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Law

The Police Shooting that Boston Forgot

Fifty years ago, rising soul sensation Franklin Lynch was shot dead by police at Boston City Hospital. The killing of an unarmed man, and its cover-up, inspired Boston’s Black community to invent a new form of civic justice. Why doesn’t anyone remember?


Business

How to Disrupt the Whiteness of Boston Philanthropy, One Dollar at a Time

Business

Can the Duck Boats Recover from a Summer with No Tourism?

Research

Could COVID-19 Have Escaped from a Lab?


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Law

The Day the Music Died

Fifty years ago, rising soul sensation Franklin Lynch was shot dead by police at Boston City Hospital. The killing of an unarmed man, and its cover-up, inspired Boston’s Black community to invent a new form of civic justice. Why doesn’t anyone remember?

Business

The $100 Million Challenge

Funds from Boston’s philanthropies flow overwhelmingly to white-led organizations. Here’s how 19 of Boston’s most successful business leaders of color are determined to change that, one dollar at a time.

Business

Can the Duck Boats Recover from a Summer with No Tourism?

How the city’s iconic water-going buses have managed to stay afloat in a dried-up tourism season.

News

Behind the Byline with Rowan Jacobsen

Learn more about Boston magazine’s writers and editors, and how they approach their work.

News

Those Aren’t Clouds: The West Coast Wildfire Smoke Has Reached Massachusetts

Traces of the fires out west have cast a haze over the region.

Health

The End of Casual Sex?

With the risk of infection lurking in every encounter, local singles are increasingly swearing off random hook-ups. Are we about to enter a new Victorian era—or is something else afoot?


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Politics

Politics

From senators eyeing the presidency to a mayor ruling over a changing city, here’s what our politicians are up to.


Education

Where Massachusetts Colleges Placed in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

We’ve still got schools at the top of the class.

Research

Science or Censorship?

The Broad Institute’s Alina Chan believes COVID-19 could have escaped from a Chinese lab. What if it’s not as wild a theory as the world’s preeminent scientists say it is?

Crime

WCVB Reporter Ted Wayman “Is Doing Well” After He Was Stabbed on the Job

He’s recovering from the attack and “will be back at work in the coming days.”

Guides

Five Places to Scream into the Void around Boston

Because that’s where we are right now.

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News

When the Temperature Drops, Boston Needs to Stay Outside

As the weather changes, we shouldn’t change our instincts to gather outdoors.

Policy

Policy

Marijuana legalization, healthcare changes, and all the other referendums shaking up Mass.


Transportation

It’s Never Been More Clear: Fare Hikes Won’t Save the MBTA

The MBTA says an increase is on the table as it seeks to solve its pandemic-era budget woes. It shouldn’t be.

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Transportation

Want to Know Why Some T Workers Aren’t Wearing Face Masks?

We went straight to the source and asked.

Policy

The Interview: Joseph Curtatone

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone on how his city is charting its own course during the coronavirus crisis.

K-12 Education

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston

Our annual ranking of the best public high schools in towns or districts within, or partially within, 495.

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