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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


Electoral literacy

“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


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


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


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


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


Scott Brown's Beef

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


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


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

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


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


Is Hillary next?

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


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


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


Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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