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Boston Today: Monday Night Football returns; Sox are off today

Posted by Ronald J Agrella, Boston.com Editor  September 9, 2013 05:38 AM

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Good morning, Boston.

Sunny and nice today as football fans prepare for the return of Monday Night Football. The Sox take a breather today and play the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow.

Here's what you need to know:

Sports:

Red Sox:
The Red Sox have wrapped up their series with the Yankees. They are off today.
- More coverage here

Monday Night Football: The annual rite of fall has returned - Monday Night Football is back. The Philadelphia Eagles take on the Washington Redskins at 6:55 p.m. on ESPN. The Texans face the San Diego Chargers at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Weather:

Today: A great sunny day on tap with temperatures around 70 degrees.

Tonight... It'll turn party cloudy later tonight but not as cool. Temperature lows will hover in the upper '50s.

Tuesday: It turns warmer and more humid, but mostly cloudy. Temperature will reach about 80 degrees.

Get the latest forecast here



Traffic:

- I-495N to I-90 & I-90 to I-495N ramps will be closed overnight tonight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detours will be posted.
- Some delays reported on the T this morning. More here.

Check out our current traffic report.

What’s in the news?

- GOP legislative leaders will take the wraps today off a proposal to repeal the state's new sales tax on computer and software services. The tax has drawn criticism from tech firms, calling it vague, confusing and damaging for a key economic sector.

- Attorney General Martha Coakley's office plans three forums on the state's open meetings law through October. The forums are to help public boards understand the law's requirements so they can better comply.

- Counselors are expected to be on hand this morning as students arrive at the Boston Latin Academy after a serious car crash late last week that injured four students. The Boston Globe reports two of the injured played on the school's hockey team.

- Officials at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst say a 19-year-old sophomore has been found dead in his campus dorm room, and foul play is not suspected.

- State lawmakers are considering whether to allow motorists to buy a "Boston Strong" license plate with proceeds helping victims of the April 15 marathon bombing. The Legislature's transportation committee is scheduled to hear the bill Tuesday.

- One of Boston's oldest charitable organizations has been acquired by a New York-based nonprofit. Community Work Services, founded in 1877, has been acquired by Fedcap. The deal is scheduled to be announced Monday. .

- Two men face arraignment in Boston after being charged by city police in a bust involving the drug "Molly," which is suspected in several recent deaths and overdoses. Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Milisi of Boston and 36-year-old Joseph Doolin of Quincy are to be arraigned on drug charges Monday at South Boston District Court.

- Boston police are continuing their search for three men who attacked a Navy veteran near the Boston University campus. Authorities say the suspects got out of a car and beat the victim shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday near the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive.

Events for today:

- The Stone Temple Pilots aren't a new band, but The Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington is something of a reinvention. Their forthcoming EP, "High Rise," features the hard rock single "Out of Time" and four other tracks. Hear the new sound at The House of Blues.

- In 1927 Chicago, blues singer Ma Rainey goes to Chicago to record an album. Hear the story told at a reading of the August Wilson play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The reading is the second in The Emancipated Century, a series presented by the Trotter Institute and the Department of Performing Arts at UMass Boston. More.

- Beer expert John Holl gathers 155 recipes that work with the beverage so you can enjoy the pub experience at home. How do American wheat beer steamed clams, beermosas, beer ice cream floats, and chocolate Jefferson Stout cupcakes sound? Details.

Check out these live events on Boston.com today.

- Noon: Boston Sports Live with Chris Gasper
- Noon: Pet health chat
- Noon: Job Doc chat with Elaine Varelas
- 2 p.m.: Red Sox discussion on RadioBDC

Some AP reports contributed to this piece

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