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A Boston Marathon competitor and Boston police run from the area of an explosion near the finish line in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Ray Duckler: Doctor, nurses recall Boston Marathon bombings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One year ago today, an emergency broadcast at a Boston hospital on Charles Street crackled with chilling words. “Multiple victims. Code Red.” “We knew this was not a drill,” said Deb Trocchi, a registered nurse at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Trocchi, Maureen Martinez, also a nurse, and Dr. Aaron Remenschneider were on duty at Mass. Eye and Ear when two … 0

Ray Duckler: Couple to return to Boston after a marathon of indecision

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vicki Miller, approaching the Boston Marathon finish line a year ago today, ducked between two parked trucks and waited for a third explosion. Or, she wondered, maybe gunshots would be fired. She simply didn’t know. Her husband, Tom, two blocks away when the bombs detonated, said he felt the power, and he pushed down hard on his chest with both hands to emphasize … 0

Ray Duckler: Move over, Teddy; here comes Big Papi

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teddy Roosevelt once spoke at the State House, and he built the Panama Canal. Dwight Eisenhower spoke there, too, and he led the invasion of Nazi-controlled Europe during World War II. And now, add David Ortiz to that list of greatness. He’s single-handedly torn apart the Yankees over the past decade. He’s led … 5

Ray Duckler: Caring for kids, Mary Jane Wallner never goes out of style

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Where do you begin? Chairwoman of the House Finance Committee? Nearly 3½ decades as a member of the House? The face of day care in this region? Mom, wife, friend? How about starting with the picture displayed the … 0

Ray Duckler: A balancing act between sadness, justice in Addison case

Friday, November 8, 2013

This may surprise you, but Nick Willard, the lead investigator in the Michael Addison case, says he’s in no rush. No rush for a final resolution. No rush to put Addison to death, even though seven years ago … 0

Ray Duckler: Finding peace by fighting stigmas and accepting death

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The other day, the director of the state’s National Alliance for the Mentally Ill mentioned Ken Braiterman and “courage” in the same sentence. More information was needed. Was NAMI’s Ken Norton referring to the longtime pioneer, the voice … 1

Ray Duckler: Take me out to the ballgame, to watch him pitch and meet his mom

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bill Glahn turned around and expressed support for World Series hero John Lackey, once a maligned figure, Wednesday night during Game 6 of the World Series. And Lackey’s mother appreciated it. “I said something that may have been … 0

Ray Duckler: Running for his senior project and much more

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brandon Richardson’s senior project scares the heck out of him. Terrifies him, actually, as he put it last week. That’s because Richardson, who’s had more goals in life than a star hockey player, never takes the easy way … 3

Ray Duckler: Can you hear me(ow) now? Just fine, thanks

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The cat meowed, then the little girl signed with her hands, then the mom cried with joy. Meow, sign, cry means a lot at the Nealley home in Epsom, where Kim and her husband, Scott, live with their … 0

Ray Duckler: These days, Red Sox Nation fears nothing

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

At Fenway Park on Oct. 17, 2004, everything in New England changed. Hope, one of humanity’s greatest treasures, soared like a David Ortiz blast into the night. People around here knew, or suspected, they had something to embrace, … 0

Ray Duckler: Climate change surfaces in Dunbarton

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The popping of firearms through the trees and the gentle ping of spent cartridges hitting the ground needed an extra day this weekend in Dunbarton. That’s what happens when registration for a shooting competition, called the Live Free … 1

Ray Duckler: French say 'merci beaucoup' to a Henniker WWII veteran

Friday, October 18, 2013

Donald McCloskey saw history, up close and personal. Europe, freed from Nazi occupation? Yep, he was there for the start of that. Japan, when the once-proud empire called it quits, ending the war to end all wars? Oh, … 0

Ray Duckler: A man, a honk, a wave and a smile

Monday, October 14, 2013

On weekday mornings, George Gregoire sits outside his Concord home at the corner of Old Turnpike and Airport roads and sells something refreshing, like a kid running a lemonade stand. But Gregoire’s product is free, and you don’t … 3

Ray Duckler: Oscar-winning film crew documents Linda Bishop's story

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Oscar-winning filmmakers and their crew see more than the old white house on Mountain Road when looking at the images captured by their cameras. They see a broken mental health system, and a struggle to balance a … 0

Ray Duckler: Reaching for the stars, Luna is out of this world

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Her first name is Phoebe, but she prefers Luna, her middle name. She likes the way it sounds, Luna Hicks says. But I’m going to attach meaning here, simply because it works. Luna, as in the moon, high … 0