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From the BAA: Thank you, Boston

On Marathon Monday, Boston showed the world that it is a shining example of compassion and caring.

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Rubin Carter was freed, but his trial never ended

The boxer spent almost 20 years in prison fighting an epic battle for exoneration. He died Sunday at 76.

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‘Free’ cloud services erode student privacy

Many schools rely on Internet cloud services for a range of functions and use free apps for instruction or homework assignments, but these “freemiums” aren’t actually free. They’re paid for with students’ privacy, writes Josh Golin of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

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How to fix the EITC

US Rep. Richard E. Neal offers reforms for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Does autism awareness finally mean something in Massachusetts?

The Legislature should pass a bill that provides long-needed services to people with autism, urges Lucy Berrington of the Asperger’s Association of New England.

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Uta Pippig’s race: A ‘Marathon of Freedom’

Shoulder to shoulder, runners from hundreds of countries run together in peace, bonded by the love for the sport.

Like Israelis, Bostonians show resilence amid pain

A month after my arrival in Boston, my newly adopted city, I realized that it suffered from an open wound. It hit me precisely on March 10, when a local news outlet retweeted the following from a teenager:

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How to make sense of an incomprehensible act

What if we need a way to bookend a tragedy on the scale of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent chaos?

opinion | Secretary of State John Kerry

Working with the Vatican against modern slavery

I find special joy and pride in the way that the US can partner with the Holy See to help meet some of our greatest global challenges.

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The plan to move Dartmouth forward

This roadmap for reform is the beginning of an accelerated campaign to improve social life on campus.

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We run together

Runner Jalon Fowler reflects on her training for the Marathon.

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Boston’s trauma teams were trained, ready

Our systems worked especially well on that tragic day, and people survived injuries that would have been fatal.

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Increase the minimum wage

Increasing the minimum wage is smart economics and good values, writes Jeffrey Bussgang of the Alliance for Business Leadership.

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After the bombs: A personal reflection

I’ve never run the Marathon, but I almost always watch. Last year, I was standing 30 feet from the second explosion.

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The next move for independent hospitals

To succeed, community hospitals must be part of integrated health systems, writes Richard H. Aubut, president and chief executive officer of South Shore Health and Educational Corp.

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Making workplaces more welcoming to those with disabilities

The Legislature should pass a bill that would open workplaces to people with disabilities, writes attorney Carol R. Steinberg.

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Real freedom requires justice

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa calls for greater social and economic equality in Ecuador and across Latin America.

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Advice for the college rejection letter recipient

For those who didn’t get into the college of their choice, a column by the late Globe columnist David Nyhan offers comforting advice.

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A healthy place to live

The Boston City Council should fully implement the city’s rental ordinance, urges Dr. Megan Sandel of Boston Medical Center.

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Northeastern University limits free speech

Northeastern University should reconsider its suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine, writes NU law student Max Geller.

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A matter of safety, not free speech

Northeastern University’s suspension of Students for Justice was warranted, writes NU law professor Richard A. Daynard.

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Anita Hill’s legacy

Florence George Graves and E.J. Graff of Brandeis Univeristy explain how Anita Hill’s unsought moment of celebrity has helped working women press forward toward equal footing with men in the workplace

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Why leaning in can backfire

Research shows that how women negotiate can matter as much as asking in the first place

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The scourge of heroin addiction

If outpatient treatment is not more widely accepted and available, inappropriate hospitalizations and incarcerations will continue, Dr. Steven Kassels argues.

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Let’s change the way we view addiction

Drug addiction still carries the stigma of many outdated prejudices, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone and Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Steve Tolman argue.

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Help for homeowners

US Senator Elizabeth Warren explains the flood insurance relief law.

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‘Night Owl’ gets Boston on track

The MBTA’s “Night Owl” service is important to the vitality of the city, write James O’Brien of the Boston Carmen’s Union and Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods.

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Overhaul of schools is the wrong diagnosis

A recent report suggseting that Massachusetts’ education system needs a dramatic overhaul ignores the state’s succses and proposes remedies based on ideology not evidence.

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A new tack for economic development

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s economic development plans should focus on small businesses and the city’s most impoverished residents, writes Justin B. Hollander, an associate professor at Tufts University.

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Are our students ready for college?

Mitchell Chester, state commissioner of elementary and secondary education, and Richard Freeland, state commissioner of higher education, explain the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a new computer-based assessment system that will help educators better gauge whether a student is ready for college.

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