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The Houston Astros celebrated after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles. It was later revealed the Astros used a system to tip off batters on what pitch was to be thrown.

He’s an expert on the Astros’ cheating scandal and Alex Cora’s role in it. Who does he like in this series?

As the Sox and the Astros face off this weekend, a few questions for podcaster, "Astroball" author, and 2017 World Series soothsayer Ben Reiter.

LOVE LETTERS
Love Letters

I don’t want to ask for too much

"All of our dates have been spaced out by one to two weeks."

PARENTING UNFILTERED
Puttanesca pizza at Jinny’s Pizzeria in Newton Centre. Thin, crackly, and wood-fired, Jinny’s has toppings that will please kids (pepperoni, sausage, ham, and pineapple) and little touches to delight parents.

Your family-friendly weekend restaurant guide

Here’s an updated, curated list of family-friendly restaurants (with patios, or takeout, or room to roam) to make your mealtimes a little easier. Have a favorite you don’t see listed here? Tell me.

Three Latinx people on what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them

One of my friends didn’t get why I was still talking about Hispanic Heritage Month after September ended. Another thought it started Oct. 1, and another didn’t know it existed at all. Well, it does exist, but it’s not a calendar month.

In "T: An MBTA Musical," three 20-somethings must get the best of the dreaded public transportation system.

In Davis Square, a musical about resentful MBTA riders is back in service

For the first time since 2016, “T: An MBTA Musical” returns to the stage, this time at The Rockwell in Somerville.

THE VIP LOUNGE
Ari Shapiro at Salmon Creek Farm in Albion, Calif.

Ari Shapiro on Alan Cumming, getting to the Maldives, and embracing the fog of jet lag

We caught up with the broadcast journalist and singer to talk about all things travel.

FOOD
Sara Schonour (right), a Roslindale resident, is one of the contestants on the new Netflix series "Baking Impossible."

Netflix competition show ‘Baking Impossible’ features two Boston faces

Joanne Chang, the acclaimed chef-owner of Flour Bakery + Cafe, and Sara Schonour, a Roslindale-based lighting designer, have major roles in the show, which premiered Oct. 6.

Love Letters

My in-laws invited themselves on the vacation

“My husband thinks ‘the more the merrier,’ but he is just avoiding confrontation and hasn’t offered to talk with his mom about this.”


TRAVEL
They call Cape May “the jewel of the Jersey Shore.” No wonder.

Three cool road trip destinations that are less than six hours from Boston

Six hours seems like the magic number: If you can handle that much time in the car, you can reach some wonderful East Coast destinations.

FOOD & TRAVEL
Maine is about more than lobsters; you’ll find some great-tasting oysters, too.

A DIY food tour in Maine, full of local ingredients (and full bellies)

We wanted to put together our own Moveable Feast on a two-day journey seeking out local ingredients and experiences — minus the film crew.

TRAVEL
The Graduate Roosevelt Island in New York.

New hotel offers unique NYC escape — no smallpox or criminal record necessary

Graduate Roosevelt Island pays tribute to the island’s history and its bookish present.

TRAVEL
Pack costumes for your kids and head to Great Wolf Lodge’s annual Howl-O-Ween celebration in Fitchburg.

Halloween at Great Wolf, fall in Maine, and Christmas in Germany

Travel news you can use.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck arrived for the screening of the film "The Last Duel."

‘I think we were shocked that it even got released’: Damon and Affleck spoke about writing together decades after ‘Good Will Hunting’

Cambridge natives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck almost saw their writing partnership ruined forever as a result of their collaboration on the script for Good Will Hunting — or so the longtime best friends said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon aired Wednesday night.

Unreliable parent leaves guilty legacy

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Za'atar bread, or mana'eesh, shown with carrot salad with dukkah, left, and whipped feta maras oil at Sofra Bakery & Cafe in 2018.

This Cambridge cafe is the only Mass. eatery to make The New York Times’ 2021 Restaurant List

Sofra Bakery & Cafe was one of only two restaurants in New England to make the Times’ unranked list of the 50 “most vibrant and delicious” spots around the country.

TRAVEL
A scene from the 334-mile bikepacking trip.

On our bikes, we were in it for the long haul

When my brother mentioned he was planning to spend a week bikepacking from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., of course I immediately invited myself along.