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Politics as Unusual: TV news: Forget that mayoral race, here’s a celebrity baby

June 21, 2013
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From what I’m told, Boston used to be a place where residents primarily had two interests—sports and politics. They loitered in dark barrooms, commiserated over Red Sox heartbreak, and when election cycles rolled around, they jousted viciously, debating over who should take the helm at City Hall and elsewhere. As legend has it, political...

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Politics as Unusual: TV news: Forget that mayoral race, here’s a celebrity baby

June 18, 2013
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From what I’m told, Boston used to be a place where residents primarily had two interests—sports and politics. They loitered in dark barrooms, commiserated over Red Sox heartbreak, and when election cycles rolled around, they jousted viciously, debating over who should take the helm at City Hall and elsewhere. As legend has it, political...

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Politics as Unusual: Look who’s filling the mayoral campaign war chests

June 12, 2013
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It’s both sad and typical that candidates with fat pockets are always considered frontrunners, both in the current sprint for Boston City Hall and in any other race. More often than not, those sitting on the tallest money piles are the most likely to do damage in the name of despicable private interests, from...

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Politics as Unusual: Hyde Park is an unpredictable election powerhouse

June 7, 2013
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I relocated to Boston almost a decade ago, before most non-military civilians had GPS devices. Though I eventually came to love some perks of the Hyde Park neighborhood I moved to—the delicious and elusive BC Bakery, for one—looking back, it was an ill fit for a social acrobat without a car. I spent countless...

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Politics as Unusual: Hyde Park is an unpredictable election powerhouse

June 4, 2013
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I relocated to Boston almost a decade ago, before most non-military civilians had GPS devices. Though I eventually came to love some perks of the Hyde Park neighborhood I moved to—the delicious and elusive BC Bakery, for one—looking back, it was an ill fit for a social acrobat without a car. I spent countless...

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Politics as Unusual: Corporate ‘ed reform’ sneaks into mayoral debate

May 28, 2013
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What if I told you that Walmart and Bain Capital were sneaking an invisible hand into the Boston mayoral race? Better yet, imagine if I brought news that some of the chief architects behind the mayhem currently engulfing public education in Chicago—last week, it was announced that an unprecedented number of schools will be...

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Politics as Unusual: Barros serves up lunch—and a strong candidacy

May 24, 2013
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Even if you don’t vote for John Barros to be your next mayor, you should make it a priority to grub the grilled octopus at Restaurante Cesaria, the lovely Cape Verdean joint on Bowdoin Street that he founded with three family members. The dish is beyond spectacular, a delectable medley of fresh catch and...

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Politics as Unusual: Barros serves up lunch—and a strong candidacy

May 21, 2013
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Even if you don’t vote for John Barros to be your next mayor, you should make it a priority to grub the grilled octopus at Restaurante Cesaria, the lovely Cape Verdean joint on Bowdoin Street that he founded with three family members. The dish is beyond spectacular, a delectable medley of fresh catch and...

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Politics as Unusual: Menino’s tech legacy is no joke

May 14, 2013
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City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly said something interesting at a mayoral forum in Jamaica Plain last week. He hyperbolized that under his leadership, City Hall would look something like the Apple Store. Presumably, Connolly meant that moving forward, the bureaucratic labyrinth and concrete bunker in Government Center should be sleek and futuristic—flatscreens galore, perhaps beepers...

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Politics as Unusual: At mayoral keg party, who would you drink with?

May 10, 2013
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During the 2000 presidential race, one prevalent and aggravating accolade bestowed upon George W. Bush was that of Candidate Who Voters Would Most Like To Drink Beer With. Whether survey-based or anecdotal, the trope was absurd; even if Al Gore is the most arrogant stiff on Earth, he’s beyond intelligent, and obviously a better...

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