Kara Bettis

I cover religion, politics and culture for the NewBostonPost with a focus on women's issues and education. While I spent my early reporting years at a metro newspaper in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., the NewBostonPost has offered me a chance to return home and a chance to explore its people – their faith and culture.   Email: [email protected]    Twitter: @karabettis

Items by Kara Bettis

Eighth-grade impressionist wows as ‘Little Donald’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Baker administration to ramp up addiction solutions

Family-friendly Massachusetts museum should be summer priority

Globe targets assault rifles, Ayotte in editorial wrap

Washington takes aim at New England opioid epidemic

Study: Breast, ovarian cancer may be linked in origin

Opioid battle takes a new direction thanks to local police

World Health agency advises delaying pregnancy over Zika risk

Weld backs legalizing pot sales in Bay State

Elder care provider looks to clients’ spiritual needs

Critics protest ‘Me Before You’ as a pro-euthanasia message

Seaport chapel reborn as face of South Boston evolves

Report: ISIS sells Christian women, children for sex

America’s values keep sliding lower, poll shows

Catholic Church grapples with diversity in pews

Unite Boston connects Christian churches across the Hub

Obamacare punt by high court gives hope to both sides

Becket Fund leader named to religious freedom panel

Church-going women live longer, Harvard study shows

Asian-American Lin to head national campus Christian group

Amherst College wins $1M prize for helping low-income students

UMass critics decry veer to left in required courses

Framingham will join towns banning plastic bags

Boston tops Silicon Valley as innovation hub, study says

Harvard prof says treat conservative ‘losers’ like post-war Germans

Facebook reportedly suppressed news from conservative sites

Trump slams Southern Baptist leader Moore as ‘nasty’

The most diverse Massachusetts high schools

Greater Boston churches observe National Day of Prayer

Leonard Nimoy takes a virtual star turn in the West End

Victims of Islamic State horrors appeal for intervention

Boston roasters renew city’s coffee obsession

Rhode Island, Connecticut deliver landslides to Trump

‘Free speech’ panel triggers insults at UMass Amherst

‘Brady Bunch’ star aids group helping people walk again

Little Sisters sees ray of hope in Obamacare court battle

‘Serial’ makers give Boston audience a peek behind the scenes

Bono makes ‘Psalms’ film with Bible translator Peterson

The regulars are coming! Paul Revere alerts Adams, Hancock to Redcoat danger

Demands for ‘safe’ spaces lead to campus debates

Women-only ride service for Boston confronts legal concerns

Jimmy Fallon channels Trump in interview with Ted Cruz

Memories of classmate reflected in Montrose mural, road races

Cuban poet Valladares to receive Becket’s Canterbury Medal

New Bedford presses parents to accept PARCC exams

The Bible listed among most ‘challenged’ books in US

Marathon bomber’s one-time friends turn distress into film

SNL pokes at Hillary Clinton’s inability to relate to ‘real’ New Yorkers

Vandals strike Catholic churches in Boston suburbs

The economics of self-confidence

Reliving Paul Revere’s Patriots’ Day

Sikh Army captain wins right to wear turban, beard

Ralph Boyd: American Red Cross leader driven by faith and passion

Pioneer Institute calls on Baker administration to remember ‘middle cities’

Heritage Foundation report addresses Common Core

Massachusetts students resist politically correct campus culture

Worcester region sinks to lowest rank in ‘well-being’

Transgender bathroom-access debate heats up in NC

Most Bay State employers oppose legal pot sales

Easter celebrations worldwide range from bloody to benign

Greater Boston shows most population gains as rural areas shrink

Committee forms to oppose Common Core ballot question

Baker administration suggests support for hydropower may help stop pipeline

MIT grads often choose Cambridge for startups

Supreme Court to hear Little Sisters of the Poor

Walsh St. Pat’s video plays off Baker ‘bromance’

Behind Boston’s innovation district obsession

‘Serial’ founders offer Boston a peek behind Bergdahl series

Harvard undergrads reshape feminism debate

Graffiti Busters erase scrawl to discourage wider disorder

Lawn on D concession deal ensures 2016 reopening

Assisted suicide bill faces legislative deadline

Business support grows for UMass entrepreneur program

Boston immigrants drive Hub’s economic vitality, author says

Boston tops Northeast for job creation, Gallup says

Wynn halts casino site work as Somerville contests permit

Boston takes steps to help women start businesses

Boston activists push for new equal pay law

Carson signs up to lead evangelical voters to polls

Boston ranks No. 1 for commuting by foot, bike

Army ordered to back off testing Sikh soldier

New England fishermen fight onerous regulations

Unintended pregnancy rate falls to 30-year low, report shows

Pro-life advocates urge action

Feel the Dating Bern: Top politically savvy match-makers

Study shows diverse religious affiliation of primary voters

Sikh soldier sues Army over religious right to beard, turban

College-age ‘Sugar Babies’ multiplying in Bay State

Where the boys aren’t: A look at the ratios of males to females on campus

Yes, no, maybe so: A Q&A with Party with Consent’s Jonathan Kalin

Atheists drop suit to block Christian prison ministry funding

Brown University students overwhelmed by class, activism

Bernie Sanders gets an artistic boost in Boston

‘Risen’ offers fresh take on the last days of Jesus

Charter waitlists shrink yet still number 34,000 students, state says

Boston cites data for improving traffic flow, snow cleanup

Weed debate heats up in New England

Ayotte, Hassan clash over ‘People’s Pledge’ in NH Senate race

Old North Church work uncovers decorative wall art

Deval Patrick gets tossed up in Scalia replacement musings

Defying ‘hookup culture,’ some students work to restore romance

Baker’s GOP state committee picks rile incumbents

Catholic Republicans vying for place in history

Women’s colleges seek to rebrand

Obama shifts focus to religious liberty and Muslims

American University’s conservative feminists receive backlash

Columbia University student touts political correctness

Pregnant school-age women increasingly find help on campus

Surprise pregnancy can bring unexpected joy

Harvard panel highlights Sikh message of healing following massacre

Christie tries to close in on New Hampshire

T workers bank sick time to boost pensions, study says

Common Core supporters sue to prevent vote

Prison ministries win religious freedom case

Families raising children with Down syndrome find local, national support

Religion declines among Americans as spirituality rises

Spreading ‘the Bern’ in Boston is aim of planned march

Pipeline builders face off with Bay State homeowners

Andover nonprofit’s free medical gear helps women, babies survive

King’s lessons still need to be learned, civic leaders say

Mass. GOP hunkers down for 2016 election

Religious freedom resource planned by Becket Fund

Pregnancy help center goes mobile in Boston

Guests for Obama speech reflect diverse views

Groups ratchet up push for transgender bill

Boston’s O’Connell uses TV for pro-life advocacy

Warren praises Sanders’ attacks on Wall St. banks

Rubio campaign ad touts faith in Iowa

Maine Common Core foes cross party lines to push repeal

Saving babies Moms don’t want means promoting havens

Students for Life starts to build on Northeast campuses

Gordon College revives community service following controversy

Patients who overdose on opioids get them again, study shows

Filmmaker explores drug addiction on Cape Cod

Harvard Pluralism Project maps religions, conflicts

Obama says he prays for persecuted Christians

Christmas controversy as American tradition, 2015 edition

Lawyers fret over religious liberty erosion after Milton Catholic school ruling

A German scholar reflects on the fading influence of religion on Christmas in Europe

Beth-Israel rejects doctor’s appeal of firing for remarks about gays

Massachusetts communities of faith become more diverse

Obama convenes a discussion of religious pluralism

Massachusetts ranks among nation’s most secular states

Bin Laden henchman rejoins al-Qaeda after Guantanamo release

Warren gets Pinocchios for whoppers on auto lending

Army lets Sikh captain wear beard, turban on duty

Millennials ambivalent on fighting Islamic State, Harvard poll shows

‘In the Heart of the Sea’: a ‘Nantucket sleigh ride’ through survival and depravity

Trump tempest echos Muslim debate roiling evangelical leaders

Hanukkah theme educates Boston through public art — Gallery

Nuns dress as prostitutes to save trafficking victims

‘Prayer shaming’ debate flares after California massacre

Muslim Republican Saba Ahmed works to build bridges

A fighter takes aim at assisted suicide

Video: In storytelling, Plimoth Plantation faces religious nuance head on

Breathtaking ‘Pilgrims’ documentary tells substantial tale

Church leaders urge Baker to welcome more Syrian refugees

Reports fly on sainthood for Mother Teresa

Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ stalls amid Democrats’ questions

Hands-free phone measure advances in Massachusetts House

Greater Boston celebrates Diwali — Video and gallery

Chorus for and against ‘Bathroom Bills’ builds on Beacon Hill

Homeless vets pick up support from Brighton health center

Knights of Columbus hits $100 billion mark in life insurance

Canadian activist appeals to Trudeau to block assisted suicide ruling

Massachusetts’s leading ladies call for female candidates

‘Pope Star’ Francis releases first album, ‘Wake Up!’

Marathon Monday rights go to Everett printer as BAA challenge fails

Teachers’ unions ask lawmakers to leave charter caps to voters

Catholics organize to oppose assisted suicide measure

Mosque vandalism in Burlington leads to call for hate-crime probe

Pembroke girl’s note wins White House visit, Obama praise

Bay State students get best grades in ‘Nation’s Report Card’

Lawmakers, not lawbreakers: director Sarah Gavron on ‘Suffragette’

Reform based on pre-2011 MCAS draws support from Pioneer Institute

Evangelicals change official stance on death penalty

Pledging allegiance: Ceremony mints Boston’s newest citizens

Interactive maps pinpoint Boston’s immigrant enclaves

Hindu temple rising in Groton serves growing immigrant community

Boston lays out transportation goals for 2030

Kennedy, Healey push lawmakers to broaden transgender protections

Witnesses: Gunman targeted Christians

The Rev. Liz Walker: Trading the evening news for the ‘good news’

Catholic school backers on mission to serve Boston students

Baker rolls out plan to fix child welfare agency

Pope to Congress: Use the “Golden Rule” and work for the common good

Pope at White House urges action on climate change, promotes religious liberty

In Yom Kippur, a time to fast and reflect

Pope Francis transcends politics to embrace diversity

Transgender activists rally in support of so-called ‘bathroom bill’

Students, attorneys sue to open charter school seats

Beth Israel rejects Needham doctor’s appeal

Religious groups press Obama to let them keep the faith when hiring

Preserving tradition, spirituality at Jewish day schools

Boston remembers 9/11, 14 years later

Congressional committee holds first hearing on Planned Parenthood

Religious liberty in the workplace on land and in air

Hospital review board to decide fate of doctor who criticized gay “lifestyle”

Obama addresses Big Labor, accuses opponents of ‘war on unions’

Harvard adds alternative gender pronouns

The Pope heads to Washington: a rundown on the 2015 papal visit

Increased abuse reported among children in state care

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