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The NCIA targets cannabusiness reform

Common Sensi
By using the vocabulary of Washington power brokers, NCIA appeals to lawmakers in terms they can understand.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 06, 2013

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Gay night at the museum


Last week, with help from local LGBT activists the Welcoming Committee, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum bridged the gap between "historical landmark" and "sexy party."
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 26, 2013

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Listening to Medical Marijuana


The Department of Public Health is moving forward with the development of Massachusetts's medical-marijuana regulations, despite efforts by state legislators to rewrite the law.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 20, 2013

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Not-so-secret gardens: DIY MMJ

Common Sensi
Cannabis cultivation is an art as much as it is a craft — and urban living in our New England climate presents a gamut of indoor-gardening challenges for novices and pro growers alike.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 05, 2013

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Home-grown cannabis careers

Common Sensi
The Cannabis Career Institute held its first-ever East Coast seminar in Boston on Saturday, offering local cannabusiness hopefuls a daylong crash course in Cali-style marijuana commerce.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 24, 2013

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Introducing Senator Buzzkill’s new pot bill

Common Sensi
Back in November, the people of Massachusetts circumvented their elected lawmakers by legalizing medical marijuana through a ballot measure.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 08, 2013



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Medical-marijuana caregivers: a growing need

Common Sensi
"Common Sensi" is our new series covering the local impact of a national cannabis revolution.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 28, 2012

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Lemons’ Aid


The second-most-popular liqueur in its native Italy — a sweet, zesty runner-up to bitter Campari — limoncello seems to capture the essence of sun-soaked lemon groves.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 29, 2012

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Washington walkabout


KC Hoye walked nearly 500 miles to deliver a letter in which she introduces herself with five words most of us can relate to: "I am an average American."
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 14, 2012

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The Gardner gets crafty


Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 31, 2012

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A new crew keeps watch over the spirits of Boston

Haunted 'Hood
Joe "Jiggy" Webb is talking to dead people.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 26, 2012



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On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

DIY dessert in Davis Square
Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 10, 2012

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Tame Impala | Lonerism

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Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 03, 2012

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The Home Cook-Off: Iron Chef meets dinner party


I'm standing in a Cambridge apartment, sampling nut butters with a man wearing rainbow socks.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 28, 2012

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Bootstrap compost goes to business bootcamp

Trash: Interrupted
I'm standing in an alleyway behind American Provisions, a specialty grocery shop in Southie with a cheese display that's borderline pornographic, watching Andy Brooks shove his hands into a barrel of future compost.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 12, 2012

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Occupiers then and now

Class of 2011
Camp Dewey thrived between September 30 and December 10 of last year.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 14, 2012



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On the Cheap: Gail's Café & Grill

Home-style classics in Jackson Square
Back in October, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation brought affordable apartments to Jackson Square with new construction at 270 Centre Street.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 08, 2012

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The thin blue byline
After years of enduring the bigoted prose of their own union newsletter, members of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) now have their own publication.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 08, 2012

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iPads innovate education in Massachusetts schools

Classroom engagement? There’s an app for that.
Imagine high school without textbooks.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 03, 2012

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On the Cheap: Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Locavore food truck serves slow food fast
Ingredients never travel more than 100 miles to reach Mei Mei Street Kitchen.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 29, 2012
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