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December 26

THIS JUST IN: Media

Man overboard as choppy waters slow Beacon Hill.

December 19

DON'T QUOTE ME: Defending the caveman

In praise of wife-beaters. Plus, sucking up to the Bee Gees, leftward ho at TNR, and more.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The commentators and the cult angle.

THIS JUST IN: Extra!

Sunday Herald to drop price.

December 12

ON CAMPUS: Legal Eagles

The resignation of BC Law's dean raises serious questions about the school's independence -- and about the agenda of BC's president, Father William Leahy.

THIS JUST IN: Media

To praise Freeh? Or to bury him?

THIS JUST IN: Media

Peter Gelzinis's untoward comparison.

December 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: Hope of Ray

Mike Wallace speaks up for Flynn, and whacks the Globe and yours truly. Plus, that sinking feeling, and a Dukakoid for Drudge.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Times Magazine's hidden Web.

November 28

MISSION: CONTROL

New England Cable News unveils the world's first user-controlled newscast. A speculative look at how emerging technologies may change the face of TV news -- for better and worse.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Score one for pirate radio.

November 21

THIS JUST IN: Numerology

The count of Morrissey Boulevard.

November 14

SOUND AND FURY

Corporate consolidation has destroyed commercial radio. Here's how it happened -- and how to make it better.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A gentlemanly shootout in Tuxedo Junction.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe buries the election.

November 7

DON'T QUOTE ME: Silent treatment

The shutdown of Radio Free Allston could spark a free-speech revolution. Plus, domestic partnerships, a journalist gets busted, and the Times' China syndrome.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Making book on the Woodward case.

October 31

DON'T QUOTE ME: London calling

The Louise Woodward trial has attracted a swarm of British journalists to Cambridge. They didn't find quite what they came looking for.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Front page for sale.

October 24

THIS JUST IN: Media notes

Musical chairs.

October 17

CAPE FEAR

Automobile supersalesman Ernie Boch's Cape Cod radio operation spews hate toward everyone from gays to teenage mothers. Boch says he's just giving listeners what they want. Come on down!

October 10

THE GLOBE VS. RAY FLYNN

A controversial front-page story says the former mayor has a drinking problem, that he was a failure at the Vatican. Flynn says it was a cheap shot, driven by class bias. The more interesting question: What took the Globe so long?

October 3

DON'T QUOTE ME: Hue world order

Somewhere over the rainbow with the New York Times. Plus, black columnists and Dianne Wilkerson, and some goose-stepping rhetoric.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Wall Street Journal goes local.

September 26

DON'T QUOTE ME: Man bites dog

Steve Brill proposes to hound the media elite. Plus, the case of the missing Herald award-winner, and a defense of Matt Drudge.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A front-runner emerges in the Ledger sweepstakes.

THIS JUST IN: Circulation wars

A two-bit promotion.

September 19

THIS JUST IN: Media

A truly rotten Web site.

September 12

DON'T QUOTE ME: An unseemly divorce

Hotshot New Republic editor Michael Kelly gets the boot. Was he too "conservative" -- or is he another victim of Washington's widening soft-money scandal?

September 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: The deal of the art

More than seven years after one of the heists of the century, the case of the missing Gardner Museum paintings provokes an all-out media war.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Fear and loathing on the Web.

August 29

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bunker down

The Herald's new Business editor stands accused of poor news judgment and a high-handed management style. But his editors say he's doing a good job under difficult conditions.

THIS JUST IN: Sports

The Pats' Providence option: plan or ploy?

August 22

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pretty vacant

JFK Jr.'s once-promising George is as vapid as his own narcissistic prose. Plus, ethical questions at the Wall Street Journal, and mush from Microsoft's wimps.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Industry cheerleaders turn up the Pulitzer heat.

THIS JUST IN: By the books

Why the ax at Boston?

August 15, 1997

PRESIDENT KERRY?

Gore looks unbeatable, and Gephardt attracts attention as the veep's most outspoken opponent. How could John Kerry ever hope to win the Democratic nomination in 2000? Here's how.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Drudge's sludge

A cybergossip's loose lips lead to an embarrassing retraction -- and raise questions about his status as a darling of the media elite.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A striking lack of coverage at the Globe.

August 8, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Eclipse of the Sun

Dean Singleton's slash-and-burn style should serve as a warning to the Patriot Ledger. Plus, the Globe loses one to the Post.

August 1, 1997

THIS JUST IN: Media

A death in the family.

July 25, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Up in smoke

Harshbarger gets caught in the tobacco-deal backlash. Plus, Globe goodies to go, tuning out Thompson, and WRKO's violent femmes.

OUT THERE: Street legal

Race and unreason combine to deprive the author of $62. Not to mention his dignity.

July 18, 1997

BOSTON'S NEXT REVOLUTION

The city now has the opportunity to remake itself utterly. Ten present and former Bostonians -- among them urban planners, artists, academics, and a minister -- talk frankly about their vision of what the city can be in the 21st century. Plus, a conversation with Mayor Tom Menino.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A new ombudsman and a new beat for the Globe.

July 11, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Ruth Shalit, online sexpert

Plus comings and goings at the Globe, the Lowell Sun is sold, and Slate offers something new to digest.

July 4, 1997

THIS JUST IN: Media

Coming soon to a TV station near you: free speech.

June 27, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Up from Anonymity

Joe Klein bounces back from his Primary Colors prevarications. Plus, Slate treads water, and the Kennedys find themselves far from Camelot.

THIS JUST IN: Cult watch

Memo to priests: CAN it.

June 20, 1997

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe nearly loses Mary McGrory to the Herald.

June 13, 1997

POLITICS: GOP death wish

The Massachusetts Republican Party returns to one of its bedrock principles: self-destruction.

THIS JUST IN: Political notes

Convention wisdom, with Michael Crowley.

June 6, 1997

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

The Quincy Patriot Ledger, one of the state's best independently owned newspapers, has been put up for sale. Can the Ledger escape the clutches of corporate-owned chains?

THIS JUST IN: Media

New money for an irreverent magazine.

May 30, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Losing spin

It never fails: today's scandals are revived as tomorrow's attack ads. Here's the mud we can expect to see flying during next year's governor's race.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Herald disbands its Impact Team.

May 23, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Family affair

A powerful family; allegations of sordid sexual conduct; the turning of political fates. It's easy to see why the media have loved the latest Kennedy scandal, but it's hard to justify the price they've made Joe Kennedy pay.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Mercury News's world-wide retreat.

May 16, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: J'accuse

Fells Acres agendas in the media. Plus, a gushing welcome for Rick Pitino, and the sensational Spotlight series.

May 9, 1997

THE DEATH OF TALK RADIO

Talk radio was on a roll. Media execs loved it, politicians feared it. Some even credited it with re-energizing American democracy. What happened?

THIS JUST IN: Media

Fear and loathing at One Herald Square.

May 2, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: The education of Mary Jo

Advice for CNC's controversial new editor: bone up on your Machiavelli.

April 25, 1997

FALL FROM GRACE

Lieutenant Governor Paul Cellucci was on the inside track to be governor. Now things are starting to get a little complicated.

THIS JUST IN: Radio days

Voices of the civil-rights movement.

April 18, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Making niche

Beacon Hill aims to be the ultimate State House insider's guide. Plus, the state of media cynicism, and Fidelity hires an editor.

THIS JUST IN: Play ball

The Herald digs itself into an early hole.

April 11, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pulitzer whys

How two first-rate pieces of economic reportage got downsized. Plus, Eileen McNamara's passion, and a poetic injustice.

April 4, 1997

INSIDER BASEBALL

Where will a new park for the Red Sox be built?

THIS JUST IN: Porn fears

Backdoor censorship?

March 28, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Taylor the Fifth

The Boston Globe's new publisher talks about the Herald, cyberjournalism, newsroom ethics, and more.

THIS JUST IN: Missing in action

Have you seen the Globe today?

March 21, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Muddled in the middle

CommonWealth's shortcomings show why ideology matters. Plus, the battle of the journalism reviews, and the squeeze is on at public radio's Living on Earth.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns

Bronner to leave; will Sennott take his place?

March 14, 1997

THE QUIET MAN

As the Herald's editor, Andy Costello is one of the city's most influential journalists. But few know the surprising details of his past -- as campus activist, free spirit, lover of poetry. And nobody knows whether his nuts-and-bolts style will be enough to keep his newspaper alive.

March 7, 1997

PORN PATROL

The digerati are screaming "censorship" over Mayor Menino's Internet sex ban at the Boston Public Library. But cybersmut is more disgusting -- and Menino's proposal more reasonable -- than his critics are willing to admit.

THIS JUST IN: Media

PoliticsNow bites the cyberdust.

February 28, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: The Times of Boston

The New England edition's debut raises hackles -- briefly. Plus, Will McDonough's ethics deficit, and the Herald readies a new look.

February 21, 1997

POLITICS: Vision thing

Middlesex DA Tom Reilly is smart, tough, and honest. But that doesn't mean he has the right stuff to be attorney general.

THIS JUST IN: Five

Mass. rogues.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Frontline's rape case.

February 14, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Work in progress

Michael Kelly's first hire at The New Republic, media critic William Powers, makes a striking debut. But even Powers admits he's got a lot to learn.

THIS JUST IN: Noted

Wisdom from that old mother Hubbard.

February 7, 1997

MAKING WAVES

With commercial stations going lowbrow, Boston's public broadcasters are fine-tuning their strategies. The question: Are WGBH and WBUR doing their duty?

TRADITION AND TUMULT

Public broadcasting's tone may be tweedy, but the internal politics can be treacherous.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Monica Collins's full disclosure.

January 31, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Reality bites

The layoffs have begun at Community Newspaper Company. But Fidelity's not greedy, just overextended.

January 24, 1997

THIS JUST IN: Politics

Stone carvers.

January 17, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Intercepted

Why do the media keep becoming the story? Our critic defends Gingrich. Plus, you'll never guess why 'RKO's hot new talker was fired from his job in Sacramento.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Gold and the evening news.

January 10, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Touchy Tom

Sometimes he yells. Sometimes he stamps. Sometimes Mayor Menino's relationship with the press leaves something to be desired.

THIS JUST IN: Web watch

The Globe's sheer drop.

January 3, 1997

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cash flow

Two-tier wage scale at Five on Five; plus, Jim Braude seeks to reboot Otherwise.

THIS JUST IN: Politics

Guessing games.