Alex Guimaraes worked on ramps at Beacon and Charles streets in Beacon Hill earlier this month.

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Alex Guimaraes worked on ramps at Beacon and Charles streets in Beacon Hill earlier this month.

Beacon Hill gets a bum rap on ramps

The preservationists are right — but in Boston, that only guarantees they will get roughed up twice as hard. By Lawrence Harmon

opinion | Philip S. Balboni

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/04182011_18foley-7908849.jpg Tribute to James Foley’s courage and dedication

GlobalPost’s Philip Balboni writes that Foley was among the most courageous journalists he has ever known.

Earlier this month, police officers pointed their weapons at demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

opinion | Michael A. Cohen

US gun culture has police arming to keep up

It’s simply impossible to talk incisively about what’s happening in Ferguson without talking about guns.

editorial

Federal science funding needs boost, not gimmicks

In November, voters should express their strong interest in restoring the historically bipartisan commitment to science.

Curt Schilling.

editorial

Curt Schilling takes on chewing tobacco

It’s time for the players’ union to honor Schilling and other victims of chewing tobacco by banning it from baseball.

The wreckage from an oil-train crash in Quebec last year.

editorial

US proposes new rules to keep oil trains on track

The rules come after at least 10 notable oil-train derailments in North America since 2008.

Editorial cartoon: Violent response to ice bucket challenge

Cartoonist Mike Luckovich examines two topics dominating the national conversation.