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The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008

Taking from the poor

What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 07, 2008

Indie invasion

Green living and government-subsidized health care and education are breeding smart indie-pop acts by the dozen.

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By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 25, 2008

Mowed down

Libby describes Leahy’s spot on the committee as “good for new England — because without that voice we’d be invisible.”
The federal Farm Bill leaves Mainers in the dust
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007

How screwed are we?

At a time when most state budgets are flush with surpluses, Rhode Island’s fiscal house remains in disrepair.
Elected officials and pundits offer their take on rhode island’s budget predicament
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 28, 2007

The worst of your new state budget

The new standard is: Mom and Dad’s taxes are too high; kids should ante up.
Talking politics
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  June 27, 2007


It’s a bleak budget season — with no relief in sight

The reams of paper pouring from industrial-strength copying machines at the State House were still warm to the touch as they were distributed to a packed hearing room.
Talking politics
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  June 12, 2007

Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007

Budget math

Here’s an example of Bad Robin Hood busy at work robbing the poor and giving to the rich.
Who gets the short end in RI's politics of the rich and poor?
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 07, 2007

Flashbacks: March 3

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 01, 2006

Fraud and fortune

Allegra Goodman sets her latest novel, Intuition , in a long-ago, rent-controlled Cambridge.
Allegra Goodman’s Intuition  
By DANA KLETTER  |  February 28, 2006