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Evidence of brain damage from head injuries mounts

Nathan Stiles was a high school football player who died in 2010 after a head injury.

The most extensive examination to date of deceased athletes’ brains shows that most had signs of brain damage after suffering repeated head injuries.

Nathan Stiles (left) had been cleared to play again, his father, Ron, (top right) said.

Youth football player had taken brain injury precautions

Nathan Stiles died during a game in 2010 from a brain bleed that was probably caused by an earlier concussion that hadn’t had time to fully heal.

Old South Church voted on Sunday.

Old South Church votes to sell historic psalm book

The church will sell one of its two copies of a 1640 Bay Psalm Book, a rare text that could fetch as much as $20 million.

5,000 students in Mass. will have longer school days

Mass. and four other states will begin implementing longer school days for some students next September.

Congressional Republicans and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, the lead negotiator for the White House, used the Sunday television news shows to shore up their positions and blame the other side for the impasse.

Timothy Geithner, GOP dig in on tax rates

The Treasury secretary defended President Obama’s proposals and insisted Republicans were blocking compromise.

Will LaTulippe lauded Matt Toni at Whitehorse Tavern in Brighton.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Nothing frivolous in duel of bar trivia entrepreneurs

In the battle to seize control of Boston’s bar trivia industry, a Denver upstart stole star jockey Will LaTulippe from a local company.

The Nation

Timothy Geithner, GOP dig in on tax rates

Congressional Republicans and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, the lead negotiator for the White House, used the Sunday television news shows to shore up their positions and blame the other side for the impasse.

By Jackie Calmes

The Treasury secretary defended President Obama’s proposals and insisted Republicans were blocking compromise.

Partisan split intensifies Susan Rice nomination

Senator Kelly Ayotte said Susan Rice’s account went beyond talking points.

By Matthew Lee

Republicans stepped up criticism of the UN ambassador while Democrats backed her as a possible secretary of state.

Conrail studied problems day before N.J. crash

Conrail crews studied reported signal problems at a railroad bridge the day before a derailment that caused a toxic chemical leak, investigators said.

The World

Nine found dead after tunnel collapse in Japan

Firefighters and other rescue personnel worked on Sunday at the Sasago Tunnel near the city of Otsuki, west of Tokyo.

By Martin Fackler

Slabs of concrete fell from the ceiling of a tunnel in eastern Japan, severing a major highway leading to Tokyo.

Thousands attend anti-Nazi rally in Hungary

The rally, which drew 10,000 people and politicians from the government and opposition parties, came after a far-right lawmaker’s call to screen Jews for national security risks.

The rally was organized by Jewish and civic groups to protest a far-right lawmaker’s call to screen Jews for national security risks.

Syrian warplanes strike rebels in Damascus suburbs

The government move was part of what activists described as intense fighting as rebels tried to push their way into the center of President Assad’s power base.

Editorial & Opinion

John E. Sununu

Burning down the Senate

Harry Reid

By John E. Sununu

If Senate majority leader Harry Reid gets his way, Senate filibuster rules will be changed and the principle of unlimited debate will be restricted.

juliette kayyem

The world does not revolve around Benghazi

By Juliette Kayyem

While politicians in Washington have focused on Benghazi and its aftermath, global affairs have carried on, including events in the Arctic.

james carroll

Stepping out of time during the holidays

By James Carroll

December is a reminder that humans swim in the flow of past, present, and future, and is a month when time itself moves to the center of our awareness.

Metro

5,000 students in Mass. will have longer school days

By Travis Andersen and Evan Allen

Mass. and four other states will begin implementing longer school days for some students next September.

Evidence of brain damage from head injuries mounts

Nathan Stiles was a high school football player who died in 2010 after a head injury.

By Deborah Kotz

The most extensive examination to date of deceased athletes’ brains shows that most had signs of brain damage after suffering repeated head injuries.

Youth football player had taken brain injury precautions

Nathan Stiles (left) had been cleared to play again, his father, Ron, (top right) said.

By Deborah Kotz

Nathan Stiles died during a game in 2010 from a brain bleed that was probably caused by an earlier concussion that hadn’t had time to fully heal.

More Stories

Boston

Arrest made in Brighton fatal shooting

By Matt Rocheleau

Boston

Inmate death at South Bay investigated

By Matt Rocheleau

Somerville

Two sought in shooting of 24-year-old

By Evan Allen

Wellesley

Fall injures MIT student visiting college

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

Springfield

1 badly wounded in double shooting

By Jaclyn Reiss

Wellesley

Visiting MIT student injured in fall at college

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

SCIENCE IN MIND

Solving a Jurassic-era feathered mystery

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Business ǀ Science

For chip maker, ‘crowdfunding’ computes

The company’s icrochips were placed around an ant for size comparison.

By Hiawatha Bray

Lexington start-up Adapteva raised nearly $900,000 on Kickstarter to fund a new computer that uses a tiny, super-efficient processing chip.

Longing to farm in Mass.? A service finds land

Susan Shay (left) leased land she owns in Groton to Seona Ngufor for farming. Ngufor has just completed her first growing season.

By Michael Prager

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project finds suitable land and introduces property owners to future tenants.

In Big Data, investors see big, profitable uses

By Michael Morisy

The science of analyzing huge troves of data has become such a big business that investors in Mass. are rushing to to find the next billion-dollar companies.

More Stories

Innovation Economy

Better fingers may be key to better robots

By Scott Kirsner

Tech Lab Plus

New Nokia smartphone an outstanding bargain

By Hiawatha Bray

White coat Notes

Young doctors’ debt can pinch

By Chelsea Conaboy

Obituaries

Ken Regan, photojournalist who was trusted by celebrities

Among the stars of the world of entertainment photographed by Mr. Regan were the Beatles during their arrival in the United States in 1964.

By Paul Vitello

Ken Regan, whose reputation for discretion earned him entry into the private realms of rock ’n’ roll stars and other celebrities, died Nov. 25 in Manhattan. The cause was cancer.

Lisa de Kooning, 56; sculptor, daughter of famed expressionist artist

Ms. De Kooning was able to preserve her the legacy of Willem de Kooning. She preserved his studio in East Hampton, N.Y., and helped museums prepare de Kooning exhibitions.

By Douglas Martin

Lisa de Kooning, the daughter of the expressionist painter Willem de Kooning who devoted herself to burnishing her father’s fame, died Nov. 23 in the US Virgin Islands.

George R. Earley, 90, spent decades working with veterans

Mr. Earley was photographed during a visit to the Lorraine American Cemetery in France.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Earley, who became a medical social worker and spent more than 30 years working with veterans in Boston, died Nov. 16.

Sports

Patriots 23, Dolphins 16

Patriots beat Dolphins, clinch AFC East title

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo puts the wraps on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a key fourth-quarter sack on third down that forced Miami to settle for a field goal.

By Shalise Manza Young

New England was able to sew up its fourth straight AFC East title and 10th of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era with a 23-16 win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots win ugly for spoiled fans

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is wrapped up by Dolphins safety Reshad Jones.

By Dan Shaughnessy

We expected the Patriots to dominate the Dolphins and capture the AFC East crown. But they did not dominate. They merely won.

On football

Patriots finally find game-sealing recipe

There were probably a few fans scratching their heads as to why the Patriots would throw so much since their running game, with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, has been much improved this season.

By Greg A. Bedard

For all of its offensive fireworks this season, Sunday’s win marked the first time the offense put away a victory with a time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter.

G: Health

G Cover

Digital 3-D mammograms show promise

Dr. Elizabeth Rafferty, director of breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, with a tomosynthesis device, which is used to help generate digital 3-D mammograms.

By Deborah Kotz

Imaging device manufacturers have been racing to get better breast cancer screening tools into clinical practice.

Daily Dose

Pediatricians: Teens should get morning-after pill

By Deborah Kotz

The American Academy of Pediatrics called for teenage girls to get a morning-after-pill prescription during their annual physical.

Daily Dose

Study shows need for better research of links to autism

By Deborah Kotz

Every few weeks, a new research study makes headlines elucidating a possible link to autism. The cause du jour last Monday was air pollution.

More Stories

Ultra Sound Pregnancy

An ally in battling pregnancy weight gain: fiber

By Lara Salahi

Health Answers

Does an enlarged prostate require treatment?

By Courtney Humphries

Book Review

‘The Famine Plot’ by Tim Pat Coogan

By Chuck Leddy

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Movie Stars

Movie capsules

Daily Dose

Raising apples that fall far from the tree

By Deborah Kotz

Names

‘Terminales’ shoots pilot scenes at the Globe

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

A rock and holiday mix at Lansdowne

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ tops $100m at the box office

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Historically inclined toast Mass. society

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Olympian Aly Raisman at the Burlington Mall

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Seth Meyers in town for JCC benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Music Review

Boston Music Awards are a time machine tour

By Luke O’Neil