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The war over peace

A decade after the 'Boston Miracle,' violent crime has again overtaken parts of the city. Can the miracle makers create a new peace?
In the early infancy of this five-week-old year, Boston has been rocked by four homicides and 10 non-fatal shootings. By the time this goes to print, there may well be more.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2010


Cease and desist

Operation Ceasefire brought peace to the streets, and then let it all slip away
In its five years from conception to unraveling, the Boston Gun Project's Operation Ceasefire became one of the most respected urban defensives in American history.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2010


Free speech for me, but not for thee

Freedom Watch
Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010


Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican presidential hopeful with the fantastic hair was recently our Governor.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 25, 2010


Boston organization fighting good fight in Haiti

Quake Response
Good news from Haiti: the catastrophic earthquake that struck this Caribbean nation last week did no damage to the 10 Haitian-run hospitals and clinics aided by the Boston-based charity Partners in Health (PiH). Each of the 10, which offer free care to all comers swung into action immediately after the quake struck.  
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2010


Obama's year two to-do's

What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 20, 2010



More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2010



Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 13, 2010


Cambridge finds it ain't easy being green

Greater Boston's Gas-House Gang
The hype leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen last month reached near tsunami proportions, but in the end, the gathering went out like a neap tide.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2010


Green school. Red light?

At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2010


Dropping the ball

This past decade? Not so great. But the next, according to social critic James Howard Kunstler, will be much worse.
At last, the golden moment has arrived.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 06, 2010


In the drink

At holiday roadside sobriety checkpoints, drivers check in, but they don't always check out. Even ones who are sober.
On the night before this past Thanksgiving, Kenny Howe, father of three, was returning home to Worcester.
By: OTIS JAMES  |  December 30, 2009


Photos: Most popular slideshows of 2009

Don't blame us. You clicked on them!
Our most popular slideshows from the last year: including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Dale Bozzio's crazy cat house, and much more.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 22, 2009


Most popular articles of 2009

The year in martyrs, mortuaries, chupacabras, and pot-peddling soccer moms
The stories you couldn't not read this year
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 22, 2009


Tapped out

H-2 Woes Dept.
The freedom to vacation before wrapping up vital work is just one perk of holding statewide office.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2009


Tilting at Windows

Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous with computing.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009



The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas grind beans and steam milk, smiling as they take orders in a made-up language.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009


Phoenix critic wins grant

Cook gets to eat
It was announced earlier this week that Phoenix contributing writer Greg Cook's art blog, the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, has been awarded a $30,000 endowment from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, which rewards "commitment to the craft of writing and the advancement of critical discourse on contemporary visual art."
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 02, 2009


Unmaking a bad federal law

Justice for Some
It's been a depressing stretch for supporters of marriage equality.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 24, 2009


IBEW pressures Stop & Shop

Power Play Dept.
Folks driving past suburban Stop & Shop locations this week might wonder why laborers are suddenly concerned about food safety.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2009


Glenn Beck's unhinged Sweater saga

Knit Twit Dept.
Hello, America. A special Glenn Beck Program tonight: I'm speaking to you from somewhere in the North Pole, and let me tell you [adopts cartoonish yokel voice with rubbery exaggerated shiver] it is coooooooold up here.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  November 24, 2009

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