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Driving with Cough Drops While Black

It started as the most mundane of Saturday mornings. Imran Laltaprasad had just picked up his buddy Francisco Torres Jr. in Weymouth, and the two […]

City Life

Inside the Fight over a Billion-Dollar South Shore Beer Empire

There is a mysterious building along Route 3 in Kingston that just about everyone in Boston has seen when driving home from the Cape but […]

City Life

Can “Quarantine and Chill” Last a Little Longer, Please?

I was standing by the microwave when I heard Edward shout from another room, “I got my vaccine appointment!” I winced. Not outwardly, of course: […]

City Life

How Gen Z Is Taking over Boston Politics

It’s a beautiful spring day in Boston—the first full day of spring, in fact—but as the March sun begins to set outside, here on Zoom […]

City Life

The Once and Future Kenmore Square

Before Eastern Standard’s red awnings went up in 2005, it seemed like Kenmore Square’s sole purpose was to piss everyone off. After all, only a […]

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Meet Boston’s New Teenage Sneaker Moguls

When Isaiah Singh pulled into the Fall River strip mall at 10 p.m. on a cold Friday night in March, the Expressions sneaker store had […]

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Can a Tufts Professor Finally Stop Lyme Disease?

It’s a bright Thursday afternoon, and Sam Telford is rummaging through the back of his white Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Slapped on the tailgate are […]

Wellness

JC Monahan: Breaking My Silence

I could hear their voices, soft and muffled. I couldn’t make out what they were saying. Eventually, they grew louder. Two, maybe three male voices? […]

City Life

What I Learned From Walking All Over Town

I became a walker in part because I didn’t know where Union Square was. When I first moved to the Boston area, my geographical knowledge […]

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Charlie Baker: Leadership, Lessons Learned, and What Lies Ahead

“It’s nice to see you,” Charlie Baker says, walking toward me and bending his long right arm so his elbow points in my direction. I […]

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Are the Red Sox Owners in It for the Love of the Gain?

For Red Sox die-hards, the turn of the calendar to March represents an invitation to officially begin obsessing about the upcoming season. Despite the past […]

Education

The Highly Competitive, Hypocritical, and Altogether Essential World of Pandemic Pods

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-March last year, Elizabeth (last name withheld upon request) sauntered out of her Arlington home and down her walkway toward […]

Wellness

Her Pain Was Their PR

Erica Johnson couldn’t contain the emotion that came over her as she rang the ceremonial bell marking the end of her cancer treatment, sobbing, her […]

City Life

Katherine Clark Is the Adult in the Room

The first sign that something was wrong came when her car was rerouted away from Democratic National Committee headquarters. A pipe bomb had been discovered […]

City Life

It Ain’t Easy Being Green during a Pandemic

Ecologically speaking, my personal pandemic nadir came when I finally tried to deal with the accumulation of plastic bags in my kitchen closet, which had […]