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John Wolfson

City Life

Winter, the Weatherman, and Me

More than five years ago, meteorologist Dave Epstein got me and so many other Bostonians through the disaster known as Snowpocalypse. Can he do it again during what’s sure to be our darkest season yet?

Magazines love to rank things: schools, towns, doctors, lobster rolls — if we can quantify it, we’re going to rank it.

Could this mild winter of ours help the nascent real estate recovery take root?

You do the reading, you talk to other parents, you make your choices.

Wheels of Fortune

Herb Chambers conquered an industry — twice. So when’s he going to start enjoying it a little?

Meet Charlie Baker: The One Man Who Can Stop Charlie Baker

Today Charlie Baker is going to declare that things in Massachusetts have got to change, and as his tour bus rolls through Worcester’s battered downtown square of empty storefronts.

Our Guy: Jason Varitek

He keeps to himself. He intimidates his teammates. And yet, he’s the most adored guy in town. As the last of the original Dirt Dogs stares down the twilight of his career, we ask: Why are we still so obsessed with Jason Varitek?

Road Rage

The full, gobsmacking truth about how our state’s crumbling infrastructure got this bad. And why there’s so little hope of fixing the problem.

My Friend, the Planet Wrecker

In the local world of hard-core Hummer devotees, Manny MacMillan is a bona fide celebrity. To me—a Jetta-owning, enlightened SUV-hater—he’s also a reminder that none of us really are what we drive.

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When Race Enters the Equation

More than half of all MIT professors do not receive tenure. When African-American stem cell researcher James Sherley learned he was among this unhappy majority, he accused the university of racism, then launched a hunger strike to ensure his complaint got a national airing—plunging a campus accustomed to working with hard numbers into a messy, emotionally charged controversy.

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For all the moral agonizing over casinos and slots, let’s be clear about one thing: We’ve already got state-sponsored gambling in Massachusetts. It’s called the lottery. And we’re addicted to the tax subsidies we get from the milli

Grand Theft Lotto

You talkin’ to him? Everybody else is. Just a few short years after setting up shop in the evolving North End, Nick Varano has everything he ever wanted: A line out the door of his restaurant. Pockets full of cash. Celebrities and powerful fr

La Dolce Varano

Building Boston’s thorniest construction projects made him rich enough to afford his own island. Now he’s plotting a giant wind farm—an undertaking that could bring Jay Cashman the one thing that’s always eluded him.

Zen and the Art of Infrastructure Maintenance

One night last winter police found corporate-training guru John Donovan lying in a shot-up minivan outside his Cambridge business. That was just the latest bizarre chapter for the former MIT professor, who counts some of Boston’s most prominent figu

Professor Donovan’s Magnificent Entanglements

Did a bitter power struggle keep life-saving AIDS medicine out of Africa?