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Ayering differences

Academic freedom goes down by technicality at BC
Bill Ayers clearly was not welcome at BC — in the flesh or via satellite.
By: KYLE SMEALLIE  |  April 22, 2009


Dale Bozzio's life is so strange

Can an '80s pop icon find peace in New Hampshire in a house full of feral cats? Apparently not.
With her bold style, high-pitched voice, multicolored mop-top, and MacGyver-like ability to make mesmerizing bras out of things like electronic parts and bubble wrap, Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio planted herself firmly in the spotlight in the 1980s.  
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  May 27, 2009


Slideshow: Crazy cat house uncovered

Photos taken at Dale Bozzio’s house and used as state evidence in her animal cruelty trial.
Dale Bozzio's house was found with dead, starved, cats as well as cat bones gnawed on by other felines.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 27, 2009


Boston's Best of 2009

You picked the city's 114 best places to party, shop, eat, drink, and more. The results are in!
You picked the city's 114 best places to party, shop, eat, drink, and more. The results are in!
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2009


Ganging up on teens

Gang-member profiling in Somerville
On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
By: DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009


Will Brandeis lose its swagger?

Pass the Hat . . . Again
Ethnomusicologically invigorated Brandeis students and alumni are hoping for an outburst of criticism for the probable downsizing of Wayne Marshall.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2009


Please, just leave

Right-wing crackpots plot to abandon the union
The next four to eight years are gonna be some fun!
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  March 19, 2009


Gulf War vet 'saved' by Phoenix article

Portland Marine Corps vet shares his heart-wrenching story
Yesterday, we published "Soldiers Committing Suicide," by Jason Notte, and just hours later, Mike Fitzgerald left our Portland editor a voicemail saying he's experiencing the same things a man described in the story had.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 17, 2009


Soldiers committing suicide

US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
By: JASON NOTTE  |  March 17, 2009


Culture wars

The Army's controversial anthropology program
American anthropologist Paula Loyd was in Afghanistan, discussing living costs with a local man when suddenly he doused her with fuel from a jug he was carrying and set her on fire.
By: PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 16, 2009



If Chuck Turner is innocent, why is he aligning himself with a coterie of disreputable African-American leaders?
Turner might want to avoid hitching his fortunes to those of such utterly disreputable pols as former DC mayor Marion Barry, ex-Newark mayor Sharpe James, and Dianne Wilkerson.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009


City Hall writes its own report card

Seeing through transparency
For a guy who has resisted installing voicemail at City Hall, Mayor Menino has kind of been geeking out lately.
By: TED SIEFER  |  March 04, 2009


Union electrical workers decry biotech greed

Conflict between the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
When young nerds were told that they would one day boss around guys who pummeled them in grade school, consoling parents and teachers should also have warned their prodigies about labor unions.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2009


Propping up a puppet

Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
By: TED RALL  |  February 25, 2009


Black History Month lands on City Hall

Panther Party
Members of Boston's Black Ministerial Alliance might resent New Black Panther Party soldier Jamarhl Crawford for his persistently blasting them as crooks and opportunists.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 25, 2009


In your Facebook

Facebook is already giving away personal information. And at least one data-miner is nervous.
Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 25, 2009

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
By: ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 23, 2009


Hitting the brakes

With Boston public schools facing a $107 million budget gap, busing is once again in the crosshairs
The last time that “busing” was a buzzword around Boston, John Havlicek and Jo Jo White were the only ebony-and-ivory cronies shooting hoops in harmony.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 13, 2009


Caught off guard at BU

Dormant security
Police and machine-gun-toting SWAT teams swarmed through Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences building on February 4, looking for a man reported to be carrying around an ammunition magazine and a bullet.
By: PETER PIATETSKY  |  February 11, 2009


You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now

For all the good it does
Ever seen a crack dealer brandish a chrome tape measure and inch his way out of a "drug-free school zone" before slinging fat rocks to pregnant teenage mothers? No?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2009


Phoenix group harvests 17 regional press prizes

Bragging-Rights Night at New England Press Association
The New England Press Association (NEPA) annual newspaper contest has always been good to us.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 12, 2009

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