In my attic I have five old cigar boxes filled with tickets, press passes and other mementos from games and concerts I’ve gone to over the years. I started my collection nearly 30 years ago because I thought it was so cool how my uncles — and my uncle Ray in particular — kept every ticket stub.

When I would visit Ray, he would show me tickets from the Olympics, Super Bowls and English soccer games, and for each one he had a story. …


“The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded.” — Learned Hand

There is a great sickness spreading quickly across our country, and I am afraid that its roots are healthy, its hosts are willing, and its effects are terminal.

It is a strange, robust…


When Michelle Carter told Conrad Roy III to end his life through texts and phone calls, it was “speech integral to [a course of] criminal conduct,” according to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

I have been trying to wrap my head around what that actually means in this case and whether or not the decision constricts First Amendment protections in Massachusetts. I think it may, and I think this could be another example of an ugly case making bad law.

The SJC is quoting the Supreme Court when it calls Carter’s texts and calls “speech integral to [a course of]…


The Herald newsroom moments before former publisher Pat Purcell told his staff he declared bankruptcy.

Nate Dow edited copy at the sports desk as the Boston Herald newsroom filled with people nervously waiting for a surprise all-staff meeting called by publisher Pat Purcell.

Nate doesn’t work there anymore.

The two sports editors he worked under are gone, too.

Our entire editorial page staff vanished, and so did our cartoonist. Jeff Howe, a fan-favorite Patriots writer, took his talents elsewhere, and our entire business section now consists of the very talented Jordan Graham.

We lost four news editors, our veteran police reporter and a kickass photographer. At one point the Herald encompassed two floors — now…

Bob McGovern

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