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On a recent Saturday, comedian Jocelyn Chia owns the room of about 100 people at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. “I went to this all-girl Catholic high school in Singapore. Anyone else here … a slut?” she asks, pausing for just the right sliver of time before delivering the punch line to a roaring audience.

Gil Santos, known as the “voice of the Patriots,” died Thursday night, at age 80.

He announced for the Patriots for 36 years.

In a statement, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss.

“Gil was a legendary broadcaster… It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013,” said Kraft. “His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy.”

It was a nasty day to run 26.2 miles through Boston. But American Desiree Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and cold rain and up Heartbreak Hill to triumph at the Boston Marathon — the first time a U.S. woman has won in 33 years.

Roseann Sdoia, who lost part of her right leg in the Boston Marathon blast five years ago, says it's still sometimes hard to comprehend how her annual outing to watch the race on that sunny Spring day changed her life forever.

"I still wake up in the morning five years later and go 'Oh my God, I don't have a leg,'" she says. "Even though I live it every day, and every day I have to put this stupid [prosthetic leg] on and lug it around ... I still have a really hard time thinking to myself what really happened."

Dennis Rainear was 10 miles into the Grand Valley Marathon when he was hit. Something struck the top of his head and nearly knocked him over. He staggered for a few steps.

“Put my hand immediately to my head, and it was just like in the cartoons, where you see a guy get a big goose egg on his head when he gets bonked,” Dennis says. “Sure enough, I had a big goose egg on my head.”

Dennis’ head started throbbing, his ears ringing, and his vision blurring. But he looked at his hand and didn’t see any blood. So, he kept running and trying to figure out what happened.

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Before the roulette wheel starts spinning or the first legal blackjack hand is dealt, the gambling landscape in Massachusetts could be primed for a significant reshuffling.

The irony was hard to miss.

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston's Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.

Fifty years ago in Memphis, on April 3, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech. The next day, King was assassinated.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, new biographies reveal facets of his life.

One depicts his relationship with Robert F. Kennedy as more strained than previously reported. Another explains why King chose to attend Boston University.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn speaks with the press about his casino project, now called Wynn Boston Harbor, in Everett, in a file photo.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

State gambling investigators in Massachusetts are expecting to release the findings of their inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn "no later" than the summer. 

New Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora.
Boston Red Sox

Thursday is opening day for Major League Baseball, and the Boston Red Sox will begin their 2018 campaign in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite winning the American League Eastern Division a season ago, the Sox fired manager John Farrell and replaced him with Alex Cora, who used to play for the team. 

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