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December 27, 1996

POLITICS: Communication breakdown

The "civility" debate misses the point. Don't fret about Beavis and Butt-head. Worry about the breakdown of our civic institutions.

THIS JUST IN: Language lab

Translation, please.

December 20, 1996

THE LOST CAUSE

Republicans blew a big chance in 1996. Democrats beware: You could make the same mistake.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Too close?

The secret Kraft meeting; plus, the Herald shuffle.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of Chronology

Globe standard time.

December 13, 1996

BARGING AHEAD

Scott Harshbarger is determined to beat Joe Kennedy in the race for governor. But his real opponent is the Kennedy mystique.

DON'T QUOTE ME: A new Taylor

The Times Company casts a vote of confidence for the Globe's ruling dynasty.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe's gay waffle.

December 6, 1996

THIS JUST IN: Media

Blacks and Jews.

November 29, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Shouted down

A clarion cry of economic trouble is muffled by the Man.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A wet kiss for China.

November 22, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Class act

What the media missed: Alger Hiss was one of this century's most revealing cultural icons.

November 15, 1996

CRIME: Reversal of fortune

When Violet Amirault was accused of sexually molesting the children of Fells Acres Day School, Robert Leighton was one of the few people who stood by her. He even married her. Now he's changing his mind.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of Omission

And then there were four.

THIS JUST IN: Five

Internet conspiracies.

November 8, 1996

FOUR MORE YEARS

What really matters: An interview with Michael Dukakis.

THE THRILL IS GONE

Weld faces a reality check.

THIS JUST IN: Operatives

Goldman blues.

November 1, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cheap shot

The Globe's David Warsh takes aim at John Kerry's war record.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

Monday's seventh and final televised debate was a shocker: two crisp, well-focused, passionate presentations that should actually help undecided voters make up their minds.

October 25, 1996

POLITICS: Vision or virtue?

Once considered a shoo-in, Bill Delahunt now finds himself running hard.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

With two swift strokes, the Boston Globe has transformed the Weld-Kerry race into a brawl over ethics.

October 18, 1996

PARTY POOPERS

Kerry and Weld's disdain for partisan labels has drained the Senate race of passion.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

A citizens' panel tried to change the script at Tuesday's debate, but the candidates quickly turned it into yet another rerun.

October 11, 1996

EDUCATION: Hard lesson

Why Boston voters are better off letting the mayor appoint the school committee.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

Locals may be sick of it, but the national media can't get enough of the dueling-bluebloods angle.

October 4, 1996

POLITICS: Oink, oink

For all the high-minded campaigning, the Torkildsen-Tierney race comes down to one thing: peddling pork.

DON'T QUOTE ME: On fire

Was the arson in West Roxbury racially motivated? It depends on which paper you read. Plus, Brudnoy speaks, and the Providence Journal is sold.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

It was a macho week on the campaign trail.

September 27, 1996

REV. BILL CLINTON

With so many hatemongers in the Republican camp, a little more spirituality from Clinton could go a long way.

DON'T QUOTE ME: In flux

Slate's new hires; plus, Newsweek's gain and Otherwise's rough start.

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

Good thing that John Kerry and Bill Weld didn't feel compelled to flash their generational credentials at Sunday's "youth forum."

September 20, 1996

THIS JUST IN: The Weld-Kerry Scorecard

With the primaries over, the hotly contested US Senate race enters the homestretch.

September 13, 1996

POLITICS: After the fall

It's a race about the new face of Cambridge. But the past looms large: Charlie Flaherty, Tip O'Neill, and the bitter divisions of rent control.

September 6, 1996

POLITICS: Buddy system

Clinton's focus will shift if Big Labor wins the House.

THIS JUST IN: Carr talk

Yukking it up over David Scondras's misfortunes.

THIS JUST IN: Follow-up

The party question.

August 30, 1996

POLITICS: The third man

The race to replace Gerry Studds reveals an interesting contender.

THIS JUST IN: Media

TNR goes AWOL on DNC.

August 23, 1996

THIS JUST IN: Politics

The great (yawn) debates.

THIS JUST IN: Never mind

Why didn't the Republicans get credit for their united convention?

August 16, 1996

LITTLE GIPPERS

They may head the ticket, but Dole and Kemp linger in Reagan's shadow.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of spin

Ralph Reed to the rescue.

August 9, 1996

DON'T MESS WITH MATT

Since his return to the Globe four years ago, Matt Storin has tamed a fractious newsroom, set a new agenda, and raised eyebrows inside and outside the paper. By all accounts he has the full support of the Taylor family, who have run the Globe for 123 years. But now the paper is owned by the New York Times Company, and what the future holds is anyone's guess.

August 2, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Night vision

The Net reflects and amplifies our dark fears about terrorism.

THIS JUST IN: Tech talk

Hey, Mac: Slate polishes the Apple.

July 26, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Not himself

How I unmasked Anonymous. (No, not that Anonymous.) Plus, 10-o'clock news war.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Can Jim Fallows turn U.S. News around?

July 19, 1996

CULT WATCH: Paper trail

Will cults get private records of bankrupt watchdog group?

July 12, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Standard time

Can Bill Kristol's hip journal grow into a major player? Plus, conflicted at CNC?

THIS JUST IN: Politics

Blute's and Torkildsen's declarations of Newtrality.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of perverse inconsistencies

Will the real Christian right please stand up?

July 5, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: What scandal?

Whitewater book blames media; plus, radio daze, Joe Fitz and gays.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Caught in the au pair whirlwind.

June 28, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Slate ahoy

Kinsley heads for uncharted waters with a great on-line mag.

June 21, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Reality check

A $2.8 million campaign to expose the liberal media.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Bang the cup slowly.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of flattery

Kiss and sell.

June 14, 1996

THIS JUST IN: Media

Stripped again.

June 7, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Leaderless

The real reason good candidates aren't running for office.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Stripped of dignity?

May 31, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Clinton rehab

From Slick Willie to cuddly Tigger; plus, liberals and nihilists.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Newspapers for the new millennium.

May 24, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Media maggots

Free-time movement shows why the public hates the press.

THIS JUST IN: Politics

Bulger rules in the State Senate?

May 17, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Thin Reed

Dole puts his faith in Ralph's rhetoric; plus, Fidelity's gag order, and more.

May 10, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Whitewash

Award-winning scribe gone mad or scandal of the century?

THIS JUST IN: By the numbers

Journal riches.

May 3, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Meaning politics

Michael Lerner's crusade to restore our nation's spiritual values.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Globe to settle New Hampshire libel suit.

April 26, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Times rules

Globe job cuts explained; a lost Clinton video; plus, TNR fallout.

THIS JUST IN: Web notes

Meet Noam Headroom.

April 19, 1996

BU'S SCIENTOLOGY CONNECTION

Earle Cooley is chairman of BU's board of trustees. He's also made a career out of keeping L. Ron Hubbard's secrets.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pulitzer whys

Did this year's music award hit a wrong note?

April 12, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Debatable

Who is Susan Gallagher? Plus, the Herald on the Hill, and bad Will.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe reins in its Metro columnists.

April 5, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Indestructible?

The Senate race threatens to turn Weld's armor to putty.

March 29, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Liberal voice

Jim Braude thinks Otherwise; BBJ sale rumors; George bites.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Tierney nemesis pulls a fast one.

March 22, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pulitzer touch

Times's Roberts has his eyes on the Prize; race and the right.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Beyond the electronic horse race.

March 15, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Radio waves

Howard Kurtz on why Limbaugh out-talks liberals.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A new newspaper (or two) for Allston-Brighton.

THIS JUST IN: Pundit scorecard

It takes one to know one.

March 8, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fine whine

Leftist scribes snatch despair from the jaws of opportunity.

March 1, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Szapped

Globe suspends cartoonist Szep; the limits of civic journalism.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Playing politics at Worcester Magazine.

February 23, 1996

DANCING IN THE DARK

Even as conservatives set the terms of national debate, liberal elitists remain smugly in the past.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Frontline misses mark on breast-implant story.

February 16, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Indecent act

Cyberspace censors leave a trail of anger and confusion.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Environmental activists kick Globe's asphalt.

February 9, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Divided loyalties

The entangling alliances of Globe columnist John Ellis.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Conservative group, Globe battle to tie.

February 2, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Clinical insanity

Frontline on the Salvi killings; Globe jitters; Herald theatrics.

January 26, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Foreign affair

Libel suit against the Globe alleges tangle of sex, lies, and Albania.

THIS JUST IN: Foul play

Steve Forbes's disingenuous piety.

January 19, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: The doctor is in

James Fallows on how to cure what ails the news media.

THIS JUST IN: Urban eye

A left-wing bookstore for right-wing times.

January 12, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Power shortage

This presidential race is strictly a low-voltage affair.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The return of Bella English.

January 5, 1996

DON'T QUOTE ME: Gag rule

A new Helms threat; cult harassment; Standard sags.

THIS JUST IN: CD-wrong

Microsoft's Encarta comes up short.