.

By Raphael Minder and Patrick Kingsley

Also, opponents of independence for Catalonia held rallies in Barcelona and Madrid on Saturday to support Spain’s leaders and the national police.

Editorial & Opinion


Boston Fire Department slides backward on diversity

Mayor Walsh didn’t create the diversity problem in the fire department, but if reelected, he needs to place greater emphasis on solving it.

Renée Graham

Janet Jackson doesn’t need Justin Timberlake’s help

Janet Jackson was the only one punished for the wardrobe malfunction.

By Renée Graham

Only Jackson was punished over a stupid mishap for which they bore equal responsibility.


Litterbugs, shopping-cart deserters, and other pests we could do without

By Jeff Jacoby

Want to make America a better place? Here’s a few suggestions. Starting with: Don’t litter.


Remember the TD Garden teen sleuths? City Hall is giving them $2 million

Shayne Clinton (center) of the Hyde Square Task Force read an open letter to Governor Charlie Baker at the State House on Aug. 17.

By Milton J. Valencia

Teenagers from the Hyde Square Task Force want to raise $30 million to build a community center.

Bounce houses are fun, but may not be as safe as you think

A police photo of the area where the bounce house landed at Sullivan Farm. Two children were injured in the accident.

By Jen Fifield

The estimated number of injuries on the inflatable attractions soared from 5,311 in 2003 to 17,377 in 2013.

Organizers of free speech rally planned for next month will go ahead despite denial of permit

The Aug. 19 rally on Boston Common drew a small crowd.

By Evan Allen and Laura Crimaldi

“We have a right to peaceably assemble under the 1st amendment of the Constitution and we will exercise that right,” said the group. 

Business & Tech


Data breaches are no laughing matter

By Michelle Singletary

Editorial cartoonists have certainly captured the rampant sense of dread and fear created by the epic Equifax data breach.


You won’t ever find this chimney sweep covered in soot

Carlisle, MA - 10/5/2017 - With his 25-year-old son Jacob Liverman (cq) (partly hidden), chimney sweep Erwin Liverman (cq), 71, cleans three chimney flues on a Carlisle home. From the age of 8, the elder sweep learned the business from his father, Abraham Liverman (cq). His own son helped him from the age of 8 or 9.

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Sixty years in the trade, Erwin Liverman has embraced modern technology.

E-mail. Slack. Trello. G-chat. Do we have too many office communication tools?

By Andy Rosen

We have e-mails, messages, meeting notes, schedules, tasks, and attachments. And it’s increasingly harder to keep track of it all.

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The HQ2 effect on Mass., no matter what Amazon decides

By Scott Kirsner

Tech surge sends stock indexes to record highs

By Robert Brand and Sarah Ponczek


The week in business



This time, Celtics benefit from a Kyrie Irving scoring barrage

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives around Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Miami. The Celtics defeated the Heat 96-90. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

By Gary Washburn

The All-Star guard scored 7 points in the final 2:02, and looked like the finisher he was when he played for the Cavs.

Kings 2, Bruins 1 (OT)

The Bruins were thisclose to a shootout, but nah

Boston-10/28/17- Boston Bruins vs LA Kings- With .09 seconds left in overtime, Bruins Goalie Tuuka Rask can't stop the winning goal by Kings Tyler Toffoli. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Tyler Toffoli scored his second goal of the game as the buzzer sounded at the end of overtime.


MLB displays classic case of weakness with Gurriel slur

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Houston. Manfred announced that Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel will be suspended five games without pay starting in the 2018 season. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Dan Shaughnessy

Rob Manfred fell short of making the powerful statement of punishing Yuli Gurriel during the Fall Classic.

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World Series Game 4: Dodgers 6, Astros 2

Dodgers erupt in ninth, beat Astros to even series

By Ronald Blum


The Suns are burning

By Gary Washburn


How the NFL could take a page from soccer’s rule book

By Ben Volin


Patriots would like to clean up the penalties

By Nora Princiotti


Nick Goffredo leads Catholic Memorial to win in D1 football playoffs

By Nate Weitzer

Fluto Shinzawa | on hockey

Critical faceoff breakdowns lead to an overtime loss

By Fluto Shinzawa

bruins notebook

Energetic Sean Kuraly working on composure

By Kevin Paul Dupont


Chelmsford capitalizes on Newton South miscues

By Mike Kotsopoulos


Harvard football rallies to beat Dartmouth

By Nick Ironside


Patriots’ keys to victory over the Chargers

By Jim McBride


Watertown rallies past Swampscott

By Karl Capen

Fluto Shinzawa | On hockey

Bruins still need size and strength on defense

By Fluto Shinzawa


Ideas | Amitha Kalaichandran

Facial recognition may reveal things we’d rather not tell the world. Are we ready?

By Amitha Kalaichandran

Could AI someday replace a professional human diagnostician?

Opinion | Wendy Kaminer

Beware vigilante feminism

Journalist Mark Halperin is apologizing after five women claimed he sexually harassed them while he was a top ABC News executive.

By Wendy Kaminer

There’s power in a collective shout of “me, too.” But, like virtually all power, it’s susceptible to abuse.

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

How to end the endless war

FILE — The aftermath of a bombing that destroyed three factories in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 29, 2016. The Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries has bombed Yemen for more than two years in a war to rout Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and now the United Nations has placed Saudi Arabia on a draft blacklist of countries that kill and maim children in war. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)

By Stephen Kinzer

The upcoming vote — if House leaders allow it to happen — will be about far more than Yemen.

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Ideas | Courtney Humphries

What does it take to believe the world is flat?

By Courtney Humphries

Ideas | Zachary Davis

Long before Uber, efficiency was divine

By Zachary Davis

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

Thoroughly modern monstrous cereals

By A.J.B. Lane


Social math: Why would anyone oppose this?

By Alex Kingsbury


A Boston story in 50 words

By Dante Ramos


Innovation of the Week: Noise-cancelling forks

By David Scharfenberg


Euphemism: Paranormal investigator

By Mark Peters


An TonThat, 85, former diplomat who aided refugees in Boston

Mr. An once served as director of the state Department of Public Health’s office of refugee and immigrant health.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. An also helped launch the Vietnamese American Community Center in Dorchester.

Fay Chiang, 65, poet who championed Asian-American culture

The poet Fay Chiang (right) with Mary Lum, an artist, in Chinatown in New York in the 1970s.

By Richard Sandomir

Ms. Chiang quest to understand her identity as a child of Chinese immigrants found outlets in vivid poetry and in community activism.

Walter Lassally, 90, Oscar-Winning cinematographer

By Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Lassally’s eye and innovative techniques contributed to the success of films by Tony Richardson, the Merchant Ivory group, and many others.

Sunday Arts

Dance review

Pilobolus offers whimsical take at Shubert Theatre performance

Pilobolus performed this weekend, courtesy of the Celebrity Series of Boston, at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre. Photo credit: Robert Torres.

By Jeffrey Gantz

The four pieces the company brought to the Shubert Theatre Friday were long on concept and whimsy but short on its signature geometry and athleticism.

book review

Lessons for American in Putin’s rise

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering questions at a press conference in Sochi, Russia.

By Julia M. Klein

What kind of government would devote itself to election tampering, e-mail hacking and leaking, and fake news?

Seeing Lyndon Johnson as ‘the consummate legislator’

“LBJ” director Rob Reiner (left) and star Woody Harrelson spoke about the film during a recent visit to Cambridge.

By Mark Shanahan

“LBJ” director Rob Reiner and star Woody Harrelson spoke about the new film during a recent visit to Cambridge.

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Expansive box set looks back at decades of BSO

By Jeremy Eichler


Sketching a newborn United States in song

By Matthew Guerrieri

Quick Bite

Pour the sake, hold the gluten

By Devra First

new england literary news | Nina maclaughlin

BC professor’s Gorey turn; Newton high schooler’s children’s book on disability

By Nina MacLaughlin


Bonding with some of TV’s single moms

By Matthew Gilbert

Movie Review

Behind the scenes at ‘The Paris Opera’

By Peter Keough

story behind the book | kate tuttle

More than just a journalist

By Kate Tuttle

Local Bestsellers

By Kaitlyn Locke

Scene Here | Local Films, Festivals, and faces

Time for Jewish films and movie trivia

By Loren King

book review

Over 60 and downwardly mobile

By Timothy R. Smith


An early-morning reader

By Amy Sutherland


A good reason to flea to Connecticut

Items at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market range from the bizarre, to the repurposed, to the unidentifiable.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford is often the site of filming for HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.”

Five train journeys to get your wanderlust flowing

A suite aboard Rovos Rail Pride of Africa.

By Rachel Raczka

These journeys don’t come cheap — most range around $5,000 — but each ticket wraps the better facets of a vacation into one all-inclusive plush parcel.

Christopher Muther

Is this cannabis B&B the start of New England pot tourism?

By Christopher Muther

New England is dipping its toe into this burgeoning industry with a B&B in Maine. Is it a relaxing getaway or reefer madness?

Real Estate

Home inspectors recount on-the-job horrors, when sellers try to hide the damage

By Megan Turchi

“Human beings are generally honest,” said Nick Gromicko of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, “but when they sell their house, the worst comes out in them.”

Overwhelmed at the flea market? Designers give shopping tips

This undated photo provided by Jenny Dina Kirschner shows vintage plates. Interior designer Kirschner discovered one of these vintage Steinbock Enamel candy dishes at a flea market, then searched online for other pieces in the same series. (Jenny Dina Kirschner via AP)

By Melissa Rayworth

Where do you begin, when a flea market beckons? With a list, suggests New York interior designer Jenny Dina Kirschner, who rarely goes hunting for vintage items without one.

Home of the Week: a lot of love, and work, went into this 1861 beauty

By John R. Ellement

This Italianate home with a Mansard roof built in 1861 was one of the stops on Historic Newton’s annual Newton House Tour last year.


Women & Power

4 reasons to be optimistic about women in technology

From left: Liz Graham of Wayfair; Susan Fowler, editor in chief of Increment magazine; and Janet Comenos of Spotted.

By Shirley Leung

Could tech’s bro culture finally be shifting? The year has brought some moments of hope.

Women & Power

Across Massachusetts, outsider female candidates are taking aim at the political gender gap

Jackie Katz, a Wellesley High School teacher, is running for state Senate.

By Joanna Weiss

Nontraditional candidates are in the running to “do something” about a broken system.

Women & Power

Female executives discuss how motherhood has helped them on the job

By Kara Baskin

Working moms struggle to find work-life balance, sure. But these five moms share how having kids has also led to greater job satisfaction and better careers.

Globe North


Central Catholic, Masconomet hope to keep rolling

By Tom Petrini

The Central Catholic girls’ soccer squad that hasn’t lost in almost two years, but Masconomet Regional would love to change that.

In Lawrence, it’s a choice between current and former mayor

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera (left) is facing a challenge from William Lantigua, whom he beat by just 81 votes in 2013.

By Laura Elyse King

Incumbent Daniel Rivera ousted William Lantigua by just 81 votes in 2013. Now, Lantigua wants the job back.

Science and Engineering Complex opens at Tufts

09/27/2017 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Stock photo of the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) on Sept. 27, 2017. (Anna Miller/Tufts University)

By John Laidler

The 175,000-square-foot facility on College Avenue includes a new 80,000-square-foot building that adds laboratories, classrooms, and support rooms.

Globe South

Digital shutterbug surge fuels local camera clubs

Duxbury 09/16/2017: Duxbury Camera Club member, Chris Ruggio of Duxbury, takes pictures at the O'Neil Farm's farm day event in Duxbury. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (south)

By Jean Lang

The recent explosion in digital photography has boosted membership in camera clubs, including those south of Boston.

Bella English

Caught in a storm full of desperate animals

29zobella - Katrina Bergman and Dr. Greg Mertz with Irma. (Bella English)

By Bella English

A local vet and partner find animals in a world of trouble as they vacation on St. Thomas during Hurricane Irma. Here’s what they did to help.


For Rianna Fasanello, a rare moment of national fame

29nocampus - Southern New Hampshire University athlete Rianna Fasanello (Handout)

By John Johnson

A solid defender for the Southern New Hampshire women’s soccer team, senior captain from East Bridgewater netted first goal in four years.

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In Duxbury and Cohasset, a changing of the guard

By Katherine Fominykh


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy

By Katherine Fominykh


Rounding up all God’s creatures

By Emily Sweeney

Mark Your Calendar

Folk music legend Tom Rush to play in Scituate

By Robert Knox


Community Bulletin Board

By Jonathan Ng

Business Plan

Clinic delivers physical therapy to all comers

By Paul E. Kandarian

Globe West


For Concord-Carlisle, sustained soccer success

By Logan Mullen

For 33 consecutive seasons, the Concord-Carlisle boys’ soccer team has qualified for the state tournament.


Parent follows in mother’s athletic footsteps

By Marvin Pave

Westborough’s Michaila Parent, a record-setting field hockey forward for Worcester State, is doing what her mother did at Bentley University.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

By Logan Mullen

Newton’s Katie Collins paced the MIT women’s cross-country team to a runnerup finish at the pre-national Division 3 meet.