Dugan Arnett

Arnett joined the Globe staff as a features writer in 2015. A native of Blue Springs, Mo., he is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before arriving in Boston, he spent four years as a features and metro reporter at the Kansas City Star.

Latest stories

Companies are plastering the Boston accent all over ads, and some locals have had enough

By , Globe Staff

On billboards and subway placards across the city, brands peddling everything from bourbon to cold medicine are dropping their r’s in the name of sales — and drawing the ire of locals.

‘Some of them are real schmucks’: A Santa shortage is leading to some questionable portrayals of St. Nick

By , Globe Staff

Among the complaints levied by veteran Santas: skinny Santas, cheap-suited Santas, Santas with crumbs on their coats or nicotine in their beards.

In Vermont, a small-town feud leads to a big middle finger (literally)

By , Globe Staff

The finger has been the source of much consternation in the small town of Westford, Vt. Was it some kind of political protest? Senior prank? Neighborly dispute?

A mysterious fire. Brutalized animals. Extortion. Rickety Ranch isn’t the haven its owners dreamed of

By , Globe Staff

The Hollis, N.H., animal rescue farm has become the target of what the FBI describes as a “vicious” extortion campaign.