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Mrs. Warren goes to Washington

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable — and she knows it.
Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 21, 2013

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Freedom Watch: My Final Phoenix column


I have two indelible memories from my more than 40 years with The Boston Phoenix.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 25, 2013

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Fung WahTF

Everyone knew – and safety records confirm – that the budget buses were unsafe. So what took regulators so long to step in?
When federal transportation regulators declared Fung Wah buses a safety hazard on Feb. 25, no one who had ever taken the budget carrier could have been shocked in the least.
By: SHAWN MUSGRAVE  |  March 20, 2013

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The Good Fight: Why the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary is, unexpectedly, one of the hottest fronts in the planet’s biggest battle


The first time I ever threw my heart and soul into a political campaign, I was 13.
By: BILL MCKIBBEN  |  March 18, 2013

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The End: Boston Phoenix publishes final issue today

Statement from publisher Stephen M. Mindich
As of now the Boston Phoenix has ceased publishing and wfnx.com will not continue as it is.
By: STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  March 14, 2013

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Inside Whitey's head

Boston’s most notorious gangster and one of America’s legendary bad guys
At the heart of the two riveting new books documenting the life and times of Whitey Bulger, Boston’s most notorious gangster and one of America’s legendary bad guys, is this paradox ...
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 15, 2013



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Will Mass ban medibles?

Burning Questions
"Medibles" are medical-marijuana edibles — foods that can come in any number of forms, from candies, cookies, brownies, and lollipops to lasagna, soup, and tea.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 13, 2013

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BOOK EXCERPT: Just Don't Clip Anyone: First days as an informant

Excerpt from "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster."
Whitey had probably always intended to kill Tommy King, the brawler who had been his onetime counterpart and rival.
By: KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY  |  March 15, 2013

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BOOK EXCERPT: Wild West Broadway: Busing, the Bulger Brothers, Kevin White, and the Boston Globe

Excerpt from "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss"
In its charred aftermath, it's hard to imagine that school desegregation snuck up on Southie. But indeed it did.  
By: DICK LEHR AND GERARD O'NEILL  |  March 15, 2013

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Whitey's Southie: A tour of Bulger's haunts


In the 1960s, 28 West Broadway was the Transit Café, headquarters for the loansharking Killeen gang.
By: GEORGE HASSETT AND LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 15, 2013




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DiMasi Agonistes and the federal ‘justice’ system

Enhanced cooperation
The March 7 Boston Globe carries a front-page story about the plight of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 07, 2013

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The NCIA targets cannabusiness reform

Common Sensi
By using the vocabulary of Washington power brokers, NCIA appeals to lawmakers in terms they can understand.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 06, 2013

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The Trials of Nadia Naffe

She could have been the Republican party’s future. Instead, she was abandoned, insulted, abused, and ridiculed by the GOP and its partisans
Young, attractive, ambitious, conservative, and black, Nadia Naffe should have been a right-wing operative’s dream.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2013

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The Globe sale, contextualized

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News that the Globe was on the auction block was certainly a shock, but it should have been no surprise.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  February 27, 2013

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Hash Oil: Medicinal, or solvent-laden scare?

Burning Questions
Hash oil, also known as "BHO," "honey oil," "wax," "honeycomb," and "shatter," is a powerful, concentrated cannabis extract.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 01, 2013



Occupy Denied Day In Court

Scream On
It took more than a year for Suffolk County prosecutors to come to their senses.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2013

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Listening to Medical Marijuana


The Department of Public Health is moving forward with the development of Massachusetts's medical-marijuana regulations, despite efforts by state legislators to rewrite the law.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 20, 2013

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The Station fire: 10 years after

Four writers on the tragedy that disfigured Rhode Island
It's been 10 years since fire tore through a roadhouse in West Warwick — killing 100, injuring 200 more, and singeing thousands of New Englanders whose mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends died inside The Station or never quite figured out how to live outside of it.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 13, 2013

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The New Abolitionists: Global warming is the great moral crisis of our time

Why the climate-justice movement must embrace its radicalism to fight it
I want to say a word for radicalism — for the role of the radical in building a movement to confront climate change, the most urgent crisis human beings have ever faced.
By: WEN STEPHENSON  |  March 12, 2013
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