Long Reads

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DNA Wars in Cambridge

Three Cambridge biotech startups want to change the world with the power of DNA.

Rob Gronkowski on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
Arts & Entertainment

Get Gronk’d!

One ocean liner. Seven hundred die-hard Patriots fans. Sixty-five hours of boozing at sea. Welcome aboard the maiden voyage of the SS Gronkowski.


Breakfast Wars in Somerville

Our food editor set out to find the best hash browns in Boston. Instead, he stumbled upon a long-simmering feud between neighboring brunch spots, and inadvertently rekindled a war.

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The Battle of James Island

John and Jane Steinmetz want to build their dream house in a heavenly slice of Cohasset. Their neighbors have other ideas.

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Can Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis Save the Cranberry Business?

Can Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis save the cranberry business…again?

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Enzo Yaksic: Profiler 2.0

For decades, the FBI has relied on a flawed criminal profile to identify and catch serial killers. Now a Boston data geek named Enzo Yaksic thinks he’s found a better way.

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Marty Walsh Is Not Tom Menino

He’s friendlier, more collaborative, and, two years into his administration, just as popular as his predecessor. But does that make him a good mayor?

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The Rebirth of the Red Sox

Why the team is (finally) going in the right direction.


What Are the Chances?

It was supposed to be a simple operation at one of Boston’s greatest hospitals. It turned out to be anything but.

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Coddled, Not Stirred

Why are Boston’s college students so immature when it comes to drinking? Maybe it’s the way we’ve raised them.

Home & Property

Boston Is Getting Really Expensive

You may find yourself with a beautiful house, and a beautiful spouse, and a beautiful kid. And a back-breaking mortgage. How did we get here?

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Brian Peixoto’s Final Appeal

Twenty years ago, an unreliable witness and questionable medical science branded Brian Peixoto a baby killer and sent him to die in prison. He’s still there, but is he innocent?

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Mike Sherman’s Fifth Quarter

After 33 years coaching NFL and college all-stars, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman wasn’t sure he had much to learn from a bunch of high school football players on the Cape. He was wrong.

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Who’s Behind the Barr Foundation?

Suddenly the Barr Foundation is everywhere—driving the city’s agenda on climate change, the arts, and charter schools. Who’s behind all that money?

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The Sex Machine

How did Jon Gross, a middle-aged New England plumbing-supplies salesman, become America’s king of swingers?