The Salem Witch Trials are a dark chapter in Massachusetts history. But as shameful as that short passage was — the whole affair lasted about a year — there is a lesson to be drawn from more than four centuries of work to atone for the death of more than two dozen innocent people.

Apparently, a lot of Massachusetts residents are either very generous or they just don't need the money.

The hint of an education on race and racism I received in medical school involved a historical overview of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and retired eugenics practices. As I rotated on the wards, race came up again as a vague tool to help narrow a diagnosis. New Black patient with severe …

As refusals to be vaccinated against COVID and its variants become more apparent, I find myself asking how to describe such resistance.

If the effects of a warming planet out West were hypothetical to those of us on the East Coast at the start of the week, by now they’ve become real, not to mention smelly.

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Sitting recently with my friend Art from the ACES Alliance ( in The Coffee Factory, we spoke of how good the ideas of reuse and repurpose were for the environment.

With all the news about the growing impacts of climate change and sea level rise – countless wildfires on the West Coast, unprecedented drought and heat waves in much of the Southwest and Midwest, record July rainfall in parts of New England, subway riders in China drowning in flooded train …

Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots. Sure, I know that plenty of people like to flip the classic Clausewitz quote and say that politics is war by other means. All’s fair, etc., they insist.

Our soggy summer — nearly 9.4 inches of rain at Logan Airport so far this month is about 7 inches more than usual for July — has washed out more than basements and beach days. It’s washed hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into area rivers and harbors.

Out of the shadows of the woods, on the far left side of the Maudslay pasture, emerged a figure, wandering casually into the sunlight.

Since last year, local citizens have braved Market Square in Newburyport to advocate that Black lives matter. They peacefully hold signs and wave to passing cars and pedestrians who honk or wave their support.

Dog owners will tell you their animals are members of the family. The bond is especially tight when the person wears a uniform and the canine is trained to capture a suspect, potentially saving its partner’s life.

The state of Maine recently passed a law to make big companies compensate the state for the cost of recycling their packaging, which will put the burden of recycling costs on major producers, not the consumers who pay through municipal recycling programs.

A June 30 Daily News editorial brought much needed attention to the opportunities for Massachusetts residents to access the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, often referred to as “food stamps”) to access locally grown produce. The Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) essent…

Every 18 minutes, someone walks into an emergency room in Massachusetts seeking help for a dental problem, whether crumbling teeth or gum disease, that could have been handled as easily by a dentist.

Public libraries have long been one of the nation's great equalizers. With a simple library card, people of all ages and backgrounds have access to everything from books to 3D printers to the internet. There's no income requirement or background check. Just show your card.

You wouldn't know it from the many positive bird-watcher reports from Cape Ann, Plum Island and throughout the Merrimack Valley, but this summer has been tough on birds in other parts of the country.

Just a generation or two ago, Tom Wolfe described the mettle of test pilots turned astronauts as “The Right Stuff.” Now, all one needs to get to outer space is a big pile of green stuff, or perhaps gold.

A revived economy bringing people back to work is not working out for everyone. Businesses throughout our region and the state report struggles hiring people into entry-level and even experienced jobs. But proposals to cancel some pandemic unemployment benefits, perhaps replacing them with s…

By early July, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by region – and it is lower on average among nonwhite people.

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