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[Loosely Speaking]

She did go home again

Way back in June, we said in this very space that former Boston Phoenix and Boston magazine crony Diane McWhorter was a shoo-in to win a Pulitzer Prize for Carry Me Home, the story of the integration conflict in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Happy to be right. The week before the Pulitzers were announced, McWhorter also won the prestigious J. Anthony Lukas (named for the late author of Common Ground) book prize for nonfiction, sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvardís Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

To Godís ears

The Boston Globe will probably cop a Pulitzer for its long and deep series on the subject, but Boston Phoenix reporter Kristen Lombardi was lone and first to uncover the link between the Archdiocese of Bostonís hierarchy and the Churchís predator priests. Her March 23, 2001, article, " Cardinal Sin, " received the annual media award for investigative reporting on child sexual abuse from the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She also was cited by the Columbia Journalism Review and won a New England Press Association prize. " Cardinal Sin " is currently a finalist for the 2002 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Go, Kristen.

Itís all in the timing

Smart of us to feature Mantra chef Thomas John in our last issue, eh? To think, he gets named best new chef in the United States by Food & Wine mag the very same week. Psshew!

Ghosts and salsa

The independent feature film By The Sea, which stars local comedian/actors Jimmy Tingle (Next Stop Wonderland and 60 Minutes II) and Tony V (Seinfeld and State and Main), will premiere April 28 as part of the Providence Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The brainchild of Dean Huh, of Needham, the film is the story of a Cuban-American chef (Elena Aaron), who finds love and ghosts at a Rhode Island resort. Produced by Tony Bennis, formerly of the Boston Phoenix, it features music by Gloria Estefan and the new Cuban a cappella salsa band Vocal Sampling.

Private screening

Congratulations to Larry Andersen ó owner of Spot, the film-editing studio on Newbury Street frequented by local ad agencies ó who recently eloped with long-time love Susan Bisson, Web-site designer for IBM Boston.

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Issue Date: April 23-May 7, 2002


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