COVER

Best Places to Live 2013: The Boom Is Back!

Boston’s real estate market is sizzling again—and with inventory scarce and interest rates at historic lows, it’s a safe bet that things are only going to get hotter. But even in a seller’s game, savvy buyers can score. Here, our market cheat sheet and picks for where to buy, whether you’re starting out, moving up, or going huge.

Features

In Bloom

Bold, bright floral prints are the thing for spring. Check out photos of this season’s latest fashion and style trends.

The Crusader

After an incendiary 2009 visit to Uganda during which he urged leaders to fight the “gay agenda,” Scott Lively is now being sued for persecution—a crime against humanity. So what’s next for the Springfield pastor? He’s exploring a run for governor, of course.

The NEXT Next Big Thing

In December, Moderna Therapeutics announced a technology that would revolutionize medicine and disrupt the pharmaceutical industry, a promise startups have been making for decades. Can Moderna pull off what countless others have not?

Departments

St. Patrick's Day Boston

Parade Charade

Every year, we’re lucky enough to maintain a one-of-a-kind celebration, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So why is the city out to kill one of our most distinct traditions?

Leandro Barbosa

Goooaaaal!

International players like Leandro Barbosa represent the future of basketball, which the NBA hopes soon to transform into a global game that will rival soccer in popularity—and profit.

News

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Silent Spring

Here in Boston, we have mixed feelings about the month of March, and throughout history, locals have found increasingly blunt ways to say the same thing: Is winter gone yet?

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Mascot Madness

What if college mascots were actually to face off? John Linehan, CEO of the Franklin Park Zoo, offers his rulings.

John Harvard, Fall

China Town

Chinese come to Boston, by and large, to see Cambridge and its universities. Boston wants these tourists to stay awhile.

The Boston Breakers

Reverse the Curse

Boston’s getting a new set of ballplayers this spring—but they won’t be playing for the Red Sox.

Fare and Square

Fare and Square

The smartphone attachment Square could mean peace between Boston’s cabbies and their riders—so, of course, it’s not allowed.

Jenny Dell

Q&A: NESN Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell

When Jenny Dell took as NESN’s Red Sox sideline reporter last year, the job came with even greater challenges than usual. But with spring training in full swing, Dell is back on the job for what everyone hopes is a very different season number two.

Restaurants

Ceia Kitchen + Bar

Get the Look: Ceia Kitchen + Bar

Learn how to recreate Ceia Kitchen + Bar’s rustic, romantic ambiance at home. The restaurant moved to a larger space in January, but kept its cozy design.

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Good Eggs

A look at the new 1920s-themed steakhouse Bogie’s Place, tucked away in the back of Downtown Crossing hangout JM Curley.

Carrots

Orange Crush

Here are some ways that area restaurants are taking the common carrot to new heights.

Fashion & Style

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The Slade Index

What’s hot and not in Boston home design, from home bars and oyster plates to birch fireplace logs and brown all around.

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Graphic Content

High contrast brings high style to spring’s black-and-white accessories.

Zack Lo

All the Trimmings

Wakefield shoe designer Zack Lo can now adorn the adventurous dresser from head to toe.

Family Jewels

Family Jewels

The brother-sister duo behind Adamas Fine Jewelry opens a new jewelry store sibling in Wellesley.

Health

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Sharp Relief

Acupuncture is going mainstream in Massachusetts, and a new bill, if passed, would require health insurers to cover acupuncture for pain management, PTSD, nausea, and more.

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The Future of Breast Implants

Read about fat grafting, a promising new procedure of making natural breast implants versus synthetic saline or silocone breast implants.

Arts & Entertainment

Boston Jewish Music Festival

Every Measure a Mitzvah

The Boston Jewish Music Festival, now in its fourth year, will present a mix of the traditional and the new, from Yiddish protest punk to acoustic folk music.