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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 Donald: real contender or merely a pretender?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Every time the Donald opens his mouth, someone somewhere feels something. The state’s leading pundits and political minds roll their eyes or laugh. Voters pound their chests, believing, for now, that they’ve found someone who speaks for, and …

Ray Duckler: For Jorma and Hot Tuna, the long and winding road leads to Plymouth

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jorma Kaukonen’s tour bus, already having logged more miles than a space shuttle, is ready to go. “Do me a big favor,” the former counterculture icon tells me by phone. “This is a fun conversation, so you can …

Ray Duckler: Are you driving and talking hands free yet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

With apologies to the Concord Police Department, I broke the law three days ago and got away with it. No one pulled me over for talking on my cell phone, held to my ear, which is no longer …

Ray Duckler: Fifty years ago, Robert Wood, a gay reverend, marched for those who would not

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Picture the man protesting 50 years ago, first in Washington, D.C., then a week later in Philadelphia. Picture him carrying a sign promoting equal rights for gay people, at the time openly referred to as fairies, fags and …

Ray Duckler: For Ginny Timmons, laughter is the best medicine

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ginny Timmons got her days mixed up last week, missing our scheduled interview. That happens when you suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. Nothing strange there. What seemed unusual, though, was Timmons’s reaction when reached by phone. “I’m at Wendy’s, …

Ray Duckler: Comedian Dave Attell lands at the Flying Monkey

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Funny man Dave Attell is walking through Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, desperate for a pair of pants that don’t make him look fat. He’s on the phone with a writer from New Hampshire, looking for some press …

Ray Duckler: For refugee family, education a slow and challenging process

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For Devi Rai and her family, refugees from Bhutan, Becky Kidder had simple yet useful advice. When you can’t understand what people are saying, Kidder told Devi and the rest of her students recently, don’t be shy or …

Ray Duckler: What in the world was buried in that time capsule? Here’s a peek inside

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Erica Nason Ross is a 32-year-old teacher living in Andover, Mass. She gets one. Scott Sanel is a 43-year-old computer salesman living in Westwood, Mass. He gets one. And Barack Obama is a 53-year-old world leader living in …

Ray Duckler: Amy Dutton made an impact here. . . and over there, too

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Riley Bennett walked to her car on what had become a trail of tears, a road narrowed by cars on each side, turning it into a parking lot for those remembering Amy Dutton. An early arrival to the …

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of …

Ray Duckler: Fallen officers honored, led by a little girl with an old hat

Friday, May 22, 2015

One person, more than any other, stood out yesterday, her eyes hidden beneath a piece of history. One person, sitting in the front row, looked like the relative of a fallen officer, in a sea of relatives of …

Ray Duckler: Bet on Betsy, founded by kids, rocks in race

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Betsy Segal arrived in the conference room yesterday at 5:05 p.m., about an hour before the race, and slipped on a T-shirt made especially for her. “I feel so official now,” said Segal, shortly before the Rock ‘N …