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Review: Ballplayer: Pelotero

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.
Striking out
By MILES BOWE  |  July 13, 2012
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Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language

Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
Can English-Language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
By MARCELA GARCÍA  |  March 25, 2011
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The Executioner comes to Providence

Manny Perez, who wrote and stars in the new crime thriller La Soga, spent a part of his adolescence in Providence. He still visits family here. And Lord knows he could have found plenty of material in the city’s storied history of gangsterism.
Film Dept.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2010

Knowing no shame

The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2010
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A Providence non-profit loans out the future

Eva Jiménez came here from the Dominican Republic in September 2001.
Where Credit Is Due
By MARION DAVIS  |  May 14, 2010
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Play ball!

Red Sox fans are well versed in the creation myths of the team’s Dominican stars.
Or, what’s in the Dominican water?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 30, 2010


Signs of the Times

Regarding "A Walk on the Wild Side" , about the "Boston Combat Zone: 1969–1978" exhibit at the Howard Yezerski Gallery: the complete Naked i sign is owned by neon collector Dave Waller, who lent the Yezerski one section of it.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 5, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 05, 2010

Department of conjecture

The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010

A mysterious new inmate death

Despite a scandal earlier this year over a prisoner death, state corrections officials won’t allow the Phoenix to interview a Maine State Prison inmate who has claimed in letters that prison staff abused an ailing prisoner, Victor Valdez, before Valdez
Prison Scandal Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 11, 2009
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Summer buffet

"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009

Dumb College Edition

Phillipe and Jorge have words of wisdom for Brown University's idiotic, uber-politically correct faculty members who voted to drop Columbus Day and substitute a "Fall Weekend" at the behest of student group called Native Americans at Brown.
Uber-PC at Beige University. Plus, too many sad farewells
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  April 17, 2009


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Review: Sugar

How is it that so many Major Leaguers come from the tiny Dominican Republic?
An intense young pitcher for a Dominican farm team
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009
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Skell of the year 2008

Man, this was a tough one.
Four out of five dentists recommend Plaxico as 2008’s worst sports criminal
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 23, 2008
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Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics(1)

The race between incumbent Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle and Councilman Donald Grebien has largely turned into a clash over style rather than substance.  
Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics
By MATT JERZYK  |  October 21, 2008
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Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics

The two Democrats squaring off in the Pawtucket mayoral election generally agree on the broad vision for transforming this onetime blue-collar mecca into a city reborn.  
Outside Providence
By MATT JERZYK  |  October 16, 2008
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More bad news for the Mets

Look, it just isn’t seemly for us non–New Yorkers to laugh too much about the continued suckdom of the New York Mets, specifically their bullpen.  
Sports blotter: "Very bad times" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 09, 2008


Segal and Fierro lead the way for the General Assembly

As Rhode Islanders go to the polls for a primary election next Tuesday, September 9, there are some key votes to be made for progressive legislators.
Endorsements
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 01, 2008
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Roll credits

“Boston has a way of being a little too comfortable for bands,” says Zak Longo as he sits in his Brighton kitchen.
Mad Man Films finish what they started
By MATT PARISH  |  August 19, 2008
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One of our drummers is missing

The Somerville-based Latin-jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra has gigs scheduled this weekend in London and Glastonbury, but their long-time percussionist won’t be along for the trip.
Either/Ordeal
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2008
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Jobs with a future

A fifth/a quarter/a third of all jobs that people will be doing in 15/20/25 years have yet to be conceived, or the job you’re doing now won’t exist in 20 years, or not in the way you do it now.
With the job market in flux, how can colleges prepare students for any career?
By F.S. WOLFE  |  April 28, 2008
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Behind the immigration debate

Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008


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The best of times

Holidays and their attendant celebrations foster memories — of all kinds, to be sure — but it’s the good ones we strive to re-create.
Local notables share their favorite holiday traditions
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 14, 2007
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Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era

The bachata genre comes from the Dominican Republic, and since the 1980s it has become a globally popular party music.
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By ANGELA SAWYER  |  December 10, 2007
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The Price of Sugar

Such an inspiring figure might invoke martyrdom, but Haney’s treatment is unsentimental, allowing the harrowing truth to speak for itself.
Prisoners in cane fields
By PEG ALOI  |  November 07, 2007
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Voto para mi?

In East Boston, hopes have been high that Democratic candidate Gloribell Mota might draw the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents into the political process.
Why can’t a Latina candidate mobilize Eastie’s Hispanics?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007
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Tazo Chocolate

The Taza Chocolate founders are a trip.
Cacao, yo!
By PHIL AMARA  |  September 14, 2007


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Internet disconnect

If only our state officials thought about fiber.
Getting online in Maine can be painfully slow. And the planned Verizon-FairPoint merger won’t help.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 22, 2007
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Zombie sheep?

After a top-notch first two days, the Fifth  Independent Film Festival of Boston weathers some ups and downs through the remainder of its schedule.
Plus Donkey Kong, the Super Amigos, and ‘the greatest film of all time’ at the IFFB
By PHOENIX FILM STAFF  |  April 29, 2007
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Michael and me

Arriving in Austin for the South by Southwest Film Festival, Mr. Film Culture was one swell-chested dude.
Moore’s the pity at SxSW
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 20, 2007
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Who's your Padre?

The more jock arrests that pour in, the more obnoxious America’s cops seem.
Sports blotter: "Something is rotten in the state of Alabama" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 10, 2007