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Charter schools take a commendable step

Charters are aiming to do better with two groups where they fall short: special education students and those who speak only limited English.

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The EU must take responsibility for migrant ships crisis

Already this year, more than 900 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean.

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Nigerian princes were so much easier to deal with

The extortion of the Tewksbury Police Department by a so-called phishing site shows the dangers that are still posed by spam.

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Sentencing of Blackwater guards sends the right message

This should signal to both the military and the private companies it hires that those serving the United States must hold themselves to a high standard.

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Some better news for haddock, and fishermen

A report by NOAA provides hope that some of the world’s toughest management regulations are making a difference.

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US owes allies a clear path forward on Pacific trade talks

Congress should grant fast-track authority to President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Boston Police oversight panel needs more independence

The current setup devalues the expertise of board members by allowing them little latitude.

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Virtual speech trumps Spain’s gag law

The face of dissent just took on another dimension, quite literally.

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In exploring origins of the cosmos, US shouldn’t settle for ‘second best’

America appears resigned to grasping the coattails of Europe and Asia rather than boldly breaching the frontiers of particle physics.

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Don’t let Aaron Hernandez’s fame overshadow Odin Lloyd’s life

Lloyd’s mother deserves the last word: “Odin was my first, best gift I ever received.”

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Get Brookline bottled water ban right

Residents are discovering the town may lack the infrastructure necessary to sensibly support such a ban.

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Time for MBTA to change its bus map

The map of where the T runs its buses would appear to be etched in stone.

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FEMA too stingy with aid to Mass. after harsh winter

The federal government needs to reevaluate how it thinks about storms.

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Ban tanning beds for teens

In Massachusetts, minors now need parental consent to use tanning salons — a rule that public health officials say is easy to circumvent.

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Should Massachusetts allow another casino?

The casino law, which voters upheld in a referendum last year, is supposed to maximize economic returns for the state.

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Nancy Pelosi’s grip on House Democrats is slipping

The caucus should at least have a discussion about a change in leadership — even if they ultimately decide that Pelosi is too valuable to cast aside.

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Hear, hear for question time in Britain’s House of Commons

The Prime Minister’s Questions is a 30-minute showdown pitting the leader of the government against the leader of the opposition in merciless verbal combat.

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Putting the MBTA in the governor’s hands

Baker’s report did not live up to its advance hype — and that’s a very good thing.

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Is S.C. police shooting an aberration or all too normal?

No one knows exactly how many people the police kill in the United States.

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New England’s energy brokers must look beyond natural gas

This winter has shown lawmakers just how vulnerable the regional electricity grid is to fluctuations in natural gas prices.

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Drop Cuba from terror list

The change of status would help codify a growing realization that Cuba has more to offer as a friend than as a foe.

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MOOCs: Ensuring equal access to education for all

Amid an explosion of online courses, it’s unfortunate but sadly predictable that accessibility issues might fall by the wayside.

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A necessary fix for teacher hiring law in Mass.

There is a growing surplus of veteran teachers who are not hired but remain on the district’s payroll at a cost of several million dollars.

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Spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty

Even supporters of capital punishment should have some qualms about putting the Marathon bomber to death.

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Mass. leads on protecting rights for domestic workers

Among other items, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights requires employers to offer standard benefits like sick days and meal breaks.