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What neighbors helping neighbors can show us about good government

We take care of our own
Montana Phipps was supposed to go out for a run with a friend after school, but the dark storm clouds squelched their plans. So on June 1, she was in her bedroom at the end of Stewart Avenue, with a view across her neighborhood of wide lawns, hedges, and leafy trees in Monson, a town of some 8500 people nestled in a valley about two hours' drive west of Boston.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 09, 2011


Digital Death

Where does your data go when you die?
I don't plan to live past 50. If I keep this pedal pinned to the floor, even that might be pushing it. Death is something that I ponder daily, usually between my morning blunt and Burger King breakfast run.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 01, 2011


Storming New York with Harold Camping's Rapture warriors

There were nine days left
I'm riding shotgun through Times Square in a flatbed truck draped with placards, advertising the impending End of Days: HAVE YOU HEARD THE AWESOME NEWS?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2011


God Hates FAQs

Everything you always wanted to know about the Rapture, but were afraid to ask
Editors' note: We selected David S. Bernstein to serve as our resident Rapture expert, on account of his having seen all three Kirk Cameron Left Behind series film adaptations.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 19, 2011


Bliss of Rapture

Farewell, Christians — don't let the gates of paradise hit you on the ass on your way out
Okay, I'm not happy , exactly, that, as a Jew, I am excluded from Saturday's date with Heaven's eternal rewards, and will instead be left to suffer through great tribulations before perishing, with the rest of the Army of the Antichrist, as a dismembered corpse beneath a waste-deep river of blood.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 19, 2011

Obama and Osama

Obama's got a wolf gang?

Obama-killed-Osama memes
View and download the alternate cover of the Phoenix and comment on a selection of the many Obama-killed-Osama memes.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 05, 2011


The death of Osama bin Laden proves that pragmatic progressivism works

Hope at last
You saw the meme buzzing around the Net on Monday: Barack Obama, in dark sunglasses, smirking: "SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET YOU A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE," it read, in I Can Has Cheezburger all-caps. "I WAS TOO BUSY KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 09, 2011


Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.

Making the brand
By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 09, 2011


Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

Striking back
In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
By: DENA RIEGEL  |  April 28, 2011


A bank robber downsizes

The long fall from ripping off Rembrandts to shoplifting sunglasses
There's nothing like an art heist to make journalists spout hyperbole. What else could explain the wild things they've said about Myles J. Connor, the Boston career criminal who by his own account has tiptoed by night through literally dozens of museums?
By: JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 27, 2011


Domo Arigato

The robots are here — and they look nothing like we expected
When Czech playwright Karel Capek first used the word "robot" nearly a century ago, it was to describe a coldly calculating machine, evil in its perfection and scornful of human frailty. And so began our fascination with the possibility of humanoid machines designed to be our underlings but destined to be our overlords.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 02, 2011


Net neutrality has become the biggest free speech issue of the 21st century. Is it doomed to failure?

Net loss
One morning last month, Senator Al Franken stood at the podium of a hotel in downtown Austin, looking out at some of the most innovative minds in the country gathered at this year's South by Southwest Interactive conference. "I know that many of you have heard people talk about net neutrality before," he said, "but I want to take just a moment to explain it, because part of the strategy being used to destroy net neutrality is to confuse Americans about what the term even means."
By: CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 11, 2011

The rise and uncertain future of ''pirate'' radio in Boston

Will Boston’s unlicensed radio stations go legit?
After a 10-year campaign by proponents of hyper-local radio, Congress finally passed the Local Community Radio Act in December. So how will that affect Boston's burgeoning "pirate" radio landscape?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 07, 2011


The Royally Screwed Tenenbaum

Sharing is caring
After more than seven years and dozens of petitions, motions, and court appearances, the title fight over the future of music washed up on the South Boston waterfront this week.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2011

the Phoenix remembers Adam Aries

Suspended in time: the Phoenix remembers Adam Aries

The Boston music scene lost a favorite son this week.
Adam, who passed in his sleep Tuesday for reasons that have not yet been determined, was a New Hampshire native who brought his craft and ambition to Boston six years ago, when he came to work at Darkwave Tattoo in Roxbury.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 31, 2011


Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language

Can English-language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
By: MARCELA GARCÍA  |  March 28, 2011


Chuck Turner is going to jail, but it's the Feds who should be hanging their heads in shame

Power play
Chuck Turner reports to prison Friday. If his sentence sticks, that's where the 70-year-old former Boston city councilor will spend the next three years.


South by Southwest Interactive plots a course to a better world

Peace, love and QR codes
Peace, love and QR codes
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 24, 2011

Johnny Hatch

Will Boston's rap scene teach through tragedy?

Rest in Power
Parking is scarce in Medford Square this morning. Carloads of folks arrive over the course of an hour, eventually filling the Gaffey Funeral Home and spilling onto High Street. The crowd is here to honor Johnny Hatch, a father, boyfriend, son, and Hub rap veteran who was shot to death in his Medford home two weeks ago.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2011

Massachusetts Rally for Wisconsin at Massachusetts State House

Photos: Rally for Wisconsin at Massachusetts State House

Rally for Wisconsin | Massachusetts State House | February 22, 2011
Photo slideshow of the rally for Wisconsin at the Massachusetts State House  
By: ABILGAIL PETERSON  |  February 23, 2011

The Masons of Amicable Lodge

Photos: The Masons of Amicable Lodge

Photos by Mike Pecci
Companion photo slideshow for "How the Boston rock scene grew up, got real jobs, and became -- Freemasons"  
By: MIKE PECCI  |  February 22, 2011

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