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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: The man behind the Donald: tough as granite

Saturday, August 15, 2015

John Lynch stands in a back office at the state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, stiff, speechless and defenseless, just like he was five years ago. The effigy of the former governor has been there for a while, …

Ray Duckler: Come fly with me, Jeanne Gerulskis says

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jeanne Gerulskis, the executive director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, needs her space. Nine years ago, she drove to an auction in New York City and bought a jumpsuit worn by a character from Star Trek: The Motion …

Ray Duckler: A party 250 years in the making

Saturday, August 8, 2015

There’s a birthday party this week, all week, and you’re all invited to attend. Whether your thing is music, dancing, history, farming, sports or parades, Concord 250, the organization in charge of coordinating and promoting this celebration, has …

Ray Duckler: An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Look at life through Arnie Alpert’s eyes, and you’ll see peace signs and doves, not weapons and wars. A nonthreatening presence, he’s a slight man with a small, narrow face that almost disappears behind his mustache and glasses. …

Ray Duckler: A very dark problem on a very sunny day

Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Hi, Ray. How ya been?” That’s how the conversation started downtown, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, with an acquaintance whose name will remain hidden, for now. My friend, Kevin Clark, was working, playing his guitar at the entrance to Eagle Square, and I was sitting in what amounts …

Ray Duckler: I wanted to track a moose, at a time when calves are dying

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Jones peered through the trees, flashed a peace sign-like symbol, then flicked his index and middle fingers quickly back and forth, over and over, one at a time. “We’re close,” whispered Jones, a graduate student in a …

Ray Duckler: Carrying on, and spitting a cancer diagnosis in its face

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Michelle Tanguay taught her fitness class in Boscawen two months ago, on the day she learned her cancer had returned. Get your weights, she told her students, in her nonthreatening yet authoritative manner. Work. Stretch. Lift. Sweat. If …

Ray Duckler: For local Episcopal pastors, the Scouts are nearly there

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The leaders of a local church, known for rolling out a red carpet of inclusion, applauded the recent policy change implemented by the Boy Scouts of America. But the pastors of St. Paul’s Church, the Revs. Kate Atkinson and Keith Patterson, would prefer to give a standing ovation, …

Ray Duckler: Rock Hudson told the world he had AIDS, and everyone listened

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A press conference 30 years ago Saturday pushed fear and hope onto the same stage, at the same time. Rock Hudson’s publicist told the world that one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, gaunt and unrecognizable from the days when his stunning good looks jumped off the screen, had …

Ray Duckler: Furor over the Confederate flag comes to NASCAR

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Race cars backfire now and then. So does public relations strategy. I saw it, felt it and lived it Saturday along Route 106, near New Hampshire Motor Speedway, home of Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301. NASCAR, the governing body …

Ray Duckler: A daughter binges and purges, and a father feels helpless

Thursday, July 16, 2015

They sat in the waiting area outside the courtroom, a father trying to save his bulimic daughter before it’s too late. “A big part of it, dad, is I don’t want to give it up,” Katherine Drouin told …

Ray Duckler: Does Harper Lee’s sequel kill a man’s image?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sarah May Schultz swiped her thumb along the smart phone screen, moving deeper into the newspaper article about Harper Lee’s new book. It didn’t take long to notice sadness in her blue eyes, wide and hopeful just moments …