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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 […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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 […]

Arts & Entertainment

An Oral History of Wally’s Café

When Wally’s Paradise opened its doors in 1947, it wasn’t just serving up stiff drinks and smokin’ jazz to patrons—it was making history. After all, […]

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City Life

Anatomy of a Pet Rescue

What do you do when you’re trapped at home with little to do in the middle of a pandemic? If you’re like many locals, you […]

City Life

Inside the Underground Pipeline Bringing Pets to Massachusetts

In the predawn hours of October 19, 2020, Plymouth plumber Robert Fleming Jr. rose from bed and began getting ready for work, trying his best […]

City Life

Settle in with Some Hot Chocolate and Read the Best Longreads of the Year

Look, this year is almost over. This awful, baffling, enraging, heartbreaking mess of a year has almost, almost drawn to a close. You’re so close […]

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Education

Inside the Bunker at Boston Public Schools

It’s a gray and frigid morning in Dorchester when Brenda Cassellius bounds toward me on the front lawn of Joseph Lee K–8 School. She wears […]

City Life

Winter, the Weatherman, and Me

It’s an odd thing, someone you’ve never met becoming a significant person in your life. But it can happen. That’s what I was thinking about […]