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Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 30, 2010
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It takes an identity thief

In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 23, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
Choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

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


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Compassionate or coercive?

The election of Barack Obama has inspired dread among pro-lifers nationwide. But for the Rhode Island wing of the movement, the anxiety goes back quite a bit farther.
Pro-life pregnancy counselors say they are offering women hope, but critics see manipulation
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 18, 2009
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Living with HPV

The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and
Getting the news that one has human papilloma virus can seem like a cancer-causing death sentence. Our reporter disregards the stigma and shares her most intimate experiences.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009
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Free and easy

With a beach season approaching in which most people will be squeezing quarters till the eagles fart, it's fair enough to ask aloud, "Is this going to be the worst summer ever ?"
10 cash-free ways to make summer not suck
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 12, 2009

The Queen of Masturbation

A professional essayist, erotic story writer, and scholar, Dr. Carol Queen is the brains behind National Masturbation Month.
Coming clean with Carol Queen, the San Fran-based sexologist who created National Masturbation Month
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 05, 2009
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Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
Rebranding the Branded
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009


The problem with the Church's selective embrace

Pope Benedict recently lifted the excommunication of four bishops who had been consecrated without the required Vatican consent.
Vatican City
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 11, 2009

Give thanks to those who fight for civil liberties

Rights + Reasons
A quarter-century ago, Dan Donnelly, a friend and fellow plaintiff in an unsuccessful challenge of a religious holiday display on public property in Pawtucket, wondered who could possibly lead the local chapter of the ACLU in constitutionally challenged Rhode Island.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 25, 2008
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Parental discretionary donors

Polarizin’ Palin has people everywhere opening their pocketbooks to the pro-choice movement’s benefit.  
How Sarah Palin generated over $1 million in donations to Planned Parenthood
By SHUCHI SARASWAT  |  October 09, 2008
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Personally speaking

For decades, feminists have rallied behind the phrase “the personal is political,” meant to remind us that our personal lives are intrinsically affected by politics.
Abortion and Life tells whole truths
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008
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Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008


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I had an abortion

Does anyone think about us, the people who have actually gone through with an abortion, and accepted that it was the right decision, for whatever reason, at that time?
Forty percent of American women have abortions by the time they're 45. I'm one of them.
By ANONYMOUS  |  September 24, 2008
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A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008
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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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Hummel splits from ABC6; Planned Parenthood CEO resigns

When Jim Hummel decided to depart last week because of the approach being pursued by new management, it seemed to encapsulate the take-this-paycheck-and-shove-it fantasy of many people.
Politics + media
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Communion shouldn’t be based on politics

Catholic priests call themselves “vicars of Christ,” so those giving communion need only recall Christ’s forgiveness of a thief on an adjacent Calvary cross, and ask, “What would Jesus do?”
Religion
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 18, 2008


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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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Supposed clerical reformer proves to be a control freak

The ProJo ’s front page on February 15 delivered a one-two punch to Rhode Island Roman Catholics.
Religion
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 20, 2008
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What’s wrong with being sexy?

“Laughing is good,” she tells them, and her students laugh uncomfortably. And then the lesson begins. 
One woman’s story of gaining empowerment as a sex educator
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  February 13, 2008
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Are turtles making love at King Middle School?

“What your values are, and what actually happens, are quite different.”
Sex Ed
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2007
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Keep yourself alive

I’ll admit that my college years weren’t my healthiest.
How to avoid the Freshman 15, cure a hangover, get some sleep — and still have fun
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 29, 2007


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It’s a woman’s right to choose

Sorry guys, this one’s for the girls.
Five new methods of birth control explained
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007
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RWU board: A classic case of inaction

If you are a Rhode Islander who happens to know the principals, it’s a blockbuster.
Got oversight?
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 18, 2007

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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007
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“A” list

Long-time abortion rights advocate Mary Ann Sorrentino didn’t write The A Word to change anyone’s pro-life stance.
Mary Ann Sorrentino on the right to choose
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 14, 2007