Latest Red Sox skid takes us backward into the 1970s

Red Sox players watched from the dugout in the ninth inning of a game against the Yankees on Sept. 10, 1978. The Yankees’ four-game sweep came to be known as the “Boston Massacre.”

Globe File Photo/1978

If they fail to make the playoffs, the 2011 Red Sox will join some of baseball’s most infamous teams in the annals of epic late-season implosions.

Brian McGrory

These Red Sox not a good fit for Boston

In many ways, the epic September collapse is exactly what we needed to realize just how far the Red Sox have gone astray. This store-bought team never reflected Boston.

Marco Scutato, left, congratulated Jacoby Ellsburyafter the outfielder’s home run last night.

Dan Shaughnessy

Season, legacy on the line for Sox tonight

Once hailed as the ‘‘Best Team Ever,’’ the $161 million payroll Red Sox will be playing for their playoff lives at Camden Yards tonight.

State seeks tighter grip on special-ed programs

In the wake of a recent scandal, a state board called for tighter controls over 30 educational collaboratives, including the ordering of financial audits and the appointment of some directors.

About 50 supporters of the legislation gathered in front of the State House, surrounded by photographs of abused children.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Abuse victims push for end to statute of limitations

Victims of childhood sexual abuse spoke out at the State House in support of a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations in abuse cases.

Amazon’s $199 tablet takes aim at iPad

The world’s largest online retailer unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet, which will have a 7-inch display and run Google’s Android software.


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Cash-strapped T warns of fare increases, service cuts by July

With the MBTA’s financial woes mounting, state transportation officials said that they expect to approve a fare increase in the spring that would take effect July 1.


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Sovereign changes its name to Santander

Boston-based Sovereign Bank, one of the country’s largest regional banks, is adopting the name of its owner Santander, the banking giant based in Spain.


A picture shows a new construction site in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Gilo on September 27, 2011 as the Israeli government approved a plan for 1,100 new homes in the settlement, in a move the Palestinian leadership said snubs a Quartet proposal for new peace talks. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel OK’s more building in East Jerusalem

Israel granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new Jewish housing units in east Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out any freeze in settlement construction.


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Red Sox 8, Orioles 7

Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway follows through on his first big league home run, a three-run blast that put Boston ahead, 5-1.

Red Sox hold on for a win; still tied with one to play

Ryan Lavarnway hit his first two major league home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Sox to victory and keep them tied in the wild-card race with the Rays.

Food and dining


The message from celebrity chefs and others in this season’s volumes is unanimous: Stay home and cook.

Memo from celebrity chefs: Embrace your own kitchen

Fall cookbook roundup: By spreading the simple message of eating good food at home, the season’s newest cookbooks bring a bit of activism to the table.


“Could it be true, Pinker wondered, that humans had actually become less violent with time, as opposed to more? And if so, how had we done it?”

Leon Neyfakh,   on Steven Pinker’s new book about violence in history