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Michael Guglielmo was a career criminal. Now he's saving lives — one DNA sample at a time

Inside a dilapidated boarding house in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael Guglielmo sat with one hand on a beer, and the other on a MAC-10 machine gun.
Bad to the Bone Marrow
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 16, 2012
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The ProJo passes on controversial 'Doonesbury' series

Turn to the comics in this week's Providence Journal and there, near the top of the right-hand column, you'll find cartoonist and provocateur Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" in its usual spot.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 16, 2012
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Anarchistic and self-trained, are street medics the future of first aid?

April 25, 2009: outside of the IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington, DC, police with batons are attacking a group of protesters.
Medic alert
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 17, 2012
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Kafka, Radiohead, and the making of the modern doctor

It was their worst nightmare. Or so Professor Arnold Weinstein told the class.
The Art of Medicine
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: How to Live Forever

Take the most depressing movie imaginable, add The Golden Girls , multiply by Cocoon , and that's How To Live Forever .
Wexler mocks the "anti-aging marketplace"
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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On doctors, psychologists, and torture

Last year, Physicians for Human Rights used government papers to document that CIA doctors and psychologists participated in the conception and monitoring of the agency's infamous torture regime at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other detention centers
Q+A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011


TB worry at Maine State Prison

"Several individuals" at the Maine State Prison in Warren have tested positive for tuberculosis, but "there are no confirmed active cases," says Denise Lord, deputy Maine Corrections commissioner.
'No active cases'
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 12, 2010
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Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010
Meet the Mayor: Commonwealth Chiropractic

Meet the Mayor: Commonwealth Chiropractic


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.Commonwealth ChiropracticKaitlin MaudSo, why does your back hurt?I...
By Barry Thompson  |  October 21, 2010
In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks

In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks


A clip from FRONTLINE's "Medicating Kids"Though the use of antipsychotic drugs on children is believed to carry significant risks even when used properly to treat...
By Pro Publica  |  October 05, 2010
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Higher education: How to do drugs in Boston

The leaves are changing color, and it's not because you ate a special mushroom pizza. The air is crisp, the nights are getting longer, and you're drinking coffee at 4 am. It's fall, and time to go back to school.
If you choose to partake, at least do it right
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  September 03, 2010


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Review: Nobody's Perfect

German documentarian Niko von Glasow has a knack for the blunt. First he asks his interviewees whether they want to kill themselves; then he asks them to pose nude.
Niko von Glasow gets right down to it
By ZAK JASON  |  August 27, 2010

Rhode Island’s birth control contretemps

Recently OB-GYN Associates, a respected women's health care practice with offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, admitted to Rhode Island Department of Health officials that it had implanted in patients birth control intrauterine devices (IUDs) app
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By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 09, 2010
The Elusive G-Spot: Fact or fiction?

The Elusive G-Spot: Fact or fiction?


  Does the elusive (or not so elusive) G-spot exist? How are we even questioning such a thing after years of women, screaming from every...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 07, 2010
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Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.
ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
By CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS  |  October 23, 2009
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Casting spells

In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009


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Band-Aid for expensive healthcare

Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
By TANYA WHITON  |  October 23, 2009

The waiting game

We know, we know: Last week, Olympia Snowe made history by being the only Republican in 2009 to vote for any sort of healthcare reform, even in committee-level draft language far from its final form.
Congress is making progress. We think.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 23, 2009

A Dark Night with Mamet and a Mad Horse

Circling the central mystery of The Cryptogram are a camping trip, the provenance of a German pilot's knife, and a young boy's "sleep issues."
Mini-Reviews
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 16, 2009
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Mr. Magic, R.I.P.

By the time this goes to press, DJs and designers will be mixing and manufacturing mix-tapes and shirts commemorating Mr. Magic, the seminal New York radio jockey who died of a heart attack at 53 in Brooklyn this past Friday.
Rest in Beats
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009

Art dodgers

David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s
Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009


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Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

Too hot for Pawtucket?
Pleasure Dept.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  October 02, 2009

Has Obama learned from Clinton’s mistakes on health-care?

Action Speaks!, the always-enlightening panel discussion series at the Providence art space AS220, is back at it with weekly chats through the end of October.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 02, 2009
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No new age

Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
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By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009
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No new age

Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
Earthsound is for real
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

Beating HPV

When I was an undergrad student in Boston, I was diagnosed with HPV and went through all the same medical procedures Lisa Spinelli experienced, and the LEEP procedure, too.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 25, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 25, 2009


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MassCan's 20th Freedom Rally relatively free from arrests

Assuming that, at MassCann's 20th annual Freedom Rally on Boston Common this past Saturday, all 30,000 attendees got stoned, smokers had less than a half-percent chance of getting busted.
Peace Pipe Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009

Snowe: A party of one

US Senator Olympia Snowe has maneuvered herself into a position where she is the only hope Democrats have of getting a "bipartisan" agreement on healthcare reform.
Party politics
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 18, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009