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The state’s transportation system is literally riddled with challenges: potholed roads, inadequate public transit service, soul-crushing traffic congestion and tailpipe pollution that both causes asthma and heart disease and is the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The town recently hired a sustainability coordinator whose job is to find ways to make Andover more environmentally responsible. Town Manager Andrew Flanagan says he hopes Joyce Losick-Yang, who has a doctorate from MIT and formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, can help Andover …

Vaping is an epidemic. Since starting its investigation in August 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related illnesses and over 40 deaths. Here in Massachusetts, there have been three vaping-related deaths and more than 20…

It takes a special kind of depravity to stand over someone who is barely hanging onto life, literally or metaphorically, and nudge them over the edge. Yet there are a growing number of cases of people who’ve done that, or who are accused of doing that, by encouraging, urging and even goading…

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. I am deeply thankful for the support of our students’ parents, whose high expectations help motivate the Andover Public Schools to maintain our strong focus on academic rigor.

No one can claim our nation is perfect. However, over the last 243 years, we have sought to acknowledge our flaws, and thanks to men and women of valor and courage, we have struggled to correct our failings.

Thousands of runners and walkers who finish the Feaster Five on York Street this Thursday will leave the Brickstone Square parking lot with the ultimate race prize — a Table Talk apple pie, suitable for their Thanksgiving table. The thought of sweaty people awarded with pies — really, the t…

Attorney General Maura Healey made headlines last month when she announced a lawsuit against one of the country’s largest energy producers, Exxon Mobil. The company, she alleges, deceived consumers and investors for years by hiding the impact of its products on the environment.

In the next few weeks the Legislature has a chance to make all of us who live in communities served by natural gas feel more reassured about the safety of the pipes that run under our streets and into our homes and provide us with heat, hot water and energy for cooking.

Throughout the past weekend, there were\ plenty of opportunities to show our gratitude to those who’ve served our country in the armed forces — whether at one of the many ceremonies and observances in our area, or by extending a meal or cup of coffee at one of the many businesses offering su…

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan acknowledged depositing $300,000 into her campaign coffers that was initially earned by her husband, Dave. The basis of a federal complaint against her, the transfer was covered by a “gray area” of campaign law, according to a statement by Trahan, who agreed she could h…

Gov. Charlie Baker has banned sales of vape products in Massachusetts in light of a surge of illnesses and deaths blamed on vaping across the country. But the four-month ban is controversial. Baker says it’s required to buy health officials time to understand these illnesses and write better…

President Donald Trump, surrounded by political enemies constructing an underhanded, dishonest impeachment, pretty much told the nation that he did not belong in the White House when he decided to yank our troops out of Syria.

Devices that carry a jolt of epinephrine are practically ubiquitous wherever children gather. Given that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, often with the potential for a serious reaction, it’s natural that school nurses, daycare centers and even scoutmasters on campouts are outfit…

Sometime before the end of this year, a federal task force is expected to release a report on the effect of drug shortages on the nation’s health care system. It should be an eye-opener for Congress and for the general public, as emerging evidence paints a picture of a drug delivery infrastr…

The slumber of growing teens is a pressing concern of the School Committee, which is considering tweaks to school start times in order to give older students more time to get the shut-eye health experts say they need. But given bus routes, a later start for them would require potentially dra…

The Select Board set Halloween trick-or-treating times early this year, from 4 to 6 p.m., in light of risks associated with mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis. The early timing will doubtless affect Halloween traditions, forcing families to scramble to get home in time and maybe caus…

When Charlie Brown went trick-or-treating, his neighbors dumped rocks into his candy bag. Halloween shouldn’t be that sour when it rolls around three weeks from now. Still, changing hours of trick or treating will doubtless sap some of the fun out of the annual candy scramble in at least two…

There are few sights more enraging while stopped for a school bus than to see another driver miss or ignore the bus’ stop signal arm and blow past a bunch of kids trying to cross the street.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.”

If Donald Trump were to tweet that nine is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets?

Police Chief Patrick Keefe and Health Director Thomas Carbone presented an overview on human trafficking to the Select Board Tuesday night, in an effort from the board to be more proactive and create public awareness in town. Would you like to see presentations like this on other critical is…

All across America, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, just over half of the students who begin a college degree end up graduating.

Maybe they think you’ll forget. Or you’ll be worn down, or you simply won’t have the time to fill out the paperwork, or you’ll miss the spammy-looking emails.

Last week's ceremonies remembering 9/11 show the mental and emotional wounds of that day’s attacks haven’t healed and probably never will. In addition to those painful memories, the effects of that awful day, when nearly 3,000 people died, also reverberate in tangible ways.

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