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Medical workers put new PPE on for each visit to a COVID-19 patients room in the COVID-19 ward at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare system campus and medical center in West Roxbury on Tuesday.

Workers who braved darkest days of COVID-19 deserve extra pay

The federal government gave states money for hazard pay; now Governor Charlie Baker and the Legislature owe the public a plan for spending Massachusetts’ share.

A portrait of William Allen hangs on the porch as his father, Thurston Allen (right) listens while attorney Kristine McDonald speaks during a press conference in Brockton on Thursday. At left is Thurston's longtime partner, Frances Bynoe.

Two commutations should be just the beginning

Clemency can be used to set right what the criminal justice system got wrong.

Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald talks to a reporter in 2019.

Plymouth County jail needs more oversight

Immigrant detainees’ allegations of mistreatment and abuse at the only ICE detention facility in the state must be investigated.

Boston Police Department Academy Graduation Class 61-21 takes the oath of office during ceremonies at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Jan. 7, 2022.

Qualified progress on qualified immunity

State commission recommends some worthy reforms, but punts on larger question of whether to change controversial rule that shields police officers from legal liability for abuse.

Rioters swarm the US Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021 waving flags, including the "thin blue line" flag associated with Blue Lives Matter supporters. Some police departments, including that in Seattle, have conducted investigations into whether officers from their cities broke laws during the insurrection.

Did a Boston cop participate in the Jan. 6 attack?

It’s been more than a year since the failed uprising against American democracy, but the police department hasn’t yet wrapped up its inquiry into whether one or more BPD officers were among the insurrectionists.

Qing Wang, who was accused of hiding ties to a Chinese university while securing US research grants, says he "was shocked" when he was arrested in May 2020. Wang is photographed at home in Cleveland on Aug. 18.

The Justice Department should back off researchers

The department’s China Initiative, launched to target Chinese espionage and intellectual property theft, lacks focus and clarity — and has far too aggressively investigated scientists as a result.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Vienna on Dec. 27.

If the US can’t hold Iran, it must know when — and how — to fold

The time to revive the nuclear deal is running short.

Anna Soto (left) watches her son Lyancer, 8, joke with Joseph Chaparro, 8, before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine during a Thanksgiving party at La Colaborativa, in Chelsea, on Nov. 23.

Vaccination rates for Massachusetts children, ages 5-11, are a ‘tale of two states’

Economics alone does not explain the disparities.