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Southie's last stand

A huge year in politics could see the next generation of South Boston political legends emerge — or get swept aside.
Twenty years since a Hyde Park Italian-American succeeded Ray Flynn, South Boston retains its public perception as the city's nexus of political power.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2013


Got a connection?

Burning Questions
My sympathies for your pain. You are not alone in your quest for relief without using pharmaceutical painkillers.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 08, 2013


The BPD adds insult to injury

Scream On
At times, this kind of decision makes you wonder whether the BPD is saving its best awards for officers who've been involved in the death of civilians.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2013


Not-so-secret gardens: DIY MMJ

Common Sensi
Cannabis cultivation is an art as much as it is a craft — and urban living in our New England climate presents a gamut of indoor-gardening challenges for novices and pro growers alike.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 05, 2013


The Oppositionist: John Connolly has fashioned himself into the mayor’s leading critic. Will he also be a candidate?

This week, as Tom Menino gave his State of the City address, Boston politicos scrutinized him carefully for signs that might foretell an end to his 20-year reign.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 01, 2013


Is your weed covered?

Burning Questions
Will my health insurance cover medical marijuana? Can I share my medical marijuana? Your burning questions, answered.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 29, 2013


Dispatch & Pics: Anonymous Rallies for Aaron Swartz in Boston, Declares War on Department of Justice

Outraged and sympathetic members of Anonymous demonstrated for Aaron Swartz.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2013


The Westborough 8 vs. TransCanada: Anatomy of a peaceful protest

Running with the chain gang
Nobody notices the three young women sitting in the idling green Explorer.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 25, 2013


Home-grown cannabis careers

Common Sensi
The Cannabis Career Institute held its first-ever East Coast seminar in Boston on Saturday, offering local cannabusiness hopefuls a daylong crash course in Cali-style marijuana commerce.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 24, 2013


You Are Not Alone: The fight for electronic privacy reaches Beacon Hill

Your tinfoil-hat fears about Big Brother might be justified.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2013


California pot RX: legal in MA?

Burning Questions
My boyfriend has a medical-marijuana card from California. Will dispensaries in Massachusetts accept that?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 15, 2013


Introducing Senator Buzzkill’s new pot bill

Common Sensi
Back in November, the people of Massachusetts circumvented their elected lawmakers by legalizing medical marijuana through a ballot measure.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 08, 2013


Flying high? Your MMJ inquiries, answered

Burning Questions
"Doctors have the First Amendment right to talk about things with their patients," including marijuana, explains well-known local pot attorney Steve Epstein.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 02, 2013


Education reform: The battle ahead

Scream On
Five years ago, as George W. Bush was pushing No Child Left Behind, his younger, even sleazier sibling Neil was picking the initiative's pockets.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 26, 2012


Medical-marijuana caregivers: a growing need

Common Sensi
"Common Sensi" is our new series covering the local impact of a national cannabis revolution.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 28, 2012


How to toke if you're broke

Burning Questions
Welcome to "Burning Questions," the first in a series devoted to your medical-marijuana FAQs.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 18, 2012


Kevin, we hardly knew ye

Thanks to the initiative of journalism-advocacy group MuckRock, 500 pages of raw and redacted FBI files focusing on allegations of corruption during the 1970s in the administration of the late Boston mayor Kevin White are now available to the public.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  December 19, 2012


Newtown and The Media's Delusional Narrative on Caucasian Mayhem

It wasn't too long into fall semester before white kids from cozy towns resumed brutally slaughtering innocent school children.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 19, 2012


Still battling the BPPA

Scream On
The last time that the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association dropped an issue of its official newsletter, the Pax Centurion , the outcry was immense: Mayor Tom Menino called the publication "garbage," advertisers fled, and a subsequent dust-up revealed that most of the publication's revenue passed through a company run by felons.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2012


Free at last, the West Memphis Three's Damien Echols is trying to start over... in Salem, Massachusetts

Life after death row
A year after his release from prison, Echols has chosen to settle in Salem for a reason: he feels a kinship with the history of the place. He knows what it's like to be the object of a witch hunt.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  December 14, 2012


'I'd rather fight like hell': Naomi Klein's fierce new resolve to fight for climate justice

Naomi Klein, black-clad and sharp-tongued mistress of the global anti-corporate left, friend to Occupiers and scourge of oil barons, stood outside a dressing room backstage at Boston's Orpheum Theatre one night last month, a clear-eyed baby boy on her hip.
By: WEN STEPHENSON  |  December 14, 2012

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