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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. And one could argue the stakes are considerably higher in communities where fresh lettuce—to say nothing of an organic farm-to-table meal—can be hard to come by.

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Gateway Cities discover the power of food

In one corner, a guy was hunched over his laptop, working on a pitch for a smartphone app that would allow golfers to summon the beverage cart from anywhere on the course. On another side of the office, a tech staffer was working the phone while keeping his eyes on two flat-screen monitors. The location was 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

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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Holyoke’s mayor isn’t afraid of pot

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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Pete Davidson Back Onstage for First Time Since Suicide Scare

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