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Collins on the outside looking in; A couple of history lessons

This week, WPRI-TV followed through on its boneheaded decision to exclude independent Congressional candidate Abel Collins from a debate featuring Congressman James Langevin and Republican challenger Michael "Who he?" Riley.
Fiasco at WPRI
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 12, 2012
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Smoking Weed on the Weekends Is Mandatory in the Year 2312

That shape-shifting JFK hologram sure is pushy!
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 18, 2012

Beyond the moon shot

Retired Congressman Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed a nice little boomlet of press coverage in recent weeks with his push to raise billions in private and public money over the next decade for brain research.
To the Heavens
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2011
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Understanding the legacy of John F. Kennedy

January 20, 1961. On this day 50 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy began his presidential odyssey.
'Ask not . . .'
By EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2011
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Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 19, 2010
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Dream on

Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010


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Meet Evan Thomas

Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2010
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Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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Stars, bars, and open arms

The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
Flags + Guns Dept.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 30, 2010

Nudity throughout history



By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010

Keep streets safe and children in school

Thank you for your very insightful "War Over Peace" article.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 19, 2010


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Review: The Most Dangerous Man in America

At age 79, Daniel Ellsberg is getting the last guffaw.
Hail to Daniel Ellsberg
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 12, 2010
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Battle of the Bulger

Earlier this fall, with almost no fanfare, Beverly-based Commonwealth Editions published a new biography of Boston's archetypal politician — James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences — written by former Massachusetts Senate pr
Former Mass. Sen. Pres. William Bulger defends James Michael Curley's legacy — and his own
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 18, 2009
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Review: Z (1969)

John F. Kennedy wasn't the only political leader murdered in 1963. On May 22 of that year, Gregoris Lambrakis, a left-leaning, pacifist member of the Greek parliament and an aspiring presidential candidate seeking to replace the reigning right-wing gov
Z lives on 40 years later
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 04, 2009
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Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: Earth Days

Those who worry that the eco-movement seems incapable of getting beyond its white upper-middle-class base will be disturbed anew by Robert Stone’s Earth Days , where every talking head is a well-bred Caucasian.
Did you know Nixon once signed progressive eco-legislation?
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 09, 2009


With Kennedy's death, a chance to move beyond royalty

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the last "lion" of the Massachusetts clan, finally rests – in peace, I hope.
Dynasties
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 04, 2009
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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009
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Shooting from the lip

Washington – Edward M. Kennedy's presidential campaign has a serious problem, and the problem appears to be Edward M. Kennedy. During the week in which leadership was transformed from a word in the lexicon of his campaign rhetoric to a measurable realit
Kennedy's gaffe on Iran manages to make a bad image worse
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009
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Public and private affairs

Philandering, like heavy drinking, traditionally has been one of those activities that the boys in the press keep mum about when reporting on the boys on the Hill, or the boy in the White House, or any boy, for that matter. The rationales for this sile
The case for making a campaign issue of Teddy's reputation for philandering
By SUZANNAH LESSARD  |  August 28, 2009
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Robert McNamara, RIP

As secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara prosecuted the Vietnam War on a day-to-day basis, just as Donald Rumsfeld orchestrated the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for George W. Bush.
Memories of Vietnam should speed Obama's exit plans for Iraq and Afghanistan
By EDITORIAL  |  July 10, 2009


Crossword: ''Triple threats''

Five names, one unusual pattern
Five names, one unusual pattern
By MATT JONES  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

There's not much "virtual" in Kosi Masutani's thoughtful if artless documentary about the JFK administration — which is to its credit.
What would JFK do?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009
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Amnesty International liberates City Hall

Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
The kids are all right
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009
Megaphone, Santoro, Ok Go and WTF?

Megaphone, Santoro, Ok Go and WTF?


Plug your ears, Megaphone Madness is back! Henry Satoro: 180 is about the Kennedys, Ok Go ...
By Charlie  |  March 12, 2009
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Interview: Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen

The winner of several "Best Comics Writer" awards on both sides of the Atlantic, he's best known in America as the author of the DC Comics series Swamp Thing and, of course, Watchmen.
From the Boston Phoenix archives: the watchmaker speaks.
By M. HOWELL  |  March 04, 2009


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The Center of the universe

Real-life quantum leaper Richard Goodwin was sort of a 1960s political Zelig — everywhere you looked, there he was.
JFK speechwriter and Renaissance man Richard Goodwin explores the roots of today's religious wars by channeling 17th-century anti-hero Galileo in a play called Two Men of Florence
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009
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Appearing Act

Barack Obama is ubiquitous.
Obama's 'personal presidency' is overexposing the Commander in Chief, and painting him into the corners of the Oval Office.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 04, 2009
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Howie's gay love-in!

Wait, lemme get this straight: Was that Howie Carr — who's known for accompanying on-air references to homosexuality with a crude audio approximation of gay sex — happily schmoozing with guest Randy Price this past week?
Carr plays nice with Randy Price. Plus, the Globe's tough new Kennedy bio defies expectations.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 18, 2009
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President Obama

In retrospect, it all seems of a piece: suitably fitting, almost ordained.
The trek ahead
By EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2009