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John Silber, tough witness, R.I.P.

John Silber, like anyone, had his faults.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 05, 2012
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Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009
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Death becomes her

Like any other 20 year olds, Megan Peterson and Mackenzie Byles chatter like hyperactive squirrels, excitedly finishing each others' sentences as though they're alien twins with melded minds.
The future of funerals is fresh-faced . . . and female
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 25, 2009
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Women on the verge

At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008
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Bacevich’s war

Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
The politics of personal tragedy
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 02, 2007


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The believer

Ben LaGuer is one of three things: the victim of massive injustice, a con man of staggering persistence, or a delusional head case.
Eric Goldscheider’s lonely crusade
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 02, 2007

Can Bush be beaten?

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
It won’t be easy, but here’s one scenario for a Democratic victory
By JOHN KELLER  |  November 14, 2006
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Night of the living dead?

Reading your feature on the Massachusetts Republican Party’s long slide into irrelevance, I’m reminded of that suddenly popular quote: “I used to be a Republican before they lost their minds."
Letters to the Boston editor: October 27, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 25, 2006
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Kicking and screaming

Every four years, right around Labor Day, the interests of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates for governor become almost totally divergent.
How much Democratic bad blood is too much?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 15, 2006
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Rethinking 9/11

The Phoenix decided to ask ten people prominent in a range of fields a question.
Eleven thinkers reflect on how their ideas have changed since September 11
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  September 11, 2006


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Gabrieli’s promise

If the Democrats are serious about recapturing the governor’s office, they should make sure their statewide convention this weekend puts Chris Gabrieli’s name on the ballot.
Why Democrats should make a place for Chris Gabrieli. Plus, ?xing the broken immigration system.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 02, 2006
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Survivor: Worcester

 It’s the question of the moment in state politics: when the Massachusetts Democratic Party wraps up its 2006 convention on June 3, will all three Democratic candidates for governor still be standing?
Who’s at risk in the Democratic race for governor?
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2006
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Enter the wonk

Chris Gabrieli’s decision to jump into the race for governor — which he’ll do this week, if all goes according to plan — has an almost Shakespearean quality.
Chris Gabrieli joins the governor’s race  
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 05, 2006