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Phoenix group harvests 17 regional press prizes

Bragging-Rights Night at New England Press Association
The New England Press Association (NEPA) annual newspaper contest has always been good to us.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 12, 2009

The problem with the Church's selective embrace

Vatican City
Pope Benedict recently lifted the excommunication of four bishops who had been consecrated without the required Vatican consent.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 12, 2009


Judge dismisses RNC protest case

Justice for protesters
The defendants — who became known as the "Wall 7" — were in St. Paul during the RNC because, as Wilson puts it, "we think that our government should be held accountable for the crimes it has committed."
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 04, 2009


The recording industry vs. free speech

This past week, US District Judge Nancy Gertner granted the industry's request to postpone the trial, originally scheduled to begin January 22, until February 24.
Download of Nonsense


Congress's war on toys

A new US law threatens to handcuff local indie artisans — and could render certain kids' products contraband
Incredible, but true: until this past Friday, America was on a fast track to outlaw grandmothers selling children's sweaters for charity.
By: LISSA HARRIS  |  February 09, 2009


Dirty Harry goes to church: Clint and Catholicism

Reel Life
In Mystic River , Clint Eastwood examined the damage to a close-knit group of Boston friends, years after one of them was sexually abused by a stranger, in a film depicting the power of sexual abuse with Catholic overtones.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 02, 2009


Artists get the shaft

The city gives Fort Point's creative residents the finger
On a tour of the studios at 337 Summer Street, Jen Mecca, a textile artist, points out some of the spaces recently vacated by artists and craftsmen, including a pair of furniture makers who left for Somerville.
By: TED SIEFER  |  February 02, 2009


Brandeis shutters art museum

Bloom off the Rose
Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 02, 2009


Question 2 backlash heats up

Rolling the Genie Back in the Bag
Since Question 2 was activated on January 2, it's been difficult to walk the streets of Massachusetts without encountering red-eyed hordes of marijuana-blazing vagrants.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2009


Inauguration 2009: Obama Live

Watch and respond: webcasts, real-time video, Twitter feeds, Flickr slideshows
Watch and respond: webcasts, real-time video, Twitter feeds, Flickr slideshows
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2009


Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

Clown committee
In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009


The DEA says no (again) to medical marijuana. Now what?

High on Obama?
Rick Doblin, president of Belmont-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), can't believe how long it's dragged on.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


Don't waste your energy

Draft Dodgers
If 2009 is shaping up to be anything, it's the year that everything and its aunt are "going green" — or at least that's the meme that's being driven into our skulls for doing whatever we'd do anyway, but with green-colored packaging.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 14, 2009


Bringing the party to the people

A history of our Inaugural West Swingers and White House Hoedowns
Are there any jobs on Earth more virile-sounding than commander in chief?
By: KARA BASKIN  |  January 19, 2009


Congress bans kids from libraries?

New safety law may prohibit children under 12 from libraries – or make many books illegal
Is it possible that Congress has just inadvertently turned millions of children’s books into contraband?
By: LISSA HARRIS  |  January 09, 2009


Start Snitching

Wilkerson, Murray, and just about everyone else forever hold their peace
There's a new theater in the multilateral conflict spurred by bribery charges leveled against former state senator Dianne Wilkerson.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2009


Good news, bad news

Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 2008


The gays can not be stopped!

The national LGBT equality group Join the Impact hopes to galvanize sympathizers across the country to demonstrate in their home towns on Saturday, January 10, in protest of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 30, 2008


Search party

MBTA cops never stopped inspecting your bags
These days, the morning commute is hardly complete without a newspaper, coffee, and potential violation of one's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 31, 2008


The Year of the Nerd

Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  December 24, 2008


The feminine critique

Women in politics came a long way in 2008, but the weight of double standards endures
It was almost a banner year for women in politics.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 24, 2008

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