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Ice Cream Spectacular!

Theories abound as to why New Englanders eat so much ice cream: our high-fat diet thanks to the cold; historical trade patterns; an excess of ice from our frozen lakes and ponds. Whatever the reason, we do love ice cream in these parts, which is why we’ve spent months scouring the area for the creamiest scoops, the frostiest frappes, and the most fully loaded sundaes around.

Features

Black & Blue

Convicted of murdering three young boys, Damien Echols spent 18 years on death row until a series of documentaries and articles destroyed the case against him. He’s free now, but as he attempts to rebuild his life in Salem, will a city best known for its witch hunts ever let him?

About Face

For half a century, one theory about the way we experience and express emotion has helped shape how we practice psychology, do police work, and even fight terrorism. But what if that theory is wrong?

Base Boston

It’s the headquarters for the Coast Guard’s entire First District. It’s where many victims of sexual assault in the service get sent. And it’s where, all too often, their military careers then come to an end.

Departments

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The Seal Problem

The population of gray seals on the Cape has exploded in recent years. Is it time to cull the herd?

News

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Q&A: Nat Faxon

He may have won an Oscar for The Descendants, but some of his best memories come from his childhood summers on Nantucket. He tries to capture that nostalgic feeling in his new film, The Way, Way Back.

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Mayor's Mark

Menino’s name is everywhere in Boston—because he put it there.

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#HireMe

A local company is helping job hunters take their “elevator pitch” digital.

Restaurants

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In the Raw

Hot summer days call for meals that are light, refreshing, and clean—and crudo is becoming a local favorite.

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Gin Dandy

To improve the classic gin and tonic, Spoke and other spots around town have started to craft their own tonic from scratch.

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The Spice Is Right

At Island Creek Oyster Bar, metal caddies stocked with hot sauces, vinegars, and other seafood-worthy accoutrements are the centerpieces.

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Frico Suave

Dante de Magistris demonstrates how to make fricos, crispy Italian-style wafers made from baking shallow rounds of shredded hard cheese.

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Market Values

With an influx of gourmet shops, it’s a glorious time for the home-cook gourmet. Here, we break down some of the city’s exciting new specialty markets.

Fashion & Style

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Let It Grow

Get back to the land this summer by digging into the offerings at Brookline’s Allandale Farm. Here are the 10 things you should pick up from this working urban farm.

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Waterfront Properties

Hape makes monumental sandcastle molds. Options include a Mayan pyramid, the Parthenon, and the Taj Mahal.

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Piece of the ACK-tion

Island living is large—if you can afford it. Here are five towns close to Boston that approximate Nantucket life, sans the six-figure property taxes.

Health

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Mud Moms

Meet the new face of extreme races—soccer moms.

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Mind Games

Youth concussions—and worry among parents—are on the rise.

Arts & Entertainment

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Inside Story

Everyone loves the staff-picks shelf at the bookstore. Especially us! In that spirit, here’s a selection of books we’ve loved through the years that are set in the area.