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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kidnapping and slavery had become a barbarous byproduct of Sudan’s bloody holy war.
By: TIM SANDLER  |  May 20, 2010

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Murdoch mishegoss

The new brand of gonzo journalism
Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
By: DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 06, 2010

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This must be the place

A short paper on Harvard Square's roots
It is a place so confident, so much an institution, as to presume to call itself by its last name. When someone says they’re going to the Square, nobody expects them to turn up at the Statler Building in Park Square or under the CITGO sign in Kenmore Square or in Elmer N. Buswell Square.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 23, 2010

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Flashback: Art After Hours

A review of Man Ray nightclub
There’s no shortage of nightclubs and bars in Boston, but the sheer magnitude of offerings has been no guarantee of quality. Between the scruffy rock clubs, gay discos, and often pretentious singles bars, there hasn’t been much of a middle ground.
By: ROBIN VAUGHN  |  March 25, 2010

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Flashback: Love is the Drug


When the government cast the fisheye over aphrodisiacs a few weeks ago, it sent the hopes of countless philophiles into the deep freeze. Well, I've read the summary report of the US Food and Drug Administration denouncing over-the-counter love drugs as unsafe and ineffective and, frankly, I'm suspicious.
By: BROOKE GLADSTONE  |  March 18, 2010

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Stones arrive

Jagger as a hero-rapist
The Garden was the scene of a historical rock experience last Saturday when the Stones came to Boston. All the past fiascos staged in the hulking home of the Bruins and the Celtics are forgotten.
By: KEN EMERSON AND SHEILA  |  December 03, 2009



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Swine fever: An evening with Hunter S. Thompson

Buy the ticket, take the ride
Only Hunter S. Thompson could come up with a line like that; no one else had his knack for the near-Biblical proverb. Few writers outside of Madison Avenue or the New Testament can sum up a zeitgeist so cannily in a phrase.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 24, 2009

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Fair Share?

Extending Benefits to Domestic Partners
On September 10, Boston City Councilor David Scondras wrote a letter to the city’s group-health-insurance director.  “We have a non-discrimination policy in this city which includes people who are gay and lesbian,” wrote the city’s first openly gay city councilor.
By: NEIL MILLER  |  November 19, 2009

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The Rising Market of Comic Art

At the New York Comic Art Convention
Compared to last year's Con, this year's New York Comic Art Convention went down as smooth as the Ooze That Walked Like a Man. Last year's convention was thick with the angst of dozens of young fans who had scripts and art to show the editors in so-called "hospitality rooms" set up by the large publishers.
By: MIKE BARON  |  October 19, 2009

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Father Feeney

A Heretic Courted By The Church
Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to heckle and to laugh as much as to listen—Father Leonard Feeney is in the news again.
By: DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009

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The Pythons' Gonzo Gospel

Jesus never had a chance
The scene is familiar: the vast blue sky, the expanses of sand, and, atop a distant hill, Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to a rapt throng. But on the fringes of the crowd, His listeners behave like rowdies at a rock concert, yelling at one another and brawling until no one can hear the Savior's words. What's that He said? Blessed are the cheesemakers?
By: STEPHEN SCHIFF  |  October 05, 2009



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What's the scam?

Trying to bilk the Scientologists
Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without completing the transaction.
By: JIM SCHUH  |  September 28, 2009

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Desegregation Day

Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
By: TOM SHEEHAN  |  September 17, 2009

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Photos: Boston in the 70s, Part 8

The last installment of Boston in the 70s slideshows on protests and rallies
Photos of protests and rallies from the Boston Phoenix archives
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010

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Remembering 9-11

Eight years later
Eight years ago, on a sunny Tuesday September morning in New York City and Washington, DC, a sickeningly well-orchestrated terrorist attack took flight, in part, from Boston’s Logan International Airport.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2011

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Looking for Trouble

Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston
As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another passenger that he can't understand why anyone is so worked up about the Angels and what they did in Mattapan.
By: KEITH W. JENKINS AND PETER CANELLOS  |  September 04, 2009



Boston in the 70s: Part 7

Photos of Allston and Brighton from the Boston Phoenix's archives
From the Boston Phoenix archives
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 01, 2009

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Ted Kennedy, 1932 - 2009

In memoriam of the long-standing senator
Blog posts, Tweets, archived articles and photos of the late senator. 
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 27, 2009

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Public and private affairs

The case for making a campaign issue of Teddy's reputation for philandering
Philandering, like heavy drinking, traditionally has been one of those activities that the boys in the press keep mum about when reporting on the boys on the Hill, or the boy in the White House, or any boy, for that matter. The rationales for this silence are curiously contradictory.
By: SUZANNAH LESSARD  |  April 20, 2010

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Ted's turn

Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Senator Ted Kennedy is willing to spend some political capital.
By: AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009

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Ted Kennedy's real record

A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, little has been said of what Ted Kennedy has or hasn't accomplished.
By: AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009


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