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Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 06, 2012

Potential Herald Headlines For Tomorrow

After today and yesterday’s vitriol, it’s hard for me, as a relative newcomer, to...  Originally posted on Chris Faraone's book, "How I Learned to Stop...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 03, 2011

Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
Trouble on the right
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2011
Governor Patrick offers hope for undocumented-immigrant drivers and college students

Governor Patrick offers hope for undocumented-immigrant drivers and college students

Two days ago, as every resident of Massachusetts was daydreaming of what to do if he or she won the Mega Millions (I too was...
By Marcela Garcia  |  January 07, 2011

Brave the new world

Maine is in crisis — big budget shortfalls, lots of people unemployed, a cold winter approaching. And there's this new governor, talking about making life easy for business.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2010

Maine Democrats try to put the past behind them

State Democrats may be down (in numbers) but they're not out (of ideas).
Losing team
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2010


The journalist makes news; don't buy it; two fond farewells

"ri monthly has a story coming out where I am listed as one of the top 10 most powerful in ri. If they try to f*** me, I will kill them." Who said that? John DePetro, WPRO's morning talk show weasel.
Pop goes the weasel
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2010

Gold diggers: El Salvador vs. Pacific Rim Mining

If Chilean miners can maintain vast media attention for two months, then human-rights advocates may be in pole position to lure spotlights toward other underground issues below the border.
Mine. Not yours.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2010
Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

One surefire way to rile activists is to beat a teenager in plain sight, and tell witnesses that they can't record the free-for-all. Needless to...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 28, 2010

LePage and Pingree steal each other's material

Democratic US Representative Chellie Pingree does this hilarious imitation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage.
Look like twins
By AL DIAMON  |  October 08, 2010
Podcast Henry With Headlines 10-04-10

Podcast Henry With Headlines 10-04-10

Podcast of todays headlines reported by our world famous newsman Henry Santoro.DOWNLOAD: Podcast Henry with Headlines 10-04-10.mp3To save podcast, right click and choose "Save Link...
By MorningIntern  |  October 04, 2010

Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman

Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman

Is there any scenario in which a co-sign from a former President can do more to hurt a candidate than help? Unless his last name...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 28, 2010

The Ground Zero bridge to peace

The Big Apple builds a bridge for the Muslim community.
Bridging the culture gap
By DAVID KISH  |  September 17, 2010

'Sorry' was the wrong word

I’ve waited a long damn time for this state to become less white. Now, I can see at least a few people of color every day without breaking a sweat, when nearly nine years ago I could go days upon days without seeing a single non-white face.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 17, 2010

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010

Grossman for Treasurer

There are two impressive candidates running for state treasurer in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Plus, Bump for auditor, D’Alessandro for Congress, and more
By EDITORIAL  |  September 10, 2010


Troubled Over Bridgewater

On a winter evening around 11 pm, the former superintendent of Old Colony Correctional Center walked into a Rhode Island restaurant with a gun in his pocket.
Old Colony Correctional Center has been plagued by racism, suicide, and brutality — and things are only getting worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 10, 2010

The reform-proof prison

From the beginning of her tenure as commissioner, Department of Correction (DOC) commissioner Kathleen Dennehy clashed with union loyalists intent on maintaining the status quo.
Why Massachusetts' correctional system hasn't gotten any better
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 10, 2010

Could Cicilline be in for a surprise on Tuesday?

With the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District seat in the home stretch, most observers say Providence Mayor David Cicilline is the man to beat. And there is much to recommend the view.
Primary wisdom
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 10, 2010

Review: 9500 Liberty

Arizona bigots didn’t draft and pass their controversial immigration law without a model.
Arizona was not the first
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 10, 2010

Unused video games

Truman Capote's Quip-Out!!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 10, 2010


Beck and Call(1)

Washington, DC — Glenn Beck maintains that he didn't purposely schedule this "Restoring Honor" rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. I say bullshit.
Glenn Beck’s rally on the Washington mall was scarier than you’d like to think
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2010

Obama on the Vineyard

The most powerful man in the world touched down last week on Martha's Vineyard's grass-stamped airport, and quietly set to work enjoying the pursuits late-summer vacations require.
Follow the leader
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  September 03, 2010

Just a reprieve? Unless Republican leaders learn from the past, another Iraq is in our future

In his address to the nation Tuesday evening, discussing the end of American combat operations in Iraq, Barack Obama took great pains to be apolitical, nonjudgmental, and even gracious toward his predecessor.
In terms of foreign policy, the Republican Party remains unapologetically committed to Bush/Cheneyism
By EDITORIAL  |  September 03, 2010

Islamophobics Anonymous

Teabag proof!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 03, 2010

Grimm connection?

I usually enjoy Carolyn Clay’s theater reviews, but her recent piece on Company One’s inventive and imaginative Grimm contains an error.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 3, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 03, 2010


Hand puppets and Hope: Grading the candidates' ads

Primary season is upon us. And the four Democrats vying to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Patrick Kennedy are engaged in a particularly lively air war on television and the Interzone.
Air War
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010

The backstory on Curt Schilling's Rhode Island jaunt

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's controversial decision to offer a $75 million loan guarantee to former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling's video-game company, 38 Studios, has become a prime issue on the campaign trail.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010

GOP Know-Nothings: Hard-right Congressional candidates complicate Charlie Baker's run for governor

With a strong anti-incumbent mood at their backs, Massachusetts Republicans should be able to make significant gains this year, simply by keeping the focus on Beacon Hill Democrats.
Plus, replacing John Tobin on the Boston City Council.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2010

A Race Well Run

Five months ago, when Massachusetts failed to win a Race to the Top education grant from the federal government, the Phoenix took the legislature and teachers' unions to task for being too timid and politically motivated to do the right thing.
Beacon Hill and the education establishment overcame narrow self-interest by putting students and schools first
By EDITORIAL  |  August 27, 2010