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Past articles by Spencer:

How a Boston comedian and duck boat tour guide has ended up on the news dozens of times

His skill at one-liners has helped him get on local TV broadcasts again and again. And again. → Read More

Facing scrutiny like never before, New England’s amateur balloonists are feeling the pressure

After a series of high-profile incidents involving balloons, New England balloonists worry their airborne projects could face more scrutiny. → Read More

Inside a repurposed jukebox at The Foundry in Cambridge, stories told by locals are waiting to be played

“Collectively, these all paint a portrait of Cambridge,” said Elisa Hamilton, the artist behind the installation at The Foundry. → Read More

How Boston artist ‘Blind Fox’ became the go-to muralist for the city’s trendiest bars and businesses

Erica Hagler is lending big companies and new restaurants a bit of artistic flare. → Read More

Pond and lake skating are cherished New England traditions. So far, not this year.

The warm weather has kept Massachusetts ponds and lakes from freezing, and put beloved New England traditions on ice. → Read More

Boston is for the birders. And for the first time, there’s a birding competition downtown.

Even in the dense core of the city, where drivers honk their horns and people pack onto trains, an abundance of bird species can be found, photographed, and documented. → Read More

‘Sled Zeppelin.’ ‘Sherlock Snowmes.’ Here are the winners of MassDOT’s ‘Name a Snowplow’ contest.

MassDOT asked elementary and middle school students to name a fleet of 12 trucks. They understood the assignment. → Read More

The ‘This is Fine’ comic turned 10. The Mass. artist behind it says it’s changed his life — for better or worse.

K.C. Green, the Easthampton artist behind a comic that inspired an era-defining meme, reflects on its impact online. → Read More

After a spat with the RMV, this BMC researcher is taking his ‘NARCAN’ license plate on the road

The RMV initially rejected a request for the vanity plate, but after some online support the agency reversed its decision. → Read More

The Faneuil Hall grasshopper weathervane had a long-lost twin. It’s going up for auction.

Made by coppersmith Shem Drowne around 1740, it's nearly identical to the one atop Faneuil Hall. → Read More

What we know about Brian Walshe, husband of missing Cohasset woman Ana Walshe

Who is Brian Walshe, the husband of missing Cohasset mother Ana Walshe? → Read More

This suburban gynecologist treated the downtrodden. US prosecutors say she punched a Capitol officer on Jan. 6.

Word of her arrest has rippled through the medical community, prompting friends and colleagues to press each other: “What happened to Jacquelyn Starer?” → Read More

Ashland doctor charged in Jan. 6 insurrection probe appears in Washington, D.C., court

Dr. Jacquelyn Starer's next court appearance in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for Feb. 9. → Read More

Cape Cod restaurant gets shoutout from ‘Glass Onion’ director after film ‘messed up’ Google results

“If I Googled ‘Glass Onion’ anytime before a couple of months ago, we were almost always on top," said Josh Christian, owner of The Glass Onion on Cape Cod. Not anymore. → Read More

‘In a shocking turn of events,’ AI program writes stories about Boston that are eerily good

In what feels like an instant, ChatGPT will answer the questions or spit out renditions of human-produced content, like legal analysis that some lawyers have said rivals that of actual practitioners. → Read More

New England’s last remaining pay phones are things of beauty — if you look at them right

Some people feel compelled to document these landmarks from another technological era, before they’re gone forever. → Read More

The royals will be in Somerville on Thursday. People are worried about what that means for trips to Market Basket.

For the handful of businesses and nonprofits expecting a visit from Prince William and his wife, Catherine, this week presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet two of the world’s most famous royal celebrities. But not all Somerville residents are excited about their arrival. Sure, the royal couple will bring some positive attention to Greentown Labs, an incubator for startups that aim to… → Read More

Flashback: That time the queen came to City Hall and triggered a mad dash for a gin and tonic

City officials learned a lasting lesson in hospitality back in 1976. → Read More

Group of dolphins rescued after being stranded in Wellfleet Harbor

An animal welfare group helped seven dolphins back into the ocean, but an eighth had to be euthanized. → Read More

Move over, cat cafés: A dog bar is coming to Everett

Park 9, a combination pub-indoor/outdoor dog park, would be the first of its kind in New England. → Read More