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Owen Labrie at Superior Court in Concord on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated through the decades, and it remains relevant as we examine the nationally covered rape trial that ended in superior court Friday. What …

Ray Duckler: This rape trial makes you wonder: where did we go wrong?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maybe we can learn something from the heart-wrenching trial that’s unfolded in superior court here since last week. Maybe we can talk to our children about stuff we don’t want to talk about, namely sexual assault, instead of leaving it up to the schools. Maybe we can mention it when the children are really young, and then mention it again and again and …

Ray Duckler: Trump, the billionaire who exposes the discontent of money in politics

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donald Trump wanted us to visualize a marionette, controlled with strings by someone above. He wanted us to understand that others seeking the presidency of the United States, Republicans and Democrats, are told what to do by those who fit the bill. They pull strings, he told a packed press conference in Hampton …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

Ray Duckler: Running the Rock ‘N Race for David, Brigit and Danica

Saturday, May 16, 2015

They’re called David’s Angels, but let’s add two people to the mix. Let’s add Brigit McKeough and Danica Gage. That tells the whole story, the one about the parents who died too young, the little girl who’s since …

Ray Duckler: Deflategate? Tom Brady? Patriots lineman won’t tackle topic during visit to Concord

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went hunting yesterday, for the elephant in the room. Or in this case, in the Abbot-Downing School gym. Sure enough, there was Dumbo, or Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Horton, or whichever name you choose, camouflaged by a New …

Ray Duckler: For Greg Grappone, mild manners said it all

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You could almost feel Greg Grappone cringing at the attention. He was unpretentious and unassuming, never seeking the spotlight, always looking to fly beneath the radar, despite a highly visible surname that stared back at him, everywhere in …

Ray Duckler: Students and parents congregate to speak one language

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The food tables at Rundlett Middle School’s Around the World day made me hungry. The kids there made me hopeful. Kids like Rebecca Bamidele, an eighth-grader at Rundlett and a volunteer for the school’s Student Ambassadors program. I …

Ray Duckler: Once, boxers didn’t merely take the money and run

Friday, May 8, 2015

Check the photo above this column. That’s Joe Frazier hitting Muhammad Ali with a left hook during their 1971 heavyweight title bout. That snapshot, that fight, will last forever in our minds, as will others. The bout between …

Ray Duckler: An earthquake, far away, is felt close to home

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Not many world events could resonate with Bom Rai while he tries to build a new life in a new country. It took an earthquake to do that. That’s why Bom, a Nepalese refugee, attended a vigil last …

Greg Grappone, a father and survivor, dies at 35

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Greg Grappone, whose family began selling cars in the region nearly 100 year ago and now owns dealerships that line Route 3A in Bow, died yesterday from complications related to a rare form of cancer. He was 35. …

Ray Duckler: Finding the good in something very bad

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Finding the positives here isn’t easy. Tomorrow night, though, starting at Merrimack Valley High School, you’re invited to participate in something good that came from something awful. This is the 10th edition of the Angels 5K Road Race, …

Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the …

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran …