WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Once again, the name of one of North America’s signature freedom fighters — an enigmatic leader variously described as a pioneer and a madman, a man regarded either as the founding father of Manitoba or a reckless revolutionary, a figure all but unknown below the Canadia…

Maybe the rapid expansion of legalized gambling in Massachusetts isn’t the jackpot everyone thought it was going to be. And that has implications for the state budget.

In the 25 years I’ve spent working as a school psychologist and professor of school psychology, I’ve never seen so much federal, state and local money spent to “harden” school buildings and campuses.

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I stayed home from work on Friday. The only hospice patient I had on my schedule was a toddler, who definitely did not need to catch the cold that was just beginning to scratch at my throat. It was an excuse, really. I could have gone to the office and just stayed away from people. Instead, …

I guess it’s like this. Folks keep asking why this column keeps bringing up the Fuller School thing and casting shadows on the new school derby process? They have questions themselves about the costs and benefits to the state-of-the-art bells and whistles these gleaming new schools will both…

At the start of October, the European Court of Justice handed down an important decision regarding Facebook that should be generating extensive debate, but so far has not. Implications for freedom of speech are profound.

Once was a time when marijuana was illegal that the exact definition of being “one toke over the line,” as the old song went, was a philosophical issue probably best left to people within reach of that limit, wherever it might be.

If you want to see the Bruins play their home opener against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, you’re going to drop at least $90 for a ticket, and that’s sitting in the balcony. Per the early reports of fans who’ve seen the $100 million renovation to TD Garden, you also had better be small …

Sometimes the hymns that are sung at worship lead to reflections. I found this to happen to me recently. As I listened to the hymn “Change my heart O Lord, make it ever true. Make it be like you,” it was a cause for some personal reflection.

Thanks to a newly released trove of U.S. official correspondence, the world now knows just how clumsily the Trump administration tried to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to serve its political ends.

It’s been almost 300 days since state Sen. Marc Pacheco, chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and his House colleague, state Rep. Ruth Balser, issued a New Year’s resolution calling for climate solutions, including net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The reso…

In the summer of 1976, Don Bolles, a statehouse reporter for the Arizona Republic, got a tip for a story involving land fraud, the mafia and U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater. Bolles arranged to meet a source in the lobby of a Phoenix hotel, the Clarendon House, just before lunch on June 2. He went …

“Extra!” The headline could have read: “Pig nabbed in barnyard breakout romp — foiled by lucky dog bark!”

LOS ANGELES — Once the 2020 presidential campaign leaves the early tests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the political themes will be California themes, the issues will be California issues, and the values being debated will be California values.

It may be a smallish project on a road in a semi-rural stretch of the North Shore, but the work being planned for Argilla Road in Ipswich is a perfect example of the foresight and teamwork needed to adapt to climate change.

A federal judge’s ruling Wednesday in favor of Safehouse, a nonprofit in Philadelphia that wants to open the country’s first supervised “drug consumption” site, pushes this controversial idea forward.

Here in Gloucester we don’t always welcome change. And rightly so. What we have here is so special, so unique, that we have a special fear that change will take away that which makes it so. Nevertheless, change comes whether we want it or not. For my wife Catherine and I, change has come aft…

In one presidential scandal, an anonymous government official dubbed “Deep Throat” provided the crucial information that helped break the case. In the other, it’s an anonymous government whistleblower.

There are few sights more enraging while stopped for a school bus than to see another driver miss or ignore the bus’ stop signal arm and blow past a bunch of kids trying to cross the street.

Walking the dog to the beach isn’t the carefree activity it used to be. I find myself looking carefully at the sand, the rocks, and the houses along our route and wondering what might happen to these beloved scenes as we face into the unknown of the oncoming climate crisis. Today at high tid…

The threat of mosquitoes buzzing around under the Friday night lights has scrambled local football schedules. High school teams around the North Shore and Merrimack Valley are shifting games to Saturday afternoons when it’s less likely their players, coaches, parents or fans will be bitten b…

Is it wrong to ask questions about the financial impact of building new schools in Gloucester? Some people think so, but most of them have a dog in the fight. While some folks on the building committee for the new schools howled when a few questions slipped from this column six weeks ago — i…

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom…

On Aug. 5, 1974, pre-computer Washington was slowly accessing and processing the meaning and message of the president’s words as they poured out of the chattering news wire service machines, radios and TV sets.

The footsteps Bernie Sanders is hearing belong to Elizabeth Warren. The problem for the Vermont senator is that those footsteps are ahead of him, not behind him, in Iowa and California and perhaps soon in the rest of the country.

The U.N.’s climate panel report released Sept. 25 makes crystal clear that the planet’s oceans, snow and ice are in dire trouble and the damage is causing harm to the people who depend on them. Even with aggressive efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, many nations will struggle to adapt.

For a group that holds all but one of the state’s executive seats as well as the House and the Senate, the state’s Democratic Party sure can be petty.