Welcome to Season 7, Episode 16 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots’ weekly matchup. It’s not exactly breaking news to note that the Patriots have had an unusual number of ups and downs by their usual dynastic standards this season. Rob Gronkowski has had some dazzling moments, but they’ve been overshadowed by his recent 1992 Mark Bavaro imitation. Tom Brady has had some dazzling moments, too, but he’s often looked like what a 41-year-old quarterback is supposed to look like lately, possibly – I’d bet probably — due to a knee injury. Josh Gordon has come and gone, Kenyan Drake earned a permanent spot in the NFL Films’ fantastic finishes library, and while the Patriots did win 7 of 8 in one stretch, they also have lost two in a row two different times. And yet here they are, headed into the regular-season finale against the Jets right about where they usually are this time of … [Read more...] about Struggles on road illustrate need for Patriots to clinch bye Sunday
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Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 December 2018 Steve Russell Steven Hillyard wanted a boa constrictor for Christmas, so his dad got him Sammy Picture: ARCHANT Archant Can you remember what you were watching on Christmas Day years ago? Remember when we had only three channels? Ken Dodd was a Christmas TV star in 1968 Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVESteven Russell got a Man from U.N.C.L.E. spy briefcase for Christmas 1968, with fake Luger pistol, plastic grenade and invisible-ink pen. These days, it’s socks. (More PC but less fun.) He looks back at Christmas over half a century: how we lived, what we watched, and moreSteven Hillyard asked for a boa constrictor for Christmas, as you do, and his dad got him one for £7. It was named Sammy. Er…don’t they grow to six feet or so?“He’s not really dangerous,” dad John, a diver (honestly) from Dunlin Road in Ipswich, told us in 1968. “Boa constrictors are not poisonous. … [Read more...] about Flashback: Suffolk Christmases in the past
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
1: “Pose” (FX)I’m going out on a limb here. The ambition of this melodrama from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals at times exceeded its grasp. But still: I was consistently blown away by its deep dive into the early years of AIDS and the 1980s Harlem ballroom scene, where LGBT people formed a ritualistic sense of belonging around the runways. The season, told in eight episodes, is a story about survival no matter what. The acting, largely by the trans actresses, was stunning — with all the drama queenliness you might expect anchored by a wide range of emotional subtlety. I’d feared the series would be a hollow exercise in spectacle, but it’s far from that, as it shows the beauty of families of choice and the daily struggles of people living on the financial and cultural edge. The extended ballroom scenes, led by the miraculous Billy Porter as the witty, shady emcee, are funny, flamboyant, and vibrant. At times, Murphy employs the overused … [Read more...] about Critic Matthew Gilbert’s top 10 TV shows of the year
Read the Spotlight Team series on Aaron Hernandez that explains this text exchange. Aaron Hernandez exchanged thousands of text messages from March 28 to June 9, 2013, while he was concealing his role in the murders of two men in Boston’s South End and the attempted homicide of a friend, Alexander Bradley, who was with him during that double killing.The texts show just how much Hernandez was spinning out of control. Fearful that he and his family were in danger, he had asked Patriots coach Bill Belichick just weeks earlier if he could be traded to a West Coast team, but that was rejected, according to his agent. Belichick asked a staffer to help Hernandez find a new place to live.Even as he confronts a vengeful nemesis in Bradley, Hernandez projects an upbeat attitude with teammates, friends and family. March 26 Hernandez needs surgery to repair a shoulder he injured in a game. The procedure, scheduled for the next day, will be performed by a surgeon who had operated on Patriots … [Read more...] about Read the texts between Aaron Hernandez and Tom Brady, Alexander Bradley, Tim Tebow, Bill Belichick, Alex Guerrero