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The BPD adds insult to injury

At times, this kind of decision makes you wonder whether the BPD is saving its best awards for officers who've been involved in the death of civilians.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 08, 2013
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SLIDESHOW: Craigslist Killer: The crime scenes

Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 06, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: The Craiglist Killer files

See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 06, 2012
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Name that non-lethal weapon

When Boston Police stormed Dewey Square last week in an early morning raid, arresting protesters and destroying the last of Occupy Boston's tent city, they brought with them a frightening, seldom-used weapon.
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By LIZ PELLY  |  December 16, 2011
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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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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.
Charlestown Bridge | November 17, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 18, 2011


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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Viral justice?

The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2010
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010
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Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
Busted
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010
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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010


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Dead Kids

Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 11, 2010
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It takes an identity thief

In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 23, 2010
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Sonny Noto's Restaurant

How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2010
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Review: Edge Of Darkness

A new genre is emerging in which aging A-list actors play fathers off on a rampage to rescue their daughters or avenge their deaths.
Roslindale gets a taste of the old Gibson mania
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 05, 2010
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The war over peace

In the early infancy of this five-week-old year, Boston has been rocked by four homicides and 10 non-fatal shootings. By the time this goes to print, there may well be more.
A decade after the 'Boston Miracle,' violent crime has again overtaken parts of the city. Can the miracle makers create a new peace?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2010


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The importance of being Ernie

Media feuds don’t come any nastier than the metastasizing spat between Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr and one “Ernie Boch III,” the pseudonymous blogger at the liberal Web site Blue Mass. Group. (Note: the blogger is no relation to the car dealer.)
What drives Howie Carr’s anonymous tormentor?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 16, 2009

Anarchists claim victory in G-20 marches

Safely home after protesting for two full days, and being among the first American civilians ever attacked with a sonic cannon, two Portlanders are calling their efforts a success.
Protestors vs. Police
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 02, 2009
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MassCan's 20th Freedom Rally relatively free from arrests

Assuming that, at MassCann's 20th annual Freedom Rally on Boston Common this past Saturday, all 30,000 attendees got stoned, smokers had less than a half-percent chance of getting busted.
Peace Pipe Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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Where everybody knows its name

In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009
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When a bicyclist falls in the city, does it make a noise?

Learning to cycle safely on Boston streets is a tempering process.
A look at the city's most dangerous intersections
By PETE STIDMAN  |  September 04, 2009


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Looking for Trouble

As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another
Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston
By KEITH W. JENKINS AND PETER CANELLOS  |  September 04, 2009
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Ted's turn

A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Sen
Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009
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Avoiding a border war

It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
Rape in Brookline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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The Mouth Behind the Eye

Norma Nathan, who looks for all the world like a naïve and guileless suburban homemaker (and knows it), was down on Long Wharf a couple of weeks back, snooping around. She was checking out a rumor that Ed King, his Cabinet, a group of political supporte
Maybe Norma Nathan is just a nice little Jewish mother from the North Shore. After all, she says she only assaults people who assault her.  
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  August 21, 2009

Free speechifying

How can Dan Kennedy pick a list of people who trample freedom of expression without listing the mayor of Boston?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 17, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 17, 2009


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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009
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Boston's $10 Million Boo-Boos

The bill continues to come due for the string of nine wrongful convictions discovered in Boston between 1999 and 2004 — a tab that has now topped $10 million in court settlements.
Righting a wrongful conviction
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 03, 2009
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Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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Sporting Eye

There were 7800 official entries and between 2000 and 3000 others along for the ride. By our crude calculations, the leaders were a mile and a half into the course by the time the last runner crossed the starting line.
See how they ran: No loneliness for these long-distance athletes
By GEORGE KIMBALL and MICHAEL GEE  |  May 01, 2009