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boston globe magazine
February 6, 2011
How Caritas Christi CEO Ralph de la Torre's Wall Street gamble will rock main street health care (Photograph by Matt Kalinowski)

The health care doctor

He stunned the medical world by getting a private equity giant to buy a group of debt-drowning community hospitals. But that's just step one of Ralph de la Torre's plan to build a model for the nation.

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Hard promises

The trouble with "as long as you both shall live."
dinner with cupid

Neutral ground

Will these two Middle Eastern Americans form an alliance?
Miss Conduct

Party foul

What to do when your kid doesn't get a birthday invite, plus dressing for a stepson's wedding.
Pierced

Can you dig it?

The fire department shouldn't have to ask.
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Straight-A shooters

Sure, MIT students tend to know their way around Bunsen burners and graphing calculators. Turns out some aren't too shabby with a pistol, either.
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Archeologist Mark Lehner, of Milton, knows more about the Giza pyramids in Egypt than nearly anyone else alive.
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Tales From the City
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Confusion over the Red Line and free Dunkin' Donuts coffee.
On the Block
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Style Watch
Blue streak
One electric hue has got the power.
Letters to the Globe Magazine editor
Readers sound off on Ethan Gilsdorf’s essay about looking for love as a geek, the dilemma of whether to attend a destination wedding, and more.

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Steve Carrell

Kickin' back with Steve Carell in Marshfield

This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
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