Just after midnight Wednesday, as temperatures slipped toward 18 degrees, Jason Menard and the crew of Worcester Ladder Co. 5, Group 2, rescued a woman and her baby from the top floor of a burning triple-decker on Stockholm Street.

Fourteen months have passed since fires and explosions roared through the Merrimack Valley, as the result of failure piled upon failure at the region’s natural gas utility, Columbia Gas. And while much has happened since the disaster in terms of roadwork, repairs, legal settlements, investig…

Narcan saves lives. The evidence is clear in the dropping number of opioid fatalities in Massachusetts and across the country. While the overall epidemic shows little sign of abating, fewer people are dying because first responders, doctors, nurses and loved ones have ready access to overdos…

The biggest letdown for Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s soccer team last week didn’t come from a 1-0 loss to Norwell in the state tournament — a game decided on a last-minute penalty kick after a handball. More disheartening was the behavior of a couple of juniors on the team who, i…

I never met Bill Kelley. He was my older sister’s biological father, though my father raised her from a toddler. When I was old enough to realize that my sister had a different last name, I was told that she was my half-sister and that her father died in the war.

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