Taking a baby out into public is an adventure that requires a lot of accessories — bottles, burp clothes, baby blankets, etc. And if you’re planning on being out of the house for any length of time — say, past the typical lifespan of a diaper — better do some planning too. Specifically, pare…

Whenever there is a mass shooting, two questions are repeated in the news and social media: Did the shooter have a history of mental illness? And why weren’t warning signs identified earlier?

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A few weeks after I arrived here to become editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, I met with a guy who was running a local music club and was under fire, so to speak.

I often hear people predicting President Donald Trump’s re-election. Some are conservatives and Trump supporters who echo the president’s unfailing optimism. But others are Democrats who can’t resist embracing a gloom-and-doom scenario.

Today’s children will someday tell their own children about “snow days,” back when winter storms kept them out of school, and their stories will sound unimaginable and strange. Those were days when you didn’t have to “learn,” when you read something that wasn’t required by your English teach…

This week’s two-day storm brought us the requisite silly images of TV reporters standing alongside Route 128 at the first flake, scraping snow from the ground to judge its snowball suitability as cars, trucks and semis speed past on dark pavement. We had shots of people lining up to buy snow…

A little over a week ago, my wife and I went to see the movie “Harriet.” There were only three of us in the entire, very dark, theater, which always seems just a little creepy, no matter how comfortable the seats! Despite that, it was a very moving event.

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in the rearview mirror, today is possibly the most important of all.

It’s a fall phenomenon as dependable as Thanksgiving turkey: Cities and towns set their tax rates for the following year. And, in the midst of a robust economy with rising property values, that usually brings an increase for homeowners, with a heightened effect on those living on modest, fix…

On Oct. 12, construction worker Delmer Joel Ramírez Palma was working on the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans when the structure collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens of others. He survived a fall of three flights by swinging on a rope, although he sustained serious injuries.

HANOVER, N.H. — Al Foley, who taught history in these parts for decades and still is remembered in song and lore, was one of the great up-country raconteurs of his time. He died in 1978, but I met him once and, like so many others marinated in the folklore of this rugged state, I knew by hea…

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I was born at Addison Gilbert Hospital and graduated from Gloucester High School. The last five generations of my family have called Gloucester home, and I am optimistic that one day my two children will raise their families here, too. I am also a proud Army veteran. In 2008 I deployed to Ir…

WASHINGTON — Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, was accused by other members of his unit of war crimes, including stabbing a wounded prisoner in Iraq who was awaiting medical care.

Your halibut steak, fresh flounder fillet and plump sea scallops sometimes come with a price that's not reflected at the cash register.

The state’s newest minor league baseball team, set to begin playing in Worcester in 2021, reverted to the silly when choosing a name (the “WooSox”) and mascot (a yellow, smiley faced character reminiscent of a Wal-Mart commercial).

Thanksgiving means real, not ideological, inclusiveness. President Abraham Lincoln profoundly demonstrated this fundamental point. On Oct. 3, 1863, the White House issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday of November to be a “day of thanksgiving and praise to our ben…

When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, it was during our own Civil War. Lincoln wanted Thanksgiving to be a day of prayer for peace. Lincoln asked Americans to "fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to …

It took well over a decade, but the Massachusetts Legislature finally approved a ban on handheld cellphone use while driving, and Gov. Charlie Baker signed it into law on Monday.

The state’s transportation system is literally riddled with challenges: Potholed roads, inadequate public transit service, soul-crushing traffic congestion, and tailpipe pollution that both causes asthma and heart disease and is the state’s largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions. To addr…

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Want to ensure getting into heaven? Want to feel really good and Christmasy and make people like you just for being you?

PITTSBURGH — Just when we need it the most, fresh inspiration about the value and virtue of a free press is here. It's from the year 1644.

Declaring that America was at an “inflection point,” Kamala Harris launched her presidential candidacy in January with a stunning 20,000-person outdoor rally in Oakland, California.

The minority crescent, as state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester calls the seating arrangement of the Senate’s GOP caucus, is on the wane. Two of its half-dozen members are leaving, the State House News Service reported this week, and the potential loss to the party carries mo…

If you don't know what double-cupping is, you're probably from away and prefer hot tea in a china cup to a large iced mocha with a double shot. 

Brookline Town Meeting voted 207-3 Wednesday night to ban oil and gas heating infrastructure in new construction and major renovations in town, putting a stake in the ground for green energy supporters and a potential wrench in the works for developers.

A lot separates Massachusetts from the rest of the United States, including the way we number our interstate exits. In a throwback to yesteryear that no one has bothered to update, or probably knew about, exits here are numbered sequentially. That’s to say, in order.