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Spice is nice?

K2 is an easy, legal way to get a cannabis-like high, and it won't show up on a drug test. But is it safe?
It comes in a little silver or multi-colored packet, sold as incense, and clearly marked "not for consumption."
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 25, 2010


Endangered species: a late-term abortionist speaks

Marked man
LeRoy Carhart is one of a handful of doctors performing late-term abortions in the US, and one of just three performing abortions in Nebraska.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 07, 2010


Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010


This is your summer . . . on drugs

Nine ways to take the high way out of Dullsville
Ah, those weird Lazy Summer Days (LSDs) in Boston. What to do on them, so as not to go out of your head with boredom?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 26, 2010


Drawing inspiration

Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 16, 2010


Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Obama gave the green-energy project a green light. Now, a slew of messy coalitions are going to battle over the future of clean energy.  
Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010


Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir

Crook Book Dept.
In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 05, 2010


What a prick!

The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010


Up in Smoke in New Hampshire

Live Fried or Die Dept.
President Barack Obama has championed a platform that pledges commitment to a green economy. But this probably isn't what he had in mind.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 06, 2010


Burning down the house

The roof is on Fire Dept.
"The life of the artist is seeing possibility where other people don't," says Madeleine Steczynski, an East Boston artist and activist.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 28, 2009


Election controversy rocks and roils Boston bluesmen

Blues Clues Dept.
Looking for a name for your Boston-based blues band? How about "Hanging Chad"?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 09, 2009


A weed grows in Boston

What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009
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