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Zombie Justice

Two recent politically infused happenings illustrate Massachusetts's shocking indifference to civil liberty.
Ware's probation probe and the Tierney plea. Plus, social security silliness.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 15, 2010
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Elena Kagan’s shaky record

As a potential Obama nominee for Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan has liberal bona fides and the likely support of the right. But if her record is any indication, she’s more likely to side with the conservative bloc on matters of executive power and wa
What a Kagan appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for civil liberties
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  April 23, 2010

Open Letter to the IRS

After the first year of the administration of the candidate who ran on a platform of change, the biggest change is the name on the door.
Letters to the Portland Editor, April 16, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 16, 2010
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Cooking the books

Tax season got you feeling screwed? How about a little schadenfreude: Chances are Jon (Christian F. Luening) has it a lot worse and more embarrassing than you in Love, Sex & the IRS , the 1979 comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
How long until Love, Sex & the IRS collide?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 16, 2010
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Better late than ever

The eternal argument over what is and is not punk rock has been run into the ground for so long, it’s become a cliché — and clichés are so not punk.
Refuse Resist are enough to make a grown man try
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 12, 2010


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Taxing Catholics

Should the Roman Catholic Church, and the various subsidiary groups and organizations that exist under its umbrella and operate at its direction, be entitled to state- and federal-tax exemptions?
Should the Church lose its exemption?
By EDITORIAL  |  November 20, 2009

Emotional traffic

As Halloween approaches and a frisson of fright chills the air, URI Theatre is presenting a psychologically taut staging of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl .
A love disconnection in Boy Gets Girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2009
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Tom Sgouros is skeptical about Rhode Island

Tom Sgouros's recently published Ten Things You Don't Know about Rhode Island (Light Publications, $14) is subtitled "A Skeptical Look at Government, Economics, and Recent History in One Lively Little State." The operational word is skeptical — a con
Is there a ny hope?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2009
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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Rock in a hard place

Fear not, broke American: the music industry feels your pain.
The economy makes music its bitch
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 22, 2009


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Slideshow: Boston Tea Party 2009

Protestors assembed at the Commons for the Boston Tea Party 2009, also called Tea Bagging Day
Tea Bagging on the Commons
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009

A great little performer

If this doesn't convince you that no one with lotsa bucks plays by the rules, and that insider trading is rife on Wall Street, along with obscene bonuses collected by what are essentially crooks, with no morals, at most big lending institutions, how wou
Obama administration stubs its toe with the tax-challenged
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 04, 2009

Survivor winnings could help the state

We can be certain that the state's bean-counters are looking forward to Crowley's 2008 tax return — and its accompanying check.
WINDFALL FOR MAINE
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 23, 2008
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Review: Seven Pounds


A gimmicky tale annoyingly told
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 16, 2008
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The alt-candidates

A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008


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FBI nabs Wilkerson

State senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested this morning on charges of public corruption -- charges at a level far above and beyond any she has previously faced.  
Will the fallout involve other officials?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 28, 2008
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Dianne's special deal

Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.  
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
By TED SIEFER  |  October 22, 2008
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The truth is up there

The sky’s on the move again, he can feel it.
Clouds, sun dogs, and the dream of an atmospheric education . . . How one former TV reporter brought his sky gospel to the people
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 20, 2008
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008


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Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007
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Cutting off your taxes to spite Uncle Sam

Take Larry Dansinger, who lives in Monroe, and who has withheld some or all of his owed taxes for years in opposition to US military action and policy.
W-4 Peace
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 31, 2007

Growing up and blowing away

State Representative Richard Sykes has discovered something alarming: old people are leaving Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Boston music news: May 4, 2007

Chris Mascara has been thinking about musical genres and labeling.
Notes on Chris Mascara and Berklee's new internet radio presence
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2007


Black-and-white blues


Letters to the Boston editor: February 23, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 21, 2007
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Sci-fi tries to make it in the real world

If a sci-fi specialty store can’t survive in Cambridge, where can it?
Store front
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 14, 2007

Crossword: 'Grid magic'


Wild words all over
By MATT JONES  |  January 24, 2007

Nailing the GOP


New England Congressmen are sitting on some key committees
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007