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Funeral recession

These days, practically nothing is immune to the economy's woes — not even an industry that caters to what would seem to be the one recession-proof commodity: death.
These days, practically nothing is immune to the economy's woes — not even the death industry.
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  February 25, 2009

Really going green

According to environmental activists, traditional funerary activities such as embalming, burial in concrete liners, and cremation are anything but planet friendly.
Eco-friendly cemeteries
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  February 25, 2009

Death becomes her

Like any other 20 year olds, Megan Peterson and Mackenzie Byles chatter like hyperactive squirrels, excitedly finishing each others' sentences as though they're alien twins with melded minds.
The future of funerals is fresh-faced . . . and female
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 25, 2009

High times in Canada

Two weeks ago, we ran a story about how the seemingly tranquil, inoffensive, and pristine little Canadian province of Prince Edward Island was actually a relative hotbed of marijuana growing.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 29, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 27, 2008

Pot Edward Island

It seems modern-day islanders have discovered another way to smile through the summer and avoid the blues during the bleak local winters.
Canada's most picturesque province is surprisingly also the fertile center of an underground marijuana explosion
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  August 13, 2008

Slip-sliding away

What’s that, you say, front-wheel drive is unsafe?
Think front-wheel drive can protect  you from the hazards of a snowy Boston commute? Not so fast.
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  January 23, 2008