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Crossing fingers

When Red Sox World Series trophies need buffing, third-generation Downtown Crossing silversmith Mike Davis gets the phone call.
A long-time Downtown Crossing shopkeeper sees the neighborhood’s silver lining
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 10, 2009
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Scout's honor

In the popular imagination, the spy is always cool, sophisticated, elegant — in other words, European.
Burn Notice ’s honest con job
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 26, 2008
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Who’s with whom — and why?

Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
Talking politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 18, 2007