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August 14, 2011
Revere Beach (Photograph by Ken Richardson)

The curious case of the piping plover

Twenty-five years after Massachusetts started shutting down entire beaches to protect the tiny shorebirds, they're still struggling to survive. But as one unlikely success story shows, maybe the best way to help them is to stop worrying so much.

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Mystery date

Why my husband and I don't have a wedding anniversary.
dinner with cupid

On thin ice

Will this skating waiter get a warm reception?
Miss Conduct

Guests of dishonor?

Two tales of grumpy hosts, plus respectfully declining an invitation to commit mail theft.
Pierced

The way I roll

It ain't cool, but it sure is comfy.
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A breast cancer breakthrough?

In what doctors hope is a big step forward, new 3-D mammograms promise better detection and fewer false alarms for hundreds of thousands of American women.
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At her home on four acres in Manchester-by-the-Sea, floral designer Pauline Runkle nurtures all the right ingredients for lovely, long-lasting arrangements.
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How the Civil War changed Boston
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How the Civil War changed Boston

Why it's the surprises of history that often matter most.
First Person
So not vain
The Vineyard's own Carly Simon, 66, island-hops for a most worthy cause.
Cooking
White bean salads
Hearty summer meals based on legumes instead of lettuce.
Tales From the City
Remember snow?
A ritual for snowdays, a witty age joke, and some effects of climate change.
Style Watch
Built-in beauties
Custom maple cabinetry at a Lewis Wharf condo adds not just much needed storage space but also visual pop.
On the Block
In the swim
Three homes with in-ground pools.
Letters to the Globe Magazine editor
Readers respond to Kathleen Burge's article about palliative care and a column about Democrats and viral email.

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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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