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The NOWs That Never Were

Tomorrow would have been BostonNow‘s one-year anniversary, which, considering the paper’s once-great ambitions, is a rather embarrassing milestone. Boston wasn’t supposed to be this paper’s final destination; the city was just a launching pad for the Now brand to perfect…

MBTA to Populace: Stay Off the T, You Pervs!

Starting on Monday, the MBTA will begin posting ads like this one. (Click here for a larger version; it advises victims of inappropriate touching to call police or take a picture with their phone.) It’s a more public version of…

Cosmo Macero on Steve Bailey

Boston Globe business columnist Steve Bailey’s final column ran on March 28; he’s off to work for Bloomberg News in London. Two days ago, a farewell party was thrown for him at Anthony’s Pier 4. We asked Cosmo Macero—a party…

Would Somebody Pass Marty Baron the Popcorn Already?

For no particularly good reason, we present some quotes from the Globe‘s past year in popcorn-passing: Travel piece, 5/6/07: “Opportunities abound to explore edgy hipster flicks or celebrate film noir classics. Shh—pass the popcorn.” Review of Pirates of the Caribbean:…

The Worst Apartment Deal in Town

A tip for apartment-hunters on Craigslist: If you find a place that sounds remarkably affordable, but the landlord is out of town and wants to set up a complicated method of getting you the keys, say no. Especially if the…

Bill O’Reilly is As Loud As You Think

Here, it turns out, is how you get Bill O’Reilly on the phone. E-mail a Fox News spokesman and explain you’re writing about something very non-contentious (in this case, my story about his alma mater’s student newspaper, the Daily Free…

Oh, That Hippity Hop

What’s worse: that the Globe accidentally paired a photo of the Wu-Tang Clan with its review of the Handel and Haydn Society’s opera-musicals, or that, if this wasn’t a mistake, it’d be entirely conceivable the Globe could run a review…

Dewey Defeats Clinton!

BostonNow editors could be forgiven if, like every poll-watching political junkie, they expected Obama to come up big last night. But the last time a newspaper went with an election-related hunch, instead of its on-the-ground reporting, the New York Post…

The Herald’s Doo-wopper of a Tale

In this month’s issue of Boston, we have a short story about Harvey Robbins (pictured at right), a highly territorial, local oldies promoter. He intentionally booked a doo-wop show tomorrow—on the same day as a pre-existing doo-wop show put on…

Too short to be usefu…

In their continuing and paranoid efforts to anticipate reader attention spans, newspapers have been almost universally chopping story lengths. Publishers (especially of the free, Metro and BostonNow variety) say that’s what readers want: quick, fast information. Just the facts, ma’am….