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Your guide to Netroots Nation 2012

Memes and madness
So many panels, so many receptions, so many opportunities to get filthy drunk. It's hard to know where to begin. Well, you've come to right place.  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 2012


PHOTOS: NATO demonstrations in Chicago

Scenes from the NATO protests | May 18-20
#NoNATO actions in the Windy City
By: JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  May 21, 2012


ON-THE-GROUND UPDATES: Dispatches from NATO-Chicago

Blow-by-blow recaps of the protest action in the Windy City
I wasn't even at Daley Plaza for two minutes when I ran into Vermin Supreme ...
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2012


Michael Guglielmo soldiers on

Giovanni Guglielmo (2006–2012)
Despite his sickness and small stature, Giovanni Guglielmo was a bona fide celebrity.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 16, 2012


Photos: Occupy Boston's May Day rally

May 1, 2012
Occupy Boston participates in Occupy Wall Street's nation-wide May Day rally on May 1, 2012.
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  May 01, 2012


Herbal bliss at your doorstep

Breath of a Salesman
You squint through the peephole: your expected visitor appears trustworthy enough, with a tech-chic denim-and-boots look. It's not like he's up to anything too sketchy — just trying to match you with a weed vaporizer fit for your lifestyle — so you invite him in and offer a seat.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 26, 2012


Prescription Pothole

For the sick in need of medical marijuana, it looks like the people will have to provide the relief that their representatives won’t
It seems strange to say that politicians lack the courage to pass a bill that's favored by the vast majority of their constituents. But that's where Massachusetts stands on its long, strange trip to legalize distribution of medically prescribed marijuana.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 25, 2012


As the weather heats up, so does the class struggle

Occupy in bloom
With spring protests planned from Boston to the Bay Area, Occupy remains an unwieldy and unpredictable animal.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2012


Photos: Tea Party Rally and Counter-Protest at Boston Common

Sunday, April 15th 2012
As the Mass Tea Party Coalition rallied at Boston Common on Sunday, April 15th, a group of approximately 60 activists held a counter-protest. The counter-protest called attention to the Tea Party's anti-gay sentiments, specifically protesting the afternoon's appearances by Scott Lively and Brian Camenker. Rick Santorum was originally scheduled to speak, but did not. Three protesters were arrested.
By: ALI DONOHUE  |  April 17, 2012


Occupy Cape Cod is showing the kids that experience pays off

Senior moment
I've seen the future of Occupy. It was wearing sensible beige walking shoes, boots of the non-combat variety, and, in some cases, sweater vests and pressed button-downs.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 10, 2012


Hunting the Craigslist Killer

An untold detective story from the digital frontier  
Julissa Brisman's 10 pm client, her sixth and last for Tuesday, April 14, 2009, was early. She planned afterward to go out with a Yale graduate she'd met on the train to Boston the previous morning and was due back home in Brooklyn the next day.
By: JAMES ROBINSON  |  April 04, 2012


SLIDESHOW: Craigslist Killer: The crime scenes

Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 04, 2012


SLIDESHOW: The Craiglist Killer files

See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 04, 2012


I was a teenage Gramlich

How I conquered monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the giggles
I can't say I ever intended from a young age to spend my 18th year mastering Washington Consensus–era monetary policy to recite in stuttering, rote cliché before a panel of mildly curious economic policymakers who filled out the payroll at Alan Greenspan's Randian fiefdom.
By: JIM NEWELL  |  April 04, 2012


Standing their ground

In spite of the Trayvon Martin case, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for a controversial law that could promote violence as much as it prevents it
It seems like every decent person in America is scorching over the Trayvon Martin killing.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2012


South By Southwest gets a dose of Occupation

Anonymous wrecks
Even before Occupy protesters rallied on Sixth Street last Friday — bandanas wrapped around their grills, middle fingers raised — you could easily argue that social justice was the centerpiece of South by Southwest 2012.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 21, 2012


Silencing Occupy

Big protests are planned. So is suppression.
Get ready for the protests. Get ready for the warm American spring — and maybe a hot summer and fall.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 14, 2012


Michael Guglielmo was a career criminal. Now he's saving lives — one DNA sample at a time

Bad to the Bone Marrow
Inside a dilapidated boarding house in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael Guglielmo sat with one hand on a beer, and the other on a MAC-10 machine gun.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2012


Will high-tech steal Central Square's gritty soul?

As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to find balance in Central.
A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 21, 2012


Big changes are coming for Central Square

Can this unique neighborhood maintain its identity?
In December, Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves presented a report to the Cambridge City Council.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 29, 2012


The power of texting

Mobile phones and alternative currencies are changing how the whole world pays for everything
Money — crispy banknotes and jangly coins — is as old-fashioned as, well, mechanical typewriters.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 02, 2012

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