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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


Remembering Clif Garboden: 1948-2011

The life and times of an alternative-media true believer
Clif Garboden, who spent most of his professional career at the Boston Phoenix, is being remembered by friends, family, and colleagues.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 17, 2011


Remembering Clif Garboden

The life and times of an alternative-media true believer
He was the damndest combination of kindness and gentleness and dyspepsia there absolutely ever was. He was old and young, all at once.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 04, 2011


Clif Garboden, 1948-2011

Clif Garboden, who spent virtually all of his professional career affiliated with the Boston Phoenix , died last week. He was 62.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  February 17, 2011


The secret life of a Charlestown drug dealer

Hickey flipped for the Feds — and lived to make a movie about it
The next face Shane Mauss saw, though, was unmistakable. It was Johnny Hickey. A fast-talking tattooed Charlestown native with a tough brogue and checkered past, he used to sometimes work security at a comedy club Mauss used to play back in Boston.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2011


Strange bedfellows: The right and left team up on criminal-justice reform

Away from the spotlight, criminal-justice-reform advocates are making progress - with the help of their new friends, the conservatives
The practical result of the new spirit of political civility is still an open question, but there is one area where small-government conservatives and do-gooder liberals might really be moving toward significant policy agreement, compromise, and action: criminal-justice reform.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 26, 2011


Local experts predict the Boston of the future

Best Decade Ever
There's more to imagining our city's future than placing bets on when Hizzoner will retire (which is just an exercise in futility at this point).
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2011


MIT blows out 10010110 birthday candles

Sesquicentennially yours
When a whole sector of the MIT Museum goes under wraps for months, it's a surefire sign that mad science is brewing.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  January 12, 2011


Attack on the middle class!

First they came for your paycheck. Then your house. What's next?
The remarkable thing about the American middle class is that we still have one, given the job losses, housing bust, and 401(k) wipeout of the past three years — and considering that for 35 years, politicians (and the bankers who own them) have been hammering away at middle-class institutions.
By: JAMES K. GALBRAITH  |  January 05, 2011


Beyond espionage: Four ways the United States can still prosecute WikiLeaks's Julian Assange

Freedom Watch
Not long after WikiLeaks entered the international lexicon, the question became not whether the United States government would prosecute founder Julian Assange, but how .


Phantom Gourmet kisses ass, defends Upper Crust

Bitter aftertaste
The day after Christmas, those who follow the Phantom Gourmet's Facebook feed were treated to a provocative status update.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 06, 2011


Infopocalypse: The cost of too much data

Meet big government's next big problem: Digital Overload.
At any given time, federal agencies use more electronic storage units than could fill every NFL stadium from Oakland to Foxboro.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 29, 2010


Mapping out the New Year's political landscape

Five for 2011
By: STEVEN STARK  |  December 29, 2010


Ten Boston tech companies to watch in 2011

Breakout start-ups
By: BOSTINNOVATION.COM STAFF  |  December 29, 2010


Terror and the MBTA: You don’t look harmless

 Freedom watch
Racial profiling meets war on terror: The highest federal court in New England has said it’s okay for government officials single out dark-skinned people for searches,  as long as they can concoct some cover rationale, ginned up with vague allusions to terrorism.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 29, 2010


2010: The Year in Review

 A look back at banned things, the AP stylebook, Dutch hip-hop, Nic Cage, and more
 A look back at banned things, the AP stylebook, Dutch hip-hop, Nic Cage, and more
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 23, 2010


2010: The year in Boston Phoenix articles

Shameless Self-Promotion
If ever there was an indulgent time of year, late December would be it — and not just in the washing-down-fistfuls-of-sugar-cookies-with-flagons-of-eggnog sense, either.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 22, 2010


The Four Loko Club: Stuff That Was Banned in 2010

Let's all shed a tear for Four Loko, Marlboros, K2 — and freedom
In early November, Sarah Palin passed out 200 sugar cookies at a school fundraiser in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 22, 2010


2010 in Updates to the AP Stylebook

You Can Look It Up
As any grizzled newspaper copy editor will tell you, shit ain't real until the AP Stylebook says so.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 22, 2010


The new black

Can a new group of leaders help Boston finally shed its reputation as hostile territory for the black professional middle class?
When the Theater District's Cure Lounge ejected a group of black Harvard and Yale alums and grad students last month, many saw it as the latest confirmation of Boston's racist core.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 15, 2010


The Last Weed Defendant

Why is John Rockett still in court for holding half an ounce?
John Rockett was cruising to Twin River Casino in Rhode Island when an Attleboro cop stopped his dark blue Dodge Caravan for having one headlight out.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2010

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