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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

RI’s homeless bill of rights

Official Rhode Island's response to the homelessness problem has been uninspiring, on the whole.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 29, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012
Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

If you're a fan of Nick Flynn's stunning 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, you're probably concerned about whether Being Flynn director Paul Weitz will do justice to Flynn's exploration of grief, homelessness, and father-son relations
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 30, 2012
film undefeated

Review: Undefeated

Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 16, 2012

Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is

Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
Barely hanging on
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011


The last middle class American

The last middle class American, on the run from the recession.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 25, 2011

Ready Aim Fire debuts at Brian Boru; Poverty turns into Thommy

Former Gypsy Tailwind frontgal ANNA LOMBARD is now back in the game, post baby.

The true source of the unemployment crisis

Leeching weasels, beware.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  July 23, 2010

Poverty headline the Big Easy

A strong night of mostly-local hip-hop at the Big Easy offers up a wide cast of characters, including headliner Poverty along with Luch & Eliza,...
By webteam  |  June 02, 2010


Pretend I'm in Afghanistan
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  December 25, 2009

Have Yourself a Mugabe Little Christmas

I work in a small office where everyone gets along well. I am in my early 20s, the youngest and only single employee ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 25, 2009

The battle for our city schools

In your recent story “ Boston Public-School Apartheid? ”, charter public schools are faulted for taking disadvantaged Boston students and sending them on to excellent high schools and, eventually, college. Why shouldn’t low-income students of color have
Boston Phoenix letters, October 23, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 23, 2009

Affordable housing in a wealthy redoubt

Barrington, not exactly known for its welcome mat to working poor families, now has its first affordable housing project in living memory.
At Home
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 23, 2009

Human-rights campaigner to tour Maine

On the heels of news that Maine's unemployment rate is on the rise (2600 jobs were lost here in February), the state will host one of the nation's most powerful speakers on economic human rights this week.
Ending poverty
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 2009

The hottest and brightest

The New England Conservatory is bringing to Symphony Hall the hottest of young conductors.
Rescued by music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 01, 2007

Readers' pick: Nonprofit group

Health care is a touchy subject right now, which is why the people at Network Health are working to make things a little bit easier for low-income families.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007

Changing lives

People who love the arts are fond of saying that art changes our lives. Slideshow: The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
 The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 15, 2006

Inside the box

At first glance, Westbrook must have seemed a likely location for southern Maine’s next Wal-Mart. Cheap cuts both ways: Excerpt from Big-Box Swindle. By Stacy Mitchell
Portland author Stacy Mitchell explores the real cost of faceless corporate retail
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 08, 2006

Portland scene report, March 10, 2006

Ocean launches coast-to-coast tour; Jerks of Grass re-tool; Poverty returns to Portland.