Winter is coming. The pandemic is raging. Too many people are unvaccinated. Breakthrough cases are common. And now, even as the Delta variant continues to pummel the masses, an ominous new strain — Omicron — is on its way.

Over the past year, Massachusetts has taken important steps to reduce emissions and move toward a more sustainable future. Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a sweeping climate bill in March aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a greener economy. It’s crucial that we move …

It's the stuff of (mostly bad) science fiction. An asteroid on a collision course with Earth, threatening to wipe out all life as we know it.

‘Tis the season for giving, and a lot of people and organizations need to be on the receiving end of help this year.

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“If you’re vaccinated — and hopefully you’ll be boosted too — and your family is, you can enjoy a typical Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving holiday with your family.”

In September, President Joe Biden announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate that affects 100 million workers across the public and private sectors. The mandate requires all federal employees and federal contractors to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It also applies to private sector companies with at least 100 employees. For this latter group, exemptions are possible, which then require weekly testing in lieu of vaccination.

The power went out in my corner of Gloucester about 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. I was watching storm news. Then I wasn’t. It was pitch dark outside and instantly became so inside. No television, no night lights, no digital clock radio, no street light seeping in. No electrons = no photons.…

When the lawmakers Massachusetts voters entrusted to represent their best interests went home Wednesday, they left billions of dollars languishing on the table.

Say it ain’t so! First Pallazola’s goes, and now Destino’s?! Jeez, are the wheels coming off the Glosta Bus?

Frederick Banting could have made himself a very rich man when he discovered insulin in 1923. Instead, he refused to even put his name on the patent, feeling it was unethical to profit from a discovery that could save lives.

Congratulations to those who’re planning to cook Thanksgiving dinner. You are brave to tackle this particular feast, as it’s a tough one. It’s not enough to produce a golden-brown bird worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting; now you need at least a half-dozen “sides.” Meanwhile, today’s modern cooks consider it a sin to open a can. They speak of “native-sourced,” a term that has nothing to do with cans.

In December, a new collaboration between nonprofit Citizens Inn, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Essex County Community Foundation will enable 20 low-income families to get online.

Taxpayers are rightfully outraged when public officials are caught in criminal acts while on the job. But one potential tool to hold those officials accountable — the forfeiture of pension benefits — often can’t be employed because there is no way to implement it fairly.

With reports that almost everything that can be put in a shipping container or tractor-trailer truck is being delayed because of “supply chain” traffic jams, it’s no surprise many consumers goods, food and home heating fuels will be more expensive this winter.

Sandwiched in between an election, a pandemic, a climate conference and a bunch of really high tides was the local news item that Mr. Robert Walsh was to be leaving after his seven-year stint as artistic director and overall manager of the Gloucester Stage Company. Sigh. The sad news was acc…

This is a crisis. It is not how it’s always been. It is not kids being kids. It’s not media hype or ARPA money grabs. It is a crisis.

Hazing, racism and abuse accusations against the 2019-2020 Danvers High School hockey program are shocking enough: Players striking teammates with a sex toy when they refused to shout a racial epithet during “Hard R” Fridays. Group text chats with racist and homophobic images. “Gay Tuesdays,…

Everyone who knew the late Arthur Enaire is likely to have known he served his country well in the First World War. But those who only became acquainted with him through viewing a local World War I memorial didn’t know his real name, because it was misspelled for nearly 100 years.

Votes on the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill in the Senate in August and last Friday in the House should have been overwhelmingly in favor of passage. The 2021 Infrastructure Report Card from the Society of Civil Engineers gives roads a D, transit a D-, bridges a C, schools a D+, energy a C- and it goes on from there.

A proposal by state representatives from western Massachusetts to create a COVID-19 Remembrance Day to honor those who died, the thousands who battled the virus and its long-term effects, and essential workers on the front line of the pandemic response, deserves support by all lawmakers and …

Over the past several weeks, our campus community has been deeply troubled by harmful speech outside on North Campus. A person unaffiliated with Salem State University has been visiting to espouse language similar to what the city of Salem witnessed in recent years from a small group of anti-LGBTQIA+ individuals who proselytize downtown. These hateful words are particularly challenging on our public campus, which carries Freedom of Speech protections similar to those of a public street yet serves as a place that our students call home – where we want them to learn, thrive, and grow.

As Massachusetts-based disability advocacy organizations working together to ensure individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) have every opportunity to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives in the community, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), The Arc of Massachusetts and Northeast Arc are concerned about a recent encounter between police and a self-advocate with ID/DD. (“State police sued over tackling of man with Down syndrome,” Salem News, Oct. 6).

It’s probably no coincidence that as world leaders at the climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, debate how to curtail air pollution on a grand scale, clean energy advocates and utility companies in Massachusetts are doing the work at the consumer level to help make it happen.

Even after his death from Lou Gehrig's disease in December 2019, the legacy of Pete Frates continues to raise money to help people afflicted with ALS.

Setting the clocks back an hour Saturday night made sleeping in Sunday morning feel like a bonus – that is, until the sunset came before 5:30 p.m.

Building consensus between commercial fishermen, conservationists and marine regulators is no easy task. But a long, patient effort led by Congressman Seth Moulton’s office seems to be making progress, and a substantial influx of federal cash may finally help the often-warring factions find …

Let's face it: Sometimes Major League Baseball can be boring. Maybe it's the 162-game season, or the languid summer heat, or the seemingly endless pitching changes, but every one in a while there's going to be a real stinker.

With commuters again flooding the highways in and out of Boston to work every day and the worst constraints of the pandemic lifted, it's time Massport looked closely at treating residents north of Boston fairly.

Ramona Delaney’s 93-year-old grandmother died peacefully on a Tuesday in April. The funeral service was held on Friday. On Saturday, Ramona with husband Matt Delaney and 14-year-old daughter Katrina purchased an over-sand permit for their jeep and drove out through the sand dunes of Race Poi…

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