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Is Rhode Island a paywall mecca?

Media analysts say Rhode Island could be especially fertile ground for a declining newspaper industry's primary survival strategy — charging readers for access to its heretofore free web sites.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011

Lessons learned

" Lock-up Lessons " by Lance Tapley (April 8) is a superb article and perfectly timed.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, April 15, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 15, 2011
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Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010
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Twilight of the superheroes

While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 30, 2010
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Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010
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Inside the term-paper machine

It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
The black market of term papers exposed
By COLMAN HERMAN  |  November 06, 2009


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Close encounters

Laura Jacobs, who was the dance critic here at the Phoenix in the mid 1980s, is the author of Landscape with Moving Figures, a collection of writing from the New Criterion that's as polemic as it is poetic. But she's also a novelist. Like Women About
Keep your eye on this Bird
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009
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Hard times

"You just shit yourself — every muscle, every joint aches. Your entire body cries for heroin. Just one bag of heroin, you know that's all you need, and you'll feel better."
A former junkie looks back at tough days in Lowell
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2009
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Speak no evil?

Anthony Lewis's free-speech credentials are impeccable: among other things, the former New York Times columnist is James Madison Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia University's Journalism School
Why tightening up on anti-Obama speech is a bad idea
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 14, 2009
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Corrections changes

Like a movie hero, the NAACP’s new, young national president, Benjamin Jealous, swept into the 900-inmate Maine State Prison in Warren on Monday, quelling protests among the prisoners and, at least temporarily, rescuing the organization’s prison chapter
NAACP leader challenges Maine prison policies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 10, 2008
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Back Beat

On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks , resurfaces
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 22, 2008


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Fiedler on the spot

As jobs in journalism-education go, Tom Fiedler’s new gig isn’t bad. Quite the contrary.
Having taken the reins of BU’s contentious College of Communication, Pulitzer winner Tom Fiedler learns to navigate the thorny world of academia
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 20, 2008
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China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Buzzkill

In a self-affirming cover story on “the new speed of hype,” Spin magazine’s March issue profiles Vampire Weekend.
The fickle state of the hype machine
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2008
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Lloyd Schwartz: the beat goes on

Classical-music critic Lloyd Schwartz recently marked his 30th year as a Phoenix contributor.
Letter from the Executive Editor
By PETER KADZIS  |  January 30, 2008
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Country for old men

A youthful 80-year-old Sir Colin Davis was back in front of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend with one of the pieces he loves most.
Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, BMOP, Marc-André Hamelin, and Sasha Cooke
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 29, 2008


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Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007
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Bollinger’s rebuke to Ahmadinejad blows up in his face

Stinging, emotional insults aimed at a guest — who was invited by Bollinger — teach students nothing of intellectual or social value.
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By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 03, 2007
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R.I.P., Rep. Crowley

Educators, parents, children, and the citizens of Rhode Island will greatly miss state Representative Paul Crowley, who died on Monday.
We’ll miss this champion of education
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 26, 2007
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The hippest guy in state government

The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007
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Iran: the next crisis

All politics are local, so said the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill.
Trying to make sense of Ahmadinejad at Columbia will not shed light on Bush’s emerging plans to attack Iran
By EDITORIAL  |  September 26, 2007


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Senior years

These are the BU Evergreeners — chatty and well-dressed, brandishing ballpoints and Starbucks.
Look to your left; look to your right; one of you will break a hip this semester
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  August 15, 2007
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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

Painting Maine compositions

A gallery of sound is upon us.
Three homegrown premieres this week
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  May 18, 2007
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Major embarrassment?

Matt Sanchez was a darling of the conservative media establishment, but then news broke that he was, only a few years ago, performing in famous gay porn films.
VIDEO: Michael Bronski assesses the gay-porn career of O'Reilly Factor fave Matt Sanchez
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  March 16, 2007
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Anarctic

Having found their way to the threshold of the great Kansas plains, the conquistadors quickly lost it again.
Spurse at sea
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  February 21, 2007


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She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007
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Brain-O-Matic

Stuart Gromley sits hunched over a desk in his bedroom, groping along the skin of his forehead, trying to figure out where to glue the electrodes.
Can a jolt from a nine-volt battery make you smarter? Happier? Medical researchers revive a discarded technology and set the stage for the ‘brain pod’
By PAGAN KENNEDY  |  February 07, 2007
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Wrestling with Tony

In the case of Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, director Freida Lee Mock’s typically hagiographic approach can be forgiven.
Freida Lee Mock does Kushner
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 31, 2007
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Does peace have a chance?

Four weeks after Democrats rode a wave of anti-war discontent to gain control of the US House and Senate, only four protestors show up to the weekly “Bridges for Peace” demonstration on the Casco Bay Bridge.
The anti-war movement faces its biggest challenge yet — politics
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 27, 2006