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Letter from the Publisher
Many reading this edition of the Boston Phoenix already know that after 46 years of publishing as a newspaper, we are changing formats, saying goodbye to newsprint, hello to glossy pages, and folding the content and sensibility of our sister publication, Stuff , into our new pages.
By: STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  September 13, 2012


How a colorful Tampa talk show host might have been the most sane conservative in Tampa

Good fella
There's a lot of shouting on the third floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 05, 2012


Tenants organize to preserve an affordable housing complex in the South End

Holding their ground
Esther Echevarria worked as an activist before coming to Boston.
By: ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  September 07, 2012


The Nine Commandments of Covering Anonymous

Fawkes news
The first time that I heard about Anonymous was four years ago. I was then a rookie writer at the Phoenix, and our receptionist patched through a cold call from a self-described unmasked hacker named Gregg Housh.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012


Yet another Jill Stein puff piece

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and vote third party
I meant for this to be a hatchet job — with the silver noggin of Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president of the United States, on the butcher block.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 29, 2012


Why does the Boston police union do business with a felon? And where is that scholarship money going, anyway?

Strange bedfellows
The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a fundraising agency run by a woman who once bilked businesses out of money for a fake charity — by impersonating a police officer.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 2012


Attack of the Hipster Conservatives

They want limited government and fixed-gear bicycles — and your best friend might be one of them
Arthur Brietman thinks of it as the "Oh no" moment.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 23, 2012


Conservatives to watch out for

Last summer, lefty comedian Michael Ian Black and conservative pundit Meghan McCain took a cross-country road trip together so they could write a book about it.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 18, 2012

UPDATE: BPPA responds to Pax furor; provokes questions about funding

BPPA Members Should Probably Read This
One week after the Phoenix featured the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association and its racist Pax Centurion newsletter on our cover, the union responded with a letter on its web site. It is not an apology letter.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2012


Apathy catches up to Occupy in Philadelphia

One Nation Under Whatever
It's the final day of the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, and few people outside of the progressive bubble give a shit.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 11, 2012


The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
By: DAN KENNEDY  |  July 13, 2012


Muzzles on campus

The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards, student edition
Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 11, 2012


The Worst of Pax

Notable lowlights culled from the Pax archives
Pax Centurion lashes out at murder victims, Occupy Boston, welfare, and more.


DiMasi Agonistes and the federal ‘justice’ system

Enhanced cooperation
Question: what do the federal government's "war on terror" and its "war on political corruption" have in common?
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 06, 2012


Shit Boston Cops Say

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association maligns blacks, Muslims, gays, and women — in plain sight, backed by some of the region's wealthiest brands
For at least six years, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) has published a boldly bigoted official union newsletter, the Pax Centurion .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2012


As schools struggle to get better, is selling out to big money the answer?

The price of change
The idea of education reform has become so much of a universal social imperative that even hard-nosed liberals mindlessly dance to its alluring tune without considering the consequences of their gallivanting.


On-the-scene Netroots Nation coverage

Your go-to source for #NN12 highlights.
The annual progressive-politics convention comes to Providence.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 07, 2012


What are they protesting? Whaddya got?

Once more, with feeling
There are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer.


Don't taze us, we're with the media

As the line between press and protester blurs, more and more reporters are getting cuffed--and worse--as they cover the counterculture
As the Veterans for Peace led marchers into the mayhem of last month's NATO protest in Chicago, photographers and cameramen from major media outlets rode ahead of the pack on a double-decker bus.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 01, 2012


Game Change?

 A coalition of net natives crossed political lines to decapitate SOPA and PIPA. Is this the beginning of a new American politics?
The bills, designed to choke off online piracy of movies, music, and pharmaceuticals, seemed greased for passage.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 30, 2012


Your guide to Netroots Nation 2012

Memes and madness
So many panels, so many receptions, so many opportunities to get filthy drunk. It's hard to know where to begin. Well, you've come to right place.  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 2012

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