James Burnett

The Silent Partner

Before we get started, we should probably make this much clear: He's not Robert Kennedy. u It's easy to understand why some people have that idea. Certainly, the similarities are there, what with his playing loyal protector and most trusted…

Romancing the Stone

As wonders go, the Nobleman is a bit on the small side, no bigger than a cantaloupe and without the dizzying bulk of the pyramids or the Great Sphinx. Carved more than 3,800 years ago in Egypt from a block…

The Blonde Bombshell

By all accounts, it was a fairy-tale wedding, and in the Parker House it had an ideal setting. Porters in double-breasted white jackets greeted guests as they breezed into the hotel's oak-paneled lobby, a grand chamber adorned with ornate moldings…

The Paper Lion

Every weekday at 3 o'clock, Ken Chandler, the top editor at the Boston Herald, sits down with his deputies to plot the contents of the next day's edition. His team resembles those at dailies everywhere, the men in proudly unfashionable…

How We've Changed

It begins with an innocent recommendation, passed along by a preschool headmaster to the parents of one her pupils. You've got to check out the Quabbin Reservoir, she says, and so they do, and because they are devout Muslims, the…

Business Behaving Badly

When Karen DeMichele learned that her parent company's chairman and CEO was planning an unexpected visit to Boston, the apprehension she felt had nothing to do with her performance. As a division president at the Wakefield-based temporary staffing firm Select…

The Doughnut War

It was Albert Carducci's day off, and had it been up to him, he wouldn't have spent it making baked-goods history. Really, though, he had no choice. That morning, around 7, his wife had read that Krispy Kreme, the revered…

Take This Pill and Live Forever

Can you feel it? It's happening right now, and the worst part — nature's cruelest twist — is that the fuels your body relies on are in on the conspiracy. The oxygen in the breath you just drew, the grapefruit…

A Fine Mess

Under an azure sky, shaded by a blossoming pear tree, a stray sheet of office paper sits atop a heavily trafficked brick sidewalk, sullying a patch of one of Boston's most picturesque neighborhoods. The piece of paper bears a bill…