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Killing with kindness: Why the Death With Dignity Act endangers people with disabilities


I think my opinions about doctor-assisted suicide crystallized the night Mike — my wheelchair-using, ventilator-breathing boyfriend — choked on pineapple juice, passed out, and died.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  November 05, 2012

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Electoral literacy

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“Let me tell you about the very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a short story. “They are different from you and me.”
By: PETER KADZIS  |  October 31, 2012

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An attack ad you’ll never see

Scream On
Here's a Mitt Romney commercial that could topple the popular notion that President Obama cares more about vulnerable Americans than his challenger does.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 25, 2012

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Prescription opioids have wreaked havoc on the Bay State. For Big Pharma, that’s fantastic news.

The Price of Pain
First there's the pain. Then comes a prescription for an opioid: OxyContin, Tylox, Percocet, Roxicodone, among others. But what often follows is a vicious cycle of tolerance, increased dosages, abuse, and addiction.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 23, 2012

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Against strenuous odds and a 20-year incumbent, Mike Connolly tries to occupy the State House — without raising a dollar

He Works Hard For No Money
It's Sunday at noon, and Mike Connolly is prepping with his troops by the Gold Star Memorial Library in East Somerville.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 26, 2012

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Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together


Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 09, 2012



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Scott Brown's Beef

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Incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown is hell-bent on branding his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor of bankruptcy law, with a scarlet letter: H — for hypocrisy.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  October 09, 2012

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How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

One Nation Under Mitt
Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 05, 2012

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John Silber, tough witness, R.I.P.

Freedom Watch
John Silber, like anyone, had his faults.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 02, 2012

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Boston folk hero Rob Potylo teams with Vermin Supreme to Remove Condoms from America’s Dreams

The Odd Couple...for President
It's the first day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a week of lame protests at the GOP summit in Tampa, it smells like something might erupt.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2012

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Is Hillary next?

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From Hillary Clinton's days as an intense, influential, and essentially inept co-president to husband Bill, to her establishment as a successful senator from New York, through the bitter trench warfare of the 2008 presidential primaries, and throughout her tenure as a majestic secretary of state, I have always kept the words of my high-school history teacher Dan Leary in mind.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  October 03, 2012



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Wall Street Über Alles

The Full Story Of How A Boston Journalist Got Arrested On Some Bullshit At The Anniversary Of Occupy Wall Street
I wasn't supposed to be sitting in a bar, my right elbow folded like a broken umbrella, on the night of September 17, 2012.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2012


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Smile! Your mug shot might be on Facebook

The criminal network
Police departments might not aspire to be popular.
By: NOAH SCHAFFER  |  September 19, 2012

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Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

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I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 19, 2012

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Back to the future

Letter from the Publisher
Welcome to our new world. Or perhaps it's back to the future.
By: STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  September 18, 2012



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Occupiers then and now

Class of 2011
Camp Dewey thrived between September 30 and December 10 of last year.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 14, 2012

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Catching up with the ongoing trials of Occupy Boston activists

Cops, tents, and videotape
At a hearing in Boston Municipal Court last month, attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild received nine DVDs from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 12, 2012

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Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 12, 2012

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Fables of the Occupation

One year later, the movement continues
It's been one year since thousands of outraged protesters swarmed Zuccotti Park to demand vast socio-economic changes, but the movement's aftertremors continue to be felt.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 13, 2012

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A new beginning

Letter from the Publisher
Many reading this edition of the Boston Phoenix already know that after 46 years of publishing as a newspaper, we are changing formats, saying goodbye to newsprint, hello to glossy pages, and folding the content and sensibility of our sister publication, Stuff , into our new pages.
By: STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  September 13, 2012


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