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Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010

Dear Phoenix Readers

A word from the new editor
By: CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 25, 2010


The Metro screams 'BEEEMBO!'

Commuter rag's front-page bread ad: Sandwich porn?
Next stop: world domination
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 14, 2010


Boston pols bail on Bank of America

Locovore Banking Dept.
In this time of political stridency, where everything is either red or blue, Boston City Councilors have found a potential purple issue that everyone can stand behind, be they radical lefties or Fox News worshippers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 14, 2010


Mexican president flubs it at the Kennedy school

Yo No Tengo Huevos Dept.
Only a day before the Massachusetts Senate showed its true colors by approving a set of anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget — a recent change of heart that would probably not have happened had it not been for the so-called Arizona effect — the Harvard Kennedy School's Class of 2010 hosted Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa as its commencement speaker.
By: MARCELA GARCIA  |  June 04, 2010


My uncle, the astronaut

Found in Space
As NASA’s Space Shuttle program winds down to a close this November after 33 years and 134 launches, I was lucky enough to catch the 132nd launch this past Friday, which was also the final flight of Atlantis, one of three remaining operational orbiting vehicles in the fleet.
By: CHRISTINE ATTURIO  |  May 19, 2010


An immigrant song

What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
By: DAVID KISH  |  May 17, 2010


US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

Props-aganda Dept.
This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2010


Tyme fer moore lernin’

Tee-Partee Lohjik
Much sport has been made of the hilariously misspelled signs created and proudly displayed at rallies by barely literate Tea Partiers.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 28, 2010


Solving hunger is not a piece of cake

Will Walk for Food Dept.
Marie Antoinette lost a head not too long after she allegedly offered, “Let them eat cake” as a suggestion to hungry Parisians with no bread. While there are still plenty of people making ignorant remarks these days, very few of them are French princesses. Progress!
By: MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  April 28, 2010


Headphones TNG

Think Sound
New Hampshire green-tech nerd Aaron Fournier has an undeniable pitch for his new company, Thinksound, and its line of cool-daddy wood-grain headphones.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2010


Hidden letters from the Holocaust

Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor.
By: ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 08, 2010


The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2010


Happy Valentine's Day 2010

From Hoopleville, with love
"Well, I love you more ... "
By: DAVID KISH  |  February 10, 2010


Photos: Howard Zinn and memorabilia

Zinn throughout the years and his many talents
Photos of Howard Zinn, courtesy of Peter Simon, and Zinn memorabilia from the archives of the  Phoenix 's David Bieber
By: PETER SIMON AND DAVID BIEBER  |  February 05, 2010


Howard Zinn: 1922-2010

In Memoriam of the anti-war warrior
Howard Zinn was a fearless revolutionary, but also a father-figure and family man.
By: RAYMOND MUNGO  |  February 03, 2010


Orwell and Shakespeare in a Minute

Second-Hand Books Dept.
"I thought we were going to be talking about windmills," Jenny Sawyer mutters as she looks into the camera, sandwiched between two pigs.
By: MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  January 27, 2010


Boston teen in Haiti stranded without a country

Jenny Ulysee was inside her stepmother's hair salon in Mariani, Haiti, when the January 12 earthquake caused a nearby building to buckle and collapse onto the roof of her family's business.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 27, 2010


Haiti earthquake relief resource guide

How Bostonians can get involved
As ever-more horrific dispatches from Haiti pour in, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the carnage. But even though Haiti requires an almost incomprehensible amount of relief aid to merely staunch the bleeding, there are myriad opportunities for you to help -- and every shred of effort counts.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 22, 2010


GNU and the free-software movement

You may not know it, but the free-software movement has changed your life
You use Firefox for Web browsing. You know it's a free Web browser that's safe, quick, and has all kinds of add-on modules (there are thousands of these — for chatting, bookmark management, social networking, image-processing, and even federal court-file browsing — at ). It has frequent updates to fix bugs, and every new version seems to find a new cool way to make the Web easier.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 16, 2009


Questioning the Legality of Straight Marriage

One for the Annuls Dept.
When it comes to supporting gay rights, two straight Boston University grads are putting their marriage where their mouths are.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2009

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