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Heroin madness

The heroin epidemic got a little more personal Sunday with the news that it had claimed the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman at 46. We had mutual friends in the acting community.

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Medics, meds and monkeys

There are a few precious milestones I thought I might not live to see, but my soul is a little more rested now that a nurse practitioners’ bill is on a fast track for passage by the state leg

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The uncommonwealth address

While most men his age are enervated — retired or soon to slow down — Steve Beshear is invigorated.

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A year of lost voices

What a year. Get me outta here. Tragedy struck two of my favorite families.

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Resonant presents

Most gifts we send and receive are appreciated for a while but, with precious few exceptions, forgotten over time.

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Realizing Santa

In my wildest dream, I land an exclusive interview with Santa, who mutates from mysterious to crusty, opinionated, flawed and conflicted.

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Deconstructing Camelot

We can only speculate how much the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago changed history.

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A sweet, crushing compulsion

Unregulated masterminds of exploitation capitalize on human frailty.

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Endangered handshake, sick nation

As Americans clamored to buy affordable health insurance early this month, the need was underscored by a sickening shutdown of the federal government.

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A fix of ‘Breaking Bad’

(Warning: This column contains series-finale spoilers.) One of the most awarded, brilliant and important series in television history has ended.