Imagine if states prohibited some citizens from voting based on their po-litical beliefs. The reaction, justifiably, would be outrage. Yet about a dozen states already do exactly that, with hardly a word of protest.
Much of the current national debate … Read Full Story
By Esther Cepeda
We’ve heard for years that when it comes to African-Americans, Hispanics and low-income minority communities in general, expectations for academic achievement are low.
Indeed, the Center for American Progress found in 2014 that 10th-grade teachers thought African-American … Read Full Story
By Patrick Alexander Medeiros
Funny enough, I had never heard the original recording before I had arrived in Portugal. “Grândola, Vila Morena” was always just something vague and exciting that my family and I would bellow at regular gatherings, to … Read Full Storyread more
As we all know from listening to the campaign rhetoric from candidates of both parties, the U.S. economy is in disastrous shape. China and Mexico are stealing jobs right and left – per Donald Trump – and most people are … Read Full Storyread more
The Brazilian Women’s Group expresses its concern with the continuation of the Brazilian democratic process and reiterates its support for democratic institutions so hard-won in the mid-80s in Brazil.
The Brazilian Women’s Group reaffirms its commitment to combat discrimination, sexism … Read Full Story
Two new projects raise the prospect of a rebirth of textiles in the Bay State, one of them based on an ancient fiber, the other on fibers yet to be invented.
Federal officials Friday announced the creation of the Advanced … Read Full Story
By David Ignatius
So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress … Read Full Storyread more
To those who say immigrants are “taking American jobs,” here’s a morsel to mull over: Immigrants drove the creation of more than half the current U.S.-based technology startups valued at $1 billion or more, according to a report from the … Read Full Storyread more
There’s a new medical epidemic that’s sweeping the country — one not caused by viruses or bacteria. And it can hit anyone at any time.
The epidemic is called “surprise billing” and it happens when a patient goes to a … Read Full Story
An effort within the state Legislature to shift the threshold for a felony conviction offers a substantive change that will cost taxpayers little and enable those who have a one-time infraction rebuild their lives much more easily.
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Bishop Edgar da Cunha’s Easter Message
At the beginning of one of the most important documents of the Second Vatican Council, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, we read:
“The joys and hopes, the … Read Full Story
Com o crescente aumento do número de baby boomers (população nascida pós-II Guerra Mundial, entre 1946 e 1963) nos últimos anos, estamos a passar por uma mudança demográfica que resultará em desafios significativos para as cidades e vilas locais, se … Read Full Storyread more
With the influx of baby boomers now in — or approaching — their senior years, Massachusetts in the midst of a demographic shift that will pose significant challenges for local cities and towns if steps aren’t taken now to prepare.… Read Full Storyread more
Brazil is in serious trouble. Its current president faces impeachment, its previous president has been questioned by police, charges of corruption are rampant, the gross domestic product has dropped, inflation is rising and, as the country prepares to host the … Read Full Storyread more
The Philadelphia Inquirer
They knew and they let it happen! To kids!
That’s a quote from the movie Spotlight attributed to real-life reporter Mike Rezendes when he was investigating Boston priests accused of sexually molesting altar boys and other children … Read Full Story
Why does Sovaldi, a relatively new drug for use in treating hepatitis C, costs $1,000 for each pill in the U.S., $10 in Egypt and $4 in India? That’s what Attorney General Maura Healy wants to know, and it is … Read Full Storyread more
The Hartford Courant
Three federal agencies are teaming up to – finally, we hope – answer questions about the possible health risks of school playing fields made from recycled tires, thanks to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s lobbying of President Barack … Read Full Storyread more
Almost 9 million of America’s 13 million legal permanent residents are eligible to become U.S. citizens – yet haven’t. It’s worth trying to increase that number.
A healthy democracy needs people to be engaged. Permanent residents can’t be fully involved … Read Full Story