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Photos: New England Fan Experience 2009

At the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Boston
Photos of fans and more at the New England Fan Experience 2009
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 16, 2009


Slideshow: Highlights from Obama's first year

A look back at our coverage on Obama during his first year on the job
A very Phoenix look at Barack Obama's first year in office
By: PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  November 11, 2009


They can handle the truth

Rugged Writing Dept.
"We're supposed to show up for our wives and kids in a way that prior generations frankly weren't," says Brookline resident Tom Matlack.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  November 11, 2009


Letter Rip

The Phoenix discovers secret messages in Hollywood-connected political correspondence
Hollywood celebrities who fancy themselves pols and pundits don’t just bring impassioned everyman views to the legislative banquet.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 12, 2009


Boston rat rampage

Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar would happen if you detonate a Parmesan wheel in an alleyway off Hanover Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2009


Cannonball quiets Harvard quad

Time bomb
It’s been awhile since we had to worry about the multi-colored national danger spectrum, but last week, the northwestern quadrant of Harvard Square was put on high alert.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 04, 2009


Meat hands, and other truly disgusting Halloween treats

You might want to reconsider making your guests nauseous with these food choices before serving them tons of alcohol.
Remember Halloween back in simpler times, when Mom would bake bat-shaped cookies and trick you and your friends into reaching into a bag full of spaghetti "worms"? Good times.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  October 21, 2011


Halloween Weekend 2009

Dos and don'ts to make this Halloween weekend ghoulishly delightful
All Hallow's Eve descends upon Boston
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2009


Stuck in his Throat

Suburban, family-oriented David Bertolino has a dream: to stage a play about  Deep Throat , one of the most controversial films of all time
Growing up in Sudbury, David Bertolino’s upbringing was strictly G-rated.
By: JON HART  |  October 28, 2009


Academia under attack . . . by zombies

Flesh in the Pan Dept.
Ah, kids these days. What with their tight pants and cigarettes and rising-from-the-dead-to-nosh-on-delicious-human-flesh . . .
By: ALEXIS HAUK  |  October 28, 2009


Photos: Halloween costumes not fit for public

From lame, totally un-pc, and just plain wrong, our list helps make sure you're not dressed like an asshole this Halloween
Stay away from these costume choices this Halloween.
By: LISA SPINELLI  |  October 25, 2011


Photos: Comic Con 2009 at Back Bay Events Center

Comic Con descended upon Back Bay on October 24, 2009
Photos from the Boston comic book convention
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 26, 2009


Halloween Weekend Overdose

34 Sugar-Fueled Hours of Halloween
Halloween is in six days and you still have no idea what party you're going to. You simultaneously feel as though you have everything to do and nothing to do. You haven't even got a costume anymore, because your lazy stoner friend stole your zombie  Billy Mays schtick .


Photos: Rock and Shock 2009

At the DCU Center, Worcester on October 16th till the 18th
Scenes from the convention floor at Rock & Shock 2009
By: ANDY WARE  |  October 22, 2009


Monkey Business

Boston's an academic city, even for capuchins who attend Brighton's Monkey College, where they're trained to be lifesavers for the disabled
Craig Cook remembers when friends tried to draw him out of a deep depression — by offering to get him a monkey.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  October 21, 2009


How gay is Southie?

Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
Welcome to the gayborhood.
By: ERICA CORSANO  |  October 19, 2009


New head shop scores near BU

It's the Joint
Here’s a new way to tell when college kids are back in Boston: shelves at the Joint — a new Comm Ave head shop near Packard’s Corner — resemble electronic-store aisles during the Los Angeles riots.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 14, 2009


Course correction

Out of school and out of work? Don’t enroll in a grad program just yet — adult-education coures could do (and land you) the job.
So it unfolded on Facebook, the story of this down-on-his-luck recent graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts from a respected area school.
By: VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  October 14, 2009


Prep Yourself!

You’ve decided to go back to school. Now what?
So the economy sucks, you’re in a miserable rut at work, and you’re not getting any younger. What are you going to do about it?
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 14, 2009


Lie of the land

Lying liars, and the end of accountability
In his new film, The Invention of Lying , Ricky Gervais plays Mark Bellison, a pudgy everyman who lives in Anytown in a utopian world where lies don't exist — until he tells one.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  October 07, 2009


Less than zero

Artist Russell Freeland went from Boston to Austin — and gave up absolutely everything in the process
Three years ago, Russell Freeland had what most would consider a settled life. Just two years later, though, Freeland was hungry, exhausted, and homeless, trying to survive in Austin, Texas.
By: IAN SANDS  |  October 10, 2009

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