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Kim Place shows photos of her son Freddie to a House committee at the Legislative Office Building on Thursday. Place saw her son succumb to Krabbe disease which affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Why don’t we test for Krabbe? Inquiring minds want to know

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

She sat nervously in the waiting area, outside Room 205 at the Legislative Office Building, facts in her folder, friend by her side. She thought about her late son, Freddie, who’d be in high school by now, driving, dating, living. If only Kim Place had known 16 years ago what was wrong, why her baby, so normal at birth, so …

Ray Duckler: What a long, strange trip it’s been

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bom Bahadur Rai and his family, Bhutanese refugees searching for a home, pushed through the glass doors at 11:15 a.m., the last passengers off the plane. They moved in a single file, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, all expressionless, the low hum and squeak of a nearby luggage carousel breaking …

Ray Duckler: To know, or not to know, that is the question

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Is Harriet Cady fighting for transparency in government? Yes, she is. Is the 71-year-old Deerfield resident also, at times, a pain the butt? Well, it’s safe to say yes to that as well. On her side stands the New England First Amendment Coalition, which honored Cady recently for her work in prying open …

Ray Duckler: He sure proved me wrong. How about you?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Forget leftovers from the holidays, the turkey, the ham, the Christmas goose. For me, pass the crow. I deserve it. Three months ago, before he donned a cape on his back and an “S” on his chest, I …

Ray Duckler: Concord High student shows plenty of class

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alyssa Pellegrini doesn’t care what you think about her. Not anymore. Once, when a digestive disorder made her throw up in the school bathroom and leak stuff from a tube during class and miss weeks of school, causing …

Stories of the Year #10. With heroin use surging, state looks across its borders

Friday, December 26, 2014

Opioid abuse, specifically heroin, emerged as a major threat in 2014, forcing the state’s safety, medical and political leaders to scramble in search of a solution. According to data released in a recent report, 911 calls for drug …

Ray Duckler: In her perfect world, her sister fits right in

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

She says her artwork is perfectly imperfect, meaning there’s a human element in everything she creates. So maybe this is a case of art imitating life. After all, nothing has been perfect for Katie Johnson, and that’s just …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Ray Duckler: Alosa’s team a traveling show you won’t want to miss

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bring a pressure gauge to the Pembroke Academy gym, and the needle might spin out of control. Pressure is part of the culture there these days. From the pressure of expectations, to the pressure to succeed at a …

Ray Duckler: A great aunt and great nurse leads on Day of Infamy

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lucy Gentilhomme picks up one of the four books displayed in her office at Beaver Meadow School. She flips open to one of several pages, marked with a slip of paper, that documents the role her great-aunt, G.B. …

Ray Duckler: Officers touch on an issue that’s divisive – and hard to discuss

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Some say the police-related killings in Ferguson and New York City are a black and white issue. Others aren’t so sure. The protesters have spoken, blocking traffic on major New York City roadways and bridges, and demonstrating across the country. But what do local cops say? Did the …

Ray Duckler: Half-baked idea? Not to Concord dogs

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

From her kitchen in Concord, Abigail Tremblay is spreading happiness like the peanut butter she uses to bake biscuits. A pair of struggling local kids are happy – or will be happy – because of Abigail’s contribution to …

Ray Duckler: A man with clean morals, values and clothing

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When I looked into the background of the late Jay Rosenfield, something didn’t jibe. Two of his children are physicians, one is a retired doctor, one is a lawyer and another co-founded a giant energy consulting company. Rosenfield, …

Ray Duckler: Families who adopt kindness are honored at the State House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joan Shaw, the guest speaker, draped her right arm around 11-year-old CC, her left around Cheyenne, 10. Trust, Shaw said from the podium, came slowly, as did love, affection and anything else the girls lost during early childhood. …