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EXTRA CAFFEINATED SPECIAL: THE COFFEE ISSUE

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THE YEAR IN LOCAL PROTEST: FROM TRANSPORTATION TO MILITARIZATION

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We’ve compiled these snapshots not only for gratuitous year-end purposes, but also to show that mass unrest like the Black Lives Matter demonstrations we’ve seen in the past several weeks doesn’t erupt randomly. Continue reading

SLUSH PILE: SAKE SLUSHIES RULE AT NIGHT MARKET

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I took mine down with a side of Asahi beer (and Sichuan fried chicken wings), from the list that includes other Asian beers (think: Hitachino Nest White Ale, Beerlao), all of which supported the overall secret-y vibe, as if I had just discovered a former punk rock stronghold that’s been retrofitted into a Japanese izikaya. Continue reading

STILL REPPIN’: LOOKING AT THE FRANK CAPRA FORMULA THROUGH ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’

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The sentimental streak of Frank Capra—whose masterpiece, It’s A Wonderful Life, plays at the Brattle this weekend—was so distasteful to the critics of his day that they coined a mocking phrase to define it: Capra-corn. Continue reading

BLUNT TRUTH: ZONING OUT IN ESSEX

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Where should a medical marijuana dispensary be located? Not too close to anywhere. In fact, nowhere. That’s the substance of a set of ordinances adopted by the town of Essex at a town meeting in June. Dispensaries in Essex must not be within 2500 feet (about five blocks or half a mile) of a school or playground, or within 1500 feet of a residence. As chance would have it, that excludes the entire town except for a couple of dirt paths bordering a swamp.
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HONEST PINT: PRIZED HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY EXPANDS TO STAY SMALL

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From the start, Hill’s philosophy has been to make the best possible beers without chasing the idea of becoming some mass-produced beer conglomerate with boundless growth. He operates with the understanding that beer is perishable, just like foodstuff plucked from a local plantation, and should be consumed as close to the source as possible, without suffering the impact long-distance shipping has on the brew. Continue reading

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