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Float on

Float on

PEPPERELL – Excitement was building among the 31 wingsuiters waiting to board an airplane on the grass landing strip. Jumpers in bright red, orange, purple, and blue nylon suits milled about and strapped on their parachutes. Once in the air, they would jump out of the plane and float with their arms and legs outstretched […]

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Young man on campus

Young man on campus

NEEDHAM – For most of his life, 13 year-old Roland Liu has been an outsider in school. That changed this month when he moved on campus to the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering to begin his freshman year. Despite being half a decade younger than the other freshmen, Liu said he finally feels like […]

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Dance partners

Dance partners

When Boston Ballet presents “Romeo and Juliet” at the Citi Wang Theatre starting Thursday – Valentine’s Day, of course – it will not only be performing the acclaimed choreography of John Cranko, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s lush musical score. In exploring Shakespeare’s iconic tale of passion, Boston Ballet will be drawing on a few love […]

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In synch

In synch

NEWTON – Victoriya Tuzman sat at her kitchen table holding tweezers and a tiny Swarovski crystal the size of a pinhead. She spent two hours painstakingly gluing 200 of the sparkling stones onto a bracelet for her daughter Michelle to wear this month during the International DanceSport Federation’s Ballroom World Championship in Latvia. Related Video […]

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Polo, for the people

Polo, for the people

NEWBURY — Joyce Dostale signed up for a horseback riding and grooming class two years ago at Stage Hill Polo. While there, she saw a group of riders learning to play polo and decided to give it a try. “I was instantly addicted,” said Dostale. No w the 51-year-old high-tech consultant from Chestnut Hill spends […]

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‘Nobody is paying attention’

‘Nobody is paying attention’

Abuk Macamangui Bak was 12 years old when insurgents attacked her village in Sudan. She remembers the homes going up in flames and her brothers and sisters scattering in different directions. Abuk held her grandfather’s hand as they ran; within moments he was shot and killed. Her voice shakes as she recounts the image. Abuk […]

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LOG ON. UNCORK. DISCUSS.

LOG ON. UNCORK. DISCUSS.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — I lined up six bottles of wine, turned on my laptop, and entered the password that came inside the shipping box. So began a virtual wine tasting, streamed live on the Internet from Waltham. From my hotel here, three friends and I watched British sommeliers James Booth and Ben Llewelyn as they […]

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Coming around again

Coming around again

WALTHAM — The back wall of Eric Hudson’s office is covered with a map of the world, a reminder to himself to do his part to protect it. The company he founded 10 years ago, Recycline , makes sleek, eco-friendly items and has been expanding its line of products. Hudson, 44, describes his wares — […]

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Thrill seekers find chills in ice diving

Thrill seekers find chills in ice diving

BARNSTABLE – Dressed in black rubber suits, 11 men and one woman stood on 7 inches of ice in the middle of Hathaway Pond. Next came the chainsaw. They came looking for a winter thrill, and found it in ice diving. Common among research scientists in Antarctica, the sport is steadily becoming popular with recreational […]

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Home ice advantage

Home ice advantage

Just before midnight on a recent Sunday, Ralph Isberg stood in his 11-degree backyard wielding a “home-boni.” The broomlike contraption, which attaches to a hose, is a hand-held version of a Zamboni, used to resurface ice skating rinks. Isberg, a professor of molecular and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, is part of a […]

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