April 22, 2012 The Boston Globe Magazine

Casino czar Steve Crosby’s impossible mission

Steve Crosby had a comfortable post in academia and was nearing retirement. So why is he taking on the toughest job in Massachusetts? By Phil Primack

Alpha Omega

Return of the Alpha Omega family

As creditors settle for pennies in the $30 million bankruptcy case against Alpha Omega, the former owners, the Handa family — at least the younger generation — are back in the United States, and once again selling luxury. By Mark Shanahan

Globe Magazine

Should people have the right to die?

It’s not often that voters face a moral question like the one expected on November’s ballot: Should terminally ill patients have the right to get a fatal prescription? It’s up to the people of Massachusetts. By Scott Helman

Enter our 2012 Homes of the Year contest

Enter your home project for the chance to win a $500 gift certificate and recognition in the Boston Globe Magazine


Emptying Boston’s manholes

The noisy work of keeping water from underground steam pipes. By Scott Helman


Could hypnotherapy with ‘The Mad Russian’ cure my heartache?

Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein turned to an unusual treatment to get over a painful breakup. By Meredith Goldstein


Italian vegetable dish recipes

Asparagus, artichokes, new potatoes, and chard star in these delicious sides. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Entree size dish of gnocchi - handcrafted potato dumplings, with porcini (wild mushroom) crema, and a light saute of Italian spring vegetables -- fava beans, peas, asparagus, and ramps. Gnocci with porcini crema and spring vegetables

Finally, local ramps, green peas, asparagus, and fava beans show up on menus.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date between two singles . . . with the same name

But will they find more in common than that?

Style Watch

Color me happy

Want to add wow to your look? Add a splash of your favorite bright hue. By Tina Sutton

On the Block

Homes for sale at $599,000

These properties--in Jamaica Plain, Newton, and Somerville--are all close to the action.

Your Week Ahead

Singer Esperanza Spalding. 5 things to do this week

Brian Williams, Boston’s indy film festival, a picnic for Mother Nature, and more.

Out and About

The week around town

Artists (and friends), a model, and a funny thing that happened on the way to the Patriots Day reenactment.


Comedian Mike Birbiglia on shopping rules

The Shrewsbury-born funnyman shares his view on Twitter.

Tales from the City

Cookie Monster on the mind

As the grandmother of two beautiful little girls, ages 3 and almost 5, there’s nothing I love more than spending time with my cuties.


Globe Magazine readers respond to stories from the April 8 issue

Readers weigh in on baseball players and fitness, local bookstores, the health insurance system, and more.