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Drawing inspiration

"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 07, 2010
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Saving America from itself

The nation’s inability to regulate the corporate class is bringing death, destruction, and economic ruin.
The federal government must rein in corporate criminals
By EDITORIAL  |  May 07, 2010

When traders equal traitors

It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2010

Ghouls on parade

The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make yo
Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2010


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Booking it

Spring fiction goes international, starting with a whiff of the Caribbean.
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 12, 2010
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Review: The Good Guy

Writer/director Julio DePietro's first effort is every bit as obvious as it sounds, thudding from one symmetrically perfect cliché to another.
As much fun as chlamydia
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2010

Diamon Flip-Flops

If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
 Letters to the Portland Editor, January 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010

The Carols of Christmas

One can't just break out into Christmas carols, even in this warm and fuzzy season.
The song’s the thing in The Gift of the Magi
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2009


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Men + money = mess

Since Iceland is something of the epicenter of the global financial crisis — its government being the first to essentially go belly up — it's probably not surprising that the Icelanders have come up with the most novel and interesting theory as to what c
The financial crisis is a man-made problem. And it might not have occurred if we had listened to women.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 15, 2009
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Apologies in advance

As the dominoes have fallen, one after another, in the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 and Almost Certainly 2009 and It's a Safe Bet Most of 2010 Too, we've noticed a disturbing and little-discussed undercurrent: many of the major players have names tha
A pun-ishing economic climate
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 23, 2008

Newport company touts grease as a gas competitor

While the return of gas prices to a more palatable level has stifled public discontent for now, it's hard to predict when the next oil shock may occur.
Energy
By CARROLL ANDREW MORSE  |  November 12, 2008

Man and machine

Leave it to John Maeda, the Rhode Island School of Design’s new president, to invoke the long-term value of art at a time when global financial markets are gripped by uncertainty.
John Maeda talks about technology — and his quest to understand RISD
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 24, 2008
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Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008


Flavors of entanglement

Dear S. Donald Sussman: Please send me a million bucks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Twisted debate

Perhaps you didn’t even know Allen has a challenger in his bid to take on Republican US Senator Susan Collins in November.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2008

Another perspective

Carmen Romero says the idea of immigrating to the United States is “a Mexican obsession,” though the reality of immigration for many is different from the dream.
The view from Mexico on Immigration
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008
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Iraq: Five years later

Five years later, President George Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wrong about what the war in Iraq would ultimately cost.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying any longer
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 12, 2008


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Ellen’s canine cry: A rare lapse for a self-possessed pioneer

Ellen DeGeneres’s dog story seemed a bit much last week.
Woof!
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 24, 2007

Hustlenomics

All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 08, 2007
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Poison ivy

John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007


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Darfur: The only hope

The genocide in Darfur continues.
It is time for corporations and investors to disinvest in Sudan
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2007

December 20, 2006

New moon in Capricorn. Hard-heads rule! Taurus and Virgo, acknowledge self-doubt but go with your gut. Capricorn, now until mid January is a rehearsal for enormous decisions made from then through February. That's when the action happens. Cancer, you're
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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 13, 2006
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A progressive guide to ballot questions

In December 2001, the Reverend Duane Clinker and three other ministers were arrested at the State House while protesting growing homelessness and cuts to funding for affordable housing.
Voters can back affordable housing and voting for Freed Felons
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 25, 2006
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Take a penny, leave a penny

It is tiny: a piece of copper-plated zinc only 19 millimeters in diameter and 1.5 millimeters thick, weighing just two and a half grams.
Some people really want to get rid of the one-cent coin — will you get screwed if it disappears?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 13, 2006