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April 2008 Issue

The 61 New Best Things About Boston

Here’s what’s filling our hearts with Boston pride right now.



An exclusive look inside the BPD’s secretive anti-corruption unit and Commissioner Ed Davis’s fight to clean up the force—whose problems run much deeper than a few bad cops.


With the empire he created at a crossroads, famously tightlipped Fidelity chairman Ned Johnson is as enigmatic as ever. But though the man himself isn’t talking, what he has been spending his billions on speaks volumes — and might just reveal his plans for Boston’s last business dynasty.


Om Schooling

A meditation on mandatory yoga classes, homework caps, sleep specialists, and other well-meaning (if possibly misguided) initiatives that have put elite local high schools on the front lines of today’s war on teen stress.

Are Space Aliens the New Jesus?

Scientology is on the march in Boston, even as the city’s traditional religious power continues its inexorable decline. And that has our writer imagining a whole new world of possibilities for Bostonians’ beloved knee-jerk, hokum-drenched piety.

City Life

The Case Against Casanova

He was once one of Boston’s (and People magazine’s) most eligible bachelors. This month, he’ll be back in court to face rape charges that have shocked his many admirers. But it turns out that with Gary Zerola, nothing was ever as it appeared.



Dining Out: Mammano Mia!

With L’Andana, a Boston culinary ace offers real-deal Italian flavor that raises the bar for suburban dining—and gives city-dwellers a reason to get out of town.