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Review: Five Minutes of Heaven

It's easy to see what attracted Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt ( Bloody Sunday ) to Prime Suspect veteran Guy Hibbert's screenplay: it's an actor's showcase.
Or, rather, 90 minutes of tension
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 25, 2009

Tim Hecker | An Imaginary Country

With his sixth album, Tim Hecker continues his computer-enabled investigations into the ambient music of nebulous distortion.
Kranky (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  March 10, 2009

More than a few loose ends

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct .
BPD to review Cowans evidence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008

Morality stories

“Mary Bean” isn’t who she says she is — the trial that follows the factory girl’s death certainly illuminates that much.
Mary Bean  embraces the ambiguity of real life
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 27, 2008

Righting a staggering wrong

US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan should launch an investigation into how that department managed to help convict the wrong man in the 1997 shooting of a Boston cop.
It is time for the US Attorney to investigate how and why the Boston police wrongfully convicted Stephan Cowans
By EDITORIAL  |  February 06, 2008

Clampdown at the Providence Police Department

At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 31, 2007


Dollar Bill-ed

Phillipe + Jorge are surprised and sad to see that state Senator Stephen Alves of West Warwick is being investigated by the FBI.
Senator Alves comes under scrutiny
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 03, 2007

Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 2007

Gossip columnist escapes indictment

The much trumpeted federal investigation into allegations that a former New York Post gossip writer tried to extort a friend of former President Bill Clinton has been quietly dropped.
Get me rewrite
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 07, 2007

Horror scope

When watching a serial-killer movie, I always suspect the person investigating the case is the culprit. Doing time: Fincher kills it without frills in Zodiac. By Peter Keough
Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac obsession
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2007

Sluggish response to suicide

An eyewitness to the suicide of Ryan Rideout, a 25-year-old, severely mentally ill Augusta man who hanged himself with his bedding in his Maine State Prison Supermax cell on October 5, calls into question the official version of events.
Supermax watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 03, 2007


Lady Jane

When Detective Jane Tennison made her 1992 debut on PBS’s Mystery! , she wasn’t the first female cop on television to stare down murderers.
Helen Mirren’s last bow as Detective Tennison
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  November 07, 2006

The trials of Bernard Baran

This story originally appeared in the June 18, 2004 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Twenty years ago, a  young gay man was convicted of multiple counts of molestation. There is good reason to believe he is innocent.

The constitutional crisis no one seems to understand

The dolts in Congress let the imperial presidency get so out of hand that we are now faced with a truly nasty constitutional crisis.
Freedom watch does freezergate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 02, 2006

Little Red ’Net

February 15 was a squirmy day for officials at Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco.
The battle for Internet freedom will not end with China
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 10, 2006

Weld’s college try

Bill Weld has hit rocky shoals in his attempt to become the first person since Sam Houston to get elected governor of two states.
An obscure school in Kentucky may cost Bill Weld an election — and maybe more

WGME TJI list photo (Portland 1/20/06)

Sinclair may have violated state law

A union attorney is investigating allegations that Sinclair Broadcast Group failed to obey a Maine law requiring employers to pay workers within eight days of the close of a pay period.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 19, 2006

Senators fight snooping

President Bush authorized spying on US citizens without bothering to seek the approval of a federal court. A Maine senator is leading the charge to find out why.
Our voices in Washington, DC
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 04, 2006