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The NCIA targets cannabusiness reform

By using the vocabulary of Washington power brokers, NCIA appeals to lawmakers in terms they can understand.
Common Sensi
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 08, 2013

Mass Appeal: United Scents of America

We're relieved to report that Sasha Bertran and Samantha Sherwin, the minds (and noses) behind United Scents of America, eschewed eau de dirty water when concocting their brand-new fragrance, Massachusetts.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  February 15, 2013

Not-so-secret gardens: DIY MMJ

Cannabis cultivation is an art as much as it is a craft — and urban living in our New England climate presents a gamut of indoor-gardening challenges for novices and pro growers alike.
Common Sensi
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 08, 2013

Is your weed covered?

Will my health insurance cover medical marijuana? Can I share my medical marijuana? Your burning questions, answered.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 01, 2013

How to toke if you're broke

Welcome to "Burning Questions," the first in a series devoted to your medical-marijuana FAQs.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Photographer Gregory Crewdson makes pictures that do everything a movie does except move.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012


Who won? We did

We did it. The progressive, thinking, socially minded, involved people — people like you, the readers of the Portland Phoenix — won the election.
Getting Results
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2012

Prescription opioids have wreaked havoc on the Bay State. Will a new bill give relief?

First there's the pain. Then comes a prescription for an opioid: OxyContin, Tylox, Percocet, Roxicodone, among others. But what often follows is a vicious cycle of tolerance, increased dosages, abuse, and addiction.
The Price of Pain
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 19, 2012

The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
A Wicked Good Convention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012
The Big Hurt - July 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012

Romney’s Shadow Years

With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olymp
Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 20, 2012


Review: Never Stand Still

A multitude of A-list choreographers speak their piece to the camera — Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris — as they gather for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.
A-list choreographers
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 29, 2012

Review: That's My Boy

Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
'90s pop culture
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 22, 2012

Night strife; bye-bye, Big East; sexual politics; Fruit of the boom

On weekends busloads of thugs from Massachusetts are making their way to the war zone of Richmond Street and the surrounding neighborhood we used to lovingly call "ProHo."
Economic development?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 11, 2012

Could the Bay State’s Ron Paul-loving delegates ruin Romney’s coronation?

Saturday was an embarrassment of epic proportions for Mitt Romney and the Massachusetts Republican Party — an organization that, as I've chronicled in recent months, is essentially an extension of the Romney machine.
Mitt’s Massachusetts Massacre
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 04, 2012

Standing their ground

It seems like every decent person in America is scorching over the Trayvon Martin killing.
In spite of the Trayvon Martin case, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for a controversial law that could promote violence as much as it prevents it
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 30, 2012


Romney can live with the ‘Etch A Sketch’ gaffe, but not without the guy who said it

In late November, Mitt Romney sat for a rare interview, with Bret Baier of Fox News.
Fehrnstrom ex machina
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 30, 2012

Great Scott

After months without new polling on the high-profile Massachusetts Senate race, four firms took the pulse of the race in February — all finding incumbent Republican Scott Brown ahead of presumed Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren.
New polls show Scott Brown winning re-election to the Senate. That’s no accident; he’s been out earning it.
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  March 09, 2012

As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2012

Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012


All signs go for Joe

In his well-executed congressional-campaign launch two weeks ago, Joe Kennedy III took advantage of the intense media interest generated by his family bloodline to convey the message that he wishes to be viewed independently of those family ties.
So far, the family mystique is working entirely in favor of Joe Kennedy III's Congressional bid — but recent events show how unpredictable Camelot can be
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 02, 2012

Letters to the Boston editors, February 17, 2012

Regarding your recent "House of Incorrections" story (Talking Politics, February 3), I think it would be more believable if some criminal-justice experts were quoted.
Burning down the house
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 17, 2012

The Massachusetts legislature is the principal roadblock to putting the state's criminal-justice system on the right track

As you read this, Beacon Hill is debating a "three-strikes" crime bill, while waiting for the US Attorney's Office to hand down indictments in the scandal over patronage at the probation department.
House of Incorrections  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 03, 2012
short take Girlfriend

Review: Girlfriend

One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
Concerned only with the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2011

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

I've got to admit that I find the whole casino-gambling/slots business to be very messy. It challenges my libertarian instincts. I've managed largely to reconcile...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 13, 2011
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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011
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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011