Mariano: Vows of love

I have had a few occasions to perform wedding ceremonies for family and close friends . . . I try to make each ceremony a little different. But, they all include the wording “in sickness and in health … until death do us part.”

Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Ed Hyder, the shopkeeper who won Worcester’s heart

 Through his work ethic, kindliness and shelves of staples and surprises, Ed Hyder built — day by day, customer by customer — such a successful life. His unexpected death Tuesday is a big loss for the family he so obviously cherished, and that includes all of us.

Walgreens robbery suspect captured with civilian’s aid

Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”