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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010

Front Room battle goes to court

Next time you're at the Front Room, order that Old Fashioned with extra bitters. There's enough to go around.
Food Fight
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 15, 2010
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Unmaking a bad federal law

It's been a depressing stretch for supporters of marriage equality.
Justice for Some
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009

Collateral damage?

Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 13, 2009

Suspect speaks; victim’s family begins $1-million-plus lawsuit

The widow of Sheldon Weinstein, the Maine State Prison inmate who died in April several days after allegedly being beaten by inmates, has taken the first step toward filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against prison guards, Department of Corrections “policy
 Prison Homicide
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 06, 2009
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Prison ‘troublemaker’ confronts racism, medical abuse

Vacillating between grit and despair — between aggressive lawsuits and suicide attempts — Deane Brown, the prisoner who in 2005 blew the whistle on the torture of mentally ill inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement “Supermax” unit, is s
Exiled
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 11, 2009


Federal investigation requested

Stirred into action by the murder of a wheelchair-bound prisoner, human-rights activists have asked the federal Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of Maine State Prison inmates.
More prison turmoil
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 24, 2009
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Review: Crude

Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
Quietly compelling
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009

Award-worthy

The amount of research that Jason Notte conducted for his extensive article on the surge in suicides in the military is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 25, 2009
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The recording industry vs. free speech

Download of Nonsense
This past week, US District Judge Nancy Gertner granted the industry's request to postpone the trial, originally scheduled to begin January 22, until February 24.
By KYLE SMEALLIE AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 04, 2009

Providence lawyer plays pioneering role in suing terrorists

The use of Predator drones and covert Special Forces teams is bound to be satisfying for many victims of terrorism.
National Security
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009


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Timeline of events


How the ISBCC turned from a place of worship to a symbol of controversy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008
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Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008
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Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
Music money
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Playing with fire

Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2008
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Biolab follies

In the beginning — way back in the fall of 2003, when the “War on Terror” was still young — the notion that anything could derail the Boston University biolab seemed absurd.
How did BU's research facility go from slam dunk to almost sunk?
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 07, 2008


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The Station’s long shadow

For most Rhode Islanders, the Station nightclub conflagration — the worst disaster in the state since the hurricane of 1938 — is like a receding object in a rearview mirror.
Five years on, getting by remains a day-to-day challenge for some of those touched by the fire
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008
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Ring of fire

An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008

Download this

Two third-year law students working at the school’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic are taking on the RIAA on behalf of two university students.
Two Maine Law students take on RIAA big guns
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 09, 2008
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Without a stain on his character

Lines in defense of Judge Roy Pearson, who lost a $54 million lawsuit against his dry cleaner and has now lost his job
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 20, 2007
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Free culture: what it is, why it matters

“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007


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Clampdown at the Providence Police Department

At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 31, 2007
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Scared silent

Dr. Walid Fitaihi’s departure from and return to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) were stories worth reporting.
Three lawsuits have been dropped, but local media still seems reluctant to tackle the Islamic Society of Boston
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 19, 2007
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Maine prison bosses violate court orders

In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007

Waves of activism

The three federal consent decrees were a product of Maine’s previous wave of prisoner-rights activism — more than 35 years ago.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007


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Student loan scandal

Are students getting screwed, and will anybody stop it?
Is your college getting paid to steer you in the wrong direction?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 28, 2007
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Projo editor says the full Station story will never be told

Will the full story of the 2003 Station nightclub fire ever be told?
Aftermath
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  March 21, 2007
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Corrections Department obstructs free press

This week is Sunshine Week, a time when media organizations around the country draw attention to state and federal Freedom of Information laws.
Sunshine week
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 14, 2007
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Facing off over Facebook

Students, be warned: the college of your choice may be watching you. Post at your own peril: The risks of sticking it to the man on Facebook. By Adam Reilly
Who’s looking at you, kid?
By GREG LUKIANOFF AND WILL CREELEY  |  March 02, 2007