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The Dow

Effects of the Dow's ups and downs.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  March 15, 2013
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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
Postcards from the conscience
By BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2013
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Alejandro Diaz’s funny money problems at RISD

Outside the entrance to the RISD Museum, a sign — the sort of blinking arrow sign typical of used car dealerships — promises a "Naked artist inside."
‘Business’ as unusual
By GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2013

After the campaign: paying off debt

The final days before the November 6 vote on same-sex marriage saw a crazy amount of spending from political-action committees on both sides of the question, which has led both PACs to seek post-election contributions to pay off lingering debt.
Money Talks
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012
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Give the gift of telling debt it’s busted

While you're out spending your hard-earned dollars on gifts for yourself and others at holiday and year-end sales, remember that money has to come from somewhere.
Break down the shakedown
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012
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The Fiscal Cliff: What's at stake

If the just-concluded national election proves anything, it is that the Republican Party lives in a parallel universe, with its own brand of reality that is dangerously disconnected from the experience of most Americans.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 16, 2012


Cliffhanger

Amid the white noise of the election, sometimes the most pressing — but least headline-grabbing — issues fade into the hubbub. One such issue: the "fiscal cliff," the standoff over which says as much about the poisonous state of politics as it does abou
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  October 27, 2012
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What your dollars need to know about maine accounts

When you move to a new city, you need your money as accessible as it can be — especially if you're lucky enough to get a refund from the finance office after your student loans come through.
Bank check
By CHELSEA COOK  |  September 14, 2012
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Student loans tying you down?

In late June DePaul University graduate student Marty Gleason went public about his mounting load of debt in an appeal to Congress to keep the interest rate on student loans at 3.4 percent.
Congress’s latest fix won’t give you much help
By DEANNA ISAACS  |  September 14, 2012
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Review: Arbitrage

Enough of all this whining about the millions of regular people ruined by the financial collapse of 2007 — how about a movie sympathizing with one of the unfortunate guys responsible?
The rich guy's point of view
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2012
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Joe Kearns Goodwin's Celebrity-Studded War Chest

A typical Massachusetts State Senate candidate raises around $70,000, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF).
Team of Donors
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 07, 2012


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Not all toll hikes are created equal

The Maine Turnpike Authority has decided to increase tolls, starting November 1, to raise $21 million in additional revenue for highway maintenance and debt repayment.
Driving Expenses
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 31, 2012

Rich and richer

Last week, Mitt Romney announced a running mate — finally offering relief to the fidgeting comedians, though disappointing them when it turned out not to be Michele Bachmann — and it was 42-year-old Paul Ryan.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 17, 2012
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Let’s make campaign finance reform sexy

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was out on the hustings this week promoting his DISCLOSE Act, which would require the sort of independent political groups playing an outsize role in the presidential election to report on who is bankrolling thei
Going Big
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 20, 2012
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Banks suck

It is no longer a question of whether Wall Street and the rest of the international finance system is corrupt.
Plus, the Bain of Romney's existence
By EDITORIAL  |  July 20, 2012

Billions gone

Full disclosure: I'm pretty dumb. I never made it past Algebra II.
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  July 13, 2012


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Banking scandal taints Colby board chairman

Colby College's public problems in recent years have mostly involved lowly students engaged in fighting, drinking, and sex abuse. But now the college has been hit by a big scandal at the very top.
Bankster Watch  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 13, 2012
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In boardrooms across the country ...

The recession is over! But not for you.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: Ballplayer: Pelotero

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.
Striking out
By MILES BOWE  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Nearly 15 years after Don McKellar ended it all in Last Night (1998), the world endures, and so does the question: how will doomsday affect one's love life?
Doomsday scenarios
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012
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Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

When you've got the Kennedys and the Koch brothers on the same side of an issue, it's hard to know what to think.
The story of the Cape Air clean-energy project
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012


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Review: Whore's Glory

Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his camera into three pitiable spots where there is open prostitution, and where painted ladies, desperate for a living wage, service the most craven clientele.
Painted ladies
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 15, 2012

Aquidneck Island = Wild Kingdom; Schilling plays the blame game

As many of our readers know, Aquidneck Island has a huge problem with coyotes terrorizing pets and putting parents on edge. Recently, Middletown hired a hunter to blow away as many as he could find.
Coyote Ugly
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 01, 2012
Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3(1)

Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Always on
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 01, 2012

Grad students get the knife

On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
Student Loan Cuts
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 18, 2012
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How They Lost $2 Billion

Let's start with the magic bean derivatives ...
Big Fat Whale
By  |  May 18, 2012


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Why Elizabeth Warren is right — and why Romney won’t change

Like an alcoholic downing nips on the drive home from court-ordered rehabilitation, JPMorgan Chase and its CEO, Jamie Dimon, could hardly wait to once again start wildly tossing depositors' money into derivative hedge bets — the very type of irresponsib
Bankers and bullies
By EDITORIAL  |  May 18, 2012
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It just don’t pay

The only thing worse than taxes is tax breaks.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 11, 2012

The price you pay

Debt is a fundamental part of American life. Car payments. Mortgages. Partially unpaid bills from irate Colombian hookers.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2012
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What’s really behind high gas prices

Fingers crossed that we've seen the worst of it — analysts say gas prices won't go any higher than the April 6 peak of $3.94 per gallon — but filling up your tank this summer is still going to cost a big chunk of change.
Priming the Pump
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2012