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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.

City Life

Massachusetts Pot Shops Won’t Look or Feel the Same, but They’re Back

Legal adult-use marijuana sales resumed on Memorial Day, but it’ll be a while before the industry is back to normal.

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To Get a Haircut, or Not to Get a Haircut?

As barbershops reopen in Phase One, it’s on us to weigh the risks.

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Introducing “The Scott,” a Hellish Vision of Great Scott’s Future

It’s a dystopian, disturbing, and entirely plausible vision of the fate awaiting the beloved venue.

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What It’s Like to Be a Massachusetts Contact Tracer

On the front lines of the state’s closely watched program, a small army of people are making difficult phone calls every day.

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Should Parents Be Freaking Out About a New COVID Syndrome Found in Kids?

Boston Children’s doctors expect to treat many more young patients with a mysterious COVID-related illness.

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Is It Really the Fourth of July in Boston without Fireworks?

The tradition will not go on as planned, but the Boston Pops has a backup performance for the big day: A “Salute to Our Heroes.”

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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.