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The secret life of a Charlestown drug dealer

The next face Shane Mauss saw, though, was unmistakable. It was Johnny Hickey. A fast-talking tattooed Charlestown native with a tough brogue and checkered past, he used to sometimes work security at a comedy club Mauss used to play back in Boston
Hickey flipped for the Feds — and lived to make a movie about it
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 04, 2011
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Course correction

So it unfolded on Facebook, the story of this down-on-his-luck recent graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts from a respected area school.
Out of school and out of work? Don’t enroll in a grad program just yet — adult-education coures could do (and land you) the job.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  October 16, 2009
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A Tale of Two Towns

Charlestown was baptized in bloodshed. Yet this unique, fertile turf has been generally overlooked by Hollywood, which has preferred instead its old rival South Boston, the primary backdrop for Oscar winners Good Will Hunting and The Departed .
Renowned for its roguish history, Charlestown is finally getting Hollywood's attention
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 18, 2009

State of the State House coverage

Adam Reilly made an erroneous assumption when he bemoaned the loss of State House news coverage with the downsizing of the Boston Globe . Fortunately, Boston is still a two-newspaper town.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 10, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 10, 2009
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Mass betrayal

Is the Massachusetts House of Representatives beyond all hope? Under Democratic leadership, the song has pretty much remained the same for the last decade and a half: an insular and out-of-touch legislature is lost in its own constricted and often petty
How House progressives have let you down — and why they'll do it again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 19, 2009
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Dark night of the soul

St. Petersburg's Eifman Ballet presents Eugene Onegin at the Cutler Majestic Theatre this weekend.
Boris Eifman's Eugene Onegin
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009


2008: Year of the Hammer

Everyone knows that boxing is a tough, cruel game, but that’s not the entire definition.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 02, 2008
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Church of the riff

Monday night at the Middle East Downstairs, and a crowd of about 200 gathered for worship.
Pelican, Clouds, and Priestbird, Middle East Downstairs, July 23, 2007
By BEN RICHARDSON  |  July 24, 2007
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Basstown tales

As Boston goes, the origin stories of superstar DJs are few and far between.
Superstar DJ/producer Armand Van Helden’s Boston story
By DAVID DAY  |  May 21, 2007