We can understand the disappointment of the hundreds of local runners -- and the thousands from the United States and across the world -- when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and race organizers announced last week that the 2020 Boston Marathon would be canceled due to the COVID-19 concerns.

Canceling a long-awaited school trip to a European capital is painful enough. The headache of many families trying to get their money back makes it worse.

There are almost 100 lawsuits pending against the Trump administration as it does its best to recklessly dismantle America’s common-sense public health and environmental protections.

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As advocacy groups continue to push for mass releases of inmates due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many are portraying our correctional facilities as overcrowded, unsanitary or lacking proper health care, with some going to the extent of calling it a “death sentence.” Such statements are grossly…

From the excitement of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions to the highs and tragic lows of the space shuttle program to the technical brilliance of the landing of the rover Opportunity on Mars, the country’s exploration of space has always brought us together.

“Game changer” has now moved into first place as the most overused expression on the planet, basically replacing “on the planet” which had held onto the title for decades.

Never mind the coronavirus. If you don’t keep your social distance at a driving range, with at least six feet of separation between you and other golfers, you invite a whole new set of health risks.

There is only one topic to write about this spring: isolation in lockdown. Which leads eventually to being nuts. Articles are everywhere on how to cope with loneliness, sickness, fear, the cash crisis, insomnia, run-amok munchies. Beyond the print, musicians are making music, singers are sin…

Erik Larson’s latest best seller, the “Splendid and the Vile,” is a fascinating telling of the challenges faced by Winston Churchill and the British people in 1940 and 1941. It’s hard not to contrast Churchill’s leadership and public reaction to today’s events and the leadership of President…

Forty drivers, all wearing masks, engaged in serious, high-speed social distancing Sunday, blasting around the oval track for NASCAR’s “Real Heroes 400” race – with a huge virtual audience and barely a soul in the grandstands in Darlington, S.C.

If you didn’t know better, you could easily assume that the American people are as deeply divided over measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic as we are over partisan politics. The national news media aren’t helping, giving heavy publicity to protests against stay-at-home orders without p…

The details of Charlie Baker’s reopening plan for Massachusetts businesses will start to emerge Monday. By all accounts, however, any restart of the economy will be measured and necessarily slow. As the changes roll out, state officials must continue their work to help companies reduce expen…

An otherwise mediocre doctor in Gloucester back in the late, late 1970s once postulated that almost all of our body’s organs hang like clothes in a closet and were meant to hang that way. He said that when we slouch, especially sitting, they all pile up on each other and eventually are respo…

Herds of goats abandoning their habitat in the Great Orme headland and wandering into the Welsh coastal town of Llandudno. Bobcats and ravens spotted in parts of Yosemite that just weeks ago were the province only of humans. A coyote appearing in the backyard of a suburban home in Westcheste…

It has become clear in recent weeks that COVID-19 is creating a mental health crisis that could outlast the virus itself. Emergency telemedicine measures put into place by the Baker administration at the outset of the pandemic could help address the issue, if they are made permanent. 

It would probably warrant celebration at any other time. Reports of abuse and neglect filed with the Department of Children and Families are down by half. But in light of a pandemic, stay-at-home advisories and social distancing, the frightening fact is that fewer calls undoubtedly mean abus…

When you think about how you are responding to the stress of the pandemic, do you feel proud? When you think about how others around you are responding, are you pleased?

“This is the Social Security Administration!” the caller barked. “Your Social Security number is being suspended at 5 p.m. today unless we hear from you now because of financial crimes you have committed! If we don’t hear back from you, we will consider it an admission of guilt and will imme…

Over the last week, a debate about when to reopen our country has begun in earnest. If we reopen too soon, we’ll lose the progress we’ve gained by social distancing, see a new spike in cases that overwhelms our hospital system, and inject even more uncertainty into an economy that’s buckling…

A report this week showed a spike in traffic fatalities last month — a time when the pandemic forced most commuters to stay home, apparently opening the highways to speeders.

There have been many cries in recent weeks for the easing of some state regulations to keep struggling operations -- especially small businesses -- afloat during a time of historic economic uncertainty.

Cloth face masks are the latest accessory, equal parts fashion and personal brand. You can get one with sequins. You can get one with a picture of Iron Man. You can get one with the Boston Bruins logo.

First, the state beaches were closed. Then the parking lots and public bathrooms. Then the gate to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was closed and locked. And finally, after too many people couldn’t resist a walk on Plum Island or Salisbury Beach on a sunny day, pretty much every av…

There’s never been a better time to be a dog — well, most dogs. With their people forced inside the house, either because of social distancing or because work has dried up, dogs are getting a lot more one-on-one time and walks.