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.


Someone Handed Out Bogus Fliers in Brighton ahead of the City Council Election

Chinese activists say "dirty tactics" went down on behalf of candidate Craig Cashman.


How Things Shook Out in the 2019 Boston City Council Election

For the first time, a majority of members will be women. Plus, a recount looms.


Hear Ye! The Freedom Trail’s Tour Guides Have Had Enough

They may dress like the Founding Fathers, but the freshly unionized Bellringers Guild wants a 21st Century contract.


Your Neighborhood’s Convenience Store May Be Closed on Wednesday

Store owners want to keep selling menthol cigarettes.


Weekend Attack outside Gay Bar Appears to Be a Hate Crime

The victims say they were targeted with violence and anti-gay slurs outside Jacque’s Cabaret.


The Rise and Fall of Seth Moulton’s Witch Hunt Joke

The congressman is getting diminishing returns on his Salem quip.


Happy Halloween to the Quincy Mayoral Candidate Who Chucked Eggs at a House

Brenda Ryan reportedly confessed to flinging eggs at two homes earlier this year.


Jim McGovern Opens Impeachment Vote: "This Is a Sad Day for Our Country"

The Massachusetts Congressman kicked things off, reluctantly.


Businesses Group Realizes the Obvious: A Gas Tax Would Ease the Transit Crisis

But critics point out the tax would disproportionately affect lower and middle income drivers.


Someone Found Actual Buried Treasure (!!) in the North End

Some real-life National Treasure stuff going on here and you love to see it.

Arts & Entertainment

Calling All Hocus Pocus Fans: A Sequel Is on the Way

A report says the beloved movie set in Salem will soon get a Disney+ reboot.


The Guy Who Drove His Truck into Anti-ICE Protesters Won’t Be Charged with Anything

A grand jury in Rhode Island declined to prosecute the corrections officer.


Video: City Councilor Tim McCarthy Brags about Winning against "Women" and "Minorities"

He was celebrating the second place finish of Maria Esdale Farrell.


More Scooters, Fewer Cars? That’s What a New Lime Survey Suggests

An internal survey suggests Brookline’s closely watched e-scooter pilot is keeping cars off the road.


Amtrak Is Selling Half-Off Tickets for a "Fall Getaway" Sale

You’ve got two days to book a spontaneous late-fall excursion.