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#OccupyBoston Update: After week of bad press, problems, and precipitation, Dewey Square preps for big weekend

#OccupyBoston Update: After week of bad press, problems, and precipitation, Dewey Square preps for big weekend


It's no secret that there's been some turbulence at Occupy Boston. As the Herald dutifully reported (to the delight of many of their readers, I...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 20, 2011
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Mayor-Select Marie?

Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investmen
Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 07, 2010
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The war over peace

In the early infancy of this five-week-old year, Boston has been rocked by four homicides and 10 non-fatal shootings. By the time this goes to print, there may well be more.
A decade after the 'Boston Miracle,' violent crime has again overtaken parts of the city. Can the miracle makers create a new peace?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2010
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Aftershock

From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
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Holding his punches

All year, Boston’s political observers have been watching for signs of an anti-Menino tipping point in the mayoral race.
The pundits think a desperate Michael Flaherty needs to be throwing haymakers at the mayor, but he insists that steady pressure will win the fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 2009
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How gay is Southie?

Welcome to the gayborhood.
Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 16, 2009


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Desegregation Day

Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  September 18, 2009
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Vote Yoon

Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
It is time for Boston to debate its future
By EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2009
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Where everybody knows its name

In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009
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Looking for Trouble

As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another
Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston
By KEITH W. JENKINS AND PETER CANELLOS  |  September 04, 2009
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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009


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Can Sam Yoon win?

Recent elections, as you may have heard, have been about change.
An Obama loving city counselor aims to be mayor of Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 11, 2009
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Artists get the shaft

On a tour of the studios at 337 Summer Street, Jen Mecca, a textile artist, points out some of the spaces recently vacated by artists and craftsmen, including a pair of furniture makers who left for Somerville.
The city gives Fort Point's creative residents the finger
By TED SIEFER  |  January 28, 2009
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The pain hits home

With unsuccessful wars running in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the worst economic crisis in almost 80 years likely to get worse long before it gets better, Barack Obama will face challenges of historic proportions when he becomes the nation's 44th presiden
Boston faces a sobering year
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2009
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Year in pictures


Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Menino's mosque II

Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
By EDITORIAL  |  December 10, 2008


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Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores
By MIKE MILIARD, ADAM REILLY, AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008
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Menino's mosque

Most locals concede that getting anything of substance accomplished in Boston is a Herculean task.
The bizarre story behind the construction of Boston's most controversial building
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008
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Timeline of events


How the ISBCC turned from a place of worship to a symbol of controversy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008

New in the Phoenix: Flynn, King, and the '83 mayor's race


In which the principles discuss sundry subjects, including that election's effect on race relations in Boston.
By Adam Reilly  |  November 06, 2008

More from King and Flynn



By ADAM REILLY  |  November 06, 2008


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Racial healing

To be sure, racism still exists. But the distance our culture has come in 50 years — from blacks fighting for basic civil rights to a black man running for the White House — is remarkable.
Former mayoral opponents Ray Flynn and Mel King discuss how far their city’s come, and how far it hasn’t, since 1983
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 05, 2008
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Menino aims to take another bite out of the BPL

Why does Boston mayor Thomas Menino seem to have such a chip on his shoulder about the Boston Public Library?
Will his handpicked trustees let him?
By EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2008
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Edifice complex

You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007
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Eire apparent

Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
Whither the Boston Irish?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 14, 2007
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Council contortions

For more than a generation, being president of the Boston City Council was a springboard to the mayor’s office.
Boston’s city councilors are jockeying to be the next mayor — but that’s yesterday’s playbook
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 06, 2006


Can Bush be beaten?

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
It won’t be easy, but here’s one scenario for a Democratic victory
By JOHN KELLER  |  November 14, 2006
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Menino: Get help!

Tom: take a deep breath. Count to ten. Think serene thoughts.
Why you must get Boston a top cop from the outside world
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006

From the archives

 
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Eleanor Mary Boudreau.
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