The turmoil engulfing the Boston School Committee has highlighted a chronic problem with public meetings across the state: Often, there are at least two meetings going on -- the one the public sees, and one hidden from the public where councilors and school committee members exchange texts i…

When it comes to personal pyrotechnics, Massachusetts stands alone. State law doesn't just ban bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers, it outlaws all consumer fireworks including sparklers, party poppers, snappers and spinners.

As much as we look forward to taking our usual seats in city council and school committee chambers for in-person debates over budgets and class sizes, we recognize that state and local governments need more time to wean themselves from Zoom. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Lawrence General Hospital was in the thick of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Merrimack Valley. As of two weeks ago, it had administered more than 235,000 COVID-19 tests through its local clinic, according to President and CEO Deborah Wilson. It had given more than 103,000 vaccines.

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Now that COVID-19 is receding, we can clearly see the lingering impact on individuals afflicted with long-term health problems as well as institutions whose business models were damaged along the way. Among the latter are, ironically, healers that are now suffering -- hospitals whose efforts…

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