Long Reads

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Boston’s Next Tech Gold Mine

The region’s newest multibillion-dollar industry is massive and invisible. It is a tech revolution that is silently and stealthily connecting companies to us in ever-more-cunning ways. And it may be the one enterprise that locks in Boston’s hegemony over tech for years to come.

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Class Warfare: Adjunct Professors

The army of part-time professors teaching at the region’s colleges are merely working stiffs at the bottom of an enormous and lucrative enterprise.

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Big House, Big Mouth

Ever since Aaron Hernandez arrived at his jail, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has been enjoying the spotlight. But is the lawman’s recent celebrity helping his inmates, his taxpayers, or himself?

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The Terrifyingly Nasty, Backstabbing, and Altogether Miserable World of the Suburban Mom

The terrifyingly nasty, backstabbing, and altogether miserable world of suburban motherhood.

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The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League

And that league is MLS.

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The Courts Must Be Crazy

Every doctor who has ever examined Demond Chatman has concluded he is mentally ill. But a DA and judge won’t believe it.

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The Complaint Jar Runneth Over

Hundreds of citizens are waiting—and waiting—for the Boston Police Department to respond to allegations of wrongdoing. Will they ever get answers?

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The Murders Before the Marathon

Waltham, September 11, 2011: Three men, throats slit, cash and drugs left on the bodies. Two years later, two dead suspects: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a friend who the FBI says was about to confess. One haunting question: Could solving this case have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings?

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Help Needed, Stat!

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has become arguably the biggest off-the-field date on the sports-world calendar, but some wonder whether the gathering has outgrown its original purpose.

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Taming the Beast Within

Can chemical castration help pedophiles control their desires?

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Will John Henry Save the Globe?

Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander. “I feel my mortality,” he says. So here’s his plan: He’s going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.

Arts & Entertainment

Diane Paulus: Drama Queen

Diane Paulus has saved the American Repertory Theater, for now. But in the process, has she unintentionally corrupted the soul of experimental theater?

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Bad Vibes in Kingston, Mass.

Clean, green wind power might be our best weapon against climate change. So why do some people say it’s their worst nightmare?

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Will the Internet Find Maura Murray?

Ten years ago, a 21-year-old UMass student vanished without a trace. For an army of amateur sleuths across the Internet, that was just the beginning.

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Next Stop: Olympics

There’s only one way Massachusetts is ever going to be smart enough to fix the MBTA—and that’s by doing the stupidest thing possible.