Sure, it’s a Hallmark holiday, but this year it’s my husband’s first Father’s Day and I’m thrilled. Why? I think he’s actually excited about this one. He’s smitten with our son, who was born at the end of March, and I’m in awe. I knew he’d be a great father, the kind of great father we all r…

With two train derailments in the past week – including one on the Green Line that caused numerous injuries and a second on the Red Line that will likely cause long-term disruptions – the MBTA’s woes aren’t going away any time soon.

Massachusetts spends almost $1.25 billion a year on its 29 public colleges and universities. It makes sense that the hundreds of trustees who help spend that money be well-versed in matters ranging from finance and administration to open government and conflict of interest laws.

At long last, a recent weekend presented one of those pristine days that remind us here in Massachusetts why we endure those winters. With warm spring weather finally here, many of us hit the water for the first time this year, visiting local rivers. With more than 10,000 miles of rivers tra…

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Spring’s been done to death, says the curmudgeon. And it’s true – a quick internet search of spring poems turns up thousands of examples dating from, roughly, forever. In ancient Greece, Pindar (522 B.C.–443 B.C.) wrote, “Sweet flowers usher in the fragrant spring.” In Rome, Horace (65 B.C.–…

Martin Shkreli is the face of evil pharma. Four years ago his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, ratcheted the price of a drug used by AIDS patients from $13.50 a pill to $750 — increasing their bills nearly 55 times over. Two years later, the thirtysomething “Pharma Bro” was sent up the river…

This past Thursday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day that will forever be historic for the bravery and courage of the men and women who stormed Omaha Beach in order to break through enemy lines. Countless movies and documentaries have tried to depict what happened on that day, but in …

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you don’t prefer it.

Today’s teens and tweens have grown up casually using cutting-edge technology their parents never possessed. These “digital natives” can work their way around an iPhone or Android like a concert pianist at the keyboard, connecting to millions of people in the world at large in the time it ta…

Two recent cases of sex crimes involving children illustrate the barriers faced by prosecutors who want people facing serious charges to stay locked up in jail before trial. Both happened in Lawrence. And while the circumstances are quite different, both involve grown men accused of aggravat…

Names, names, names. What’s in a name? Everything! In the very earliest days of naming, last names were descriptive of what the person did or where they were from. So Henry Cooper was a barrel maker and his kid might have been William Cooperson. It made sense. In Germany, even today, anyone …

President Donald Trump gave an excellent speech in Normandy, France honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day. He hit the right tone as he underscored the importance of alliances, honored veterans and displayed sensitivity and compassion for those veterans of the landing who were in attendance.…

You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of Am…

Years ago, I was a leukemia patient and bone marrow transplant recipient confronting an extremely difficult decision: Do I continue down an uncontrolled, life-threatening spiral caused by “wasting syndrome” (persistent and potentially fatal weight loss), or do I try an unproven, unregulated,…

There once was a school of thought that held the best way to deal with random displays of anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance was to ignore them. Reacting publicly to a swastika scrawled on a bathroom door or carved into a school desk would only serve to give the offenders what they…

Two nonagenarians were buried in snow-covered cemeteries in the Merrimack Valley this past winter, both having outlived most of their friends and families. James McCue, 97, of Lawrence, died in February and was buried in Bellevue Cemetery. Albert “Al” Corn, 95, of Methuen, passed away about …

You might want to think twice before downing that 12-ounce can of Coke. Since sugary drinks can cause a host of health problems, drinking one sugar-filled soda ends up imposing about 10 cents of health costs on others because the resulting medical bills are paid through Medicare, Medicaid or…

When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports.

Congressman Seth Moulton’s quest for the presidency may seem quixotic, given he’s one of 23 Democratic candidates (so far) struggling to distinguish himself among a field of better-known candidates like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Some have dismissed Moulton’s candidacy, …

In the mid-20th century, Western Electric built a plant in North Andover to create the equipment that went into the guts of the country’s telephone network. Devices used by AT&T and the Bell operating companies to transmit phones calls worked with parts engineered and manufactured off Os…

Earlier this month, my daughter, Amelie, and four of her classmates were honored as the top five academic seniors in her school outside of Boston. They all participated in a wonderful evening event with similar students from high schools all across the North Shore.

Nothing like an outbreak of tornadoes focuses the imagination on the importance of weather forecasts. Storms in the past week raked Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri. At least 10 are dead, and judging by images of destroyed homes and buildings from those states, that number easily could hav…

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I’m the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

Many fish, marine mammals and seabirds that inhabit the world’s oceans are critically endangered, but few are as close to the brink as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). Only about 411 of these whales exist today, and at their current rate of decline, they could become ext…

Some have suggested that the founder of WikiLeaks, who recently was sentenced in Britain to 50 weeks in jail for jumping bail seven years ago, should be viewed as a heroic defender of press freedom and the public’s right to know. But Julian Assange is no hero.

Anyone laboring under impression that Facebook actually plans to do something about the waves of “fake news” flooding the social media platform got a wake-up call last week. Or at least it should be a wake-up call.

The weather in Boston on May 30, 1868, was nothing like it is this weekend. But overcast and rainy conditions didn’t prevent hundreds of people in the city and beyond from participating in solemn tributes for the soldiers and sailors who’d died in battle, from injuries or as a direct result …

At the top of the harbor entrance in Point Judith, R.I., just where the ferry rolls through the swells to and from Block Island, there is a new house going up. The rows of houses that line the front of the bay have been there for seemingly ever and form a tight-knit grouping of yards, drives…

NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio -- not particularly popular, not particularly pleasant, not particularly accomplished -- announced his presidential candidacy the other day. Nobody was excited, but then again nobody was surprised. After all, everybody else is running for president. Why shoul…

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In Memory Of Mary "Jean" Mason August 22, 1938 - June 16, 2017 You never said I'm leaving, you never said goodbye. You were gone before I knew it, and only God knew why. A million times I needed you, a million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In l…

Fort Myers, FL - Thomas Anthony Kiely, 73, peacefully passed away March 22, 2019, at his home in Fort Myers. He was the son of Thomas F. Kiely and Eleanor M. (Hanley) Kiely. Growing up in Manchester, he graduated from St. John's Prep and Merrimack College. While serving in the Air Force, he …