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Callum Borchers


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Past articles by Callum:

'We Will Watch Your Dog': Boston Landlords, Politicians Seek Ways To Lure Workers Back To City

Many companies have discovered their employees can be productive anywhere, and many workers don't want to go back to the daily grind of commuting downtown. That's leading some to to wonder whether expensive, congested cities like Boston are still worth the hassle. And it's yielding creative efforts — from pet care to vibrant art displays — to draw people back. → Read More

Hidden Cows And Complaining Chickens Populate Cartoonist Sandra Boynton's Jigsaw Puzzles

Boynton is also the author of more than 50 books and several music albums. → Read More

Homework Help Is On The Way For Students Struggling To Get Online

A new federal program will help schools purchase portable technology like tablets and internet hot spots. The Federal Communications Commission's $7.2 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund is taking schools' applications for equipment that students can bring home. The FCC will reimburse up to $400 per device. → Read More

Memorial Day Festivities Return, As State Lifts Pandemic Restrictions

The town of Wilmington will bring back its annual Memorial Day parade and more than 37,000 American flags have been planted on Boston Common. → Read More

Kim Janey Becomes First Black Woman To Lead Boston

Tuesday marks Janey's first full day as acting mayor of Boston. She was elevated from city council president late Monday — when Marty Walsh resigned, upon being confirmed as U.S. labor secretary — making her the first woman and first person of color to lead Boston. → Read More

'You Just Can't Give Up': Surviving COVID-19 With Down Syndrome

Jonathan Derr, a 41-year-old grocery worker from Cape Cod, recently received his second vaccine dose, after surviving a bout with the coronavirus earlier this year. He said he experienced chills and headaches, and understood that the disease could be particularly dangerous because he has Down syndrome. → Read More

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron On Retiring, Objectivity And The State Of Journalism

One of the most consequential journalists of our time is calling it a career. → Read More

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Is Reportedly Biden's Pick For U.S. Labor Secretary

The selection lends credence to Biden's pledge to be "the most pro-union president you've ever seen." Walsh headed the Boston Building Trades Council, representing about 35,000 union construction workers, before he was elected mayor in 2013. → Read More

Why Some Local Officials Want To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Support for pulling money out of traditional energy stocks is not exclusively, or even primarily, about going green. → Read More

Here's What A $600 Stimulus Check Could Buy

The latest pandemic relief package passed by Congress includes $600 stimulus checks for many Americans. That's a sum that could help with an array of expenses — and also could run out quickly. → Read More

3 Takeaways From Election Day In Massachusetts

There weren't many surprises in Massachusetts' election results this year, but there's more to learn from the votes than just the clear-cut wins and losses. → Read More

Mass. Voters Say 'Yes' On Question 1, Expanding Access To Car Repair Data

The ballot measure will require car makers to share information they collect wirelessly about vehicles' mechanical health. Such information, known as telematics, can help anticipate problems before they arise. → Read More

'I Moved Because Of The Election': Mass. Expats Relish Chance To Vote In Swing States

For Massachusetts voters, it can be hard to escape the feeling that their ballots in a deep blue state are part of a foregone conclusion. But some have found a way: They've moved to battlegrounds like Florida and Pennsylvania. → Read More

Chaotic Campaign Tests Presidential Debate Director Janet Brown, Who Has Mass. Roots

Brown grew up summering in Nonquitt and holds degrees from Williams and Harvard. She has led the Commission on Presidential Debates since its inception, in 1987, and this year may be facing her biggest challenge yet. People who have known Brown for decades believe she is up to the task. → Read More

How Presidential Norms And Notions Of Masculinity Obscure Info About Trump's COVID-19 Case

Presidents have historically been reluctant to show any weakness when facing health scares, in part because they have often presented themselves as beacons of masculine vigor. → Read More

'I'm Running': Andrea Campbell Enters The Race For Boston Mayor

Campbell, who is Black, says Boston needs a leader who "has lived the systemic inequities facing our residents." She joins fellow councilor Michelle Wu in challenging Mayor Marty Walsh, though Walsh hasn't formally announced he'll seek a third term next year. → Read More

Pelosi Endorses Kennedy Over Markey, Touting Congressman's 'Courage And Leadership'

Nancy Pelosi's backing helps strengthen one of the congressman's core arguments. Kennedy agrees with Markey on most issues but says he'll fight harder for their shared causes. As evidence, he often points to his work as a fundraiser and surrogate for fellow Democrats. → Read More

Progressive Group MoveOn Endorses Markey Over Kennedy, Says It Will Run Ads

MoveOn members' overwhelming support of Markey is the latest example of his enduring popularity among progressives, even when facing a 39-year-old opponent. → Read More

'You Get Very Personal': What Warren And Other VP Hopefuls May Be Going Through Right Now

The vetting of potential vice presidents is famously invasive, and it's going on now. Possible running mates for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden include Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She and anyone else being considered can expect some probing questions. → Read More

Ed Ansin, Who Made Local TV News 'Flashy,' Has Died At 84

Ansin bought Channel 7 in 1993 and quickly changed the look and feel of the station's newscasts. Soon other stations in the Boston market adopted some of the same characteristics. → Read More