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Cheap thrills

They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: The Book of Eli

In a post-Apocalyptic landscape of ash and destruction infested by slack-jawed cannibal gangs with carious grins, a man walks resolutely toward the sea, bearing with him the light of humanity.
The Road not taken
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010
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Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Turkey Terror Tale

Violent crime, gang activity, and general thuggery are not recurring themes on the Brookline police blotter. But that civic paradise is plagued by another kind of scourge — one that manifests all three of those crimes in avian form. And it isn't bird fl
Tom Foolery
By LANCE GOULD, WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY EMILY MELLO  |  May 15, 2009
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Review: Crips and Bloods: Made in America

The war at home
The war at home
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2009
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Ganging up on teens

On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
Gang-member profiling in Somerville
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009


A living history

Since Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is set in a specific place and time, some theatergoers will want to relegate its incidents and attitudes — which surround the Rodney King riots — to history.
Twilight revists the King riots
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Downsizing the Mob

The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 26, 2008
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Raising the Bar (Rock)

On the "Rock and Roll Means Well" tour, Drive-By Truckers and the Hold Steady upgraded their respective brands of quintessential American bar rock with a number of arena-rock trimmings.
The Hold Steady + The Drive-By Truckers at the Orpheum, November 9, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 11, 2008
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Call it a comeback

Alabama offspring Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have been making raucous rock and roll together in one band or another for the past 23 years, about the same time it takes most offspring to grow up and get real jobs.
The Drive-By Truckers veer from the brink
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 03, 2008
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Death of a hoop dream

This past fall, Mario Hornsby Jr., then a senior at Springfield Central High School, wrote an essay for English class.
Mario Hornsby Jr. was senselessly gunned down in May. Now his father is trying to make sure his death was not in vain.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 27, 2008


Facebook follies

I’d rather live with Facebook than without!
 Letters to the Boston editor, August 8, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE BOSTON EDITOR  |  August 06, 2008
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Me and my tattoos

I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008
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Imprisoned facts

Although I had already written a lot about abuse in the prison, this May 21 interview with Dorney, a 28-year-old Portland man serving 20 years for assault, was what I had been waiting for.
Will the truth escape from a break in the prison wall?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 28, 2008
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Who gives a truth?

Both authors write largely about issues of addiction and abuse, but they couldn’t have more different styles.
Augusten Burroughs and James Frey try to overcome authenticity scandals with grim new books
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 28, 2008
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Pants afire

The ratio of falsehood to truth in the universe has not, of course, altered one jot since the world began.
Fakeries and the faking fakers who fake them
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 13, 2008


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Cidade dos Homens|City of Men

Beneath the gunfire, Morelli captures the horror of drugs, poverty, and doomed lives, in particular the intergenerational turmoil of fathers and sons.
A chilling gangland epic
By TOM MEEK  |  February 27, 2008
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Permanent

As Massachusetts’s puritanical Blue Laws started to fade in the late 1990s, the kids on Comm Ave rejoiced.
Body modification as art at the Peabody Essex Museum
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  February 20, 2008
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Bettye’s business


The battles of a blues belter
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007
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Shattered illusions

This past weekend in Boston, nine people were shot, 13 stabbed, and feuding gangs used families at Roxbury’s annual Caribbean Festival as duck-and-cover props.
No, not the window!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2007
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Who's who?

Both tragedy and redemption happen when the real Americans stand up.
West Side Story looks at the Others in America
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2007


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Streets of sorrow

Two years ago, in one of the most concentrated bursts of deadly violence Boston had seen in years, nine victims were killed in 20 days.
Boston's murder survivors: nine familes, nine stories
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 09, 2007
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The painful truth

If it is painful to try to make sense of the ongoing plague of murders in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, try to imagine what it is like to live there.
Boston’s murder crisis underscores the need to reform its police force
By EDITORIAL  |  April 04, 2007

Portland scene report: March 2, 2007

The Killing Moon (yes, formerly Animal Suit Drive-By, by gosh) have released a new EP with Fearless Records, A Message Through Your Teeth , as of last Tuesday.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  February 28, 2007
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Freedom Writers

Based on a true story, this Dangerous Minds retread stars Hilary Swank as a naive teacher in Los Angeles who takes a misfit group of gangbangers and dealers and teaches them about poetry, life . . . and Anne Frank.
Classroom concentration camp
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 03, 2007
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Too much information?

It’s not often that the Globe makes the Herald look restrained, but it happened earlier this month.
Revisiting the Globe ’s gang-truce scoop. Plus, Deval Patrick scolds the media, and the problem with Blue Mass Group’s success.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 07, 2006


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The Hold Steady

Like many of America’s smartest rock bands — from Fountains of Wayne to the Drive-By Truckers — this Minneapolis-to-Brooklyn quintet are an anomaly. The Hold Steady, "Killer Parties Remix"
Boys And Girls In America | Vagrant
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 13, 2006
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Cop or drug dealer?

Meet Roberto Pulido, 41.
Roberto Pulido’s story shows how easily the divide between law-keepers and law-breakers can break down — if nobody is paying attention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 09, 2006
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Once again, Boston’s police flub for the cameras

Filmmakers always seem to catch the Boston Police Department (BPD) on its bad days.
When they come for you
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 04, 2006
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Oh brother, where alt thou?

In the summer of 1995, Grant Alden was documenting “the tail end of the grunge years” as managing editor of a Seattle music weekly, the Rocket . Alejandro Escovedo, "Broken Bottle" (mp3 via MySpace) Drive-By Truckers, "Feb. 14" (mp3 via MySpace)
A popular cult genre searches for its lost highway
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 02, 2006