An $83 sling and no simple answers

The cloth sling James Dichter was fitted with cost his insurer $83; it can be bought online for $7.

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James Dichter wondered why his health insurer paid $83 for a basic cloth sling, even though it can be found online for $7.

Matthew Tomsicek earns money through YouTube.

Many reap profit in posting YouTube videos

Thanks to YouTube’s Partner Program, a new class of digital auteurs are turning the popularity of their videos into profits.

When umpire Dan Bellino ruled Dustin Pedroia had been thrown out at first base in the fifth, manager Bobby Valentine argued and got thrown out, too.

Christopher L. Gasper

Will the Sox stick with Bobby Valentine?

If Valentine is their manager for next year, the Red Sox need to come out and say it. End all the speculation.

Ned Coltman and his mother, Judy, of Reading, removed his Eagle Scout badge from his Boy Scout uniform.

Eagle Scouts use badges to decry gay ban

Some Eagle Scouts in Massachusetts are sending complaints or even returning their awards in response to the Boy Scouts’ ban on openly gay members.

Clouds covered the sky above the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday.

GOP going forward with convention despite storm

The Republican National Convention sputters to life Monday with the banging of a gavel in a mostly empty hall, then hits full speed on Tuesday.

//[1]--90x90.jpg Mass. Republican delegates get a spotlight at last

In Tampa, the Bay Staters will be front and center, the home-state delegation of Mitt Romney, the GOP’s first presidential nominee from Massachusetts in 88 years.

Environmental scientists Lucas Chapman and Emily Coumbassa got stormwater samples at a manhole in the Fenway last week. Finding pollution sources is a painstaking process.

New effort to curtail sewage in Boston

A settlement reached in federal court promises an accelerated attack on pollution from the labyrinth of pipes under Boston and from pavement runoff.

Springfield looks to narrow its casino field

The city will reveal its plans for whittling as many as four proposals down to one, though critics say the tactic could hurt its chances to win a casino license.


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Paints on a stairwell in Chicago’s subway system.

Creating bright ways to light the way

Inside a red-brick 19th-century cotton mill on the banks of the Merrimack River, Performance Indicator LLC is making colorful paints that gleam brightly all night long.


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Book Review

In “Fire in the Ashes,” activist Jonathan Kozol returns to the South Bronx.

‘Fire in the Ashes’ by Jonathan Kozol

In his new book, the education activist returns to the South Bronx to bring readers up to date on the children he has followed for decades.

Health and wellness

G Force

“I had one participant who said, ‘It feels like my stories are carried on my back and one by one I’m unloading the burden,’ ” said Pamela Post-Ferrante.

Using writing to aid the healing process

Pamela Post-Ferrante, who had four major cancer surgeries in the 1990s, recently wrote a book to help individuals and groups use writing as therapy.