Local Heroes

SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, the word "hero" has taken on new meaning: sports figures need not apply. People who make a real difference in our lives and those of others, on the other hand, do qualify.

In this, the fourth annual Boston Phoenix "Best" issue, we've selected five local heroes or heroic enterprises: a local boutique that gives a head start to women making the transition from welfare to work. A young activist who turned a desire to ease town-gown tensions into a nonprofit business. A terrorism expert fighting for civil liberties. A talk-show host who does the grunt work of a democracy: keeping voters informed. And a group of teens who, while too young to vote, have influenced local politics.

Joe Heisler
Juliette Kayyem
Dress for Success
Campaign for a Democratic Future
Emery Wright

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