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Oakland Raiders teammates kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.
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Add “being seen to have an opinion” to the things black people are no longer entitled to do.

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.”


You'd be forgiven if you went to bed early having chalked up another win for New England.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
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We kick off this week with many questions surfacing at The Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton. Its former executive editor says he was fired for speaking out for higher pay for female journalists, but a number of his former employees are questioning his commitment to the issue. 

The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, are hoping to once again do the unheard of in this Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. If they win it'll be their sixth championship in 16 years.

It's that time of year: The New England Patriots take their annual trip to the Super Bowl against – let's see, who's this year's opponent? Oh, yes, the Philadelphia Eagles, that team in green – and we've been challenged to a Boston song list by the folks in Philly. We can do that. It's a piece of cake or, maybe, a piece of Boston cream pie.

We'll start with the Boston-centric songs, mostly by Boston area artists proclaiming some sort of fondness or pride for (or attitude about) the city and then we'll just drop a load of great songs from Boston bands over the decades.

Confetti falls around Patriot Place at a rally on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
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Thousands of New England Patriots fans turned out Monday morning to give the New England Patriots a rousing sendoff on their way to Minneapolis and Super Bowl 52. 

The defending NFL Champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minnesota — setting the teams up for a rematch of their 2005 league championship contest and giving Philadelphia a chance to avenge the sting of that loss.

New England quarterback Tom Brady rallied his team in the final minutes for a comeback victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the American Football Conference championship. Brady threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with just 2:48 left on the clock, putting the Patriots at 24-20.

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

While reporters and cameramen wait for big names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Danny Amendola to appear in the Patriots locker room, an undersized offensive lineman sits about 40 feet away and goes quietly about his business.

It’s practice player James Ferentz. And by way of introduction, he says, “I’ve been kicking around, trying to hang on, and chasing the dream.”

That dream is a spot on the active roster of an NFL team, a chance to play in packed stadiums on Sunday afternoons.

But the Patriots practice squad comes pretty close.

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