A trip through the Phoenix cover archives
6. GREATEST HITS
In 1972, Boston After Dark broke the blockbuster story of mob connections in Mayor White’s administration. Barney Frank, then an aide to White, was so incensed at the story, he threatened to car-bomb the paper’s editor. (The next week, he offered a snarky written apology.) In 2001, the Phoenix broke the story of the Catholic Church’s coverup of its clergy’s child sexual abuse — setting in motion the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-winning followup.