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Long Reads

City Life

The Heartrending Tale of Kitt the Police Dog and His Human Partner

Bill Cushing was exercising in his home gym when he got the call. It was a little before 1 p.m. on June 4, 2021, and […]

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The Untenable Misery of Shoe Shopping for New England Weather

WHEN YOU GROW UP in Massachusetts, you grow up with weather. Sure, every place has it, but not like here. We got the best. It’s […]

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It’s Officially Time to Revamp Massachusetts’ State Symbols

I might rag on my state for the usual reasons, like the lousy winters, the traffic, and the drivers who create it. But deep down, […]

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Can Boston’s Energy Innovators Save the World? 

Several years ago, Carlos Araque heard an idea that he thought could save the world. He was working at the Engine, an MIT-affiliated venture capital […]

Arts & Entertainment

The Many Faces of Boston Rap Star Oompa

It’s a Friday night in late March, and Oompa, the Roxbury-born artist, rapper, and performer is working out some excess energy, pacing around the makeshift […]


The Mysterious Origins of Steak Tips, a Uniquely New England Dish

It’s just before 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I’m at a restaurant north of Boston that could be any New England sports bar and […]


Into the Antarctic Void: My Luxury Cruise to Breathtaking Desolation

I have a photo of myself standing high on a ridge overlooking Neko Harbor in Antarctica. I appear to be smiling, and my hatless head […]

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The Secret Life of Cohasset Con Man Brian Walshe

On January 4, Cohasset police officers drove down a long, rocky driveway to check on a woman named Ana Walshe. The gray Colonial with a […]

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Inside Boston’s Mysterious Drink-Spiking Crisis

On a cool October night, the second floor of a downtown bar was thrumming with weekend partiers blowing off steam after another long week of […]

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The Mayor, the Muckraker, and the Bombshell North of Boston

Every Wednesday for years, Everett mayor Carlo DeMaria woke up with a looming sense of dread. That was the day, after all, that the Everett […]

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Can This Man Blow up City Development without Destroying Boston?

On a chilly morning last April, some of Boston’s most successful developers descended on Beacon Hill’s storied Francis Parkman House for an invite-only reception held […]

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Our 10 Most-Popular Longform Stories in 2022

Below you’ll find the 10 most-viewed longform stories we published this year, a handy list of things to (re-)read that includes Boston’s in-depth coverage of […]

Arts & Entertainment

Did a Boston Art Collector Find a Lost Rembrandt?

In September 2021, art collector Cliff Schorer slipped on a pair of white gloves to inspect rare photographs in a highly controlled room at the […]

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Inside Boston’s Youth Mental Health Crisis

They are the words that no parent wants to hear from their child: I need help. I feel like I’m going to hurt somebody or […]

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The New Race to Rule the Automile

Chris Chase was excited. Early last year, the Boston construction manager spied an email in his inbox from someone at Herb Chambers Ford of Braintree […]