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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012
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New film deepens 9/11 Truth effort

More than 50 people turned out on Monday evening to see 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out , the latest documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), the non-profit activist organization that claims Americans don't kn
Still Seeking
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2012
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American Idiot rocks out

As the crowd spilled in for Tuesday night's Boston premiere of Green Day's American Idiot , necks craned and fingers pointed, mohawked guys in their mid-30s and elderly couples jostled for their seats alongside teenage girls in plaid skirts and suspende
The Boston premiere of Michael Mayor's staging
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012

9/11, Simple but dangerous

"Deirdre Fulton believes the truth is out there," eh? Thank you for your Portland Phoenix piece on 9/11 truth.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, September 30, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 30, 2011

Connecting dots from 9/11

I read, so far just skimmed, your article on the 9/11 truth movement.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, September 23, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 23, 2011


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A decade of awful air travel

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of overzealous TSA frisking.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 16, 2011

Context: What teachers are for

How can it be called teaching if someone stands at the front of the class and delivers facts? A textbook can do that.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, September 16, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 16, 2011
The day before the day: What the world was doing #OnSept10

The day before the day: What the world was doing #OnSept10


My favorite piece in the fishwrap this week, by a long shot, is former staffwriter Chris Wright's lyrical snapshot of September 10, 2001 -- the...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 10, 2011
(Not) Teaching 9/11: In the wake of an article from Education Week, we're not the only ones asking questions

(Not) Teaching 9/11: In the wake of an article from Education Week, we're not the only ones asking questions


In Teaching 9/11, I enlisted a Harvard professor and a dedicated Rhode Island teaher to try to figure out why the events of that day...
By Thomas Page McBee  |  September 09, 2011

Commemorate 9/11 in your own way

Regardless of what you believe about 9/11, it is a day that deserves contemplation and commemoration. Here are some local events before, after, and on the 10th anniversary that will get your blood, brain, or heartstrings moving.
Observances
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 09, 2011


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Ten years later

Taking stock of ourselves as a nation on this anniversary may seem to be an arbitrary exercise. Isn't that what the nightly news is for? Or Google alerts? Neat little report cards about discrete topics hinting at how we are doing.
Despite a natural reticence, it's time for a reality check
By EDITORIAL  |  September 09, 2011
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A decade of turmoil

9/11 has become such a given — such a fixed star in American culture and politics — that as the tenth anniversary approached, it was easy to imagine we had somehow come to terms with the attacks.
Rhode Island’s brightest minds on where we are now
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2011
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The day before the morning after

On September 10, 2001, Hurricane Erin was spiraling up the Eastern Seaboard.
Looking back on September 10, 2001
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  September 09, 2011
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Teaching 9/11

"What do you know about 9/11?"
Textbook Tragedy
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 09, 2011
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Inside the 9/11 Truth Movement

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Who are the people who want to know what really happened?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 09, 2011


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The Narcicyst rises as hip-hop's preeminent post-9/11 auteur

Less than a year ago, the Narcicyst was on his way to a speaking engagement at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, when customs hawks stopped him in his tracks.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011
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Whatever happened to Danville's giant mystery monkey?

The giant monkey of Danville was my symbol, back then, of the fin-de-siècle nadir in media fluffery, thankfully obsolesced in one grim morning.
Unfinished (monkey) business
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 05, 2011
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Touring the PMA's Biennial

The Portland Museum of Art 2011 Biennial features 65 works from 47 artists in an effort to showcase the best from today's local art scene.
The Phoenix's art writers discuss the pros and cons of the year's biggest show
By ANNIE LARMON AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 15, 2011
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Airport upgrades

Air travel choices have evolved.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  December 03, 2010
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Review: Medal of Honor misses the target

Could this be, at long last, the video game that deals frankly with the morass of war? Don't kid yourself.
Fog of war
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 23, 2010


New 9/11 Musical: "Rent," with AIDS swapped for terrorism?


While half the nation is squabbling over some guys trying to build a mosque at Ground Zero; another guy trying to get a Muslim gay...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 10, 2010
Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground


Rush Limbaugh on Ground Zero MosqueFor all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center...
By Pro Publica  |  August 18, 2010
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Review: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

“Bill” Kunstler was the flamboyant, contentious, proudly revolutionary lawyer for the Chicago Eight, a handsome man with an unruly mane of black-and-white that was as impressive and iconic as the head of hair on Susan Sontag.
What’s it like being the young daughters of this John Brown–like presence?
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2009
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Afghanistan: Just say no!

The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
By EDITORIAL  |  October 16, 2009
An observation about today's Cheney speech

An observation about today's Cheney speech


 Right now, the Bush/Cheney administration leads the Obama/Biden administration, 1-0, in catas...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 21, 2009


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Review: Crossing Over

Wayne Kramer's immigration melodrama fits into the glibly schematic, socially conscious multi-narrative niche usually filled by Paul Haggis.
Slickly political, while still offering hugs and tears and gratuitous nudity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009
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Propping up a puppet

"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
By TED RALL  |  February 25, 2009

How much have we learned since 9-11?

When Israel launched recent attacks against Palestinian foes, killing hundreds, president-elect Obama and others repeated the familiar mantra of pro-Israel support, decrying Hamas and citing Israel's right to self-defense, ignoring how dead children, o
Conflicts
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 14, 2009
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Slideshow: Succe$$

"Succe$$" was a challenge from the get-go.
 Succe$$ Finale
By KARL STEVENS AND GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 06, 2009