Even today, in an era where America is slowly beginning to confront the scope and effects of childhood sexual abuse, the statistics can still shock: An estimated one in 10 children will face sexual or other abuse at the hands of a school employee during their academic career.

Almost daily, educators across the country tell me that at least half of their students use electronic cigarettes, mainly the Juul brand. Many of these young people show clear signs of addiction. They are agitated, emotional and unable to sit through an entire class period. They often need t…

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He d…

Veterans who are permanently disabled during their military service are owed a double helping of gratitude. Few Americans would argue that point, no matter their place on the political spectrum. Thus, it’s of no particular surprise or controversy that the law calls for the elimination of gov…

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For the past several years, a frequent topic of discussion by employers in our state has centered around the workforce crisis. From hospitality to health care, nearly all sectors are facing a shortage of workers, particularly for entry-level positions. Sadly, what’s become a crisis for many …

Eighty-four years ago Wednesday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. He advised future generations to continue building on the program’s foundation, which he explained “represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means complete.”

Some people who hold medical marijuana cards have been getting home deliveries of pot for several years without any reported problems. But those deliveries involve known parties at both ends – the medical marijuana company knows the patient, whose medicinal pot prescription information is al…

Not long after World War II, when federal officials unveiled plans to turn the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal into a highway to speed drivers from Cumberland, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was a voice in the wilderness. Douglas, an inveterate hiker…

Many of us had a first job scooping ice cream, washing dishes, running amusement rides or ringing out purchases. We may remember demanding bosses, displeased customers, thankless tasks or making rookie mistakes. But one thing is certain — it was a critical first lesson in dealing with the pu…

Editor’s note: On Aug. 5, Gloucester High School Principal James Cook named Alexander Oaks the Gloucester Writers Center’s 2019 Amiri Baraka scholarship winner. A recent Gloucester High School graduate, Oaks will attend Trinity College in the fall, majoring in political science while also pu…

A distraught Patti Amaral called me up one recent morning: “Gordo, Gordo . . . you gotta do something. I don’t know where to turn so I’m calling you.” It was this school thing, where it’s going to go. She is adamantly opposed to putting the “new” school on Mattos Field that she and her suppo…

In 2002, a friend’s 8-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had a beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.

WELLS, Maine —With almost no attention, and surely no grand commemoration, Maine this summer marked an important American anniversary that, despite its unheralded nature, provided one of the more vital, and less well-known, turning points in the nation’s history.

There are tens of thousands of leaks in the vast web of natural gas pipes snaking across the commonwealth. Just how much gas is being lost, however, and how much the leaks are costing customers, is more of a mystery. And even in the wake of last year’s Merrimack Valley gas explosion, there i…

As it faces what to do about its aging bus fleet and outdated bus maintenance facilities, the MBTA is considering how to move to an all-electric bus fleet – and at what price.

A bucket brigade of spring water being pulled off store shelves last week was just the start. With strict new limits on the appearance of certain man-made chemicals in the water, New Hampshire and states surrounding it are sure to see ripple effects — some of which will be costly.

As the nation’s attention lurches from one mass shooting to the next — from a Pittsburgh synagogue to a California garlic festival to a Walmart in Texas to a busy sidewalk in Dayton, Ohio — Lori Alhadeff stays focused on school safety.

It seems that not a week goes by without a new report outlining the breadth and depth of the region’s housing crisis. This week was no exception, with the release of a study from the real estate website Apartment list that showed the region has added 2 1/2 times more jobs than units of housi…

Cable providers have always had a monopoly in this region. And with only one game in town, they have a stranglehold on vital cable, phone and internet services. When the internet goes out, channel offerings change or prices go up, there’s little consumers can do but grin and bear it.

Sometimes one has to stumble onto something to discover new worlds that you never knew existed. Hey, have you ever been to Camden, Maine?

Lawmakers and everyone else watching last Tuesday’s hearing of the Joint Transportation Committee on Beacon Hill couldn’t have expected much more than excuses from officials at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Before the meeting started, there was no reason to believe they would deliver a sat…

It’s been 15 years since state Sen. Mark Montigny first filed a bill that would mandate hands-free cellphones for drivers in Massachusetts. And, yet again, lawmakers this week delayed a final vote that would have sent the legislation to the governor’s desk for a signature.

Let’s start with this: No one came out of last week’s lifeguard walkout covered in glory. There have already been plenty of accusations tossed around as to who was to blame for what could have turned in to a dangerous situation. Rather than point fingers, let’s figure out how to keep it from…

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Which high school sports logo is the best on the North Shore? The Logo Showdown is down to the Finals. Choose between Essex Tech and Danvers to determine the winner between now and Monday at 5 pm!

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Obituaries

Gloucester - Sarah A. (Boris) Frazer, 82, of Gloucester, wife of the late Harold (Buddy) Frazer, passed away peacefully on Friday evening August 9, 2019. Sarah was born in Watertown, on March 14, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Felix and Rose (Cacavaro) Boris. Her highest priority was …