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An all-seeing eye for the FBI?

The latest Boston Phoenix is spread across your steering wheel. You're reading this article. In a legal parking spot. With the engine off. A transportation cop zaps your license plate with a computerized scanner, cycles your registration through the s
Every step you take
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 29, 2011
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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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Sichuan Gourmet

I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 28, 2010
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It takes an identity thief

In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 23, 2010
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Pardon the interruption

Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 2010
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Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010


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Photos: Boston expressionism at Danforth Museum

Photos of the works of expressionist artists David Aronson, Henry Schwartz, Gerry Bergstein and at the Danforth Museum in Framingham.
Aronson, Bergenstein, and Schwartz at the Danforth Museum this winter
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Alternative universe

In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009
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IBEW pressures Stop & Shop

Folks driving past suburban Stop & Shop locations this week might wonder why laborers are suddenly concerned about food safety.
Power Play Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009
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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009


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Racism in real estate

After more than a decade in the business, the real-estate agent knew that many landlords had very narrow ideas about whom they did and didn't want living in their apartments and houses. Most of them were fairly subtle about it. "I want the right people,
Keeping the neighborhoods white
By SEAN FLYNN  |  May 15, 2009
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Boston exposures

Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
By GREG COOK  |  April 24, 2009
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Union electrical workers decry biotech greed

When young nerds were told that they would one day boss around guys who pummeled them in grade school, consoling parents and teachers should also have warned their prodigies about labor unions.
Conflict between the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2009

Radically unoriginal

Greg Cook’s breathless description of “the hottest show in the nation right now” ignores a lot of troubling context in the Fairey phenomenon.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 25, 2009
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Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
Clown committee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009


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True voices

When I first checked out Travis Sullivan's Björkestra live, it wasn't to see the singer. But live, the Björkestra (at the Regattabar last October) turned my expectations upside down.
Becca Stevens and Laszlo Gardony
By JON GARELICK  |  January 12, 2009
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Junk-food judges

The Internet can help you answer any question these days.
The Best of the Bad
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 30, 2008
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This Far by Faith

Though the timing was merely coincidental, it seemed extra harsh for Governor Deval Patrick to slash funding for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute right before Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month.
Dorchester Peace Institute fights for its life...and wins
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2008
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Comics and crafts unite

What differentiates Comicazi-con from this past month's Boston Comic Con, sponsored by Framingham's Bedrock Comics, is the big-tent approach. Comicazi-con won't be focusing solely on comics, but will include local merchants.
Square Deal
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2008

Flashbacks(1)

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
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Hangin' Tough

This article appeared in the September 9, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
New Kids 4-evah!
By JASON GAY  |  September 26, 2008
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Everybody get together

The 808 Gallery is a BIG space to fill.
‘Boston Young Contemporaries’ at 808 Gallery, ‘Big Bugs’ at Garden in the Woods, and the 10th Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 08, 2008

The friends of Jack Kelly

This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
By DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 08, 2008
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As goes Gloucester?

Waves of chatter wash over the city of Gloucester, where 17 high-school students are pregnant.
Debating the ‘pregnancy pact’ will not make a surge in teenage motherhood   disappear
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2008
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It is the heat

“Going green” may be an annoying trendy catch phrase, but there’s something to be said for turning down the global thermostat before we all drown in a pool of our own sweat.
. . . though humidity plays its part. Either way, global warming means sweating it out this summer.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 09, 2008


Throttling Throat

This article originally appeared in the May 8, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
What's on Trial with Deep Throat
By JANET MASLIN  |  May 12, 2008
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State of hock

Kenmore Station looks as if it has just survived an act of God, the Orange Line hasn’t seen a new car since the Reagan administration, and the head of the Transit Police union says there are only five cops riding the rails at any given time.
If the MBTA wasn't in debt, these items would be at the top of its new wish list.
By JASON NOTTE  |  April 30, 2008
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Earthquake!

Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008

Politicos Latinos

This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the  Boston Phoenix.

The growing clout of the Hispanic community


By ALAN LUPO  |  February 22, 2008