There is no doubt of the climate’s deterioration and it’s impact of a looming global threat.

It’s less than 10 days before Iowans, possibly braving bitter cold and blowing snow, head to school libraries, church basements, community centers and veterans’ halls to begin the formal process of choosing the Democratic presidential nominee. The outcome is as uncertain as the weather.

An interpretive sign stands at the edge of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, a 1,500-acre state conservation property in central Massachusetts. It explains the site’s open land vegetation has been shaped by “millennia of fire” – and that the recent exclusion of fire has led to de…

Partisan divisiveness doesn’t get much thicker than it is now in the chamber of the U.S. Senate, where President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is taking place. But look about 10 blocks north of the Capitol and you’ll find another example of the political gridlock that has hamstrung Washin…

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There is no doubt of the climate’s deterioration and it’s impact of a looming global threat.

It’s less than 10 days before Iowans, possibly braving bitter cold and blowing snow, head to school libraries, church basements, community centers and veterans’ halls to begin the formal process of choosing the Democratic presidential nominee. The outcome is as uncertain as the weather.

An interpretive sign stands at the edge of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, a 1,500-acre state conservation property in central Massachusetts. It explains the site’s open land vegetation has been shaped by “millennia of fire” – and that the recent exclusion of fire has led to de…

Partisan divisiveness doesn’t get much thicker than it is now in the chamber of the U.S. Senate, where President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is taking place. But look about 10 blocks north of the Capitol and you’ll find another example of the political gridlock that has hamstrung Washin…

For generations, many Salem families have called our beautiful coastal city home. Grandparents watch their grandchildren grow up down the block. Now, as the climate emergency bears down on us, we must ask ourselves, will the 3-year-old who today lives in the Willows or the historic Derby Str…

Seventy-seven years after he and almost 650 fellow sailors died when a Japanese torpedo sank his ship in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy announced it will name a new aircraft carrier after the African-American mess attendant who had become a hero in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk are three options for reducing emissions from cars and trucks -- the largest source of heat-trapping carbon pollution in America. As we’re in the midst of a global climate emergency, the governor should be aggressive in his choice and support that which cuts the …

The police blotter wasn’t a good place to see your name in the newspaper even in the days before it ended up on the internet. Now, in this modern era, its digital twin is especially troubling for those among us who wish they could wipe away traces of their arrests. Online news is a tricky th…

It doesn’t take a candidate of color on a debate stage to raise issues of justice and inequality. But that has been the way it has worked out, mostly.

WASHINGTON — Ten years ago, an earthquake rumbled through this city and then beyond the Capital Beltway, sending shock waves into presidential politics and even into the state legislatures. It changed the way candidates campaigned and almost certainly altered who won those campaigns. It spaw…

Once again, there is a new “hot” candidate. This time it’s billionaire Tom Steyer, who hit double digits in new Fox News polls in Nevada and South Carolina, thereby qualifying him for Tuesday night’s CNN/Des Moines Register debate — the last debate before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Taken at face value, the White House is right to assert that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and not Congress, should be taking the lead on regulating so-called “forever chemicals” in our drinking water.

If you have the misfortune of Alex Ovechkin being your favorite hockey player, then the upcoming NHL All-Star Game will be a letdown. The captain of the Washington Capitals is skipping the showcase, even though fans voted him to captain the Metropolitan Division squad. He cites the need to “…

The idea is startling in its simplicity: Replace the confusing, tangled thicket of high school playoff tournaments with a single statewide bracket that ensures the Bay State’s best teams are playing at the end of the season. And apply that NCAA-like bracket to pretty much all high school spo…

The state Board of Higher Education took another step last week in the effort by state lawmakers over the past year to protect college students from being blindsided by the sudden closure of a Massachusetts college or university.

Alcohol prohibition became the law of the land 100 years ago — on Jan. 16, 1920 — following ratification of the 18th Amendment and enactment of the Volstead Act. Progressivism played a driving role, with Americans possessed by reformist fervor set to cure the ills of society by banning the m…

The day will come when we look back at the current condition of the Massachusetts economy with wonder. The high tech and life sciences industries are booming. So too advanced manufacturing and health care. The unemployment rate is below 3%, which means pretty much anyone who wants a job and …

President Donald Trump’s speech on Iran will not go down in memory as eloquent or inspiring, but it gave the world what it needed most: an opportunity for de-escalation. The U.S. president was unquestionably speaking to many audiences, and most should be more pleased than upset by what they heard.

Last month a faculty member resigned from Salem State University. While such comings and goings are common in academic settings as elsewhere, this resignation should be cause for alarm. The university has lost yet another faculty member of color, the sixth in the last three years. In this in…

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll on Thursday delivered her annual State of the City address during the City Council’s annual organizational meetings. The prepared text of her remark follows:

Conventional wisdom on manufacturing tells us that it is a declining industry with few pathways to lifelong, lucrative careers for young people making decisions about their futures. It’s time to seriously question that way of thinking.

No one wants to dump cold water on so many well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym or cut out the midnight snacks, but in case you missed the news in the New England Journal of Medicine last month, despite all efforts to the contrary, our collective weight problem is getting…

I didn’t understand how badly I was addicted until I was forced to go cold turkey. It happened during a monthlong retreat to Scotland, where I’d been given a chance to work on my new book uninterrupted by the inconveniences of daily life. The administrators fed me, did my laundry, cleaned my…

Up close and personal -- that describes targeting individuals in wartime, even when impersonal unmanned drone aircraft are employed. The lethal, remotely guided aircraft have become popular with the United States military and intelligence agencies.

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BOCA RATON, FL - Natalie (Simon) Katz, 79, of Boca Raton, Fla. (formerly of Swampscott), died on Thursday. Born and raised in Lawrence, Natalie Katz was the wife of the late Loeb Katz, who passed in 2016 for 53 years. She was a longtime member of Temple Emanuel of Andover, Temple Emanuel, Ma…