Cambridge rower Michelle Guerette hopes to become the first American woman to take Olympic gold in her sport’s marquee event. Like Bobby Fischer, the U.S. hockey team, and Rocky before her, there’s just one thing standing in her way: a dominant (some say unbeatable) champion from the former Soviet bloc.
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Jeff Larson is back at work, which is saying something. In July 2007, the Boston hedge fund manager lost $1.5 billion in a matter of days, and it seemed he might never sell a security again. Larson’s crucial misstep: He bought corporate bonds on margin, meaning he borrowed a lot of money in an effort to buy even more bonds. But the bonds tanked when the credit market froze last year, and though Larson’s move didn’t wipe out his investors, he did have to close his ﬁrm, Sowood Capital; ﬁre 90 employees; and give up his Back Bay ofﬁces. “A loss of this magnitude is as devastating to us as it is to you,” he said in an apologetic conference call with his clients, which included Harvard University, the Boston Foundation, and the state pension system.
Bostonians know the Quabbin Reservoir as the source of their city’s water supply. Thanks to a tenacious UMass researcher and a zealous entrepreneur, the world may soon know it as the home of a microbe that could fuel a clean-energy revolution.
What it’s like to be young, brilliant, fawned over by multimillionaire investors, courted by universities and corporations around the world, and forever racing—sometimes as teammates, sometimes as rivals—to change medicine as we know it.
Kendrick Perkins’s left shoulder is sore and it’s two minutes to game time, so a silver-haired Russian man is kneading the 6-foot-10 center’s massive arm. Then the man moves down the bench to vigorously rub Paul Pierce’s left calf. The Friday-night Garden crowd is buzzing, anticipating another blockbuster outing for the men in green—but it is this busy masseur who is tonight’s secret weapon, and perhaps the key to an upcoming championship.