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August 16, 2009
The video store’s last stand (Webb Chappell)

The video store’s last stand

Amid the dominance of Netflix, the convenience of on demand, and the dreariness of this economy, a local independent shop hangs tough. Why does it matter? A Globe film critic -- himself a former video-store clerk -- explains.


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Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

The book of love

When I was 63, I fell in love with a special man -- and his memoir.
dinner with cupid

Painting the town

She’s attractive, he’s charming. An artist and photographer hang.
miss conduct's ettiquette column

Do I need a chill pill

My fiance suggests I learn to be more relaxed, plus participating in religious rituals.
pierced column

Party of one?

Our treasurer’s recent switch will cost him.
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Trapped, part 2: The way out

Trapped, part 2: The way out

Trapped under the sea, near the end of a dank, dark 9.5-mile-long sewer tunnel, three men were horrified to discover two of their fellow divers dead. They weren’t sure what had happened. But they knew this much: If they didn’t make a quick escape, they would be next.
Bias all around

Bias all around

Even the scene of the Gates incident was stereotyped.
Mid-century makeover

Mid-century makeover

A 1960s Cape home gets a fresh coat of everything.

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Golden touch
Sweet and bountiful this time of year, corn gets even better when it’s grilled.
First Person
The queen of coupons
With her online community, How to Shop for Free, Boxford mom Kathy Spencer shows people how to save major money.
On the Block
Liquid refreshment
These homes all offer memorable pond views.
Parenting Traps
Money matters
Talking about tight times with kids.
Fashion Snapshot
Half the coverage, all the glamour
One-shoulder party dresses are enticing many women.
Tales from the City
Lighter load
Kindness from a stranger lightens a load after surgery, and a 3-year-old discovers the marvels of the typewriter.
Letters to the Magazine editor
Whether readers were angered or tickled, there was no shortage of responses to Jennifer Graham’s essay about diehard boomers.

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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.
Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

The professionals share space-saving tips for every room in your home.