If a fishing vessel offshore has an engine fire during today’s sub-freezing weather, heaven forbid, the Coast Guard will get the first call. If a pilot boat gets disoriented in the blowing snow of the next major storm, the Coast Guard will be pulled into the soup to help find it and its crew…

Have you gotten the call yet? The one where the angry, serious, taped voice is darkly threatening you that Internal Revenue Service agents are at that moment loading their van to send their top team to your house to arrest you for tax fraud that very day. Images fly of them busting down your…

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Have you gotten the call yet? The one where the angry, serious, taped voice is darkly threatening you that Internal Revenue Service agents are at that moment loading their van to send their top team to your house to arrest you for tax fraud that very day. Images fly of them busting down your…

In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has ordered the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton to provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce while he is in jail. The ruling is novel, determining that withholding opioid treatment medication could violate federal laws and the Constitution.

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — He was, like Calvin Coolidge, an introvert. He was, like Theodore Roosevelt, a battler. He was, like Bill Clinton, a policy wonk. He was, like Donald Trump, a polarizing figure. He was, like Warren Harding, a scoundrel. He was, like John F. Kennedy, a dreamer. He was, l…

What do a man in New Jersey, the Microsoft company, a call center in India and a senior citizen in Newbury have in common? They were all pieces in an international scam that fell apart recently.

There’s a style of intellectual laziness that ignores the merits of a proposition in favor of other considerations that obscure the differences among conflicting points of view. One version of this is called false equivalency, but I like the colorful term Whataboutism.

Two men in Illinois, Tom Johnson and Bill M’Intosh, had a problem. They both claimed they owned land previously bought from the Piankeshaw Indians 45 years earlier. Their dispute went all the way to the Supreme Court of the new nation of America. It was 1823, and folks were just figuring out…

The recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report on food insecurity for college students confirmed what those of us in colleges serving lower-income students already know: Many students are so poor that they go without much food and are persistently hungry. This level of hunger is not…

With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, we became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charli…

Thirty years ago, during the 1988 presidential campaign, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush took a boat ride across Boston Harbor and derided the environmental record of his rival, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, calling the polluted waters a “harbor of shame.” Bush was right. For deca…

Solving algebra equations or extracting the theme of a reading passage are hardly the most joyous ways for a kid to spend February vacation or spring break. But the intensive academic camps, which have been taking place for more than a decade in Boston schools and have been tried in at least…

Hamilton thinks it’a so smart having a smash musical on Broadway but Rockport now has its revenge: its very own musical. Not on Broadway -- but on Jerden’s Lane. That’s because the new original musical comedy “Living the Island Life” plays this Saturday night (7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) on …

Like nearly all Americans, I am the offspring of immigrants. The peasant farmers whose family name I inherited came from Ireland. They left a homeland savaged by famine, trading the grim reality of financial ruin and starvation for the promise of a better life. They were part of what might b…

TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. — When, 120 years ago, the New Hampshire poet Edna Dean Proctor saluted this state’s “cliffs, her meads, her brooks afoam” and spoke elegiacally of the “white-robed heights” of its mountains, she identified perhaps the mostly enduring characteristic of New Hampshire — its…

The overflow crowds and effusive responses to Elizabeth Warren’s public speeches in Iowa over the weekend said a few things about the mood of the state’s Democrats: They’re neither hung up on fresh young faces, as some pundits would suggest, nor shying away from female candidates or those br…

If you’ve watched any NCAA football or basketball this holiday season, you’ve consumed the trademark commercial messaging celebrating “amateur student-athletes” whose talents on the court or playing field help them earn world-class university degrees and “go pro in something other than sport…

Closing the federal government and furloughing 400,000 workers, while forcing more than that number to work without pay, sounds like one of those Beltway problems. The Commerce Department closes, along with agencies like the National Marine Fisheries Service. So too the Environmental Protect…

If this New England Patriots season seemed more drama-filled than unusual, that’s because it was. New England, of course, was sent home stunned from the Super Bowl in February by a Philadelphia Eagles team that did to the Patriots what the Pats usually do to everyone else. The Eagles were sm…

The Christmas turkey was served a few days late in the Merrimack Valley this season. Exorbitant gas bills, some of which exceeded $800, started showing up stuffed into mailboxes the week after the holiday.

People collect many things. Some are things of status. Some of rarity. Some are merely great memories that mean nothing to other people. This is one of those: my own piece of collectible history.

A lot of Republicans still believe in the power of competition. A poll in November indicated that 40 percent of them, and 72 percent of all Americans, would like to see President Donald Trump face a primary challenge.

It seems like just the other day Elizabeth Warren was asking Massachusetts voters to re-elect her to the U.S. Senate. In fact, it was just the other day.

The 116th Congress will be the most diverse in U.S. history: 126 women will take office, including 43 women of color. Yet, as many have noted, this new diversity is confined to one side of the aisle.

As yet another government shutdown dominates the news cycle, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center on the North Shore of Boston, along with 55 other Massachusetts community-based sexual and domestic violence organizations, are scrambling to prepare for any ripple effect on cash flow that could thr…

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