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World Penguin Day — unarguably the world’s cutest holiday — is this Saturday, and our city’s own aquarium has something extra to celebrate. A baby little blue penguin is growing bigger and stronger behind closed doors at the New England Aquarium, while it spends more time with the ‘rents and weighs in with the staff before making its exhibit debut. More

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All 18 Mike’s Pastry Cannoli, Ranked From Worst to Best
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To a Boston resident, the blue and white pastry box neatly tied with a piece of string is as familiar as the Prudential Tower or the Citgo sign. No matter where you are in the city, it’s practically impossible to escape the sight of Mike’s Pastry. Few feelings rival the excitement of untying the string that separates you from a coveted cannoli and, more importantly, that heavenly first bite.

Home to 18 cannoli flavors ranging from Hazelnut to Mint Chip, people line up in the bakery, out the door, and spill onto Hanover Street for all kinds of pastries, but let’s be honest, mostly the cannoli. And so, for the greater good, we took it upon ourselves to taste and subjectively rank all 18 Mike’s Pastry cannoli to find out which one reigns supreme. 
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The Mystery Behind Matt Damon’s Weird Email Address, Solved
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Thanks to Wikileaks creating a searchable index of the leaked Sony emails, we now know Ben Affleck asked Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of his slave-holding ancestor from Gates’s PBS series, Finding Your Roots.

We also know Matt Damon wrote an email to Harvard president Drew Faust advocating for a prospective student’s admission to the college, which caused some confusion among Harvard staff because it came from Damon’s personal email, an oddly named Earthlink account.

And now we’ve solved the mystery behind Damon’s email address, an inside joke between him and Casey Affleck about an obscure R&B singer from the ’80s revealed in a 2002 interview with the Boston Phoenix. But first, some background. More

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#HeartsOverCopley: A Simple Tribute Remains Strong 2 Years Later
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You’ve probably seen them before, but you may not remember them. They popped up all over the MBTA after the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago. In stations, on trains, and all over the news feeds across the city. Yet the highest concentrations existed in Copley Station and on the Green Line trains that pass through it. More

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Meet the Woman Painting Portraits of Her Dunkin’ Donuts Customers
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Go to a coffee shop often enough, and you’re bound to see the same people again and again. That’s especially true for coffee shop employees, who quickly learn the names, orders, and mannerisms of their regulars. Amberlynn Narvie has gone a step beyond that — she has spent the last year painting a series of portraits of the regular customers who frequent the Dunkin’ Donuts she has worked at for the last three years in Beverly. More

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“Timing is everything with snow. Snow can be a great insulator [for the grass].”
Photos: How Fenway Park Recovers From the Worst Winter Ever
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From late January through March, a record-breaking snowfall descended on Boston, and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, was hit just as hard as the rest of the city. Battered by fierce winds, buried under feet of snow, and frozen deep with frost, the once-lush Fenway field was in full-on winter hibernation. More

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What to Do With a Crappy Parent
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I work part-time as a nanny for a 9-year-old boy. Recently, at school, he had an accident (I think he might have had mild food-poisoning). The office called his mom at work, and when I showed up to get him, she was already home with the kid–let’s call him Eric–getting ready to head out to buy new clothes and shoes (it was that kind of accident). More

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Show Scenes: Ex Hex at Great Scott
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Washington, D.C.’s Ex Hex, led by former Helium and Wild Flag member Mary Timony, played a sold-out Great Scott on Friday night in support of their debut record “Rips.” Psych-rockers Kuroma opened the show. 

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Broke Beats: Jazz Cartier – ‘Marauding in Paradise’
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Four years ago, 21-year-old Jazz Cartier was basically the Asher Roth of New England prep school rap. The Indian Mountain alumnus blipped the blogosphere with his mixtape Losing Elizabeth, which he put together while studying at Connecticut’s Avon Old Farms. Marauding in Paradise, Cartier’s long-awaited followup eschews that sophomoric aesthetic for a tempestuous and ambitious new style dubbed “cinematic trap music.”

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“Don’t Try to Be Perfect. Just Do the Best You Can.”
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“The poster? That’s the answer. There it is,” Ethel Weiss says. At 100 years old, Weiss remains the sole owner of Irving’s Toy and Card Shop in Brookline. She continues to run the petite store almost every day about 76 years after she and her husband Irving Kravetz founded it.

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