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Prison food

Inmate rehabilitation served on a platter
Unfortunately, getting out of prison doesn’t necessarily mark an end to a life of crime.
By: BEN TERRIS  |  May 07, 2008


Seven should-be habits of highly effective T-riding people

Keep your hands on the pole and not on your neighbor’s ass, bucko.
One person’s peaceful commute on the T is another person’s journey to the gaping maw of Hell.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  May 02, 2008


Trouble 'round the bend?

MBTA workers have been without a contract for two years. Arbitration will settle the matter soon, but could stir an angry hornets’ nest for 2010.
Perhaps because it hasn’t exploded into a public shutdown of services (as happened a few years ago in New York), arguably the most important fact about the MBTA has escaped public notice: most of its workers have been without a contract for nearly two years.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2008


A sinking feeling

Leaky MBTA tunnels have been seeping Boston’s groundwater for years. Can a new plan prevent potential catastrophe?
For years, critics have called the MBTA a contributing culprit in the dangerously declining groundwater levels under the Back Bay and other parts of Boston — a problem that threatens to literally destroy much of the city’s architecture
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2008


State of hock

If the MBTA wasn't in debt, these items would be at the top of its new wish list.
Kenmore Station looks as if it has just survived an act of God, the Orange Line hasn’t seen a new car since the Reagan administration, and the head of the Transit Police union says there are only five cops riding the rails at any given time.
By: JASON NOTTE  |  April 30, 2008


The trolley Svengali

Why Dan Grabauskas might actually fix the T — if he can keep his job
When the T works, we usually don’t notice. But when it doesn’t, our reaction is swift and severe.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  April 30, 2008


Power outage

As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
By: PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008


The best of City Life 2008

We may go home early, but we know how to have a good time while we're awake
We may go home early, but we know how to have a good time while we're awake
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2008


Defensive budget

Running up a tab in Iraq
President Bush, disregarding independent studies from other leading analysts, has rejected our estimate for the total eventual cost of the Iraq War as “exaggerated.”


Biolab follies

How did BU's research facility go from slam dunk to almost sunk?
In the beginning — way back in the fall of 2003, when the “War on Terror” was still young — the notion that anything could derail the Boston University biolab seemed absurd.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  April 07, 2008


Iraq: Five years later

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying any longer
Five years later, President George Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wrong about what the war in Iraq would ultimately cost.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  March 12, 2008


Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008


Ticket shock

Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 10, 2008



The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008


The Station’s long shadow

Five years on, getting by remains a day-to-day challenge for some of those touched by the fire
For most Rhode Islanders, the Station nightclub conflagration — the worst disaster in the state since the hurricane of 1938 — is like a receding object in a rearview mirror.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008


Echoes of Rodney King

A do-gooder who recorded abusive Boston police officers was himself arrested under a controversial ‘wiretapping’ law
When Simon Glik used his cell phone to record Boston police officers making what he thought was an overly forceful arrest on Tremont Street, he didn’t think he would be the one who ended up in the back of a police cruiser.


See spot run

Candidates seeking the Oval Office are blitzing the airwaves with political ads. But only one seems to be making any traction.
The roughly 205,000 campaign ads that have run on American TV so far this primary season have undoubtedly played a major electoral role.
By: LESLIE SAVAN  |  February 13, 2008



The Boston Police investigation of Stephan Cowans led to a wrongful conviction. Was it incompetent — or corrupt?
The Boston Phoenix has uncovered substantial new information about the Cowans case.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 28, 2010


Youth in the booth

The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
By: VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008


Ring of fire

The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008


Torture-tapes template

Bush-administration lawyers could be nailed for their role in destroying evidence in the CIA scandal, thanks to a quiet Connecticut child-porn case
Did the Bush-administration lawyers, and the CIA operatives they advised, commit obstruction of justice by destroying the now-infamous CIA-interrogation videotapes?
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 16, 2008

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