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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
Prosecutorial discretion
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 26, 2011
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Black and gay in Rhode Island

It’s hard to imagine a tangle of identities more marginalized than that of the black gay man in Rhode Island.
Getting Out
By ELLEN CUSHING  |  November 06, 2009
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008
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Back Beat

On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks , resurfaces
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 22, 2008
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By George, it's Barack!

Right now, everyone is focused on Barack Obama’s vice-presidential choice. But historically, convention acceptance speeches matter even more.
To win over the working class, Obama should study the acceptance speech of George H. W. Bush
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 20, 2008

Yaddo and MacDowell: Works in Progress

This article originally appeared in the July 18, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Alone again, artistically: A glimpse of what it’s like to be present at the creation
By D.C. DENISON  |  July 24, 2008


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Peace meal

Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
His Name Is Alive are alive and well
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 2008
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Heat waves

“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
Summer reads to cool off with
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007
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Libbing it up

The gay-rights movement has hit a brick wall.
The future of gay politics can be found in its past — with a few tweaks
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  June 13, 2006