Spencer Buell

Staff Writer at Boston Magazine

Spencer Buell is a staff writer for Boston, covering news, politics, technology, the T, legal weed, french fries, bears, Brady, and beer. He used to be a news reporter for Metro Boston and the Arlington Advocate.

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City Life

Boston Could See Record Cold Weather This Weekend, Because Why Not?

Sure, cool, great!

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Massachusetts Pot Companies Warn of “Extinction” Without State Aid

The industry says a state-run PPP program would be a sorely needed lifeline.

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Heroes at Work; an “Enemy” Outside. What It’s like to Be a Healthcare Worker Right Now

From a distance, Boston’s healthcare workers are treated like superheroes. Up close, it’s often a different story.

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Brace for Bigger Numbers of Official Massachusetts COVID-19 Cases

A new effort is underway to more accurately count the state’s cases.

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The MBTA Will Pay More than $900 Million for a More Efficient Way to Collect Your Money

An updated fare system will cost $200 million more than anticipated.

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Somerville Is Upping the Ante on Mask Enforcement

According to a new rule in the city, people out in public without a mask could face a $300 fine.

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Feel Good Friday: The Stories Making Us Smile This Week

From Zoom meetings with baby animals to celebratory scenes at hospitals, there’s plenty of good out there.

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Now, and After the Pandemic, Boston’s Streets Need a Fresh Look

Before we get back to something like normal city life, now is the time to do some transit rethinking.

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It’s Official: Massachusetts Schools Are Closed for the Year

Gov. Charlie Baker just made the long-awaited announcement.

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Sorry, Parents: Boston Schools Will Not Reopen on May 4

You probably guessed this was coming, but Mayor Walsh made it clear today.

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Stories to Give Us Hope This Week: A Keytar Bear Livestream and Rolling Birthday Rallies

Some good news from Boston when the city needs it most.

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My Life in the Age of COVID: NBC 10 Anchor Phil Lipof

In a pandemic, the nightly news comes to you live from an iPhone.

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Man vs. Turkey: A Quarantine Drama Witnessed from a Window, in Two Acts

A battle for the ages.

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If Liquor Stores Are “Essential,” Why Aren’t Dispensaries?

The state’s uniquely unequal treatment of pot shops is giving the cannabis industry déjà vu.

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Take an Unvarnished Look at the Homes of Your Fave Local Celebs

Our New England stars are giving us all a look at their lives in quarantine.