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Finding balance

Balancing the state budget is easy. If by "easy," you mean "ridiculously difficult."
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  December 07, 2012
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Ten Great Moments In Red Sox Playoffs

This story was originally published in the September 25, 1995, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The good, the bad, the ugly — we've seen it all
By BILL SIMMONS  |  December 09, 2011
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Cranston's King of Kong faces off with a legend

Steve Wiebe is a bit of a legend in gaming circles. He was, after all, at the center of the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters , which chronicled his push to topple Billy Mitchell as top Donkey Kong player in the world.
Royalty
By PATRICK ELLIOT  |  April 08, 2011
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Curse and worse

The high point of Johnny Baseball , the new musical receiving its world premiere from the American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through June 27), comes two-thirds of the way through the second act.
Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 11, 2010

Play by play: June 4, 2010

Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010

Play by play: May 28, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, May 28, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 28, 2010


Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 21, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 14, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Luis's Lost Years

It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 24, 2009
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Flashback: Sox Populi

The October wind plays tricks on a man when the last breeze of summer meets the first chill of winter in the stands at Fenway Park. When other teams in other parks are playing out the World Series, the air in the Fens hangs heavy.
A short story for opening week
By JAMES MCLINDON AND SCOTT BURRISS  |  April 17, 2009


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Buy local!

43 bands, 32 hailing from Rhode Island, all for a recession-friendly $7.
75orless' No Qualms offers 43 bands — all killer, no filler
By PHOENIX PROVIDENCE STAFF  |  December 31, 2008
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Fore!

The new guy showed up as a guest at the Lakeside Golf Club in 1932, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, he won the club championship the first time he entered it.
The thief who reinvented himself as a Hollywood celebrity
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  June 09, 2008
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Stat man

Three decades ago, Bill James would spend the skeleton shift at the Stokely-Van Camp bean factory in Lawrence, Kansas, pondering baseball’s imponderables.
Bill James teaches the Sox to play by the numbers
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 02, 2008

Puppet government

When Stephen Colbert threw his hat into the presidential ring — before South Carolina threw it back — he was embarking on a remarkably recurrent pop-culture event.
Four-score-or-so years ago, Will Rogers began a comedic political tradition
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 14, 2007

When rushing the field was considered charming

Rushing the field to help your favorite team celebrate a pennant or championship used to be as de rigueur as the spraying of sideline reporters with Champagne.
Fenway frenzy
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  October 24, 2007


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Cheating rules!

Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007
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Steel your face

Let it be known that Sontiago is not for the squeamish.
Sontiago returns with a 13-song indictment
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2007
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White hunters, black hearts

There are hundreds of faces in the “Trophy Room” of  419Eater.com , and most of them are black.
Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 12, 2007
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Our town?

“Evelyn was an insomniac so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.”
Garrison Keillor on his new novel of Lake Wobegon
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007

Sad state of affairs

Thank you for your moving story about the happy life and sad death of  Kelly Wallace .
Letters to the Boston editor: June 1, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 30, 2007


Got game?


A guide to the city's best sports bars
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  May 21, 2007
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The diamond patriot

The plane shook. The cockpit coruscated with distress lights. And Ted Williams realized the landing gear was stuck.
Bill Nowlin's Ted Williams at War
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 16, 2007
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Home of the Braves?

Fifty years ago this fall, a Boston team beat the Yankees in the World Series.
50 years after the Boston Braves' departure, it’s worth asking: did the wrong team leave town?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 09, 2007
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Land ahoy

Unlike The Birthday Party and The Homecoming , now staples of the repertory, this play by the 2005 Nobel laureate is seldom mounted.
Vintage Pinter takes the ART stage
By IRIS FANGER  |  May 03, 2007
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Frozen fans relish the start of a new season

The Sox are back, and that’s a good thing.
Opening day
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 11, 2007


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Play ball, Rhody-style

Baseball fans in New England view spring’s wispy introduction through a different lens.
Nine innings’ worth of stuff you don’t know about Rhode Island and baseball
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 06, 2007
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Everyone's Hero

There’s plenty of nostalgia in this animated baseball fantasy based on Howard Jonas’s boyhood yarn. Watch the trailer for Everyone's Hero  (QuickTime)
Animates baseball
By TOM MEEK  |  September 13, 2006

Flashbacks: September 8, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  September 06, 2006
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McCoy’s Dylan show is a harbinger of more music

While Bob Dylan’s August 24 show at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium dovetails nicely with Zimmy’s self-titled “Summer ’06 Baseball Tour,” it also marks another step in the ballpark’s evolution as more than just the home of the Red Sox’ top minor league club.
Diamond Stars
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 19, 2006