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Bob Hohler

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.