Leonard Campanello: The police chief with a new blueprint for fighting heroin

For more honorable mentions and the winning Bostonians of the Year, click on the drop-down list at the bottom of this article. Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello didn’t have a plan when he took to social media in March; he just knew he was tired of watching drugs destroy his community. Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the United States between 2002 and 2013, and Gloucester has been hit as hard as anywhere. “We had four overdose deaths in the first three months of the year,” Campanello recalls. “When the fourth death was reported, I got on Continue reading >>>

Homeless New Yorkers Question De Blasio’s New Program

The city is rolling out a new policy to deal with the record-high homeless population that will include a daily canvas of every block from Canal Street to 145th Street. It will also be assigning case mangers for each person. At the Bowery Mission, Imran Prentic, 30, lined up recently for clothing and a shower. He's been homeless for nearly four years and usually camps in parks, subway stations and under bridges. He's exactly the kind of person the city will be targeting, which he said is a good thing. "We need as much help as we can get, it's cold. We need more people not to give up but try to Continue reading >>>

Meet the man behind the Boston Yeti’s mask

After shrouding his identity in secrecy for nearly a year, the man behind the Boston Yeti mask revealed himself in an interview with The Improper Bostonian, finally putting an end to the mystery that kept Boston lying awake at night throughout the winter of 2015. The man who earned international attention for gleefully running around snow-covered Boston in a yeti costume last winter has come forward as John Campopiano, a 30-year-old from Somerville who works as a digital records manager and archivist for WGBH-TV’s “Frontline.” He said he’s seen the yeti’s image used in ads and Continue reading >>>

Jeremy Renner tapped to play another Bostonian: boxer Rocky Marciano

For a West Coaster, Jeremy Renner was a pretty convincing Bostonian in The Town—so much so, he landed an Oscar nomination. So really, should we be surprised that he’s up for taking another stab at it? Or, should we say, jab? Variety reports that Renner will star as Rocky Marciano, the former heavyweight champion from Brockton, Massachusetts (aka, the other Rocky). Marciano is still the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated at 49-0. He held the heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. Marciano died in a plane crash in 1969. The movie is the first authorized biopic on Marciano’s Continue reading >>>

Eighty Bostonian students sick with norovirus after eating at Chipotle

City health officials say initial testing has shown the presence of norovirus at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle where several Boston College students reported eating before becoming ill.The illnesses led to the temporary closure of the restaurant in the city's Cleveland Circle neighborhood."We do not have any evidence to suggest that this incident is related to the previous E. coli incident", Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email. "There are no confirmed cases of E. coli connected to Chipotle in MA".Since the investigation regarding this outbreak is now underway, officials from the Massachusetts Continue reading >>>

Philadelphia man charged in strong armed robbery at Tanger Outlet

Josuf Michael Pryce Josuf Michael Pryce LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – A Philadelphia man is behind bars charged in a strong arm robbery Wednesday night at the Clarks Bostonian outlet store in the Tanger Outlet complex. East Lampeter Township Police responded to a call from the store at about 7:21 pm. Witnesses told officers that a black male, wearing glasses, had gone behind the sales counter and took some cash out of the register. He assaulted a female employee, who suffered a minor injury during the altercation. The man was seen Continue reading >>>

Malcolm Butler: The rookie who saved the Super Bowl

For more honorable mentions and the winning Bostonians of the Year, click on the drop-down list at the bottom of this article. With the Patriots clinging to a 4-point lead over the Seattle Seahawks late in Super Bowl XLIX, an anticipatory despair had begun to percolate in New England. The Patriots had lost their last two Super Bowl appearances in the final moments. Both times astonishing catches by opposing receivers had aided the winning drive.Now it was happening again. With 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining, Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse leapt in unison Continue reading >>>

Janet Echelman: The sculptor of wonders

For more honorable mentions and the winning Bostonians of the Year, click on the drop-down list at the bottom of this article. When Oxford Circus in central London shuts down for four nights in mid-January — its roads blocked off to cars, the entrances to its Underground station closed, and its famous red buses rerouted — Londoners will have Brookline artist Janet Echelman to thank.And despite all the inconvenience, it’s a safe bet they will thank her. Inhabitants of major cities around the world have been reacting with gratitude, wonder, and Continue reading >>>

Bill Richard: The moral compass of a city

Illustration by John Ritter for The Boston Globe For more honorable mentions and the winning Bostonians of the Year, click on the drop-down list at the bottom of this article. When Bill Richard sat down on the witness stand in federal court last March, many people in Boston tensed up: This was going to be hard.The Boston Marathon bombings stole lives, limbs, and innocence, and no one lost more than Bill Richard. His 8-year-old son, Martin, was killed. His 6-year-old daughter, Jane, lost her leg. His wife, Denise, lost sight in one eye. His 11-year-old son, Henry, was Continue reading >>>