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The independent herd

Is the nation in the midst of an unheralded political realignment?
The big news in this election cycle is the rise of the Tea Party. Fair enough. But passing under the radar is an accompanying development that could have even more far-reaching consequences — the rise of an emboldened third force in our politics.
By: STEVEN STARK  |  October 06, 2010


Purple Mass Group

Massachusetts has more Independent voters — and candidates — than ever. Will they ever make a difference?
There's a message in how Governor Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker laugh off Tim Cahill's venom in the gubernatorial debates: neither Republicans nor Democrats are sweating their Independent rival in the 2010 election.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 06, 2010


Supreme Judicial Court quashes cash-for-testimony

Can I get a witness
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts made a pronouncement last week that, to rational citizens, should be obvious: it's a bad idea for the state to be complicit in a scheme to pay criminal trial witnesses for their testimony — and for those witnesses to receive a bonus if the defendant is convicted.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 06, 2010


Boston Police Officer resides at house linked to Mattapan quadruple homicide

Crime watch
What you didn't know about 40 Woolson Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 30, 2010


Dead end in Dudley

Boston's other big hole
September was a sexy month for the future of Boston's landscape.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2010


The world is watching

Don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets? You're shit out of luck.
And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 27, 2010


The American Idol Party

Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell might not turn out to be good candidates, but they make great television
Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell might not turn out to be good candidates, but they make great television.
By: STEVEN STARK  |  September 23, 2010


Dropping Science

Hot shit
By: SCOTT FAYNER  |  September 22, 2010


Photos: Red-carpet premiere of ''The Town'' at Fenway Park

Live from the premiere screening of "The Town"
In the line-up: Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Matt Damon, and more
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 15, 2010


ArtsEmerson's sophisticated street cred

The renovated Paramount Center gives Boston a new intellectual anchor
Connoisseurs and casual consumers this season will enjoy two debuts that will instantly redefine the depth and breadth of the Boston arts experience.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  September 15, 2010


Troubled Over Bridgewater

Old Colony Correctional Center has been plagued by suicide, overcrowding, and brutality — and things are only getting worse
On a winter evening around 11 pm, the former superintendent of Old Colony Correctional Center walked into a Rhode Island restaurant with a gun in his pocket.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 13, 2010


The reform-proof prison

Why Massachusetts' correctional system hasn't gotten any better
From the beginning of her tenure as commissioner, Department of Correction (DOC) commissioner Kathleen Dennehy clashed with union loyalists intent on maintaining the status quo.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2010


Digital Armageddon: Could foreign hackers execute a crippling attack on American shores?

A key Department of Defense network goes down. Air-traffic control collapses. Trains collide. Financial data systems are in ruins. Lethal clouds of chlorine gas drift from plants in New Jersey and Delaware.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010


Obama on the Vineyard

Follow the leader
The most powerful man in the world touched down last week on Martha's Vineyard's grass-stamped airport, and quietly set to work enjoying the pursuits late-summer vacations require.
By: VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  September 01, 2010


Beck and Call

Glenn Beck’s rally on the Washington mall was scarier than you’d like to think
Washington, DC — Glenn Beck maintains that he didn't purposely schedule this "Restoring Honor" rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. I say bullshit.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2010


Kooks on classics

Out of Tune Dept.
It turns out that some local LaRouchies have talents beyond a knack for public harassment
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 16, 2010


Report from the Gulf

The BP spill is shattering hopes and dreams along the Gulf Coast.
On a windy Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans, Clara Gerica is in her usual spot: beneath a small, blue tent at the Crescent City Farmers Market in the well-to-do Uptown neighborhood.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 10, 2010


Afghanistan: The war that's killing us

Interview: Former Army colonel and current Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich explains why staying is a big mistake
For several years now, I've been reading Andrew Bacevich's articles and books that argue for a reimagination of how American government conceives of and executes foreign policy.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  August 02, 2010


Air waves

Pot radio blows outta Boston
Nestled in an unsuspecting downtown loft, a radio station swirls with pot smoke. Six days a week, burns up listeners' ears with a mix of local music and comedians.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 15, 2011


The RIFF takes on the world

Roxbury Conglomerate
Nothing brightens a neighborhood's outlook quite like the illumination from movie screens.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2010

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