A flight plan for failure

There is a troubling pattern of lax oversight by the FAA that has made the agency vulnerable to fraud, and the public vulnerable to those who mean to do harm.

Globe Spotlight

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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 36, Texans 33

Ben Volin

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The Patriots were stuck in neutral on offense, but Brady pulled out a 36-33 win over the Texans.

Ben Volin | On FOOTBALL

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Brady, silent on protests, let his game do the talking in spearheading another great comeback.

‘We just wanted to send the message of unity and being together’

Sixteen Patriots players kneeled during the national anthem Sunday, and many others locked arms in solidarity with their teammates.

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Kraft said on Sunday he was “deeply disappointed” in the president’s comments on NFL players.

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Tom Brady hit Brandin Cooks on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 ticks left.

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Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

The data debunk the Taxachusetts myth

Compared with the rest of the country, taxes here are pretty average.

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Lukas Cavar screamed for hours, hoping to get someone’s attention. Bats, salamanders, crayfish and beetles were his only company.

Former top city official fiercely denies claims

Felix G. Arroyo, who was health services chief, responded to claims of sexual harassment in a document filed with a state panel investigating the case.

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President Trump’s edict, which would go into effect Oct. 18, also would apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

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Kushner used his personal account on dozens of occasions to communicate with colleagues in the White House, his lawyer said.

Vincent Doyle, the son of an Irish priest, is a lead campaigner on the issue.

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SPOTLIGHT UPDATE

Pope Francis’s abuse panel to look into children of priests

The committee is expanding its workload in the wake of last month’s Globe Spotlight report.

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The bill’s backers are trying to reach out to undecided senators, such as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Julie Eldred was given probation after she stole jewelry to pay for drugs, but that probation called for her to stay off substances — something she was unable to do.

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Can Mass. courts force sobriety on drug users?

The state’s high court will hear a challenge next month to rules that force those on probation to stay clean — or end up behind bars.

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Mayor Walsh’s announcement that the city will renew a push to erect a memorial to King in Boston has set off excitement throughout the city.

THE WEEK AHEAD

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This is the time of year to bask in what’s left of shorts weather while enjoying a New England autumn tradition.

Newsletters

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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

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Opinion & Ideas

EDITORIAL

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The restrictive laws governing beer distribution in Massachusetts need to change.

Confidential tips

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Do you know about wrongdoing that needs to be exposed? Call the Globe Spotlight team: 617-929-7483 or spotlight@globe.com.

Special reports

SPOTLIGHT FOLLOW-UP

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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.

STAT

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The agency hopes to recruit more than a half-million people from communities that are wary of clinical research.

Crossword

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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, […]