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Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Win His Appeal? Law

Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Win His Appeal?

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Among the issues to explore in an appeal of Tsarnaev’s death sentence is the question of whether a heavy thumb was placed on the scale of justice in favor of a unanimous verdict.

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On Beacon Hill, A Backroom Battle That Matters Boston

On Beacon Hill, A Backroom Battle That Matters

By Avi Green

Massachusetts lawmakers are locked in a heated tug-of-war. At issue: the joint committee structure that turns bills into laws. Or, perhaps more accurately, doesn’t allow for much progress at all.

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Designing For Disaster Design

Designing For Disaster

By Renée Loth

Most of our so-called ‘natural’ disasters are at least partly man made: Sandy is just the most recent example. Architects, engineers, and designers are often ahead of the curve, but we’ve got miles to go to prepare for future ‘acts of God.’

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Can Boston Claim Canoodling? Language

Can Boston Claim Canoodling?

By Jan Freeman

Move over “gerrymander.” Step aside “scofflaw.” Our resident wordsmith investigates the claim that “canoodling” originated on the banks of the Charles River.

The Wrong Team Stayed Red Sox

The Wrong Team Stayed

By Thomas J. Whalen

When the Braves left Boston in 1953, the Red Sox became the only game in town. But commentator Thomas J. Whelan says the wrong team stayed.

State House Secrets Beacon Hill

State House Secrets

By Mary Z. Connaughton

Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.

Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs MBTA

Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs

By Ed Fouhy

Next stop, SpaghettiO’s station? The cash-strapped MBTA is considering selling naming rights for 11 stations. Not so fast, says Ed Fouhy.

Boston Boy Sings ‘I Love New York’ Sports

Boston Boy Sings ‘I Love New York’

By Ed Siegel

If you enjoy great athletes performing at the top of their abilities and under clutch circumstances, Ed Siegel says, you have to love the Yankees.

Bricks To Brutalism To … Bland Architecture

Bricks To Brutalism To … Bland

By Renée Loth

Historic Boston was built of brick, a legacy that gave way in the ’60s to the so-called Brutalist style – and now to big, boring boxes. But, Renee Loth wonders, is there a better way?

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