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Monday, Sep 24


Comcast makes risky bet on global scale in response to Netflix

NEW YORK — Ever since Netflix Inc.'s meteoric rise jump-started the online-TV revolution, media executives have debated how to respond. Is it better to own must-see programming, or the pipes that deliver it to millions of homes? Should…

Sunday, Sep 23


The world, the stage, the way ahead

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Deb was still new to this high school in Peabody. She had arrived a year ago, a stranger dropped into the junior class, knowing no one and lacking all their shared history. She had found her way to the vaunted theater program, establishing…

Saturday, Sep 22


NFL is taking rules to protect quarterbacks too far

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The NFL's weekly press releases are practically bursting with excitement about how the 2018 season has begun. Patrick Mahomes! Ryan Fitzpatrick! More touchdown passes than ever! New records for quarterbacks! But there's one significant…

Friday, Sep 21


We tested the new iPhone XS Max. Here's why you might need one — and why you wouldn't

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Maybe the best thing about the newest, largest Apple iPhone, the XS Max, is that you can live without it. This modest upgrade to last year's flagship iPhone X is just what it needs to be — a little bigger and a little better. It's also a…


TV's new shows this fall, from binge to cringe

Flak jackets, everyone. The annual fall barrage of new shows is nigh. Yes, traditional TV seasons have indeed broken down over the years, and all of the TV outlets — streaming, cable, and network — now release new series year round. Summer…


Stocks at records; Dow beats all-time high from January

NEW YORK — Wall Street delivered another set of milestones Thursday as a wave of buying sent US stocks higher, driving the Dow Jones industrial average above the all-time high it closed at in January. The S&P 500, the benchmark for many…

Thursday, Sep 20


Waltham magician Shin Lim wins 'America's Got Talent' and the $1 million grand prize

Confetti rained down upon Waltham magician Shin Lim at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Wednesday night and runner-up dance group Zurcaroh lifted him into the air after host Tyra Banks announced him as the winner of NBC's “America's Got…


'It's a good place for him': A former teammate of Josh Gordon endorses the move to New England

There are a lot of people who know the tortuous path Josh Gordon has taken to the Patriots. But there are far fewer people who know Josh Gordon, not just his cautionary tale of untapped talent and inability to shed substance abuse as he…


Gas company's plan for speedy replacement work raises safety fears

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LAWRENCE — Safety experts raised concerns Wednesday about the Columbia Gas plan for replacing 48 miles of gas pipes in the Merrimack Valley communities hit by last week's disaster, calling the company's accelerated timetable to finish the…

Wednesday, Sep 19


Pedestrian killed, driver subsequently attacked in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A woman was fatally injured Wednesday when she was struck by a flatbed tow truck as she was crossing Route 16, and a man believed to be her son allegedly stabbed the tow-truck driver five times while shouting, “You killed my…


Red Sox division title banner falls off truck; its return may cost them

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The Red Sox know a thing or two about high-stakes negotiations — with marquee free agents, or sponsorship partners. But now they have to contend with Louie Iacuzzi, a 44-year-old Malden resident who, along with two friends, came to be in…


What does Josh Gordon bring to the Patriots? We checked his game film

Bill Belichick was a big fan of Josh Gordon back in 2013. A 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound receiver, Gordon could do it all. “He's a great player,” Belichick said before a Week 14 game against the Browns that year. “He can attack all three…


They're angry, they're from Canada, and they're threatening the coastal ecosystem

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BIDDEFORD, Maine — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink. Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit…


With Kavanaugh vote, Susan Collins is in middle of a firestorm

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During her decades in the Senate, Susan Collins has had her share of highly scrutinized votes: Bill Clinton's impeachment, the war in Iraq, the Affordable Care Act, massive tax cuts, and the confirmations of more than 500 federal judges.…

Tuesday, Sep 18


When it comes to Josh Gordon and the Patriots, there is no apt comparison

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Josh Gordon is going to require his own carousel at Logan or T.F. Green for all of the baggage he's hauling with him from Cleveland to Foxborough. The former All-Pro receiver, acquired by the Patriots from the Browns Monday for a fifth…


Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety

Last week's natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley has increased the pushback against National Grid's lockout of 1,250 union workers amid growing public concern about the safety of gas networks throughout the state. A different…


Remnants of Hurricane Florence blast Mass. with waves of rain and flash flooding

The storm containing the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought a deluge of rainfall to Massachusetts on Tuesday, which resulted in flooding and road closures in many parts of the state. On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service…

Trump is getting away with China tariffs, for now

When President Trump announced Monday that he would impose new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, markets around the world responded with indifference. An initial drop in China's stock market was quickly reversed, and US stock…


Those electric scooters like Bird and Lime? They're illegal in Mass.


After banishing electric scooters, Cambridge now wants to bring them back. There's just one hitch: They're apparently against state law. As Cambridge officials begin to develop new rules of the road for electric scooters that can be rented…


Columbia Gas donates $10M to relief fund to help residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

Columbia Gas will donate $10 million to the fund set up to help residents from three Merrimack Valley communities rebuild their lives after the utility company's supply network misfired last Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate from…

Monday, Sep 17


Salesforce cofounder buys Time magazine


Time magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp. to Marc Benioff, a cofounder of Salesforce, a cloud computing pioneer, and his wife. The Wall Street Journal said the iconic news magazine is being sold for $190 million — less than eight…


Blake Bortles played the game of his life, and the Jaguars crushed the Patriots

The Jacksonville Jaguars posted an emphatic 31-20 victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Blake Bortles finished 29 of 45 for 377 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Brady, meanwhile, completed 24 of…

Revere man mourned following fatal Cape Cod shark attack

Arthur Medici. REVERE — Paddling on his boogie board, getting in position to catch the next good wave at a Wellfleet beach early Saturday afternoon, Arthur Medici went underwater. Five or 10 yards away, Isaac Rocha heard a scream as his…

Sunday, Sep 16

Just after 4:30, the Lawrence police radio sounded: 'All right, get every civilian out of this area.'

LAWRENCE — It began, a little after 4 p.m. Thursday, with a single call about a basement fire — an unremarkable event, on what had seemed an unremarkable afternoon. A minute or two later, emergency dispatchers north of Boston received…

Saturday, Sep 15


Revere man killed in shark attack at Wellfleet beach

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WELLFLEET — A 26-year-old man from Revere died from a shark attack Saturday in the waters off Wellfleet, the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years and only the fourth recorded in state history. The death came…

Friday, Sep 14

Baker declares state of emergency, puts Eversource in charge of recovery

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Governor Charlie Baker, saying he was dissatisfied with Columbia Gas's recovery efforts after Thursday's outbreak of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, announced Friday that he was declaring a state of emergency…


The Jaguars are trying to win a game they already lost

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 2 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots' weekly matchup. Tom Brady has engineered so many extraordinary comebacks on big stages (you see, this one time…


Hawaiian Airlines to offer nonstop flights from Logan Airport to Honolulu

Hawaii promises paradise to vacationers. Getting there? That's far from blissful. But Hawaiian Airlines is about to make that difficult slog — often lasting 15 hours or more — much easier for New Englanders. The company on Friday plans to…


Trump confirms new talks in US-China trade war, but makes new threat against Beijing

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday cast doubt on the possibility of a breakthrough in trade talks with China, saying he was prepared to hammer China's economy with tough new economic penalties if Beijing doesn't offer concessions. '…


Fires, explosions rock Lawrence area

Dozens of fires and explosions broke out in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover Thursday afternoon, and State Police advised all residents in those communities who get their gas service from Columbia Gas to evacuate their homes…