GOP reform bill will be taxing for teachers, small businesses

The tax bill being pushed through by the Republican Party threatens the foundations of a vital and healthy economy. By reducing deductions for charitable donations, for teachers’ expenses, and for state and sales taxes, the bill makes it less likely that we will be able to financially support the services and projects that depend on them to succeed.

WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking

Traffickers leave a data trail, however faint or broken, despite their efforts to operate off the grid and in the shadows. There is an opportunity – albeit a challenging one – to use the bits of information we can get on the distribution of victims, traffickers, buyers and exploiters, and disrupt the supply chain wherever and however we can.

The toxic connection between mass murder and domestic violence

“By now, it’s a well-established pattern: male, usually white, often disgruntled ex-military, with a narcissistic grudge against the world, and, oh yes, a history of controlling, beating, raping, and tormenting the women in their lives. Isn’t it time we looked at the pattern before the mass shooting starts?”

HC Prof. Cynthia Hooper: Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation?

Four major Russia investigations are underway in Washington, along with at least six related federal inquiries. Anxiety currently swirls around the Kremlin’s manipulation of popular social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Cybersecurity sleuths claim Russia used Pokemon Go to inflame racial tensions and accuse Twitter of deleting crucial data detailing Russian efforts to sow discord during the 2016 presidential election. “Russia, Russia Everywhere,” read The New York Times Oct. 13 “Week in Technology” review.

Up Next: Lukes wants to pump brakes on PawSox

The one-time mayor and longtime voice of dissent (and often reason) has filed an item on the agenda of the Tuesday, Sept. 5, City Council meeting that brings into question the board’s position on the matter. Or at least, how the council reached its conclusion. “I don’t know where this council is coming from,” Lukes told the Sun late last week.