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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.


// Patriots’ keys to victory over the Texans

The Patriots try to make it two wins in a row as they face a team they have handled well in recent years

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?


// There’s still a lot we don’t know about CTE. Aaron Hernandez is the latest example

No straight-line correlation has been made between playing football and developing neurological issues.

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Inside view from the exercise cage (Hodgson calls it a pen) at the Bristol County House of Corrections where Aaron Hernandez exercises for an hour per day. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is third from the left.

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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.

// Tito Jackson’s record steeped in advocacy

Council historians stressed there is nothing unusual about Jackson’s limited record: Most of the substantive legislation the council votes on originates with the mayor.


// Tom Brady is proof that it’s not when you start playing football, but how you develop that matters

That’s right, Brady never played Pop Warner football.

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.

Pauline Katz filled a chair with Fluff for a game of musical chairs during the “What the Fluff?” Festival.

This is a Fluff story about Somerville

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

// Kraft says he’s ‘deeply disappointed’ by Trump’s remarks on NFL players

Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement after President Trump said NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be fired.


Jaguars owner locked arms with players before NFL’s first game Sunday

Jaguars players locked arms — some kneeled — before their game today in London.

// Tom Brady conveys message of unity in Instagram post

“Strength. Passion. Love. Brotherhood. Team. Unity. Commitment. Dedication. Determination. Respect. Loyalty. Work. #nflplayer,” Brady wrote in the caption.

Trump resumes attacks on the NFL

President Trump continued his tweeted attacks on athletes who refuse to stand for the national anthem Sunday morning.

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is centered around the city’s South Lake Union and Belltown neighborhoods.

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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.

// After Trump responds to Steph Curry, Warriors say they won’t visit the White House

The club announced the decision hours after the president tweeted he was withdrawing the invitation.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with a reporter as she arrives for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. Murkowski opposed the previous GOP health care attempt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump keeps up the pressure on GOP holdouts in health bill

President Trump on Saturday tried to sway two Republican holdouts on the party’s last-ditch health care hope.

// After Maria, humanitarian crisis grows in Puerto Rico

An imperiled dam in northwest Puerto Rico was cracked but had not burst by Saturday.

// Danvers residents, stranded in Puerto Rico by Maria, still seeking flight home

A Danvers couple taken by surprise when Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico is still trying to get home.


// 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


// A massive project demands basic transparency

The state has received 46 proposals for one of the most important pending infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth.

Confidential tips

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Special reports


// 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

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.


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The 2018 Nissan Leaf made its Boston debut

The 2018 Nissan Leaf followed up its worldwide Tokyo debut with appearances in eight U.S. cities, including a stop in Cambridge, Mass., at the 22 Annual Danehy Park Family Day where consumers got a first look at this all-new, plug-in electric vehicle. Although electric cars are more common than they were just a few years ago, […]