September 28, 2014 | The Boston Globe Magazine

The crazy quest of a Punkin Chunkin world champion

Brian Labrie has used his $180,000 air cannon to fire a pumpkin in competition farther than anyone else. But he’s not stopping there. By Jeff Harder

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Massachusetts’ new composting rules: What they really mean

How a regulation designed to keep food waste out of landfills will affect restaurants, supermarkets, and you. By Chris Berdik


Bob Ryan on Larry Bird: ‘He possessed a total game.’

In an excerpt from his new memoir, “Scribe,” the legendary Globe columnist covers the legendary Boston Celtic. By Bob Ryan

The Education Issue

Are teachers really ready for the Common Core?

The controversial standards are about to be tested for the first time, yet questions remain if educators have been adequately trained. By Alexandria Neason


Boston’s college students: coming and going

Which countries send students to Boston, and where US students go. By Elizabeth Gehrman


Mom, the landline, and me

‘The regular phone’ is my connection to my mom and to the past. By Patty Dann

Style Watch

Slouchy trousers

This season’s soft, relaxed pants are as comfy as pajamas. By Marni Elyse Katz

Miss Conduct

Advice: How much should you pay the baby sitter?

Plus, should you stress over a missed chance to meet up? By Robin Abrahams

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: Street smarts

Will the city gal fall for the tough guy? Or will the date fall flat?

On the Block

For sale: Town homes in Franklin, Dedham

These properties are great single-family alternatives for commuters. By Stacey Myers

A Restaurant’s Take

Boston, MA - 02/12/14 - Dining Out review of Row 34 in Fort Point. Deviled crab toast with smoked paprika and celery salad. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Section: FOOD Reporter: Devra First Slug: 19dinpic For crab lovers, deviled crab toast at Row 34

A dish to try over and over in Fort Point By Devra First

Tales from the City

Overheard at Fenway

The Orioles are great, but there’s something wrong with their uniforms . . .


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