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A legal setback for Charlie

Freedom Watch
Free speech has won in the struggle between the MBTA and three MIT undergrads who claim to have uncovered flaws in the T’s electronic fare-collection system.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 20, 2008


Terror 'toonist

Dept. of gallows humor
Earlier this month, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors found a new fan in none other than Salim Hamdan, the man tried and convicted for once having been Osama Bin Laden’s driver.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 20, 2008


Club-to-theater update

Venue shifts
“If you take the biggest 100 names in comedy, you’ll see 90 of them here in the next couple of years.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2008


Funny fundraiser

Hip cash for Kansas rep
The term “Internet famous” brings a few things to mind.
By: JONATHAN SEITZ  |  August 13, 2008


McCain has a double standard on Viagra and birth control

Sexual politics
McCain backed legislation allowing Medicaid to cover Viagra for men, while forbidding the federal health-insurance program for the poor from covering  birth control pills for women.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 13, 2008


Eight is enough

Olympians to watch
Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2008


For the dogs

Greyhounds to have their day
In June, seven greyhounds suffered broken legs within a six-day period at Massachusetts’s two racetracks.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 31, 2008


Phone free or die!

McCain’s telemarketing team invades Boston
Though the upcoming presidential election may be tight, at least one thing is certain: John McCain has zero chance of winning Massachusetts.
By: SCOTT LIEBER  |  July 30, 2008


The deadly cost of ‘honor killings’

Human rights
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5000 "honor killings" occur worldwide each year, though they are vastly underreported.  
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 16, 2008


Give the drummer some

Fundraiser for Vicente Lebron
A couple weeks ago, the Phoenix brought you the sad and disturbing tale of Vicente Lebron.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2008


Ricochet ruling

Supreme Court makes Mass gun laws target for debate
Good news, Bostonians: you can own guns! The bad news: so can your weird neighbor.
By: KIM LIAO  |  July 02, 2008


Naked in the public square

Freedom Watch
In the finest Puritan tradition, Middlesex District Attorney Gerald Leone is crusading to save Harvard Square from the shock and awe of the nude human form.


George Carlin

Among scads of other, more important achievements, George Carlin deserves full credit for my comfort with and penchant for salty language.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 25, 2008


We're number 48!

Mass drivers really do suck
Massholes have no business being behind the wheel.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 18, 2008


Ghost of future past

Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow
When film actor Keir Dullea turned up in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as the father of Angelina Jolie’s character in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd ,  I was not only surprised to see him again onscreen, but amazed that he wasn’t dead.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 19, 2008

080613_feathers-list wins at AAN conference

A line drive triple in Philly Web site won first place at the annual Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 11, 2008



Love in Bloom at BC
Trust Boston’s socially conscious Catholic academics to connect the dots between James Joyce’s once-banned 1922 mega-novel Ulysses and (among other things) gay marriage.
By: NEELY STEINBERG  |  June 11, 2008


Unappealing zoning

No live/work lofts for Lowell
“That’s where I want to live,” says Maxine Farkas, a painter at Western Avenue Studios (WAS), artists’ workspaces housed in two buildings — the A-Mill and the so-called main building — on an old mill complex in an industrial section of Lowell.
By: IAN SANDS  |  June 04, 2008


Alma Obama

Understated understudy
My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


Found art

Jon Strymish’s cluttered vision
Photographer Jon Strymish’s truck is a mess.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008


Sharing an Apple

Adapt or Die Dept.
Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the storied Red Sox/Yankees rivalry will tell you that Bostonians sure can hold a grudge.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2008

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