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An in-depth magazine feature examining the stubborn power dynamics in Lowell and other New England cities that have become hubs for newcomers from around the world.

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Gateway Cities discover the power of food

Fighting the power in Lowell, Mass.

The limits of government accountability in New Hampshire

Article and report based on extensive first-hand research on state government accountability in New Hampshire. The project was part of a national study by the Center for Public Integrity.

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In 2011, a community of Buddhist monks in Lowell announced plans to build one of the largest and grandest temples in the country. The $10 million structure would signal that the city’s Cambodian Americans had at last entered the mainstream. Then came accusations of financial impropriety and political backstabbing. And then came a secretly recorded video of a monk having sex.

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Sex and the Single Monk

There is a growing appetite for locally-sourced food and exotic culinary options in the hipper corners of many cities, Boston included. But these trends are also creating opportunities in struggling cities with large immigrant populations, commonly known in Massachusetts as Gateway Cities. .

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The place looked like one of those trendy-looking technology incubation centers, with glossy wood floors and exposed ventilation ducts, that are common in downtown Boston or Kendall Square. But Alpha Loft is in New Hampshire, a state better known for its mountains, lakes, and minimalist approach to government.

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New Hampshire tries to reclaim tech vibe

Holyoke’s mayor isn’t afraid of pot

OUTSIDE HOLYOKE CITY HALL is a stone fountain that once gurgled with water, offering a more wholesome substitute for alcohol to “a thirsty humanity,” as the inscription reads. Erected in 1901, the monument was one of several put up by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union around the country as part of a campaign that would help usher in Prohibition. One suspects those upstanding ladies would be none too pleased by recent developments in Holyoke, where city officials are not just cheering the end of another form of prohibition—on marijuana—but embracing it as a way to revive the city’s flagging fortunes.

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Pete Davidson Back Onstage for First Time Since Suicide Scare

Men with their wives slung over their shoulders bounded over log hurdles and charged through a muddy pit on a mountainside in Maine on Saturday, as hundreds of spectators cheered them on at the North American Wife Carrying Championship.

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Wife-carrying competition brings Finnish whimsy to Maine

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The comedian Pete Davidson returned to the stage Monday night, two weeks after an Instagram post raised concerns that he was having suicidal thoughts, and showed that his preferred coping mechanism was still intact: laughter.

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