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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 2011
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All Asia no more?

Let’s hope the All Asia can relocate to a new building. I used to shit-talk the place . . . until I heard it might close.
Yet another endangered species for your list
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 21, 2011
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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010

Bully pulpit

While I understand, appreciate, and respect the First Amendment and our right to speak freely, in the case of bullying, Harvey Silverglate makes a dangerous assumption that “civilized people, even teenagers can intuit the difference between protected spe
Letters to the Boston editor, April 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 23, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010


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10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009
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The other white beat

In the home of Slaine, Esoteric, Sullee, Bomshot, Lyrical, and about 10,000 other pale MCs who can hang with brothers of all shades and styles, the notion of prolific whiteboys is hardly novel.
Four random caucasian MCs better than Asher Roth
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009
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Graffiti wars

Even though he’s headed to prison, SPEK will still be visible in Massachusetts.
Cops and taggers play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 03, 2008
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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 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


Thanks be to Coulter

Even appearing to defend Ann Coulter makes my skin crawl, but I must.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 2, 2007
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 31, 2007
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Tsongas for Congress

On Tuesday, voters in the Fifth Congressional District will be faced with a clear and obvious choice of who should succeed former representative Marty Meehan in the US Congress.
Plus, those scary Republicans running for president
By EDITORIAL  |  October 10, 2007
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Boston music news, October 12, 2007

Haverhill-based singer-songwriter Chad Perrone left Averi just after the Boston group played a sold-out show at Avalon in November 2005.
Notes on Chad Perrone, Dinosaur Jr., and the Baseball Tavern's upcoming schedule
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 09, 2007
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Touched by grace

This, around November, when New England’s bones start to show — and I realized my heart was beating faster. The story had quickened my pulse.
Andre Dubus’s unending gifts
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 01, 2007
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Taking the Fifth

The September 4 Democratic primary has compelling interest beyond the borders of the Fifth Congressional District.
The race for Marty Meehan’s congressionalseat is running below the radar, but it could hold the answers to a couple of burning political questions
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 22, 2007


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Memories of a crazed Red Sox fan

October 1, 1967. Two outs, top of the ninth. Cast of characters: Talking baseball with Jim Lonborg. By Jim Sullivan
Recalling the magical and almost forgotten '67 season
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 09, 2007
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The rumor mill

“Church on Sunday” is one of the newer house-music events in the city.
A new home for house music
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  March 06, 2007

The A list

Overall, a great list; impossible to do and make everyone happy.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 10, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2006

Selling the pharma


Letters to the Boston editor, April 28, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  April 26, 2006

All about the G.O.D.

Are you for real? People of color, and Johnny Cash, have been singing about the G.O.D. for a long-ass time (“ God Rocks ,” March 3).
Letters to the Boston editor, March 17, 2006
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