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A clean mind and dirty hands

Three people walk into a bank ...
Moral dilemmas for the Maine Clean Election Fund
By AL DIAMON  |  February 12, 2010

The Big Hurt: Dispatches from Splitsville

Ladies and gentlemen, the unthinkable has happened: Fall Out Boy have split up.
FOB fall out; Scorpions subsist; Tyler frightens shoppers
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 12, 2010

Fight for your right to party

Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
Civil Liberties Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 13, 2009

Fresh Lobsters bring the crowds

Stinking junkies weren't the only ones sleeping on Harvard Square sidewalks this past week. More than 300 sneaker heads queued outside of street-shoe mecca Concepts, on Brattle Street, for five days and nights in anticipation of last Saturday's release
Shoe Fly Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 26, 2009

From the mouths of innocents

It has become an unwelcome reality, living from paycheck to paycheck and worrying about job stability, but what about being born a guiltless young person growing up with a drug-addicted parent, no job skills, and no home?
Modern poverty
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 15, 2009

He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

Mickey Rourke

We predict that Mickey Rourke's comeback will last a little longer than Michael Jackson's penis. There's a reason this weathered leather-skinned degenerate can so convincingly play scoundrels, drug addicts, and criminals: he really is one.
We predict that Mickey Rourke's comeback will last a little longer than Michael Jackson's penis. There's a reason this weathered leather-skinned degenerate can so convincingly play scoundrels, drug addicts, and criminals: he really is one.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Housing First proves successful, especially with chronic cases

Take homeless people whose lives are a mess — even addicts, alcoholics, and schizophrenics who won't take their meds — and give them their own apartments, without requiring that they clean up first, get a job, or "behave."
By MARION DAVIS  |  December 17, 2008

Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008

Sexual Politics

Duchovny, now 48 and with a nearly complete doctorate from Yale in English lit, says he is back in rehab for sex addiction.  
Everybody wants some, but women don’t call it an illness
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 09, 2008

Movies on the Midcoast

Yet again, this year’s festival tackles an admirable hodgepodge of subjects — online gaming junkies, Harry Potter fanatics, and even Cockney gangsters in London’s East End.
From simulated battlegrounds to Bristol Bay at the Camden International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 24, 2008


Priorities, rediscovered

Instead of checking into rehab, the actress spoke her mind.
In her first book, actress Debra Winger focuses on home, not Hollywood
By JENNY HALPER  |  June 19, 2008

Will Harvard drop acid again?

In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008


Just when you thought Hillary Clinton couldn’t be more vile or shameless, along comes her remark about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination on the campaign trail.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 28, 2008

The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008

The addicted city

This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?

By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008


One for the books

It’s hard to believe that we just had a week without a primary.
Can tales of the Democratic party’s glory days help Obama and Clinton?
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 27, 2008

O, Canada!

You’d be forgiven for assuming that nothing’s been going on in Canada for the last few years beyond the interconnected shenanigans of that country’s indie-rock elite.
Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, and Kathleen Edwards are not hockey pucks
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2008

Yule appeal

Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
By COLE HADDON  |  December 10, 2007

The problem with heroes

Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash

By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007

Hooks, harmony, and heartbreak

Squeeze and Crowded House weren’t just two of the finer pop bands on the charts during the mid ’80s — they were virtually the only bands.
Squeeze and Crowded House reunite
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007


Playlist: July 13, 2007

TDS Mob, Hell Toupee, Kustomized, and more.
Brian Coleman: “Boston band reunions that should happen in 2007, dammit”
By BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 10, 2007

Still waters

On record, Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers trot between the countrified rock of the Cowboy Junkies and the somber folk of latter-day Neil Young.
Great Lake Swimmers, Middle East Upstairs, June 5, 2007
By JON MEYER  |  June 12, 2007

War and peace

More often than not, when an artist gets airplay covering a decades-old song, it’s out of desperation — the sign of a career on its way down.
Cowboy Junkies expand their reach
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007

Betting your brain

It's no surprise that it feels good to win money.
You just think you’re going to win
By SAMANTHA HENIG  |  April 25, 2007


David Sedaris, laughing gnome of NPR and bestselling humorist, may — in the course of trying to be funny — have made a few things up.
Sedaris busted for unreal humor, apathetic Oxycontin addict discovered in California!
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 20, 2007

Bishop Allen

The kids aren’t all right. They’re obnoxious, ignorant alcoholics, and they ruined my night.
Music seen, March 1, Jack McGee’s Pub, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 07, 2007

Wasted again

Who was Edie Sedgwick? Was she a muse who inspired some notable work by Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan or just a footnote in their careers? Did she have any talent or accomplishments of her own? Why, in short, does she deserve a bio-pic? Watch the trailer f
Factory Girl isn’t the bio-pic Edie deserves
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 07, 2007

Paula Spencer dries out

Purgatory offers less inherent drama than Hell.
Roddy Doyle’s heroine recovers
By CLEA SIMON  |  January 30, 2007

Can RI back away from the war on drugs?

When Rhode island voters narrowly approved a measure last November to allow felons on probation to vote, it marked an important step away from the kind of supposedly “tough on crime” policies that have long typified American criminal justice policy.
Deficits and prison crowding propel the search for a more effective approach
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 24, 2007