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Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban



Iran tests nuclear weapons capable of hitting mainland Europe

Iran is examining nuclear tools with the ability of getting to landmass Europe as well as Britain, the United States Division of State has actually alerted.

Over the weekend break, Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic rocket with the ability of lugging a nuclear haul to Europe, Israel, as well as throughout the Center East.

UNITED STATE Assistant of State Mike Pompeo made a declaration on Saturday caution that Iran’s “rocket expansion is expanding”:

The Iranian routine has actually simply test-fired a tool array ballistic rocket that can lugging numerous warheads. The rocket has an array that enables it to strike components of Europe as well as throughout the Center East. This examination goes against UN Safety and security Council resolution 2231 that outlaws Iran from embarking on “any kind of task pertaining to ballistic rockets made to be with the ability of supplying nuclear tools, consisting of launches making use of such ballistic rocket modern technology …”

As we have actually been alerting for time, Iran’s rocket screening as well as rocket expansion is expanding. We are building up threat of rise in the area if we stop working to bring back prevention. We condemn these tasks, as well as contact Iran to discontinue right away all tasks associated with ballistic rockets made to be with the ability of supplying nuclear tools. records: Mentioning an unrevealed protection authorities straight accustomed to the first information from the launch, CNN minimized the examination, reporting that it did not show up to show any kind of capacities that the USA was not currently knowledgeable about, including that “it did not position a straight danger.”

However, describing the current examination, UNITED STATE National Safety Consultant John Bolton composed on Twitter on Saturday, “This intriguing actions can not be endured.”

Regardless of UNITED STATE stricture of its rocket program, the Iranian army attested that it will certainly maintain performing examinations, Radio Free Europe/Radio Freedom (RFE/RL) reported on Monday.

On Sunday, the regime-aligned Tasnim information company priced estimate Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesperson for Iran’s militaries, as stating: “Projectile examinations … are accomplished for protection as well as the nation’s prevention, as well as we will certainly proceed this.”

Tehran will certainly “remain to both create as well as check rockets,” he likewise claimed, including that such task “is outside the structure of [nuclear] settlements as well as component of our nationwide protection, for which we will certainly not ask any kind of nation’s authorization.”

The Iranian general did not especially verify that Iran test-fired a projectile over the weekend break.

On Monday, Brian Hook, the elderly plan advisor to Pompeo as well as unique agent for Iran at DOS, recognized that Iran has actually fallen short to follow the U.N.’s 12- year-old need to drop its ballistic rockets program.

Hook stated:

For the last 12 years, the UN Safety Council has actually been informing the Iranian routine to quit screening as well as multiplying ballistic rockets, as well as Iran remains to resist the UN Safety and security Council, which is imitating a hooligan routine. … It was an error to leave out rockets from the Iran nuclear bargain, as well as it is just one of the major factors that the USA left it.

CNN suggested that the U.N. resolution 2231, which supported the application of the questionable Iran nuclear bargain, does not clearly ban Iran from embarking on any kind of task pertaining to the screening of ballistic rockets to the discouragement of challengers of the deal, formally referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Strategy (JCPOA).

” Iran is contacted not to carry out any kind of task pertaining to ballistic rockets made to be with the ability of supplying nuclear tools, consisting of launches making use of such ballistic rocket modern technology,” the resolution states.

Hook from DOS validated the rocket checked by Iran over the weekend break can lugging a nuclear haul.

” Iran has actually introduced rockets that can lugging numerous warheads, consisting of a nuclear tool,” he claimed.

Bahram Qassemi, a speaker for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, disregarded Pompeo’s insurance claim that the rocket examination refutes the U.N. resolution, stating in a declaration on Sunday, “The nation’s rocket program is simply for protection.”

” No UN Safety and security Council resolution has actually outlawed Iran’s rocket program or rocket examinations,” the Iranian ministry included.

Describing Pompeo’s declaration, the representative likewise claimed:

The fascinating as well as naturally farcical factor below is that you are describing a resolution that you have actually not just gone against by unilaterally as well as unlawfully taking out from the JCPOA, however likewise you advise others to breach it, as well as also intimidate to penalize or put permissions on them if they execute the arrangement.

In Might, UNITED STATE Head Of State Donald Trump took out the USA from JCPOA, insisting that the arrangement is flawed as well as fallen short to resolve the hazards postured by the Shiite routine.

Resembling Pompeo, UNITED STATE Assistant of Protection Jim Mattis knocked Iran for examination shooting the rocket.

On Saturday, Mattis claimed:

The danger from Iran is diverse, as well as definitely what they have actually performed with this launch is gone against the feeling of the United Nations Safety Resolution, that informed them not to do these sort of launches. It reveals that our best shots to attempt to chat them out of their hostile assistance of terrorism is most likely mosting likely to be as not successful as the U.N.’s initiative to quit them from releasing rockets.

” Now the calculated degree of danger from Iran is much less worldwide than Korea’s, however it is definitely substantial regionally, as well as it can expand past that if it’s not managed,” he included.

Hook kept in mind that UNITED STATE Head of state Donald Trump’s management had actually let loose a wave of permissions, consisting of those put on hold under the 2015 Iran nuclear bargain.

Urging it would just make use of rockets for protective objectives, Iran has actually repetitively turned down settlements over its rocket program.

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Editorial: Biden’s COVID miscues worrying



Editorial: Biden’s COVID miscues worrying

A more competent COVID-19 control plan driven by expertise, not politics, was one of President Joe Biden’s key 2020 campaign promises. But two unforced pandemic management errors raise troubling questions about whether reality matches Biden’s rhetoric eight months into his tenure.

The first mistake: setting up July 4 as a breakthrough date in the battle against the virus despite warnings from experts about the potential for delta and other variants to upend progress. Well over a year into this pandemic, it should have been painfully clear that the “mission accomplished” moment was premature.

The second poor decision came in August, when the White House announced that most Americans need a COVID-19 booster shot and that availability would begin Sept. 20. That move disturbingly came well in advance of the decision-making process involving two leading public health agencies — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Both are historically looked to for vaccine guidance, and with good reason. They employ world-class medical experts and can tap other respected public health leaders to assist them.

Yet deliberations over booster shots, and who should get them and when, are still underway at both organizations. An influential CDC advisory group’s evaluation began last Wednesday.

Recently, an FDA advisory panel met and concluded that available data does not yet support the broad strategy of giving an additional shot of the Pfizer vaccine to Americans 16 and older. Instead it recommended a narrower approach: a booster for those 65 and older, others who are at high risk for hospitalization and death, and those who are at high risk of viral exposure on the job. Late Wednesday, the FDA approved the panel’s recommendation.

The advisory panels’ discussions are public and livestreamed. The deliberations so far have been reassuring. What’s best for public health is driving discussions. The FDA panel was also quite willing to decide on strategies at odds with what the White House had advocated. That independence is a confidence booster.

Still, the two errors should prompt humility and course correction at the White House. Declaring victory too soon undermines the credibility of future pronouncements about progress. It also may have sapped urgency from the COVID-19 vaccination drive. If victory over the virus was at hand, those on the fence may have concluded immunization wasn’t necessary.

The top-down decision-making on the Sept. 20 COVID-19 booster rollout was especially worrisome. In its wake, two top FDA vaccine officials announced their departure. The New York Times reported that both were upset by the Biden administration’s move on boosters and that they felt “pressure” to approve the strategy.

The unilateral booster announcement suggests that Biden didn’t learn from his predecessor’s pandemic management mistakes. Last fall, Politico reported that a Trump appointee had meddled with scientific reports on the coronavirus. Trump was also at odds with Dr. Robert Redfield, who led the CDC at the time, about when the vaccine would be ready.

The situation raised understandable questions about whether the nation’s pandemic response was driven by expertise or political needs. It’s unsettling that the same question is surfacing a year later under a new president — one who should know better.

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Letters to the editors



Letters to the editors

VP Harris’s numbers

Kamala Harris hits 49% in a recent survey. Can anyone name one thing this empty suit has accomplished? In 1948, President Truman gave the label “do Nothing Congress” to shame the legislators. Our “Do Nothing V.P.” sees her ineptness as a road to the presidency. Her only job that Biden gave her was to handle the border crisis.  How is she doing America?

— Don Houghton, Quincy

U.S. immigration

Immigration in the United States is now in a state of total anarchy. It places our country in greater and greater danger. You can have compassion for others and still offer an orderly and legal process of immigration. What is happening today is not.

The Biden administration is breaking its own federal laws and lying to the American people. Unchecked health issues like COVID and others freely enter, as well as drug and human traffickers, criminals, gang members and those bent on terrorism. Over 1 million have entered so far with hundreds of thousands on the way. Many of these are then transported to states all across America. The cumulative effect of this will be devastating.

The following needs to be done:

Complete the building of the wall

Hire and add Border State Police assigned to our southern border, and State Border Guards to enforce state and federal laws. Use National Guard as back up as necessary.

Once the Governor’s Council on the Border is established, meet with the Mexican government and re-establish the presence of Mexican troops preventing the crossing freely into the United States. This has already been shown to work.

Establish financing all of this by setting up a Governor’s Council Border Fund, and requesting financial help from the American people. Believe me, the deeply concerned American people will overwhelmingly support this!

If this action above is legally challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Governor’s Council will win since they are supporting federal and state laws.

By the way of this letter, and by direct communication to all 50 governors, this will be sent directly with an appeal for urgency to establish this Governor’s Council on the Border.

— Al DiLascia, Chicopee

Border policies

Your take on the southern border is interesting, if not incredibly misleading. Perhaps, if the administration hadn’t abandoned the very policies that were working extremely well to keep illegal immigrants out of this country and off our welfare state rolls, which have resulted in allowing over 1.5 million illegal immigrants into this country, then just maybe the crisis wouldn’t have gotten so out of control over the past nine months! Your criticism of Biden is spot on, your criticism of CBP agents is very much wrong as they are the only ones actually doing their jobs!!!

Once again, your liberal bias is showing through loud and clear … what a shame!

— Michael McCaffrey, Boston

Chameleon Biden

Joe Biden is a political chameleon, a poseur as president, adopting the loudest policy voices in his party. He is not a theorist or a deep thinker on a societal level, nor is he an analyst of note in the foreign arena. He is a four-decade creature from the Beltway swamp, a weathervane impersonating a president and doing so with insufferable hubris. His radicalism is a sop to the far-left Sanders wing of Democrats, not a considered opinion of a unifier in an evenly split country, the guise he deceived voters with. He is, in short, a political plebeian in patrician’s clothing and utterly without personal dignity.

— Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati, Ohio

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‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards as Broadway honors shows shuttered by COVID



‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards as Broadway honors shows shuttered by COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again.

The show about the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, updated with tunes like “Single Ladies” and “Firework” alongside the big hit “Lady Marmalade,” won 10 Tonys. The record is 12, won by “The Producers.”

Producer Carmen Pavlovic struck a philosophical note in her acceptance speech, sharing the award with all the shows that struggled in the past 18-month shutdown.

“It feels a little odd to me to be talking about one show as best musical. I feel that every show of last season deserves to be thought of as the best musical,” she said. “The shows that opened, the shows that closed not to return, the shows that nearly opened. And of course, the shows that paused and are fortunate enough to be reborn — best musical is all of those shows.”

“The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the best new play and won three other awards, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won best play revival and an acting award.

Lopez’s two-part, seven-hour epic uses “Howards End” as a starting point for a play that looks at gay life in the early 21st century. It also yielded wins for Andrew Burnap as best actor in a play, Stephen Daldry as best director, and Lois Smith as best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.

Thomas Kirdahy, a producer, dedicated the award to his late husband, the playwright Terrence McNally. Lopez, the first Latino writer to win in the category, urged more plays to be produced from the Latin community. “We have so many stories inside us aching to come out. Let us tell you our stories,” he said.

The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an energetic performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from original Broadway cast members of “Hairspray!” Ali Stroker sang “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line.” Jennifer Holliday also took the stage to deliver an unforgettable rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls.”

The singers performed for a masked and appreciative audience at a packed Winter Garden Theatre. Host Audra McDonald got a standing ovation when she took the stage. “You can’t stop the beat. The heart of New York City!” she said.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” won for scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and a featured acting Tony for Broadway favorite Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh won for choreography in her Broadway debut, and Alex Timbers won the trophy for best direction of a musical.

In a surprise to no one, Aaron Tveit won the award for best leading actor in a musical for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” That’s because he was the only person nominated in the category. He thanked a long list of people, including his parents, brother, agents, manager and the cast and crew. “We are so privileged to get to do this,” he said, tearing up. “Because what we do changes peoples’ lives.”

Burstein, who won for featured actor in a musical and had not won six previous times, thanked the Broadway community for supporting him after the death last year of his wife, Rebecca Luker. “You were there for us, whether you just sent a note or sent your love, sent your prayers — sent bagels — it meant the world to us, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

David Alan Grier won featured actor in a play for his role in “A Soldier’s Play,” which dissects entrenched Black-white racism as well as internal divisions in the Black military community during World War II. “To my other nominees: Tough bananas, I won,” he said. On stage, the director, Kenny Leon recited the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, killed by police. “We will never, ever forget you.”

Adrienne Warren won the Tony for best leading actress in a musical for her electric turn as Tina Turner in “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” Warren was considered the front-runner thanks to becoming a one-woman fireball of energy and exhilaration. She dedicated the win to three family members she lost while playing Turner — and thanked Turner herself.

Mary-Louise Parker won her second best lead actress Tony Award, winning for playing a Yale professor who treasures great literature but has made no room in her life for someone to share that love with in “The Sound Inside.” She thanked her dog, whom she was walking in the rain when she bumped into Mandy Greenfield from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, who told her about the play.

Burnap made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance.” He thanked his mom, and the University of Rhode Island and joked that he felt grateful because “I got to act for seven hours.”

The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, came into the night with a leading 15 Tony nominations. It left with wins for best book, and Lauren Patten won the award for best featured actress in a musical.

“A Christmas Carol” cleaned up with five technical awards: scenic design of a play, costumes, lighting, sound design and score. But no one from the production was on hand to accept any of the awards.

“Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, sex, taboo desires and class, earned a dozen nominations, making it the most nominated play in Tony history. But it won nothing.

Sunday’s show was expanded from its typical three hours to four, with McDonald handing out Tonys for the first two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a “Broadway’s Back!” celebration for the second half with performances from the three top musicals.

The live special also included David Byrne and the cast of “American Utopia” playing “Burning Down the House” to a standing and clapping crowd. Byrne told them they might not remember how to dance after so long but they were welcome to try.

John Legend and the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud” performed “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and Josh Groban and Odom Jr. sang “Beautiful City” from “Godspell,” dedicating it to educators. And Ben Platt and Anika Noni Rose sang “Move On” from “Sunday in the Park with George.” Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited for the “Wicked” song “For Good.”

Members of Broadway’s royalty — Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell — mourned the list of those who have died, which included icons like McNally, Harold Prince and Larry Kramer.

This season’s nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals from the 2019-2020 season, a fraction of the 34 shows the previous season. During most years, there are 26 competitive categories. This year there are 25 with several depleted ones.

The last Tony Awards ceremony was held in 2019. The virus forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows and scrambling the spring season. Several have restarted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”

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BSO brings abundant season home to Symphony Hall



BSO brings abundant season home to Symphony Hall

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is home. And, more importantly, you are invited to join the BSO in this homecoming.

During the height of the pandemic, thankfully, the BSO kept making music through its BSO NOW virtual performance series. Last summer, the orchestra summered, as it traditionally does, in Tanglewood. Finally, the BSO returns to a Symphony Hall full of its devotees.

The 2021-22 season comes with extensive health and safety measures (see for details) and some joyous and unique programming. Our season preview looks at a few highlights from what you eagerly expect to plenty of surprises.

John Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, Sept 30 & Oct. 2 

Since its Tanglewood premiere last summer, Williams’ new concerto has caused a stir. For those who only know his work on “Star Wars” or “Jaws,” the piece shows off a somber and ambitious composer at the height of his powers. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter takes the spotlight in a program that will feature Andris Nelsons at the podium alongside Williams and works from Beethoven and Bartok. Can’t make the concert? PBS will broadcast the Tanglewood debut of Williams’ concerto on Nov. 12.

Concert for Our City: Reunited at Symphony Hall, Oct. 3

The BSO’s season-opening weekend features a free performance celebrating the reopening of Symphony Hall after 18 months of doors shuttered to audiences. With a hand from the Boston Pops, this community concert will be directed by four maestros: Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Thomas Wilkins and the legendary John Williams. One more time: It’s free! (Reserve tickets at and see the performance for free online starting Oct. 14).

Victor Wooten’s “La Leccion Tres,” Oct. 28 – Oct. 31  

Victor Wooten is probably the greatest electric bassist ever to live. It’s a bold and somewhat ridiculous claim, and yet … it’s probably dead on. Known for his long association with banjo master Bela Fleck, Wooten gets grand with his concerto. Thomas Wilkins, BSO’s artistic adviser for education and community engagement, leads Wooten and the orchestra through “La Leccion Tres” and works by Coleridge-Taylor and Ellington.

Mitsuko Uchida and a Julia Adolphe world premiere, Jan. 13-16

Pianist and conductor Mitsuko Uchida is the Billie Holiday and Eddie Van Halen of the classical world. A wildly expressive interpreter and an absolute virtuoso, Uchida will walk into Symphony Hall at age 73 to celebrate Beethoven piano concertos Nos. 2 and 4. Also on the program, which will be conducted by Andris Nelson, the world premiere of a BSO co-commission from Julia Adolphe, one of America’s fastest rising composers.

Ellen Reid’s “When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist,” April 7 – 9

Not yet 40, Ellen Reid is already a giant. Her opera “Prism” won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music. She wrote “When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist” for the New York Philharmonic as a commission honoring the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina will lead the program that also includes soloist Alexandre Kantorow and selections from Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

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Dear Abby: Aging mom’s daily life excludes daughter



Dear Abby: Social skills are ‘rusty’ after pandemic lockdown

Dear Abby: I’m nearing 57 and single. My mother, who is 78, lives in the same apartment complex. I always try to talk with her because we don’t have much time together. All she wants to do is watch TV and read the paper. She allows me to talk to her for about a half-hour a day, then she has to go. If I visit her, she can only talk to me for a few minutes. Then she has to put the TV on.

I feel like I must beg her to talk with me. When I approached her about it, she said she’s living her life how she wants to (basically without me). Because of that, I have decided to give up and spend only Christmas and her birthday with her. She probably wouldn’t even notice. If you have any advice, I would like to see it.

— Her Sad, Hurt Daughter

Dear Sad, Hurt Daughter: I do have some. A half-hour phone call every day may be too much for your mother to handle. That she has to “limit” your calls to 30 minutes tells me you would like them to be even longer. (Every day!) Rather than punish her by distancing yourself and seeing her only twice a year, limit those visits and phone conversations to twice a week. I think it would be healthier for both of you if you find a way to become less emotionally dependent upon your mother. Also, plan some outings away from the apartment complex for you and your mom to share.

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together 20 years. In the middle of our living room sits an albatross of a coffee table. My husband’s girlfriend made it for him in the late ’60s/early ’70s. I think it weighs 500 pounds.

I am finally redecorating the house and I want this table out of my life, but he won’t hear of it. He says there will be absolutely no negotiating on the subject. I have tried every approach. I feel like I’m second fiddle to his past. How can I move forward without such resentment?

— Hates the Relic in California

Dear Hates: Congratulations on redecorating your home. Rather than argue with your husband about the albatross, it may be time to rethink how you use the space. Many men enjoy having an area just their own, a “man cave.” Why not create one for him and put his treasured “love gift” in there, where you won’t have to see it? If he gives you an argument, that is the time to tell him you have tolerated having it in the middle of your home for the last 20 years and you have been a good sport about it long enough.

Dear Abby: Recently, I went swimming with my husband and his parents. We are around 50 years old; they are both 70. My in-laws took lots of photos and posted them on social media. I was not happy about it because I have gained weight during this COVID period. How do I mention this to them? Should I tell my husband?

— Uncomfortable in Texas

Dear Uncomfortable: By all means tell your husband if he doesn’t already know how uncomfortable this made you. Then ask your in-laws to PLEASE take the photos down because you hadn’t realized until you saw them how much weight you had put on. If your relations with them are friendly, they will probably accommodate you. Then schedule another “shoot” when you are shipshape again.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at 

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Defensive mistakes aplenty, Red Sox swept by Yankees at Fenway Park



Defensive mistakes aplenty, Red Sox swept by Yankees at Fenway Park

Step 1 of the Red Sox nightmare scenario has begun.

The New York Yankees rode into Fenway Park needing a sweep to unseat the Sox for the rights to host an American League Wild Card Game and get a leg up in what is sure to be a nutty race to the finish line this coming week.

A sweep, it was.

Both teams revealed their flaws in Sunday nights’ series finale, exchanging dropped fly balls and silly mistakes until the Yankees emerged victorious with a 6-3 win that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

By wiping the Fenway floors with their rivals this weekend, the Yankees jumped one game up in the Wild Card race. The Sox are still in position to make the playoffs, one game behind the Yanks and one game up on the Blue Jays.

“It’s not what we wanted coming into this series,” manager Alex Cora said. “We wanted to win the series and keep the first Wild Card spot. It didn’t happen. But we’re still in position to make the playoffs, so it’s not the worst-case scenario.”

The Jays and Yankees have three games against one another this week, while the Sox finished their home portion of the 2021 schedule with a 49-32 record (.605) and now fly to Baltimore for three against the worst team in baseball.

It would take a collapse of epic proportions for the Sox to end up missing the playoffs.

But after watching this weekend, it’s hard to imagine either team making a deep playoff run no matter who makes it.

“You’ve just got to make sure you’re locked in Tuesday and start playing good baseball,” Cora said. “It’s not that we played bad baseball over the weekend. We just got beat.”

Friday’s game was an easy win for the Yanks when Nathan Eovaldi said he couldn’t grip the ball well enough to throw his curveball and got ripped to shreds in an 8-3 loss.

Saturday provided a much tighter contest as the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead into the eighth until Darwinzon Hernandez served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in an eventual 5-3 loss.

Sunday’s game was a show, and not a particularly flattering one for either side.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, then the baseball started looking funny in the Boston sky.

The inning started with a hard-hit single by Jose Iglesias that rolled to the left-field wall. Iglesias thought about heading to second, but smartly stopped halfway there and turned back around, a veteran decision and one that is often made incorrectly by players not used to the Fenway dimensions.

Alex Verdugo then dropped a beautifully-placed drag bunt down the line to reach on an infield hit and put two on with nobody out.

One runner scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Vazquez, then Kiké Hernandez struck out to bring Kyle Schwarber to the plate as a pinch-hitter.

Schwarber popped up to foul territory on the third-base side, but Gold Glove winner DJ LeMahieu made a rare mistake, drifting away from the ball and failing to make the catch. With second life, Schwarber lifted another weak pop-up to the left side, this time in shallow ground in left-center, and once again a Gold Glover dropped it. Joey Gallo overan the fly and maybe took his eye off it as it fell off his glove, allowing the Sox’ go-ahead runner to score from second.

This is nothing new for the Yankees, who, along with the Red Sox, have two of the three worst fielding percentages in MLB this year.

Gifted a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox couldn’t hang onto it.

Garrett Richards got wild and walked two — one was thrown out trying to steal second by Christian Vazquez — then allowed a double to Anthony Rizzo that prompted a pitching change. Adam Ottavino replaced him to face Aaron Judge and should’ve retired him, but Bobby Dalbec shied away from the fence on the first-base side and dropped a relatively-routine fly ball to give Judge second life.

For as much improvement as Dalbec has made on the defensive side over the last few months, he continues to play apprehensively and struggles to make plays in foul territory.

“I saw the ball getting closer to the railing and that’s all I saw,” Cora aid. “I heard the reaction of everybody but I’ll check with (Dalbec). Where I was, I wasn’t able to see it.”

Then Judge appeared to strike out swinging on a foul tip, but Vazquez dropped the ball, giving Judge a third life.

“I caught the ball and dropped it on the transfer,” Vazquez said. “They should have gotten together and made a better call there. I was trying to get the ball out of my hand. It was in the top of my glove and I was trying to get it to the middle of the glove. … I’ve never done that before.”

Judge then hit a laser towards the center-field wall for an RBI double that scored two and put the Yankees back in front. Stanton hit a majestic home run behind him and the Sox were cooked.

Despite a few baserunning mistakes by the Yankees that kept the Red Sox within striking distance, the Sox couldn’t get anything done off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.

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Quitting smoking leads to people eating more junk food, Study Finds



Quitting smoking leads to people eating more junk food, Study Finds

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( – Quitting smoking is no easy feat, especially when nicotine withdrawal kicks in. Now, a new study finds one of the immediate side-effects of giving up cigarettes is a craving for junk food. Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School say they’ve discovered a brain link between a person’s addiction to nicotine and poor eating habits.

The study points to the opioid system — the brain functions which regulate both addiction and appetite — being responsible for smokers seeking out high-calorie foods when they’re suffering from nicotine withdrawal. It’s a vicious cycle for people trying to quit, as junk food cravings can lead to weight gain and, in turn, can push people to go back to smoking cigarettes again.

“We looked at whether or not acute nicotine withdrawal increases the intake of junk food — high in salt, fat and sugar — and how the stress-relieving receptors of the opioid system are involved,” explains senior author Mustafa al’Absi, PhD in a university release. “Mitigating these challenges during the treatment process will help patients quit smoking while understanding their eating habits and encourage healthier decisions.”

Craving cigarettes leads to eating fattier foods

The team examined a group of both smokers and non-smokers between the ages of 18 and 75 during two lab experiments. Each group took part in a 24-hour withdrawal from nicotine products, while taking either a placebo or 50-mg dose of naltrexone — a medication doctors prescribe for both alcohol and opioid use disorders. After each session, researchers provided the smokers and non-smokers with a selection of snacks differing in their levels of salt and fat.

The experiments revealed that smokers suffering from nicotine withdrawal consumed more calories than non-smokers. Participants were also less likely to pick high-fat foods if they took naltrexone during the experiment.

“The study’s findings may be related to the use of food, especially those high in calories, to cope with the negative affect and distress that characterizes the feelings people experience during smoking withdrawal,” al’Absi explains. “Results from preclinical and clinical research support this and demonstrate that stress increases proclivity for high-fat and high-sugar foods.”

A possible medication for junk food cravings

The study also finds naltrexone normalized the calorie intake of smokers, dropping them to the same levels of non-smokers. Study authors say the results suggest the opioid system may be what triggers withdrawal-induced calorie cravings.

“This is rather a novel finding in the context of nicotine addiction and has lots of implications for the development of future treatment,” al’Absi says.

“These findings extend earlier studies that indicate the impact of tobacco use on appetite and help identify the influence of an important biological link, the brain opioid system, on craving during nicotine withdrawal,” al’Absi concludes. “The fear of weight gain is a major concern among smokers who think about quitting. The key to removing these barriers is to better understand the factors that increase the urge for high-caloric foods.”

The study appears in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Annissa Essaibi-George rejects ties to Trump via super PAC



Annissa Essaibi-George rejects ties to Trump via super PAC

Mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George is eschewing labels and trying to distance herself from conservative ties after a major Trump supporter sunk big money into a PAC supporting her.

“Any affiliation, any commentary, any implication that I am connected to Donald Trump, to me, is a gross statement,” said Essaibi-George, who serves on the City Council, during a Sunday appearance on WBZ’s “Keller @ Large.” “I don’t want this PAC involved. I don’t want them to speak for me. I’m more than capable to speak for myself.”

New Balance Chairman Jim Davis, a longtime Republican donor dumped $495,000 into a super PAC supporting Essaibi-George that bankrolled TV ads that flooded screens ahead of the preliminary.

Davis’s donation, which was first reported by the Dorchester Reporter, jumps out because of his ties to Republican causes including a $396,500 donation to Trump Victory, a political action committee that raised money for Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.

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Supervised drug use, decriminalization bills before lawmakers



Supervised drug use, decriminalization bills before lawmakers

Legislation to allow addicts to use hard drugs like heroin and fentanyl in the presence of staff trained to prevent overdoses is on the agenda for a daylong virtual hearing Monday at the State House.

One of the bills would create a 10-year pilot program “establishing two or more supervised consumption sites that utilize harm reduction tools, including clinical monitoring of the consumption of pre-obtained controlled substances in the presence of trained staff, for the purpose of reducing the risks of disease transmission and preventing overdose deaths.”

The site would have to provide sterile injection supplies, collect used hypodermic needles and syringes, and provide secure hypodermic needle and syringe disposal services — as well as offer referrals to addiction treatment and education on the risk of contracting HIV and viral hepatitis.

Similar proposals have met with political pushback in the past.

In 2019, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said that such sites would be illegal under federal law and that the state should instead focus on legal actions to curb overdose deaths. At the time, he pointed to comments by former U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling who said that regardless of any state law, drug users and employees at the sites would be exposed to federal criminal charges.

The idea of supervised sites has the support of groups like the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

The ACLU also backs legislation that would make personal possession of illicit drugs a civil, rather than criminal, violation, and offer people with substance use disorders a connection to potential treatment — proposals that will also be part of the hearing.

In July, Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee signed into law a bill  authorizing the opening of so-called harm reduction centers where people dealing with addiction can take heroin and other illegal drugs under the supervision of medical professionals — making Rhode Island the first to enact such a statewide measure to combat the opioid crisis.

The hearing by the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. the hearing will focus on the two decriminalization bills and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the three supervised consumption site bills.

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Massachusetts weather outlook: Finally ‘feeling a lot more like fall’ in Boston



Hurricane Sam still at Category 4 strength; 2 tropical depressions could form this week

Cooler temps and bouts of rainy weather mean it’s going to finally staring to feel a lot more like fall in Boston.

Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures dipping into 40s and low 50s overnight with highs barely climbing into the 60s on some days.

“This week we will definitely see cool enough weather where people will start to take their ACs out of their windows. It will be feeling a lot more like fall by the mid-to-later half of week,” said Torry Gaucher, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

After Sunday’s breezy but sunny September stunner, Monday will be the last warm day, with abundant sunshine for a little while. High temps should be in the high 70s, with cooler temps and sea breezes along the coast.

Come Tuesday, Gaucher said a cold front from the south with come through, bringing showers and cooler temps.

Wednesday is predicted to be dry, but as another cool front from northern Quebec comes through, temperatures won’t climb above the mid-60s.

The next chance for rain showers is on Thursday, but forecasters think the rain should clear up by nighttime, leading into a sunny and mild Friday. Saturday brings the threat of more brief showers or rainstorms, however.

Gaucher said the temps are a bit on the low side for Boston which generally sees temperatures around 70 degrees at this time of year.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on Category 4 Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic Ocean, which is expected to slowly weaken over the next couple of days, while remaining a major hurricane. The hurricane is expected to take a turn to the northwest making it less threatening for the U.S.

Two other tropical depressions are potentially forming in the Atlantic which could be cause for concern along the coast depending on their course.

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