The new governor has made bold, even brash choices that reflect his freewheeling style, but his unconventional moves also signal some peril ahead.
Examining the parallels between the alleged perpetrators of attacks in Boston and Paris.
January is National Mentor Month, a perfect time for new mentors to join organizations and start creating relationships that will have a lasting impact on the lives of others.
The U.K.’s experience hosting the 2012 Games can be a beacon for Boston as it seeks to stoke long-term economic development.
The recent failure of grand juries to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men has sparked outrage across the nation. And for good reason.
Serious concerns about due process will keep this death penalty case alive on appeal and in the public eye for years and years to come.
I look forward to this period of bare trees, bare ground and quiet all through the noisy year.
The unemployment rate for qualified blind job applicants is a staggering 75 percent. Massachusetts is in a unique position to change that.
Why? The simplest answer is that Tiant earned it.
On the life and death of Thanksgiving rituals.
The Ivy League allows its teams to compete for NCAA titles in virtually every competitive sport — except football.
If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.
As governor-elect, you must decide whether you want your first term to be defined and dominated by a bidding process for a three-week party that would be thrown after you will have left office.
Too much testing may impede innovation, creativity, divergent thinking and individuality among generations of students.
A rocky start has given way to smooth sailing for the Pats.
It is hard to imagine a more counterproductive thing for a sexual harassment policy to do than to make it harder for us to discuss, teach, debate and improve sexual harassment policy – but that is what the university policy threatens to do.
Why is it that a Massachusetts attorney general seeking higher office hasn’t won in nearly half a century?
Each year 147 people die in cars from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The technology to detect CO exists and is inexpensive. So why isn’t it a standard feature?
A few times I’ve found myself in hopeless violation of one of the cardinal rules of journalism: no sentimental weeping at political events. Monday was one such example.
Some of the most heinous crimes in recent memory have been carried out by young men.
Cog contributors Jane Swift, Jarrett Barrios, Renée Loth, and many more share their thoughts on the mayor’s retirement.
All it means is that, for cyclists, red lights are equivalent to stop signs, and stop signs equivalent to yields.
The idea of Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics is a stretch, but boosters still have the gleam of Olympic gold in their eyes.
Massachusetts prides itself on being a progressive state. But when it comes to conversations about religion, we seem to have a lower threshold for tolerance.
In honor of the 2013 home opener, Mark Sagor takes stock of some of the more colorful members of Red Sox nation.
The civility that defines today’s mayoral contest is all fine and well, but the more gritty races of yesterday were much more interesting to watch.
Terrorism authority Jim Walsh on what it’s like when your professional expertise infiltrates your personal space.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
Perhaps he was able to do what he did because he was not looking around the corner for the next rung of the electoral ladder. He had reached the pinnacle of his ambitions.
From Mud Rooms to Super Bugs: California-bred Steve Almond translates some basic seasonal terms for fellow non-natives.
Forget re-election plans. It is time for Mayor Tom Menino to retire. He and Boston will both survive.
On Monday, despite more than a foot of snowfall in some places and dangerous whiteout conditions, state employees were expected to show up for work.
It’s unwise to sell the Commonwealth’s voters short. They have 56 days to demand specific answers from their candidates on critical issues, and they are smart enough to change the channel on attack ads.
The pledge is an obvious tactic by the Democratic machine to put the Republican campaigns back on their heels early in the abbreviated campaign.
The anniversary of the Marathon has re-triggered feelings some caregivers and first responders thought they had worked through months ago.
Move over “gerrymander.” Step aside “scofflaw.” Our resident wordsmith investigates the claim that “canoodling” originated on the banks of the Charles River.
When the Braves left Boston in 1953, the Red Sox became the only game in town. But commentator Thomas J. Whelan says the wrong team stayed.
Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.
Next stop, SpaghettiO’s station? The cash-strapped MBTA is considering selling naming rights for 11 stations. Not so fast, says Ed Fouhy.
If you enjoy great athletes performing at the top of their abilities and under clutch circumstances, Ed Siegel says, you have to love the Yankees.
Historic Boston was built of brick, a legacy that gave way in the ’60s to the so-called Brutalist style – and now to big, boring boxes. But, Renee Loth wonders, is there a better way?
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.