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Questioning the Legality of Straight Marriage

One for the Annuls Dept.
When it comes to supporting gay rights, two straight Boston University grads are putting their marriage where their mouths are.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2009


Courthouse bomber to speak about social change

Censorship averted
After it was initially canceled, a controversial talk by a radical activist will go on Thursday at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Ray Luc Levasseur, who grew up in Sanford, Maine, and became a radical in part due to his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam, will talk on campus in connection with a symposium on “social change.”
By: RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 11, 2009


Comic writers go nuclear — they think Amazon's the bomb

Gone Fission Dept.
It was reported last week that "Iran has agreed 'in principle' to an international proposal that could significantly reduce its stocks of uranium."
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  October 07, 2009


Hammer swings through Harvard

Ad lib department
When he was known as MC Hammer, the man born Stanley Burrell famously sold consumers Rick James samples and parachute pants.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009

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Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

Human Rights Watch
Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 24, 2009

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The Gates case isn't about race

Doesn't Matter If You're Black or White Dept.
The weeks-long hubbub over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. by the Cambridge Police Department has centered on race, understandably, for two reasons: 1) the African-American population has suffered inequitably in its relations with law enforcement across this country, and 2) a race story is easier for the media to tell — and to sell.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 05, 2009

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Comic-strip author declares war on Jamba

Juice justice
While the Shepard Fairey–AP showdown was busy raising the public-domain bar, a new case concerning intellectual property recently cropped up on the Internet. This one pits David Rees and his defunct Get Your War On ( GYWO ) comic strip against national smoothie giant Jamba Juice.
By: LEOR GALIL  |  August 05, 2009

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Stuff happens

A picture is worth 1k words dept. 
Thanks to the July 16 Cambridge break-in that wasn't a break-in — you know, the one that led to a boozy biracial four-way with President Obama — the Boston area fell under the international media microscope.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 05, 2009


Corporate parent kills WBCN

Closing time
WBCN-FM, a/k/a the “Rock of Boston,” has as storied a history as any Boston radio station, but its 41-year run on the local airwaves is ending with a whimper.

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Loan Groan

A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009


Boston's $10 Million Boo-Boos

Righting a wrongful conviction
The bill continues to come due for the string of nine wrongful convictions discovered in Boston between 1999 and 2004 — a tab that has now topped $10 million in court settlements.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 07, 2009


Bozzio appeals jail sentence, goes on tour

Reappearing Person
The bizarre animal-cruelty case of Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio is far from over.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 18, 2009


Miles for meals

Marching on Empty Stomachs
Wiping out hunger in Massachusetts isn't quite as simple as mauling a fistful of cheese puffs and calling it a day.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 13, 2009


Amnesty International liberates City Hall

The kids are all right
Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009


Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Rebranding the Branded
Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009


AIC crosses cultural divide

Fun with Islam
Dina Abkairova is a Muslim whose high heels and long flowing hair reveal her secular preference.
By: PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 19, 2009


Walk against sexual violence

$100,000 in Change
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and you can help acknowledge the month by helping raise much-needed funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 12, 2009


Inauguration Day Round-up

Most people round these parts will be celebrating President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20. But, even those rare local GOPs who are mourning the loss of a Republican administration will be looking for a good time.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 19, 2009


Toilet talk

The new world of going green in the bathroom
Bathroom math used to be simple: Number 1 or Number 2. That was it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 09, 2009


Clicking is caring

Facebook becomes an Israeli-Palestinian 'battleground'
The war in Israel and Gaza has quickly expanded to Facebook, where backers of both camps are using many of the social networking site's features to voice their opinions in graphic and sometimes absurd ways.
By: PETER PIATETSKY  |  January 12, 2009


Budgeting your time

For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009

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