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Down and dirty

For most sane people, caving is an inexplicable pastime. What, after all, is the appeal of claustrophobic crawls, frigid swims, extreme heights (even underground), oceans of insects, no toilets, and ever-present, absolute darkness?
The race to find the world's deepest hole
By KENNY WOOTON  |  July 16, 2010

Cheap thrills

They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010

Tall stories

The Institute of Contemporary Art gets down and dirty this spring with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez, who's better known as DR. LAKRA — or, as they might say in his home of Oaxaca, "Dr. Delinquent."
Puppets, painted poetry, and the Kennedys
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010

The Daily Grill

You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
A newcomer earns its keep
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 05, 2010

Crossword: ''Go digital''

Turning over a new page
Turning over a new page
By MATT JONES  |  April 01, 2009

Crossword: ''Flippin' Sweet''

That's how it's gonna be.
By MATT JONES  |  August 27, 2008


The bong show

Some state legislators are using the flawed logic of prohibition to try to outlaw another plant they fear kids are using as a legal substitute for pot.
Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing to criminalize Salvia. Is this a test-run for marijuana-law reform?
By JAMES TIERNEY  |  April 23, 2008

Another perspective

Carmen Romero says the idea of immigrating to the United States is “a Mexican obsession,” though the reality of immigration for many is different from the dream.
The view from Mexico on Immigration
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Carry on

In Mexico, a woven textile that has long been used by women for carrying children and bundles, as well as for warmth and cover, is the focus of “The Rebozo: A Traditional Mexican Women’s Garment.” 
Mexican shawls and competitive flowers at the Essex Art Center; Rachel Harrison at MIT, Dario Robleto at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 20, 2007

Crossword: 'POW!'

That old familiar sound
By MATT JONES  |  November 08, 2006

Hill Top Cheers

There’s nothing a girl likes more than to be walking down the street and find herself in a new shop that seems to embody many things she must have — or at least dream to have.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  June 21, 2006

Pre-empt this

I’m surprised by how little your recent coverage of the war in Iraq encompasses the broken strategy of Bush’s pre-emptive war policy.
Letters to the Boston editor: March 24, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  March 22, 2006

Zócalo Cocina Mexicana

The first thing that struck me on both visits was that the background music was Brazilian. It shifts to salsa and some Mexican pop, but Brazilian seems weird.
Good? Sure. Authentic? Not so much.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 15, 2006