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Sunglasses: Rating the Shades

Summer used to be simple: fun in the sun.
The brands Boston shops are pushing this summer
By LAMAR B. GRAHAM  |  June 11, 2010

Marriage and the Supremes



By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 29, 2010
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Preparing for June 8

Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
Candidate breakdown for districts 114. 116, and 119
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2010
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Will Karl ever quit smoking?

That shit's radioactive
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 28, 2010
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Beer on a budget

The beer industry is generally considered recession-proof, since people are still going to drink beer when times get tough. But has the same been true for more expensive craft beer in the recent recession?
In defense of expense
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 21, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010


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Tyme fer moore lernin’

Much sport has been made of the hilariously misspelled signs created and proudly displayed at rallies by barely literate Tea Partiers.
Tee-Partee Lohjik
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 30, 2010
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Reefer gladness at the Crowne Plaza

Thirty-five years ago, a doctor took Elvy Musikka aside and told her that she’d go blind from her glaucoma if she didn’t start smoking. Marijuana, that is.
Remedy
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 23, 2010

Fed up and low down

Just kidding. Of course they’ll lose.
For once, the beleaguered taxpayers of Maine can’t lose
By AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2010
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Smith Hill weighs a ban on the under-21 crowd

Seasoned partiers will recall that about a decade ago our august legislature considered barring anyone under age 21 from Rhode Island night clubs in a bid to curb underage drinking.
The Fun Police
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2010
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Lynch’s left flank

US Representative Stephen Lynch has held Massachusetts’s ninth congressional district since 2001 — a fact that has irritated the state’s liberals ever since.
The Southie Congressman may have pushed progressives too far this time.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 02, 2010


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Hallelujah!

The Democrats won and the Republicans lost. That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line.
Health-care reform is a new high-water mark
By EDITORIAL  |  March 26, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

Tanked

The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
A few guppies short
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2010
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The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
How far will women go for an orgasm?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010
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Taxi turmoil

Taxis are an under-appreciated and often little-considered component in urban mass-transit systems. They fill the gaps left by the MBTA and offer a sort of curb-to-curb, citywide Zipcar service.
Plus, controlling local health costs
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2010


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Pot bill progresses in Augusta

At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010
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The power of money

While a cadre of conservative Democrats continues to conspire with Washington's mendacious Republican minority to block national health-care reform, the nation's largest health-benefits company — amusingly called WellPoint — is going about its business
Shame on the natoin's biggest health insurer; shame on the Black Caucus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 19, 2010

Rhode Island’s own stab at health reform

Health care reform, if it survives the election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, will make insurance accessible and provide a slew of new consumer protections for millions of Americans.
Get Healthy
By MARION DAVIS  |  January 22, 2010
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Up in Smoke in New Hampshire

President Barack Obama has championed a platform that pledges commitment to a green economy. But this probably isn't what he had in mind.
Live Fried or Die Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 08, 2010
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Portland’s wishes for 2010

Ah, these fresh moments of the new year, when our hopes and resolutions are unsullied by the rough ravages of time, politics, and the Maine winter.
New Year’s resolutions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 01, 2010


Call for health-care reform

The November 7 passage of health-care reform, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in the House of Representatives was a very important and exciting moment for everyone who is dedicated to the idea that all Americans need and deserve access to hig
Letters to the Portland Editor, December 25, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 25, 2009
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Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
Reform Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 20, 2009

Fight for your right to party

Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
Civil Liberties Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 13, 2009
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Has Obama peaked? No, he hasn't

Barack Obama's popularity should not be judged by the day-to-day, media-driven vagaries of politics — nor by the wishful thinking of his opponents.
Obama’s days of greatest power and popularity lie before him. But be warned: he might not do what you want with it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 13, 2009

Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009


Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

Last week, Congressman Patrick Kennedy took the Catholic Church to task for opposing health reform that fails to include an explicit ban on federal funding for abortion. And he was right to do it.
Opinion Dept.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009

Referendum explainer

There are seven statewide referendum questions on the November 3 ballot.
What you need to know about all the questions you’ll have to answer
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

The waiting game

We know, we know: Last week, Olympia Snowe made history by being the only Republican in 2009 to vote for any sort of healthcare reform, even in committee-level draft language far from its final form.
Congress is making progress. We think.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 23, 2009
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Band-Aid for expensive healthcare

Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
By TANYA WHITON  |  October 23, 2009