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Jazz isn't dead

Regarding your report on the end of jazz programming at WGBH ("Gone, gone, gone," Arts and Entertainment, July 13), jazz isn't dead.
Letters to the Boston editors, August 10, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 10, 2012
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Why does the Boston police union do business with the wife of a felon? And where is that scholarship money going, anyway?

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association has been paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to an agency run by a woman formerly arrested for fraud — for allegedly soliciting charity by impersonating a police officer.
Strange bedfellows
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 20, 2012
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With support among police quietly growing, can Occupy cross over the thin blue line?

As Occupy camps from coast to coast face evictions — and in many cases have already been pushed out of parks and plazas like so much human trash — it's clear that the institutional response to the movement is escalating dangerously.
Silent partners
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 02, 2011
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Interview: Police Executives' Research Forum Director Chuck Wexler

In this week's Boston Phoenix ,  Khadijah Britton reports on PERF , a non-government, non-profit police agency that has been accused of coordinating national police responses to the Occupy movement.
PERF’s Boston-connected leader discusses role in Occupy conference calls
By KHADIJAH BRITTON  |  November 25, 2011
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Photos: Occupy Boston on the National Day of Action

On November 17, 2011, hundreds of Occupy Boston and MassUniting marchers (labor unions, community organizers; SEUI, Local Ironworkers, Jobs for Justice, and more) took to the city streets again in solidarity with another global day of action.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 18, 2011
Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally

Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally


Marking an incremental, mostly symbolic, but still notable victory for New Englanders who love to smoke weed, the BPD reports that they did not arrest...
By Barry Thompson  |  September 21, 2011


VIDEO: Press Conference at RCC in response to DA's judgement on controversial arrest


 As you may have read last week - that is if you're one of the few people who pay attention to breaking Friday afternoon news...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 21, 2011

DA Says No Excessive Force Used In Last Year's Controversial Arrest of 16-year-old at RCC


The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect. Before it's clear what's happening,...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 16, 2011
Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old


One surefire way to rile activists is to beat a teenager in plain sight, and tell witnesses that they can't record the free-for-all. Needless to...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 28, 2010
Boston Cop who called Skip Gates a "Banana-Eating Jungle Monkey" has BPD Hearing

Boston Cop who called Skip Gates a "Banana-Eating Jungle Monkey" has BPD Hearing


Democratic operatives across Massachusetts are not the only fools concerned about their jobs today. Boston Police Department officer Justin Barrett - whose love letter to...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 19, 2010
Boston Locking Up More People For Graffiti

Boston Locking Up More People For Graffiti


 Since the Boston Police Department arrested renowned street artist Shepard Fairey at his ICA opening this past February, the public has been more aware than...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 28, 2009


What Sort Of "Unsavory Debris" Have You Seen Around The Fens?

What Sort Of "Unsavory Debris" Have You Seen Around The Fens?


 There's some interesting wording in this morning's Boston Globe article about the increased police presence in the Fens lately (and how some allege that it...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 21, 2009
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The overtime game

The problems haunting the Boston Police Department’s homicide unit — low arrest rates, cases rejected by juries, and exonerations of wrongfully convicted men — did not occur in a vacuum.
A successful lawsuit shows how Boston’s homicide detectives have gamed the system to line their own pockets
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 04, 2006