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BEST Comeback

2002 BEST Comeback

Globe Spotlight Team

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team, whose Pulitzer Prize-worthy coverage of the archdiocesan sex scandal was earth-shattering journalism at its and a return to the kind of aggressive investigative reporting that is badly needed in this town after years of newspaper… read more »

2002 BEST Comeback, Game

Celtics

The Celtics, for the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history, making up a 21-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets in game three of the Eastern Conference finals. read more »

2002 BEST Comeback, Venue

The FleetCenter

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2002 BEST Comeback

Mission of Burma

Art-punk heroes and alterna-rock granddaddies Mission of Burma, whose original 1979-83 run influenced R.E.M. and the Pixies, roared back with a handful of high-decibel concerts that proved their jittery, angular poetry had not been dimmed by 19 years in hibernation…. read more »

2001 BEST Comeback

Mike Barnicle

—especially if money is how you’re keeping score. The former Globe columnist now has a daily talk show on WTKK, a column in the New York Daily News, and a spot on Chronicle. read more »

1999 BEST Comeback, by a Local Band

The Gigolo Aunts

After five years without a release, the Gigolo Aunts burst back onto the music scene with Minor Chords and Major Themes, a disc so infused with kicky pop sensibility it landed them in People magazine and won them an opening… read more »

1995 BEST Comeback

Digital Equipment

Sure, the company itself is half as big as it used to be. Sure, the sales of its once-popular VAX computers are still plummeting. But give CEO Robert Palmer credit for righting a sinking ship and beginning to turn a… read more »

1993 BEST Comeback

Aimee Mann

Her ‘Til Tuesday days behind her, she has released, at long last, a solo album, Whatever, that is thoughtful, inventive—in a word, stunning. Don’t make us wait so long next time, Aimee. read more »

1989 BEST Comeback

The Emerson Majestic Theater

Resurrected, refurbished, resplendent. read more »

1987 BEST Comeback, Album

Third Stage

The new album by the synthetic-rock group Boston was six years in the making and worth the wait. read more »